Doughnut…or Donut

(Doughnuts…or Donuts, by Reggie Soang)

I have been craving a donut. A donut means a lot to me; donut is comforting, donut reminds me of childhood, donut is great for gathering, donut sounds sexy (say it…dou-nut), donut is great for a first date, a second date, and a third date, and donut cures hangover.

For the latest COVID 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Doughnut…or Donut
Serves: 2 Adults & Many Kids

470g AP Flour
85g Sugar, divided to 60g and 25g
55g Butter
60g Water
265g Milk
11g Active Dry Yeast
3.5g Salt
1 Egg

For Lemon Glaze:
1 and 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 lemon zest
30g lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

For Cinnamon Sugar:
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder

  1. Add AP Flour, 60g sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl
  2. Bring both water and milk to between 100F and 105F, could be slightly lower, but not higher. Yeast does its best job in between those two temperatures
  3. Mix together water, reserved 25g sugar, and yeast, let them bloom for 10 minutes
  4. Melt butter in milk, and bring milk’s temperature back to between 100F and 105F (adding cold butter to milk can drop the temperature of milk)
  5. After yeast has been bloomed, add to milk and butter mixture
  6. Turn your stand mixer on low with dough hook attachment, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix to combine. The mixing will take about 14 to 15 minutes. The dough is ready when it comes off the sides of the mixing bowl. Put the dough in another greased mixing bowl and let rest for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  7. Once the dough is rested, gently slide it out onto a floured surface and roll it to half-inch thick rectangle. Use a donut cutter or two different size of ring cutters to punch out donut. Set each individual donut on small pieces of greased parchment paper and let rest for 20 minutes
  8. With the leftover dough, gently fold it back into a ball and let rest for another 20 minutes before punching out another batch of donut. Repeat…
  9. Heat up a pot of oil to 325F, and drop donuts in gently and fry for 15 seconds before removing the parchment paper. Try and keep the oil temperature at around 325F (between 315F to 330F is fine…anything lower, donut will be grease, and anything higher, donut will be too dark on the outside)
  10. Once the first side is golden brown, after about 1 minute 20 seconds (ish), flip to the other side, and fry for another 1 minute and 20 seconds (ish)…the whole process should take about 3 minutes. Drain them on cooling racks. Avoid using paper towels because the donut will steam and get grease.
  11. Once doughnuts are cooled, glaze them with lemon glaze or dust them with cinnamon sugar. Bon Appétit!

Poached Pear, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, and Chocolate

(Poached Pear, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, and Dark Chocolate, by Reggie Soang)

Poached Pears are one of my favorite desserts. I love using Anjou Pears for its meaty texture. Pears are cheap and works very well with baked goods and ice cream. Since I have abundant of muffins in the house (lemon poppy seeds to be specific), I decided to use my poached pear with a muffin and grated dark chocolate.

For the latest COVID 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Poached Pears, Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, and Dark Chocolate
Serves: 2 adults

2 Anjou Pears
5 cups Water
2.5 cup Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick
Pear Peels,
1/2 lemon, juiced

To Serve With:
1 Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin, cut in half and reserve the muffin top
Dark Chocolate

  1. Peel pears and squeeze lemon juice over them to keep them from oxidizing (turning brown)
  2. Bring sugar syrup to a boil with pear peels and juiced lemon trim
  3. Turn the heat down and place pears inside the hot syrup to poach (the poaching liquid should only bubble ever so slightly to none). The poaching time could vary depends on your heat level. Start checking your pears every 10 minutes after the first 15 minutes passed. To check on pears, using a skewer to poke the thickest part. The skewer should go through without any resistance.
  4. When pears are done, cover the pears and leave them in the syrup to cool.
  5. To serve, reduce 2 cups of the poaching liquid to syrup. Cut a muffin in half, reserve the muffin top for breakfast and glaze the bottom half  with pear syrup. Sit the pear on top of the muffin and drizzle syrup around the plate. Finish with grated dark chocolate. Bon Appétit!


Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

(Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins w/ Lemon Glaze, by Reggie Soang)

Though I am a savory cook, baking is a simple pleasure that I truly enjoy. Now would be a good time to dust off the muffin tins and bake some goods!

