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Pork meatballs – How to make Asian Lion’s head meatballs

Lion’s Head Pork Meatballs (Lion’s head meatballs) is a highly regarded Chinese cuisine that catches everyone’s attention because of its size. It measures up to 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, juicy, fluffy, and served with an umami-packed gravy.  It is different because the pork meatballs are stewed in a braising liquid, instead of the …

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Cabbage roll – How to make the best Chinese stuffed cabbage

In this article, I want to explain how to prepare the Chinese style stuffed cabbage roll that I used to make as a teenager.  The flavor still lingers on in my memory after a lapse of so many years. (Imagine my son has already married!) I still vaguely remember the process and have made some …

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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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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), which literally means sugar water. It is a popular item on the menu of most Chinese dessert houses in Hong Kong, …

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Salted egg pastry – How to make in 3 steps

Chinese salted egg pastry (蛋黄酥, 鹹蛋酥, Harm Tarn Soh) is an all-time favorite among the Chinese, particularly during the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year.  It is prepared by encasing the salted egg yolk in sweetened red bean paste or lotus paste, then wrapped in the flaky Chinese pastry. It has a unique taste of …

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Liu Sha Bao- wonderful dessert with salted egg

You will be captivated by the lava-like filling flowing out when you tear open this Chinese custard bao (Liu Sha Bao). The filling is a little sweet, creamy, and most noticeably the slightly salty, sandy and lava-like texture of the mashed salted eggs yolk. The molten, lava-like filling is the characteristic of this unique Cantonese …

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Snow skin mooncake – How to make (with custard filling)

Snow skin mooncake 冰皮月饼 has become a favorite dessert served during the Mid-Autumn festival. It was invented in the 1960s in Hong Kong (some say Singapore) and evolved to the present formula in the late 1980s  The texture, ingredients, and methods of cooking are entirely different from the traditional mooncake. Snow skin mooncake is made …

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Chinese spareribs (with black bean sauce)

Chinese spareribs with black bean sauce 豉汁蒸排骨 is a savory and easy dish to make at home. This dish is one of the everyday meal for an average Chinese household. If you have tried the typical Chinese food available regularly in the Chinese restaurant, steamed spareribs with black bean sauce is one dish that will …

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Turnip cake recipe- How to make as good as dim sum store

Turnip cake (lo bak gou / 蘿蔔糕) brings back the fond memory of my childhood seeping a pot of bottomless Pu’er tea with my father in the dim sum house every Sunday morning. Besides the barbecue pork bun, shrimp dumpling, and Shumai, pan-fried turnip cake is the dim sum I always order whenever the lady …

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