Amy + Jacky’s Story

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Hey there, so glad you found us!! 😀

We’re Amy + Jacky, the husband & wife team behind Pressure Cook Recipes.

We are Food Lovers + were hired by Instant Pot and Tatung as Recipe Developers.

Born & partly raised in “the food heaven” Hong Kong, we LOVE to cook & eat!!

We spend hours researching, testing, and tasting our pressure cooker recipes in our kitchen, so you don’t have to!


I struggled quite a bit whether we should share our story here. It’s a food blog after all! But, if our story can encourage just one person, it’s worth it. 🙂

Little Amy

I was a happy & confident girl.

I still remember the time when I was 6, our teacher asked if anyone would volunteer to perform in our school’s annual celebration.

I had no idea what to perform, but my little mind was like “me, Me, ME!”

So, I jumped out of my chair and shot my hand high in the air.

Then, I realized, I was the only one. 😛

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The Great Migration

When I was 8, my family decided to leave everything behind, my grandparents, friends, teachers, and moved to North America.

I was torn.

More so, I couldn’t speak English. The few phrases I knew were “Hello! My name is Amy,” or “I am a girl.

Thankfully, I had some of the most amazing teachers and friends who got me through the tough first year.

My Invisible Disability

Then, at the age of 9, I was diagnosed with genetic hearing loss and tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a condition with constant noise or ringing in the ears. So far, no cure exists.

The noise I have is a non-stop high pitched ringing in both ears, as loud as a normal conversation.

If you want to experience it, this is an audio sample.

WARNING: Please turn down your volume!!

Imagine living every day with this high pitch sound in both ears 24/7 non-stop. Not pleasant for sure.

Not only did I have trouble understanding the teacher, I couldn’t communicate with others, I had trouble hearing, plus tinnitus.

My life never had a moment of silence since.

It was tough. Real tough.

I was reluctant to wear hearing aids because I wanted to look normal, I wanted to fit in. Many classes went by as I sat there trying to read the teacher’s lips.

There were nights that I would cry myself to sleep asking why.

Why me?

But the next morning, I would wake up, throw all those behind, and fight with a big smile. 🙂

So, I studied extra hard, participated in many extracurricular activities, volunteered for leadership roles to prove that I’m better than normal.

Life is never meant to be easy. 

“Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to break us or make us. The choice is ours whether we become Victim or Victor.” ~Anonymous

My Invisible Disability
My invisible disability is a gift.
It taught me how to listen with my heart;
How to see the sorrows of men;
How to speak words of humility;
How to smile in trials;
How to count the blessings;
And taught me how to love.
My invisible disability is my strength.
~Amy

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny…” ~C.S. Lewis

Little Jacky

Jacky is CRAZY about delicious food.

When he was 1, his nanny needed to hide EVERY time she eats.

One time, when she was eating an orange behind doors, he went crying and pounding on the door, because he could smell it & he wanted to eat it too!!?

Jacky Eating

When he was 3, he was already Grandma’s little sous chef, helping out in the kitchen (sort of).

More so, he was a fanboy for this famous cooking show in Hong Kong – 《方太與你》 (Mrs Fong and You).

He watched it with Grandma every day from Monday to Friday for 9 straight years!

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Iconic Family Restaurant

He clearly got these foodie genes from his restaurateur family.

His grandfather owned a popular historic seafood restaurant in Hong Kong, in the iconic “Green House” in Wan Chai, back in the 70s.

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Growing up, he didn’t eat mac n cheese or grilled cheese.

He already tasted fresh live seafood like Mantis shrimp, Geoduck, and Sea cucumber. He also ate crazy Chinese dishes like Snake soup or Roast squab!

Fresh Off the Boat

When he turned 12, his family sent him away to study in a small town with only 2000 residents.

He was all by himself. He didn’t know anyone, didn’t speak the language, didn’t understand the customs. It was his first time experiencing the western culture.

He was alone, away from family and home, when he was only 12 years of age.

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Luckily, his home-stay family was loving.

He enjoyed watching his home-stay mama cook, and often asked her why she did this, and how she made that. She even allowed him to cook by himself in the kitchen.

Massive Turning Point

2006 was a crazy year.

One night, when I was studying for finals, I got a call around midnight from Jacky.

He said “I just got hit by a pick-up truck and my car is total lost. I’m feeling ok. Paramedics told me to stay still, because my internal organs may collapse any minute now. Just calling to let you know.”

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This could have been THE END of his life.

It was a wake-up call. Life is unpredictable. You never know what will happen the next minute.

Since this day, every day is a bonus, in fact, everyday is a gift.

We try hard to live every day to the fullest, chase our dreams, and find meaning in all we do.

Most important of all, make a positive impact in others’ lives when we still can.

Happily Ever After

We were high school sweethearts. He held my hand for 9 years and he never wanted to let go. It’s a blessing to walk through different life stages together as we grow.

Our dream came true the moment we stepped into the church and exchanged our vows in front of our loved ones. We’ve been happily together for 14 years & counting. 😀

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Food Media Business

We then started to chase our next dream. We created a food marketing and consulting business.

We had so much fun working with chefs and restaurateurs from around the world. It was a dream come true!!! We partnered with restaurants from 20 – 1000 seats (Yes, one thousand seats!), from small neighborhood restaurants to big name brands and chain stores.

Our work ranged from restaurant brand design, taste test new menu items, menu design, product development & launch, promotion campaigns, public relations, as well as publishing a local print food magazine.

We immediately fell in love with food photography, food writing, the food people, and of course the FOOD and cooking.

Family Matters

At this point, we were working 7 days a week. Sometimes, we were still on the phone at 1 am with our clients.

One day in March 2015, my close family member has been diagnosed with cancer. On the same night, Jacky’s close family member also told us there’s a high chance that they have cancer too.

Shocked. Denial. Fear.

We were devastated, completely devastated.

It was a second wake-up call. Life is unpredictable.

We regretted that we didn’t spend enough time with our loved ones. In fact, we didn’t even have time for ourselves!

We took some time off from everything to take care of our families, as well as to reorganize our lives.

We asked ourselves “What kind of life do we want to live?”, “What kind of impact do we want to make in this world before we leave?

Though our business was growing, we really love what we do, and income was decent, we knew it was time to let go.

Why Pressure Cook Recipes?

The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the memories we’ve made along the way. – Anonymous

Our hope is to spend more time and create more memories with our loved ones through delicious food.

Food carries so much more than things that keep us alive each day.

We know it’s not easy to cook day in day out, especially for those with busy lifestyles & young kids.

However, cooking is definitely not a chore, though it may seem like one.

Each dish we make is a token of love.

Our loved ones (even kids at a young age) will remember the food you’ve made for them.

Plus, the smiles you see after they’ve tasted your food just melt your heart. This is what life is all about.

Pressure Cook Recipes is not just a recipes food blog. This is our little place to share our lives and memories with you.

Our pressure cookers have been a lifesaver for us in many ways. Through Pressure Cook Recipes, we hope to help & encourage you to do the same: cook delicious tested recipes for your loved ones and create great memories along the way.

Since we’ve started Pressure Cook Recipes, many readers have shared how our dishes reminded them of their family or childhood, how their family enjoyed their food, and how the food comforted them. All these stories make us extremely happy.

Thank you for letting us bring a little joy in your lives!

Sharing Happiness One Dish at a Time ♥

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My hearing loss has continued to worsen, and I may go completely deaf one day. But nothing can stop us from making a small impact in others’ lives.

We’re so thankful for our family and friends who have been a big part of our lives. Now we invite YOU to be a part of our new journey.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about you and getting to know who you both are and what drives you. We just received an Instant Pot as a wedding gift and are excited to begin delicious recipes. We’re looking forward to trying those that you’ve published for newbies like us! Thank you.

    1. Dear Lucila & Russell,
      Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! 🙂
      And congrats on your marriage! May you both be blessed with a lifetime of joy, love, and amazing adventures together!!
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions with your Instant Pot. Have fun cooking!
      Take care,
      Amy

  2. Thank you for sharing your story, you are both amazing and together you are inspiring! I’m still a IP newbie and I’ve just made your cheesecake #17, it’s in the refrigerator over night now. As I was looking at the recipe site I found your story and the email sign-up. I too, have tinnitus, the result of an auto accident 9 years ago. It’s very loud and constant. I hope someday (soon) there’s a cure for all of us tinnitus sufferers. Bless you and take care.
    Lori

    1. Hi Lori,

      Late reply! Thank you so much for your kind comment and welcome to our site 🙂

      Please take care and best wishes to you and your family!!
      Jacky

    2. I also have tinnitus. In the process of trying to find help through research, I discovered that the problem is in the brain. It’s also a possible tie-in to memory loss, etc.. I haven’t had a chance to continue the research but I thought you and others may like to check into it.I hope you find this helpful.
      Janet

    3. Dear Janet,
      Thanks for your care! Hope we can all find some form of relief in various ways.
      My prayer is for all of us who carry this gift to be able to learn to embrace our tinnitus or hearing loss in a way that not only doesn’t let it stop us from living our life to the fullest, but uses it as motivation & inspiration! 🙂
      May you & yours be blessed with joy & great health!
      Take care,
      Amy

  3. Your story melts my heart. And I’ve akready tried some of your recipes. I Came to America from Taiwan at age 7, so I already feel like I can connect on a small level with your story. But what’s better is that your site offers Asian recipes my children LOVE! And they’re in English!

    Most really good Chinese recipes are on sites that are in Chinese. Google translate or not, it’s difficult for me, since I don’t read chinese. So amen to your site! Whisking you the best.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Late Reply (We were on a trip to Asia)! Your comment made our day!
      Thank you so much for such a kind comment 🙂

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  4. Thanks for sharing your story. On a tough day, I appreciated the notion that each dish we make can be a token of love, for our family or ourselves, rather than a a chore. It’s a helpful re-framing of a necessary activity.

    I’m about to try your Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe. To date, all of your recipes have passed my family’s test for whether or not we would use the recipe again.

