chinese new year

Hakka Deep-fried Stuffed Dried Oyster 酿蚝干 – 5 Ingredients

My late grandmother used to always make a huge plate of deep-fried oyster balls during Chinese New Year. I remember she would wrap it in caul fat, something that looked like a see-through net which …

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RECIPE: Lo Hon Zai ( 罗汉斋) | Buddha’s Delight for Chinese New Year

Many Chinese begin the morning of Lunar New Year with Buddha’s Delight or Lo Hon Zai (simplified Chinese: 罗汉菜; traditional Chinese: 羅漢菜). As it’s a mixed vegetables dish, commonly known as chap chai (literally: mixed …

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Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds (Suen Poon Chi, 算盘子) stir-fry with vegetables

Lunar New Year to Orientals is like Christmas to Westerners. It is the most beloved and anticipated festival of the year. When I was a kid, I looked forward to buying and wearing new clothes, playing …

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Lala Soup With Ginger & Wine

Lala soup is a popular choice for my family when we eat at Chinese restaurants. It made me wonder why it’s considered a treat since it’s not particularly expensive. If we have steam fish at home …

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Super Crispy Salted Egg Prawns for Chinese New Year

Salted Egg Prawns is one of the most delicious and auspicious dish for Chinese New Year.I like that the word ‘prawns’ in the Chinese language sounds like our laugher (ha-ha), symbolising happiness. Among other prawns recipes, …

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Fish Maw Soup For Chinese New Year – 8 ingredients

Fish Maw Soup is normally served during special occasion such as Chinese New Year. Some of the ingredients (such as fish maw and scallops) are considered as delicacies, and high-grade ones can be expensive. I …

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How to make origami Chinese fan

Remember the paper fans we used to make as kids? We are taking it a notch up: making a standing fan to adorn our dinner table. If you’ve been to a fine dining restaurant or …

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Osmanthus and Wolfberry Jelly (4 ingredients)

What’s better than cookies on a hot and humid Chinese New Year? We would say chilled jelly straight from the fridge. It’s so refreshing and goes well with drier snacks like biscuits. One Chinese New …

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How to carve a rose from a tomato (3 minutes)

You may not realise that we eat with our eyes as much as we eat with our tongues. The word ‘flavour’ takes into account not only what taste our tastebuds can detect; but also the …

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Easy Imitation Shark Fin Soup – 30 Min

Chinese New Year, to me, always involves some kind of sharks fin soup – real or imitation. My late grandmother adored decadence. Every Chinese New Year, she would have a dozen of fresh chickens from …

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LUNAR SHOPPING: 18 auspicious home decor

Prepare to usher in the year of the ram with these auspicious decorations in red and gold. 1. Ram chopstick & rest Royal Selangor Pewter RM 190 2. Weaved and woven round basket Aino Living …

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RECIPE: Simple tong yuen with gula melaka (2 Ingredients, 15 minutes)

Tong yuen (stick rice balls) is typically served during Lantern festival and sometimes during Lunar New Year. Last festival, we suggested a shortcut – by using frozen glutinous rice balls – which only took 30 …

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