The weather is finally cooling down here in Southern California, so it’s time for some chicken soup! Chicken soup is perfect when you’re feeling sick or if you just want something warm during the fall/winter months. What I love about making this recipe is that you can add how much vegetables you want. It’s a simple dish to make but still flavorful and comforting.
Ingredients (~4-5 servings):
2 cups of chopped celery
2 cups of chopped carrots
1 medium-sized onions, chopped
2-3 gloves of garlic (depends on the size of the garlic)
1 box/can of chicken broth (32 oz)
1-1 1/2 pound of boneless chicken thigh
1 tbs of cooking oil
1 tsp of salt and pepper
Step 1: In a medium size pot on medium heat, add in cooking oil, garlic, and onion, and sauté for about 1-2 minutes. Add in 1 tsp of salt and pepper. And lastly, add in your carrots, celery, and potato and sauté it for 1-2 minute.
Step 2: Add in your vegetable broth and bring your soup to a boil before turning it down to medium-low heat.
Step 4: Place boneless chicken thigh into the soup and place a 3-4 stems of baby dill on top. Cover with a lid and let it simmer on medium-low for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cook.
Step 5: Remove baby dill and place chicken onto a cutting board to cool. Once the chicken cools down a bit, shred the chicken into smaller bite-size pieces.
Step 6: Put the shredded chicken back into the soup and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Remember to remove any scum that comes up. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
Enjoy this soup with some egg noodles or pasta for a more filling meal. Hope you try this out!
Happy Sunday! The weather is so nice today is Southern California (70°F), so it’s a perfect day to relax and make a cup of French Earl Grey milk tea. Earl Grey tea is one of my favorite teas. It’s a tea blend traditionally made from black tea with the addition of oil of bergamot. Today, I’ll be using French Earl Grey (a blend with added rose petals) for my milk tea.
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Crafting a traditional hearty bowl of wonton noodle soup at home can take some time, so this is my version of wonton noodle soup – the non-traditional way. Today, I will be sharing a quick and easy wonton noodle soup recipe by using frozen wontons and dry Chinese noodles that you can find in your local Asian grocery store.
Note: To make a larger portion, simply double the amount of ingredients.
Ingredients (1 serving):
1 dry Chinese wheat noodles
3-4 pieces of frozen wontons (You can add more if you like)
Soup Broth Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup of hot water for soup
1/2 tsp of chicken stock powder
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
Note: If you prefer not to use soup stock powder, you can also use any soup broth that you have. Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup broth of your choice
1 smashed garlic
1 slice of ginger
1/2 tsp of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of sesame oil
Chopped green onion (scallions)
Baby bok choy
In a small pot boil some water for your noodles. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare the toppings – chopped green onions, and gai lan. Once boiled, add in the noodles and cook it according to the instruction on the package. The noodles I’m using are wheat noodles (see image below on the right).
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Growing up there’s always one thing I look forward to in April, and that’s Cambodian and Thai New Year. Temples are filled with food stalls selling a variety of street food, and the one food I look forward to the most is Papaya Salad. I grew up with authentic Thai Papaya Salad after living near a Thai Temple for majority of my childhood. One thing that always surprises the elders is that my sister and I would order our papaya salad with everything in it, including the salted crab. This salad is sweet, sour, spicy, and savory, which is perfect for spring and summer. So to celebrate the upcoming New Year, I’ll be sharing my attempt in making a Thai Papaya Salad – the nontraditional way. Please note this is not a recipe post, since I’m still learning how to make this dish. It’s not perfect, but hey, practice makes perfect.
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This year, I’m trying to eat and cook more healthy meals without giving up bad food completely (e.g. my ramen and fried chicken). That’s why I’m excited about writing a food diary to log what I have been eating. For the week of March 5-11, I didn’t really do a good job of taking photos of my food, so here are some of my lunches and dinner throughout the week.
Lunch: Wingstop – Mild, Garlic Parmesan, and Louisiana Rub boneless wings with a side of veggie sticks (carrots & celery), and seasoned fries well-done.
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All I did last month was ate soup and watched anime because I caught the flu. I recovered, but in less than two weeks I caught a cold (unbelievable). After being sick for almost all of January, I’m happy to say that I’m finally better! So, in this post I’m sharing a very easy vegetable soup recipe that is healthy and delicious. What I like about this recipe is that you can customize it with whatever vegetables or soup broth you like. I like to stick with the basics – carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes. It was my first time attempting a soup like this and it came out great!
The amount of vegetables you use is up to you. I like to add a lot. Continue reading “Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe”
As I’m getting older, I’m learning about the importance of eating healthy and taking care of my body. During my college days, I used to be able to eat A LOT – not exaggerating. Every meal, I ate large portions. And I can’t even explain how my sister and I were able to eat all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ every other week, and eating fast food and instant noodles almost every dinner. Now, I can’t eat as much as I did before. My portions sized decreased, and I’m always leaning towards healthier options. But every now and then, I do have the urge to indulge in something sweet and savory. These are a few of my favorite (healthy & unhealthy) snacks and drinks that I like to purchase at my local Asian market.
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Sunday is usually my stay-at-home day – cleaning, watching shows, and cooking. But on this day, I had a strong craving for Japanese ramen – probably from watching so many ramen videos on YouTube. So, when a friend asked in our group chat if we wanted all-you-can-eat sushi, most of us were unavailable. So, I suggested ramen since it would only be us two going out to eat. Of course, planning last minute we went to our usual spot, Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen.
I ordered my ramen with extra bean sprouts, a soft-cooked egg (onsen tamago), and spicy miso paste.
After we went to Macchiato in Monterey Park. We were lucky enough to get the last open table – there are many high school and college students studying in this cafe. I ordered my favorite Potted Plant Macchiato, which is made of coffee and cream, and topped with whipped cream and Oreo. This is one of my favorite drinks, and I always recommend this when I bring my friends.
My dog is the most tired on Sundays. He had a long weekend at my parents house barking at all the neighborhood cats. When we’re back at my apartment, he’s instantly a couch potato.