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Cantonese Bak Chang – 广式肉粽

Ending off our Dragonboat festival food series with the umami in the super-fragrant Cantonese Bak Chang! The Cantonese Bak Chang is chock-a-block with savoury goodness. Our version features eight different types of ingredients for its filling, including luscious chunks of pork belly marinated with eight condiments, and of course mung beans – the traditional must-have […]

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Soon Kueh – 笋粿

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 It was originally made with bamboo shoots, Chinese turnip, dried Chinese mushrooms and dried shrimps for the “umami”.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.

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Hot & Sour Tofu Soup – 酸辣豆腐湯

We love our mums, and want them to be happy and healthy; so for this Mother’s Day, try cooking a flavorful hot and sour soup that is not only tingly for the taste buds, but also great for a family dinner!

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Luo Han Zhai – 罗汉斋

Using chinese cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, and a whole lot more, there is a contrast in texture when you mix the vegetables, beancurd, and tofu puff all together!

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Rice Cooker Claypot Rice – 电饭锅煲仔饭

This recipe is a godsend for those of you who do not own a claypot. We tweaked the recipe a little so you get all the yummy flavours of a typical claypot rice minus the all the hassles!

Rather than just throwing everything in the rice cooker, we pre-fry the ingredients in a wok to give it more colour and flavours. The next step is pretty simple, when the rice is steaming, just combine everything and let the rice cooker work its magic.

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Guinness Steak Pie – 吉尼斯馅饼

A traditional steak and mushroom pie, with the Guinness giving it a robust and rich flavour. As it cooks slowly in the oven, the meat become melt in your mouth tender. The meat in dark silky gravy from the reduced stout and stock, enriched from the mushroom and beef flavour…yumms. Topped with flaky buttery puff pastry, it is a dish that delivers a good cheer to the soul.

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Eight Treasure Duck – 八宝鸭

Eight Treasure Duck isn’t exactly the most popular dish with the recent generations of home cooks as this can sometimes be quite tedious to cook at home. But I remember my grandmother cooking it for major Chinese festivals. You can taste the labour of love that goes into it with every bite. We simplified the […]

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Braised Sea Cucumber With Fish Maw – 焖海参花胶

You know Chinese New Year is around the corner when all the dried goodies like sea cucumber, fish maw, abalone, dried scallops, etc are prominently displayed for sale. These are celebratory delicacies that is a must during the 15 days of Chinese New Year.

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Ngoh Hiang – 五香

Ngoh Hiang is an uniquely Hokkien and Teochew dish. It’s deep fried delicious goodness is adopted into other households as well. The addition of 5-spice powder gives it an earthy and fragrant taste. The meaty taste of of the minced meat is heightened by the sweetness of the minced prawns. The diced water chestnuts gives it crunch. We used Knife Thai Fish Sauce to provide the dish a depth of umami flavour.