Category: China

Chinese Roast Pork with Seasonal Vegetables Stir-Fry

Chinese Roast Pork with Vegetables, photo by JMorton

This recipe is in two parts.

First of is making the Chinese roast pork and it then sliced and cooked/stir fry with the seasonal vegetables (widely available vegetables in whatever season)  Substitute or add any or more vegetables in available in your fridge.

Chinese Roast Pork with Seasonal Vegetables Stir-fry


  • 2-3 Lbs. pork loin or belly1/4 cup.Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha (you can get it now in Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Oriental supermarket
  • 1/2 tbsp  Sesame Oil
  • 1/2  tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp.Red Food Colouring (Optional.)
  • 1 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice

Directions for the Chinese Roast Pork

  • Mix together all the ingredients except for the pork in a large shallow bowl, like a covered pyrex dish or a flat casserole.
  • When all the ingredients are incorporated, Stir in the pork, ensure that all sides are drenched with the marinade.
  • Put a lid on the the bowl, using its on cover or with a cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least for two to three hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.  Using a large roasting pan with a rack, fill the bottom of part of the roasting pan with water.  Ensure the water does not touch the top of the rack.
  • Carefully arrange the the pork into the rack (don’t let it touch the water, so as not to dilute the marinade that had been absorbed by the meat).
  • Put the roasting pan into the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 45 – 60 minutes. Remove from the oven after thirty minutes and brush with the marinade on both sides of the pork.  return to the oven and continue to cook.
  • Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing into half inches thickness.

Seasonal Vegetable Stir-fry



  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 cup green bell pepper,sliced
  • 1 cup baby corn, cut in half
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, sliced
  • 100 g mushroom, quartered
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • i cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • Shrimp juice (derived by crushing the head of the shrimp) or use shrimp bouillon
  • 1cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large wok, saute the garlic and onion until golden (do not burn to prevent any any bitter taste)
  2. Stir in the carrots, green and red bell peppers and baby corn.
  3. Add the broccoli.
  4. Stir in the sliced pork.
  5. Mix in the oyster sauce.
  6. Pour in the shrimp juice and 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. The allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Dilute the cornstarch with the rest of the water then pour mixture in the wok. Mix well.
  8. Tip in the mung bean sprouts  and cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Check the seasoning by adding salt and pepper according to taste.
  10. Transfer into a serving bowl and eat hot with freshly boiled rice or some noodles.

Pork Dumplings Recipe

Dumpling, photo by PH Morton

Pork Dumplings Recipe

This is so delicious.  So scrumptious even with the simplest dip.  In fact the simpler the dip, the better as the herbs used in the dumplings enhance the flavour.

The recipe is to follow shortly

Yang Yang – Chinese Actor

Yang Yang

Yang Yang


  • DoB: 9 September 1991 (26)
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Career: Singer, Dancer & Actor
  • Currently on the top 5 most influential celebrity in China.


Yang Yang is a Chinese actor & singer.

His career went mega stratospheric; he was commemorated in an official stamp. 🙂  I can understand this as he has got a perfect profile 🙂 🙂 🙂

He was only asked to carry the Olympic torch in 2016.

Here he is singing.

Click here for the magic of Yang Yang.

Yang Yang – Chinese Actor


Films & Tv Dramas:

Hu Yi Tian – Chinese Actor

Hu Yi Tian – Chinese Actor


  • DOB: 26 December 1993 (24) – born on the 100 years of Chairman Mao’s birthday anniversary.
  • Height: 1.88 m (6’2″)
  • Educational Background: majors in Landscape Architecture
  • Occupation/Career: Model, Singer, Actor
  • Civil Status: Single

Dramas & Films:

  • Love ’til The End of Summer (Rush to the Dead Summer) – Minor role – first drama
  • A Love So Beautiful – Lead Male Role as Jiang Chen
  • Handsome Siblings (in the making)
  • Go Go Squid (guest role; in the making)
  • Youth Should Be Early (Started filming)

Hu Yi Tian is a young Chinese actor.  He recently starred in an unbelievably sweet drama as a young proud genius who fell in love with a cute energetic girl.

