Wonton Soup

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I am now proudly presents the great wonton filling recipe. After who-knows-how-many-attempts of making this lil’ goodness, I finally nailed it. The simpler, the better in this case.

Fillings:

1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 lb. ground pork 1 bunch green onions, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine

Grind shrimp in the food processor on pulse, make sure not to over-do it.

Place ground shrimp and the rest of ingredients into a mixing bowl, mix it vigorously.

Wrapping           – I used store-bought wonton skin. Place about 2 teaspoon of the filling in the middle of the wrap and fold it into triangle.

For the soup      – Warm up your favorite chicken broth. For this dish, I use a store-bought broth with pinch of chicken bouillon, dash of sesame oil and fish sauce, salt & pepper.

Topped with green onions and your favorite hot sauce.

 

Baked Salmon with Crispy Skin over Noodle

Salmon noodle

I know it has been a while since my last post. Sorry!

How do you like your salmon cooked? I love mine medium rare to medium with crispy skin and I have perfected the temperature and time to make the perfect ones. Pssstt…. It’s a secret 😀 Just kidding…

How to cook a perfect salmon, Bonnie’s style: make sure the oven rack is on the second from the top. Slit the skin (2-3 times), sprinkle with salt & pepper, drizzle with olive oil (or pork fat, even better), cook for 7-8 minutes on HI broil. Drizzle with your favorite sauce at the end.

You can pair the salmon with any of your favorite side dishes. On this picture, I paired it with a simple stir fry noodle with vegetables. Simply yet delicious! I was very satisfied with the result and definitely will make it again VERY soon…

Fair Food Fiesta!

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Who doesn’t love eating fair foods? Well, whoever you are, you are missing out some of the good stuff and maybe you’re healthier than us who love fair foods. Just maybe… Two of MUST have fair food for me are the great smoked Turkey Legs and the old-timer corn dogs. It’s not easy to find great turkey legs and one day, I will start making them. I know couple places that have a no kidding GREAT turkey legs: The Big Bib (San Antonio, TX) and BBQ Heaven (Austin, TX). I also know a place that has a DISGUSTING turkey legs and sadly it’s here where I live: Hull’s Concessions on Brazos Night Fourth of July Celebration. What I think of a good turkey legs is when they’re ABSOLUTELY smell heavenly, moist, season well from skin to the bone and yep! The Big Bib and BBQ Heaven ace them! On the other hand, Hull’s Concessions fail in every angle. Bad/stale oil smell and taste, greasy, and dry. I barely ate this defective leg and had to throw it away.  Okie dokie… Nuff said about turkey legs, how about them corndogs? I know you can’t go wrong with Fletcher’s but honestly, I have not found any bad corndogs in fairs. I also found that I can make a badass ones (Hehe…) Thanks to Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) with her delicious and easy to follow recipe!

Crispy Roast Pork Belly

Pork Belly

Some of you are probably wondering why on earth I want to go through the pain while I can just buy a good crispy roast pork belly at any Chinese Barbeque places. Well folks, here where I live, there is absolutely ZERO Chinese Barbeque place. In fact, only ONE great Asian restaurant. Sadly true. Besides that, fresh roast pork belly out of the oven is hard to beat. The taste and feeling of having a first bite of this crispy baby is fantabulous!

Anyway, I was in Dallas/Fort Worth area for few days and landed to this great Korean grocery, Super H-Mart. As I was browsing around the meat section, I fell in love with these gorgeous pork bellies that has been cleaned and packed. Two stripes per pack. $12.47 + lots of love = outstanding crispy roast pork belly. Before I started the cooking process, I did my research here and there. I normally combine few recipes with lil’ of my twist added but not this time. Thanks to Wiffy from Noobcook.com for this great and easy to follow recipe. Please be sure to follow all the instructions, extra work will follow with scrumptious result 🙂

Sauce on side –  soy sauce (lite preferably), water, pork fat dripping, grated garlic, grated ginger, sugar, dash of sesame oil, and lime juice. Microwave for 30 seconds to dissolve the sugar.

Honey Butter Bread

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Since I landed my eyes on a picture of Honey Butter Bread (HBB) I fell in love and really wanted to try it. I finally had my chance…. My dream comes true, well one of my dreams. I have a list of food I want to try, hey this is actually a good topic to be blog 🙂 Anyway, let’s go back to the goodness of Honey Butter Bread at Caffe Bene. At Caffe Bene, there’s four kinds of HBB: Caramel & Cinnamon (on picture), Cheese & Strawberry, Banana & Walnut, and Garlic & Cheese. All of these are sounded so good but you know which one is my dream dessert. $7.95 + tax and 8 minutes later… My buzzer was buzzing while I was busy taking pictures with my sister and my best friend. As I picked up the order, I was so excited, my heart raced so ready to taste it. But of course, we took a few minutes to take pictures of this beauty. Be prepare to use fork and knife since the bread is at least 2 inches thick. Mmmm… Slightly crispy on the edge, soft pillowy and warm inside with perfect whipped cream and drizzled caramel. I wish they have a decaffeinated hot green tea. Caffeine and I are not best friend after 6 P.M.