Napa and Leek Dumplings for Vegetarian

Hello! Welcome to my new posting!


I shared the recipe of pork and leek dumpling before. At that time, I was feeling a little guilty. I was trying to be a vegetarian/vegan, but the recipe was using pork. It tasted great, but this time, I wanted to make vegetarian version, so I made the filling using just napa and leek. They have just veggies, but still taste awesome! If you feel like dumpling today, let’s try!



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Dango with Sweet Soy Sauce (Mitarashi Dango)

Hello there, I’m glad you came to check my new posting!

I introduced red bean paste dango the other day, and you know, I was too tired to cook red beans, so today I want to introduce another version of dango sweets.

Red bean paste dango has rich and thick texture from red bean, but this one is sweet and savory flavor of soy sauce (Again, soy sauce appeared on my recipe! :P)

The dango is called mitarashi-dango, and even though the sauce is rich and thick, this is more like lighter on your stomach.

And most importantly, making the sauce is EASY!!

Just combine all ingredients and 1 min later, you have perfect sauce right away!

If you like sweet but a little bit salty flavor, give it try!

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Dango with Sweet Red Bean Paste

Hello there, welcome to my new posting! How are you doing today?:)

The fall is finally come.

Tanooki already started to use heater in house. When I was in LA, I’d used a fan during fall because it was still hot enough, so I can’t believe myself using a heater in Sep (and October)!!

I went to grocery shopping to some Chinese market the other day, and they had a variety of mooncake in fancy boxes.  Sure, the Moon Festival is already a past event (this year’s moon festival was Oct 4th. As you can guess, the event was already passed before I knew.)

People who lived in old days worshipped the moon for its beauty, so they offered dango, rice cake dumplings, by window and ate them with looking at the great scenery of the moon.   

From my room, it is a little difficult to see the moon, but I’d like to join the festival in this year.

Well, I know it’s already past event and it’s almost impossible to see the moon, but I want to join. Not just I want to eat dango.

Anyway, today I’d like to share the recipe for dango with red bean paste.  


If you are wearing braces on your teeth or have some filling on your teeth, please consult your dentist if you can eat sticky and chewy dumplings before you try the recipe. I used to wear braces and this kind of food was strictly prohibited since it’s easy to ruin them…

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Pork and Leek Dumplings

When I was net surfing for what people are up to, I across by someone’s blog about cooking with kids.

The posting was very heartwarming. Just looking at pics and text on the posting, I could feel love of family.

I don’t have kids for now, but someday I wanna be like the blog’s owner, cooking with her little boy/girl(with lots of secret-eating moment.)

So today, I’d like to introduce recipe that kids can participate in important part of cooking.

It’s not “grate radish” or “take out beans from pods” but throughout of the recipe except baking part.

The dish is: DUMPLINGS!

(*Please be aware that your kids might forget to put L between P and I on their diary. It is adult’s important part to double check spell miss! :P)


It’s good eating dumplings at fancy restaurant like Din Tai Fung, but eating handmade dumpling with kids can teach both adult and kids lifelong learning lesson.

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