Breakfast Competition

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My mom made us the sweet fermented rice, which took three days to accomplish:

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Step 1: Steam 500g sticky rice and let it cool down to body temperature;

Step 2: Add mold culture accordingly;

Step 3: Mix, mix, mix them in a bowl (please avoid any kind of oil!!!) … And finally dig a hole in the middle (for identifying the maturity later on);

Step 4: Put the bowl under room temperature (30°C) and wait patiently for three days.

When its done, the breakfast competition begins: who’s sweeter – Goji berries or sweet fermented rice?

Fruit Wrap

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Today, mom made me the ultimate breakfast treat: Chinese fruit wrap with jujube & longan – so sweat!

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Jujube and longan, two kinds of natural sweats step onto each other and give your tongue a sweat massage…

If you ♡ natural sweats, this is superb!

Korean Food Rocks!

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Korean food rocks!

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The optical pleasure triggers the appetite at the highest, and 6 is such a lucky number. ☺️☺️☺️

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The optical pleasure triggers the appetite at the highest, while the raw egg in the middle tastes like a KING. ?

Vegetarian’s Paradise

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If you suddenly miss a vegetarian treat, Morgenland is a great choice as I believe they have the best falafel here in Hamburg.

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The warp I ordered was cut into two parts, in the photo above I was holding only one half, threrefore you could image how huge the portion really is! The falafel is absolutely the highlight – juicy from inside, crispy from outside – as being said, great contrast always leads to mouth-watering experience.

Homemade Sparerib Soup

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This homemade sparerib soup is perfect for dine in on a rainy day like this.

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The key of making a great Chinese soup is to pre-cook the meat in pressure cooker, once the meat is done, move it into a pot and add all other veggies as wished – this ensures that all the veggies won´t get over-cooked and stay true to their original taste and nutrition.

Quick Snack, Organic Way

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I recently fall in ♡ with plain organic yoghurt, usually combine with my favorite berry cereal – very much enjoy it as healthy power snack between two meals.

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Why does this self-made berry yoghurt taste thousand times better than the pre-finished fruit yoghurt? As the cereal on top remains so dry and crispy that it creates a delicious contrast to the creamy yoghurt. Wherever there´s contrast taking place, it becomes interesting!

MéiCài

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MéiCài (梅菜) – salted Chinese vegetable being prepared for dinner.

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As this has been salted, you have to deep wash it several times so that the salty tastes fades while the original sweetness of the vegetable comes out. It matches perfectly with meat, especially streaky pork – MéiCài will absorb all bovril and give you endless juicy bites!

Lamb Soup For A Cold Day

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My favorite soup while it suddenly becomes chilly or rainy – lamb soup with white turnip.

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Lamb shoulder meat, white turnip, green onion, star anise, Chinese pepper, cinnamon, ginger, rice wine.

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Step 1: Clean the lamb meat with cooking water, no ingredients needed here;

Step 2: Pre-cook the lamb shoulder meat in water with star anise, Chinese pepper, cinnamon, ginger and two tee spoons of rice wine with medium fire-power for 45 minutes;

Step 3: Add white turnip to the soup and cook for a further 20 minutes;

Step 4: Place green onion on top before serving.

Peppermint Fever

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As summer´s moving closer, need something to cool down on a sunny day like this – homemade peppermint tea by the househusband.

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Add a bit Chinese crystal sugar to balance the peppermint bitterness, drink it as long as it´s not burning your tongue – the right temperature is key to the perfect taste.

Milky Cucumber Soup

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As I´m used to kick off lunch with warm soup, this is my new experiment, and this vegeterien soup tastes fancy even without any meat.

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Cucumber, organic egg, green onion.

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Step 1: Pan-fry all;

Step 2: Add water to turn it into a milky soup.

Bacon ♡

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I always feel that bacon could match almost every kind of vegetable, as I mostly cook Chinese, bacon could be used as replacement of LàRòu (腊肉) – one kind of preserved ham which is very popular in the Chinese kitchen.

Sushi Fever I

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Every year on my birthday, I´ve been invited by my husband to a tasty and visual treat. Above all, the restaurant COAST remains our top destination, as we consider them having the best sushi in town.

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The sushi with grilled eel is truely my favorite as I ♡ the juicy bite accompanied with an excellent temperature.

Noodle Salad

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Today’s lunch: hand-made Chinese noodle salad with a mix & match topping.

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Dried fungus, dried shiitake mushroom, zucchini, tomato, minced meat.

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The trick is about preparing the topping and the noodles separately – once those two meet together, it´s the best timing for enjoying the treat.