Pickled Mustard Greens and Pork Noodle Soup 酸菜肉絲麵


My current favourite lockdown activity is going through restaurant menus and picking what I should cook next. We are going for dishes that I had not bothered with previously, because the Chinese restaurant nearby my city office does it superbly. Since we haven’t been to the CBD for 74 days now it’s far too long…

Ramen Noodles


Legit the closest I got to a ramen bar in NZ’s level 4 lockdown. Made Chashu Ramen for hubby’s birthday and it was as though we went for a holiday in Japan. Springy noodles with the distinctly yellow tones and alkaline smelly cooking water, these are close to the ones in ramen restaurants. I had…

Pork and chinese cabbage dumplings


I have fond memories of a little J enjoying her first dumpling. She looked so surprised when she found tasty soup inside the thin wrappers and she cutely asked for more. It’s so pleasing to see this kiwi-born kid enjoying Asian cuisine as much as good o’ fish and chips. Her favourite dumplings are pork…

Dumplings with Pork and chinese chives


I haven’t always made macarons. Believe it or not, I cook more savory dishes than sweet! When I feel stressed and in need to do something to relax, I make dumplings*. It’s quite therapeutic really, mixing ingredients and wrapping the little parcels of joy. I think it is the repetitive nature of the process, that…