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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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Salted egg pastry – How to make in 3 steps

Chinese salted egg pastry (蛋黄酥, 鹹蛋酥, Harm Tarn Soh) is an all-time favorite among the Chinese, particularly during the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year.  It is prepared by encasing the salted egg yolk in sweetened red bean paste or lotus paste, then wrapped in the flaky Chinese pastry. It has a unique taste of …

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Liu Sha Bao- wonderful dessert with salted egg

You will be captivated by the lava-like filling flowing out when you tear open this Chinese custard bao (Liu Sha Bao). The filling is a little sweet, creamy, and most noticeably the slightly salty, sandy and lava-like texture of the mashed salted eggs yolk. The molten, lava-like filling is the characteristic of this unique Cantonese …

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Snow skin mooncake – How to make (with custard filling)

Snow skin mooncake 冰皮月饼 has become a favorite dessert served during the Mid-Autumn festival. It was invented in the 1960s in Hong Kong (some say Singapore) and evolved to the present formula in the late 1980s  The texture, ingredients, and methods of cooking are entirely different from the traditional mooncake. Snow skin mooncake is made …

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Chinese spareribs (with black bean sauce)

Chinese spareribs with black bean sauce 豉汁蒸排骨 is a savory and easy dish to make at home. This dish is one of the everyday meal for an average Chinese household. If you have tried the typical Chinese food available regularly in the Chinese restaurant, steamed spareribs with black bean sauce is one dish that will …

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Turnip cake recipe- How to make as good as dim sum store

Turnip cake (lo bak gou / 蘿蔔糕) brings me back the fond memory of my childhood seeping a pot of bottomless Pu’er tea with my father in the dim sum house every Sunday morning. Besides the barbecue pork bun, shrimp dumpling, and Shumai, pan-fried turnip cake is the dim sum I always order whenever the …

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Rice porridge – How to cook Cantonese porridge (the traditional way)

Making a good Cantonese rice porridge (also called rice congee) required patience and the right technique. This article outlines how to prepare the silkiest and most comforting Cantonese style porridge. This rice porridge is the breakfast and lunch staple in many Asian countries and serves in Dim Sum restaurants (they call it as jook in …

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How to cook to the authentic Lo Mai Gai (糯米鸡)

If you have not tried Lo Mai Gai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken, 糯米鸡), you are surely missing out something. Lo Mai Gai is the specialty Dim Sum of Singapore and Malaysia along with Cantonese Dim Sum like Har Gao, Shumai and Char Siu Bao popular across Asia. Why is this Lo Mai Gai recipe …

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How to make the best spring rolls (with eight important tips)

Freshly deep-fried spring rolls are light, crispy and airy. The crackling sound of the first bite brings back the memory of the bustling old-school Dim Sum shop once I had as a kid. The middle age women pushing the dim sum cart trundled through the narrow gap between rickety tables. Watching the high tower of …

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Chinese Porridge Recipe – With Lean Pork and Century Eggs (皮蛋瘦肉粥)

This Chinese porridge recipe is one of the most comforting breakfast favorites among the Chinese. The porridge (congee) is called the Lean Pork and Century Eggs Porridge (皮蛋瘦肉粥). Many people think that the only way to get the velvety smooth porridge is to simmer the porridge for long hours. In this porridge recipe, I’ll describe …

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