The drama, A Love So Beautiful,  was so popular that Hu Yi Tian has been given an award as one of the three actors of potential of the year during the star-studded Tencent 2017 award ceremony.

Hu Yi Tian has previously been cast in another successful drama ‘Love ’til the end of Summer in a minor role.

Click here for his performances of Chasing the Light, OST for Love Til the End of Summer at the China Drama 2017 Awards and ‘I Like You So Much You’ll Know it (A Love so Beautiful OST) during the New Year’s Countdown concert in China,

Having seen him in his second/latest role as Jiang Chen, he will go far.

Hope he does another drama with Yue Shen.  They had such a good chemistry, that fans would easily suspect that there was real attraction there.  🙂 🙂 🙂


Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • He had his first girlfriend at 18.
  • He has had 3 girlfriends so far.
  • He likes DIY. (Do it yourself)  He made his own leather wallet.
  • He is good at cooking.
  • He used to hate the mole on his nose but has grown to like it.
  • He was popular in high school and had girls chasing after him.
  • To all the girls out there, Hu Yi Tian wants someone who is respectful, with good conduct and academic performance.  His ideal type is innocent, kind, cute, lively and cheerful.  (No wonder he was so good as Jiang Chen.  Xiao Xi is actually Hu Yi Tian’s ideal!!!) LOL
  • Heightwise – he wants a girl between 1.4 – 1.8m tall.
  • Prefers dogs over cats
  • Prefers gaming to basketball
  • If he can choose a superpower it would be invincibility
  • He describes himself as slow to warm up, persistent and down to earth and he wants to be a positive energiser
  • He calls his fans and supporters “Mahjongs”
  • To the Mahjongs, he wants to be called ‘Teacher Hu’
  • He wants the colour blue to be the official colour for his fans to promote.
  • He shops online a lot.
  • He likes pork jerky and squid.  He also like macadamia nuts and other snacks.
  • Favourite dish?  As long as there is meat on it, he’ll like it.  He likes friend chicken particularly.
  • Favourite colour/s: Black, White & Grey
  • His lucky No is 8
  • He prefers milk over coffee
  • He does not like alcohol
  • He’d rather watch romantic films rather than the horror ones.
  • He likes long hair with a fringe on a girl.
  • His idol is Huang Bo
  • His ears turn red when he is feeling shy!
  • He wants to play a role of a sick serial killer. 🙂
  • Shen Yue’s first impression of Yu Hi Tian “Wow, he is super handsome.”





Update:  Finally Hu Yi Tian will be making another drama.

About time too!!!

Thank you Huace Global.

He will star with Chen Zheyuan in the remake of a popular wuxia drama called Handsome Siblings.

Hu Yi Tian @ Weibo

27 April 2018 

Gorgeous Hu Yi Tian in tux @ weibo

Courtesy of @dramapotatoe twitter account

Hu Yitian’s agency releases weibo post addressing 3 topics –

  • Zero tolerance for obsessive stalker fans
  • Received feedback on his hairstyling in and will be changing a hairstylist
  • He’ll also be filming 2 modern dramas as the male lead in July & Oct!

(oh please, can one of this modern dramas be with Shen Yue again!!!)

Update: 18 June 2018

Oh no!  Our gorgeous Hu Yi Tian is caught up in a rumoured hotel scandal.  Apparently he was meeting a girl in a hotel room and it was caught on cctv.

The girl he was meeting allegedly divulged that he contacted her in 2017.

She has also an audio allegedly of Hu Yi Tian.  I read the translation and it was pretty candid.  It is on the genre of sex, drug and rock and roll!  🙂 🙂 🙂

And what is not right was the alleged dissing of his co-star (our beloved Yue Shen), who he said in the audio was casted because she was plain.  Not very pretty so that the fans who are not very pretty themselves can easily relate to her.

That was not very nice.  No wonder he was so good as Jiang Chen, no social skills!  🙂

This kind of scandals should not happened fairly early on in his career.  Discretion, dear boy.  Holy smoke, don’t snuffed up your career before it even starts properly.

Hopefully this scandal is all a hoax!

Hu Yi Tian had started filming a new drama with Elaine Zhong called Youth Should Be Early.  The story is based on a novel.

