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Tonkatsu recipe – How to make Japanese pork cutlet with a crispy crust

Today I’m going to make tonkatsu, the Japanese deep-fried pork cutlets that are among the most popular Western-style Japanese cuisine worldwide. Here is my tonkatsu recipe. What is Tonkatsu? It is pork chop coated with panko and deep fried. Well, it may not be the most healthy food, but enjoying it once in a while …

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Beef and mushrooms stir-fry Chinese style (quick and easy)

This Chinese beef and mushrooms recipe is downright delicious. It is quick and easy and requires only some simple ingredients. If you follow this recipe closely, you’ll be able to get the result as good as the Chinese restaurants, if not better. The tender strips of beef, coupled with the flavor from the mushrooms, are …

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Tamarind prawns- How to make Malaysian-style Assam Prawns

Do you like to eat prawns? How was it cooked the last time you ate prawns?  I have something different to show you today—tamarind prawns. Tamarind prawns (Asam prawns or Assam prawns as in Malay) are one of the famous Nyonya recipes in Malaysia. The prawns are fried until the sugar is caramelized, mixed with …

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Squid curry – How to prepare Kari Sotong (Malaysian style) with amazing taste

This curry squid recipe is for you if you like spicy seafood food. It is hugely popular in Malaysia and is served in most Malay and Mamak restaurants.  The Malay name of curry squid is Kari Sotong. It can be the side or main dish and is delicious to pair with roti, naan, or steamed …

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How to make kaya toast and half-boiled egg

This article is about the most popular breakfast staple in coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore – kaya toast with half-boiled eggs. I have not known anyone in Malaysia who has not tried this breakfast combination. The toast is thick slices of bread grilled on charcoal with kaya and a slab of ice-cold butter. The …

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Eggplant with tofu – How to prepare it at home (absolutely delicious)

Eggplant and tofu behave like sponges, absorbing any flavor that cooks together.  Therefore, they are absolutely delicious when cooked with Szechuan sauce, which is spicy and savory. I will show you how to prepare this Szchua-style vegetarian dish, with a few variations in the recipe, which I will show you the detail. If you follow …

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Chinese spinach soup  – How to make it from scratch

The Chinese spinach soup called 上汤苋菜 is a popular item featured on the menu of  Chinese restaurants in Malaysia. This Cantonese-style clear soup has a rich stock flavor, combined with the Asian flavors from spinach, salted eggs, and century eggs. The Malaysian version of the 上汤苋菜 does not include chilies. Instead, it commonly uses ikan …

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Chinese chicken stock – How to make it (best for Asian dishes)

I want to show you how to make the basic Chinese chicken stock in this article. But is it alright to get the store-bought chicken stock for cooking Chinese dishes? Sure. However, these chicken stocks are made primarily for western dishes. It is simmered with the mirepoix (onion, celery, and carrot) and with spices such …

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Bok choy vs choy sum- what are the differences, and the best way to cook

What is the difference between choy sum and bok choy? This article is about bok choy vs choy sum. Bok choy and choy sum are similar, which can cause some confusion for certain people, particularly my non-Asian readers. Therefore, I would take this opportunity to dive into this topic and provide details. In addition, I …

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