I recently got a box of oxtail on sale. However, I have never maken oxtail before. It seems to be tough and takes a long time to cook. After I tried making this Oxtail Bourguignon with my pressure cooker, I found out it’s super easy and I just love the savory sauce.
Absolutely LOVE this recipe!!!! Recommendation: 100% Must Try
After our last visit to Hot N Juicy, me and J kept thinking about the savory, hot, buttery taste of those shrimps. Occasionally we found this video tutoring how to make copycat version of Hot N Juicy cajun boil and garlic butter sauce. It seems not difficult at all!!! And the best part is when making your own Hot N Juicy boil at home, you get to choose what to put include in your meal, the quality of seafood, and you can tweak the taste as much as you want~~~ (Best of all, it’s a lot cheaper LOL)
Continue reading Copycat Hot N Juicy Boil~ Let’s get your hands dirty!!!
One of the best thing in winter is to stay at home having hot pot Shabu Shabu with families and friends. I got this new two-sided hot pot and a portable gas stove from the Asian super market. Can’t wait to try it out at home. 🙂
In Taiwan, having a hot pot is so common and is really popular during winter time. The base soup can have many varieties. One of the most popular is the Sichuan pepper hot pot and the basic plain stock. Not only the base, you can also boil all kinds of different ingredients into the pot from meat, seafood, vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, or all kinds of fish or meat balls.
The red bean dessert soup is one of the common traditional street vender desserts in Taiwan during the winter time. The warm, sweet, creamy red bean soup can warm up your stomach and makes me feel happy. It can be the base to other dessert ingredients made from sweet potatoes or sticky rice balls.
The ingredients for the red bean soup is really simple: Red beans, water, and sugar (preferably raw or brown sugar.) Most of the people have the impression of beans being really hard to cook through or it requires a very long time to cook. However, with my pressure cooker, it only took me 20 mins (about 30 mins total) to cook and all of the beans are soft and creamy. Continue reading Pressure Cooker Red Bean Dessert Soup with Sesame Sweet Rice Balls 紫米芝麻湯圓紅豆湯
After trying so many Pho restaurants, I found the broth all tastes kind of similar and they definitely all have MSG or similar artificial flavor products in the soup. It starts bothering me after a while that they all taste similar because these broth noodle soups should taste slightly different between different recipes or restaurants such as Japanese ramen or beef noodle soups. Even when I made my own beef noodle soups, it would taste a little different each time based on the ingredients or ratio difference. The more I tried and thought about it, the more concerns I had for these Pho being “fake” soup.
Since then, I started to try making my own Pho broth. Before I bought the pressure cooker, I tried once to slow cook the broth on regular stove for more than 4 hours. However, I used beef neck bones and didn’t add any meat into the soup so the broth tasted a little bland. So for this time, I used beef leg bones which contains more fat and marrow plus the beef flank chunks. I cooked the stock in my pressure cooker for about 1.5 hour. It turns out really rich and flavorful. There will be lots of fat on top of the broth once you finished cooking. No worries, just scoop out the fat as much as you want. It would be much easier if you cool the broth in the fridge overnight and just pick up the solid fat the next day.
I love my pressure cooker!! It saves so much time and energy in the kitchen and so simple to use.
Continue reading Pressure Cooker- Vietnamese Pho 100% MSG Free 壓力鍋越南河粉，不用高湯粉也有更健康的好味道
Chinese New Year is around the corner!!!
Since I have memory, Chinese New Year is always one of my favorite festival in Taiwan. All the family reunions, so many good food and traditions, and of course, red envelopes and fireworks. I always remember weeks or even months before the CNY, mom would be super busy making all these traditional Chinese dishes such as Chinese meatballs, braised pork belly, and “eight precious rice puddings.” She would always make so many to share with families and friends. Also, the home made sweet red beans sticky rice cake and radish rice cake from my grandma is the best.
As this will be my very first year away from home after I got married, this time of the year makes me homesick the most. 😥
I tried to make a couple mama’s traditional CNY dishes from the taste of my memory. These delicious food makes me feel so much better. 🙂 Continue reading Pressure Cooker- Braised Pork Belly 年菜系列: 壓力鍋紅燒東坡肉
This is a super easy, no pressure for working moms, and quick recipe: the pressure cooker curry rice. All you need to do is prepare the materials, put them all in pressure cooker, and then wait for itself to be ready to serve!!! All together took me about just 30-40 mins. While waiting, you can even get a little rest or prepare fruit or dessert. Isn’t it amazing? Continue reading Pressure Cooker- Super Easy Curry Rice 30分鐘輕鬆上桌，超簡單壓力鍋咖哩飯!!!
I have been thinking about buying a pressure cooker for a long time. Since I constantly make stew or soups, having a pressure cooker can save so much time in kitchen and hopefully our utility bill as well.
Originally I was looking at electrical pressure cookers since they seem to be multi-functional, safer, and have different timer settings. It seems to be a good choice for a pressure cooker beginner who has heard lots of rumors about pressure cooker explosion. Continue reading Kitchen time saver: Pressure cooker. Absolutely LOVE it!!