One of the luxuries that I get when the mil is around is that I do not have to sweat over lunch or dinner. Lunch for the 3 of us (mil, Cass and I) is usually pretty simple on a school-going day. We usually have porridge, boiled sweet potatoes, sandwiches, leftover from dinner or takeout. Dinner is always the grandest meal. The mil will whip out a minimum of 3 dishes with a soup.
These are some of the dishes that the mil wokked up for us recently. Though simple, her dishes are guaranteed to warm your soul and get your taste buds dancing.
The girls and I love this black pepper onion chicken with fermented black beans. The girls would scarf down their rice with this dish.
Braised fuzzy melon with dried shrimps and glass noodles (mung bean noodles). This dish is popularly known as 'Tai Yi Ma Kar Lui' in Cantonese. I guess this dish is every grandma's favorite dish to cook for her grand children. My late maternal granny used to cook this dish very often for us too.
Steamed chicken breast with 'dong guai' and wolfberries:
Shiitake mushroom omelette.
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