Garlic-Chicken Bulgar Soup


We all know the healing power of chicken soup and garlic. In Korea, we have this chicken soup/stew called ‘Samgyetang’ which is loaded with garlic and ginseng. One of my my favorite dishes growing up. But it’s not easy to find good ginseng and other ingredients here. So I made an american version of it- actually completely accidentally. I was trying to make hearty soup with loads of nutrients and without realizing it was becoming more like Samgyetang. It must have been my Mantra in the kitchen….Samgyetang…Samgyetang. It’s almost as good as the original, it just doesn’t  need for millions of side […]

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Crispy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps


I just got back  from our ‘annual’ trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. All inclusive-yes baby I gained at least 3 pounds. I felt like I was being cheated if I don’t eat and drink non-stop. So I did that very well indeed. I ate, drank and ate and drank….my bikini just about to pop out of my body, I finish it with in-and-out burger on the way home from the airport! Nice finish huh? It’s been 2 days, I’m slowing getting back to my normal diet and exercise. Drank a lot of green juice to detox, did lots of hot yoga […]

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Homemade Chicken Jerky


I am a carb whore. Seriously I love carb. Bread, cake, rice, pastry, noodle….any kind….I don’t discriminate. I remember when I was a kid, my grandma and mom worried because I literally  lived off of asian-pastry. Knowing that, whenever I feel like I need to shed a few pounds, I go on low carb for a few weeks. And Chicken Jerky makes the best snack when I feel like munching. Forget store-bought ones. They are $$ and mega loaded with salt. So make it at home. Cheaper and so much healthier. I ate this throughout the day to stop my crash….along […]

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Salmon Teriyaki with Sriracha Mayo sauce


I always try to explore with salmon recipes (because ‘dr Oz said, you have to eat salmon x2 week, right? ) I like my salmon as sashimi but a few recipes I tried, they are so delicious even I liked it ‘cooked’.  I stumbled upon on this recipe in my iphone cooking app – I tweaked it a little bit but still one of my favorite salmon recipes. (I will post more salmon recipes later) I get my salmon at a fish market, sashimi grade – cut off all the fatty yummy side part, eat as sashimi and cook the […]

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Sour Cream-Strawberry Meringue


      Fall in Love Be passionate and fearless Listen to your heart. Be thoughtful and generous Believe in love at first sight. Hold hands. Laugh nervously. Write love letters and make handmade gifts. Get dressed up for a date. Feel butterflies in stomach. Run away together. Stay in bed all day. Create memories that you will tell your grandchildren about. Cuddle Learn from each other. Be patient and kind in your words Grow old together. Be spontaneous and impulsive Kiss each other good night Remember why you fell in love This is your HAPPILY EVER AFTER ……………   […]

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Roasted Red Pepper & Mango Salsa


When I was in a culinary school, I wanted to do the internship at this restaurant I used to loved. So I made this pretty little resume, and showed up at the restaurant. Everyone in the kitchen were white, tall men….the chef looked down at me,  a 5.2 feet tall asian girl. Totally intimated….Come on, Christina pull it together. I put my brave face on, got an interview next day. Chef Erik Thurman is the one who hired me and taught me so much. Although, now my knife knit is sitting on a garage shelf, all dusted, I still think […]

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Bison Bolognese


  After eating non-stop raw fish in Tahiti, my body is craving some meat…something hearty and comforting. And my choice of red meat is Bison…I started making bolognese with bison and now can’t go back to regular ground meat. It’s lean and lighter yet flavor-packed! If you would excuse me, I’m going to grab a glass of wine and stuff myself with some pasta. Ingredients 1 lb ground bison half onion 2 celery stick 2 carrots 1~2 garlic chopped 1 Tablespoon tomato paste 1 Pome tomato sauce 1~2 teaspoon chopped anchovy 2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon brown sugar chopped […]

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Poisson Cru (Tahiti’s signature dish)


