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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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Crispy Roast Pork Belly 燒肉

Roast pork is something I increasingly like to make. If you know the correct technique, it’s very easy to make; you need only a few common ingredients. When it’s ready to serve, family and friends …

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Old Cucumber Soup (cheat + cheap)

Although I’m very willing to spend on food, I know that many people won’t. In fact, when I talk about the benefits of home cooked food, one of the more frequent excuse is: “Its cheaper …

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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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Burdock Root Soup and Black Bean For Detoxification

My love for soup is borne out of familiarity as well as extensive study. Up until my early twenties, I drink Chinese soup almost everyday. When the burden (or joy) of cooking fell upon my …

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Chrysanthemum flower and goji berry tea

Modern technology put a lot of strain on our eyes. Whether at work or at play, we look at screens on our computer, tablets and phones. Not only it is tires our eyes, in a …

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How to make chicken essence at home

Chicken essence is the juices from the flesh and bones of chicken. It is extracted by double-boiling the chicken in high temperature for about three hours. The extract contains highly nutritious active components like protein, …

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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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