We used to visit Chin’s Miramar for their weekend Shanghai style breakfast fairly regularly. But it’s been over a year since our last visit and a few weekends ago, I woke up with a sudden craving to visit.

They’ve spruced up the menu since my last time here. Now they have a separate menu for the the Shanghai breakfast, complete with photos of each dish available. (Menu at bottom of post.) Another thing is that they’ve changed the times. Breakfast doesn’t start now on weekends until 11 am.

Fried Cruller

The Chinese fried donut is of the savory kind. The fried sticks are a little on the oily side. They are often eaten by dipping it in warm sweet soy milk.

Sweet Soy Milk

So of course we ordered a bowl of the warm soy milk to go with the fried cruller. You can also order the salty soy milk which is more like a bean curd soup with pieces of fried cruller soaking inside.

Fried Tofu

Silken tofu cubes are deep fried and paired with a soy garlic sauce. This was actually a mistake on my part. I had meant to order something else and checked the wrong box.

Special Spare Rib Noodle Soup

The braised spare ribs are a popular Shanghai dish. The meat is braised to the point where it practically falls off the bone. It’s cooked in a slightly sweet sauce and usually accompanied with spinach. I was curious how this would work as a noodle soup. I enjoyed the meat and the spinach, but didn’t really like the soup which tasted like a watered down version of the sauce. DH didn’t like the sweet and salty combination.

Each of the noodle soups were accompanied with a plate of marinated cucumbers.

Beef Noodle Soup

Last year I made some bunny buns for Easter. I loved how they came out and I wanted to make something similar this year. Rather than use the same recipe, I tried modifying a 30 minute yeast roll recipe. I also wanted to see if I could fix the ears of my bunnies so that they didn’t stick up so much.

Last year’s sour cream bunny buns

I kept coming across this image for what I thought were bunny shaped breads. After some research, I realized they were actually Japanese manju. The pastry dough doesn’t rise as much, making it easier to shape the ears.

Spring is in the air! I love how the sun is setting later, giving us more daytime hours. It’s given me more energy and a renewed effort to start working out and eat healthier. Here’s my latest edition of healthy snacks and food items I’ve tried and love.

Chobani Bite

Chobani recently came out with a line of mini dessert yogurts. They are smaller than the average yogurt cup (each one is 3.5 oz), but it’s just enough to be filling. Each cup has about 1g of fat and 12g of carbohydrates. I saw three flavors at my local grocery store: coffee and chocolate, raspberry and chocolate, and caramel and pineapple.

I got the first two. I love that the yogurt contains bits of shaved chocolate. I liked both the coffee one and the raspberry one. They are just enough to satisfy my sweet cravings and keep me away from scarfing down chocolate bars and bags of candy. I’ve found them at my local Vons grocery store and they have been on sale: $2.50 for a pack of four the last few times I checked.

Fiber One Chocolate

I like eating Fiber One cereal to help ensure I get my daily dose of fiber. I’ve tried most of their line of cereals. I initially really enjoyed the clusters one until I read the nutrition facts and saw how much sugar was in them. Then I switched to the plain old basic ones that look like rabbit food. Recently, they came out with a chocolate flavored one. Not only does the chocolate taste good, but it’s only 80 calories per serving and it doesn’t have much sugar (5g per serving and 25g of carbohydrates overall) even though it still tastes sweet. This is now my go-to Fiber One Cereal.