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The Woks Of Life - A Culinary Genealogy Blog
A foodie family of four living between a NJ suburb, a college town, and a Beijing apartment, cooking, traveling and keeping each other updated on their culinary exploits.
Ground Bean Sauce
2022-09-29 12:30
There are many savory Chinese sauces and pastes made from fermented soybeans. Instantly adding flavor to stir-fries, stews and other dishes, you can find them stacked side-by-side in any Chi… Read More
How To Make Wontons: Full Guide
2022-09-26 04:15
This is our complete guide on how to make wontons, where we’ve gathered all of our wonton recipe and supporting articles in one place! If you’re new to making wontons at home, we… Read More
How To Grow Chili Peppers
2022-09-24 04:05
Here’s the fourth installment of our How to Grow Chinese Vegetables series: how to grow chili peppers. We’ll be talking specifically about Asian varieties you can grow, though th… Read More
Oi Muchim (Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad)
2022-09-22 04:01
This Korean cucumber salad is a small side dish or banchan, often served alongside a main course and cooked rice in a Korean meal. Known in Korean as oi muchim, it’s really delicious&m&hell…Read More
An Introduction To Our Herd
2022-09-20 04:53
It’s time to formally introduce you all to some of our fellow residents at The Woks of Life HQ—our small herd of two alpacas, two goats, and yes…one llama. We shared some… Read More
How To Make Wonton Wrappers
2022-09-15 23:28
Today we’re teaching you guys how to make wonton wrappers! These homemade wonton wrappers are perfectly thin, chewy, and slippery, made with just bread flour (AKA high gluten flour), w… Read More
Classic Mooncakes With Red Bean Paste
2022-09-09 14:48
This is a classic Chinese mooncake recipe with a red bean paste filling. While mooncakes do take time and effort to make, the flavor of homemade mooncakes is so much better than store-bought… Read More
Things To Do On The Big Island Of Hawaii
2022-09-06 04:01
Hi everyone! We’re back in the swing of travel here at The Woks of Life, and we’re excited to share more travel posts in the coming weeks and months. For today, get ready for an… Read More
Marinated Steak Karsón
2022-09-04 04:30
When we grill steaks, we almost always go the traditional route. Just a sprinkle of salt right before it hits the grill. Maybe a little ground black pepper…but even that’s somet… Read More
Smashed Asian Cucumber Salad
2022-09-02 14:40
This Smashed Asian cucumber salad recipe is light, refreshing and perfect for the summer. It’s also packed with flavor from a zingy dressing, garlic, and cilantro. Plus, it only takes… Read More
Super Easy Grilled Ribs
2022-08-31 15:45
These super easy grilled ribs are a departure from your typical rib recipe. Why? You cut your ribs into individual pieces before marinating and grilling. The result is an extra juicy, all-ar… Read More
Zucchini Stir-fry With Chicken
2022-08-29 16:05
This zucchini stir-fry with chicken is SO tasty, you’ll want to keep zucchini in the fridge all the time to make it! In this recipe, we share a simple tip to maintain a crisp (not mush… Read More
How To Grow Chinese Eggplant
2022-08-26 13:18
Here’s our third installment of our How to Grow Chinese Vegetables series: how to grow Chinese eggplant.  We actually prefer Chinese (or Japanese) eggplants over regular globe egg… Read More
Spicy Cold Tofu: 5 Minute Recipe
2022-08-24 15:45
This spicy cold tofu recipe requires no cooking and less than 10 ingredients. It’s a super tasty dish to add to any Chinese spread (or have as a quick meal on its own). Due to its no-c… Read More
27 Of Our Favorite Tofu Recipes
2022-08-22 04:13
Beautiful tofu! It comes in all shapes, sizes, and textures, and we can’t get enough of it. Today, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite tofu recipes from across the blog. Thes… Read More
Summer Garden Tour 2022!
