About Us

Hi, I am MaomaoMom and welcome to MaomaoMom Kitchen, where I share my favorite recipes using basic ingredients with step-by-step instructions. I am a mom, wife, scientist and food lover. I came to Canada in the late ’80s to join my husband who was studying at UBC. A few years later, we left the beautiful city of Vancouver and moved to Ottawa after we both finished our graduate studies.

I started helping out in the kitchen at a young age, and learned from my grandma how to make noodles and Chinese buns. I always enjoyed cooking but only seriously took it on after my son Maomao (a popular Chinese nickname, just like “sweetie” in English) was born. He was a fussy eater when he was little, and I made a great deal of efforts to try and create different recipes. Now at 16 and 6 feet tall, he eats very well and is conscious of making healthier food choices. My cooking has won his heart that he has little craving for junk food. In today’s fast-paced life, people have less time to prepare wholesome and tasty dishes. As a scientist in Chemistry, I bring lab techniques and skills into my kitchen. I’ve made a mission to bring together the healthy eating and the traditional Chinese cuisine by using high quality ingredients, simplifying procedures, and choosing healthy foods.

In 2006, I started my cooking blog MaomaoMom Kitchen and soon it became very popular among overseas Chinese. Within 5 years, the total views of my blog reached 20 million. In March 2011, I started my own website MaomaoMom.com so that my friends and relatives in China can read my blog. In June 2011, my first cookbook in Chinese was published and distributed through my church as a means to raise fund. Over the years, my friends and colleagues have tried many of my dishes, and I always receive wonderful compliments. My colleagues have suggested that I write the recipes in both languages, so the non-Chinese readers can make these wonderful dishes. However, as busy as I am, I haven’t put in extra effort to make it happen.

The past Saturday was my birthday. Weekends are always busy for me and this one was no exception. We bought fresh meat and vegetables at a nearby farm, did laundry and house cleaning. We then went to a sushi restaurant for lunch to celebrate that I am getting one year younger! For dinner I made Chinese flat bread with pulled pork, topped with chopped fresh cilantro. Maomao said to me: “It’s so yummy! Mom, I want to learn how to make this dish.” That night my husband and I watched the movie “Julie & Julia”.

Meryl Streep was amazing! I was inspired by both characters, their passion for food and their love and dedication to their loved ones. Julie Powell made a decision on her 30th birthday to cook all 524 recipes in Child’s cookbook in 365 days. I’ve decided that I will blog my recipes in both English and Chinese from now on. This not only allows my son and his future family to read these recipes and pass our loved dishes through generations, but also reaches a wider audience so that more food loving families are able to enjoy them.

All original recipes are from different sources such as cooking books and websites, however, all are tested in MaomaoMom Kitchen and instructions are from my own experiences, DO NOT copy and post the contents and photos from MaomaoMom Kitchen to other websites and media.  

Last but not least, I love hearing your cooking experience and stories. So please ask questions, leave comments and share your thoughts.

MaomaoMom, July, 2012

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178 Responses to About Us

  1. Aileen Liang says:

    Hello Maomaomom,

    I would like to ask if you have a recipe for 田鸡腿.

    Thanks,
    Aileen

  2. Kent huang says:

    请教毛毛妈,你拍的照片很棒,除了你的相机,还需要额外打灯光吗?会用什么方法做图片?

  3. Xinyu says:

    Hi, Maomaoma :

    Can you tell me your WeChat account ? I wanted to join you local group chats in Ottawa.

    Thank you!
    xinyu

  4. Julia says:

    Hi, Maomao Mom

    At first, I want to thank you for sharing so many delicious recipes. I was a mom who didn’t enjoy cooking. Accidentally I bought Instant Pot on Amazon the last Thanksgiving, which came with your recipes. After trying a few, I was thrilled that the cooking could be easy and accomplishing. You did a great job sharing the joy of cooking!

    Secondly, I wonder if you could share some breakfast and quick lunch-box ideas, so kids could eat a healthy breakfast and bring a nice lunch box to school? If you already published the recipes, do you mind pointing me to the right link?

    Best Regards,

    Julia

  5. Darlene says:

    Hello Maomao Mom! Thank you for your wonderful recipes! I was wondering if you would happen to have a recipe for garlic chicken? I have been trying to find one for quite a while with no luck. Thank you.

    Darlene

  6. Qin Li says:

    Hi Maomaoma,

    Your dishes are great and the photos are beautiful! Can you add me to your WeChat group? My WeChat name is ottawalaoli.

    Thank you!

    Qin

  7. Cheung Cherie says:

    请问毛毛妈,您推荐的产品多是美国网站的,但他们都不寄加拿大,请问怎样可以买或者有加拿大这边的购买的地方吗?谢谢。

  8. Olivia says:

    Hi Maomao Mom,

    I am a mom, but I am not good at cooking at all. I want to join your wechat group and learn the cooking from you. Could I join your wechat group?

    Thank you and have a nice day!

    Olivia

  9. Yezi Hao says:

    Hi MaomaoMom,

    Could you please add me to your WeChat group for cooking stuff if possible?
    Many thanks! My WeChat account: lazycat201401.

    Also one more question for you: why does my gluticious rice muffin always sinking after taking from oven?

    Many thanks again and Happy Monthet’s Day!

    Yezi

  10. Yezi Hao says:

    Hi MaomaoMom,

    Could you please add me to your WeChat group for cooking stuff if possible?
    Many thanks! My WeChat account: lazycat201401.

    Also one more question for you: why does my gluticious rice muffin always sinking after taking from oven?

    Many thanks again and Happy Mother’s Day!

    Yezi

  11. Gloria says:

    Dear Maomaomom,

    I just bought a IP and have decided to be more active in our kitchen! could you please add me to your wechat group? Wechat ID: missGloria392766.

    Thank you!

    Gloria

  12. says:

    毛妈妈,您好!

    我是个不会做饭的妈妈。我想和您讨教下怎样调理孩子的饮食。 请加我微信17785542768!谢谢

  13. says:

    毛妈妈,您好!

    我想和您讨教下怎样调理孩子的饮食。 请加我微信17785542768!谢谢

  14. Lotus says:

    Dear Maomom,

    I am wondering to know how to make special diet for my kids. Would you pls add me in your wechat group. My ID: 17785542768!Thx

  15. Monica says:

    你好毛毛妈妈,可以把我加到你的微信吗,monicajmao2013,非常感谢。

  16. Wayne says:

    Hi

    I read your About Us with interest (which is why my initial post under ingredients was rather detailed!!).

    I am viewing your site in English. Have you by now rranslated all the recipes into English, or are there some in Chinese which are still only in Chinese?

    Also what would we find or see in your WeChat group? I have WeChat for my Chinese friends for golf…. Mainly. But i understand it is a super app, combining many features from multiple social media apps…

    Tks Wayne

  17. ll says:

    Hi Maomao Mom,

    Thanks for sharing your recipes,I am new comer to Ottawa, would like to join your wechat group, my account is lujing7811, would you please add me? Thank you!

  18. Lisa says:

    Maomaomom,
    Thank you for sharing your recipes! I have learned a lot from you, my daughter enjoys my cooking most of the time now. I would like join your wechat gruop, my ID is usaminnesota. Thanks!

  19. Lisa says:

    I have learned a lot from you, my daughter enjoys my cooking most of the time now. I would like to join your wechat gruop, my ID is usaminnesota. Thanks!

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