Asian cookbook

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

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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Hamburger steak

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

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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Malaysian oxtail soup

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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progress report july 2016

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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chicken rice in clay pot

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

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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pandan chicken

Pandan Leaf Chicken – Easy Thai Recipe

Pandan leaf chicken is one of the best specialty chicken dishes in Thailand. The chicken is moist, tender, infused with refreshing pandan aroma and encased in the leaf packets. The Thai people wrap the marinated boneless chicken meat inside a large piece of pandan leaf and deep-fry it.  The amazing aroma of the leaves is infused into the…

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Chinese roast pork

Roast pork recipe- Chinese style (烧肉)

Roast pork is the classic Cantonese recipe that will satisfy even the most critical connoisseur. Chinese roast pork is famous for its crackling skin and the aromatic meat. Chinese roast pork is so popular in Asia that there are chefs specialized in roasting pork in restaurants. However, it is already a daunting task to roast…

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