What’s for Dinner?

Chinese Dinner at a Michelin 2-star Restaurant in Hong Kong


Deep-fried Cashew

Sauté Bitter Melon with Dried Shrimp

Stewed Feet of Piglet in Seasoned Soy Sauce

Roasted Piglet on Shrimp Patty

Stuffed Crab Shell with Mushroom

Chinese Lettuce and Shrimp Paste Casserole

Stir-fried Shrimp and Scallop with Choy Sum

Jumbo Oyster and Bean Thread Vermicelli Cooked in Pot

Grilled Beef Ribs with BBQ Sauce

Dessert Trio – Marshmellow Rabbit, Pumpkin and Tapioca Sweet Soup, and Fruit Tart

Character Bento

Panda Charaben


  • Panda – rice, cheese, black beans, nori
  • Grilled salmon with miso saikyo style
  • Simmered root vegetables
  • Fried egg with seaweed
  • Ham roll
  • Broccoli

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More Exercise Could Make For Better Sleep

A new study suggests regular physical activity might encourage better shut-eye: People who met national exercise guidelines reported better sleep and less daytime fatigue than those who didn’t.

The research doesn’t confirm that exercise directly leads to improved rest, and it’s possible there may be another explanation for the apparent connection between exercise and sleep. Still, the findings are mostly consistent with previous research, said Matthew P. Buman, an assistant professor of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University who’s familiar with the study.

But if you think a daily walk or jog will clear up your sleep problems, that might be a bit too optimistic.

“In general, the relationship between physical activity and sleep is moderate,” Buman said.

More than one-third of U.S. adults have trouble falling asleep at night or staying alert during the day, according to background information in the study. Inadequate sleep has been linked to depression, cardiovascular disease and other health problems.


A Popular Chicken Dish of Fukuoka Prefecture in Southern Japan


250 g chicken thigh
300 g lotus root
50 g burdock
50 g carrot
1 cake konnyaku (200 g)
10 to 12 pieces cooked ginnan
2 tbsp oil
1/3 cup sake
3/4 cup dashi
4½ tbsp sugar
4½ tbsp soy sauce


  1. Cut chicken into bite-size chunk.
  2. Peel and clean burdock, carrot and lotus root. Cut into small pieces of similar sizes. Tear konnyaku into small pieces by hand.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pot. Stir-fry chicken until no longer pink. Remove.
  4. Add another tbsp oil to pot. Toss vegetables and konnyaku in hot oil briefly.
  5. Return chicken to pot. Add sake, then dashi and sugar. Stir and mix well. Bring to a boil. Continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add soy sauce and turn down heat to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally during the process.
  7. Mix in ginnan before removing to serving platter.

Source: Japanese magazine

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