    1. Hi Helen,
      Just found out we missed your note for us! Thanks for taking the time to get to know us & write to us. 🙂
      Glad to know Your family has been enjoying the recipes & the delicious food!
      Wish you & your family all the best!
      Take care,
      Amy

  5. Thank you for sharing your story. It brought tears to my eyes. My brother was born deaf so I know how much of a struggle it can be. Really great to hear how well you are doing. Just got my instant pot last week and enjoying your website very much. Thank you for all your hard work. Its truly wonderful to have such a great resource for recipes and all for free!

    1. Hi Jacky and Amy
      I’ve made a few of your recipes and came out great.
      I have a ultra pot and are having trouble with the lava cakes
      No gooey in middle I followed your recipe and filled 4 ramicans
      1/2 way should they be full to top maybe using 3 instead of 4?
      Love your cheesecake made it 6 times everyone loves it.Thank
      Thank you

    2. Hi Marie,

      Late Reply (We were on a trip to Asia)! Thank you for your kind words & question 🙂

      The lava cakes should be filled to 90% full.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. Love your recipes but are the recipes the same for the lux 80 ? Or more liquid etc ?
    And I made the whole chicken and my chicken was much bigger it was 4.53 and at 0 until the pin popped it was very raw do you have times for bigger chickens please ?

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words. The recipes are the same for the Lux 80.

      For the chicken, you will want it to poach in the hot liquid well after the pin has dropped.

      For a 4.53 lbs chicken, I will say it will take roughly 33 minutes.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    2. Ty much for responding back with the good advice will try that and forgot to ask about the molten cake I’ve tried your molten cake recipe 3 times and can’t get any yummy gooey liquid middle like in all the pictures I even reduced the time by one minute each time and no luck very moist but no yummy liquid chocolate center ?

    3. Hi Brenda,

      What kind of material are your containers?

      You may want to reduce the cooking time further for the gooey liquid.

      Happy New Year & Please take care
      Jacky

  7. Hi Amy & Jacky, love your recipes! Can you help me convert this slow cooker recipe for pulled lamb into an IP recipe? I have the DUO60.

    2.5kg boneless leg of lamb

    Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary (dried) and popped it into the slow cooker and topped it with a full can of crushed tomatoes. I swirled about a quarter cup of cold water in the can to get all of the leftover crushed tomatoes and added that…put the lid on, set it to high and let it cook for 8hrs.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you!

    Thank you,
    Sylvia

    1. Hi Sylvia,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words & question.

      I will add all the ingredients and layer the crushed tomatoes on top (No mixing).

      Cook it for 45 minutes – 55 minutes + natural release.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  8. Hi Amy,
    Thank you so much for creating this such wonderful page. I have been longing to use my IP in order to save time on cooking for more family time with my husband and kids.

    Here’s little thing I want to share about myself: I was born and raised in Hong Kong until age of 14. Moving to the USA and living since. I turned deaf at age 2. Hearing from both of my ears is profoundly lost. However, I have hearing aids and lip reading to help, plus learning American Sign Language later. I met my husband, who’s also deaf, later. I can somewhat related to your personal experience as reading your bio. Only wish we can meet in person!

    Thanks again for sharing all your recipes!

    Domina

    1. Dear Domina,
      It’s amazing how our lives can cross path through the internet & our Instant Pots!! hehe~ 🙂 Sorry for replying you so late as I just realized we’ve previously missed your message for us! 🙁
      Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and sharing your story with us. It has been quite a journey for me growing up embracing this special gift. It took a while when I finally learned that some of the greatest pains in life are some of our greatest strengths. Always remember you’re beautiful, loved, and amazing! 🙂
      Wish you & your family many blessings, love, & joy as you enjoy this amazing life adventure together!
      Love,
      Amy

  9. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    I love your instant pot recipes! I was wondering if you have any suggestions on how I can make Chinese style braised shiitake mushrooms in oyster sauce in the instant pot. It would be so helpful, especially with the lunar new year around the corner. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Alison

  10. After reading about the Ikea utility cart on your site, I immediately purchased one for my Instant Pot. Love it! Now I can store the pot in one part of the kitchen, and roll it to my prep area when I’m using it. One caution: the 8-quart Instant Pot does not fit between the raised sides of the cart shelves. So I installed the top shelf upside down and, problem solved. Thanks for such a wonderful tip!

  11. Hello from Victoria Australia, Love your recipes however, I am looking for a recipes for braised lambs chops in my cook4me. Can you please help me. Cheers

    1. Hi Lynette,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words & question.

      We don’t have a braised lambs chops recipe yet, but I have added it to our long to-make list!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Suzie,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words and support.

      We don’t have a lentil soup recipe yet, but it is on our to-make list 🙂

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi John,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for the love and support!

      We usually buy our kimchi from local Korean supermarket so we don’t really have a favorite recipe.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  12. I made your unami pot roast recipe last night and it was delicious. I used grass fed chuck roast and reduced the cooking time to 40 minutes instead of 45 and it was perfect. Is there a way to contact you directly? I would like to let you know about something. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      You can contact us directly with our contact page.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  13. Any + Jacky,
    I am so happy to read your story of hope, love, and dreams. Your pressure cooker recipes not only made tasty food but helped bring our own family together in preparing many dishes so far this holiday season. Members eagerly searched for recipes, went out together to grocery shop, prepared the food together with side dishes, and laughed as we remembered past memories and boasted how good our cooking skills were with the Instant Pot. Now we know why it is called Instant Pot….. With your tested recipes the Pot creates instant fun, laughter, and memories. Consider your mission accomplished with our family. Merry Christmas to you and your fans.

    1. Dear Hugh,
      Just realized we missed replying to your heartfelt message! Thank you for all your sweet & encouraging words of love! 🙂
      This makes us so happy knowing your family has been enjoying the Instant Pot, the yummy food, and most importantly of all – your love for each other! This is what makes life so special and precious. 😀
      We wish you & your family all the blessings, love, joy, & amazing memories together in the many years to come. Please take care!
      Love,
      Amy

  14. Hi Amy and Jacky,

    Been following your website for the past few weeks, as I just got an instant pot recently and your website is great!
    Got the instant pot as I am trying to cook more often, we have been eating out for the last few years. Not too healthy , so am hoping I can keep up the momentum and continue to cook more often.

    Just read your story and wanted to thank you for being an inspiration, continue to stay strong and positive 🙂

    Looking forward to more delicious recipes from you guys.

    1. Hi HC,
      Thanks for all your kind & encouraging words! 🙂
      So happy to know the Instant Pot is helping you adopt a more healthy lifestyle!!
      Wish you & your family many great blessings, joy, and great health! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  15. Thanks for all the great Instant Pot recipes!

    Just wanted to comment here to let Amy (and your other fans with tinnitus) know about this if you hadn’t already heard about it or tried it before:

    Hope it helps! 🙂

  16. Hi Amy,

    I’m sorry to read about your hearing maladies. I’m sure you have pursued many different avenues but just in case you haven’t checked out Dr John Bergman, he does videos as well. Maybe there might be something to help you.

    1. Dear Mike, thank you for your care & info. A simple gesture that has warmed my heart. Thank you! 🙂
      Wish you & yours a life full of joy & blessings!
      Take care,
      Amy

  17. I just made this for the first time. My son is turning 10 tomorrow and requested it. I was thrilled to do it for him! So I cooked it tonight and plan to refrigerate overnight. My question is, do I cover it before refrigerating? The directions don’t say to cover it but it seems like a good idea and I don’t want to mess it up.
    Thanks and can’t wait to try it tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

    1. Hi Kirsten,

      thank you so much for your kind words and question 🙂

      I am not too sure which recipe you made as this is our story article.

      I am guessing it is the cheesecake and you can cover it with food wrap.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  18. You have a great site. So many people mention burn and that scares me. Is it because they are not doing what they should? You showed a whole chicken cooked on the build up of pressure and then being set at “0”the release of pressure. So if I cook some broccoli (1-2min) can I set it for “)” and cook it on the build up and then release after 2 min.???

    1. Hi William,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      The Instant Pot is a very safe cooking device and the burn message can be the result of different things. It could be not enough liquid or the liquid is too thick.

      Yes, 0 minute is the way to go for broccoli! Here is our recipe for broccoli.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. I love your site, but your stories were really touching! My sister gradually went deaf in one ear, over time (she is 45 now) along with severe Tinnitus. She recently had surgery where they placed a prosthetic (I would need to find the exact name of surgery from her), and she can hear out of that ear again. The deafness never bothered her like the Tinnitus, as she still had one good hearing ear. Sadly, the Tinnitus is still there, but her doctor says there is still hope. for some it goes away quickly, for some it takes time, for some, it doesn’t work. She has been using an essential oil blend in the meantime. The surgery was only last month. I have found her to be very strong over the years, as she has adapted to her situation. It’s inspiring to see that someone else that turned did their best to turn it into a positive. I haven’t read through the comments to see if others have suggested this surgery or if you have done anything, but if you haven’t and would like to find out more, I can post the info. It was an outpatient surgery, the worst part was she experienced dizziness and off balance for several days. Also, there are several essential oils that can help… a blend of Juniper Berry, Cypress and Lavender. We’ve used Cape Chamomile, as well as Frankincense. (all used externally of course). Thank you for giving me new recipes to try in my Instant Pot! You guys have helped me branch out and try new things (just ordered the curry cubes!!). So thank you for all you do to make us happy!!!!

    1. Dear Chris,
      Thank you for your sweet & encouraging words. And thanks for sharing your sister’s inspiring journey with us. It’s interesting how our “weaknesses” is what makes us strong! I’m glad she can hear with that ear again. Sending my prayers that she’ll have a speedy recovery and her tinnitus will go away! My dad lost one side of his hearing due to unsuccessful surgery in the past and his other side has only less than 50% hearing with hearing aids. Thanks for the essential oils recommendations – I’ll have a look into them. 🙂
      We’re simply blessed to be able to do what we love because of sweet readers like you! 🙂 So thank you! Let me know how things go with the Instant Pot Japanese Curry!
      Take care,
      Amy

  20. Amy and Jacky,

    I just read your story – thank you so much for sharing….I wish only the best for the both of you! Thank you also for this IP blog – I’ve been following you on IG for a while now (just printed your chili recipe!) and now subscribe to your emails. I have a huge love of food too and cooking for my family of 4 is one of my greatest pleasures.

