Interview with Michelle from No Sweet Sour

These dishes are all basic Chinese dishes that are very easy to prepare with simple ingredients. For people who are interested in learning Chinese dishes, these will be a good start.

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Michelle, I am from the southern China city Kunming. I moved to Norway in 2012 and used to work as a buyer and stylist at a multi brand store in Bergen. I’ve always enjoyed home cooked meals, I think that’s where families connect — at their dinner tables over delicious food. When I moved to Bergen, I prepared all kinds of food, adapting to whatever ingredients were easy to get at the local market. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to go back to my roots and prepare the foods I grew up with. One of the reasons is that I struggle to get good Chinese food in the city I reside, another is the realization that “if I don’t bother to remember my tradition, who will?” Soon, No Sweet Sour was created. I share ways to prepare dishes that I know and, at the same time, am learning from recipes that other people share. 

Share your approach to food with us: what do you like to cook? Why?

I always want to recreate my favourite dishes from when I was growing up. Typical `Yunnan cuisine` that combines lots of fresh ingredients and spicy flavors.

Describe your food personality in 5-7 words

Spontaneous: sometimes I come up with dishes based on what I´I’ve got in the fridge.

Thoughtful: I tend to use everything I bought.

Simple: I prefer simple home cooking meals.

Spicy: I can not live without chili.

Passionate: when preparing and eating.

What are your favorite recipes? Why? Tell us about them!

These dishes are all basic Chinese dishes that are very easy to prepare with simple ingredients. For people who are interested in learning Chinese dishes, these will be a good start.

Thai Sweet Basil Fried Rice with Minced Beef and Red Hot Peppers

This is one of my all time favourites! It’s full of flavour, savoury, and simple. If I could choose only one dish for dinner, this would be it! Recipe here. 

Steamed Egg Pudding with Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce

The egg pudding is so simple and delicious. Chinese families usually serve it as a side dish with their dinner for extra protein. I eat it whenever I feel under the weather. Super comforting.  Recipe here. 

Marinated Soft Boiled “Ramen Eggs” 

Marinated eggs were my favourite as a child. The marinating process adds so much flavour to the eggs, they become addictive.  Recipe here. 

Cumin Potatoes with Chili Flakes

These cumin potatoes are spicy and crunchy — perfect to serve alone as snack or as a side with a main dish.  Recipe here. 

What’s your favorite thing about Want the Recipe?

That you are creating a community and network for people all over the globe to share their cooking experience and favourite things about food.

What food can you not live without?

Hot, spicy savoury food. All kinds of potato dishes.

What kitchen appliance do you swear by?

A stand mixer by SMEG.

What are your favorite blogs/ Instagram accounts that you follow? What do you like about them?

@tastemade_japan spontaneous ideas, cute food

@deliciouslyella inspirational and healthy

@omnivorescookbook inspires me to create better Chinese food. 

Do you have any advice for our food community?

I appreciate that you are reaching out to new accounts such as mine, at the start phase to help me build a wider audience. It feels very rewarding to know that my post and my work are appreciated.  🙂 

[You heard her — let us know who you love to follow so we can promote all you amazing foodies! We’re here for you guys so if you have ideas, send us a message!]

What’s your Instagram handle, blog link, any other social media or accounts you’d like us to share!

You can find me on:

Instagram: @nosweetsour

My website: https://nosweetsour.com/

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