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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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Oven-Baked Crispy Korean Chicken Wings

I’ve been quite obsessed about making food super crispy – salted egg prawns, roasted pork belly, fried pork with red fermented beancurd and salmon. Next is making crispy chicken wings – the perfect party food. I found …

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Layered Green Tea Mousse (10 min + 7 ingredient)

This is hands down one of the easiest dessert I’ve ever made. It requires only 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to prepare. No oven or a stand mixer needed. The results? Glasses of rich, pastel coloured …

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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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Easy otak-otak (15 minutes hands-on time)

I have a thing for Nyonya food; I think I like the unique flavour combo of the many spices such as turmeric and daun kaduk (wild betel). Perhaps because Nyonya cuisine is influenced by the Chinese, …

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Green Tea & Nutella Cake

I love anything with green tea in it. This winning combo of green tea and Nutella is amazing. I like the deep, bitter taste of green tea powder; the nutty sweetness of Nutella; and its moist …

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Easy Hakka Fried Pork Belly With Red Fermented Beancurd (Hakka Char Yuk/ 客家炸肉)

Being a Hakka descent, I have this dish quite often while I was growing up. However, my family’s eating habit changed over the years. We try to have more vegetables and less meat. When we …

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Japanese Cucumber Pickles

Last month, I had the privilege to visit Japan for two week. In between, I spend some time with at my foster family home at Komatsu, a small town in Ishikawa. It was a joyous …

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How to deal with insults and keep calm?

In the pursuit of a quality life, I realise that one could not have one without a calm mind. That led me to explore the criteria of a quality mind and how to achieve it. …

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5 Popular Products from 100% PURE

I first go to know the brand through trying their nail varnish (Read: 5 Nail Polishes For The Chic Minimalist). Truthfully, I didn’t expect a lot from it. I thought a more natural formulation may …

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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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Gula Melaka Santan Agar-Agar (Palm sugar coconut milk jelly)

Whenever there’s party, I love to bring jelly. Probably because for the longest time I didn’t have a stand mixer, so there’s not much dessert that I could make except for fruit skewers and jellies. …

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