We want to start with a huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this contest. Each submission truly touched our hearts, and we appreciate the hard work all of our participants put in. We learned a lot about your cultures; thank you for sharing your beautiful stories!
It was very difficult to choose the winners from so many amazing entries!!! But we don’t want to keep you waiting any longer – so ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, grandpas and grandmas, here are the winners of the 2020 Cooking Down Memory Lane Contest!
WINNER NO. 1 (Based on Alphabetical Order of Their Names)
Home Chef’s Name: Maggie Wu
Recipe: Claypot Rice with Chicken and Spicy Chinese Sausage
Growing up in Shenzhen of Guangdong province of China, I was greatly influenced by Cantonese cuisine. I lived close to certain restaurants that would only open at night time and I remember this one restaurant that would cook 20 plus claypot rice at the same time on charcoal, it was by far the best I’ve had to this day and the way how they cooked it was so fascinating to me when I was a little kid. Now as an adult and have been recreating a lot of dishes I’ve had in the past. Claypot rice is definitely still one of my all-time favorites, each bite taste just like how I remember it.
Get in Touch: @magsspicykitchen
WINNER NO. 2 (Based on Alphabetical Order of Their Names)
Home Chef’s Name: Neena Sueng
Recipe: Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and cucumber salad
My favorite childhood memories from growing up in Bangkok, Thailand was having satay skewers with my family 1-2 times a year. When we were growing up we didn’t have much money but when my dad did have some money he would buy at least 200 skewers of satay and bring it home to the family. There were 7 kids and my mom and dad and we all sat around the floor eating satay and enjoying a rare treat because we couldn’t afford to eat meat all the time. It was a a very happy time!
Get in Touch: @neenasthaikitchen
WINNER NO. 3 (Based on Alphabetical Order of Their Names)
Home Chef’s Name: Randy Lau
Recipe: Egg Flower Soup
I really love this Egg Flower Soup recipe. This will always remind me of childhood – my parents placing a hot bowl of soup in front of me as before getting ready for school in the mornings. My parents used to have a Chinese restaurant when we were little, and my sister used to go in the kitchen when my parents weren’t looking and steal bowls of soup for herself to eat.
When talking with other Chinese Americans, Egg Flower Soup always brings up a sense of nostalgia. Had to include this one!
Get in Touch: @madewithlau
Once again, we’d like to give a big thank you to EVERYBODY that entered and for all your hard work. We hope that you enjoyed our first online cooking contest!!! The winners and all the other contestants will receive an email from our friendly staff and it may include a sweet surprise prize! Be sure to be on the lookout in your inbox!
99 Ranch Market would like to wish everyone a HAPPY and SAFE Thanksgiving! Stay tuned for our future contests!!!