Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.


Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.


Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chinese Spicy Hot And Sour Soup

I've had Shiitake mushrooms in almost every Vietnamese run Chinese restaurant but never quite knew what that ingredient was until I visited Pacific Mall in Toronto. This is my first attempt at using Shiitake mushrooms. This soup turned out delicious!

Chinese Spicy Hot And Sour Soup
  • 10 Shiitake mushrooms  椎茸、シイタケ;
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil;
  • 1 onion;
  • 3 cloves garlic;
  • 1 cm ginger;
  • 3 chilli peppers;
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into strips;
  • 1 large carrot cut into sticks;
  • 5 cups water, 1 l;
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce;
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar;
  • 1 / 2 cans of sweet corn, 100 gr.;
  • tofu cut into strips, 200 gr.;
  • 3 spring onions;
  • 2 eggs.
How to make Sweet and sour Chinese soup
  • Place the dried mushrooms in boiling water and let it stand for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile chop the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies.
  • Fry the vegetables in oil.
  • Cut the Chicken and Carrots into long bits and add to mixture.
  • Chop the Shiitake finely. Add to pot along with the juice of mushrooms.
  • Pour water  and stir.
  • Add vinegar and soy sauce and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Thicken with corn (or cornstarch).
  • Add beaten eggs and tofu and cook for a minute.
  • Serve garnished with finely chopped spring onions.