2022-08-19 18:35
Back in early June, we posted a spring garden tour at The Woks of Life‘s new HQ. Spring was incredibly busy, and things didn’t let up much over the course of June and July. But n… Read More
Beef With Oyster Sauce
2022-08-03 04:37
This beef with oyster sauce recipe is simple, savory, and delicious with steamed rice. Served over a bed of blanched Chinese broccoli, it’s also a full and balanced meal!  The Mag… Read More
Salt And Pepper Fried Smelts
2022-07-31 04:17
Little smelt fish get the Cantonese salt and pepper (white pepper, that is) treatment in this salt and pepper fried smelts recipe. We can’t resist the masterful light and crispy batter… Read More
How To Grow Napa Cabbage
2022-07-28 04:15
We’re back with the next installment of our How to Grow Chinese Vegetables series. This time, we’re talking about how to grow napa cabbage, a versatile vegetable that’s gre… Read More
Spicy Stir-fried Thai Basil Clams
2022-07-21 19:39
This recipe for spicy Thai basil clams is a tasty take on stir-fried clams that’s great with a cold beer. You can use littlenecks or cherrystone clams here, and we have a great method… Read More
Vegetable Ramen Noodle Stir-fry
2022-07-19 13:01
Vegetable Ramen is a simple and easy-to-make meatless Monday meal all instant ramen lovers must try. The recipe is vegetarian and vegan, but you could also add your favorite protein—ch… Read More
2022-07-16 04:22
Taiwanese beef rolls consist of thinly sliced, aromatic braised beef, wrapped with sweet hoisin sauce, fresh scallion, and cucumber in a crispy, flaky scallion pancake. If that description d… Read More
2022-07-14 01:28
Celtuce may be unfamiliar to you, but it’s one of our favorite vegetables. It’s delicious cooked as well as raw in this Celtuce Salad with Scallion Oil.  Celtuce is gaining… Read More
2022-07-09 04:32
Mushroom fried rice is sometimes forgotten, but it’s really delicious! In fact, when I brought up this recipe, Kaitlin asked, “Is that a thing?” I’m here to tell you… Read More
2022-07-07 04:08
This is the best restaurant-style salsa recipe—at least, by our family’s estimation! It’s pretty straightforward to make, and you can’t help but dunk chip after chip… Read More
2022-07-01 04:35
Mango pudding (pronounced, mángguǒ bùdīng in Mandarin, or mong guo bo ding in Cantonese) is a refreshing and lightly sweet dessert. It has just five ingredients, whic… Read More
2022-06-25 04:31
This recipe for steamed garlic ribs with taro combines three of my favorite ingredients: juicy pork ribs, sweet garlic, and buttery taro.  If you’ve never tried taro, now is the t… Read More
2022-06-23 04:02
There are few meals more suited to a hot summer day than a bowl of Chinese cold noodles. This suān là (酸辣), or sour spicy cold noodles recipe is at once refreshing… Read More
2022-06-21 14:31
If the bright green color of this scallion rice wasn’t enough to catch your interest, can I just say—this is our new go-to side dish for just about ANYTHING. Chinese, non-Chinese… Read More
2022-06-18 05:37
This recipe for zucchini with glass noodles is a variation on a Cantonese recipe that my dad made when Kaitlin and I were growing up, and that his mother made for him. I like using ground po… Read More
2022-06-16 04:59
Welcome to our How to Grow Chinese Vegetables series: Bok Choy edition! In this post, we’ll talk about how to grow bok choy (also sometimes spelled, pak choi).  We’ll cover… Read More
2022-06-14 12:11
Among beef stir-fry dishes, this beef and pepper stir-fry is one of our favorites. It can be mild or spicy, depending on which peppers you use, and is very simple to make. Combine these two… Read More
2022-06-12 04:48
If you’re a fan of spice and lots of garlic, this recipe for Spicy Garlic Enoki Mushrooms will become your new go-to recipe. With just 9 ingredients and a few steps, you’ll have… Read More
2022-06-08 00:32
We’re overwhelmed (in a good way!) by everyone’s responses to our announcement about The Woks of Life‘s new HQ. Thank you everyone for your kind words and excitement around… Read More
2022-05-31 04:01
This easy shortcut wonton soup base is perfect when you want an extremely quick meal. A little of this and that from the pantry (see our 10 Essential Chinese Pantry Ingredients list) makes w… Read More
2022-05-25 16:59