    Thank you!! And God bless! 😀

    Anne Ima
    (feel free to follow me on IG: imafoodie1)

  21. What a story you have to tell! No wonder you are the sweetest and most thoughtful folks around. Your recipes are a gift to all of us. They are so amazing and the care you give in researching them is amazing.

    I am truly sorry about your hearing loss. I have a slight case of tinnitus so I surely understand and how annoying that can be. Maybe someday they will find a cure for it.

    Blessings,
    Marcia

    1. Dear Marcia,
      Thank you for being a sweetheart. Your kind words warm my heart. 🙂
      We’re simply blessed to be able to do what we love because of you. So thank you!
      I hope things will get better for you & your health as well.
      ~Every day may not be a good day, but there is good in every day~ 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  22. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    Just bought our first instant pot and I have been looking up recipes to try out this weekend. I never expected to find any Hong Kong style recipes and I am so excited I stumbled upon your website!!! Your story got me all teary-eyed… 繼續加油努力?!!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Meikwan 🙂

      We are so happy to have you stumble upon our website.

      我地會繼續加油努力。 您也要加油同努力!

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  23. Dear Amy and Jack,
    I think you have a very special story. I love your website and all of your recipes. I’m fairly new to the instant pot and your step-by-step delicious recipes are perfect. I wish you the best of luck in the future. You have accomplished so much. You should be very proud of yourselves. Thank you for bringing delicious recipes into my kitchen:)

    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Welcome to our site. So happy to have you come across our site 🙂
      Thank you so much for your encouragement!

      Best of luck to you too. Keep on fighting the good fight and we will see you around!

      Please take care & have an amazing week.
      Jacky

  24. I read your directions for making the beef stew. In the recipe you said, “Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the pressure.” What do you mean by “+ 10 minutes Natural Release” ? Does that mean that I just don’t touch anything for 10 minutes and then press the off button after that????
    I’m new at this. Thank you

    1. Hi Leonarda,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Don’t touch anything for 10 minutes and then turn the venting knob to the venting position.

      Turning on or off the heat doesn’t matter as the keep warm mode will not kick in well after pressure is released.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  25. Amy, reading your story gives me hope and confidence. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease. I have vertigo sometimes and have severe tinnitus in my left ear and have lost much of my hearing. I have two young children and I’m so scared to eventually go deaf. Thank you for sharing your story as well as your wonderful recipes. I use my instant pot daily and look forward to trying out your tomato soup recipe tonight.

    1. Dear Kristin,
      Thank you for sharing your special story with us. I understand your worries & fears about the uncertainty of the future & the well-being for you & your family.
      I try to remind myself every day that no one truly knows what will happen tomorrow. So take it one day at a time as we learn to count our blessings each day.
      Pray that you’ll have the strength, inner peace, and joy to live every day and enjoy every moment with your children & loved ones. Please take care Kristin! 🙂
      Love,
      Amy

  26. Hi Amy and Jacky!
    Super excited that now I can enjoy classic Chinese steamed dishes like my grandma use to make. Thank you so much!

    Do you happen to have a recipe for Steamed Minced Pork With Salted Fish or Asian style Ox tail stew?

    1. Hi Kim,

      thank you so much for your kind words and question 🙂

      We don’t have the two recipes, but we will probably work on a HK Beef brisket recipe soon.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  27. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    Thank you very much for your heart-felt stories. They are definitely inspirational and caring!
    I just discovered your site while researching on the possibility of making ‘hardboiled eggs’ in a pressure cooker. And wallah! you gave me the answer and more!! Thank you! My little story :
    I discovered the pressure cooker when I was shopping on-line for an automatic rice cooker to ease the cooking process since my house burnt in the Northern California fire last October. Living in a 5th wheeler/ trailer, this pressure cooker by Mueller, which had promised a lot of possibilities; is used everyday. So far, I am impressed. I am also learning to cook using the microwave oven! In the past, I have worked in restaurants, cooking and baking, both jobs were fun and natural. Five years ago, I had an accident that gave me 3 skull fractures. I had since discovered I can still cook by memory and feel, although I am not able to smell and taste as discriminatorily as before. Lot’s of new stuff to learn! I look forward to discover more of your work and research. The most attractive part about this site is that it is impregnated with your own enjoyment in your activities, it exudes FUN! And LIFE! Thank you for sharing you!

    1. Dear Yoke-Sim,
      We’re so glad you’re here with us on this journey. Thanks for taking the time to write to us. Sorry to hear about your house and accident. It must have been a really tough time for you these years. But I’m grateful you’re pressing on, moving forward, as this is what life is all about.

      “Every day may not be good…but there is something good in every day.” 🙂

      Pray for many blessings to be showered upon you as you continue to experience love, peace, and joy in the many years to come! Please take care & hope to hear from you soon!
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions. Have fun cooking!
      Take care,
      Amy

  28. Thank you both for your hard work and making these delicious recipes. I have made many of your recipes and they all turned out delicious! I only have my ip for a month but definitely feel your recipes and instructions are really easy to follow. My kids are very young and with little time on my hands so this is a perfect way to cook as I can be hands free for a big chunk of the cooking. Your story is so inspirational and yes we should always look on the bright side of our lives. I can relate to parts of your story like moving as I was 8yrs old and moved to UK and not understanding what people was saying and the customs too. I love all the Asian food and being Chinese a food lover at heart and introducing to my little family who really enjoys them. Many thanks again!

    1. Dear Angeline,
      Thank you for your heartfelt comment from the UK! So happy to have you join us, being a part of our new journey with Pressure Cook Recipes! 🙂
      This is what makes what we do all that much more rewarding – connecting with sweet people like you through sharing food, as you pass on the love through the food you share with your loved ones.
      Much blessings to you & your family as you journey on together in life with much love, joy, and peace! 🙂
      Hope to hear from you again! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  29. I’ve done a couple of your recipes from the instant pot app. I’m doing one tonight. I guess I’ll have to try the rest now. Your story is inspirational. So happy you found each other. Peace!

  30. What a great story!!. This is what inspires some people such as my self, too be better a our cooking/baking adventures or pretty much any adventure. I am trying to teach myself more about the culinary world everyday. I always enjoy seeing others smile when they tasted something have created. So, thank you for what you do and posting your story.

  31. Dear Amy and Jacky,
    I am a member of your facebook group, and get so much useful information about how my instant pot works (for instance, my “recipe” for hard cooked eggs only started to work when I read your meticulous research on it – for some reason my pot takes a LONG time to cook eggs and it was intimidating to be told what the “perfect” method was for someone else, when I was dumping eggs in the trash like crazy! I always search for one of your recipes because I know how well tested they are. I need everything I can get in my corner!

    Thank you for sharing your story

    1. Thank you so much for being so kind Wendy 🙂

      I just want to let you know how much we appreciate your kindness and support!

      Please take care
      Jacky

  32. What a beautiful story. So inspiring. I, too, have tinnitus in the form of a dull hum that never ends. I know how distracting it can be. I wish the best for you. I am a newbie with the IP and always turn to your recipes for guidance. They have not failed me. Keep up your great work.

  33. What a beautiful story. You definitely complement each other. I also have tinnitus in the form of a low, never ending hum that goes on forever. I try to cover it up with other noises including sometimes white noise at night. I am a newbie with the IP but constantly turn to your recipes. They are great. I will continue to experiment. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you for your sweet words Linda!
      Technology is constantly improving, do hope that one day both our tinnitus will go away or the noise will lessen! 🙂
      Congrats on your new IP!! Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions. Have fun!
      Take care,
      Amy

  34. You have had many trials but I believe you were here for a purpose and are helping many. What do you think of the Ultra model and the steam release accessory for the Duo? Thanks for your wonderful recipes and help! God bless! Deborah

  35. Hi Amy and Jacky,

    I loved to hear to hear your stories and how you embrace each day with a renewed outlook. I cannot imagine how it much feel to live with tinnitus! May God bless you and Jacky each day and bring you both peace and happiness.

    Since we recently purchased an Instant Pot, I have found your recipes online and I’m always looking for quick and healthy ones, we eat less processed foods. My wife has celiac disease and I’m interested in cooking meals with gluten free flour, so we can all enjoy the same meal.

    Thank you for doing what you do everyday!

    God bless you two!

    1. Dear Ronald,
      Thank you for your loving and caring heart for us. Sweet readers like yourself are what make our world brighter each day and bless us with the opportunity to do what we love!
      This is very special to us and we are certainly more than thankful & blessed. So, thank you! 🙂
      We’re so glad you’ve found us and are joining us on this journey. Pray that you & your wife will enjoy many years of good health, joy, & love together!
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions.
      Take care,
      Amy

  36. Hello, Amy + Jacky,

    Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Thank you, as well, for sharing your gifts for creating delicious recipes. We adopted our daughter, who is profoundly deaf, from southern China in November, 2010. Seven-and-a-half years later, she is absolutely thriving; her deafness is not what defines her. I used to make congee for her, but had not in a long time until I came across your recipe. The day I made it for her she ate more than half of it herself!! The jasmine rice makes all the difference in the world. My daughter loves it so much she has it for breakfast every day. Earlier today, I found your recipe for Umami Pressure Cooker Pot Roast. When she asked me, “What is for dinner tonight?” I told her I planned to make an Amy + Jacky recipe. Without even telling her what it is, she exclaimed, “Yes!!” You have quite the little fan here. I am about to get it started and just know it will be delicious. We can’t wait for dinner to be ready!!

    Again, thank you both for sharing your precious gift with us!

