Water Chestnut Sweet Soup (冰花馬蹄露)

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Water chestnut cake is a must-eat snack during Chinese New Year. But I won’t wait a whole year to enjoy crunchy and tasty water chestnuts. Its mild sweetness is so pleasant. They can be eaten on its own. For cooking, I’d like to put some in my pork patties or make myself a sweet treat, like this water chestnut sweet soup. This sweet soup can be served hot or cold. It’s comforting on cold days and refreshing on hot days. Oh yeah, the egg drops are the highlight too, feeding my stomach as well as my eyes. This sweet soup looks very appealing, isn’t it?
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Coffee Chocolate Mug Cake

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Even when we’re crazily busy, we still have to eat something. Why not treat ourselves a delicious chocolate cake even though we feel like no time to make any? This mug cake might serve you well in just 90 seconds. Oh, remember to use a large deep mug if you’d like to give this recipe a go. The cake will rise quite high in the mug. Or else you have to spend extra time to clean up your microwave oven. That’ll end up with more than one and half minutes to enjoy this cake.
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Braised Chicken Wings with Pickled Plums

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Here come more chicken wings again. Yes, again. You know we’re chicken wing lovers. What makes these wings taste wonderfully unique is the salty-sweet pickled plums. The savoury wings took up the mild tart taste of the plums, absorbed all the flavours of the tasty marinade. I didn’t use the wing tips, only cooked the middle and drumettes. Let the family enjoy every meaty bite of the wings. Mind you, this dish is quite addictive.
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Thai Maggi Chicken Wings

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Chicken wings win many people’s hearts. Yet some people might be put off simply because eating wings are troublesome and messy. What if they are single-bone wings? You can easily tackle the worth-dying-for chicken meat on the bone. No more mess at all. As for cooking, the marinade penetrates single-bone wings more quickly. This time I tried Maggi sauce, a seasoning sauce made by the brand Maggi, just like soy sauce. And I found it went really well with chicken wings. Lemongrass is quite common and often used in Thai cooking. These two ingredients make the wings so tasty with a pleasant lemongrass aroma.

This dish is so easy to make. Just mix all ingredients and marinate the wings, then off them into the pan. The end result is just like those crispy deep-fried chicken wings. How to produce this effect? All you need is to coat some plain flour/all-purpose flour. It works magically. Sounds attractive? To tell you the truth, I made this dish twice in a row last week. It seemed the wings were not enough every time.
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Steamed Beef Mince on Rice (蒸冬菜牛肉餅飯)

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Sometimes you may need a recipe to let yourself be lazy for some reason, not wanting to stand in the kitchen too long or dine out. No matter what the weather is like, this delicious steamed beef on rice is perfect to ease your starving. My mother used to make this rice dish in an electric rice cooker. Yet a wok or hot pot will do too. The end result is equally good. All you need is to prepare some cooked rice that’s a bit drier than usual because the rice will take up every bit of the tasty beef juice while steaming. You can imagine how yummy the rice will be. Apart from making fried rice, you can turn leftover rice into another superstar on your dining table with this recipe.
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Stir Fried Chicken with Sweet Bean Sauce (醬爆雞丁)

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I love making tasty and quick stir-fry dishes. Not only are they quick to get done, but also perfect to go with a bowl of steamed rice. Yes, we’re big fans of rice. So this stir-fry chicken dish is on top of my family menu. As far as I’m concerned, Asians often opt for chicken thigh meat, whereas Australians prefer chicken breast. Correct me if I’m wrong. The good news is that when it comes to making this dish, you can use either chicken breast or thigh. You may pick whatever you prefer or comes in handy. Either one works well wonderfully.

The only thing to keep in mind is not to overcook the chicken meat. No one wants tough chicken meat, right? The stove heat shouldn’t be too high. And don’t cook too long. Lastly, the secret ingredient in the marinade will keep your favourite chicken meat nice and smooth. Wondering what the secret ingredient is? It’s egg white. Ok, it’s not a secret anymore. Hope you all like this dish as much as we do.
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