I had a lovely rose jelly dessert made from fragrant rosebuds and petals in China last summer. Chinese rose jelly is about the most beautiful and elegant thing I’ve ever seen for a lovely afternoon tea party. Perhaps only rose can deliver such beautiful scent and delicate flavor. I missed the flavor so much that I decided to make rose jelly by myself. I used rosebuds and petals I bought. Turned out this perfect, very rosy and pleasant afternoon tea dessert.
The rose scent is just right – not too weak, not overpowering. It smells and tastes like a fresh bouquet of roses. I hope you’ll enjoy!… View Post

Today’s recipe is inspired by Hui Lau Shan, one of my favorite dessert bars in China. Called “Xu Liu Shan” in Chinese, it’s the most popular and famous chain of dessert restaurants based in Hong Kong. When I was a high school student in Shenzhen, my favorite activity was to spend a few afternoon hours in Hui Lau Shan and enjoy an afternoon tea there. The desserts are all asian style and many of them made with mango. After I moved to New York, I found it’s really not that easy to find a great dessert bar that specializes in Chinese desserts and snacks.… View Post

Creamy and thick like porridge, congee is a classic Chinese dish, also known as jook. It’s eaten at all times of day in Chinese households. Pumpkin congee is one of my favorite breakfast foods. But it’s also perfect for your mid-night snack. It’s slightly sweet and relatively low in calories. By adding some milk to your bowl, you boost the taste as well as the nutritional profile.… View Post