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!



My Latest Recipes


May 30, 2024

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This taco salad is one of my favorite salads to eat as well as to serve.  I've been making this salad for years since it's so easy to fix and has mass appeal.  When I was part of a tennis league, once a season, my partner and I were responsible for lunch and this taco salad was always a hit. READ MORE

TACO SALAD

This taco salad is one of my favorite salads to eat as well as to serve.  I've been making this GET THE RECIPE

  This healthy cilantro pepita dressing is a delicious salad dressing that just wraps up a taco salad or served GET THE RECIPE

I know chicken breasts (white meat) are healthier than chicken thighs (dark meat) and when it comes to ordering grilled GET THE RECIPE

If you ever come to my house and look in the freezer, you'll always find a bag of individually quick GET THE RECIPE

This vegetarian bean soup with all purpose seasoning has been a household staple recently. It's super easy to make, it GET THE RECIPE

This all purpose spice and herb mix is the perfect base for many dishes.  Just like my universal Chinese marinade GET THE RECIPE

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This taco salad is one of my favorite salads to eat as well as to (Read more)

TACO SALAD

  This healthy cilantro pepita dressing is a delicious salad dressing that just wraps up (Read more)

HEALTHY CILANTRO PEPITA DRESSING

I know chicken breasts (white meat) are healthier than chicken thighs (dark meat) and when (Read more)

TENDER, JUICY CHICKEN BREAST KEBABS

If you ever come to my house and look in the freezer, you'll always find (Read more)

EASY SHRIMP SALAD with all purpose seasoning

This vegetarian bean soup with all purpose seasoning has been a household staple recently. It's (Read more)

VEGETARIAN BEAN SOUP WITH ALL PURPOSE SEASONING

This all purpose spice and herb mix is the perfect base for many dishes.  Just (Read more)

ALL PURPOSE SPICE AND HERB MIX

I grew up in an East Indian community in South Africa.  One of my favorite (Read more)

EASY MILK FUDGE

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

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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Need some quick meal ideas?

EASY, HEALTHY, DELICIOUS!

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE SOUP
TRIPLE TREASURE CANTONESE STEAMED EGG
EASY SPAGHETTI SQUASH MARINARA BOWLS
PANZANELLA SALAD with sourdough bread
MARBELED SOY SAUCE EGGS

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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