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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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”
After a long day of work, it’s easy to just buy take-out food on the way home. But knowing that I have a fridge full of food at home, my conscience tells keeps telling me, “don’t spend money on food.” When I got home, of course my sister, dog, and I are already acting like couch potatoes. Usually, we’re active, but we have days when we’re extremely lazy.
After skimming through a few cooking channels on YouTube, I came across a Tuna Mayonnaise Rice recipe and decided try it. Thankfully I had all the ingredients, and all I to do was cook rice.
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One of my favorite Chinese dishes is braised pork belly. My mom used to make this quite often, but when my sister and I entered university, our mom no longer makes this dish – so it was up to my sister and I to learn how to make this ourselves. I’ve been cooking this for about a year or two now, and I am finally comfortable making this for my friends and family. How I make this dish is completely different from my mom’s. I would say my mom’s version is a lot more complicated. This is an easier way to cook braised pork belly, but it still taste great.
For this recipe, I’m sticking with the basics – soy sauce, sugar, water, and a little Shaoxing cooking wine.
2 pounds of pork belly
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of ground pepper
2 long green onion cut in half
1/2 an onion
3 slices of ginger
3 garlic gloves
1 cup of soy sauce
1 cup of water
1/2 or 1 cup of sugar (adjust to your liking)
1 tbsp of Shaoxing cooking wine
First, cut the pork belly into approximately 1-inch pieces. In a large pan, on medium-high heat, add in a little oil (just enough to coat the pan), and seasoned with salt and pepper. Fry the pork belly until it’s brown. Note: the pork belly does not need to be cooked thoroughly. Continue reading “Cooking Braised Pork Belly”
Another day of work, another 6 a.m. cooking. Well, on this day it was actually 6:15 a.m., because I woke up late. I decided to make some quick Asian-style stir-fry green beans for lunch. It’s a very simple dish that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. This version is very light on the seasoning because I didn’t want the dish to come off with a strong smell when heating it up at work. When bringing food to the office, I try to be courteous since there are people who are sensitive to smell. This took about 30 minutes to make. I’m sure it would take a lot less time, but I’m pretty slow at cooking.
First things first, cook rice! The worse thing that can happen is to finish cooking, and you realized that you forgot to make rice (I’ve done it before).
1 cup of long green beans – cut roughly 1 inch
3 gloves of garlic – minced
1 long green onion/spring onion – chopped
1 tbs light soy sauce
1/2 tbs oyster sauce
1/2 tbs sugar (to balance out the saltiness from the soy sauce & oyster sauce)
1 tbs of sesame oil Continue reading “6 am Cooking: Stir-fry green beans”
Happy Monday! Today, I woke up at 6 a.m. to take the dog out and make lunch. This past weekend I went to 626 Night Market again, and ate a lot of (unhealthy) food. So to start off the work week, I decided to make some very quick and easy veggie pasta using tomato sauce and whatever vegetables I had in my fridge. I made this for my sister and I to bring to work, and my sister loves it! This meal is very light yet filling, so you wouldn’t have to worry too much about going into food coma after lunch. It took about 35 minutes to cook everything, and you can even make a large batch so you have lunch for the next day (I made enough for the next two days haha). I basically used whatever I had in my fridge.
1/2 bag of penne pasta
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 can Tomato sauce (15 oz)
1/2 onion (medium diced)
1 pack of shimeji mushrooms
1/2 cup of green beans
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
- In a large pot, boil some water. Once the water boils, add some salt and dump the pasta into the pot (follow the cooking time on the pasta box/bag).
- When pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water.
- In a separate pan, add in some oil, chopped garlic and onion, and stir-fry on medium heat. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and oregano.
- Once all the ingredients softens, add in the tomato sauce. Stir occasionally until sauce is heated.
- After the sauce is heated, turn off the stove, add in the pasta and mix well.
- Optional: top it with some crushed red peppers and parsley flakes.
Yeah, I’m horrible at giving recipes. Most of my friends and family loves my cooking, so I’m trying to make an effort at explaining it better for them by writing out my recipes on my blog. I hope I can improve, and remember to take more photos as I’m cooking.