Author Archives: KP Kwan

Complete guide- How to make the best butter cake (8 simple steps)

(Part two of the best butter cake series) I thought I know everything about baking butter cake a few years ago. During one of the baking session, I fumbled. The cakes were dense, with cracked top and uneven rising. The result was not only disappointing but embarrassed to divulge to my guests with high expectation.…

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How to bake the best butter cake- a practical guide (part one)

I baked the best butter cake today, and this is the 1000th cake I baked. No. I have baked more cakes than that. Throughout the years, I made a variety of cakes and desserts, but butter cake is on top of my list. By now, you should have guessed that I work in a bakery!…

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Writing my first Asian cookbook (Progress report- August 2016)

The last day of August happens to be the National Day of Malaysia. It is also time for me to review what I have accomplished, learned and hindrances I encountered in writing my Asian cookbook. I made a short trip early this month to visit my son in Adelaide, Australia.  Because of that, I have left…

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Scotch egg with oriental flavor (How to make in 3 simple steps)

Believe it or not, I only ate my first Scotch egg after I became an adult. Unlike people who stay in the UK, Scotch eggs are not something for a picnic, party or in the local pubs. Rather it is considered an exotic combination of egg and meat. A Scotch egg is attractive no matter…

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How to cook Japanese hamburger steak that makes you hungry

If you are bored with the traditional hamburger or steak, try Hambāgu, the Japanese hamburger steak. So is it hamburger or steak? It is both. Hambāgu is the Japanese transliteration of the word Hamburger. It presumably evolves from Salisbury steak, which originates from the US with western seasoning. The patty is seasoned with the Japanese…

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Taiwanese chicken steak- how to get the outstanding crunchy texture

The first time I tried this amazing Taiwanese chicken steak was at a night market called Shilin in Taipei, Taiwan. I was fascinated by the insane size of the steaks, which the local described by comparing to the dimension of the face. It is thin and large, look-alike schnitzel snack with a crumbly, crispy and…

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Oxtail soup that will melt your heart with an adventurous twist

Oxtail soup can elevate to become an exotic wonder dish with an adventurous twist of Asian flavor. Malaysian oxtail soup is earthy, meaty, warm and comforting with the bursting flavor from a myriad of local spices. When the soup is served bubbling hot, one mouthful will melt your heart and change the way you appreciate…

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Writing my cookbook- Progress report July 2016

Times fly, and I have started to write my cookbook since April. Now it is approaching the end of July, a period that I am looking forward in the past two months. I am going to visit my son in Adelaide, Australia this week.  There will be a load of Malaysian food in my luggage to…

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How to cook the most delectable chicken rice that you dream of

Chicken rice in clay pot is unique, not just because it is cooked in a special crockery, but is the flavor and aroma that make it so enticing and delectable. Clay pot might be considered as an exotic cooking crockery for non-Asian, but it is the traditional kitchenware for people who lives in Southern China,…

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Char Siu Bao Recipe

Images of eating Char Siu Pao with my parents at a bustling dim sum shop in Ipoh still flashes vividly in my memories after more than forty years. This childhood memory is sweet and nostalgic. The excitement of waiting for the waitress taking out the steamingly hot Char Siu Pao from the dim sum trolly…

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