Apparently a girl proposes to her boyfriend on their graduation day.  She was turned down by the boyfriend, who wanted to carve a career first.

Go Hu Yi Tian, Go!!!




Suddenly Seventeen

Suddenly Seventeen

This is an engaging Chinese film. It is about a couple who have been together for ten years.  Liang Xia is now 28 years old and really wanted to get married with her boyfriend who she had been living with for 5 years.

But her boyfriend, Mao Liang, is so focused with his job and seemed to be cooling off from their relationship and even broach the subject of actually breaking up.

Heartbroken, Liang Xia ate a chocolate from a box given to her by a mysterious man from Shopping network.

Upon eating one, she suddenly turned into her old 17 years old self.  Someone who was feisty, confident, artistic and carefree.  It was a new life for old life.

The chocolate has at least six hours effect and then she goes back to normal.

As she started eating more of the magic chocolate, she started to change, more confident and she also fell in love with a young boy.

This turn of event puzzled her old boyfriend.  She is no longer the clingy rather neurotic girl.

When all the chocolate had gone her transformation was complete, she is now a confident independent woman, who does not rely or expect marriage from the boyfriend, who she broke up with.

The movie ends with her gorgeous ex boyfriend running around town buck naked to get her attention.  Ahhhhh

But she was not hurrying to get into a relationship.  Lovely movie with a lovely ending, very empowering.

We do not have to rely on anyone for our happiness, it is within us to be happy.

A Love So Beautiful – The Novel

A Love So Beautiful – The Novel

If you have watched the drama, A Love So Beautiful, and understandably can’t get over it and is suffering from withdrawal symptoms like myself, then as a panacea you can read the novel which has been graciously translated into English by a group of young women, headed by Dolly.

The original book called To: Our Pure Little Beauty was written by Zhao Gan Gan.  I am not sure how many chapters but there are now 43 chapters translated through the site below.  Just click to bring you right into the Table of Contents.

The novel is not the same as the tv drama.  Only bits and pieces are familiar in both.  All the same reading the translations will give you more of an insight into Chen Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen.  Though the novel is earthier than the sanitised tv drama, you can still picture them together as you read.  Jiang Chen was very physical.  If left to him Xiao Xi won’t get out of bed!  LOL

That scene after Lu Yang Karaoke Farewell to Singlehood, where Jiang Chen gave Xiao Xi a lift to get home, and then lit by his car headlights, Jiang Chen (he was so gorgeous) sauntered towards Xiao Xi to give her lost house-keys, well, according to the novel, they shared a really long passionate kiss.  Xiao Xi even said that she might have swallowed an equivalent of half a can of coke of Jiang Chen’s saliva.  LOL  Awww

In the novel, they broke up because of Jiang Chen’s mother’s interference.  Xiao Xi was not good enough for her son. Jiang Chen’s dad is also alive and kicking.

Bu Song was gorgeous and if he had confessed to Xiao Xi in high school, they would have ended up as boyfriend & girlfriend.  (It wouldn’t be A Love So Beautiful 🙂 LOL)  Instead they remained as the bestest of friends much to the jealousy of Jiang Chen.

I can’t wait for more new chapters.


This Is Not What I Expected – Movie Review

This Is Not What I Expected – Movie Review

I have just seen this Chinese film and I have to admit of thoroughly enjoying it.  The story itself is sweet and undemanding with really likeable leads.

It is about an exacting and rather dour CEO called Lu Jin (played by the gorgeous Takeshi Kaneshiro of the House of the Flying Daggers) who was on a mission to take over an ailing hotel.

Lu Jin was a foodie and while on a hotel reconnoitring mission, he met a sous chef, Gu Sheng Nan (Zhou Dongyu).  He took a liking to her cooking but not to her.  During their first few meetings, they tend to fight or have a misunderstanding.

But he liked her food, so much so that he practically moved in into her untidy and cluttered bijou apartment to eat her cooking and sleep as for some reason he can’t get a good kip (sleep) at the hotel room. He even liked her ageing dog.

They were beginning to get on  really well until Lu Jin suddenly disappeared.  Gu Sheng Nan went looking for him and found out that his personal chef is now back from her little holiday and therefore, Sheng Nan is a bit redundant.

