Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mui Choy Stuffed Chicken

Mui Choy (梅菜), or preserved mustard green, cooked with pork belly was one of my favourite childhood dishes. The traditional Hakka delight was a common dish on our dining table during my growing up years at my grandma's place. The slow-cooked melty pork belly slices and the sweet-salty pickled mustard greens tasted especially good after a few days of sitting and reheating and I could have bowls of rice or porridge just with this dish alone.

This Chinese New Year, I gave this humble dish a slight twist by using chicken instead of pork belly. Mui choy was stuffed into the cavity of a whole chicken and steamed for an hour until both the chicken and preserved vegetable were tender and flavourful. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Almond Cookies

It is that time of the year again when wife would be going non-stop in the kitchen, baking trays and trays of See's cookies and packing them into containers for our relatives and friends.

This year, we tried a few new recipes and this is my personal favourite - crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth. You have to bake this!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Abalone and Spinach in Garlic Oyster Sauce

As a kid, I was not thrilled about eating vegetables. In fact, I avoided most of the greens for its bitter taste except spinach, for reasons unknown even to myself. I remember then I used to follow my dad to wedding and lunar 7th-month celebration dinners. One of the most common vegetable dishes served was spinach and I had always looked forward to this dish.

To this day, spinach is still the most commonly cooked vegetable in my household. Adding abalone elevates the vegetable dish to another level and this is an ideal dish for occasions like the coming Chinese New Year.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Chinese New Year Ang Pow Giveaway

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chinese New Year Recipes

Chinese New Year (CNY) is less than a month away. I am sure many of my Chinese friends have already started your shopping and baking all those CNY biscuits and goodies. What would be on your reunion dinner menu and what would you be cooking during the festive seasons?

I handpick some of my previously published recipes for your consideration. Most of these are my favourites and I hope you have a chance to try some of them. Let us wok together this Lunar New Year. Huat Ah!

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