Yuanyang Tea (Hong Kong Style Tea Brewed with Coffee)

Yuanyang Tea (Hong Kong Style Tea Brewed with Coffee), by thewoksoflife.com

Yuanyang tea is a popular drink in Hong Kong that combines the flavor of both coffee and tea into one deliciously powerful energy-giving drink! Hong Kong-ers are notoriously fast-paced and hardworking people, so figures that they would combine strong black coffee with equally strong black milk tea. Also the name directly translates to “Lovebirds Tea,” […]

Beef with Chinese Broccoli

Beef with Chinese Broccoli, by thewoksoflife.com

Stir fried Beef and Broccoli is a favorite Chinese dish all over the western world, but in China, everyone prefers Chinese broccoli, known as jie lan (Mandarin) or gai lan (Cantonese). This is no surprise, as many Chinese vegetable dishes are made with leafy green vegetables. Much of the time, vegetable dishes are made without […]

Meet Me at Marienplatz

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“Let’s just meet at Marienplatz.” I say this on a late-night Skype call, to the slightly blurry faces of Sarah and our cousin, Kim, as we all pore over maps of Europe. Given the fact that both Kim and I would be graduating from college in a matter of months, the three of us had […]

Nanjing Salted Duck

Nanjing Salted Duck, by thewoksoflife.com

Nanjing Salted Duck has over 2000 years of history. It looks plain, but is packed with flavor. Unlike the White-Cut chicken or Bai Qie Ji, which tastes best with the requisite ginger scallion sauce, this Nanjing Salted Duck is just fine as it is. Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province and a stone’s throw […]

Grilled Ribeye With Soy Butter Glaze

Grilled Ribeye With Soy Butter Glaze, by thewoksoflife.com

Growing up, whenever my parents cooked steak, we always ate it the same way–with soy sauce and white rice. No bells and whistles, just a medium rare steak with some soy sauce drizzled over the top, straight from the bottle. I know. It sounds bad. It’s painfully stereotypical: Chinese people + Steak = White Rice and […]

Chinese Walnut Cookies

Chinese Walnut Cookies, by thewoksoflife.com

When you’re young, it can sometimes seem like the world revolves around those sweet treats that are just beyond your reach. Well when my mother was young, these Chinese walnut cookies were one of those sweet treats. She would walk back and forth…back and forth…eyeing those cookies behind the glass case like they were a […]