For the latest COVID – 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Serves: 2 adults and 2 children

8 oz. AP Flour (Cake Flour works just well)
5 oz. Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
120g Greek Yogurt
60g Milk
2 Eggs
4 oz. (1 stick) Butter, softened
1 Lemon zest & juiced
2 tablespoon poppy seeds

For Glaze:
1 and 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 lemon zest
30g lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  1. Combine all dried ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder) and sift. Add poppy seeds and lemon zest to dry ingredients and mix to combine
  2. Use a stand mixer or an electric mixer to cream butter with sugar until pale and fluffy
  3. Add eggs one at a time to combine, and then add yogurt
  4. Add your dry ingredients to butter in 3 batches, mix on slow setting. Once the dry ingredients are mixed in, add milk and lemon juice
  5. Using a piping bag, if you have one, or a spoon, fill muffin tins to the lip and bake in 425F oven for 5 minutes, and then turn down to 350F to bake for 17 minutes
  6. Meanwhile, make your glaze by combining confectioners sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice with a whisk
  7. Check your muffins by inserting a skewer or small knife into middle. The skewer should come out nice and clean. Let the muffins cool down to room temp before glazing them.
  8. To glaze muffins, using a piping bag to drizzle the glaze criss cross the muffin tops. Alternatively, use a spoon and drizzle the glaze as you would with a salad dressing. Bon Appétit!

*This recipe is the updated version.



Ramen…NYC’s favorite

(Ramen, Broccoli Rabe, Chickpeas, Chicken, and Poached Egg, by Reggie Soang)

Ramen is one of the most popular dishes in NYC. I love ramen because it gives me the flexibility to cook and add anything I want. My recipe is only a guidance to a dish that bridges different cultures and heritage. You could use either fresh or instant ramen. I chose to use instant ramen because of its availability and the fond memories of my childhood when I first learned how to boil water.

For the latest COVID – 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Ramen, Broccoli Rabe, Chickpeas, and Poached Egg
Serves: 2 adults & 2 children

For the Broth:
1 Onion, peeled and cut in half
2 heads Garlic, split in half horizontally
4 scallions, split into green and white parts
1 teaspoon White Peppercorn
1 teaspoon Szechuan Peppercorn
1 and 1/2 qt. water, plus 1 cup for later
3 cups of chicken stock

For Seasoning the Broth:
1 & half Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 & half teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoon White Wine
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon MSG

For Scallion Oil:
10 pieces Scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup Canola Oil
1 teaspoon MSG
2 Tablespoon White Soy Sauce (or regular soy sauce)

To Serve with:
Ramen, I use instant noodles
Cucumbers, thinly sliced
Marinated Chicken (optional)
Broccoli Rabe
Poached Egg
Chickpeas, drained
Habanero Chilies (optional)

  1. To make the broth, ingredients facing down, char onions, garlic, and white part of the scallions until blackened in a cast iron. You could also use a broiler if you don’t own a cast iron
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a pot and add water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes
  3. Strain the stock after 45 minutes and you’d end up with about 3 cups. Add the same amount of chicken stock and 1 cup of water. 
  4. To make aromatic scallion oil, thinly slice scallions and bring up the oil to 350F. If you don’t have a thermometer, put a piece of bread in the oil and wait until it turns golden brown. Pour hot oil over your scallions and cover for 3 minutes.
  5. Season you hot scallion oil with soy sauce and MSG right away.
  6. Season your stock according to the recipe, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  7. To blanch broccoli rabe, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your broccoli rabe for 3 seconds. Dunk broccoli rabe into cold water immediately to stop cooking process
  8. To poach eggs in their shells, bring 1000 ml (1000g) of water to a boil, turn off the heat and add 200 ml (200g) of cold water. Add 4 eggs (it has to be 4 eggs to have the right temperature inside of the pot to cook your eggs…more ramen this week!)
  9. Put a lid on and set a timer for 17 minutes. After timer goes off, let eggs sit outside of the pot for 5 minutes before using
  10. To marinate chicken, I saved the chicken used for my stock and marinated it with scallion oil
  11. To serve: cook your ramen according to the package’s instructions. Ladle broth into your bowl and add your noodles. Start garnishing your ramen bowl with broccoli rabe, chickpeas, marinated chicken, and cucumbers. Finally, crack open a poached egg. Spoon scallion oil over the garnishes and sprinkle chilies around for added heat. Bon Appétit!


