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Sausage rolls (Hong Kong style) – How to make it at home

Hong Kong style sausage rolls (also called hot dog rolls, hot dog buns) is a hybrid of hot dog bun and the western sausage rolls wrapped in puff pastry. It is the inevitable outcome of the western cultural assimilation into the local culinary, which emerged as a new variant as a soft bun with sausage …

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

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

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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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Japanese sponge cake – How to make the most cottony and bouncy cake

Finally, I am getting everything right on how to make the Japanese sponge cake after many attempts. The cake is bouncy like a sponge, with the soft and delicate texture resemble cotton when you tear it apart. I also add the cake batter to the dough of the chocolate Japanese milk bread. Here is the …

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Whole wheat bread – How to make it soft, fluffy (Asian method)

The biggest challenge of making whole wheat bread is to get the soft, and fluffy texture with good volume. In this article, I want to share with you how do we make our whole wheat loaf in our cafe, by using the TangZhong method similar for the Japanese milk buns, one the most fluffy and …

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Peanut sauce – How to prepare from scratch with 3 simple steps

Who doesn’t like the authentic peanut sauce made from scratch? I am referring the umami-rich peanut sauce for satay.   This Asian peanut sauce is so versatile that besides for satay, can be used as the gravy for noodles, making Indonesian style salad (Gado-Gado) and even as the sauce for tacos and wraps. The sauce is …

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Beef stir-fry with ginger and scallion (with 9 important tips)

Beef stir-fry with ginger and scallion (姜葱牛肉) takes only fifteen minutes to prepare. Follow the recipe below which rivals any ginger and scallions beef stir-fry from any Chinese restaurant. The recipe is easy, but the flavor is addictive. Serve with a bowl of steamed rice and will take you halfway to paradise. You can get most …

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How to cook Japanese hamburger steak that makes you hungry

If you are bored with the traditional hamburger, try Hambāgu, the Japanese hamburger steak. So is it hamburger or steak? It is both. Hambāgu is the Japanese transliteration of the word Hamburger. It presumably evolves from Salisbury steak, which originates from the US with western seasoning. The patty is seasoned with the Japanese flavor and …

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Pandan Leaf Chicken – Easy Thai Recipe

Pandan leaf chicken is one of the best specialty chicken dishes in Thai restaurants. The chicken is moist, tender, infused with a refreshing pandan aroma, and encased in leaf packets. The Thai people wrap the marinated boneless chicken meat inside a large piece of pandan leaf and deep-fry it.  The amazing aroma of the leaves is infused into …

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