    1. Dear Maureen,
      Thank you for sharing your sweet story with us. Your love for your daughter has truly warmed my heart.
      She’s definitely blessed to have you! Thank you for being such a blessing in this world!
      Physical limitations are never what stops us from achieving greatness and making a difference.
      My prayer is for your daughter to continue to grow and become a woman who will continue to inspire others with her extraordinary life!
      All the best to you & your family Maureen! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  37. My husband was from Hong Kong. I learned to cook Cantonese style for him. He is gone now but I continue to experiment. I love finding your adaptions of Chinese food to the Instant Pot.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      That’s so wonderful! I’m glad you’ve found us.
      Sorry to hear about your husband, but I’m sure he was blessed to have you. 🙂
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions.
      Sending blessings & love your way.
      Take care,
      Amy

  38. Wow! This past year I have found myself following your recipes several times but this is the first time I landed on your story. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing! What a great story you each have as individuals and as a couple. Your recipes and delivery in your blog are wonderful and appreciated.
    Many blessings!
    Lindsay

    1. Dear Lindsay,
      Thank you for your kind words. So glad to hear from you and have you on board with us in our new journey! 🙂
      We’ll definitely work hard to create more yummy recipes. So stay tuned!
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions. Hope to see you around. 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  39. Hi Amy & Jacky! Hong Konger, high-five! Have been a regular of your blog for years (actually since the day I owned my first instant pot) but it’s just today I read about your beautiful personal stories. Thanks for constantly sharing the incredible pressure cooker recipes! I just love them. The soy milk ? one is just phenomenal!

    1. Hi McFatty! Cheers from fellow HKer!! *high five* 😀
      So happy to hear you’ve been with us for so long! We’re simply blessed to be able to do what we love because of you guys. Thank you <3
      We'll definitely have more coming - so stay in touch!
      Wish you & yours lots of love, joy, and deliciousness coming your way! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  40. Thank you Amy and Jacky for sharing your beautiful stories as individuals and then together as a couple. I really love your recipes.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Dora! We’ll definitely work hard to create more yummy recipes.
      Hope to see you around. 🙂 Have a great week!
      Take care,
      Amy

  41. Thanks for sharing your stories. Your emails always feel very personal, so it was great to hear more about your lives.

  42. Such a beautiful story! You two are truly an inspiration! Thank you both for all the great recipes plus the time you devote to your work.

    1. Thank you for your sweet words Norma! 🙂
      We’re more than grateful for the opportunity to do what we love – it’s fun & yummy, plus we get to meet all these amazing readers from around the world like yourself. 🙂
      So we’ll definitely have more yummy recipes coming. Stay tuned!!
      Take care,
      Amy

  43. Thank you for sharing your story. I will be sharing it with my daughter, 22, who I don’t think appreciates how “easy” her life is. I look forward to checking out your recipes.

    1. Dear Donna,
      Thank you for being here and being a part of our new adventure! 🙂
      I’m sure she’s trying hard to figure out what life is all about and the path she wants to take. Please pass along my blessings – Life is one amazing adventure and I wish her the best in experiencing all the joy, peace, and love it has to offer! 🙂
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions with the recipes.
      Take care,
      Amy

  44. Your story brought tears to my eyes, which (as many exes can attest) is not easy…thank you for sharing. Amy, you are true inspiration to keep moving forward!

  45. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I am a 3.5 year cancer survivor. I totally get how much it changes your outlook on life. My family is very picky and on top of that I have a lot of food allergies. I lost the love of cooking. I purchased my IP 2.5 weeks ago and it has gotten me excited about cooking again! Thanks for your website and all of the time you put into your recipes. You’re website is the first place I go when looking for a new recipe. I’m hoping to make your yogurt recipe soon! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing! Enjoy every moment!

  46. Hi, I just bought a 3 qt. IP as I live alone but I’m thinking that I might buy a larger one in the future if your recipes turn out to be as easy and delicious as everyone here agrees. Then maybe I will begin inviting people for dinner again as I used to do.
    I did the water test and boiled eggs today. They turned out perfect.
    I too, have tinnitus, have had it since my 20’s and am now 86. I’m currently completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. But I have great hearing aids that allow me to interact with life. I encourage anyone with deafness to look into hearing aids from a qualified otolaryngologist a specialist trained to treat ENT (ears, nose and throat) and an audiologist. The technology is great and continues to progress as companies want to make it possible for those of us with hearing loss to live normally.

    1. Dear Marion,
      Congrats on your new IP! I’m sure it’ll be lovely for your guests to enjoy your wonderful homecooked meals. It’ll definitely create lots of great memories!
      Do feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions about using your Instant Pot.

      Thank you for sharing your experience & wisdom. I’m grateful there are lots of amazing researchers and medical specialists working hard each day to improve the lives of others. Hearing aids definitely make a huge difference!
      Wish you great health, much joy & blessings! 🙂

      Take care,
      Amy

  47. Hi Amy + Jacky! Thank you for your wonderful pressure cooking recipe blog. It has been the most dependable source for delicious pressure cooker recipes thanks to all of your exhausting research and testing. I do have a question about one of your recipes and wonder the best way to contact you to ask… For your pressure cooker pot roast recipe, would there be any change in pressure cook time if the pot roast were more than 2″ thick? My husband purchased a beautiful chuck roast but it is 3″ thick. I am a newbie to pressure cooking so wanted to ask if I need to increase the pressure cooking time. Please advise! Thank you in advance for your kind reply.
    Warmest regards,
    Amy from California, USA

    1. Hi Amy,

      thank you so much for your kind comment and question 🙂

      Yes, it will take roughly 8 – 12 minutes more for a 3″ thick roast.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  48. Hi Amy and Jacky
    I am a new subbie, so glad to have found you!! I found you on Pinterest while looking for electric pressure recipes for my new Power Pressure Cooker XL! I came on over and subscribed so I don’t miss anything new. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it was the perfect place to share your story, for me, I feel more connected to you and makes your site that much more special to me!! I know the recipes you’ve provided here are made from love and that means a lot!! Thank you for sharing your love with us❣️
    I would like to know if my using the Power Pressure Cooker XL is that much more different from an insta pot? Mine doesn’t have a Manual button and I’m not understanding how to do a natural steam release on mine… Or would I need to buy an instapot instead? Cuz I’ll do that… lol just to be able to make these delicious looking recipes!!

    1. Hi Kat,

      thank you so much for subscribing and your kind words! 🙂

      Your Power Pressure Cooker XL will be able to make 99% of the recipes for an Instant Pot.
      You can use the Meat/Chicken button as the Manual button and natural steam release means you leave the pressure cooker alone until all the steam is released.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  49. Thanks for sharing your story, I admire your spirit and strength. Love your blog, discovered it by chance while searching for some instapot recipes and have bookmarked it since. Keep up the great work and fight the good fight 🙂

  50. I bought a 8 qt Ultra and love it. I want to poach eggs in it. I had read to sit at 5 mminutes and release steam immediately. I did and eggs were hard poached eggs . I could do what you did but want your thoughts.
    Like maybe 3 minutes and release.

    1. Hi Tom,

      Poach eggs only require about 2 minutes on the stovetop so I would think it will be the same time in the Instant Pot.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  51. Thanks for all of your loving energies in keeping us all so healthy. Would you happen to have a watercress soup recipe which many Asians will treasure for its healthy benefits

    1. Hi Julie,

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

      We don’t have one yet, but I have added it to our to-make list.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  52. Thank you both for sharing your story and all of the amazingly detailed recipes. It is so helpful for newbies like myself who love the why’s and how’s of pressure cooking! I rarely cook with recipes, but need to better understand how to use my lovely Instant Pot. Cheers and best wishes to both of you and your families!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and reading the story Emily 🙂

      Happy to have you on our site!

      Please let us know if you come across any questions.

      Take care & have a great week
      Jacky

  53. New Instant Pot owner and I definitely need some good, basic recipes for two people. My wife and I are in our 80s. We don’t eat big meals any longer but we want tasty meals.

  54. Amy + Jacky,
    Love, love your recipes. However, I found your web site very difficult to navigate. I was looking for your recipe for Taiwanese pork hock, so I look under “pork, other cuts” and it was not there, I was able to locate it using the search function for pork hock. If I were a casual visitor to the site, I would never have come across that recipe. Under recipes in the top banner, instead of “15 of these, 47+ of that” etc, why not just list an index to all your recipes.

    Another issue, I use eatyourbooks.com to help me locate recipes that I have on my bookshelf, your earlier recipes were all indexed on the site by someone other than me, so obviously your recipes were well loved. However, recently changes were made to your site and your newer recipes were no longer “indexable” over there and that is a real shame because you definitely would get a lot of exposure there.

    Thanks,
    Carina Wong Hawkins

    Carina Hawkins

    1. Hi Carina,

      Sorry for the late reply as we are still in the middle of moving.

      thank you so much for your feedback on the site. We will definitely make some improvement on the site navigation this year.

      As for eatyourbooks.com, we will have to look into it as I have no idea why this is happening.

      Happy Chinese New Year!
      Jacky

  55. I have tried numerous times to sign up for your e-mail recipes but for some reason nothing ever comes thru. I have even checked the spam folder. I love seeing and using your recipes on Facebook but would also love to receive them thru my e-mail. any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Jeannie,
      Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter! I’ve manually confirmed your subscription in our system and resent the previous newsletter.
      Let me know if you couldn’t see the email. Thanks! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  56. You are such beautiful souls! Now I know why you recipes are so good – they are tested, true, but also made with heaping doses of love. Thank you and Bless you! May your joyful path continue to be magical and inspiring!

    1. Dear Ann,
      Thank you for your sweet words & heartfelt blessings!
      We’re glad to have you join our journey. Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions.
      Wish you & yours an amazing year ahead full of love, blessings, & great health!
      Take care,
      Amy

  57. Great story, Amy & Jacky!

    I got an Instant Pot for Christmas and have used it a few times. Can’t wait to explore your recipes and videos see what else I can make. As a meat eater who’s trying to reform my eating habits, I’m very interested in vegetarian dishes, so we’ll see how that goes.

