December 2017 | Christine's Recipes: Easy Chinese Recipes | Delicious Recipes

Tomato Chilli Prawns (Chinese New Year)

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There are many traditional dishes cooked during the Chinese New Year season. Many Chinese families like to cook prawns/shrimps, as the pronunciation of prawns in Cantonese is “ha” – much like “laughter”, that is associated with the idea of happiness and joy.

So prawns have been a must-have on a traditional Chinese New Year celebration menu.

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My mum used to make a very simple and quick dish, stir-fried prawns with tomato sauce or ketchup that I love the most. Based on my mum’s cooking way, I tweaked it a bit by adding an amazing kick to this dish with Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, since my kid has grown up, getting love to have hot foods more and more.

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If you have young kids at home, you just skip the chilli sauce, or vice versa, add more if you want it hot to your liking.

Hope all of you a happy New Year!
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Papaya and Chicken Feet Soup (Instant Pot + Stove Top Recipe)

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Hope the chicken feet won’t scare you off. As a matter of fact, this soup is very tasty, as a result it earned its popularity in Chinese community. This soup is put on high priority on my menu as my family loves it so much.



When I first moved into Australia, I could ask for chicken feet for free from supermarkets because most Australian didn’t like chicken feet. So the staff would throw them away. They’re so glad that if you asked and would give you a large packet. Now a small amount of chicken feet costs quite expensive instead.
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Chicken and Tomato Soup (Pressure Cooker + Stove Top Recipe)

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This soup recipe can be served as a base to make your own using up your leftovers. Both instructions of using Instant Pot and stove-top are inserted. Enjoy!


This is one of my favourite meals, packed with flavours and nutrients. If you have an electric pressure cooker, 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.
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Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce (Christmas Party Snack)

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These little meatballs are perfect as finger food in Christmas party. The tooth picks will help keep your hands clean from dipping the little meatballs into the delicious cranberry sauce. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtful arrangements.

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You might notice there are two ingredients in the recipe, not often used to make meatballs. Yes, they are soda water and mashed potato. These two special ingredients can magically keep the meatballs even moist and soft than usual ones.

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The cranberry sauce I used was store-bought, so it’s very handy to prepare this party snack. Even better, these meatballs can be made well ahead without any fuss. Let’s enjoy the party !
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Baked Chicken with Spicy Salt

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To make this baked chicken, basically you only need two simple seasonings, salt and sand ginger powder, added the fragrance of star anise. Absolutely simple.

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It doesn't need to take long, just an hour or so, you enjoy a fragrant and juicy baked chicken dish that you can't find anywhere else. The chicken meat is moist and juicy.
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Gingerbread Men Recipe

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Here comes a recipe that requested by my Chinese fan. She wants to make some gingerbread men cookies for a church gathering. It’s my pleasure to help of course, although it’s not my plan to make any bakery in such a hot weather in Australia. I have already got used to celebrate Christmas in warm weather, although I miss the chilly season’s atmosphere in my hometown.

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Got two gingerbread men put on swimming suits. Ready to go with me !

Going back to our gingerbread men making, I can’t stress enough about the importance of the sugar choice. Try the best to get brown sugar. It adds an inviting sugar cane fragrance and beautiful brownish colour. On top of it, use molasses or golden syrup, available at supermarkets, that helps create delightful taste and lovely texture. If you can’t find any, you can replace it with honey.
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Steamed Chicken with Sand Ginger Powder (沙薑雞)

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This steamed chicken with Sand Ginger powder dish is very simple and delicious.  It's a traditional Chinese dish, best served with steamed rice and ginger and scallion dipping.

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Simple is the best. You can’t imagine how nice the taste of this steamed chicken was. The chicken meat is so tender and silky smooth, steamed to just cooked. If you like the traditional, popular Chinese steamed chicken (白切雞), you have to try this dish as well, if you haven’t.

Try to use organic or free-range chicken if you can to ensure the best result. Having said that, I used corn-fed chicken this time. So, that’s why my steamed chicken was in bright, lovely yellow colour. The end result remained wonderfully good.
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Butter and Jam Cookies

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These buttery cookies were dotted and filled with bright red plum jam. The slightly tangy taste of plum jam is just right to balance the no-so-sweet cookies.

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I often feel cookies are for festive seasons. Whenever any festive seasons come, especially Christmas, we like to have some and feel the atmosphere.
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Butter Cookies (Melt-in-mouth Goodies)

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These butter cookies are best for party or as presents. Each bit of the buttery cookies will literally melt in your mouth.

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Do share these butter cookies with your family or friends. Yes, they are like melting moments.

Each bit of the buttery cookies will literally melt in your mouth. It’s hard to stop eating after the first bite.
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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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