Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee

You may be asking yourself, “why am I reading about cold brew coffee when Starbucks is already selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes?”  The short answer is – flavor. Read More

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My Misadventures with Trotter and Chinese Roasted Pork Belly – Back to Roots

Here are the results of both the belly (top) and the trotter.  You can see that there is a bubbly texture on the belly skin and its GBD (golden brown delicious).  Meanwhile, the trotter skin is burnt, unattractive and tough.

Here are the results of both the belly (top) and the trotter. You can see that there is a bubbly texture on the belly skin and its GBD (golden brown delicious). Meanwhile, the trotter skin is burnt, unattractive and tough.

My posts have been sparse to say the least.  Why?  Well,  I think I’ve lost track of why I was writing in the first place (See what this blog is about).  Originally, it was about documenting my growth as a professional cook.  I wanted to post my ideas to the public.  Ideas that would otherwise be relegated to a small notebook in my back pocket.   At some point in the last few months I started to post entries only if I thought there would be some broad appeal.  The fact is, by not writing about less “interesting” things, and documenting my failures, I am cheating my future self of valuable lessons.

This post is back to my roots in two ways.  First, is what I just mentioned.  Screw you guys (sorry) but I’m writing for me – though I do hope you find some of this stuff interesting.  Second, I’m ashamed to say, as a full fledged Chinese immigrant, that I don’t have a firm grasp on Chinese cuisine.  I decided here to learn about Chinese pork belly and see how I can incorporate its techniques into my cooking.

What is there to say about Chinese pork belly.  Tender meat and CRAZY crispy skin. Read More

Roasted Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Ginger Gremolata

Roasted Carrot Soup

The often overlooked carrot; it rarely gets its day in the spotlight.  You’ll find it in most classic stocks and it is a great vehicle for getting French onion dip into your mouth.  It is often playing the supporting role and being used to bolster the main ingredient.  But a roasted carrot takes on a much more complex flavor- an earthy, dark, caramelized sweetness. Read More