Try Them Both
Chinese New Year is approaching soon. I know, right? In less than 3 weeks, there will be endless and uninterrupted string of celebration and feasting, and I think I need to go back to my yoga pants. *Deep sigh* Our family took Chinese New Year celebration seriously and Mom is usually the busiest during this time. When the Chinese New Year falls on the weekend, we were able to help her preparing for the festivities, whether to assist in cooking or to make her job less stressful by ordering some items from the restaurant. However when it falls on weekdays, we couldn’t help her much, so she will start cooking and preparing all the ingredients a week before. She always make sure to cook enough food to fully cover the dining table, usually not less than eight dishes. I tried not to disturb her during these times as she is obviously the Master in this area and she took the role very seriously. She owns the key to a true authentic Chinese food dynasty.
Chinese food cooking is not difficult and I am sure you can master it faster than Western food. I might be wrong, but today I am sharing this Yang Chow Fried Rice (扬州炒饭), a dish that you often see on Chinese Restaurant menus. This is a quick way to use any leftovers in the fridge, especially since we often have steam rice; hence there will always be leftovers at home. Oh, speaking of rice, I hope you hav read my Hainanese Chicken Rice recipe because it is so simple and you can make it using a rice cooker. Rice cooker is an essential equipment in Chinese family and I’m glad mine comes with a food steamer so I can cook the rice and veggies at the same time. Yoohoo! And a good wok is also another essential equipment. My mom and I tried almost every single wok we’ve seen, and my heart falls to this Calphalon Stainless Steel Wok because it is versatile and strong, and I guarantee it will help you to create a heavenly stir-fry dishes, including this fried rice.
Well, I know you can’t wait for the recipe. So, hop on here to see how to make this dish at home. Yes, you can skip takeout this week… or forever.
Oh wait, since I love you so much… I’m actually posting two recipes today. I heard some of you don’t eat rice and still doing the Fit Lifestyle Challenge; hence let me share this salad recipe with you. This is one of my favorites and it’s called Banh Mi Salad. The idea came when I tried to stop eating carbs for a week and suddenly craved for Banh Mi, Vietnamese Sandwich. It was quite a challenge since I am a carboholic; hence this salad satisfied my cravings and I just can’t wait to grab a bite of this greens. So, hop on here to see the recipe. And no, I won’t judge if you make Yang Chow Fried Rice and Banh Mi Salad at the same time.