    Cheers and all the best for 2018!

    1. Hi Jacqueline,
      Thank you! 🙂 Congrats on your new Instant Pot!! Feel free to reach out to us when you come across any questions.
      Wish you & your family an amazing new year full of blessings & joy! 🙂
      take care,
      Amy

  58. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely stories. I’m so inspired to start cooking on my InstaPot. I just got it and I haven’t tried anything yet! I already lost my instruction booklet so I’m trying to see if I can download it and I stumbled on your page which I’m so thankful for. I’ll be experimenting with different recipes soon.

    1. Hi Mona,
      So glad you found us!! 🙂
      This setup guide + water test would be a great way to start your awesome instant pot journey! 🙂 It allows you to test-run the machine & gives you a feel of how the machine works.
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions. Have lots of fun!! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  59. Thank you for sharing your story with us and having developing the recipes you have. I am a Canadian Born Chinese with a real love for HK Style food. Your website is now my new favorite place to be!

    My son is half El Salvadorian and half Chinese, your website has given me a new way to share my culture of food with him and to give him fantastic meals!

    1. Hi Allan,
      Thank you for dropping by and we’re so glad you found us. *high five* for being Chinese Canadians!! 😀 hehe~
      This is so wonderful to hear as food is one of the best ways to have a taste of a foreign culture.
      Do let us know if you come across any questions. Hope to see you around. 😀
      Wish you & your family a wonderful 2018 full of love, blessings, and great health!
      Take care,
      Amy

  60. Thank you for sharing your truly inspirational story. Life is full of challenges but we can make the most out of it by doing the things we love, like cooking!

    To be honest, I have been trying a new recipe from your website almost every week and I absolutely love the results! Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Wendy,
      Thank you for stopping by & joining us in our journey! 🙂

      This is one of my favorite quotes:
      Life is like a CAMERA…
      Focus on what’s important;
      Capture the good times;
      Develop from the negatives;
      And if things don’t work out
      Take another shot.

      Wish you & your family a year full of blessings, love, and great health! 🙂 See you around!
      Take care,
      Amy

  61. I stumbled upon your lovely website as I was searching for recipes online. Thank you both for sharing your personal stories and your love for food- truly inspirational! I will now try making congee for my hubby for the first time ever. May you both keep shining bright and spreading your positive energy!

    1. Hi Charmaine,
      Thank you for your sweet words. I’m so glad you’re joining us in our journey!! 🙂
      Let us know how the congee goes. See you around!
      May you & your family have an amazing 2018!
      Take care,
      Amy

  62. I am speechless as I have too much to express in my thoughts; all in all – Thank you so much for sharing your story and your recipes! Your passion is contagious and your blog is so exciting!

    1. Thank you for reading our story & for all your kind words, Maggie!
      We’re certainly blessed to be able to do what we love! So happy you found us. 🙂
      Wish you a blessed New Year full of good health, joy, and love!
      Take care,
      Amy

  63. Hi again Amy!

    Helen here from Potstickers and Poetry. I wanted to thank you again for connecting with me but I also wanted to tell you that my son has genetic nerve damage hearing loss and like you, it is degenerative. But I can tell you with full confidence, given the advancements in science and the investment in hearing loss, you, my son, and millions of others will be able to hear with assistance moving forward. Merry Christmas again and Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Helen!
      Thank you for sharing your story with me. It’s definitely not easy for both your family and son.
      I used to ask “why”, but not anymore. It may sound silly, but the hearing loss has given me more than it has taken away in my life.
      I love music, singing, opera, broadway, movies…I’m just thankful I can still enjoy these. 🙂
      Sending prayers to your son that he will live an inspirational life full of blessings, good health & joy!
      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you too! Looking forward to hearing from you again. 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  64. Thanks so much for sharing your story! It’s wonderful to be connected not only to the food you create but to you as a person. Your story is indeed inspiring! And I have tried a number of your recipes and love them all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Beryl! 🙂 We’re happy to “meet you” here too. hehe~
      Looking forward to hearing more from you – and feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions.
      We wish you & your loved ones a Merry Christmas & many blessings to come in the New Year!
      Take care,
      Amy

  65. Hi Amy + Jacky,

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I love your optimistic perspective in life! I decided to buy an instant pot this past month and finally dispel my fear of pressure cooking. Your blog has been extremely helpful in the process with your helpful and detailed guidance. Everything has been delicious and fun. Thank you again and wishing you happy holidays and a new year of new opportunities and experiences together!

    1. Hi Henry,
      Thank you for your kind words! So happy you’ve been enjoying your new Instant Pot & all the yummy food! 😀
      Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions.
      We both wish you & your loved ones a very Merry Christmas & many blessings to come in the New Year! 🙂
      Take care,
      Amy

  66. Hi Jacky & Amy! Thank you for sharing your life stories & your perspective! It’s refreshing & encouraging to hear how you two have grown together & enjoy the most life has to offer. Wishing you both many years of good health & happiness! I’m looking forward to trying your recipes!

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Thank you for your well wishes! And thank you for being a part of our new journey. 🙂
      Let us know how things go and feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.
      Have fun cooking & have a lovely Christmas & Blessed New Year!
      Take care,
      Amy

  67. I just received an Instant Pot for my birthday and am so excited to try it! I am not a very good cook, nor do I enjoy cooking, but I am hopeful the pressure cooker and your recipes can change that! I am making my first meal tonight using your carnitas recipe. Thank you for remembering the novice cooks out there! Also, I appreciate your sharing your story, Amy. Best wishes to you and Jacky; you are inspirations!

    1. Happy Birthday Stacey and congrats on your new Instant Pot!!

      Thank you for reading our story and leaving such a kind comment 🙂

      You know where to find us if you come across any questions.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  68. Amy, Jacky
    Love your story. I just got an Instant Pot & have tried several or your recipes. I am so happy to have found you, there are not very many good “Pot” recipes out there for “newbies” like me! I am wondering if it is OK to spray the removable pot with Pam? Also, the “old” way I would make pot roast for hours on the stove, I would often sprinkle dry onion soup on top of the meat, would this work also in the Instant Pot? Keep up the wonderful stories & recipes, thank you so much! Darlene

    1. Hi Darlene,

      thank you so much for reading our story 🙂

      So glad to have you on our site!

      It is okay to spray the removable pot with pam and you can sprinkle dry onion soup on top of the meat.

      Make sure to have at least 1 cup of liquid and not to mix the dry onion soup in as it can scorch the pan.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  69. Hi Amy & Jacky,
    Your stories are so encouraging! Thanks for publishing it. I am also a HKer living abroad at the moment. Sadly my mom passed away early this year and I miss her terribly. One way for me to memorize her is to replicate her Cantonese soup but I can yet to get them right! I do believe “love” is an essential ingredient in all home-made dishes. Really look forward to trying your Cantonese soup recipes and I hope you will have more to share in the future 🙂
    Blessings,
    AH

    1. Hi Ava,
      So nice to hear from a fellow HKer!! 🙂
      I’m sorry to hear about your mom :'( It must be very tough for you. Do go easy on yourself and give yourself some time and space.
      I know it’s not easy – this year, Jacky & I just lost an old friend to cancer at the age of 32.
      So 加油!And please take great care of yourself!!
      We’ll for sure create more HK & Cantonese recipes. See you around & looking forward to hear from you again.
      Take care,
      Amy

  70. I just received my new instant pot and I started to look at some of the great recipes on your site but I have a question. Are the measurements of ingredients on your recipes designed for the 6 quart or the 8 quart instant pot or both?
    Thank you
    David

    1. Hi David,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot & thank you for your question 🙂

      The recipes were developed in 6 quarts Instant Pot and will work in a 8 quart.

      See you around 🙂

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  71. Is there a difference between the instant pot duo plus 60 and the instant pot duo plus 6 qt. ? The duo plus 6qt, comes up when I try to research the plus 60. Are they talking about the same thing with 2 different names?

  72. Temporary relief from tinnitus:
    can be yours in most instances with this simple technique:

    1. Cover your ears with your palms. Your fingers should be pointed back and resting on the back of your skull.
    2. Point your middle fingers toward each other at the very back of your skull.

    3. Rest your index fingers on top of your middle fingers.

    4. Using a snapping motion, flip your index fingers down off your middle fingers and onto the back of the skull. This motion will sound like the beating of drums. Because the fingers will also hit your skull, the noise may be quite loud. This is normal.

    5. Continue snapping your fingers onto the back of your skull 40 to 50 times. After 40 or 50 times, see if the ringing has subsided.

  73. Hello Amy & Jacky,
    Just came across your site when searching for healthy delicious midweek recipies for my instapot…the best tool in my Love Lab, as i call my kitchen.
    Just read your story and a
    I am so pleased we connected. Thank you for choosing the bigger G (Growth) when troubles and trials face us, vs the lower (Grief ) which while necessary, if we stay focused on it, will prevent us from the Gift within us that have allowed you both to Live,Love,Laugh and Share your passion for faith, food fam & friends with the world.

    Thank you very much, and look forward to enjoying many recipies and encouraging words together

    All our best,
    ML

    1. Dear Marvel,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave us a note. Happy to know you’ve been enjoying your Instant Pot too. We’re excited to have you on board in our pressure cooking journey!! 🙂
      Greatly appreciate your words of wisdom and encouragements. We’re certainly more than blessed to be able to go through this journey growing stronger together and being able to find & do what we love. We’re here thanks to all our dear readers and fellow pressure cooker lovers like yourself. So thank you! Much love & blessings to you, Marvel!
      Take care,
      Amy

  74. Hi Amy Jacky:
    On August 30, 2017 I had a colon surgery. I had stage 2 cancer. I am ok now. I feel so blessed that I came across your wonderful website. I would like to follow all your great recipes but I need to get a IP first. Please let me know what size should I get. My husband passed away last year so I am by myself. The smallest size will be perfect for me. Thank you.
    WK

    1. Hi WK, this is Jacky.

      I am so sorry to hear about your husband, but I am so happy to hear you are okay now 🙂

      As for the Instant Pot, the Instant Pot mini will probably work the best for you.

