a couple of crazy cooks

updated 2016

a lot has changed since starting this blog in 2013. for starters, we are now happily married and living in shanghai. we are co-owners, operator, and head chef of Brut Cake Café. We have become food and media personalities, the latest being hosts of a lemon documentary which took us around the world. and, we like to think that all of this would not have happened had we decided not to share our recipes with the world.

as busy as we have been, we still love to do the one thing that started this whole journey, cooking. but now, there’s more to us than just recipes. so stick around, get comfy, browse, read, like, comment, and share.

written 2013

we are jun and priscilla. we both live in hong kong and we both hate washing dishes. unfortunately, that comes with the territory when our favorite pastime is in the kitchen. cooking is sort of an escape for us… a form of entertainment. some people like to listen to music or watch tv; but not us, we like to make a mess in the kitchen.

they always say that two heads are better than one… we couldn’t agree more. one has a polished local hong kong taste profile, while the other is brought up on american flavors, portions, and expectations. we’ll let you decide who’s who. much like the city of hong kong, our recipes consist of western and asian dishes.

we encourage you to play with your food. the recipes we share can be tailored to your own liking… try different ingredients, methods, and flavor combinations.

can’t get enough? watch us on youtube

top 3 favorite dishes

jun:

  • braised pork belly w preserved veggie over white rice (梅菜扣肉)
  • peking duck with all the fixings
  • southern style fried chicken with mac n cheese, collard greens, and cornbread

priscilla:

  • german cheesecake – i fell in love with it when my host mother in germany baked it for the weekends
  • sichuan spicy fish fillets – the numbing hotness and the super soft fillets are irresistible
  • dumplings – everything you need in one single dumpling: meat, veggies and carbs. it is easy to find dumplings, but not easy to find good ones. the best i’ve had was in beijing, handmade and fresh.

50 responses to “a couple of crazy cooks

  1. guess I m more a eater like Jun, Do you have any good recipe for braised pork belly? am thinking to make it to go with a home made tortilla, sounds very yum 😀

      • yes i live in hk now. being an abc here is quite interesting. it’s like i’m chinese, but not really. i look chinese, so the locals will naturally speak to me in cantonese. but unfortunately, i don’t always know how to respond to them. so most of the people here probably think i’m slow or something because i struggle to find the right sentence and words to respond.

  2. thanks for liking my blog. i’m not that long a blogger so it isnt looking that pro yet. yours is looking great and i will follow Homemade in Hong Kong for asian inspiration. Cheers!

  3. Hi there, Jun and Priscilla! Thanks so much for stopping by fearless-kitchen.com. I’m happy it led me to your website, which looks vibrant, happy, and above all, tasty! I look forward to trying your recipes. 🙂

  4. Hi, Jun and Pricilla.. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I loved yours! All I could think of, besides the great food was how professional your blog looks! It’s great to be in touch with people from different countries,, Would love to try some of your food..! Big fan of Asian food you see! 😉
    Much love,
    Radhika 🙂

  5. Hello Jon and Priscilla,
    I was looking for a taro dish, and found one with pork on your blog. I like to know who’s behind the blog, so here I am. So nice to meet you!

    I’ve been blogging a while about boating and traveling, now getting ready to create a food blog with a Korean friend. It’ll be a mix of everything – wesian, like you coined it, but even more so, since I’m from Malaysia and hubby’s from Cambodia and we’ve lived in the south for over 7 years, and that’s not counting Florida!
    Eileen

  6. Hey
    Wow – I have to say your photos make me literally dribble. I need to work on my photos but am doing a photography course, so here is hoping! I actually live in Germany and I’m working my way through the cheesecakes here – so glad it’s your favourite food.
    I wrote up my German aunt’s recipe here if you like: http://leatherandabel.com/happy-birthday-cheesecake/
    Keep up the delicious work – I’m hungry now 😉
    Vanessa

    • oh i love german cheesecakes, it reminds me of when i spent a year living abroad there. suffice to say i gained more than a few pounds eating cheesecakes made by my host mother.

  7. Thank you for liking one of my posts!
    You’re blog looks wonderful so far and is making me hungry! Haha.
    Definitely following. Now I’ll have to figure out what recipe to try out first.

  8. Hi and thanks for liking a post. Nice to meet you both. I understand about dishes . I have been a dishwasher in my culinary class lots of times as well as prep.. Your dishes look very tasty. Such colors and textures. Well have a nice day. And Keep on cooking:)

  9. I’m so excited I stumbled upon your blog! I just moved away from HK outside of HK (Vancouver, Canada) and always craving chinese home cooking. Can’t wait to try out your recipes!!! xo J

  10. Hi Jun and Priscilla,

    I love all the yummy dishes you guys often post on your blog! It must be super lucky to be one of your relatives!! I’ve nominated your blog for the Sunshine Blogger award, do check it out on my blog 🙂 Happy week guys!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m glad you liked it.
    I was able to visit Hong Kong a few years ago when we brought the tanker “Coastal New York” to China to scrap her. I really loved Hong Kong and would love to go back someday. The food was just one of the interesting things I liked there. 😉

  12. Nice blog and mouth watering recipes! It doesn’t help that I’m really hunngrry now. Love the video on the goat’s meat noodle soup! The next time we’re headed there, we’ll head there for sure 🙂

  13. Hello Jun & Priscilla,

    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    Participation is optional, but if you do want to participate here is the link to find out more: http://kookycookyng.com/2014/05/14/versatile-blogger-award/

    Hope you decide to take part. If you choose to participate then post the award badge on your blog, share seven things about yourself and nominate 15 other bloggers.

    Cheers
    Ishita

  14. Hi Jun and Priscilla!
    I found your great website and we would love to feature it!! I work with http://www.TheBesty.com which helps people all over the world find the best restaurants & food. Simply email me back the names and cities of 5-10 restaurants locally or anywhere in the world – that you think are the BEST, and we’ll feature your picks & link to your website, so our users can find you! We work with websites & blogs in over 50 countries, it would be great to work with yours as well!

    A few of our celebrity users include: Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri, and Rachael Ray!
    Featured Blogs: http://www.thebesty.com/search/blogs

    Also, we would love to feature an article about your site, so if you would like to do a write-up about how your website got started, with any fun tidbits about yourself, send that my way and I’ll have our content team post it for you, FB it & tweet it! – any length works! 🙂
    I look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully we can feature your site under our featured blogs!
    Cheers,

    Julia
    Website & Blog Partners
    http://www.TheBesty.com

    • Hi Julia, thank you for finding us! We would love to be part of your website. Currently, we’re on vacation in Italy. So we’ll get back to you with our list of restaurants and a write-up in a couple of weeks. Thanks!!

  15. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m glad it made me discover yours! Love your recipes!

  16. HI!
    Not sure how I’m JUST NOW finding out about this blog of yours but I’m LOVING IT!

    Great work! And I’ll be sure following along from now!

    It’s currently 1PM in New York, and I’m STARVING just looking the food on here!

    Best,
    Kayiu

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