Bubble and Squeak

(Bubble and Squeak, with Fried Egg and Spicy Tomato Sauce, by Reggie Soang)

One of the best ways to use up your root vegetables and leftovers is to make Bubble and Squeak; mash everything together and fry it gently until nice and golden brown. What is a “Bubble and Squeak”?…you’ll have to try it, because it comes from the sound of bubbling, squeaking, and sizzling of your food! A wonderful way to fill up your apartment with the smell of love and joy!

For the latest COVID – 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Bubble and Squeak, with Fried Egg and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Serves: 2 adults and 2 children

640g Potatoes, roughly mashed
2 cup Sautéed Onions
1 cup Kale, cooked and chopped
1 cup Broccoli Rabe, cooked and chopped
2 Tablespoon Grain Mustard
4 Tablespoon EVOO, plus more for frying egg
2 t Salt
1 Egg
Spicy Tomato Sauce, as much as you like

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. Mash up the potatoes roughly with a fork and mix with the rest of the ingredients
  3. Form patties with the potato mixture to about 1/2 inch thick
  4. Heat up oil in a non-stick skillet on medium high heat until shimmering. Place potato patties into skillet and fry them until golden brown. Flip the patties and put the skillet into the oven for 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Once the second side is golden brown, your patties should also be nice and warm on the inside. Take the patties out and drain them on paper towels. The patties will be fragile, so don’t worry if they fall apart.
  6. Wipe off the oil in skillet and put it back on medium high heat. Heat up 2 tablespoons of EVOO until it shimmers. Crack your egg and let it fry and sizzle, season with salt and pepper. Right before the egg is done, put in a little knob of butter and baste the egg white to finish. This is your sunny side up egg. If you want over-and-easy, base the surface of the yolk couple times with your hot butter, a nice trick to cook the egg without having to flip it.
  7. Serve your Bubble and Squeak with the fried egg on top, and place a dollop of spicy tomato sauce on the side. Bon Appétit!

Crispy Potato Pancake

(Crispy Potato Pancake, Poached Egg, Spicy Tomato Sauce, Arugula, by Reggie Soang)

Really wanted a crispy potato dish for my brunch…turning to one of my favorite potato recipes!

For the latest VOCID 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you: 

Crispy Potato Pancake with Poached Egg, and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Serves: 2 adult and 2 kids


For Potato Pancake:
1 & 1/2 pound Potatoes, cut into strips
150g (about 1 and 1/2 stick) Butter
6g Salt

For Lemon Vinaigrette:
2 lemons
Salt, to taste

To Serve with:
1 Poached Egg
Handful of Arugula, dressed in lemon vinaigrette
3 Spoonfuls of Spicy Tomato Sauce

  1. Peel potatoes and thinly slice them into coins, 1/16-inch thick, on a Japanese mandolin.
  2. Stack up the potato slices and cut them into thin strips
  3. Rinse potato strips under cold water for 5 seconds to get rid of excess starch and prevent from turning color. Dry potatoes with paper towel. At the meantime, melt butter.
  4. Put potatoes in a mixing bowl and add melted butter and salt. Mix to combine.
    Pre-heat your oven to 400F (375F if you have a convection setting). Heat up a non-stick skillet on high heat. When the skillet is hot, add your potatoes, and they should start to sizzle.
  5. Use a spatula to press potatoes down and flat. Once you see the potatoes are frying on the edge and getting a little crispy, you could put the skillet into the oven.
  6. After 25 minutes, the pancake should be golden brown underneath. Flip the pancake onto a lid and slide it back into the skillet with the other side facing down.
  7. Fry your pancake on the stove top for couple minutes on medium high heat. Put the skillet back in the oven for another 10 minutes to finish the second side.
  8. Flip the pancake onto a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing into wedges.
  9. To serve, place a wedge of potato pancake on one side of a plate. Place arugula, dressed in lemon vinaigrette, off to the side with a poached egg resting in between the salad and pancake. Add a dollop of spicy tomato sauce and serve. Bon Appétit!

Feeling Classy – Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Chocolate Chip Cookies, by Reggie Soang)

To set up for a productive weekend, I made cookies. And so should you!

