Paper wrapped chicken, or more commonly known in Cantonese as “chee pow kai” brings together the best of two worlds, steamed and deep fried chicken. This dish was invented in Singapore by an eatery called Union Farm in 1953, and back then, it used to be sold per chicken. The fresh chicken would be slaughtered, chopped, marinated, wrapped, and then deep fried to a golden perfection.
A quintessential Asian comfort food, our version of the recipe includes succulent shrimp. Fried rice is so versatile in itself, that many have adapted it to each its own way of cooking, and is the best way to utilize leftovers in your fridge. Though its exact origins are unknown, some say that the first plate of fried rice originated in the city of Yangzhou, east of Jiangsu, during the Sui dynasty (589 – 618 AD).
Yi Zi Ban is a Hakka traditional snack from Tai Po County, Guangdong Province. It has a history of more than 300 years. One long forgotten dish, the story is that Hakka mother will prepare this dish for her son when he travels on a long journey overseas and to ensure his safe return.
This spicy-garlicky dish will have you slurping the rich ‘hum’ juices and licking your fingers for more! For most of us Singaporeans, we can get these boiled cockles at the hawker centre, having fun prying and picking them open, and dipping them in punchy sambal belacan sauce. Cockles have long had a bad reputation of being the harbinger of hepatitis, but with the proper handling and thorough cooking, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about! They are also known to be high in iron and great for people with anemia.
Soon Kueh is a popular Teochew snack that can be found in most hawker centres. It was originally made with bamboo shoots, Chinese turnip, dried Chinese mushrooms and dried shrimps for the “umami”. To simplify the dish, we decided to leave out bamboo shoots.
This is a simple and yummy herbal pork dish that anyone can enjoy! Choosing a good cut of pork belly is very important for this dish, that has three even layers of meat sandwiched between three layers of fat. This is important because uneven layers upset the balance of the meat and fat, resulting in a kakuni that’s either tough and stringy or excessively greasy.
If you’re looking to give mummy dearest a treat for Mother’s Day, this sumptuous treat of Dry Bak Kut Teh would be a great choice! Most of us are familiar with the soupy version of BKT, but how about trying it out a tantalizing dry version?
Curry Puff is one of our favourite local snack, tasty potato chicken curry filling wrap in buttery pasty! Definitely makes you want to eat one after another!
For the filling we used a mixture of diced potatoes and chicken thigh, you can also use pork which taste great as well. The trick for a buttery pasty is to grate cold butter onto the flour when making the dough, this gives the pasty a really melt in you mouth crumbly texture.
Big juicy fresh bamboo clams, a favourite among seafood lovers. Using cantonese steaming method, the soya sauce and Shaoxing wine enhances the sweet flavours of the calms. Top with fried garlic and diced chilli to give more flavour to sweet juicy bamboo clams. Simple to make and so good, we can’t wait to sink our teeth in it once it was steamed.
The simple Cantonese way of showcasing the freshness and sweetness of the ingredients (in this instance, prawns) is by steaming. The tiger prawns will be nothing but sweet and succulent after just 6 minutes of steaming on a bed of egg whites. A super quick recipe and real easy to cook for your love ones too. Just remember, to look out and do NOT overcook the prawns!