Hi, thanks for stopping by! I started this site while in University because eating out regularly was difficult on a student budget, not to mention that the food was not as healthy. As a result, I began to explore the wonderful world of cooking and longed for the food that reminded me of home. This site is a continuation of my exploration with learning and perfecting simple, rustic, and authentic Chinese home-cooked food.
This blog has since evolved to allow my siblings overseas to use it as a reference when my mom and culinary mentor wasn't available to answer a cooking related question. My one annoyance with cookbooks is that there are never enough step-by-step pictures of the process. When working with a new culinary style and new ingredients one may be uncertain as to how to prepare dishes and what pertinent steps there are. Hence I try to post a photo of the final product along with photos during the entire cooking process. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!
This blog has become more than a collection of recipes but also a reminder of my childhood. Preparing congee reminds me of Sundays when my family would have it coupled with pork dumplings, while breathing the aroma of pineapple buns baking brought me back to the very first time I kneaded dough. I hope you enjoy this blog!