The Little Ruby

Food, Recipes

The Best Baked Char Siu Buns (Baked Chinese BBQ pork buns)

I was on a very long search for the perfect baked char siu bao recipe (baked Chinese BBQ pork buns). The best that I’ve ever eaten was from a Chinese bakery in Richmond, BC Canada. We would order boxes of them to bring back home to enjoy throughout the week. Unfortunately, they have been closed for years and I have never found any pork bao as delicious as theirs. I’ll rarely eat the ones at dim sum places, because the ones I truly love are from Chinese bakeries. After years of  ...

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Churro Waffle

Last weekend I really wanted a churro (crispy fried dough covered with cinnamon and sugar) but I don’t love deep frying things at home and Disneyland is completely out of the question during these times. Then I had an epiphany. With a proper waffle batter that produces a crispy exterior and soft, fluffy interior, I could maybe brush on butter all over it and quickly coat in cinnamon and sugar. But that would be too messy and blotchy with the cinnamon/sugar coating. After looking  ...

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Pork and Bok Choy Noodle Soup

Amidst these crazy times and staying home all day, I find solace in something I can control (and devour). This super easy and simple pork and bok choy noodle soup really hit the spot. The broth is intensely flavorful (with the addition of a tiny bit of fish sauce) and is now a favorite in this house. Share this post:

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Artwork

Miniature Bubble Tea Keychains

Good news! My Etsy shop is finally open! Visit my shop for realistic mini bubble tea keychains: thelittleruby.etsy.com Crafting is something I get from my mom. As a kid, I’d always watch her in the kitchen hot gluing and assembling all sorts of cute small things that she would sell at private invite-only craft shows that were hosted at friends’ (and friends of friends’) houses. I remember wanting to help her glue, but she warned me hot glue guns are too hot for kids to  ...

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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Taiwanese beef noodle soup consists of braised, tender slices of beef, boiled vegetables, flavorful beef broth, and noodles. Although it seems simple enough, I have a hard time finding a really good bowl of beef noodle soup at restaurants. Here in the Seattle area we actually have plenty of Taiwanese restaurants (Din Tai Fung included) that are my favorite restaurants and they have really good food, but from most of the places I’ve tried around here, most of their Beef Noodle Soups  ...

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Drinks, Recipes

Taiwanese Milk Tea

What do you do when the nearest good milk tea place is a good 20 minutes drive from your house and you have a pretty frequent craving for it? Learn to make it at home. Although in the past I’ve tried various recipes and methods from using instant milk tea and combining with extra tea bags, to brewing fresh tea and adding milk, but I couldn’t get consistent results nor were they anywhere near as good as the good milk tea places. I finally found a legit recipe and tastes just as  ...

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Coffee Jelly

If you ever need a quick dessert to serve for friends coming over or just for yourself, this is a great little caffeine fix in the form a super delicious dessert. This is incredibly easy to make and make sure not to skip the sweetened heavy cream — it makes this dessert much more luxurious. Unless, of course, you are making this as a topping for homemade milk tea, making it even more delectable. After a few trial and errors, this being my first time using agar agar powder, I have found the  ...

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Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Seattle has finally started warming up for the summer and in perfect time for tomato season. It’s the best time to get those heirloom tomatoes and savor the amazing taste of what tomatoes are supposed to taste like. I’m tired of eating the mealy, grainy, bland tomatoes from the stores. Now that they are in season, it’s time for my favorite way to eat fresh tomatoes — bruschetta! In the 2009 movie Julie and Julia, there is a scene where Julie’s husband  ...

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Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Making cupcakes or a cake for upcoming Mother’s Day? If so, I highly recommend this frosting! When I think of cupcake frosting, I think of extremely sweet buttery frosting, because the typical cupcake frosting around here tends to be “American Buttercream”. While most kids and plenty of adults prefer that super sweet frosting on cupcakes, there are plenty of people that find it to be too sweet to eat. In the past, when I cooked cupcakes, I always made American Buttercream,  ...

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Waffle of Insane Greatness and Vanilla Whipped Cream

I love a good waffle as much as anyone, but I just could not get the crispy and delicious waffle at home that I get from restaurants. Why? Because most of the time “waffle” recipes that I had found were basically just pancake batter cooked in a waffle iron — not the same thing at all. Pancake batter cooked in a waffle iron produces a soft, cakey waffle just like a pancake is. I went through so many recipes while on my search for the perfect waffle recipe to go with our  ...

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