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Chinese walnut cookies – How to make the Chinese biscuit Hup Toh Soh

It has been a long time since I made Chinese walnut cookies.  My cousin from Hong Kong visited us last week and brought us some, and our family finished all in no time.  After taking a bite, it suddenly evoked my memory of the taste of these beautiful cookies. So making some instead of getting …

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Prawn crackers – How to make it at home from scratch

Prawn crackers (shrimp chips) are the classic Chinese appetizer everyone loves. It is a popular item that serves as snacks during Chinese New Year and is also widely served in some Chinese restaurants before meals in some western countries. Called keropok in Malaysian and krupuk udang in Indonesia, these cracky equivalents to potato chips are …

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Cucur udang recipe- How to make Malaysian prawn fritters

Cucur udang is the Malaysian version of prawn fritters, hugely popular street food that you can find at Pasar Malam (night markets), Ramadhan bazaars, and hawker stores. It has a crunchy exterior when fresh from the wok, with a soft interior filled with various vegetables. When frying, the prawns are usually placed on top and …

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How to make samosa, the perfect Indian style snack

Samosa is a flaky, crispy, and delicious Indian snack.  It is made with a pastry stuffed with spiced potato filling and wrapped to form a perfect pyramid, then deep-fried to golden. You can find these little fried parcels in cafes, restaurants, even street food stores.  I like samosa as that is my go-to teatime snack …

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Bak Kwa – How to make (easy method with oven)

Bak Kwa (肉干, rou gan) is the Chinese version of pork jerky, made with thinly sliced or minced pork, seasoned with soy sauce and sugar, and grilled over charcoal with an open fire. Bak Kwa, pronounced in Hokkien, is my favorite snack, especially during Chinese New Year.  The idea of making bak kwa (Chinese pork jerky) …

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How to make Youtiao (油条) – a comprehensive guide

Youtiao (油条) is a hugely popular Chinese street food, a deep-fried breadstick crispy outside with a spongy interior. It is commonly served with soybean milk or porridge and has a universal appeal to everyone regardless of race and origin. Youtiao is sold everywhere down the street, wherever there is a large Chinese population. If you …

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Castella Cake – How to make (with detailed instruction)

Castella (Kasutera カステラ) catches my attention when I realize that it is a cake made with bread flour.  So is it a cake or bread?  The Portuguese merchants introduced castella to Japan in the 16th century. It is derived from a Portuguese recipe Pão de Ló. Since it is also called Pão de Castela, meaning …

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Scallion Pancake Recipe – How to make it crispy and fluffy

Chinese scallion pancake (Cong You Bing, 葱油饼) is not like any other pancake familiar to most of the people. It has a crusty and crispy surface, with scallions sandwiched between layers of pastry inside. It is a refreshing, delightful, and easy to make flatbread. These pancakes are savory and are most suitable as snacks in …

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