Chinese

Easy Cheat ‘Char Siu’ Pork – 5 Ingredients + 20 minutes

Easy Cheat ‘Char Siu’ Pork – 5 Ingredients + 20 minutes

My family like to call this ‘fake char siu’ dish. It’s our go-to dish when we don’t know what else to cook or short of time. It’s so easy. All you need is a slab of pork belly or pork shoulder. You most probably have […]

Chinese Watercress Soup (Sai Yong Choi Tong/ (西洋菜汤)

Chinese Watercress Soup (Sai Yong Choi Tong/ (西洋菜汤)

Slow-cooked soup is a must-have on my family’s dinner table. The golden liquid is placed on a pedestal; it brings not only comfort to our tummy and taste to our palate, but medicinal value to our body. Every soup that my family boils has a […]

Herbal Chicken Soup for Good Eyesight & Memory

Herbal Chicken Soup for Good Eyesight & Memory

There are many different Chinese herbal blends to treat specific health concern. When someone in my family lacks appetite, we’ll make Sei San Tong (Four Spirit Soup 四神湯); when a major exam is near and we need extra brainpower, we’ll make Ming Muk Bou Lou Tong (明目補㺁湯) […]

Soy Braised Chicken With Mushroom

Soy Braised Chicken With Mushroom

You need to cook dinner for your family but you don’t have much fresh ingredients left in the fridge anymore. I understand. It happens to the best of us. After cooking for a while (and being too busy to take a trip to the supermarket), […]

Easy Malaysian Sweet And Sour Crab

Easy Malaysian Sweet And Sour Crab

Sweet and Sour – among other flavours such as salted egg, kam hiong, black pepper, chili, and butter – is a popular flavour for seafood dishes. While I love all of them, sweet and sour style holds a special place in my heart. My parents used […]

Hyacinth Bean Soup / Pang Pi Dou Tang (彭皮豆湯) – 7 Ingredients

Hyacinth Bean Soup / Pang Pi Dou Tang (彭皮豆湯) – 7 Ingredients

Even if you love Chinese soup, you may not heard of this ‘pang pi dou tang’ (彭皮豆湯). Hyacinth beans or Egyptian Kidney Beans, also known as pang pei dau in Cantonese, is not easily available. Ingredients Information: Hyacinth Bean Unlike commercialised vegetables such as long […]

Eight Treasure Tonic (Pat Chan Tong / Ba Zhen Tang / 八珍汤)

Eight Treasure Tonic (Pat Chan Tong / Ba Zhen Tang / 八珍汤)

Pat Chan Soup (八珍汤) was the punishment to puberty. My mother forced me to drink this super bitter medicinal soup at the end of every menstrual cycle. It was a monthly torture. I hated it so much that I secretly throw away the bowl of […]

Red Dates Tonic (紅棗水) – 3 Ingredients

Red Dates Tonic (紅棗水) – 3 Ingredients

Since I hit puberty, my mother started making for me two types of drink: a very bitter medicinal soup called ‘Pat ChanTong’ (八珍汤) and Red Dates Tonic (紅棗水). Though I hated the former, I could tolerate the latter. My mother made it almost every week. […]

Vegetarian Fried Prawns/ Fried Cauliflower

Vegetarian Fried Prawns/ Fried Cauliflower

On the first day of Chinese New Year, every year without fail, my relatives will pay a visit to the Buddhist temple. Although neither a believer or a vegetarian, I do enjoy the special plant and soy-based dishes prepared for the festivity. Among my favourites […]

Easy Chinese Chives Pancake – 3 main ingredients

Easy Chinese Chives Pancake – 3 main ingredients

“Who eats vegetables for breakfast?” he asked when I help myself with ratatouille during breakfast in a hotel at Paris recently. “The French?” I replied. “Weird” said he. This is another dish I make to include more vegetables into my love one’s diet. How do you […]

Steam Tofu With Fish Paste & Oyster Sauce – 10 min

Steam Tofu With Fish Paste & Oyster Sauce – 10 min

As my family is of Hakka descent, we love making typical Hakka dishes like Yong Tau Foo and Hakka Stuffed Oyster. I remember we have Yong Tau Foo almost every week! My father would buy huge tenggiri (mackerel) from Pudu market, and my mother will be […]

Flower Crab Congee (Fa Hai Chuk / 花蟹粥)

Flower Crab Congee (Fa Hai Chuk / 花蟹粥)

Instead of the usual chicken congee, why not make flower crab congee instead? Unlike mud crabs, flower crabs are not sold alive therefore easier to handle. Chuck the crabs, rice and aromatic ingredients into the PHILIPS All-in-one cooker, cook under pressure and have a sea-flavoured […]