I ate mapo tofu a lot when growing up but never learned how to cook it. In fact, it wasn’t until a year or so ago that I took an interest in cooking Chinese food. If I knew that mapo tofu is so easy to make, I’d have learned how to make it sooner! Could you believe that with only a few ingredients and some pantry items, you can make a delicious dish that goes well with rice?
A nice hot bowl of soup warms the soul when it’s chilly outside! Soups are great year round but the time I appreciate soups the most is during the cold weather months. I tend to cook a lot of different soups at home where it has both protein and vegetables so all I need to do is serve it with rice and dinner is ready!
When the weather gets chilly, and it usually does when it rains in Vancouver, I like to make soups to warm us up. Soups that can be a meal on its own are best and this Korean Kimchi Tofu Soup with Beef definite fits the bill. The spiciness from the kimchi and chili pepper flakes are great for cooler days. Plus, this soup can be easily customized to your taste. Want more vegetables? Add carrots, spinach or napa cabbage. Want to make it vegetarian? Switch out the chicken stock with veggie stock and skip the beef. Since this soup takes less than 30 minutes to make, it is perfect for a quick weekday dinner.
Recently I found some mini mozzarella (or bocconcini) in the grocery store and made some mini Caprese salad on a stick. I couldn’t believe they turned out so tasty and are so easy to make! Simply get all your ingredients ready and thread them through some skewers. Voilà, you’ve got some fancy looking appetizers ready for entertaining.
Every time we visit Japan, we would eat rice balls or onigiri whenever we want a light meal or snack. That’s because they are delicious and convenient! While you can find onigiri in every convenient store, the best tasting rice balls I found were from specialty shops where rice is pretty much the only thing you can buy, such as rice balls or rice cooked with other ingredients. These places often have onigiri made with seasonal ingredients and I find the texture of their rice balls more superior (likely because they are made fresh).
Hey there, I’m Jan. I have a major sweet tooth and believe the best way to experience different cultures is through the stomach. The kitchen is my playground where I try to recreate some of the delicious dishes I ate. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy reading my travel and dining stories!
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