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    How to Make Authentic Sichuan Spicy Chili Oil Recipe

    How to make authentic Sichuan spicy chili oil recipe? Today I’m going to reveal Sichuan Chef’s secret recipes!



    1/4 of a cup of red pepper flakes
    A pinch of salt
    1/2 of a cup of vegetable oil
    1 raw cinnamon
    1 tablespoon of star anise
    1 tablespoon of Sichuan pepper corns
    3 bay leaves


    In a bowl, add


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    吃的快樂 吃的健康~ Happy eating and healthy eating!

    As the weather turns colder, my craving for hearty and comfort food grows excessively. Hmm, waffles, hotpot, beef stew, pasta with ragu sauce all of a sudden all seem so heavenly. Do you by any chance have this craving too?


    Hey but did you know that this is all normal according to the law of the nature. Hint, it’s pretty much a way our bodies give us signals, telling us what they need. In winter, it’s the season where humans conserve energy and build strength for the upcoming spring. Traditional Chinese believes our diet in the winter should focus on enriching yin and subduing yang, which mean we should consume appropriate fats and high protein foods.


    It’s also wise to eat fresh veggies and fruits to balance everything out, especially food with bitter flavors to support a healthy heart and reduce the workload of the kidney. Foods with bitter flavors include apricot, asparagus, celery, coffee, tea, grapefruit, hops, kohlrabi, lettuce, radish leaves, kale, vinegar and wine. Lucky for me, I love all of these, ok except for wine, because I don’t drink.


    Anyhow, I wish everyone have a healthy and happy eating this winter!


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


    Today I am thankful for everything little drudgery in life because it gives me an opportunity to learn, progress, and improve. I’m also super thankful to have a remarkable group of people around me. Well… sure, they may give me a hard time from time to time, but without these little conflicts, we would never bond like the way we are now. We must be able to take the best and forgive the worst of each other in order to continue on this path, right? And I am grateful for every moment of this… So how are you spending this lovely Thanksgiving today?


    Come & meet CiCi Li!

    NTD’s Fifth Annual International Chinese Culinary Competition

    Five Thousand Year in a Single Bite!


    September 27-28, 2012
    New York City, Times Square


    When someone speaks of gourmet dining, perhaps the first thing that will come to mind is an Italian dish like Carne Pizzaiola, or perhaps French like Boeuf Bourguignon, or maybe even Japanese Sea Bream Sashimi. But no one thinks of Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Beef, or egg rolls. And there’s a very good reason for it – none of this is authentic, traditional Chinese cooking. China boasts 5,000 years of jaw dropping recipes, and yet in the West, when people think of Chinese food, they usually think of cheap, low quality dishes loaded with MSG.


    NTD Television’s Fifth Annual International Chinese Culinary Competition is out to change that by bringing together the top Chinese chefs from around the world and have them demonstrate the unparalleled cooking techniques, knife skills, and imagination inherent in traditional Chinese cuisine.


    This kind of world-class cooking deserves a world-class stage. That’s why NTD hosts this yearly competition in the heart of New York’s Time Square, to elevate Chinese cuisine to an international level, so that when someone says “gourmet cooking,” they’ll think of Chinese right along with Italian, French, or Japanese.


    The competition showcases the five major styles of Chinese cuisine: Sichuan, Shandong, Cantonese, Huaiyang, and Northeastern (Heilongjiang province, Jilin province, and Liaoning province) over the course of two days, including the preliminary and finals round. Prizes will be awarded to each of the 5 cuisines including a $10,000 gold prize, $3,000 silver prize, and a $1,000 bronze prize.


    Come and meet CiCi Li and many other well known MCs at this event! I’m so excited for this event and can’t wait to meeting you!


    For more information, visit or call or text Nadia Ghattas (646) 752-4465.


    CiCi Goes to Shen Yun!

    Food, Travel, Lifestyle Videos — Be happy and be CiCiLicious!



    Stay in touch with me! Hey there, I have the greatest gift on earth for you this holiday! You don’t believe or don’t know what it is yet? Here’s what other famous people have talked about it… So now you know what I’m talking about. Shen Yun Performing Arts is for sure the greatest show on earth. They are so breathtaking and full with positive energy. They are touring around the world with brand new performances, and will be at your city soon. Check out their website for the ticket info. So have you seen Shen Yun yet?


    “An extraordinary experience… exquisitely beautiful.” Cate Blanchett – Academy Award-winning actress


    “A marvelous evening… I am completely enchanted” Her Royal Highness – Princess Michael of Kent


    “A mesmerizing performance… reclaiming the divinely inspired cultural heritage of China” Donna Karan – Creator of Donna Karan New York and DKNY


    “So inspiring. I think I may have found some ideas for the next Avatar movie.” Robert Stromberg – Academy award-winning production designer for Avatar


    “Elegant and very athletic, very skilled” John McColgan – Riverdance producer