Saturday, 24 December 2011
Winter is my least favorite seasons, because it's cold and I don't always like to dress in heavy layers and can't forget about the wicked snow. However, one of the many joys of winter and the cold season is the foods you can eat in winter, that you don't often eat or see during the summer and warmer seasons.
I love eating food that's especially warm and soothing during the cold season. I'd like to share with you some of my favorite foods that I can't wait until to try and eat away this winter.
1. I love chicken noodle soup and it's probably one of my favorite soups ever. It's aromatic, flavorful, hearty, and comforting. It doesn't just taste good, but it's good for you.
Many restaurants and food places have chicken noodle soup, but honestly I think the best chicken noodle soup is the one you make at home, because you add in any thing you want.
2. Holiday Cookies. I love love love holiday cookies. Have I also mentioned that I love baking cookies? Well, now I have. I don't eat a lot of cookies, but the only time of the year I enjoy baking cookies is the winter time!
Summer is far too hot to be baking with the oven on. I'm planning to bake a batch of cookies soon for my company next Friday, before we all take a small vacation break. I especially love sugar cookies and thumb print cookies for the holidays.
3. On a cold day, a bowl of congee is always a great way to begin the day especially if you're not in a rush to head out. You can eat congee with several ingredients, but I always prefer it the traditional way which is congee, thousand year old egg, and topped with scallions.
I grew up eating this type of congee as well as a few others, but this is my absolute favorite. It's so warm, soft, comforting, and best of all: tasty!
4. Tong Yurn is a traditional and savory dish that I absolutely love. There is a special holiday in the lunar calendar usually around the holidays, where those that celebrate this particular holiday has to make a rich soup with these handmade dough balls and other ingredients.
My mom doesn't make this dish a lot, but when she does the taste of it has never failed. The soup base is from pork chop and bones and the ingredients include: mushroom, cabbage, parsley, shrimp, fish balls, and pretty much anything you want.
There's also a sweet version of Tong Yurn in different flavors as well. My favorite one is the peanut one because inside the dough ball contains a crunchy and sweet texture and it's absolutely delightful.
5. Most of all I love to hot pot especially when it's freezing or gloomy outside. The experience of hot pot is wonderful because your bonding with everyone over food and that's always a pleasant experience.
I love hot pot because you can cook almost anything you want without having to worry if the person next to you likes it or not. It's a fun-filled and delicious activity.
What are some of your favorite winter foods?