      Please take care!
      Jacky

  75. Hi, just subscribed to your website. I use a stovetop pressure cooker. Do I need to increase the amount of liquid I use as compared to an electric pressure cooker? Making the ribs tonight.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Howard,

      thank you for subscribing 🙂

      You will not have to increase the amount of liquid. If your stovetop pressure cooker operates at 15PSI, you will want to reduce the cooking time by 15% when the pressure cooking time is 35 minutes or longer.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  76. You guys are awesome! It is a great day when I get your new submission posts. I highly appreciate your dedication to the process.
    Last week I tried beef and Asian green bean stir fry (wok). I referenced several of your recipes to piece together a sauce. The original recipe (dr-ram.com/velveting) referenced “velveting” the beef. This was truly a game changer. It made a very inexpensive cut if beef very tender. The question I have is, have you tried velveting or tried this in the Insta-Pot?

  77. Looking but never finding a recipe for Sesame Beef. Spicy, twice cooked and served on foamy white noodles. Maybe someday you’ll crack the code 🙂 huge favorite in Portland for many years but now hard to find.

  78. Hello to both of you,
    Thank you to both for the great recipes. The recipes are life changing, just like your personal life story. I was moved and inspired of your background. Your story gives us hope in these trying times.
    Best,
    Romer

  79. Hi, Jacky and Amy,
    I am new to pressure cooking, and stumbled upon your website. I too came from HK, and have been living in the U.S. for many years. Every time we travel back, besides seeing family, eating is the next big thing. HK has some of the BEST food in the world!
    Thank you for sharing your story here. God works in mysterious ways, and I definitely pray for your healing, in JESUS’ NAME. Miracles happen when we believe.
    Keep up the good work. I look forward to trying out the recipes you guys share here.
    Elena.

    1. Hi Elena,
      Thank you for taking the time to write to us! 🙂
      Welcome to the world of pressure cooking & we’re glad to have you join us in our journey!! 😀
      hehe~ yes! So many yummy food in HK!! Thank you for your prayers – greatly appreciate your heartwarming blessings.
      Let us know how it goes & feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions.
      Take care,
      Amy

  80. Ahh…Amy and Jacky!!!! <3 <3 <3
    I truly have to thank Amazon Prime day to lead me back to you two wonderful people again!
    I've been wondering how you two were doing!
    You have my contact info, please reach out to me again so we can catch up! 🙂

    1. Hi Crystal!!! How have you been? 😀
      hehe! What a lovely surprise that you found us through Instant Pot!!! 🙂
      Hope you’ve been well. Our old email still work, you can email us and we can talk more there.
      ~Amy

  81. Enjoyed what you shared but am wondering about the “rest of the story.” Amy you wrote that when you were 8 you came to somewhere in North America, but where, “North America” is a big area? When Jacky was 12 he was sent off to some small town – where was that? Presumably somewhere in China. However you wrote that you were high school sweethearts? Where did you meet? Where did you go to high school? After you married, you began a food marketing and consulting business. Where were you living when you began your business? At some point you let that business go as you wanted to spend more time with family and with each other – that’s certainly understandable. So what do you do for a living now? And where do you live now? Are you in Canada or the US? And in what city? All the sharing seems to come from Amy. Will we hear from Jacky?

    1. Hi Sigrid,

      It’s great to hear from you again 🙂

      I was sent off to a small town in North America.
      This website is our full time job now! Perhaps we can answer some of the questions later in a FAQ section.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  82. This was a great place to share your journey. It’s helpful to have some insight to you since we are inviting you into our home through your recipes. We have tried many of your recipes and have found each one to be very thorough and detailed. You have taken the guessing out of it so that we can prep, cook and enjoy. Thank you. We look forward to trying more of your tested recipes and to following you. Cheers!

    1. Hi Cherri,
      Thank you for being a part of our journey and inviting us into your home! 🙂
      Thank you!! We’ll definitely work hard to create more yummy recipes.
      Much blessings & love to you & your family. Take care!
      ~Amy

  83. Thank you guys for all your hard work! I, too, am a food blogger and I focus on holistic living, organic cuisine and delicious flavor! This is a hard job and you are doing super wonderfully 🙂

  84. Hi Amy & Jacky,

    I’m a lifelong foodie who truly enjoys cooking good Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as German, Carribbean, Creole/Cajun, Latino, BBQ, and others!

    I used my new Instant Pot for the first time yesterday, to cook some steel-cut oats. They turned out perfect! Tonight, I tried a few more things, including your incredibly easy and delicious Savory Egg Custard recipe. Wow… 🙂 I’ll be making that again soon, and tomorrow’s lunch is gonna be General Tso’s Style Instant Pot Shredded Chicken.

    I found your site in a Google search, and am very glad I did! Yours is the best written, best photographed, most informative and most well done of the dozens of pressure cooker recipe sites I’ve looked at recently. Not that any of the others are bad, it’s just that yours is so amazing! Thanks for producing and sharing your incredible blog with us!

    While I’ve greatly enjoyed reading the wonderful recipes, excellent tips, and the informative page on Instant Pot accessories, as well as watching your very well produced videos, it was ‘Amy + Jacky’s Story’ that was so very special. Thank you so much for sharing the heartwarming and inspirational story of your lives. You both overcame a lot of things to get to where you are today, and I’m sure it was NOT easy. Your stories are similar to mine in ways, and touched my heart. Like you, Amy, I’ve had tinnitus since childhood and progressive hearing loss for much of my life, to the point it is often nearly impossible for me to understand others when they speak.

    Then, my beloved wife was diagnosed with cancer and underwent major surgery. It was, as you said, a wake-up call. Fortunately, she is cancer-free today, but still suffers from complications due to the surgery itself. Coming so close to losing her deepened my love for her as it had never been before. You truly realize that each day you live is a gift from God, and to never take it for granted. 🙂

    Again, thank you so much for your wonderful blog; I’m excited about mastering the Instant Pot with your help. Keep up the great work, and Happy Cooking!

    1. Dear J.E.,

      Thank you for taking the time to write to us. It took me some time to reply, as I reread your comment many times and I’m still overwhelmed with warmth & joy by your story and kind words. 🙂

      We’re so glad you found us. We always get so excited meeting fellow foodies who share the same passions (knowing we’re not the only crazy ones…hehe~) As Julia Child once said “People who love to eat are always the best people.” 😉

      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your new Instant Pot. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you come across any questions.

      Thank you for your encouraging words and for putting a smile on my face. We greatly appreciate your love & support, as it means a lot to us! We’ll definitely continue to work hard to create more yummy recipes & helpful resources. It’s truly a blessing to be able to do what we love and share it with fellow pressure cooking lovers.

      Sorry to hear about your wife’s health issue, it must have been a very tough time for you & your family. But I’m thankful she’s now cancer-free and she’s blessed with your love & have you by her side. 🙂
      Yes, we’ll never understand why some things happen in life, and there are things we can’t control. But every person we meet, every up and down in life, every gain and loss are what make our lives colorful & beautiful.

      Looking forward to seeing you around & hearing about your cooking stories!! 🙂

      May you & your wife enjoy great health, joy, and much blessings for many years to come!

      Love,
      Amy

  85. Hi Amy & Jacky
    I recently found your website and joined your Facebook group. Your life stories are warming and I enjoyed reading them. I’ve had tinnitus for about 40 years (I’m 75 now) but it seems to have waned…not constant anymore. I enjoy Asian cooking and appreciate what you do.

    1. Hi Dean,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our stories and writing to us.
      We’re glad you have found us and we both look forward to having you in our facebook community! 🙂
      That’s great news that your tinnitus have waned!! May you continue to have great health & joy for the years to come!
      Take care & see you around in our community!
      Amy

  86. My sweet husband gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas. I am sitting here looking at the box. I have not even opened it. I am very intimidated by it. I just remember my grandmother’s stove-top pressure cooker hissing and rattling and being very scary. I am very excited that I found your website as I was looking around for recipes. The fact that you have recipes for beginners is something I really appreciate. I promise I will pull my Instant Pot out of the box and make something from your site this week.

  87. Hi Amy,
    I have come across your blog via other friends and have made some of the recipes you’ve posted but never read your story. Your story hits home because my husband suddenly lost his hearing almost 2 years ago now and suffers from tinnitus as well. Hearing your story is inspiring as it has been extremely difficult to go through with my husband. Thank you for sharing your story and love for food. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

    1. Dear Stephanie,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our story and leaving us a comment.
      I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s situation. I know how difficult it is as my dad is near-deaf also with tinnitus. The support, understanding, and patience from loved ones are utmost important to helping them adjust.
      It’s a blessing he has you by his side. Please take good care of yourself too, as I know it must have been tough for you as well. Feel free to email me if you need someone to chat with. 🙂
      May you and your husband have good health & much joy in the many years to come 😀
      Looking forward to hearing about your cooking stories!
      Love,
      Amy

  88. Amy and Jacky, thank you for sharing your lovely story. Very inspirational. Amy, hope your hearing gets better and not worse. Love your recipes ??! Thank you both! Instant Pot has made my life much easier.

    1. Dear Jean,
      Thank you for your blessings and love. Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying your Instant Pot! It really is a handy lifesaving kitchen tool at times.
      We’re more than thankful for everything we have, and we continue to remind ourselves not to take anything for granted. It’s a true blessing to be able to do what we love & share it with you guys. 🙂
      Have fun cooking!
      Take care,
      Amy

  89. Thank-you both for sharing your stories and for all your hard work, we love you guys and your love for what you do shows and impacts our lives in ways you may never know.

    Kae.

