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Pork knuckle 橫財就手 – to celebrate Chinese New Year

Braised pork knuckle with fat choy, dried mushrooms, and dried oysters is an auspicious Chinese New Year dish for the Cantonese. The name in Cantonese is 橫財就手, has a symbolic meaning of ‘a windfall of good fortune’. In just a few days, families worldwide will gather and celebrate the new year with a lavish feast, …

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Chinese hot pot – How to make it (a detailed guide)

What is hot pot? Chinese hot pot is a popular cooking style that involves everyone cooking their food in a shared pot of broth.  Hot pot is more of an experience than a dish itself. It encapsulates the Chinese’s communal dining ethos when close friends and family members eat together during a slow and interactive …

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Garlic naan – how to make it at home

What is garlic naan? This article is about making garlic naan, the Indian flatbread baked in a large clay oven called tandoor. The naan dough is flavored with chopped garlic, coriander leaves, and kalonji seeds and brush with melted butter. These additional ingredients elevate an ordinary flatbread to the next level and taste so good …

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Chinese dumplings – How to make it from scratch

Eating Chinese dumplings is a delightful experience. The juice flowing from the filling flows immediately to every corner of your mouth, waking up all the taste buds and sending a euphoric feeling through your senses. That’s pure food-love, and you know that one bowl of these delicate dumplings will never be enough!  Making Chinese dumplings …

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Popcorn chicken (Taiwanese style) – How to make it at home

Taiwanese popcorn chicken 盐酥鸡 is one of the most famous street foods, which is extraordinarily crispy and sprinkled with sharp and biting spice seasoning. I can assure you that it is still crackling crunchy even after frying for one hour.  And the unusual spice mix has a slight numbing feeling on your tongue! Even the …

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Aloo gobi – Indian potatoes and cauliflowers curry

What is aloo gobi? Aloo gobi (alu gobi) is a classic Indian vegetarian dish made with potatoes and cauliflower.  It is usually cooked with some spices and with onion and tomatoes.  It is a quick and easy comforting dish to be served as a side or paratha, naan, or jeera rice. How to make aloo …

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Bak Kwa – How to make (easy method with oven)

Bak kwa 肉干 is the Chinese version of pork jerky, made by thinly sliced or minced pork, seasoned with soy sauce and sugar, and grilled over charcoal with open fire. Bak kwa, as pronounced in Hokkien, is my favorite snack, especially during Chinese New Year.  The idea of making bak kwa leads me to an extensive …

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Dum Aloo – How to prepare (a wonderful vegetarian dish)

Dum aloo is an Indian potato curry, which has assimilated into our Malaysian culinary culture. The allure of dum aloo lies in the plethora of spices that transform the potatoes into a melting pot of flavors.  They are first parboiled, deep-fry, and then simmer in a mixture of spices. You will be greeted by a …

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Braised chicken – How to cook with mushrooms

Quick, easy, and delicious. That is how my family described this braised chicken with mushrooms recipe.  While my wife prefers quick and simple recipes, I like to challenge myself with some complicated recipes and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.  But when we both are busy with our work, braised chicken is the best option. Simple …

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