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Rendang Tok – how to make the best beef rendang from Perak

Rendang Tok is the famous beef rendang that originated from the state of Perak, where I spent most of my childhood time before leaving for college. It is dry rendang believed created by the royal cooks, who had the luxury to access different spices that were out of the reach of the ordinary people in …

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Chili chicken – How to prepare in four easy steps

Chili chicken is the real deal among all the Indo-Chinese dishes.  Growing up in a Chinese family and crazy about Indian food, I can vouch that it is neither the authentic taste of Indian nor any sub-genre of Chinese food. I was surprised by the taste after my first bite of this hybrid dish. It …

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Szechuan chicken recipe – How to prepare the best spicy chicken

Today I want to introduce to you a well-known chicken recipe originating from the Szechuan province of China, called Szechuan chicken recipe, 辣子鸡. It is spicy and fiercely hot. This dish is one of the most popular Chinese dishes in restaurants, and I am not surprised that it is equally amazed by people worldwide. There …

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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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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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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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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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