She was really upset but in the end Lu Jin came back looking for her.  He doesn’t want her as a chef but to be someone special.

Their courtship, though not long enough was so sweet and romantic.  The ending is satisfying.

For some reason, this film reminds me of that 80s Hollywood blockbustre starring Julia Roberts and Richard Geer – Pretty Woman.

They have a real chemistry despite the rather large age gap between the actors.  Kanishiro is 44 years old while Dong yu is 25.

Special note:  This film provides you the perfect way to cook ramen (noodles in packet) 🙂


Love of Aurora (Chinese Drama Review)

Love of Aurora (Chinese Drama Review)


Love of Aurora is a modern drama romance which will be made up of 50 episodes and directed by Liu Bo.

I love the leading girl in this because she was so cute in that 2016 drama, Hello, Mr Right with Korean actor, Lee Dong Gun


Ma Ke as Li Jun Tai

Guan Xiao Tong as Han Zing Xi

Zhang Xiao Long as Li Ming Zi

Zhao Han Ying Zi as He Jin Wen

Ma He as Lei Yuan Yuan

Zhu Xiao Peng as He Hua Hao


It started rather dramatically.  Our heroine, Han Zing Xi was being chased by a man in suit.  While she was running she got hit by a car and later woke up with psychogenic amnesia.  Apparently this is a way for the brain to cope with unbearable traumatic memory.

The synopsis of the story is about a girl who is an actress with extra-ordinary talent who meets an heir to a large fortune but running away from responsibility and a very strict parents.


Han Zing Xi and Li Jun Tai first met in America.

Li Jun Tai is a troubled boy, who is rebelling from a very powerful, super-rich controlling grandfather.

Han Zing Xi on the other hand comes from a poor family.  Her mother is currently in the hospital for brain clot or something.  She needed operation ASAP but there was no money, therefore Zing Xi had to scrabble for any work that she could have.

Fortunately for Han Zing Xi, she met Jun Tai once again.  He felt sorry for her so he hired her to be his personal assistant.

Jun Tai had a bet with his wily grandfather that if he wins, he gets control of his life, i.e. he doesn’t have to honour an arranged marriage as well as he can do whatever business he wants to engage in.

Jun Tai has only a full brother he respect.  This brother is Li Ming Zi, who is under the control of their grandfather.  So he is often torn between the grandfather and his hyperactive brother.

Li Ming Zi is submissive to the grandfather and he had been tasked to make the marriage between Jun Tai and Jing Wen to happen, otherwise he will be banished to America to manage a subsidiary branch rather than becoming the CEO of the head office in mainland China.

Jun Tai and Zing Xi ended up living together in secret.  This was so cute.  It is all platonic of course, well for now!

It is now the start of the competition for the SuperPower contest. At the last minute Jun Tai chose Zing Xi as part of his team.

Miraculously, a foundation was created to pay for Zing Xi’s mother’s hospitalisation.  Of course it was all due to Jun Tai through his brother Ming Zi.

During a training session, Jun Tai and Zing Xi were purposely locked in the training room by a wicked contestant.

This episode is really stupid.  they were obviously locked in and the guard had to use a wire cutter and yet he ended up telling them off for staying in the room.

They then become a subject of titillation in social media.

Deep-Fried Spare Ribs Recipe

Deep-Fried Spare Ribs Recipe

This is truly delicious, a real treat to those who like a bit of meat, just like me.  The ribs are crunchy and spicy, perfect as a buffet dish for a party this Christmas.


  • 700 g pork spare ribs
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp rice wine or substituted with the same amount of dry sherry
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Chop each spare rib into  3-4 small pieces
  • Using a large bowl mix together the curry powder, rice wine, salt and black and pepper.
  • Mix in all the spare rib and thoroughly cover all the pieces.
  • In a separate bowl, make a batter by mixing in the beaten eggs with the flour.
  • Heat a wok or a large frying.
  • Add the oil.
  • Take a  few ribs and coat with the egg batter and then carefully drop into the hot oil. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until golden all over.
  • Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain over kitchen paper towels.
  • Repeat with the rest of the spare ribs.
  • Serve immediately with some salad.
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