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Lotus Leaf Rice- How to make it at home (absolutely delicious)

Whenever I have breakfast at a dim sum restaurant, the menu often includes an exceptional rice dish that catches my attention- Lotus Leaf Rice. This eye-catching dish comes either as a tiny rice pyramid wrapped in a lotus leaf for a single portion or a large dome served on the banquet table. The moment you …

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Chili chicken – How to prepare in four easy steps

Chili chicken is the real deal among all the Indo-Chinese dishes.  Growing up in a Chinese family and crazy about Indian food, I can vouch that it is neither the authentic taste of Indian nor any sub-genre of Chinese food. I was surprised by the taste after my first bite of this hybrid dish. It …

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Tang Yuan – How to make sweet dumplings served with ginger syrup

In the old days, every Chinese household will make Tang Yuan 汤圆 to celebrate winter solstice 冬至, which falls on 22nd or 23rd, just three days before Christmas. There is a saying that the winter solstice is more significant than the Spring festival (Chinese New Year). No wonder many Chinese will take a day off, …

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Chinese cabbage soup with meatballs

Chinese cabbage soup is a warming, comforting and soothing soup perfect for a weeknight regular. This humble soup has an incredible depth of flavor while cooking in any stock as the cabbage acts like a sponge, absorbing any flavor available. It is easy to prepare and nutritious. The Chinese cabbage recipe is also highly versatile …

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Szechuan chicken recipe – How to prepare the best spicy chicken

Today I want to introduce to you a well-known chicken recipe originating from the Szechuan province of China, called Szechuan chicken recipe, 辣子鸡. It is spicy and fiercely hot. This dish is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in restaurants, and I am not surprised that it is equally amazed by people worldwide. There …

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How to make samosa, the perfect Indian style snack

Samosa is a flaky, crispy, and delicious Indian snack.  It is made with a pastry stuffed with spiced potato filling and wrapped to form a perfect pyramid, then deep-fried to golden. You can find these little fried parcels in cafes, restaurants, even street food stores.  I like samosa as that is my go-to teatime snack …

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Spaghetti aglio e olio – easy Japanese-inspired fusion recipe

This article is about how to prepare spaghetti aglio e olio, with an Asian twist. Wait. It is not the classic recipe you are familiar with, but the interpretation involves some popular Japanese ingredients: bonito flakes, shiitake mushrooms, and scallion.  As for the flavor,  the dashi (Japanese stock) makes it stands out from the original …

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Seri Muka- How to make the delightful Malaysian dessert

Seri Muka is a Malaysian dessert consisting of two layers. The custard layer is infused with pandan extract, sitting on coconut milk flavored glutinous rice base. The contrasting flavor of the two layers makes it a delightful dessert among the Baba Nyonya and the Malays.  Seri Muka means a smooth and beautiful face. It is …

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Sesame ball – How to make perfect Jian Dui at home

Sesame ball (Jian dui / 麻团 /煎堆 / 芝麻球) is a well-known fried Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour. This delectable dessert is coated with sesame seeds on the outside which are crisp and chewy. It encases a sweetened filling consisting of red bean paste, peanut paste, or lotus paste. Cheese and chocolate are …

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