Have you ever been staring at a certain ingredient in a grocery store and wondered, “How do I cook THAT?”

Have you ever stumbled upon an image of a gorgeous plate of food on Pinterest and thought, “Oh my gosh! This looks flawlessly beautiful. How on earth do I make THAT?”

Or perhaps you are a busy parent and you suspect you don’t  have the time or the patience to do anything that doesn’t look practical.

I’ve been in the same boat. Hi, my name is Sharon Chen, the creator behind StreetSmart Kitchen and a seeker of anything that makes our time in the kitchen short, sweet, and enjoyable.

In 2013, I moved to the States with my fiance (now husband) from my hometown, Shanghai, China, leaving my commercial real estate career, my family, and my friends behind to start a new chapter of life.

As a fresh-off-the-boat immigrant, I had no clue about a lot of things here in the States. I also had no clue about cooking. The first time I visited a Whole Foods Market in San Francisco, I found myself standing in front of the produce section staring at the fresh vegetables that I had never seen in my entire life.

Curiosity led to a lot of Googling and practicing in the kitchen. The joy of cooking and gathering my loved ones through healthy homemade dishes slowly and steadily became a big part of my new life. So I thought, if I can cook, anyone can cook.

That’s why I started StreetSmart Kitchen, where my team and I strive to help you cook healthy and delicious meals for your family. But I don’t always play by the rules. I go out of omy way to find shortcuts, smart methods, and practical tricks to make the cooking process quick and fun so you can spend more time enjoying and eating with your loved ones.

Now, let’s be clear—cooking is only fun when you know how to do it and do it the smart way.

Whether you have a fully equipped kitchen or a small one that has minimal appliances, you’ll find all the resources you need to get you started.

  • Useful how-to guides to answer your burning questions and surprise you with what you’d never thought you could do. Got a question but can’t find the answer? Contact me. I read every email and respond as soon as I can.
  • Practical tips for prepping and batch-cooking beforehand. It’ll get the most stressful part of cooking out of your way so you can easily put good food on the table and enjoy the rewarding result every single time.
  • Tried and true recipes that take minimal time and effort using easy-to-find, wholesome, fresh, and unprocessed ingredients.
  • Unlike many other food sites telling you a recipe is “quick” and “easy” just to grab your attention, I won’t. When it’s quick and easy, I mean it!

I believe that you are what you eat. When you eat well, you are healthy. And when you are healthy, you are happy and positive. And when you are happy and positive, good things happen TO you – in your relationships, in your career, and in every other area in your life.

Before we start, I have a simple request: you’ll need to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things, whether it’s an unfamiliar cuisine or an ingredient that you’ve never used before, because eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up your right to enjoy a variety of delicious food.

Are you ready to be street smart in your kitchen? I look forward to connecting with you!

Spicy Avocado Seared Tuna Combo


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21 thoughts on “About StreetSmart Kitchen”

  1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of sous vide cooking with all your viewers. Your guide is very helpful, but I find that although pretty in format, it is difficult to read. In old architectural terms form follows function. The function being readability eg. size and color of the font. Form being the shading .
    Only trying to help.

    1. Hi George! Thank you for the feedback. It’s well noted and I’ll take it into account for future guides. Might update the current one as well. Thanks again!

  2. Sharon welcome to America. My family has been here 400 years. Indentured servants (slavery), we’re free now. back in the 40’s there were Chinese restaurants all over California, Baja and in the Philippians. My favorite place sold to new immigrants and they destroyed the business serving different food. I would like to have California old time Chinese meal. my first doctor was from China, The Chinese came about the same time as anglo saxon came. There is always some guy who thinks he was here first. My wife is 50% native American. She gets that ….”go back where you came from” Palestinian say that to the Germans and Poles. Crazy world. Where can i find a old fashioned California miner 49er Chinese restaurants i live near the silicone valley.

    1. Hi Earl! Yes, I do have a newsletter. Please reload this page and you can sign up to receive a free cookbook at the bottom. 🙂
      Thank you for your interest.

  3. Hi Sharon – Thanks so much for the blog. I’ve been spending so much time on it recently coz it’s absolutely engaging. I am newly married in hk and just started learning to cook. It’s surly a great amount of work but thankfully your easy to follow posts make my time in the kitchen a breeze! In particular I LOVE how you tell stories of your life and family in your posts – I already feel like we are friends and I get to witness your personal and spiritual journey in life, family, and marriage (none is as easy as it seems, but clearly you rock all!). Appreciate the good content and please keep up!

    1. Hey Redden! Thanks so much for your kind words. Congrats! You are absolutely right – family and marriage are not as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of hard work and I am nowhere near rocking it all.

      I do hope my recipes (especially those published after I moved to Hong Kong) are useful and practical to you. If you have any questions or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out anytime. Glad to have you here. Cheers!

  4. OH wow., sorry that you had to move. I’ve been to Hong Kong once. I was sad for the people because of the space issue. To have to downsize as well. You are a better women than I. Lol
    I love your recipes. And I know this new situation will be a great challenge for you. One in which we here in the states will benefit from. Because you are so good at what you do. Perk up, cheer up girl!!!. New adventures ahead for all. Looking forward to your next post.
    P.s.., how that your husband can came back soon.
    Deborah Ware- San Francisco, CA

    1. Hey Deborah! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. Hong Kong is a challenge but like you said, it’s an adventure as well. I am finally feeling settled at this time. Things should be smoothened out from now on, especially with the sous vide machine. We loved living in San Francisco and we hope to move back one day. Thanks again! 🙂

    2. Me too and I hope she goes home soon! Trump shouldn’t have allowed her here. They overcrowded China. CHINA!!! Do you know how huge that god-forsaken land is?! And they’re spilling over. They reproduce like rats! Now they’re taking over our countries. ENOUGH!

  5. Hi Sharon, it’s me Xiao ma from JLL. Your blog is great and all the food looks fantastic. I am going to try out a few of your recipes and will let you know how they turn out. All the best from LA!

    1. Xiao Ma?? Is this Matthew? OMG! Great hearing from you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you are doing well. We should catch up soon!

    1. Hi Aleana! Thank you so much! I am so glad that you like my blog. I hope you find it helpful! Let me know how you like the ponzu mushrooms! 🙂 Cheers!

  6. I encounter this blog by accident (actually through my friend on facebook) and love it! I’m originally from Shanghai as well and now live in SF. Cooking is one of my hobbies, which started from knowing a friend in the food entrepreneur business and thus get introduced into this amazing gourmet world!

    1. Hi Joyce! Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind comment! I am so glad that you like this blog and love cooking as well! 🙂 Which part of the town are you living in?

      1. Hi Sharon, Sorry for the late reply, I just saw this. I live in south beach, close to AT&T park. Do you live in the city?

  7. Thank you Sharon for the great feedback on my blog! Can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have someone identify with just how much work goes into it!

    Congrats on your new blog and I wish you luck! I absolutely love your spin on the word “Persuasion’. It’s a nice angle, I hope it takes! Looking forward to seeing more of your recipes and maybe we can work together someday. <3

    1. You are very welcome Farah! I know exactly how much work it takes before publishing a recipe because I am following the same passion as you are! That’s why I am very impressed by your work! It would be great if we could work together in some way in the future. I am sure there will be chances. Stay in touch and keep up the great work! 🙂

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