Mapo Eggplant is exactly what it sounds like—the familiar flavors of everyone’s favorite Mapo Tofu recipe, with the replacement of tender, silky eggplant.   Why Mapo An… Read More
2022-05-16 22:25
These easy tortilla jianbing wraps are a godsend for anyone who loves this tasty and satisfying street food breakfast treat. Unless you live near a friendly local jian bing man or woman, tho… Read More
2022-05-13 00:47
Shredded Pork Pan-fried Noodles is a delicious dish with Hong-Kong-style crispy noodles and a flavorful pork stir-fry on top. The sauce drips down onto the noodles and makes for a very tasty… Read More
2022-05-09 17:38
I’ve seen a lot of detox soup recipes out there, but I think this version, which uses Asian ingredients like wakame (dried seaweed), ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and silken tofu, is… Read More
2022-04-29 15:22
Hi everyone—we wrote a book! And it has a cover!! We are SO excited to announce that our cookbook is finally available for pre-order. After almost 9 years of blogging, approximately 6… Read More
2022-04-26 04:11
Beef with black bean sauce is a delicious, classic combination you’ll find on Chinese and Chinese American restaurant menus across the U.S. It’s quick and easy to make, using an… Read More
2022-04-18 04:32
If you have a good steamed broccoli recipe in your arsenal, you may find yourself making it every week! This recipe fits the bill. While the broccolis steaming, all just whip up a tasty sauc… Read More
2022-04-14 15:29
Sweet and sour shrimp is an impressive yet easy dish. Eating shrimp can be a luxury, especially when going out. But by making this sweet and sour shrimp recipe at home, you can splurge on yo… Read More
2022-04-09 04:01
We partnered with the rice factory NEW YORK to bring you this Chicken Katsu Curry Rice recipe. As always on The Woks of Life, all opinions are our own. Enjoy! This Japanese Chicken Katsu Cur… Read More
2022-04-06 01:48
Vegetable Moo Shu is healthy and vegan, but it’s also just plain delicious. We’re pretty confident that anyone will enjoy this dish. Not just vegans and vegetarians. It’s o… Read More
2022-04-03 04:21
This pan-fried chicken breast recipe is a simple way to prepare chicken breast for a quick dinner or meal prep. It’s a simple, tasty marinade with some key umami-packed ingredients lik… Read More
2022-03-31 10:23
Bok choy (also sometimes spelled pak choy or pok choi) is one of the most commonly available and widely known Chinese vegetables in the United States (and outside of China generally). … Read More
2022-03-28 13:52
This cabbage stir-fry with glass noodles and scrambled eggs is an easy, economical, and satisfying recipe. It also happens to be vegetarian! It’s filling enough to be a main meal for o… Read More
2022-03-25 19:25
Crystal dumplings (水晶饺子 – shuǐjīng jiǎozi) got their name from the beautiful translucent look of the dumpling wrappers. Although not quite as… Read More
2022-03-21 20:39
Ham and Cheese croissants are a real treat to enjoy any time of day. We posted our milk bread croissant recipe a few months ago, but if you haven’t tried it yet, this recipe is a very… Read More
2022-03-14 14:22
Use whatever vegetables you have on hand to make this everyday vegetable stir-fry. It’s a great way to use up bits of vegetables you don’t know what to do with, and to get a big… Read More
2022-03-11 05:21
In this post, we’ll show you how to break down a chicken into wings, leg quarters (or thighs and drumsticks), and chicken breast. We’ll also show you how to de-bone chicken breas… Read More
2022-02-21 05:56
Sometimes we get asked, after posting more than 1000 recipes, are you ever going to run out of ideas? Well rest easy. Chinese cuisine is incredibly varied, and while we’ve covered many… Read More
2022-02-17 22:45
Learning how to wash a wok sounds simple. And it is simple once you know what to do. But over the years, we’ve come across many misconceptions when it comes to wok care—not just… Read More
2022-02-14 15:49
Chicken and Mushroom Clay Pot Rice is a picture-perfect Chinese comfort food dish. It has an incredible earthy flavor, courtesy of the classic combination of Chinese black mushrooms, wood ea… Read More
2022-02-11 14:58
It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, and we’ve got 35 potential Super Bowl recipes to add to your Super Bowl menu. These snacks and noms will be the perfect game-time accompaniments! O… Read More
2022-01-27 05:01