    1. Hi Kae,
      Great to hear from you here!! Thank you for your ongoing support and love. We enjoy having you in our cooking community. 🙂
      And thank you for your encouraging words, that means a lot to us. <3
      We'll definitely continue to work hard and create more yummy recipes!!
      Take care,
      Amy

  90. I stumbled upon your blog page and immediately bookmark this, your story is one of a kind and your outlook in life is so inspiring. I look forward to trying your recipe’s for my kids!

    1. Hi Jen,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our story and we’re so glad you found us!! 🙂
      Looking forward to hearing your cooking stories and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
      Have fun cooking & take care. Much blessings & love to you & your family!
      ~Amy

    1. Thank you for your kind words & blessings, Melissa! 🙂
      We’re truly blessed & forever grateful.
      We hope to see you around. Have fun cooking and much blessings to you & your family!
      ~Amy

  91. Hi Amy/Jacky,

    First of all, thank you for sharing your inspiring story of life together and sharing your passion with cooking. I’m glad I have found your website. You know what, although we got instant pot, but, it was more likely on making bone broth really. Because of our craving for another menu, I have searched on ‘how to make beef stew using instant pot’ on google then luckily, I have found your website. I saw there was a video, thought to myself ‘oh this is very nice and much easier to follow.’ I carried on reading/ watched the full video and also the cooked beef stew in a mug photo was really looking delicious which made me feel hungry actually 🙂

    Anyway, then I followed your recipe which was the beef stew to give it a try, guess what? am so pleased it turned well, the taste was incredibly delicioso, my family fell in love with it first time and so am I. It looks to me am gonna try more of your recipes isn’t it? 🙂

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful creation. Always remember, doing things that make us happy will always remain as a booster to healthy living. Another thing, don’t worry about mistakes, we should be thankful for that instead because it serves as a ladder to reach our goal.

    Hugs and kisses

    Neri & family

    1. Dear Neri,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our story and for your encouraging words of wisdom.
      We’re so glad you decided to venture out and try the Instant Pot Beef Stew!
      Yes you should definitely try more!! hehe~ 😉
      Looking forward to hear from you again and do share your cooking stories with us. 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend & have fun cooking!!
      ~Amy

  92. Hi Amy and Jacky-

    Wow, I’m so pleased to find your site! I’m mixed Taiwanese and my hubby Cantonese. I love my InstantPot but my reading Chinese wasn’t good enough for the recipes that came with the Pot. But this website is the answer to my dreams of making all those Chinese classics! I also love that your recipes are tested, because there’s a lot of dubious recipes out there, and the videos are super helpful. I will be making your Beef Stew for the family tonight, and can’t wait to try the other recipes. Thanks so much for a cheerful, user-friendly site. Look forward to learning with you!

    Anna (fellow tinnitus sufferer)

    1. Dear Anna,
      Thank you for your wonderfully kind words. It gave me much joy reading your message. 🙂
      Food really is so much more than just things that fill our tummies. It brings joy, creates memories, and speaks love. We’re so grateful to be able to contribute a little happiness to you & your family.
      We’ll definitely continue to work hard to create more yummy recipes! Thank you for being here & hope to see you around!!
      Much blessings & joy for you & your family <3
      Love,
      Amy

  93. Amy,
    Did you know Barbara Streisand has tinnitus and many music artists. You are among the elite! ? Love & enjoy reading about you & Jacky.
    Keep creating wonderful & delicious recipes!
    I am so glad I found your site!

    ❤️,
    Florence

    1. Hi Florence,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our stories. We’re glad you found us too!!
      I didn’t know! Really appreciate your heartfelt & encouraging words. 🙂
      We’ll definitely work hard to create more yummy recipes & crazy food experiments!
      May your 2017 be abundant of joy & blessings 🙂
      Take care & see you around,
      Amy

  94. Hello lovely Amy and Jacky!
    I was researching on recipe for cheesecake in IP and your site popped up. Before I tackled on the recipe I perused through it first to make sure that it was easy to understand and with enough details because I am not a baker at all.
    Indeed, your recipe and instruction were very thorough. Well as I’m sitting here writing this to you my cheesecake is in the instant pot. I have a few more minutes before it is done. I’m trying to kill some time so I just finished reading your bio. I just wanted you to know that it was very touching and inspirational. It brought tears to my eyes to read about your disability But yet you have the passion to bring joy to our lives with the recipes that you provide for us. Thank you so much for your effort and time. I have only been having this instant pot for a month. I am looking forward to all your recipes. May God bless you.

    1. Dear Ju Angel,
      I’m glad you’ve found us! 🙂
      Though life is not easy, it is beautiful. Our time on earth is short, but the impact one makes can be bigger than life. We try our best to do what we can! 🙂
      Let us know how it goes with the cheesecake. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
      See you around & looking forward to hearing your cooking adventures!
      ~Amy

  95. I just got my Instant Pot 2 days ago and my grand daughter brought home a roast to make for dinner. Ah, a perfect opportunity to test drive my IP. Started looking for recipes for pot roast and one of the recipes was yours. I decided to try it, and as of right now it is cooking under pressure. I have high hopes. Thanks for your efforts. I pray for your healing as nothing is impossible with God.

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our story and write to us.
      Congrats in getting your new Instant Pot!! How did the pot roast go?
      Thank you very much for your blessings & encouragements. 🙂
      May your new year be abundant of joy & good health!
      ~Amy

  96. After visiting your site so many times and trying your recipes, I just stumbled upon your story. It’s so inspiring. I also grew up in a restaurant family and have been very involved with the opening of the last 5 of my family’s restaurants in Zhongshan, China (Although born and raised in the US). I’m a fellow foodie at heart and it’s great to meet (well, over the internet at least) other people with similar passions as me 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us and letting us be a part of your dream come true!

    1. Hi Iva,
      Thank you for taking the time to read our stories! 🙂
      It’s definitely an amazing thing to be able to meet you through the world wide web because of the instant pot! hehe~
      Wow! So are you currently in Zhongshan? Or you have to fly back and forth to help out at the restaurants?
      We’re glad you’re a part of our new & exciting journey!! ^_^ Looking forward to hear about your cooking stories too.
      See you around & have fun cooking!
      Amy

    2. I’ve been back in LA for about 2 years now. I was flying back and forth and spent a total of 8 months there setting everything up. I just had a baby before Christmas when this Instant Pot phenomenon was blowing up on Facebook so I bought one and it’s been such a game changer for our family. I’m so excited to actually be able to prepare home cooked meals while tending to my newborn. 🙂 thanks again for your contributions!

    3. Hi Iva,
      Just realized I missed your reply message!
      Huge congrats for your new baby!!!! 🙂 Must be very exciting for you & your family.
      Hope you’ve been adjusting well and having enough rest. Please take care & add oil!
      Thank you for being a part of our new journey ^_^
      ~Amy

  97. Hi Amy and Jacky. My daughter is from China and loves Lo Mein. Do you have a recipe for Lo Mein? We can’t wait to get our Instant Pot.

    Thank you,
    Caren

    1. Hi Caren,

      thank you for your comment and question 🙂

      We do not have a Lo Mein recipe yet, but I have just added it to our long list of to-make list!!

      It is normally made in a wok, but we will give it a go in the Instant Pot 🙂

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking!
      Jacky

  98. Aloha Amy and Jacky,
    Your recipes are amazing, but more amazing to me is your personal stories. Thank you for sharing and reminding me: as a wife-take time to care for my husband, as a mother-take time to enjoy my children, as a teacher-have bottomless compassion for my students, as a woman-take time to love my life. Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much)

    1. Aloha Tee! Thank you for taking the time to read our story & for your kind words.
      We’re often so carried away with our busy everyday life that we sometimes forget to step back and truly live and appreciate life & the amazing people around us. We try to remind ourselves everyday! 🙂
      Jacky & I wish you & your family much joy & blessings this new year! Hope to see you around!!
      Love,
      Amy

  99. What a beautiful story of your life and your love! Your food and recipes look divine and very easy to follow. I love how you even gave tips in the chili recipe to avoid scorching (which happens easily with chili). I can’t wait to follow your blog and your story!

    ~Amy

    1. Hello Amy!
      Thank you for your wonderfully kind words & for your love and support! 🙂
      Looking forward to seeing you around and hearing about your cooking stories too.
      Have fun cooking & have a lovely week!
      Amy

  100. Love your story! The only thing I’ve read so far is your story, accessory recommendations, and the cheesecake recipe. I’m so glad to have found you! Thank you!!!!

    1. Hello Melissa,
      Thank you for your wonderful comment. We’re glad that you have found us too!! 🙂
      Hope to see you around and hear your cooking stories.
      May your New Year be abundant of blessings & joy! <3
      ~Amy

  101. So I’ve been making recipes from this website for a while and they are AMAZING. I don’t know why it took me so long to read the “bio” section…..but I am just taken aback. Both of your stories are so inspirational. I want you to know that you have brought so much joy to others through your hard work. Knowing your stories makes the recipes extra special now. xoxo

    1. Hi Jen,
      Thank you for warming our hearts with your wonderfully kind words. Great to hear you’ve been enjoying the recipes. 🙂
      Hope to see you around and hearing what you’ve been cooking.
      May your year be filled with blessings, joy, and good health!
      ~Amy

  102. Hi Amy,Jacky,
    I really love your website(also on facebook).
    Basically, I love all those asian (Hong kong food), I am from HK also, but living in America. I start try to use a Pressure-cooker and your recipe is very very helpful for professional working-woman (working-mom) like me.
    The photo and “presentation” is very nice and easy to read.
    Your website is very organized.

    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Dominica,
      Thank you for your wonderful feedback & support. We’re happy that you’re enjoying our site and recipes 🙂
      We’ll definitely work hard to create more yummy recipes and helpful resources. Let us know if you have any questions.
      Have fun cooking! May you & your family have a blessed & joyful New Year!
      Amy

  103. hi there., love your website. i just finished a dozen hard-boiled eggs as per you instructions they came out perfect , thank you

  104. So I have a question about a post where you talk about all the tips for making pressure cooker cheesecake. You state that the fat daddio push pan 8″ or smaller will fit….not in mine. I just ordered and overnight shipped an 8″ pan and it does not fit in the 6 qt, it sits right at the top. Is there some trick that I don’t know about or did I just waste a lot of money? Thank you

    1. Hi Donna,

      I am terribly sorry about this. We made an mistake in the article and I have just corrected it.

