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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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Chinese okra recipe with garlic chili sauce

There are various ways to cook okra- make curry, gumbo, oven-roasted, stew, etc. Here is a different Chinese okra recipe – just blanch or steam the okra and dress with the chili garlic sauce. Okra dressed with chili garlic sauce is a quick and easy Chinese okra recipe often prepare in the ordinary household. It …

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Devil’s curry – how to make authentic curry debal

What is Devil’s curry, and why is it so evil? Devil’s curry is the name given to a traditional dish from Malacca’s Portuguese community. It is another name given to the Debal curry, which is usually served during Christmas. The word Debal means leftovers in the local Kristang language, as the dish is made from …

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How to use XO sauce – 3 quick and easy recipes with XO sauce

I want to share with you three quick and easy recipes with XO sauce. in this article. XO sauce has a unique and intense flavor suitable as a condiment and seasoning nearly for every dish. XO sauce is available from the Asian grocery or online. However, it is expensive, and therefore it is worth making …

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How to make XO sauce – a comprehensive guide

XO sauce is the most valuable Cantonese condiment, with an intense savory flavor concentrated from dried scallop, Jinhua ham, and dried shrimps.  XO sauce got its name from the XO (extra-old) cognac, famous in Hong Kong. The name is a misnomer since it does not contain cognac, but this type of description of the food …

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