• Admin
    January 24, 2016
    A detailed and yummy receipe by Chopsticks and Musings

    Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry Recipe

    Posted on 5 Days Ago by Romi

    Reading my blog you’ll discover one of my greatest joys in life is food. Cooking it, eating it, seeing it – I love it! That being said, it makes sense that from time to time I’ll share some recipes of the stuff I make at home here in Hong Kong, as well as restaurant reviews (which we frequently go to, you know, livin’ the life and all).

    Today I want to share a pretty simple and straightforward recipe for a chicken stir fry, with lots of veggies, spices and seeds (which I love adding to food).

    Chopstick eats

    I’ll start by saying that in our home we like things kind of spicy, which is why you’ll see hot chili peppers, garlic, ginger and also crushed chili in my recipe. Feel free to leave the chilli out completely or put a little less if you don’t like it so hot.

    What you’ll need:

    1 large deep frying pan with lid

    3 chicken breasts, cut in half width-wise then cut into strips

    1 large onion, halved and then cut in half rings

    2 medium-large carrots, cut into strips

    9-10 small bell peppers in different colors or 3 regular bell peppers, cut into strips

    1 pack of mushrooms (brown or white), sliced

    4 garlic cloves, chopped

    1-2 teaspoons ginger, chopped (to taste)

    2 small hot chili peppers, chopped

    1 parsley bunch, chopped

    a handful of each – pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds

    1 tablespoon sesame seeds

    Spices – salt, pepper, garlic, chili, parsley flakes, sweet paprika (to taste)

    1 tablespoon each – sweet chili sauce & balsamic vinegar

    How to:

    1. Start by sauteing the onions, season them with all the spices and stir until they become slightly golden.

    2. Next, add the chicken strips and stir until all chicken pieces are white and you can’t see any raw parts.

    3. Add in the garlic, chili peppers and ginger and season with some more salt and pepper.

    4. Throw in the carrots and bell peppers and stir to combine.

    5. Add both sauces, stir, add a bit of water (about half a cup) and put the lid on. stir every couple of minutes for about 10 minutes, or until you see the liquid becomes more like a sauce and less like soup.

    6. Add the mushrooms and combine so that they’re covered with the sauce. put the lid on again for 3-4 more minutes.

    7. Meanwhile, you can also make some rice ;)

    8. By now, the water should have reduced and become a bit thicker like sauce, you can add a bit more sweet chili sauce if you like the taste and stir. Next, add all the seeds and pine nuts and stir. Last but not least, throw in the chopped parsley.

    9. Check that all the veggies are softer but still crunchy, add some more of the spices if you feel like anything is missing and you’re good to go!

    10. serve on rice and dig in!

    If you try this recipe I would love to hear your thoughts! Share them in the comments below, along with any ideas or suggestions.


    Source - https://chopstickmusings.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/chicken-veggie-stir-fry-recipe/
  • Admin
    January 24, 2016
    Sharing a great article from Petitboutdechou.com


    27 AUGUST 2015

    10 Shopping Places every craft lover in Hong Kong Should know title

    If you don't know where to buy craft supplies in Hong Kong, I hope the list below will help you find what you need.
    In most of my posts I try to give you shops recommendations, but I have realized it would be great to summarize all these shopping places in one post. So here we are: I have gathered below my top 10 places to buy craft supplies in Hong Kong!

    1. Sham Shui Po
    This is my number one place for craft supplies shopping. I must say I am a bit obsessed about this place, as going to SSP for a craft lover is a bit like entering the Willy Wonka chocolate factory! This place sells so many different kinds of items: beads, leather, fabric, ribbons, buttons, and all the corresponding DIY accessories & tools ... I still manage to discover new stores every time I go there!
    So if there is one place you should visit for craft supplies during your stay in Hong Kong, go to Sham Shui Po.
    Here are a few DIY posts made from supplies found in SSP with some shops address:
    my first post for beads and jewelry accessories shops location,
    my chevron leather pouch DIY for leather shops,
    Actually most of the craft supplies used in my posts are coming from there!

    2. CN Square
    503 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
    It is one of the largest stationery store in Hong Kong with 5 floors full of arts and crafts items.
    You can find pretty much everything you need there for paper related crafts: from origami paper, any kind of paint, paper, boards, punches and some craft supplies as well.

    3. The Artland
    3/F, Lockhart Center, 301 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    Similar to CN square but with maybe a slightly smaller selection of art supplies: paper, pens, paint, brushes and so on.

    4. Living Plaza
    There are many living plaza shops in Hong Kong. They belong to the brand AEON.
    The particularity of these shops is to sell everything at 12HKD (or almost everything - some items are sold at a higher price which is usually indicated in big). These shops used to be known as "Jusco 10$ stores."
    The two shops I know are quite big:
    2/F Tai Hing Gardens Phase II, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    3/F Chong Hing Square, 601 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon.

    5. Log On
    Log on store Tuen Mun Town Plaza

    There are also a few shops in Hong Kong. They belong to City Super. This store sells mainly a collection of trendy and fun products that some would consider gadgets but they also have a selection of craft supplies and stationery that is worth a look.
    In particular, they have a great selection of washi tape.

    Log on store Tuen Mun Town Plaza washi tape

    They also sell some cotton fat quarters, gift boxes, and fabric stickers from the Korean brand Dailylike which are so cute! I have used some in my DIY square envelope leather pouch.

    Log on store Tuen Mun Town Plaza Dailylike fat quarters

    I have been to these two shops so far:
    Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Phase 1 Level 2, Shop 2251, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    Gateway Arcade level 3, Shop 3202, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    You can find the complete list of shops & opening hours here.

    6. Popular Bookstore
    There is always a nice corner in Popular Bookstores with a good selection of stationery but also some art & craft supplies.
    I know these two shops:
    Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Phase 1 Level 2, Shop 2192, Tuen Mun, New Territories
    Olympian City 3, UG88, Upper Ground Floor, Kowloon
    You can find the complete list of Popular Bookstore shops & opening hours here.

    7. The Commercial Press
    This book and stationery store is located 9 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
    They sell many Chinese and English books. At the basement, you will find a selection of stationery, art supplies and creative handicraft products such as beautiful origami paper.
    You can find the complete list of shops & opening hours here.

    8. The Crafties
    The crafties is a creative workspace that I have found on the web. I have never been there myself but the experience of the Sassy reporter from this post seems very pleasant.
    They propose some interesting workshops such as teddy making, crochet, etc.
    And they also have a craft supplies store. I do not know the extent of the selection provided there so feel free to leave your feedback below.
    This workspace and retail space is located 1/F Sing Kui Commercial Building, 27 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

    9. Artsman
    Flat A, 2/F Kiu Hong Mansion, 3 Tin Lok Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong
    Another stationery and art supplies shop with a selection of DIY craft supplies. I have never been there myself but it is widely recommended on the web. Let me know what you think about it!

    10. Your local stationery shop
    There are many small stationery shops in Hong Kong. I am sure you will find one of those small shops next to your place. The prices may be more on the higher side but it is always useful if you do not have time to go to other bigger shops. The range of products varies a lot from one shop to another.

    I hope this post helped you finding or discovering nice places to shop for craft supplies in Hong Kong. Of course, if you know other places and you would like to share your tips, please leave me a comment below.

    Source with photos


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