      It was truly our mistake to “mislead” you into buying a 8 inches, please send me your mailing address through our contact form.
      I will order a 7″x3″ fat daddio and ship to you overnight.

      Once again, sorry about that and we will try our best to avoid mistakes like this again.

      Have fun cooking
      Jacky

  105. Found your blog via the Instant Pot website. I just got one for my kitchen. Yours (Amy) and Jacky’s story is a sweet one, and I’m glad I ran across your site. I will be reviewing more of your videos and tutorials, as they’re some of the best I’ve seen for the Instant Pot.

    In particular, I’m ready to try my hand at the easy baby back ribs. I snagged 4-5 pounds of them on sale last night, and I just finished prepping a rub to use in lieu of sea salt and pepper. I’m assuming that will work. 😉 I will use a store bought sauce from a local BBQ joint to finish them off.

    Thank you for sharing your passion and your culture (NOW I know what HK means on all these videos, LOL!) with the Internet. It’s clear you and your husband are putting a lot into the video and photography for the site.

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Michael,
      Glad you found us and congrats on getting your new Instant Pot!! 🙂
      Thank you for all your kind words.
      Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Have lots of fun cooking!
      ~Amy

  106. I just stumbled across your site since I now have an instant pot and am learning how to use it! I opened it yesterday and made spare ribs, hard boiled eggs and beans. (Not all at once.)
    But, I loved reading your story, I have tinnitus in my right ear and I struggle with it but have not yet told everyone. I sort of go on a need to know basis. I still have some hearing in it but the loss is very obvious to me as is the annoying sound. I miss silence. I have never thought about it as a silent disability, but I am starting to see how it truly is. Especially the more I learn/have to navigate around it.
    I am looking forward to exploring your recipes and learning more about how to use my Instant Pot!

    1. Hi Maricela,
      I’m glad you’ve found us and congrats in getting your Instant Pot! 🙂
      Thank you for reading our story. It’s definitely not easy to have tinnitus.
      Besides the annoying sound, not being able to hear well, it also affects my ability to focus.
      I understand how hard it is to tell/explain this to others. Showing my loved ones the video I posted has helped.
      I also like to have some soft music in the background when I work. Hope this will help you too.
      This was also helpful: http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/supporting-someone-with-tinnitus
      And don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need someone to talk to ^_^
      Please take care!
      ~Amy

  107. what a beautiful and difficult story! thank you for sharing. this encourages me to live more fully and not take life for granted! God bless you, and keep up the good work!!

    1. Hello April,
      Thank you for your blessings and well wishes! We’re glad that our story has encouraged you. 🙂
      Yes, life is beautiful and everyday is a gift.
      “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
      May your life be full of blessings and that you’ll continue to be a blessing to others!
      ~Amy

  108. Hello Amy and Jak,

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes. Our family usually eat out most of the weekdays as I often don’t have enough time to cook after work in the evening. I was feeling so guilty to be a working mom as eat out food is generally oily, not healthy for my young kids.

    I recently bought an pressure cooker and found your recipes. The recipe is so convenient and quick that allow me to cook healthy food for my kids after work. My kids love your recipes – especially beef stew and spaghetti, they even request to pack it as lunch the next day.

    I want to say a big THANK YOU. Your recipes make an impact to my family. Looking forward to more recipes – especially Chinese recipe as I also migrated from Hong Kong, and miss the soup and hk style cafe food back home 🙂

    1. Hello Ada,
      Thank you for sharing your experience and for your kind words.
      Don’t ever feel guilty at all! Being a working mom is very difficult (especially with young kids)!! I’m sure you’re doing the best you can – that’s all that matters. 🙂
      It warms our heart knowing we have brought a bit of joy to your family and kids.
      Keep up the good work being a supermom and we’ll continue to work hard to bring you more yummy recipes. 😀
      Take care!
      Amy

  109. Amy,

    I’m very glad to have found your website. I’m probably not your primary target demographic (Male, mid-20s, Asian-American living in NYC), but I’ve recently started cooking and found your website today.

    Fantastic recipes, well-organized, and truly as you say: not just a food/recipe site. Your story is very inspirational and I can relate to many of the values you hold and the experiences you’ve had. I wish you and Jacky the best, and looking forward to your new recipes!

    1. Nathan,
      We’re glad to hear that you started cooking and found our site! 🙂
      A heartfelt thanks for your encouraging words and well wishes.
      That’s the amazing thing about the internet where we can touch each other’s lives when we’re at different parts of the world, because otherwise we would have never “met”. hehe~
      Thank you for making me smile today! 😀 Have fun cooking & have a wonderful week.
      Amy

  110. Hi Amy, and I’m Amy too. But I’m from Singapore. Your food pics are so unique and it attracted me when it appears on FB. So I decided to check out your blog.

    What an inspiring story Amy! Keep up the good work and continue to share your good recipe. I’m now your audience!

    I cook once a week. So usually I wish to cook good soup for my family. I will be trying your Chinese Pork Shank Carrots Soup this weekend because I think it’s good for my elder son who is serving in the army now.

    Thanks for sharing Amy!

    1. Hi Amy, thank you for dropping by and we appreciate your encouraging words!
      I’m sure he’ll enjoy your comforting soup. It’s often something I miss from my mom now that we don’t live together.
      Great to have you here to be part of our journey 🙂
      Blessings to you and your family!
      Amy

  111. Thanks for sharing your story! Love your positive attitude towards life. I had cancer 10 yrs ago and survived, now with a husband that loves me unconditionally and a 2.5 yr old daughter who melt our hearts and another baby on the way. I feel blessed and I too treat each day as a bonus! I love your reciepe, already made 3 of them and had bookmarked to make more! Keep cooking, keep sharing! Thanks!

    1. Hi Vivian,
      Thank you for sharing your story. It’s very inspirational and gives me a lot of joy hearing about your husband, daughter, and baby #2!! Huge congrats! When is your due date? 🙂
      Indeed there are challenges in life that are out of our control, but what we can control is our actions. There’s a quote I like from C.S. Lewis: “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” Great blessings to your family and may your family live beautiful lives.
      Also thank you for using our recipes and glad you enjoyed them. Jacky & I will continue to work hard & have fun developing more yummy recipes for you~ <3
      Amy

  112. I am so happy that I found your website! I am Cantonese and grew up with all the comfort foods. I am living in California while the rest of the family is spread out in New York and Hong Kong. I don’t make soup at home, but found your pork and carrot soup recipe (like my family recipe) and am now inspired to make it since I was really too lazy to do it on the stove top. The mystery of the pressure cooker has been solved! I look forward to your weekly recipes and more soup recipes! Susan

    1. Hello Susan,
      So glad you found us! Cantonese soups bring a lot of warmth & childhood memories for me too. We just love how quick & easy it is to recreate some of our favorite soups in pressure cooker.
      Thanks for your support. We’ll definitely continue to create more yummy recipes! 🙂
      Amy

  113. Loved your comments, life is a wake up call! I too have tinnitus since childhood but mine is intermittent. If you think at some point you may go deaf, wake up call, maybe it’s time to learn sign language Before your deafness, and easier to get family & friends involved helping you. Much harder to learn after , I learned this working with the deaf community. Just a thought. Best wishes.

    1. Hi Melisa,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment.
      It’s a great suggestion to learn sign language early. I learned a bit of ASL back then (and got Jacky to learn a teeny bit with me too..hehe), but rarely got the chance to use it. So, I’ve forgotten most of it now. I better pick it back up again and use it more.
      Thank you for your work with the deaf community! Blessings to you and may you have good health!! 🙂
      Amy

  114. Love that I found your site! I’m also Cantonese (Mom is from HK and dad is from Toi San)…so we eat a lot of down home “hick” Chinese food. I learned to cook a lot of Chinese food from my mom (noh mai fan, tomato beef, steamed black bean spare ribs, ong choy with awesomely stinky shrimp paste, etc.). I’ve adapted some to the pressure cooker, but I’d LOVE to learn authentic soups. My mom slaves over soups for hours (and even overnight) with homemade chicken stock with pork bones. She’ll make shark fin soup (though not anymore), fish mah soup, white fungus and “wai san” soup, choy gon “dried vegetable” soup…Do you know any of those recipes for the pressure cooker? I live in Los Angeles so Chinese ingredients are easy to come by, but I often need to know the Chinese name. My mom never says them in English. Keep the great recipes coming!

    1. Hi Zalina,

      Thanks for leaving us a comment and so glad you found us too!! 🙂
      hehe~ seems like you’ve also been pampered by mom with lots of delicious Chinese food growing up!
      YES! Glad you asked because we’re on our way to publishing some pressure cooker soups and Chinese soups. Stay tuned 😉

  115. Hello from Denver, Colorado. So glad to have found your website, and read your inspiring story! Thanks for sharing.. We need more Asian recipes, especially vegetarian, tofu, etc.. One of the best budget-boosting books is Kenneth H.C. Lo’s “Chinese Cooking on Next to Nothing,” (1976). Fabulous book. May you and yours continue to thrive.

    1. Hello Martha,

      We’re so glad you have found us too and thank you for taking the time to read our story and leave a comment. 🙂
      We’ll check out your cookbook recommendation. For sure, we’ll work hard to develop more delicious Asian recipes!!
      Thank you for all your well wishes and hope the same goes for you! 😀

      Amy

    1. Hi Lynna,

      Thank you for stopping by and glad you enjoyed reading our story.
      Glad that yours is only very mild! Hope it’ll even go away one day, as I know how bothersome it can be.
      All the best! 🙂

      Amy

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