Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A little bit of my heart... 飲茶

I love dim sum and I love going for dim sum with my family. I feel like it's our bonding time.

Dim sum is a very popular type of chinese food . Dim sum consists of small plates of dumplings, rice noodles, and variety of yummy food. My favorite chinese restaurants serves dim sum in the morning. They give us a list and here are some of the items we ordered:

Braised beef stew

Steamed pork spare ribs

Some kind of bun filled with buttery goodness. Look at it flowing!
Custard bun

I love going to a chinese restaurant for dim sum because of the variety of food. I can order serveral dishes and because everything comes in such small portions, I can have something different every time we go. Also, it's a great time to watch the people around me and enjoy the thousand year old chinese tradtiton.

I know a lot of friends and family that go out for dim sum every weekend. I think it's great bonding time for family and is a great ritual. I love to just sit there, talking to my family, enjoying my cup of hot tea, and watching the food that goes by in heated carts and selecting my food spontaneuosly. My little bit of heaven...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy Valentines Day! February 14th

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, and every lady out there is probably wondering what to get their other half. My sister Ling-ling has a really great idea.


She prepared lunch for her bf filled with stuff he loved to eat. Spinach dip with crackers, pancake, sandwich, and home-made sushi! Take the bento to the beach or park, and you've got a great date!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Chinese Valentines Day 元宵节

2/9/09 was Chinese Valentines also the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. This is a day that is celebrated in China with Street Fair, fireworks and lanterns. People would go out to the fairs, buy lanterns, and there would be games where people will say a poem (saying) and you can try to follow along that line. Or there would be riddles, where you guess what they are saying.

At home here in the US, we usually gather together for dinner and have sweet dumplings for dessert.

These are dumplings are filled with black sesame paste and wrapped with a glutinous skin. The soup is sweet & gingery. It's my sister's favorite!