|Photo Credit: Flickr SnowPea&BokChoiTurnip Cake|
What are some comfort foods from your childhood that you want to make as an adult? I plan to make the following Chinese Dishes by 2027:
1. Chinese Turnip Cake
This was my favorite childhood dim sum. I prefer it over the popular har gow (shrimp dumplings).
|Photo Credit: Flickr Star5112 Lion’s Head Meatball|
2. Lion’s Head Meatballs
I love the crisp water chestnuts in this dim sum.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Annie Mole Foo Juk|
3. Soy Bean Curd Wrapped Dim Sum
I want to learn how to use dried soy bean curd sticks in savory dishes. I used to drink a refreshing bean curd and rock sugar beverage in the summers.
4. Char Siu So
This BBQ pork pastry is wrapped in a deep golden crust that my hubby adores.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Jettalone Mapo Tofu|
5. Mapo Tofu
I can’t believe the origins of this dish. It’s named after a mature woman with a bad complexion. However, the sweet-hot chili spice for this tofu is gorgeous.
6. Ginger Eggs
This is for women who just gave birth. The Chinese tradition is to allow a woman to say for 30-days, in her home, to regain her strength. During this “sitting month” relatives bring tonics and food gifts to the mother. These hard boiled eggs are stewed in sweet black vinegar and pig’s feet. Yep. Pig’s feet.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Mike Czyzewski Beef Chow Hor Fun|
7. Beef Chow Hor Fun
This was the favorite dish of my paternal grandma. He loved the carmelized onions, green onions and tender beef with thick rice noodles.
8. Peking Duck
My sister insists that she prefers the Chinese American version over the authentic version she ate when she visited China. I like the crisp duck skin that is sweetened with honey. Imagine maple bacon.
|Photo Credit: Flickr FootosVanRobin Preserved Duck Egg|
9. Pork and Preserved Egg Rice Soup
This lean pork and freaky duck egg congee is soul satisfyingly warming during winter. The preserved duck egg is for the intrepid foodie.
|Photo Credit: Flickr Martiniko Sio Mai|
10. Shiu Mai
These pork dumplings are lovely and decorated with a tiny garnish of steamed carrot.