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Chinese walnut cookies – How to make the Chinese biscuit Hup Toh Soh

It has been a long time since I made Chinese walnut cookies.  My cousin from Hong Kong visited us last week and brought us some, and our family finished all in no time.  After taking a bite, it suddenly evoked my memory of the taste of these beautiful cookies. So making some instead of getting …

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Lor Bak recipe- How to make five-spice pork rolls

Lor Bak is popular street food in Malaysia, particularly among the Chinese. It is a meat roll wrapped in beancurd skin, seasoning with Chinese five-spice powder, and deep-fry until crispy. Besides being a famous street food sold in every nook and corner, it is also a favored festive dish during the Chinese New Year. Let’s …

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Chinese New Year recipes – 10 auspicious food that brings you fortune and prosperity

Here are my hand-picked Chinese New Year recipes for you. Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is celebrated by millions of people across the globe.  Everyone will make their way home regardless of the distance and locale to be with the family for this festival as it is the most significant occasion for the Chinese.  Food …

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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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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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Chicken peratal – How to make Indian dry curry (celebrate Deepavali)

Deepavali is just a few days away, and this chicken peratal recipe is just fit for the occasion.  Chicken peratal is a must-have Southern India dry curry dish to be included in your festival feast this time. This dry curry recipe is my interpretation using Malaysian curry powder. Therefore it might be slightly different from …

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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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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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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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