Born in HK, lived in Toronto most of my life. Started to cook my own food in 2005/2006, and am still learning lots! Love to watch the food network and learn cooking techniques. Favourite cuisines are: Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai) and European (Italian and French). Of course, I also love simple foods such as grilled cheese/tomato sandwich, mac & cheese, and soups.
I try to cook healthy dishes and often substitute chicken or turkey for red meat. As for baking? That has to be my biggest culinary weakness, along with BBQing. Guess it all comes with experience!
Between my bf and I, we try to share the food-making duties, but mostly he takes care of breakfasts (he makes the best pancakes, french toasts and crepes), and we split dinners and weekend lunches I take care of all the desserts, which I love to try making. Especially cheesecakes... Mmmm!
My favorite things to cook
Shanghai stir-fry noodles, asian soup noodles, pasta dishes, chicken, baked fish, desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Lots of warm, fuzzy memories related to: making our own dumplings and wontons and steamed buns, yum! Hotpot on a cold winter`s night... Family recipe for `meen gut dut`...my mother`s decorated cakes...
My cooking triumphs
Making delicious meals for my bf, who loves my cooking! Also, whenever I can make a dish within the estimated prep and cook time, that is also considered a triumph! Haha. Finally, if a dish tastes like my mom`s home cooking, then that is the greatest accomplishment of all. :)
My cooking tragedies
Nothing terrible so far -- knock on wood. Often I underestimate the power of our convection toaster oven and end up burning our HK-style buns. Also, the first time making a toblerone no-bake cheesecake was not such a success. It didn`t set properly and was still runny after 8 hours in the fridge! But I was able to fix that problem the next time I made it by adding an extra 8 oz of light cream cheese. Who says you can`t learn from your mistakes?