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Stir-fried Gai Lan with Fish Cake & Lap Cheong

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This dish is an alternative way of cooking Gai Lan (Chinese broccoli) traditionally, very tasty, full of flavours, that the vegetable turns out to be the most enjoyable part, as it absorbs the oil of lap cheong and natural sweetness of fish. Best served hot with steamed rice.

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Chinese broccoli (aka, Gai lan) is widely used in Chinese cuisine, especially Cantonese dishes. Its name in Chinese, (芥蘭 Gai lan) literally means "mustard orchid", and belongs to the same plant family as broccoli and kale. It's high in beta-carotene, and contains folate, vitamin E, iron and calcium.

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The most popular way of cooking gai lan is stir-fried with ginger or garlic, or just boiled with water, then served with oyster sauce. Their thick stems are edible, but take longer time to be cooked as compared with their dark green leaves. Sometimes, you might find it’s got a bit bitter in taste. My mum used to add a hint of sugar to balance their mild bitterness and bring out the best of this lovely vegetable.

If you’re fed up with the usual way of blanching gai lan or stir-fried it with garlic, here’s my mum’s favourite cooking way. She liked to stir fry it with fish cake or/and Lap Cheong (臘腸 Chinese sausage).

This stir-fried Gai Lan dish is tasty, full of flavours, that the gai lan turns out to be the most enjoyable part, as it absorbs the oil of lap cheong and natural sweetness of fish. My kid likes this vegetable the most when it’s cooked in this way.
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Pineapple Roll Tarts for Chinese New Year

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Pineapple roll tarts (aka pineapple cookies, or pineapple tarts) are considered as festive cookies, usually consumed during the Chinese New Year season, popular in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan (Note: Taiwanese have their own pineapple cookies in rectangular shape), classified as of Nyonya food.

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Chinese like to have these cookies during Chinese New Year season because of the auspicious name, signifying success and prosperity, so they become as nearly must-served treats. The melt-in-mouth pastry outside is very addictive, with tasty pineapple jam wrapped inside. You can’t stop eating once you start to bite the first one.

I’m so glad that one of my fans, Chooi Mei Lok submitted her creation on my Chinese fan page, that instantly attracted lots of responses. Thanks to Chooi so much for her generous sharing on both of my blogs. Please welcome Chooi. Here comes her recipe below.
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Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Cake (Chinese New Year)

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This baked coconut sticky rice cake (aka baked Chinese New Year cake) is absolutely tasty. It's a no-brainer recipe. You won't go wrong if you try. I often bake this coconut sticky rice cake for Chinese New Year celebration recently.

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As Chinese New Year is coming around the corner, my daughter begins to ask me what I’m going to cook to celebrate. The first thing came up in my mind was this baked Coconut Pudding.

My dear friend, Vivian who came from Malaysia baked one to share with us some time ago. I was impressed because it was so delicious. Vivian told us that her family would bake this coconut pudding to celebrate Chinese New Year in Malaysia.

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(My daughter likes eating coconut pudding with some fresh cream.)

During Chinese New Year, Chinese people would make all kinds of cakes or puddings for friends. I have tried a steamed coconut cake that is very popular in Hong Kong.

Honestly speaking, I like this baked one most.

So I plan to bake one in the coming New Year season. The delicious taste, fragrant smell and chewy texture will make it a hit in my family for sure.
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Radish Cake (Pressure Cooker + Video)

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I was asked if we could use an electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot to make radish cake via email. Definitely we can! It can be done quicker than steaming in a wok.


This year’s Chinese New Year is just around the corner. When I made radish cakes again for preparing CNY, I also shot some video clips showing the whole process step-by-step. I used the same radish cake recipe that I used year after year, only omitted the Chinese bacon (臘肉) this time.

If you like to add shiitake mushrooms, feel free to go ahead. Yet remember to finish your cake as soon as you can since mushrooms won’t last too long.

Chinese sausage and dried radish are salted, thus no need to season your batter with salt. You may dip your pan-fried radish cake with soy sauce if desired. Also, it goes perfectly with sriracha sauce. The taste is so good.
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Chinese Yam, Goji and Pork Shin Congee (Instant Pot + Stove Top)

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This Chinese yam and pork shin congee can be a light yet nourishing lunch. Goji berries are added to boost eye health.


No matter fresh or dried Chinese yam (aka 淮山 or山藥 in Chinese), I like to make congee with it. It’s good for treating poor appetite. Dried Chinese yam are often already peeled and sliced before dehydrated, very handy to use. Fresh Chinese yam has richer nutrition. You can easily find them in any Asian grocers.

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Goji berry is another healthy ingredient I used to make this congee. Its reputation of helping to keep eye health is widely spread. I like its orange red colour and sweet taste, enhancing the taste of every dish I made.

Whenever I crave for Chinese congee, I turn to my Instant Pot recently. It helps shorten the cooking time a lot. I don’t need to bother if my congee will spill over or sticky to the pot bottom. I also inserted the stove-top instructions for those who don’t have an Instant Pot. Hope you all like this nourishing congee as my family does.
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Pandan Dumplings (Tangyuan)

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Tangyuan (dumplings 湯圓) traditionally served on the day of Chinese Winter Solstice Festival (冬至), that fell on 22nd December this year. They are mainly made from glutinous rice flour, with different kinds of fillings or without any at all, boiled in syrup.

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Chinese families in southern areas will eat tangyuan on Chinese New Year’s Eve too. My mum used to cook us some at midnight on that day, with a symbolic meaning of bringing harmony in the family.
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Braised Chicken with Radish

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The sweetness of both radish and carrot makes the meat taste even better. If you like packing lunch for work or school, this dish is a great choice.

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Radish is in season here. Price is crazily good, under 1 dollar per kilogram. They are beautiful, sweet and juicy, not like those taste bitter and with woody hearts.

In Chinese cooking, we often like to balance radish with carrot as radish brings cooling effect on our body in Chinese medicine's perspective.

I like the white and red colour combination too. The sweetness of both radish and carrot makes the meat taste even better. If you like packing lunch for work or school, this dish is a great choice.
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