Chinese Fa Gao (fāgāo – 发糕), also known as prosperity cake or fortune cake, is a comment sight around Chinese New Year. It’s also served at other holidays… Read More
2022-01-25 05:08
Chinese New Year Traditions Half the fun of Chinese New Year is reviving all of your favorite traditions. There’s nothing better than getting together with family and friends to celebr… Read More
2022-01-23 05:03
Sweet and Sour Squirrel Fish, or sōngshǔ yú (松鼠魚), is a legendary fish recipe from Jiangsu Province. While it’s a bit complicated, it can be done… Read More
2022-01-17 17:44
Chili garlic shrimp is a spicy treat that comes together very quickly. Chop the aromatics, sear some jumbo tiger shrimp in a super-hot wok, combine with our tasty homemade sauce mixture, and… Read More
2022-01-10 18:39
This red braised chicken recipe (hóngshāo jī, 红烧鸡) is for our readers who can’t eat pork and haven’t been able to try our popular Hong Shao… Read More
2022-01-05 05:15
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year (to be more inclusive of other cultures that celebrate the holiday) or Spring Festival (春节 – chūnjié), is just… Read More
2022-01-02 17:55
This orange beef recipe (陈皮牛 – chén pí niú in Mandarin), is crafted with a mix of interesting, complex flavors. Shallow-fried beef is compleme… Read More
2021-12-30 05:37
What a year it’s been. We plum can’t believe it’s almost over—it passed like a blink of the eye. Sarah got married(!) and we wrote a dang cookbook. We also just moved… Read More
2021-12-27 05:34
Salted Pork Bone Soup is a homestyle comfort food recipe that we crave in the wintertime.  The addition of glass noodles makes this an extra satisfying meal (you can use mung bean noodl… Read More
2021-12-19 17:31
Croissants are something I NEVER thought I could successfully make at home. But just like our sourdough (first in my list of things I’d never thought I’d be able to make), I&rsqu&hell…Read More
2021-12-12 05:03
This easy, no-cook(!) spicy bamboo shoot salad can be served as an appetizer (either cold or at room temperature). You can also serve it as a side dish with other stir-fries, braises, etc.&n&hell…Read More
2021-12-09 18:52
Shrimp with black bean sauce is a delicious dish to enjoy over steamed rice, with plenty of sauce and a rich umami flavor from the fermented black beans.  About this version of shrimp w… Read More
2021-12-07 17:43
We’re beside ourselves with some exciting news! We have a 3-episode digital Food Network series releasing this month. It’s a show called Family Meal, about family food businesses… Read More
2021-12-03 16:58
This Tomato Hot Pot with Beef is the perfect warming meal to take you through the winter.  The tart and sweet tomatoes provide the perfect contrast to the marbled, thinly sliced beef. E… Read More
2021-11-30 15:55
This salted pork bone is an old school recipe that I was reminded of recently when my mother gave me several pounds of salted pork bones she’d made. Later, I cooked them into soup, and… Read More
2021-11-26 15:45
Ok, people! I am pretty certain that you’ve never seen this take on Thanksgiving leftovers before, and I am super excited to let you in on our family tradition. For as long as I’… Read More
2021-11-22 15:58
These Oyster Sauce Baked Chicken Wings come together with just 7 ingredients. While the seasonings are few, they are mighty in flavor thanks to the power of oyster sauce!  Easy, Flavorf… Read More
2021-11-19 05:38
This pork and pepper stir-fry recipe is a fast, easy dish to put together with any cut of pork shoulder or pork loin (or even an odd pork chop!).  We like to use long hot green peppers… Read More
2021-11-15 21:38
This Chinese Braised Beef Stew is a famous yet very homey Cantonese dish, and now is the time of year to prepare it! The ingredients are simple, beef, daikon radish (also sometimes translate… Read More
2021-11-13 01:58
With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, we’re rounding up ALL of our family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the blog. We have the roast turkey recipe we use every year (ou… Read More
2021-11-07 08:07
I have seen this Button Mushroom Soup so many times on the Chinese internet, with people going gaga for it. The recipe seemed so deceptively simple, I had to try it.  Well, I can report… Read More

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