I’m back from ‘THE’ magical trip to Tahiti. It’s only been a few days since I got back, so yes post-vacation-blues is overwhelming me. Met so many incredible people, took dance lessons, went to see Heiva (yearly celebration of polynesian culture- dance, singing, drum and sporting events) rehearsals and just soaked myself into the culture. As much as I love food, Mana the polynesian spirit took me over, I was not even hungry. I lost 4 lb but my spirit is so full. Ok, please pardon my ramblings….my head is still fuzzy as you can tell. I promised to post […]

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Oxtail Curry Stew


June gloom. When Santa Barbara gets ‘summer’ winter….I just want to cuddle up on the couch with my  husband & puppies and eat something comforting…nah that’s an excuse. Blood Type O (Me!)  has more enzyme to break down meat so these people ‘crave’ meat. ‘WE’ need meat….(somewhat true)……nah that’s an excuse. Maybe collagen in oxtail will plump up my skin….nah that’s an excuse. I just wanted hearty, thick, flavorful stew……with lots of gelatinous, ‘marrowy’ stuff. That’s when Oxtail comes in. And I made a few excuses to make it sound less ‘OX-tailey’ so I don’t freak out my husband. Just […]

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Oatmeal Good-Morning Shake


I am definitely a morning person. I get my workout and all my errands done before 1pm. At least I try. Around 3pm, after grumbling to myself why I am always so busy , I take my 2nd shower, get my energy back, get hubby’s and puppy’s dinner ready and head to my dance practice. Whewwww……definitely no room for a kid for now. I have been doing lots of swimming and The Dailey Method. Especially, swimming keeps me in shape for my hula dancing. And I always need my oatmeal shake before I head out to the pool because after […]

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Sweet & Sour Fish (Tofu)


  If you have a few pantry items like ketchup, rice vinegar and brown sugar, you can make this delicious asian dish in no time. I got this recipe from my thai cooking class many years ago….(but I think it’s chinese…?!?) I like this dish with Tofu but my husband gets hungry again in half an hour after he eats tofu, so I made fish version here. (Used Tilapia. I buy  from Costco and freeze them. It always comes in handy when I have a ‘Gosh I have no grocery to cook tonight.’ moment.)   Ingredients 1 firm Tofu (or […]

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Power grain scramble


Back in my home country, we eat rice, soup and fish for breakfast. But my husband who is from Kansas doesn’t quite understand that….so I have to come up with breakfast ideas all the time – not that I can heat up leftover fish from last night… I usually get up 30 mins earlier than my husband, pack what we call, a ‘snack pack’-various veggies with hummus dip, fruits and nuts, and make him breakfast. Yes, I am a good wife.  thank god for his day-offs. His day off =  my morning off. Yippee. I can’t imagine how moms do […]

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Rainbow trout baked in banana leaf


  Ingredients Fish of your choice (I like to use ‘thin’ white fish like trout or tilapia. I used rainbow trout for this recipe) Vegetables of your choice (I used sliced red pepper, snow peas and shiitake mushrooms but you can use shredded carrots, cabbages, bok choy, bean sprouts…any veggies you would like! But make sure you add shiitake mushrooms – I think they add ‘that’ flavor in this specific dish!! ) Banana leaf (washed and trimmed) Flavoring : grated garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, fresh lime juice Garnish : chopped green onion. Sorry I do not have […]

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Coconut Oil Chicken Pot Pie


Hope everyone had an awesome new year’s eve and is starting out 2013 great. We went to dinner with a few friends and were on our couch in PJs by 10pm. Best kind of new year’s eve. We still have Christmas tree and the house all lit up….I really don’t want to take it down… Is it really wrong to have Christmas light all year round? I will take it down when we get egged. Last month, I probably made this chicken pot pie at least 6 times. By demands, by potluck invitations…etc etc. If you want to be popular […]

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Emy’s Mochi Biscuit


The ladies in my hula practice love food. We always talk about food, restaurants and recipes and we love to bring some munchies when we practice. One Saturday, very hungry saturday,  I was just concentrating on my dance….while the girls were digging into these very tempting looking biscuits. Me being on my ‘Carb Cycle’ diet ( – this will be whole another post. I basically cycle one day of low carb followed by a regular day – I feel SOLID like a tiger. Grrrrlll ) I’m going to be a good girl. I’m going to be a good girl so I […]

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