Tag: Chinese

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 […]

Old Cucumber Soup (Lou Wong Kua Tong/ 老黃瓜湯)

Old Cucumber Soup (Lou Wong Kua Tong/ 老黃瓜湯)

Image credit: Sammie Tan of Grey Rabbit Studio A comfort soup with ‘cooling’ properties, perfect for the hot weather. Slow cooking this soup will soften the mature melon, and extract the maximum umami flavour from the dried seafood, and the natural sweetness of the dates. […]

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Lunar New Year to Orientals is like Christmas to Westerners. It is the most beloved and anticipated festival of the year. When I was a kid, I looked forward to buying and wearing new clothes, playing with my cousins, visiting relatives, receiving angpao (red envelopes/ 紅包) and […]

Hakka Deep-Fried Stuffed Dried Oyster (Yong Hou Si/ 酿蚝豉) – 5 Ingredients

Hakka Deep-Fried Stuffed Dried Oyster (Yong Hou Si/ 酿蚝豉) – 5 Ingredients

My late grandmother used to always make a huge plate of deep-fried oyster balls during Chinese New Year. I remember she would wrap it in caul fat, something that looked like a see-through net which the kid in me found incredibly fascinating. I truly enjoy […]

Steam Tofu with Shrimps & Shallots

Steam Tofu with Shrimps & Shallots

There’s so many ways to cook tofu, this is one of the easiest and most delicious. The otherwise bland tofu is topped with tasty fried shrimps and shallots mixture. It is then seasoned with soy sauce and sprinkled with spring onions. When I was just […]

Bubur Pulut Hitam in Slow-cooker (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Soup)

Bubur Pulut Hitam in Slow-cooker (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Soup)

“This dessert is so sinful!” I would hear my friends exclaim before digging into their sugar and flour laden dessert. But it doesn’t have to be so. Dessert can be a healthy treat. I always try to pick desserts made from nutritious ingredients like fruits, […]

Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Zai/ 罗汉菜)

Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Zai/ 罗汉菜)

Many Chinese begin the morning of Lunar New Year with Buddha’s Delight or Lo Hon Zai (simplified Chinese: 罗汉菜; traditional Chinese: 羅漢菜). As it’s a mixed vegetables dish, commonly known as chap chai (literally: mixed vegetables in Chinese). This dish is named as such because […]

Easy Otak-Otak in 30 Minutes

Easy Otak-Otak in 30 Minutes

I have a thing for Nyonya food; I think I like the unique flavour combo of the many spices such as turmeric and daun kaduk (wild betel). Perhaps because Nyonya cuisine is influenced by the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai and British, it tend to have […]

Easy Hakka Fried Pork Belly With Red Fermented Beancurd (Hakka Char Yuk/ 客家炸肉)

Easy Hakka Fried Pork Belly With Red Fermented Beancurd (Hakka Char Yuk/ 客家炸肉)

Being a Hakka descent, I have this dish quite often while I was growing up. However, my family’s eating habit changed over the years. We try to have more vegetables and less meat. When we do have meat, it’s normally steamed or braised. I’ve almost […]

Collagen-rich Chicken Bone Broth

Collagen-rich Chicken Bone Broth

I find it bizarre that women spend heaps of money on ‘miracle’ skin-care and things like collagen drink to preserve their youth, but pay little regard to their food and mental health. Isn’t it a universal fact that junk food and stress hasten aging? Besides, […]

Crispy Salted Egg Prawns

Crispy Salted Egg Prawns

Salted Egg Prawns is one of the most delicious and auspicious dish for Chinese New Year. I like that the word ‘prawns’ in the Chinese language sounds like our laugher (ha-ha), symbolising happiness. Among other prawns recipes, I believe this is the most delicious way to enjoy […]

Osmanthus & Wolfberry Konnyaku Jelly – 4 ingredients

Osmanthus & Wolfberry Konnyaku Jelly – 4 ingredients

What’s better than cookies on a hot and humid Chinese New Year? We would say chilled jelly straight from the fridge. It’s so refreshing and goes well with drier snacks like biscuits. One Chinese New Year, I made Koi Fish Jelly. This year, we decided […]