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How to make chicken feet with black bean sauce

Here is an easy recipe how to make chicken feet with black bean sauce.  This is so delicious and yummy.  Ohhh and it is so addicting too! I can't put the food down! OMGAH! I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

Get your ingredients ready!

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 3 pounds chicken feet
  • 2 tbsp chinese black bean
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 thumb ginger sliced into small strips
  • 3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup green onion sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch mixed with 1/2 cup water

     

1.

Get all your ingredients ready.  (click on the picture on the right to view larger image).

2.

Cut off the nails with scissors or a knife. Wash and drain the chicken feet. Squeeze out all the water.  You can also use a paper towel to dry them. 

3.

In a hot pan, add 1-2 cup oil. 

BE CAREFUL WHEN ADDING THE CHICKEN FEET TO THE OIL. IT IS HOT AND THINGS WILL POP!

Deep fry the chicken until golden brown.

4.

Add the garlic and ginger to a new pan with some oil. Stir until brown.

5.

Now add the chicken feet, oyster sauce, chinese black beans, and water. 

Once mixed, remove and place into a pressure cooker.

Cook for 20 minutes.  Be careful when using a pressure cooker. 

When done, put the pressure cooker under hot water, when the steam button is released, you may open the pressure cooker.

(If you don't have a pressure cooker, just cover and let it cook until the chicken feet is tender.  This could take a long time and if the water dries out, you may need to add more water.)

6.

Add the brown sugar, corn starch + water mixture, and the green onions.  Stir for about 5 minutes until the sauce gets thicken.

7.

Ready to eat!

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How to make blue crabs with savory sauce

Blue crabs is one of my favorite dishes!  I first ate this wonderful dish at my Aunt Ong's house ten years ago and instantly loved it at first taste!  The flavor is savory and succulant, omg is it finger licking good!  It is best served with sticky rice.  You dip the sticky rice into the sauce and eat. OMG YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 pounds of blue crab (cleaned, gutted, and split in half)
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 package of imitation crab meat
  • 1/2 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped ginger
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 jar crab paste
  • 1 jar shrimp paste

 

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How to make Hmong Jello

Making Hmong jello is very easy.  It is great for all occasions.  All you need are a few ingredients! Let's get started.

Hmong Jello Ingredients:

Version 1

  • 1 cup of Knox Unflavored Gelatine (if you can find the 16 oz can it will save you lots of $$)
  • 1 can of coconut milk (13 oz can)
  • 5 cups of hot water
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
  • add small amount of salt (optional)
  • add drops of smell flavoring (cov tsw tsw qaab rau nabvam) OPTIONAL
     
  1. Add sugar to a large bowl.
  2. Measure out 5 cups of boiling water to a big bowl. (becareful cos it's hot!)
  3. Then add the water to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Add coconut milk and stir.
  5. Lastly, add the Knox unflavored gelatine. 
  6. Divide the mixture into three equal parts. 
  7. Add food coloring as you wish. 
  8. In a large pan, pour one color mixture and place in the refrigerator until firm (usually 15 minutes, depends on the temperature of your fridge). 
  9. When the layer is firm, add another layer.
  10. Once it's all solid, cut it up into smaller pieces!

 

VERSION 2 - this one tastes creamier!

5 cups water
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unflavored gelatin
1 can of coconut milk (13 oz)
5 egg yolks
pinch of salt
Food coloring of your choice

Mix the water, coconut milk, and sugar in a bowl and heat over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt, optional.
When little bubbles start to form on the surface, add the egg yolks and stir immediately. Do not let it boil or else you will have scrambled eggs.
Sprinkle the gelatin carefully and stir so it does not get lumpy.
Remove and separate into 3 equal parts.
Add food coloring as you wish.
Pour one color in a pan and chill in the freezer or fridge until solid.
Pour next color when the layer is solid enough to hold another layer.
Continue until all colors are done.
Cut and serve!

To make egg shell mold, crack the narrow end of the egg with a toothpick or knife. Carefully remove a dime size hole. Pour out the egg whites, then the egg yolk will come out last. You can use the egg yolks for this recipe or save for another time. Rinse the egg shell in water. Place upside down back in the egg carton so the water drips out.  If you are concerned about using real eggs, I suggest you can buy egg molds online or at the store.  They make jello molds for eggs.

To fill the egg shells, use a plastic bag and pour it carefully into the shells. OR put the liquid into an empty plastic squeeze bottle and pour into the egg shell.

Where to find the large can of unflavored gelatin?
I bought a 16 oz can of Knox Unflavored gelatin at a large American grocery supermarket. Here in Madison, WI I bought it at Woodman's.  If you cannot find the 16 oz can, you can buy the individual unflavored gelatin packages at any supermarket.  It is cheaper to get the 16 oz can if you plan to make a lot of jello! You can make a few batches with the 16 oz can!

Where to find the powder food coloring like the one in the video?
I bought the Swad food coloring at my local asian grocery store.  If you cannot find powder food coloring, you can use liquid food coloring too.  Powder form just makes the colors brighter but any coloring would work. 

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe.  Try it with different colors and see how it turns out!  Please subscribe to my youtube channel for more updates and new videos!

How to make Nab Vam tapioca strings

This is a super easy recipe to make Hmong Nab Vam strings (pronounced as na va), also known as tapioca worms.  My fellow sister in Christ, Nam Phoumee, taught me how to make this recipe! Thank you Nam Phoumee!!!!!

