Burning Firecrackers at Red’s

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2017 by lelandwong

Really?  I can upload vids here on WordPress?!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2017 by lelandwong

人日。People’s day.  The end of the one week celebration of the lunar new year.  It the year of the rooster!  

Just think 48 years ago I designed a poster for a Chinatown street fair while I was still in high school.  It changed my life.  It was there that I got involved with the Chinatown community.  I volunteered to help with the community street fair and began utilizing my art skills for the good of the community.

I couldn’t forget that there was a riot on Grant avenue with police in riot gear and people throwing firecrackers and barrel bombs at the police.

The year of the rooster!  恭喜發財!

Leland’s Righteous Pizza

Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2017 by lelandwong


righteous pizza with pepperoni, sausage, jalapenos

Righteous Pizza Recipe from Honest American Beer and Pizza, Yreka, CA

I envision opening up a redneck pizza and beer joint by Interstate 5 near Yreka, CA. It will be called Honest American. I will have pool tables and a mechanical bucking bronco.

All my featured food will be righteous.
Recipe for the Righteous Pizza
The dough
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve a pack of yeast with a cup of warm water.
Add a tablespoon of sugar, yeast love sugar
About two tablespoons of olive oil
a teaspoon of salt
mix well
add about five cups of flour
Slowly begin mixing
Slowly dd warm water as needed while mixing. I prefer using a bamboo chopstick for mixing. Mix till dough begins to lump out.
Begin kneading the dough. Add water water slowly and sparingly while kneading until the dough is a doughie elastic consistency.
Let dough rest for about ten minutes
Knead dough again till smooth.
Place in large mixing bowl in a warm location preferably, cover and allow dough to rise. Usually about an hour. I let it rise for several hours if I’m in no rush.
and now for the pizza:
cut out a piece of dough the size of a tennis ball. You can vary the amount of dough to your liking…if you want a thinner crust pizza use a small amount of dough. If you want a thicker dough pizza, use a larger amount of dough. This tennis ball size works well for me to make a 12″ to 14″ size thin crust pizza.
On a floured board, roll dough into a ball. Flatten as much as you can with the back part of your palm.
Then use a wooden dowel to flatten the dough into a circle shape or whatever pan shape you are using. At this point you can pick up the whole thing and twirl it in the air. You can stretch it using gravity and the back of your hand. You can pick up a corner and stretch it. You can lightly grease or lightly flour the bottom of the pan so that the pizza won’t stick too hard to the pan. You can also use a non-stick spray. After setting the flattened dough back to your pan, take a fork and lightly poke holes on the dough.
Sauce: the easy way for me is to use spaghetti sauce. It an be any kind to your liking. Spread evenly with the back of a big serving spoon onto the flattened dough on the pan. You can use tomato sauce too.
Cheese: evenly spread a layer of mozzarella cheese over the tomato sauce on the flattened dough.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning. I like to add some garlic powder or really finely chopped garlic. Then drizzle a little olive oil on top. there you have the base. You can add whatever toppings you like.
Here’a a list of what you can add; sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, chopped onions, bell peppers, jalapenos (my favorite), olives and anything that tastes good to you.
Bake in oven or toaster oven is it fits set to 450-500 degrees. It takes about fifteen minutes…when you see the cheese and sauce boiling and the pizza is golden brown it should be ready. Enjoy!!!
Now for a round on the mechanical bucking bronco….Yee Ha! (that’s Chinese)

Prime Rib — First Time

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2017 by lelandwong


For this year’s thanksgiving we did something different from the regular roasting of a turkey. We decided to roast a prime rib. Besides, the OL and the Mil did not get a free turkey. We’re kind of sick of eating turkey too.


Holy shit! $93.31 for a 9.34 lb. beef ribeye roast?! That’s the first time I ever bought a chunk of meat for that much.

I seasoned the roast with olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, vegetable seasoning. I poked a bunch of holes on the roast with a fork. I let it sit around for like six hours in the refrigerator till I began the roast.

This is the first time I ever attempted to make a prime rib roast. I referred to this website for instructions.


I seared the seasoned roast for over thirty minutes at 450 degrees on both sides. Then I turned down to heat to 350 degrees. Using a temperature probe I roasted it till the middle got to be 120 degrees.


Wow, it came out perfectly. Medium rare. Just as good as the House of Prime Rib.


I carved out ten slices, so that came out to about $10 a slice.

I’m surprised how easy it was to make.

Weird Dream

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2017 by lelandwong

It’s storming outside so I took a nap in the afternoon.

I had to pee and some how I walked into an elementary school class while in session to use the restroom.  I jiggled the the restroom doors but they were all locked.  The teachers got all uptight at me.  They wanted to get me arrested for tresspassing on school grounds.

This kid wound up getting handcuffed and was crying at the top of his lungs like a block away from the school.  I helped him slip his hands out of the handcuffs.  I stuck the handcuffs in my pocket.  Getting away from the scene in a swimming motion floating through the night streets in what appeared to be Russian Hill by Union and Jones street .  

A  loupohna with her child from the school walking I wanted to avoid.  They were all out to get me arrested.  I can hear the sound of the handcuff chains in my pocket.  Walking by a cop whom was focused on something else.  If these cuffs are still in my pocket, then this is not a dream…. I thought … they are still after me!   *zzzzzzzz….pop!*

It was still storming outside.  4pm.  I got up to pee.

Lamb Dumplings 

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2016 by lelandwong

I wanted to try making dumplings using lamb meat for a long time.  I had it before last year in flushing New York in the golden arcade.  It was made with cumin and it was good!I got a five pound boneless leg of lamb at Costco.

Chopped up the lamb.


1-1/2 tablespoon of salt

2 teaspoons of white pepper

1-1/2 tablespoons of granulated garlic, 

1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil

2 tablespoons of corn starch

4 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine

2 tablespoon of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of cumin 

1 tablespoon of minced ginger

2 teaspoons black pepper 

1 teaspoon sugar

2 cups chopped cilantro 

4 cups napa cabbage (water squeezed out with salt)

4 cups chopped celery 

Wrapped dumplings using Kim Hoang skins.  (I prefer making my own skins)

Fried and steamed dumplings in pan.

Nice and crispy!

Mmm-mmm… not bad for first try.  Maybe use more black pepper.

Dipping sauce made with black vinegar, soy sauce, sesame seed oil and chili paste.

My Angel Island Poster Print

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 5, 2016 by lelandwong


My print at the Chinese Historical Society of America’s exhibit, Exclusion/Inclusion.  Sheeit….

Photo by Amy Chin