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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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Chicken with black bean sauce – authentic recipe with a punch of umani

This article explains how to prepare chicken with black bean sauce, a quick and easy Cantonese-style home-cooked recipe. I am referring to the fermented black bean (also called douchi, 豆豉), a savory condiment in Cantonese cooking. Like cheese, miso, and kimchi, douchi has a strong, pungent flavor with a punch of umami. You can purchase …

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Chayote squash recipe- authentic stir-fry that rekindles the nostalgic feeling

I want to show you how to prepare a classic Cantonese home-cooked chayote squash recipe in this article. My mother used to cook it with dried shrimp and glass noodles, and nearly every Cantonese housewife knew how to cook this dish during that time.  My mum did it with the hairy gourd in that era, …

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How to use XO sauce – 3 quick and easy recipes with XO sauce

I want to share with you three quick and easy recipes with XO sauce. in this article. XO sauce has a unique and intense flavor suitable as a condiment and seasoning nearly for every dish. XO sauce is available from the Asian grocery or online. However, it is expensive, and therefore it is worth making …

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How to make XO sauce – a comprehensive guide

XO sauce is the most valuable Cantonese condiment, with an intense savory flavor concentrated from dried scallop, Jinhua ham, and dried shrimps.  XO sauce got its name from the XO (extra-old) cognac, famous in Hong Kong. The name is a misnomer since it does not contain cognac, but this type of description of the food …

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Steamed minced pork with preserved vegetables

Steamed minced pork with preserved vegetables is a no-frills typical Cantonese dish. All you need is minced pork, preserved vegetables, and some basic seasonings. It is a homecooked dish regularly served during my childhood, but I have never had it after leaving home for further studies. Recently, my wife suggested making it again to rekindle …

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Asparagus chicken stir-fry – How to cook the authentic Cantonese style

Here is a quick and easy asparagus chicken stir-fry recipe that is worth including in your regular dinner rotation. It is easy to prepare, a balanced meal by itself, and cooked with only the commonly available seasoning in the kitchen pantry, Although asparagus is not the most common vegetable in Chinese cooking, the cooking method …

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Char siu chicken (juicy and mouth-watering)

You can prepare Char siu (Chinese barbecue meat) with chicken, not just pork alone.  Here is the recipe for char siu chicken. Cha siu chicken is an improvisation from the traditional cha siu prepared with pork belly and shoulder loin. The flavor of char siu chicken is as good as pork but is way healthier. …

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Suan la fen (酸辣粉)- How to make hot and sour noodles

Suan la fen (酸辣粉, Hot and Sour Noodles) has won over me finally, although I grew up in a Cantonese family with little exposure to other forms of cooking in the early days. Perhaps I was born to love hot and sour stuff, and being devoid of having this spicy food since I was young …

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Deep fried pork ribs – a.k.a. pork rib king (排骨王)

Deep fried pork ribs come in different flavors and cooking styles. The best one is called ‘pork ribs king’ (排骨王), popular in Chinese restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia. The pork ribs are marinated, deep-fried, and doused in a sweet and sour sauce. It tastes heavenly when serving immediately while still crispy on the outside and …

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