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Seri Muka- How to make the delightful Malaysian dessert

Seri Muka is a Malaysian dessert consisting of two layers. The custard layer is infused with pandan extract, sitting on coconut milk flavored glutinous rice base. The contrasting flavor of the two layers makes it a delightful dessert among the Baba Nyonya and the Malays.  Seri Muka means a smooth and beautiful face. It is …

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Sesame ball – How to make perfect Jian Dui at home

Sesame ball (Jian dui / 麻团 /煎堆 / 芝麻球) is a well-known fried Chinese pastry made from glutinous rice flour. This delectable dessert is coated with sesame seeds on the outside which are crisp and chewy. It encases a sweetened filling consisting of red bean paste, peanut paste, or lotus paste. Cheese and chocolate are …

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Ondeh ondeh – How to make the delightful dessert with palm sugar

What is ondeh ondeh? It is a sweet delicacy with palm sugar wrapped within a glutinous rice flour dough and coated with salted grated coconut. There are other names for ondeh ondeh. My Indonesian friend said it is called klepon, and it is also named buah Melaka as its shape resembles the fruit of the …

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Chicken peratal – How to make Indian dry curry (celebrate Deepavali)

Deepavali is just a few days away, and this chicken peratal recipe is just fit for the occasion.  Chicken peratal is a must-have Southern India dry curry dish to be included in your festival feast this time. This dry curry recipe is my interpretation using Malaysian curry powder. Therefore it might be slightly different from …

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Chicken with black bean sauce – authentic recipe with a punch of umani

This article explains how to prepare chicken with black bean sauce, a quick and easy Cantonese-style home-cooked recipe. I am referring to the fermented black bean (also called douchi, 豆豉), a savory condiment in Cantonese cooking. Like cheese, miso, and kimchi, douchi has a strong, pungent flavor with a punch of umami. You can purchase …

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Bun cha recipe – How to make it at home (Vietnamese grilled meatballs)

Bun cha (Vietnamese meatballs with vermicelli) has all the classic Vietnamese street food elements. I love its complex flavors and have been a regular fan of the restaurant near me.   Recently, I have decided to make it. It turns out to be not as difficult as expected. I have documented how to do it in …

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Chayote squash recipe- authentic stir-fry that rekindles the nostalgic feeling

I want to show you how to prepare a classic Cantonese home-cooked chayote squash recipe in this article. My mother used to cook it with dried shrimp and glass noodles, and nearly every Cantonese housewife knew how to cook this dish during that time.  My mum did it with the hairy gourd in that era, …

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How to make tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelet) – easy home recipe

Tamagoyaki (玉子焼き) is a Japanese rolled omelet that folds up like a Swiss roll. It is sweet yet savory, with a custardy, fluffy, and bouncy texture. Its taste is unique due to the use of soy sauce and dashi. I have been eating quite a lot of tamagoyaki in Japanese restaurants and decided to see …

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Chashu pork recipe- How to make Japanese ramen chashu pork

Although chashu pork is known to most people as the favorite topping for ramen, it is the melt in the mouth texture and the aesthetic appearance that capture people’s hearts. Can you make it at home?  Certainly. Here is the breakdown of how to prepare homemade chashu, with a video explanation. What is chashu? Although …

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