Hello! Welcome to Little Tomato, another food blog for a girl with too many food photos and not enough social media outlets. This blog keeps record of all the food I’ve made and love. Only tried and true recipes will on here, so you can be sure of their quality.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California (USA). My family was originally from Guandong, China so I grew up eating a lot of Cantonese food… like, exclusively Cantonese food. I still love it, but over time my tastes changed. I grew to love very spicy food and funky flavors. That’s pretty much the antithesis of what I grew up eating. Now that I am living on my own, I am able to explore different types of cuisines and develop my own style of cooking. I still cook homestyle food and follow holiday traditions, because I think it’s important to remember the culture and roots of my family. But it’s refreshing to explore different ingredients from around the world!
One of my cherished memories involved bowls of fragrant rice that my family ate once a year, during rice season. It was so delicious, I could eat it on its own. Sure, rice during the normal year was good, but rice near the end of the year was superior. New crop rice means rice that is newly harvested and hadn’t had as much time to dry out. The grains are more translucent, and takes less water to cook. Even as a child, I appreciated those days of new rice. I also knew I wanted to pursue taste and technique. Perhaps restaurant ownership was in my horizon? I spent my days in class designing menus for random restaurant ideas that I had. I wanted to go to culinary school, but that idea was shot down by… literally everyone around me. So it didn’t happen. I ended up studying computer science, but I still have hope that one day I can make my dreams come true.
Shout out to my boyfriend who is the official taste-tester of all my creations. He’s also a proficient lighting assistant, errand-runner, and sous chef.