DayDayCook From Hong Kong With Love
Sunday sweetness foodies! We get to meet Norma from DayDayCook out of Hong Kong. The beauty of the Internet are very few limits and no distinct borders to forge. Today you don’t even need a passport to cruise the cuisine of another country. And Norma’s site is set up so beginner to expert cooks
are encouraged will feel confident to prepare meals in true east-meets-west style. Sit a bit to read our chat and then go discover for yourself the recipes and more on DayDayCook.
Your mom seems to be your greatest inspiration when it comes to food and cooking. Tell us a little bit about your relationship and how it has shaped what you are creating online.
Growing up, I really enjoyed helping my parents in the kitchen and having big family meals and feasts. Both my parents are from the Chiu Chow province in China, where residents are known to be particularly attentive to cooking. My parents are proud supporters of DayDayCook and have influenced a number of recipes on the site.
Tell us about some of the people you’ve met, both online and off, while working on DayDayCook?
I am fortunate to have met many different people who share the same passion in cooking through DayDayCook. Our fan base is worldwide. I particularly enjoy hearing that someone in the US has made our sweet & sour pork for their family and loved it. Then on the next day, have a fan from Southeast Asia try cooking our Chinese lemon chicken recipe for his kids. It really inspires us.
Aside from our fans, we meet many superb people offline through our growing network of affiliates also with interesting stories. For example, Robert Esser, the owner of Pantry Magic (with over 10 stores across Asia), has been a great supporter of DayDayCook. His team is wonderful and I have never met anyone as knowledgeable about cookware as Robert.
You cover a wide array of recipes on your site, do you have a couple of favorites?
Our foundation is based on traditional Chinese recipes but we do a wide variety of cuisines at DayDayCook. It is an east-meets-west … or west-meets-east idea where we start off with a strong traditional Chinese concept, then branch out into doing a wider selection of Asian and Western recipes.
One of my personal favorites is Satay Beef Fried Noodles (pictured above). Satay and Chinese broccoli are very “Chiu Chow” and this dish definitely combines the best of both ingredients.
My second favorite would be the Vietnamese Spring Rolls. I love the colors of this dish. It is delicious, easy-to-make, and very healthy. I think those qualities are what makes a great recipe.
What do you feel is the best thing a food blogger can give to his or her readers? Why?
There are endless recipes out there on the Internet. I believe the best thing we offer our users is an enjoyable experience. By making cooking fun, exciting, and adventurous, via a step-by-step guide to preparing a dish we give all of our readers, from the new-at-cooking to the seasoned chef, comfort in trying new dishes., We want to provide something different for you at DayDayCook and have you enjoy the entire process of cooking.
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog, DayDayCook?
Being based in an international city like Hong Kong, reaching out to people is important. Word of mouth spreads quickly in a densely populated city and with social media the word gets out even faster and beyond country borders. I tell all of my friends about DayDayCook and encourage them to be active on Facebook. Offline, dinner parties have been great as the topic of cooking and DayDayCook is natural to the event. I would encourage my fellow foodies and bloggers to also carry business cards to give to people you meet that remind them to go to visit your site when they get home.
DayDayCook is the hottest new culinary website across Asia, offering step-by-step instructions and videos on how to cook Chinese food recipes, Japanese cuisine recipes, Korean authentic recipes, and other international dishes. DayDayCook will continue to grow our library of basic culinary techniques and recipes, and become the place where passionate cooks and people who love food can share blog references, tips, recipes, and stories about their cooking & food experiences!
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