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Shoyu/Soy Sauce Chicken Stir-Fry

It took less than 30 minutes to prepare this Shoyu Chicken Stir-Fry. It's simple and tasty with steamed rice and soft-boiled eggs, if you desire.   

Shoyu/Soy Sauce Chicken Stir-Fry


300 g (4 pieces) Skinless & Boneless Chicken Thighs, cut into bite size
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 tsp Chopped Ginger
1 Small Onion, sliced
2 Tbsp Peanut or Vegetable Oil

3 Tbsp Japanese Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Dark-Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Mirin
3 Tbsp Sake
200 ml Chicken Stock or Water
¾ tsp Corn Starch

2 Scallions, chopped
Soft-Boiled Eggs
Steamed Rice


In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Mirin, Sake, chicken stock, and cornstarch. Set aside.

Toss the chicken pieces with some salt and pepper. In a skillet or wok, stir-fry the chicken with oil and ginger over high heat until no longer pink. Mix in the soy sauce mixture. Bring it to a boil, add the onion, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve over rice, and top with soft-boile…

Rosemary And Garlic Roasted Potatoes Pizza

One of my favorite carbo fix is this delicious Rosemary And Garlic Roasted Potatoes Pizza. This pizza is for potato lovers and best of all, it is easy to make and tastes fantastic!

Rosemary And Garlic Roasted Potatoes Pizza


2 Packet (About 300grams each) Fresh Pizza Dough (available at Whole Foods Market),
6 Tbsp Fresh Basil Pesto, divided (recipe here)
1 Large Fresh Mozzarella, torn and divided

1 Bag (600 grams) Fingerling Potatoes, ½ inch diced
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Sprigs Rosemary
4 Cloves Garlic, smashed
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Chili Flakes, optional


Preheat oven to 425˚F.

Roast the potatoes: Toss the diced potatoes with garlic, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Bake in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes until golden and tender.

Press down the dough on a lightly flour surface. Then pull and stretch the dough into desire size and shapes.

Spread the pesto over the dough, and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the mozzarella cheese, follow by the…

Hearty Vegetables Soup

This Hearty Vegetables Soup is thick with chock-full of healthy ingredients, and it will keep you feeling satisfied. It's made with fresh leeks, carrots, celery, and Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix. The vegi soup mix is made from green and yellow split peas, barley, lentils, and some alphabet pasta.   

Hearty Vegetables Soup


2 to 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

4 Medium Leeks, sliced
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Carrots, peeled and diced

3 Ribs Celery, diced

1 ½ Cups Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix

About 10 Cups of Vegetable Stock

3 Tbsp Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped

Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over moderate heat, add the leeks and garlic. Stirring frequently until it is sticky and golden in color. Mix in the carrot and celery, Vegi soup, and parsley. Continue to stir the vegetable mixture with a wooden spoon, for about 5 minutes. Then add vegetable stock.

Bring the soup to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 3…

Roasted Red Peppers, Cheese, and Bacon Scrolls

These are savory Roasted Red Peppers, Cheese, and Bacon Scrolls recipe. The scrolls are scrumptious, and it is also perfect for school lunch-box.  

Roasted Red Peppers, Cheese, and Bacon Scrolls


1 Packet (about 310g) Fresh Pizza Dough (available at Whole Foods Market)
2 Tbsp Basil Pesto
1 Roasted Red Peppers, sliced
3 to 4 Sundried Tomatoes, sliced
2 Strips Cooked Bacon, chopped
50 g Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 

¼ tsp Italian Seasoning
A few Shakes of Chili Flakes
Some Black Pepper
A Pinch of Sea Salt, or to taste
2 tsp Olive Oil

Muffin Pan, or Baking sheet lined with parchment paper


Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400˚F/200˚C.

Press down the dough on a lightly flour surface. Then pull and stretch the dough out to a 14 by 8 inches rectangle.

Spread pesto onto the dough; scatter the peppers, tomatoes, bacon, cheese, and season with Italian herbs, chili flakes, pepper, and sea salt.

Roll up the dough as tightly as you can. Pinch both ends, bru…

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year & Pineapple Tarts

To all my loyal readers who celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year, Gung Hay Fatt Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai! May this lunar new year of the snake bring you an abundance of prosperity, happiness, and great health!

The lunar New Year celebration is no different from any other festive gatherings; it's all about family, friends, and good food. Cookies are an integral part of this celebration.  Here is my all time favorite, Pineapple Tarts. This is a simplified version from the traditional one, which I posted here previously. The recipe is the same; but, the difference is how the pastry is shaped.

Well, it's a long weekend over here in British Columbia. We are celebrating our first BC family day. The weather is great and so, we will be taking advantage of it by enjoying some outdoor activities this weekend. Have a great holiday everyone!

Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple Jam

2 Large Ripe Pineapples, skin and cut into chunks
120 g to 180 g Sugar (adjust accordingly)

2 cloves

5 cm Cinnamon…

Chickpeas And Black Bean Salsa

This zesty Chickpeas And Black Bean Salsa is one of my favorite condiments. The salsa is great for snacking with chips, as a lettuce wrap, or with other dishes.

Chickpeas And Black Bean Salsa


1 Can (410ml/13.8 US fl oz) Organic Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 Can (410ml/13.8 UD fl oz) Organic Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 Small Red Bell Pepper, small diced
1 Small Green Red Pepper, small diced

2 Medium Tomatoes, diced

¼ Red or White Onion, finely diced
2 Avocado, small diced

2 Jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped

A handful of Coriander, chopped

Juice of 1 Lime
¼ tsp Ground Cumin
½ tsp Chili Flakes
3 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper


In a large mixing bowl, combine chilies, chickpeas, black beans, peppers, tomatoes, onion, avocado, jalapeno, coriander, lime juice, cumin, chili flakes, olive oil, and season with sea salt and black pepper. Refrigerate the salsa mixture until ready to serve.