Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tim Gok Treats

I spent the afternoon with my Mom and Auntie Betty making Tim Gok, a sweet Chinese Treat with peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds and sugar inside a deep fried wrapper. 

My Grandma Chow used to make these for us, and I just loved them. I hadn't thought about them in a long time until last week when my friend, Bea, posted in Facebook that she was making them. Apparently they are a Chinese New Year treat, but my Grandma may have made them at different times of the year.

Bea told me that the So Kok wrappers are only available during Chinese New Year, and are sometimes hard to find. She very thoughtfully brought over some Tim Gok (she calls the So Kok) last week, but also brought me a package of the wrappers!! I asked my Mom if we could try making them together and she was up for it!! She invited my Auntie Betty to come make them with us. None of us have ever made them before, but they turned out great!

Here's the recipe I followed:

  • 1 package of So Kok wraps. (if they're not available Siu Mai wraps can be substituted)
  • 1 Cup roasted peanuts, chopped (fine or coarse, it's up to you)
  • 1 Cup toasted shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup to 1 cup roasted sesame seeds (I go with ¼, it really depends how much you love sesame seeds)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Oil for frying (peanut oil works best)

We had a lot of fun making these together, and they turned out great! My Mom did such a great job deep frying them, and they are beautiful and delicious.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

McLaren Park

Wallace and I went to McLaren Park for the first time today. Kayak and Mike have been a few times before. We loved it!! It's huge, with so many trails, trees, a very cool pond (with ducks!) and even an amphitheater!! Looking forward to going back to explore some more!

Instant Pot Pho Ga

I'm still in love with my Instant Pot, and probably use it at least once every other day or more.

Tonight's dinner: Pho Ga!! I never would have ever attempted to make Pho from scratch, but this recipe made it very easy!!

Dick and I both liked it a lot. I'd give it a solid B, with room for improvement, but a very good recipe already. Next time, I'll try letting it Naturally Release fully, rather than the 10 minutes that it suggested. I'm hoping that may make the flavors a little more potent.

Here's the recipe I used:
(Only change was I used two medium sized onions)

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Halloween Costume Idea

Now I think Wallace and Dick should dress as Mr Peabody and Sherman for Halloween.

Thank you, Auntie Betty!!

Auntie Betty surprised Wallace and Olive with a Lai See envelope for each of them. (Edit: Olive's Lai See came from my Mom, so she wouldn't feel left out!) 

 She also knitted a beautiful red infinity scarf for Wallace. It fits him well and looks quite cozy. He says he feels very dapper in it.

Thank you, Auntie Betty!!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Gung Hay Fat Choy!!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!! Tonight we gathered with our family to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Our Grandma had a bad fall last month, so she is currently staying at a skilled nursing/rehab facility. She is doing pretty well, all things considered. My Auntie ordered in Chinese Food and arranged for us to be able to use a nice dining area in the facility. It was a very nice evening, and so wonderful to spend it together with our family.

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So Kok (Kok Jai)

My friend, Beatrice, posted a photo on Facebook the other day that she was making So Kok with her children for Chinese New Year.

I immediately recognized them as a special treat from my childhood! These were something that my Grandma Chow used to make, and I absolutely loved them. I realize how, as an adult, that I didn't know anything about them.

Bea has told me that they are a traditional Chinese New Year treat that she used to make with her Mom and her Grandma. She said you can usually only find the So Kuk wrappers at Asian Grocery stores around this time of the year. 

She was incredibly thoughtful and he drops, and delivered some So Kok to me yesterday. They are as delicious as I remember!! She also brought me a package of So Kok wrappers so I can attempt to make some!!

I've looked up the recipe online, and found a couple:

I'm hoping that maybe I can get together with my Mom to try to make them together.

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Friday, February 16, 2018


Wallace and I had a nice, spontaneous visit with Philo and his Dads this morning! It was so nice running into them, and discussing our excitement about it being the Year of the Dog! :)

Gung Hay Fat Choy!!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!! Happy Chinese New Year!! It's the year of the Dog!!! Wallace and I are very excited because we are both dogs!! Well, I was born in the Year of the dog and Wallace *is* a dog (born in the Year of the Sheep). ❤️🐶🐶❤️.

PS: I think Olive may also think that she is a dog. 😺❤️🐶