Chinese-Style Spicy Marinated Cucumbers.

I am a big fan of china-styled marinated cucumbers, particularly those in the Liang Ban Cai (凉拌菜) stalls run by the Chinese nationals. I have tried making my own and not been successful, but after some practice, I think I have something I like enough to share.

This recipe calls for a popular off-the-shelf ready-made chilli by the famous brand Lao Gan Ma (老干妈). I have been looking at this chilli for quite a while on my supermarket shelf but never bought it, till my friend raved on Facebook about how good it is. I have seen this being sold in Asia supermarkets as far flung as Helsinki, so it shouldn’t be hard to get. It’s spicy but manageable.

*Update: 17/4/17: My friend sent me this link about Lao Ganma Chilli, which basically states that they did a test and the ingredients are questionable. Eventhough the chilli tastes great, please use with caution, or substitute with something better. You can get a gist of the article if you use google translate, since it’s all in Chinese.  Continue reading “Chinese-Style Spicy Marinated Cucumbers.”


Jeruselem Artichokes.

Not to be confused with the Globe Artichoke which is the bud of a thistled plant, Jeruselem Artichokes, otherwise known as Sunchoke, is the root of a plant. I first tried this when I visited my sister in Finland last year, and she had dug some from her garden but they were too small, so each of us only had a few slices.The taste was slightly sweet with a good crunchy bite, and I liked it. So when I was exploring for my first order and saw them being offered, I immediately placed an order for it. You don’t find them much around here. Here’s how they look.

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Vegetarian Stir Fried Cabbage (斋菜).

This is a common dish that both my grandma and mum used to make while I was staying with them. I remembered it’s made more around the Chinese New Year period but there’s no stopping anyone from enjoying this dish any time in the year. Continue reading “Vegetarian Stir Fried Cabbage (斋菜).”