I searched and finally found this recipe on the internet. It is a copycat of the Bourbon Chicken sold in Chinese carry-outs in my hometown. This recipe is so good that my sons gobble it up leaving me just a spoonful. Their excuse was they thought I had eaten.
This recipe looks like a lot of work, but its really not, and believe me, it is WELL worth it! I made this recipe early in the afternoon one day to plan on having for dinner, and my mother and I ended up eating ALL OF IT for lunch! You can add any other veggies that you like. I have added broccoli, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots...yum!
Siu mai or Siomai are steamed dumplings but with an open top. They're just so delicious that every time I go to Chinese restaurants or take out, expect me to order this as an appetizer. My Mom/sis used to prepare this as well and is good served with a dip of soy sauce mixed with any of these: calamansi/lemon/lime/kumquat. Now that I have to make it, there are times I opt out on the water chestnuts since I don't have them but it hardly changes a thing. :D Serving size really depends.
Sauce recipe: 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1 tsp lemon or lime or calamansi or kumquat.
Apparently the secret of great fried rice is to first toss the cooked rice in peanut oil and then mix in the seasoned vegetables. This rice calls for a clear vegetable stock. You can use a highly processed and scary store bought one :) But for a really authentic and impressive flavour you can go to the minimal effort of making your own. The recipe I use is Recipe#424266 Cooking time does not include preparing the rice.
When my daughter spent a summer in China, she told me about lychees, a pink fruit they would pick and eat right off the trees. I'd never heard of them, but found canned lychees in an international market and began a search for recipes using them. This recipe intrigued me because of the unusual mix of juices in the sauce (tomato, orange, and pineapple). It also calls for chestnut flour, which I've never used, but I've been told it's sold in World Market, Whole Foods, and specialty food stores. This recipe is from the Empress of China Restaurant in San Francisco, California.