my mama makes chinese leek boxes (韭菜盒子)!

I attempted to look at the history behind Chinese leek boxes also known as Chinese chive pockets (as well as any combination of the two), but there wasn’t really much. I assume this is because that they are typically grouped together under the larger umbrella of “jiaozi” or dumpling.

Essentially, they are little pockets of dough filled with Chinese garlic chives, bits of egg, and occasionally some type of meat. They are pan fried and can be manipulated into any shape that you want. You make the dough, fold the filling into them, and simply fry them on a pan!

Some pictures below of the process 🙂


a pot of flour, a bowl of dough,and the swift hands of my mother making the dough circles


gently scooping the filling onto a dough piece


a close up of the Chinese leek boxes precooked! 


a close up of the filling, egg, shrimp, and chives


the half-eaten finished product, crisp and slightly floury, juicy and full of flavor!


YouTube Day 3: Miniature Space

My suitemate from college showed me this YouTube channel and let me just say that I am thoroughly obsessed.

Essentially, it’s a cooking channel for miniature food. A mysterious person (face unseen) takes out these miniature knives and spoons, gets out his miniature pot, pulls out the matches, and gets cooking on food items approximately 10 times smaller than actually consumable material.

Although not particularly useful for someone who genuinely wants to learn how to make a certain dessert or side dish, it is fascinating how this person accomplishes these tasks on a miniature level – for example, stir frying or making french fries. There is a sense of imaginative exploration, which really draws viewers in.




YouTube Day 1: Cooking with Dog

As a celebration of my blog achieving yet another year <3, I have decided to revive something that I did as part of my very first blog posts – a feature on some of my favorite YouTubers, which have evolved and changed since that first day three or so years ago.

I stumbled upon this channel Cooking With Dog by accident during many a hungry night in my college dorm – watching other people cooking food and eating it is almost as good as eating it yourself, right?

What really sticks out to me about this channel is its quality and its originality. Ever since they started their YouTube channel (around 2007?), they have had the same format of video making. Obviously, the number of pixels have changed due to increasing technology, but the general format has always been the same. It always starts with lovely Chef (real name unknown) offering a greeting, before bustling into the neat, organized method of Japanese cooking with Francis, her real life dog by her side “narrating” (actually a man speaking in a  Japanese English French accent). At the end, they always have the exact ingredients written down with Chef tasting the food and petting Francis. It has always been so clean and simple, professionally done, and of course a million times better than anything else with the unique addition of Francis in the cooking videos.

If anyone is interested in Japanese-style cooking recipes or just a lover of both dogs and food, I would definitely check this cute little YouTube channel out.