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Chapati recipe – How to make chapati (a comprehensive guide)

This authentic chapati recipe yields one of the best Indian flatbread that I have tried. What is chapati?  Chapati is a quintessential staple flatbread originated from India. It has a distinct flavor and aroma due to the use of the whole wheat flour called atta. It is often served with spiced dishes like curry and …

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How to make wontons (quick and easy) – Szechuan style

How to make wontons – Szechuan style Szechuan spicy wonton (红油抄手) is traditional Szechuan street food. It is spicy and savory thanks to the combination of a myriad of herbs and spices in its unique dipping sauce. The sophisticated flavor of this wonton has earned Szechuan wonton an indisputable place on the Szechuan restaurant menu.  …

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Drunken chicken rolls – How to make (Easy Chinese recipe)

The flavor of this chilled drunken chicken coupled with the heavy alcoholic content is so intense that it blew me away from the first bite. You might have been served the drunken chicken rolls (醉雞/ 醉鸡) during any Chinese banquet that you attended. It is boneless chicken meat rolled up and cut into slices and …

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Scallion Pancake Recipe – How to make it crispy and fluffy

Chinese scallion pancake (Cong You Bing, 葱油饼) is not like any other pancake familiar to most of the people. It has a crusty and crispy surface, with scallions sandwiched between layers of pastry inside. It is a refreshing, delightful, and easy to make flatbread. These pancakes are savory and are most suitable as snacks in …

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Sausage rolls (Hong Kong style) – How to make it at home

Hong Kong style sausage rolls (also called hot dog rolls, hot dog buns) is a hybrid of hot dog bun and the western sausage rolls wrapped in puff pastry. It is the inevitable outcome of the western cultural assimilation into the local culinary, which emerged as a new variant as a soft bun with sausage …

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Cabbage roll – How to make the best Chinese stuffed cabbage

In this article, I want to explain how to prepare the Chinese style stuffed cabbage roll that I used to make as a teenager.  The flavor still lingers on in my memory after a lapse of so many years. (Imagine my son has already married!) I still vaguely remember the process and have made some …

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Pineapple tart – How to make this Chinese New Year delicacy

I have just made the Pineapple tart for the forthcoming Chinese New Year. This pineapple tart (黄梨挞, 黄梨酥)  is intertwined with flavor and texture  The crust is so crumbly you can hear it break under your fork (handle with care!) and the filling is the result of condensing the pineapple to a dense jam with …

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Taro Cake – How to make this delectable Dim Sum

Taro cake (yam cake, wu tao gou,芋头糕, 芋頭糕) is a popular Chinese dessert for breakfast and tea break. It is one of such savory delicacies that you can find in the Dim Sum shops serve as breakfast, along with shrimp dumpling, Char Siu Pao, Shumai, and others. If you want to throw in some Asian …

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Coconut jam (kaya)- how to make it at home

Whenever I think about kaya (coconut jam), it always conjured up flashes of childhood memories sitting in the old-school cafe eating Hainanese toast bread overflowing with kaya top with a piece of chilled butter. It is the epitome of Malaysian-Singapore perennial breakfast favorite, often served with a cup of brew-on-demand Hainanese coffee waft up to …

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Red bean soup – How to make it at home (Cantonese style)

Today I want to show you how to prepare a traditional Cantonese dessert which is called red bean soup 红豆沙.  Red bean soup is in the category of Cantonese desserts called tong sui (糖水), literally means sugar water. It is a popular item on the menu of most Chinese dessert houses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, …

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