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Mango sticky rice – How to make this favorite Thai dessert

Mango sticky rice (khao neow mamuang / ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง) is an amazing and authentic Thai dessert. It is typical street food in Thailand, especially during summer, when mango is in season. This dessert is also popular in other South East Asia countries, including my hometown, Malaysia.  Mango sticky rice is hugely popular in the Thai restaurants …

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Nian gao 年糕 – How to make (the quick and easy way)

Nian gao (also known as kuih bakul/tikoy) is the must-have delicacy for Chinese New Year. Why? Because the character nian gao in Chinese is 年糕 is the homonym of the other two words 年高, which means ‘a prosperous new year.’ Hence, nian gao is most appropriate to serve during this auspicious festival.  However, making nian …

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Pineapple tart – How to make this Chinese New Year delicacy

I have just made the Pineapple tart for the forthcoming Chinese New Year. This pineapple tart (黄梨挞, 黄梨酥)  is intertwined with flavor and texture  The crust is so crumbly you can hear it break under your fork (handle with care!) and the filling is the result of condensing the pineapple to a dense jam with …

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Taro Cake – How to make this delectable Dim Sum

Taro cake (yam cake, wu tao gou,芋头糕, 芋頭糕) is a popular Chinese dessert for breakfast and tea break. It is one of such savory delicacies that you can find in the Dim Sum shops serve as breakfast, along with shrimp dumpling, Char Siu Pao, Shumai, and others. If you want to throw in some Asian …

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Coconut jam (kaya)- how to make it at home

Whenever I think about kaya (coconut jam), it always conjured up flashes of childhood memories sitting in the old-school cafe eating Hainanese toast bread overflowing with kaya top with a piece of chilled butter. It is the epitome of Malaysian-Singapore perennial breakfast favorite, often served with a cup of brew-on-demand Hainanese coffee waft up to …

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Red bean soup – How to make it at home (Cantonese style)

Today I want to show you how to prepare a traditional Cantonese dessert which is called red bean soup 红豆沙.  Red bean soup is in the category of Cantonese desserts called tong sui (糖水), literally means sugar water. It is a popular item on the menu of most Chinese dessert houses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, …

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Tea egg – How to prepare in 3 quick steps

Tea egg 茶叶蛋 (a type of soy sauce egg 卤蛋 ) is a popular snack in the Chinese community. You will find street food vendors selling tea egg in the electric rice cooker, Hainanese chicken rice stores served it as a side dish, and Chinese medicine shop owner will add some medicinal herbs to the braising …

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