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Chicken katsudon – How to prepare (quick and easy recipe)

What is katsudon? Chicken katsudon is the Japanese rice bowl topped with the delicious torikatsu, sweet onion, and barely set beaten egg bath in umami-rich dashi enhanced with mirin and soy sauce. Katsudon (カツ丼 / Japanese cutlet rice bowl) is relatively easy to prepare. It is an extension of the torikatsu recipe, ideal as a …

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Chinese eggplant recipe – How to cook perfect eggplant

In this article, I want to show you how to cook a popular Chinese eggplant dish with some basic ingredients. However, it is tricky to cook eggplant because it changes color quickly easily turns soggy, and potentially absorbs too much oil.  Therefore, I want to share with you my understanding of how to preserve its …

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Braised pork belly- how to make it melt-in-the-mouth

Braised pork belly (红烧肉/hong shao rou/red cooked pork) is a well-known pork dishes prepared with a combination of ginger, garlic, and soy sauce and a myriad of aromatic spices and cook over an extended period. The pork is cooked until the fat is gelatinized, and the meat attains the melt in the mouth texture. The …

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Omurice – How to cook this wonderful Japanese dish

What is omurice?  Omurice (オムライス, Omu-raisu) is a Japanese cuisine consisting of ketchup-based fried rice and omelet. The word omurice is the portmanteau of two words – omelet and rice.  Omurice is a western-influenced Japanese cuisine (yōshoku) originated at the turn of the 20th century when western café gained popularity in Japan. It is also …

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Nasi goreng kampung – How to cook the best Indonesian fried rice

If you like fried rice, you must not miss the Indonesian and Malay versions called nasi goreng. What is nasi goreng? Nasi goreng means fried rice in Indonesian language and also in Malay language. It is cooked with a chili paste consisting of bird’s-eye chili, shallot, garlic, belacan (a local shrimp paste), and anchovies. It is …

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Lemongrass chicken – How to prepare (quick and easy)

Have you ever tried chicken thighs infused with lemongrass flavor? I will explain how to prepare the classic lemongrass chicken in this article.  If you want to throw in some Asian flavor apart from the typical soy sauce-based Chinese cuisine, this Vietnamese-inspired pan-fried lemongrass chicken chop will guarantee to be a total crowd-pleaser. In addition, …

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Pork meatballs – How to make Asian Lion’s head meatballs

Lion’s Head Pork Meatballs (Lion’s head meatballs) is a highly regarded Chinese cuisine that catches everyone’s attention because of its size. It measures up to 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, juicy, fluffy, and served with an umami-packed gravy.  It is different because the pork meatballs are stewed in a braising liquid, instead of the …

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Asian chicken thighs – easy baked recipe with 5-spice powder

If you want a quick and easy recipe with Asian flavors, try this Asian chicken thighs recipe.  There are only two main steps you need – to marinate and bake.  Why does this Asian chicken thighs recipe work?  This recipe works because: What is five-spice powder? Five-spice powder 五香粉 is a combination of five Asian …

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Sweet and sour tofu – Quick & easy vegan recipe

Tofu should not taste bland if it is properly cooked and seasoned. This sweet and sour tofu (糖醋豆腐) will surely make your mouth foaming uncontrollably! The tofu is pan-fried, then doused in a sweet and sour sauce, with the intermingling of flavors from ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce. It is then stir-fried with crisp and …

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Beef and broccoli stir-fry – How to cook the best (in 30 minutes)

Beef and broccoli stir-fry is a Chinese dish that can satisfy almost every palate. It is a Chinese food that is being reinterpreted to suit local tastes around the world. Why do I make such an assumption? First, beef is not the most common meat for the Chinese. Pork and chicken are always more readily …

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