Christine's Recipes: Easy Chinese Recipes | Delicious Recipes

Turnip Cake/Radish Cake (Chinese New Year)

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Chinese New Year Turnip Cake

Normally we don’t have any holidays during Chinese New Year season in Australia. As for this year, Chinese New Year coincidentally falls on the same day as Australia Day – 26 January. Fantastic ! We’ll get one day off for celebration. In the meantime, I start to make some Chinese cakes for this special season. The first one is my most favorite, Turnip Cake (aka radish cake).

You can easily find this delicious savory cake served in Chinese restaurants throughout the year. But there’s also a custom to eat this cake on New Year's Day as a symbol of prosperity and rising fortunes. That’s a popular way of thinking in Chinese community anyway.
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Beef Cheek Stew with Red Wine

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This dish was made on a cold day, bringing so much warmth in our house. I didn’t have any chance to try beef cheek in Hong Kong until I came here down under. If you’re like me, wanting to explore and expand your dietary repertoire, go for it. If unfortunately, you can’t find any beef cheek available around your area, you can replace beef cheek with any cheap cuts you like, for example, chuck steak is a good choice. The beef meat was slow-cooked until it’s tremendously tender, almost melted in your mouth. The juice inside with the red wind sauce was so wonderfully tasty. After a few mouthfuls, I felt my whole body warming up. Cheers!
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Baked Honey Lemon Chicken Drumsticks

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What we loved about these baked chicken drumsticks is their juicy and succulent meat with tasty lemon and honey sauce. No matter tucking in with our clean hands or knife and fork, we felt the finger lick'n drumsticks are so good. To make this dish, either for your family or party finger food, it won’t be wrong at all. One side note, thawed (if frozen) or fresh drumsticks can be used to make this delicious dish.
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Chicken and Tomato Soup (Instant Pot + Stove Top Recipe)

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This is one of my favourite meals, packed with flavours and nutrients. If you have an Instant Pot, it can be done within 20 minutes. Or without an Instant Pot, you can also make this delicious soup dish with a large pot on stove at ease. What I like about this soup dish is that it’s fast, delicious and comforting. Best of all, I can make a good use of any leftovers in my fridge. After Christmas, you might have some leftovers too, might be different from mine, like ham or turkey. This recipe can be served as a base for you to make your own using up your leftovers. Both instructions of using Instant Pot and stove-top are inserted. Enjoy!
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Salt and Pepper Pork Loin Chops (椒鹽無骨豬扒)

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Salt and pepper are the basic staples in any kitchen pantry. They bring up the very taste of every ingredient and help to make many good dishes. You might find this salt and pepper pork chops dish in some Chinese restaurants. It’s a popular dish and well-liked in Hong Kong. Often times, we’d have this dish at festive celebration occasions. This dish is very easy to make. You only need a few simple and basic condiments, including salt and pepper, with a pinch of five-spice powder. These tender boneless pork loin chops were turned into a delicious main on our dinner table.
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Braised Pork Ribs with Pumpkin

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Braised Pork Ribs with Pumpkin

Whenever I go shopping for groceries, I’d often buy a pumpkin back home because their shape and colour are beautiful, taste heavenly sweet, as well as they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. After moving to Australia, I have been addicted to eating pumpkin whether it’s cooked in Western or Asian way. There are several different kinds of pumpkin? Which kind is the best? One of my friends said that butternut squash is the best. Yeah, I agree with her. For me, it’s also the best kind to bake in an oven. When it comes to cooking them in Asian way, I just feel the Jap/Kent pumpkin is the most suitable for being braised with meat. Here it’s one of my favourite dishes, Braised Pork Ribs with Pumpkin. Just a side note, I found lots of Chinese food blogs out there that are praising the combination of pork and pumpkin. It seems that pork and pumpkin are good partners to produce an appealing dish.

Do you like eating pumpkin? Which kind of pumpkin do you like the most?
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