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Japchae recipe- How to make the perfect Korean stir-fry noodles

What is Japchae? Japchae is Korean stir-fried noodles with a unique texture.  It means mixed vegetables in Korean, but besides the colorful vegetables, and the well-seasoned beef, it is the bouncy and slippery sweet potato glass noodles called dangmyeong that set it apart from others. The flavor is very different from the Chinese stir-fried noodles, …

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Soto ayam recipe – How to make Indonesian chicken soup

Soto ayam is a chicken soup dish originated from Indonesia and is popular in Malaysia and Singapore. However, you have to take a paradigm shift to appreciate it. Unlike a creamy soup, it’s a clear soup with loads of ingredients and condiments. Turmeric is the ingredient that makes yellow, coupled with spices like cumin, fennel, …

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Beef chow fun – How to cook quick & easy Hong Kong noodles

What is beef chow fun? Beef chow fun 干炒牛河 is classic Cantonese food served at the roadside as well as at most of the Cantonese restaurants. It is also a dish that assesses a chef’s skill because it is easy to make but requires specific skills to get it right.  Some gastronomes use beef chow …

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Chicken Noodles – How To Make Ipoh Hor Fun

Why are the chicken noodles special? If you are living in Malaysian, you must have heard of the famed Ipoh shredded chicken noodles (怡保河粉).  It is one of the few noodles served with an exotic broth prepared with chicken bones and shrimp shells. Can you think of other noodles served in a broth with chicken …

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Ants climbing a tree (蚂蚁上树)

This recipe ‘ants climbing a tree’ (蚂蚁上树) is written in response to the request from my readers. Among all the well-known names like mapo tofu, dan dan noodles, and dry-fried beef, ‘ants climbing a tree’ is relatively less recognized outside of China, as it is tagged with a peculiar name that no one can figure …

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Mee Goreng – How to cook great noodles in 4 quick steps

Today I want to introduce stir-frying noodles with a deep cultural heritage of the Indian Muslim origin in Malaysia – Mee Goreng Mamak.  Mee refers to noodles, and goreng means stir-frying in both Malay language and Indonesian language.  Mee Goreng (also spell as mi goreng) is completely different from the Chinese noodles like Chow Mien, …

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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup 红烧牛肉面

I want to share how to prepare the slurpingly delicious Taiwanese beef noodle soup. This Taiwanese beef noodle soup is my go-to comfort food that makes my tummy rumble with its umami-rich soup base and melts in the mouth tender beef.  The hunger-inducing aroma is the result of the intermingling of a variety of Asian …

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