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Dandan Noodles (擔擔麵)

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We love noodles as light lunch meals. This classic Sichuan Dandan noodles (擔擔麵 in Chinese) is one of our favourites.

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Dandan noodles (擔擔麵 in Chinese) is a classic Sichuan cuisine. The spicy sauce as the key element makes this noodle dish so addictively delicious.
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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.

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No matter tucking in with our clean hands or knife and fork, we felt the finger lick'n drumsticks are so good.

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To make this dish, either for your family or party finger food, it won’t be wrong at all. One side note, either thawed (if frozen) or fresh drumsticks can be used to make this delicious dish.
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Shaoxing Goji Chicken (花雕杞子雞煲)

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Traditionally, this Shaoxing Goji Chicken is a claypot dish made in winter days. I reckon this dish can be enjoyed on any days throughout the year. It’s so tasty with splendid aroma, perfectly goes with steamed rice.

I like the colour contrast of this chicken dish. It’s so appealing to the family’s eyes. Once it’s served on our dining table, everyone was eager to dig in and taste.
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Wood Ear and Chicken Soup

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Wood ear is a kind of edible fungus often used in Chinese cooking. Wood ear is black in colour, so looks not quite appealing to eyes. Yet, we can’t underestimate its value to our health. It can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

I often use wood ear in my cooking, like Chinese New Year traditional dish, stir-fry with chicken, make the classic hot and sour soup and imitation shark fin soup.  If you feel like having a vegetarian dish, wood ear will work with many vegetables. You can make this Stir Fried Bean Sprouts, Carrots & Wood Ear Fungus dish. When I make dumplings, I also like putting in some wood ear to add a texture in the fillings. Ever thought about making san choi bao (lettuce wraps) with wood ears? They taste really good with roast duck meat too.
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Beef Short Ribs with Radish

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This beef short ribs with radish is very delicious, comforting and nourishing. We like it to go with steamed rice. You might like it to go with noodle soup. It’s all up to you.

Radish is used to be very expensive down under here. Recently, there are many beautiful radishes sold at a very cheap price, just under one dollar per kilo. They are young, juicy and sweet.

During Chinese New Year, I definitely go for making radish cake (or making radish cake in Instant Pot) for celebration without any doubts. I often like making many other different savoury dishes with radish throughout the year whenever I can get a beautiful radish for a cheap price.

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Black Sesame Mochi (芝麻麻糬)

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Ever realized that black sesame mochi is a party pleaser? Yes, we're just like Japanese people, very fond of mochi. 

This was the snack I brought to a family gathering on weekend. I’ve just got a packet of pure black sesame powder in my pantry. It’s good to make some aromatic, delicious mochi with it and share with my friends.

Black sesame powder has the same health benefits as seeds, lowers cholesterol levels and enhances digestions as it contains high fiber content. Chinese people believe that black sesame powder also can prevent black hair from turning into grey too soon.

For myself, I like the aroma of black sesame seeds and powder. It can’t be easier to make this mochi snack. You can quickly cook the mochi dough in a microwave oven, then get it coated with some black sesame powder. There you go. This snack was a big hit in our gathering. Its aroma, chewy texture and taste are the attractiveness.
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Glutinous Rice Dumplings with Red Bean Fillings

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Dragon Boat festival is coming again. It's time to enjoy eating zongzi (aka glutinous rice dumpling/sticky rice dumpling). This traditional Chinese food can be eaten all year round though.

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I made some with savoury fillings. They were nice and hot from my large pot. To better use the large pot of hot water, I made some more with sweet fillings —— red bean paste. Who doesn’t like snacks with red bean paste?
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