Sammy Wong's Kitchen

My cooking and baking style is "HUGE with healthy and a dab of decadence!" I love living a healthy lifestyle which includes exercising, eating healthy and cooking well.  I aslo enjoy eating delicious food.  I don't believe in crash diets, but I do believe in conscientious and conscious eating habits.  Some amazing food recipes are worth their weight in calories, but others can be tweaked to be healthier! Through much of my own experimentation and research, I've gleaned a multitude of "inspired" recipes and cooking hacks such as...not everything good has to be made from scratch and not everything good needs to be made with tons of butter! It is my pleasure to share my and selective guest contributors' baking or cooking recipes and findings with you all.

Michelle Sam Sammywongskitchen.com

Many of my recipes are "ethnically" inspired as a result of my upbringing as a Chinese in South Africa and my travels around the world where I love to "live and eat like the locals".  After being diagnosed with pre-diabetes a few years ago, I started researching the wonders of sourdough and am on a mission to create recipes that are healthier while keeping them interesting and delicious.

Check out my recipessourdough digesttips & tricks as well as my helpful tools section.  So, tie on an apron and come join me in my kitchen!  Also,  please send me requests, questions or comments in the comment section.  I'd love to hear from you. Lastly, I would love and appreciate a follow on social media.  Thanks!



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February 22, 2024

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When I was a pre-teen and needed to make a quick dinner for my family since my parents were working, I would whip up this silky Cantonese steamed egg dish in a few minutes.  I had not made this comfort food dish for decades for my family until recently when my daughter was home.  Her immediate reaction was, "this egg READ MORE

TRIPLE TREASURE CANTONESE STEAMED EGG

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In my "previous life," before the internet, I sourced ingredients for food manufacturers and bakeries. One of my clients was GET THE RECIPE

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I really like bone marrow on toast!  When I was a child, my mother used to make a soup that GET THE RECIPE

I distinctly remember the first time I had a double chocolate chip cookie.  It was at a cookie store in GET THE RECIPE

Split pea, vegetable and ham soup is a great dish to make using Holiday leftover ham and it's such a GET THE RECIPE

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When I was a pre-teen and needed to make a quick dinner for my family (Read more)

TRIPLE TREASURE CANTONESE STEAMED EGG

Everyone wants to eat healthy! Although I enjoy eating animal protein occasionally, my family does (Read more)

JUICY TOFU AND VEGETABLES STIR-FRY

I really like bone marrow on toast!  When I was a child, my mother used (Read more)

AMAZINGLY EASY ROASTED BONE MARROW

Split pea, vegetable and ham soup is a great dish to make using Holiday leftover (Read more)

SPLIT PEA, VEGETABLE and HAM SOUP

There is nothing better than fresh seafood.  Eventhough I live in Southern California, the seafood (Read more)

SCALLOP CRUDO

For me as a South African, polenta is a fancy Italian name for pap.  My (Read more)

UMAMI-RICH MUSHROOM POLENTA

The first time I had crispy fried leeks was at a restaurant in Nantucket that (Read more)

CRISPY FRIED LEEKS

I recently visited the East coast and decided to order the Fall farro salad (must (Read more)

FARRO AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD with APPLE CIDER VINAIGRETTE

When I was a pre-teen and needed to make a quick dinner for my family (Read more)

SILKY CANTONESE STEAMED EGG

Sourdough Baking 101 Series


This sourdough glossary will help you understand some of the terminology used

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Here are some essential utensils and tools for sourdough baking.  These basic

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Baker's percentages and hydration percentages are two math concepts that are helpful

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Environment It took me a while to figure out how my environment

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What is a starter?  What is a levain? Some recipes use the

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Making GOOD and healthy sourdough bread is a labor of love.  It

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Many people think that scoring your sourdough is just for aesthetic purposes.

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Many sourdough starter recipes out there are derived from professional bakers who

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About Michelle Sam

Michelle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has been a passionate eater since birth and cook since age 7. She later started experimenting in the kitchen, recreating and tweaking dishes she discovered on vacation and her travels to countries around the world. Michelle currently lives in Irvine, CA and manages a tech company that she founded ten years ago. When she isn't working with her engineers to write code, she can be found in her kitchen absorbed in a new project. When Michelle's two daughters moved to the East Coast, she filmed a few cooking tutorial videos to help guide her girls to make their favorite "Mom dishes" on their own. To Michelle's dismay, it appeared that thousands of anonymous viewers enjoyed her tutorial videos...but not her daughters! They would still call her for instructions. Michelle also started The OC Supper Club, a group of foodies that get together for member-lead cooking class meals, potluck competitions, and tastings through the many hidden culinary gems of Orange County.


Update:  I recently posted a very silly video that has nothing to do with cooking.  My girls apparently watch it almost every day!

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