Mango Sago Recipe

mango sago
I LOVE a good mango sago. Michael and I tried our very first version of this ‘oh-so-yummy’ dessert in 2006 while visiting friends in Hong Kong. They were selling this stuff everywhere! We were addicted ever since. Sadly, it’s not as readily available in New York City, unless you go to Chinatown or Flushing. A few Chinese dessert places have been popping up elsewhere around Manhattan, but nothing like a Dunkin Donuts on every corner.

I decided to make my own version of mango sago yesterday because mangoes were on sale in Chinatown. 3 for $1. It doesn’t get any better than that folks. I think my version comes pretty darn close to that sold in stores – nice coconut flavor, natural sweetness from the mangoes and overall so refreshing. If you like mango sago, definitely give my recipe a try! It is so quick and easy to make. :) Continue reading

Asian Baked Salmon

asian baked salmon

Salmon has become a staple in my kitchen these days. Not quite like chicken, but getting there! I try to incorporate more wild fish into our diet and wild salmon is the most readily available in my grocery store. I usually buy wild sockeye salmon because it’s very high in omega-3 fatty acids. Since our bodies cannot produce these fatty acids, it’s important that we eat food containing it. Omega-3 fatty acids promote heart health by lowering triglycerides which is essentially the fat in our blood.

I never fry fish in my apartment because it takes days to air out the fishy smell. Plus, it often leaves my stove very messy from the oil splattering everywhere. I love this salmon recipe because it works well in your oven, which means easier cleanup and no fishy smell in your house! I also love the soy sauce in the recipe because it adds such a nice Asian flavor to the dish. Serve with a side of rice and veggies and you’ll have a delicious healthy dinner in no time!   Continue reading

Oven-Steamed Fish with Shitake, Soy Sauce, Ginger, and Scallions

This is my take on the classic Chinese-style steamed fish with soy sauce. Since I don’t have a proper steamer and prefer to cook fish in the oven, I decided to use the old parchment paper/foil trick! Similar to my baked salmon recipe, I “steam” this dish by wrapping everything in foil packets and baking it in the oven. It’s a quick and healthy way to cook fish, while leaving for a fast and easy cleanup! (Simply throw away the foil and you’re done! No need to wash the pan since it was lined with foil.) I love how all the juices stay in the foil packets, keeping the fish moist. Best of all, you have a wonderful sauce to drizzle over a side of jasmine rice or soba noodles. Yummmm!  Continue reading

Asian Chicken Salad

Looking for a healthy option for dinner but still want loads of flavor? Well, I’ve got a dressing that will have you begging for more salad! This dressing has the perfect balance between sweet, savory, and tart flavors. Such bright and citrusy notes combined with the richness of toasted sesame oil and soy sauce will awaken your taste buds! This salad is perfect for any light, yet satisfying summer dinner.

I was inspired to make this dish after a trip to California last year for my cousin’s wedding. It was held at the Hyatt Huntington Beach Hotel Resort, which is where I first came across this salad and AMAZING dressing. The hotel restaurant made the salad using grilled steak; however, I alternate between steak and chicken, depending on my mood. (Don’t worry, both are equally fantastic with the dressing!) The hotel also used Napa cabbage in their salad, which I love and prefer. Nonetheless, my grocery store doesn’t always have Napa cabbage so I sometimes use Romaine lettuce as a substitute. You can use whichever is available or to your liking. The great thing about this salad is you can personalize it by adding your favorite veggies. Snow peas, bean sprouts, bell peppers, and green beans are just a few examples that would be wonderful with the dressing. Continue reading