Nab Vam Ingredients:

  • 1 - 16oz bag of Bot Banh Gio flour (see picture below)
  • 9 cups of cold water
  • food coloring of your choice

Other stuff to get ready

  • a really big pot to cook the mixture
  • a steamer pot with a top pot that has holes and a bottom pot for water (I got mine from a korean store)
  • a big strong spoon (flat or round, preferably a wide spoon)

Let's start!

  1. Mix the flour and the 9 cups of cold water in a pot.  Stir until disolved.  It will resemble white milk.
     
  2. Add the food coloring of your choice.  I prefer to use the powder food color cos it makes the color brighter.
     
  3. Place the pot on the stove and cook on high heat and stir.
     
  4. Watch the pot closely and stir continously.  Within 3-5 minutes the mixture will start to thicken.  Then in the last few stages it will get really thick within a few seconds!!!! This is why it is important to use a big strong spoon. Keep stirring!
     
  5. When the mixture starts to develop big bubbles and get shiny, turn off the stove.
     
  6. Stack the steamer pot in the sink.
     
  7. Pour the hot mixture into the steamer.  Using the big spoon with a downward pressing stroking motion, press the mixture down through the holes.  The tiny strings will fall into the bottom steamer. The technique to this is to press downward and stroke it to the side.
     
  8. Scoop out the strings and put them in the container of your choice. (see picture above)

Update!!! -- I recently bought a potato ricer to try to make my worms and they turned out beautifully! You should try it out. You can buy it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

 

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment! The key to this is continuous stirring!

Photoshop Geisha Tutorial

This is an Adobe Photoshop Geisha Tutorial.  Although there are many ways to get this look, here's my spin on this Geisha tutorial. Hope you like it!  The screenshots are for Mac users, but for PC users you can use the (control) key where I list the (command) key.

1.

Launch Photoshop and open a file. Duplicate the background (command+j)

2.

Go to Channels and select the Red channel. Press (command+a) then (command+c).

3.

Back in the Layers tab, add a new layer. Then press (command+v).

4.

From the Layers tab, switch Normal to Luminocity

5.

Command+m, adjust the curve like shown.

6.

Add new layer, color lips black (#000000), change Normal to Overlay

7.

Duplicate that same layer and change opacity to 35%

8.

Add new layer, use a soft brush and brush in some color where the eyelids are, use color (#f62f67).  Add a layer mask or use the eraser to remove the red parts on the eye ball.

9.

Add new layer, draw some lines on cheeks with a soft brush.  Use color (#f62f67). Change Normal to Hue.

10.

Select all layers and duplicate.

11.

Then merge layers. Deselect all the separate layers.

12.

On the flat layer, Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast, adjust the contrast to 41.

13.

Add kanzashi flower to image.  You can download the kazashi flower here and use in your own picture.

14.

Add new layer, use black to color in lines around the eye. Then change Normal to Overlay.

15.

Save image.  You're finished!

I have a Mac. Now what?

Have you ever wondered to yourself, "I have a Mac, now what?"  Well fear not, I've said those words to myself too when I first bought my iMac back a few years ago. First thing I remember was, "well now what do I do?"  If you are like anyone else on the internet, the first thing you want to do is get connected to the web!  But how do you do that?

First you must get connected to the internet either by a cable, dsl, or wireless router.  That assumes you have an internet provider!

All iMacs and MacBooks come with Safari.  It's the icon that looks a compass in your tray dock (which is probably located at the bottom of your screen).  As soon as you click that, Safari launches and takes you to Apple's home page.  If you like Safari, you can continue browsing the web with it.  Me, I prefer Firefox so I use that most often.  You can download it at www.mozilla.com

All executable files on Macs are called "dmg" files.  This is the equivalent of what you were probably used to execute "exe" files on Windows.  To open a "dmg" file, all you do is double click it and it should load right up.  Sometimes you are presented with an icon to drag to your "applications folder."  If you see it, just drag it!  Simple as that.

Some really cool free programs that you can immediately start using are:

  • Safari - web browsing, surfing, checking internet email
  • iPhoto - for organizing all your photos and making cool slideshows
  • iMovie - for editing videos and making movies.
  • iDVD - for burning your video files to a DVD so you can play it on a DVD player.
  • Garageband - for editing music files, creating music, and learning how to play instruments.
  • Textpad - for easy text editing, writing.
  • iTunes - for organizing your music, video, and syncing to your Apple devices such as an iPod, iPhone, iPad.

Some other cool free software you should download:

  • OpenOffice - the equivalent of Microsoft Office except that OpenOffice is free!
  • Skype - for messenging your friends
  • Firefox - web browser!
  • Chrome - web browser!
  • GIMP - for photo editing, similar to Photoshop

Other paid software that are helpful if you like advanced editing photos, video.

  • Adobe CS5 products - suite of all things video, photo, web editing.
  • Logic Pro - for editing sounds, music
  • Final Cut Pro - for really awesome video editing
  • DVD Studio Pro - for authoring really custom masterpiece DVDs

Also, you can download really awesome and cool apps easily from the Mac App store.

If you would like to venture into making iPhone or iPad apps, try XCode.  It's also available for a minimal price from the Mac App Store.  However, if you want to sell it in the iTunes store, you must be a licensed Apple Developer.  It costs $99.00 per year.

I plan to put some tutorials up soon.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or requests!