Home-cooked Chinese Dinner Menu

One Soup and 3 Dishes


  • Pork Ribs and Lotus Root Soup
  • Stir-fried Ground Pork with Shredded Preserved Vegetable
  • Fried Egg with Tomato
  • Simmered Bok Choy

Calcium Supplement May Increase Heart Attack Risk

Researchers have warned that the indiscriminate use of calcium supplements ‘should be abandoned’, as a meta-analysis of 29,000 people suggests the risks of heart problems outweigh the potential benefits.

The new data, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that calcium supplements – when taken with, or without vitamin D – may increase the risk of heart attack by 25 per cent, and the risk of stroke by 15 per cent. The new findings back up the results of an earlier meta-analysis that suggested calcium supplementation could have more risks than benefits .

Researchers find that for every thousand people they give calcium to for five years, they cause six heart attacks and prevent three fractures.


Ginger Cream Brulée


2 cups whipping cream
10 medium egg yolks
7 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp minced ginger


1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. In medium sauce pot, bring cream with ginger and half of sugar to boil.
3. In bowl, combine egg yolks and remaining sugar. Whisk lightly.
4. Temper cream with egg mixture. Add pumpkin puree.
5. Return to heat. Cook until thick enough to coat back of spoon. Strain mixture.
6. Pour into 3 oz ramekins. Place in water bath and bake until almost set (approx 45 mins). Cool overnight.
7. To brulée, sprinkle sugar lightly on top and use blowtorch to caramelize. Yield 15 individual servings

Source: ciao!