Hi! nice to meet you. i’m ann.
When I was 11, I sat inside a dim sum restaurant in Atlanta, a two-hour drive from my home in South Carolina, and cried when I found out the kitchen had run out of har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings in crystal rice wrappers). Big, splashy, nose-runny sobs. Judging eyes turned toward 11-year-old me. As I continued to mourn the absence of my shrimp dumplings, I came to the realization that maybe I have a really obsessive relationship with food.
I still obsess about food today, whenever I’m not practicing law. I’m able to juggle my legal career, my family and this blog because I have an incredibly supportive husband (the “hubby”) who is my food-obsessed lobster. Since our wedding in 2009, we’ve lived in Washington (DC), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Charleston (SC), Falls Church (VA) and now London (UK). We have two kids, a boy known as Ge Ge (“big brother” in Chinese), and a girl we call Meimei (“little sister”). They make frequent appearances on this blog because, like the hubby, they are my everything.
Shortly after moving to England in 2016, I fulfilled a #lifegoal by attending a professional culinary arts program at Leith’s Cooking School in London, where I was awarded a Certificate with Distinction.
I write about and take photos of food that reflects my Chinese heritage, my Southern childhood and my life in London. I love globally-inspired recipes that use fresh ingredients (avoiding anything processed, when I can), and on occasion I try to eat really, really healthy.
Thanks for following along!
I take all of my own photos for this blog unless otherwise noted, and where applicable I credit the websites and/or blogs from which I draw inspiration for my own posted recipes. You may link to my photos and recipes as long as you credit me as the source and link to the original blog post in which it appears. For commercial use, please get in touch.