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Dry Spiced Tofu and Seaweed Cold Appetizer (涼伴豆干海帶)

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Don’t know why I have been craving for this Bean Curd and Seaweed  Cold Appetizer, maybe because we haven’t got a chance to go the local Chinese restaurant that we usually have this lately. Also recently I read a forwarded email talking about a man having some cancerous disease and then he started to eat seaweed after an advise from a physician. After couple years later, the cancerous symptoms were completely gone. I know, why do I really believe, it’s a forwarded email.

However I have done some research on seaweeds. They are nutritious with high in fiber, calcium, magnesium and iodine. But always be safe not to consume too much of one food, we should always keep our diet balance with a wide variety.

This dish is really easy, just have to do some cutting. Plus the weather is so hot during the summer, I don’t cook a lot.

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Stir Fried Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg (苦瓜炒咸蛋)

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I am not a fan of bitter melon or bitter gourd (苦瓜) as they are really bitter. In Chinese belief, any bitter vegetables or herbs are good for your health just like medicines are bitter but they heal your sickness (苦口良葯). The bitter melon is a healthy and beneficial vegetable, it is considered cool temperature in nature that will help to stimulate digestion and cool your internal body heat. Sometimes I like to stir fry it with chicken or pork meat as one of the “cooling” dishes.

I once tried this Stir Fried Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg in a small local Chinese restaurant and I was amazed how it turned out really delicious. The bitter gourd is not bitter after it is coated well with salted egg that made it so fragrant and tasty. If you don’t like bitter gourd you can try to soak the slices in salted water or even blanch them quickly before cooking, but not too long as it will get old.

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Baby Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce (蒜蓉蠔油燙青菜)

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We are busy packing this week because we are moving, I mean real moving to a new place, into a smaller apartment. Saying goodbye to our big rented house. Also, we are moving where the Lama Kitchen originated, to a new kitchen. Moving is not fun at all, the pack unpack load unload is going to be a long process. Not sure if I have so much time to cook in this kind of mess.

After all week of tiring work, I just wanted to cook something quick and easy, boil vegetables with oyster sauce seemed to be the right choice. It is one of the easy and simple dishes you can prepare in 10 minutes, yet delicious, great choice for a no timer. You can use any of your favorite vegetables, I usually cook with Kai Lan (芥蘭), Baby Bok Choy(小白菜/清江菜), Choi Sum (菜心/油菜) or Spinach (菠菜).

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Artic Surf Clam Salad

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When I dine out with my friends, most of the time seafood will be my order selection. Especially crab, shrimp, clams…you named it, they are all my favorites. Well, I guess this is the reason why my friend nick-named me as a “Seafood Fanatic”.

During my last visit to the Asian market, I bought a box of frozen Arctic Surf Clams as it was on sale. Since the clams were fully cooked and good to be served as cold appetizer, so i made myself a simple and nice clam salad over the weekend.

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Cold Tofu (冷豆腐)

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After a day of work, I just wanted to have a quick and easy dish. So I’ve decided to fix myself a “Cold Tofu” dish in just 10 minutes. To those of you who are busy and want things easy, you definitely have to learn how to make this dish. It is very simple, easy to prepare and good. All you need is a tofu and toppings based on your preference.

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