For the latest COVID – 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: Quite a bit of people

300g ( 2 & 1/4 cup ) AP Flour
5g (1 teaspoon ) Baking Soda
2g ( 1/2 teaspoon ) Salt
175g ( 3/4 cup ) Sugar
160g ( 3/4 cup ) Brown Sugar
2 (1 cup) Sticks Butter
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
12 oz. ( 2 cup ) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

  1. Bring your butter out of the fridge for 1 hour to temper
  2. Combine dry goods and set aside
  3. Using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, cream butter with sugars
  4. Mix in egg and vanilla Extract
  5. Add your dry goods to butter mixture in 3 stages. Mix in dry goods on low speed
  6. Add in your chocolate chips and mix to combine
  7. To portion your cookie dough, cut out few pieces of parchment paper, roughly 12-in by 17-in each. For each piece of paper, put some cookie dough at the bottom half of the paper in length. Slowly roll up your cookie dough in parchment paper to make 1 and ½ -inch logs. Chill the cookie dough logs for at least 1 hour before baking
  8. Pre-heat your oven to 375F
  9. Take out your cookie dough and cut them into pucks (about ½ -inch thick), weighing about 1.2 to 1.3 oz. each.
  10. Lay your individual cookie dough 2 inches apart on a sheet tray lined with a piece of parchment paper, and bake for 13 minutes.
  11. Let cookies rest on a rack for 5 minutes. Bon Appétit!


White Bean Soup with Kale and Poached Egg

(White Bean Soup with Kale and Poached Egg, by Reggie Soang)

Whites beans and kale are great combo when you need to make something healthy, hearty, and easy. Do soak the beans overnight if you are using dried ones, or you’d be spending all day looking over your pot and waiting impatiently for them to get cooked. I love poached eggs over a stew or soup…velvety yolk comforts me, and it’s also very sexy to look at. Go on and try this recipe!

For the latest COVID – 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

White Bean Soup with Kale and Poached Egg
Serves: 2 adults and 2 kids

1 pound Dried White Beans
1 tsp Black Peppercorn, whole
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp EVOO
3 pieces Bay Leaves
1 piece Yellow Onion, medium dice
15 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoon Za’atar Spice
2 teaspoon Black Pepper, ground
1 Tablespoon Dried Chili Flakes
1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
1/3 Cup Coconut Milk
Salt to Taste
1 Tablespoon fresh chili, sliced thin

  1. Soak beans overnight. Cover dried beans with four times amount of water to beans in ratio (eg. 4 cups of water to 1 cup of dried beans)
  2. Drain beans the next day, cover the beans with water to 2-inch above the surface, add bay leaves, whole black peppercorn, 2 tablespoon EVOO, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Bring water to a boil and turn down to simmer. The beans will take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Beans should be nice and soft. Reserve liquid
  4. In a separate pot, heat up the rest of the EVOO. Once oil shimmers, add onions, garlic, and kale to sauté, season with salt.
  5. Once the veggies are soft and fragrant, add your spices and dried chilies. Toast spices and chilies until fragrant, and then add tomato sauce to deglaze
  6. Add reserved bean cooking liquid and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and season to taste.
  7. Poach an egg, and toast 2 pieces of bread. Smear toasts with kale pesto. Place your poached egg in the middle and garnish with fresh chilies and drizzles of EVOO. Bon Appétit!

Cacio e Pepe with Gnocchi

(Caci e Pepi with Gnocchi, by Reggie Soang)

Potatoes and flour are probably the cheapest and best ingredients to buy and store (though don’t let your potatoes sprout!). Making gnocchi is one of the few ways to combine those two humble ingredients and make something delicious and crowd pleasing. I learned this recipe at my first job as a line cook in a wine bar. This recipe is a true grandma-recipe, which could change depending on the feel of the gnocchi dough. One could taste the love of this gnocchi dish when the cook pays attention to the details.

For the latest COVID 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Cacio e Pepi a la Gnocchi
Serves: you,  your partner, and your children

300g Potatoes, cooked and passed through a food mill
70g AP Flour
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 teaspoon Black Pepper, ground
Kale Pesto…yes! the same one we made last weekend, still good!

