About Me

Welcome to my blog, Mary’s Happy Belly!

Mary's Happy Belly

Mary’s Happy Belly

My name is Mary, I am a proud Torontonian and a happy mom of 2 girls.  My blog will share what make’s my belly happy from home cooked meals made from scratch to delicious eats at culinary events and restaurant visits in Toronto.

If you are new to Toronto, make sure to check out the ultimate Toronto event and restaurant guide that lists websites that I feel best showcase where to go in Toronto with sources including online magazines, newspapers and Toronto blogs. If you love food porn, do follow me on Instagram @maryshappybelly where I post many restaurant or home cooked dishes that may not be on my blog.

On the recipe front, you will find many Cantonese dishes, dishes with an Asian flair, as well as techniques on how to make delectable meat and vegetarian dishes.

My top 5 recipes are

  1. How to make homemade Chinese Roast Pork
  2. Cantonese braised beef stew
  3. Instant Pot chicken congee 
  4. How to make the perfect prime rib
  5. How to make pressed sushi (oshizushi)

I also have a YouTube channel! Learn how to make chicken stock in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker! (Monthly videos. Please subscribe to my channel)

Mary's Happy Belly More about me:

I am known by my family and friends as the tiny girl who can eat enormous amounts of food. I am lucky to have had an abundance of delicious food my whole life, and come from a large family with amazing home cooks. My favourite meal on earth is my mom’s pho. I LOVE seafood, lasagne, a juicy steak, and dim sum!

I am currently the host of Gusto TV’s ‘One World Kitchen’ where I teach viewers across Canada how to make Cantonese cuisine.  The show airs every Tuesday at 9 pm ET. I am confident you will learn some valuable tips and delicious Cantonese dishes!

In 2014, I was casted on a reality culinary competition show on the W Network called the “The Pressure Cooker”  and got to cook alongside Chef Eric Greenspan (read  about my experience on the show). I am proud to say that I lost against the winner of the show. I also have over 2 years of culinary training from George Brown College. Head over to the “event” and “travel” section of my blog section to read more about my incredible culinary experiences.

I know there are many passionate food lovers and travel bloggers out there, and I want to connect with you.
Put down that fork and comment, share, subscribe and follow me on my social media handles to get the latest posts, and join in the food discussion!

Even easier…hover over my social media icons on the home page to connect.

Additional contact information here 

Mary’s Happy Belly also has two incredible authors who contribute to the amazing content including Liz (IG @e5tang) and Waleed (waleedhafeez.com).

Team Mary’s Happy Belly


Chef Susur Lee and I #maryshappybelly

Chef Susur Lee and I

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  • Greg
    November 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Could you comment on this? Your thoughts would be of interest http://sheepledog.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/east-asian-food-bloggers/

  • Selma's Table
    May 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi Mary, so lovely to be able to connect with you through Twitter. My mum and brother live in Toronto and mum is always telling me about the fabulous food they have eaten at various restaurants – she lived in Winnipeg before that so is a little overwhelmed at the food scene in TO! She adores Michael Smith so much but wants to teach him how to cook rice! She says that it is the one thing he needs a little bit of help with!! Thanks for checking out my blog and getting back to me via Twitter – look forward to virtual eating with you!

    • maryshappybelly
      May 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Selma, It was wonderful to connect with you. I am sure your family misses you a lot in Toronto.
      Thank you for following my blog and I look forward to our discussions.

  • greg@urbanspoon
    January 14, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Hi Mary,

    Your first posts just appeared on Urbanspoon! Check it out:

    I encourage you to claim your blog, which allows you to add a picture and change some settings. The blog photo shows up next to your posts wherever they appear on Urbanspoon. Here’s how to claim:

    – Make sure you’re logged into Urbanspoon

    – Go to your blog page on our site: https://www.urbanspoon.com/br/10/12442/Toronto/Marys-Happy-Belly.html

    – Click “Claim your blog” in the left sidebar

    After you submit it, we may contact you to verify your claim. Check your spam email folder if your claim hasn’t gone through in a day or two. You’ll also find some interesting badges and widgets on your Urbanspoon blog page – look in the right sidebar.

    If you have any questions, please contact me via email.




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