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Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Hay Fat Choy!

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lillian Lee (@emptybamboogirl) Here’s to the Year of the Ox, a more happy and healthy 2021 🍊 🥬 🎋 🧧 🎉 🥟 🍜 🐟 🐮 I’ve been making glutinous rice balls for the fam – teamed up with my mom yesterday on New Year’s Eve to […]

That Lunar New Year Candy Tray…

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lillian Lee (@emptybamboogirl) is actually called a tray of togetherness. But, I only ever knew it as that candy tray my mom would bust out and fill with traditional and more fun candies during Lunar New Year. And now that I have a kid of my […]

2020 Wrap-Up: How It Started and How It Ended

Since May, I have been working my booty off to drop weight that I amassed from having a baby and coping with the pandemic (which involved a lot of beer and Cheetos / Doritos late at night). I didn’t take any before / after photos. I wish I did BUT I did document my workouts. […]

Happy Glutinous Rice Ball Eating Day

…I wish there were a more sexier way of translating tang yuan (汤圆). But, the balls are freakin delicious – both savory and sweet versions. The only traditional Chinese dish I can make is the black sesame-filled glutinous rice balls. The fact that my folks request it means that they are indeed delicious. I started […]

A Chinese Barbecue Master at Work

and speaking of cha siu and siew yok… Like, dang. I will never take for granted all the work and skill that goes into making Chinese bbq meats.

Cha Siu and Siew Yok Takeout from Hong Kong Eatery in Chinatown

Since the kiddo had a check-up in town, we decided to grab some takeout from Hong Kong Eatery on the way back home. Luckily, it was early enough and at a weird enough time that there was no wait. As soon as you walk in, you place your order and get covered with disinfectant spray […]

Instant Pot Must-Have

I talked my gal pal into getting this round metal utility cart from Target when she joined our Instant Pot club cuz that’s what you do when you’re not in your 20s or 30s anymore…you pressure cook / air fry shit. The cart seems stupid, but when you have a small kitchen and countertop space […]

#WomanCrushChef: June Xie

Starting a series where I feature my fave women in food because why does it have be dominated by guys when most of us learned cooking from our mamas? I just discovered June Xie (@thank9stars), senior food producer at Delish, and I love her. The budget meals and the non conventional recipes (i.e., fried sardines […]