  1. Roast you potatoes in 375F oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Test out doneness by inserting a small knife, and it should go through the potatoes without any resistance
  2. Scoop out your potatoes and pass them through a ricer or food mill
  3. Spread out your mashed potatoes on the counter and chill them quickly by fanning and cutting the potatoes with a dough or bench scraper
  4. Sprinkle flour over potatoes. Use your bench scraper to cut the flour into potatoes. Trust me…it works! Do this in 3 stages.
  5. Once potatoes can form a dough without sticking to your fingers, then the dough is ready to be worked into a log and portioned into 3 pieces.
  6. Roll each dough to strips 1/2-in thick, and cut the strips to 1-inch pieces.
  7. Boil a pot of water, set up your butter sauce, and cook your gnocchi in boiling water until they float to the top.
  8. Add your gnocchi to butter sauce and toss. Add a big pinch of black pepper and toss. When gnocchi are coated with butter sauce, slide them into your bowl.
  9. Garnish with kale pesto and grated parm. Bon Appetit!


Chicken ‘n Dumplings

(Chicken ‘n Dumplings, by Reggie Soang)

One of my go-to dishes to make for staff meal when I worked in WD~50 was Chicken ‘n Dumplings. It’s one of the best comfort foods to serve in fall and winter. The dumpling recipe was given to me by my Chef, Sam Henderson. I’d thought it’d be the perfect dish to make since my smart phone is telling me rainy days ahead. Soup it is!

For the latest COVID – 19 Home Cooking Series, I present you:

Chicken ‘n Dumplings
Serves: Multiple Meals or a Family with 5 Kids

For the soup:
1 & 1/2 Medium Size Yellow Onion, medium dice
2 Medium Size Carrots, sliced into moon shape
16 cloves Fresh Garlic, sliced
1/2 piece Cabbage, medium dice
3 pieces Habanero Pepper, (or any fresh chili) roughly chopped
1/2 Cup Oil
5 pieces Star Anise (optional)
6 pieces Bay Leaves
1 small bunch Fresh Oregano
1 Tablespoon Szechuan Peppercorn (optional)
1 Tablespoon White Peppercorn (optional)
1 Tablespoon Black Peppercorn (optional)
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder (optional)
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder (optional)
1 Tablespoon Madras Curry Powder (optional)
1 Tablespoon Turmeric Powder (optional)
5 pieces Dried Chili (optional)
2 Chicken Drumsticks
2 Chicken Thighs
Extra Chicken Bones if You Have Them Around
12 oz. Hominy, canned (optional), drained and rinsed
3 pieces secret chicken bouillon cubes, from Knorr (optional…but buy some!)*
Water…just to cover everything
1/4 Cup Parsley, chopped

For dumpling:
240g (just under 2 Cups) AP Flour
1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper, ground
3 Tablespoon Shortening (butter or animal fats work just as well)
2.5g (pinch) Salt
3/4 Cup Water

  1. Cut your vegetables to bite size, and gently saute them on medium heat in a pot with oil
  2. Once your veggies are fragrant and soft, add the following spices: Star Anise, Szechuan peppercorn, White Peppercorn, Black Peppercorn, Curry Powder, Turmeric, and Dried Chili, Toast until fragrant
  3. Add onion powder, garlic powder, fresh oregano and. Further toasting the spices and herbs until bottom has a thin layer of brown bits. Now quickly add your chicken and water to deglaze, and then add hominy if you’d like.
  4. Add enough water just to cover the entire pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer and cook the soup for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours.
  5. Add the secret bouillon cubes…taste for seasoning. (you will need to add salt if you don’t use bouillon cubes)
  6. To make Dumplings, rub fats into flour until it feels a little moist in a mixing bowl.
  7. Make a well in the mixing bowl and add water. Use two fingers to bring flour together to form a dough. The dough should be moist but not sticky. Cover, and let rest in the fridge until your chicken soup is ready.
  8. To cook the dumplings, bring a pot of water to boil. Rip off a piece of dough and stretch it thin before it breaks, and then drop it into boiling water. When the dough floats to the top, let it boil for another 2 minutes. Transfer dumpling to a cold water bath to stop cooking or you could add it right into the soup. Do the same procedure for the entire dough (You may also drop your dumplings right into the chicken soup to cook)
  9. Mix your dumplings and soup, bring them back to a boil, add chopped parsley. Serve hot.
  10. Bon Appetit

*I love Knorr Chicken Bouillon cubes. I don’t always have chicken in my fridge to make chicken soup or stock. I’d also bulk up the flavor of any soup that I make with Knorr’s bouillon cubes. In addition, not only do bouillon cubes take up a lot less space than chicken (bones), but they also cost a lot less. Knorr’s bouillon cubes are the perfect solution to bring flavors and satisfaction to your meal at this time! (and in the future).