Category Archives: It’s So Chinese

Pinehouse’s White Radish Cakes & A Failed Experiment

Tonight was a lazy night for dinner, Patch and I didn’t feel like cooking so I asked him to pick up radish/daikon cakes (lor bahk goh) from Pinehouse Bakery.

He came home with 2 orders of radish cakes for less than $10 ($4.80 each). I love white radish cakes and I didn’t expect much from a bakery.  But it wasn’t too bad, it’s not packed with dried shrimps but you can taste the radish and see strings of it.  Some places cut costs and have more fillers like starch more than the radish.  Some adds dried scallops and chinese sausage but it wouldn’t be less than $5.

Pinehouse Bakery - packed ready for gift-giving (well, kinda...!)

Just add oil and pan-fry

I cut into thicker slices than usual because it was falling apart but I managed to keep most of it together on the pan.  Do not add salt as these are salty enough. Read the rest of this entry

The Answer to Living with Mister ButterFingers

Patch’s nickname is Butterfingers.  The last 2 things he broke were the chinese ceramic soup spoons.  Last time I went to restock my cutlery, I bought an extra one just in case he breaks one.  Since he broke a second one of the same collection, that means it’s time for a visit to the warehouse (see what I did there?).

I have 2 requirements when I buy porcelain ware – one is a gloss finish because scraping a metal utensil on unfinished ceramic (think Ikea) sends chills down my spine and the other one is that it can’t have a rough mole on it.  What I mean is that cheap ceremic has this unfinished spot which sticks out, you will definitely find these on cutlery in some chinese restaurants.

China Pottery Trading - 13900 Bridgeport Road, Richmond

I buy my chinese ceramics from China Pottery Trading.  It’s over the Knight bridge west of Ikea on Bridgeport.  Once you arrive and walk in the front doors, there’s no one to greet you, there’s no counter and just a couple of closed doors and a hallway.  Go through the hallway and it will lead you directly to a warehouse where you may see a couple of ppl working on packing boxes or moving pallets.    Just walk in like you know where you are going, even if you don’t.  It’s better to wander than stopping someone for directions because you will only get a weird look!  These guys are warehouse workers or accountants, not sales people. Read the rest of this entry

Quick Recipes – Wine Chicken

Wing Tat Specialty Chicken

My family ordered a box of specialty chickens from Wing Tat poultry.   A box comes with 8 chickens (they are on the small side) and it comes to around $5.50 each.  What a deal, you can’t even find that at a chinese BBQ shop (siu lap poe).  This is including FREE DELIVERY straight to your doorstep (plus tips for the driver).

So I decided to make wine chicken. Read the rest of this entry

No Joke! Some say… it’s Chinese Customs!

What’s a better post on April Fools’ Day than writing about Chinese customs that my Chinese friends and I have heard!

The Chinese have a lot of customs when it comes to almost everything. These are some of the customs that I’ve heard of or have to follow. There are many variations to these customs… many of them I find are quite amusing!

During pregnancy

  • do not sit cross-legged or reach up as the umbilical cord can strangle the baby. So how does this work for mothers that practice yoga?
  • leave the room if your husband is hammering or moving the furniture or your baby will be born with dents on their face. I suggest the opposite if you want your child to have dimples!
  • do not eat lamb as it will cause the baby to have epilepsy(!!!)
  • do not consume cold drinks (this goes for everything such as after birth or when you are having your period, it seems like old chinese ppl don’t like cold drinks at all)
After Birth (usually in the first month)
  • stay at home for a month (this is reasonable as this is an important time to heal)
  • ginger vinegar makes up most of the meals
  • taking ginger baths using the ginger skin that was peeled from the ginger used to make the vinegar
  • drinking chicken-wine soup, basically cognac and silkie chicken (black chicken) – Delish!
  • remain at the dining table during dinner until you have finished your meal or you will not have bladder control when you are old (!!!)
  • do not consume cold drinks!
  • having a one month or 100 day celebration of your baby. This used to be a tradition that applies to baby boys only but nowadays, parents would celebrate regardless of gender.