Welcome Jaden!

The first time I stumbled upon Jaden Hair’s Steamy Kitchen food blog I had major blog envy. Who was this hilarious and irreverent woman? And how was it that she could make food look that good? I was hooked, an early convert to Jaden’s humor, playfulness, and drop-dead delicious Asian food. (Actually, not only Asian food, take a look at this post on cooking steak, and her fresh ginger tips.)

Well, with the eyes of the world on Beijing this week, I’m delighted to let you know that Jaden will be guest authoring a series on Simply Recipes, focusing on classic Chinese American food recipes. In her first post Jaden shares her mom’s secrets to perfect fried rice. Welcome to Simply Recipes, Jaden!

Have any Chinese American food favorites that you would like Jaden to write about here? If so, please let us know in the comments.


  1. m

    Hey Jaden! Just read your fried rice recipe, and can’t wait to try it :-) May i please request a recipe for chow mein that isn’t swimming in oil?

    Oh and i know it isn’t Chinese American, but would you also be able to give us a recipe for some Hakka-style chinese dish? Pretty please? :-D

  2. Lisa_S.

    I’ll 3rd the Chow Mein recipe (light on salt) and 2nd the veggie lo mein. And I’ll first a request for wonton soup that the recipe doesn’t feed a large army. And while wontons made from scratch are nice, most of my Chinese friends have told me that they just buy the things frozen and cook to their liking – so if you know of some good brands to use, I’d like to know. I don’t mind making them from scratch, just when I’m folding 100 little wontons, I get bored.


  3. Stasha

    First let me say welcome! This blog is already so entertaining and well written it’s hard to imagine it getting better, but I think it just did!
    How about for fried bananas? I’d die for some!

  4. derick

    For the first time I acutely feel there is more of a passing interest in anything Chinese. I would like to see a jook/congee/rice soup resipe on here! This is the porridge every Chinese eats, the world over.

  5. Maricel

    Wow! 2 of my favorite bloggers in one click!
    I would like to learn how to do Mongolian Beef and the Spicy Stir-fried String beans. Can’t find a restaurant in the Philippines that serve those.

  6. CLS

    Welcome! I am a big fan of Elise. I am looking forward to your recipes. If you are looking for recipe suggestions, DUMPLINGS, DUMPLINGS, DUMPLINGS — pork, veggie, fried or steamed! I love to eat them. Time to learn how to make them.

  7. Carolina Weening

    Oh, how about a recipe for a fantastic Chinese dish called Lion’s Head!! As I recall (15 years ago!), it used Chinese noodles and peanut butter… Oh, it was so good!

  8. Nikki

    Always great to have a fresh face around and a new take on food. And Chinese food? – goodness me I am in hog heaven! Although possibly this isn’t good news for my diet…

  9. H Laws

    Welcome Jaden! I would love to know how to make Singapore Chow Mei Fun. We have a local restraunt that makes it and it has a nice hot spiciness to it. I would love it if I could make it right in my own kitchen. Any chance you might show us how?

  10. Jennifer

    Hello Jaden!

    I absolutely love Crab Rangoon (cream cheese and crab filling), it’s one of my favorite dishes when I order Chinese…not sure if this falls in the Chinese American cuisine category, but thought I’d give it a try.

    The other dish I used to find at local Chinese restaurants is called Moo Goo Gai Pan (maybe it’s a Korean dish, not sure)…I haven’t had it forever and would LOVE to know how to make it!

  11. Happy

    Ooh! I’m so ecstatic! I had a look @ your site, can’t wait to make potstickers.

    I also have a query. I’ve been trying to make rice wine mash. It always turn out soggy on the bottom and fuzzy on top. The Aspergillus is so stressed it’s trying to sporulate. Any advice on techniques would be great.

    I’d also like to see festival foods like Zhong Tze ; rice wrapped in bamboo leaves.

  12. Mike

    Jaden: I know it’s more traditional than Chinese/American fusion but I’d live to see a post on the little known (in the USA), simple and savory Chinese soup dumpling. I’ve always wanted a home-based (read: easy) recipe for making these in my own kitchen.

  13. LGarrison

    Hello Jaden,

    I loved the sweet and sour chicken by the way! I would like to have a good recipe for General Tso’s Chicken (I hope that I spelled it correctly). I am really looking forward to reading and trying some more of your recipes.



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