Chicken wontons with a spicy Hong Kong style XO sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil and coriander.
Grilled chicken fillets with Korean pepper, ginger, garlic, apricot jam, fish sauce and dark soy sauce.
Sauté wide-caught prawns with onion, garlic, ginger, chili, soy sauce and a splash of white wine.
Grilled chicken with cumin, turmeric, garam masala, mustard oil, sesame oil, ginger and garlic; tossed with coconut and sesame seeds.
Snow fungus with goji and chicken is one of these well-balanced soups that can rejuvenate your mind and soul.
Cantonese style braised beef flank or brisket with soy sauce, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cardamom and ginger.
Pork hocks poached in a light soy sauce marinate with cinnamon, star anise, clove, fennel seeds and cardamom, served with dipping sauce with soy sauce, sesame oil and chili.
Simple and easy fried duck egg.
Pork shoulder marinated with BBQ sauce, soy sauce, maple syrup and sesame oil, grilled on a gridle.
Deep fried cactus flowers with Chinese five-spice, tossed with sliced green shallot.
An aromatic Asian oxtail broth with vegetables, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg , cloves and pepper, gently cook for 5 hours. Delicious with a bowl of hot rice.
A Chinese New Year must-have dish – braised Chinese mushrooms with oyster sauce.
Steamed pork with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame sees, white wine, shallot and chili
Stir fry pickled lotus root with capsicum, green shallot, a dash of soy sauce and sesame oil.
Pork spare ribs braised with potato, carrot, miso paste, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil
Tasty dumplings with pork, fennel, corn and carrot, flavored with pepper, ginger, sesame oil and green shallot.
A simple salad with mango, and prawns pickled in fish sauce, apple cider vinegar with coriander, green shallot and sesame oil and sesame seeds.
In Chinese, ‘yee’ means fish, a symbol of plenty. ‘Sang’ shares the same pronunciation of 升, means uplifting. With a name like that, no wonder ‘yee sang’ is one of the most popular dish for Chinese New Year around Singapore and Malaysia.
‘Tang yuan’, or the glutinous rice balls often filled with sweat red bean paste, is well loved for its symbolic meaning of family unity and harmony.
Chinese new year – steamed sweet glutinous rice cake with coconut milk, ginger and maple syrup, spiced with cardamom, coated with peanuts sesame seed and coconut.
Grilled pork marinated in fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger and green shallot.
Asian beef stir fry with butter, black pepper, ginger and garlic.
Fun guo dumplings with wrappers made with wheat starch and tapioca. The dumplings are filled with with chicken, leek, tofu, Chinese mushroom, salted radish/turnip and bamboo shoot.
Malaysian Chinese style spring rolls with cabbage, carrot, bamboo shoot, shrimp shell, fried shallot and mung bean vermicelli.
Grilled beef with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and apricot jam.
Poached salmon in a dashi broth flavored with bonito flakes, kelp (seaweed) and a dash of soy sauce.
Chicken thigh fillet coated with potato starch, deep fried and tossed with black pepper and sea salt flack
Grilled pork marinated with ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, served with wine sauce.
Grilled lamb satay with cumin, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, chili flake, Sichuan pepper and sesame oil.
Sweet glutinous rice balls with a walnut and black sesame filling, coated with peanut and coconut.
Chinese pan-fried garlic chive pockets with chicken, Chinese mushrooms, mung bean vermicelli and eggs.
Homemade rice noodles FODMAP friendly, gluten free
Seaweed roll of eggs, green bean and carrot.
This is one of my childhood favorite – sweet, sour, juicy and tender.
Traditional tofu skin rolls with chicken, tofu, onion, ginger, garlic and coriander.
Stir fry tofu with fermented chili soy bean paste and oyster sauce.
Chinese steamed fish with soy sauce, shallot and coriander
Traditional Chinese steamed ground pork with Chinese mushrooms, shallot, ginger, wine, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Sauté bok choy with ginger and wine.
This noodle dish is ‘dry fried’, means the sauce is ‘sizzled up’ by the wok’s high heat or in Chinese, it is call ‘wok-chi’.
Chicken mini drumsticks gently cooked in a ‘lao-sui’ stock with Chinese spices of star anise, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, fennel and Sichuan pepper, then tossed in a hot frying pan with a splash of dark soy sauce.
A light and easy Asian grilled beef salad, with bean sprout, nuoc cham dressings, mint and coriander.
Whole chicken gently poached and shredded, tossed in sizzling shallot oil, and drizzled with a light oyster sauce.
A simple bowl of soba noodles with juicy pearl mushrooms, garlic chive, soy sauce and sesame oil.
A tasty stir fry of egg and garlic chive with a drizzle of sesame oil, a popular home cooked meal in Southern China.
Pan fried bonito fish with chili bean paste and white wine, drizzled with a dash lemon juice.
Stir fry of button mushrooms, bacon, onion, capsicum and garlic
My favorite soy sauces
Chinese Steamed pork belly buns with leek, ginger, sesame oil and oyster sauce.
Crunchy cucumber and crispy bacon – an easy meal in 15 minutes.
I grilled some Angus rump steak and served it with an Asian dipping sauce. A lovely meal to share with friends. Here are the easy
A post collaborated with my son.
Easy Asian style hard boiled eggs, coated in turmeric, top with a tangy chili and tomato salsa.
Cantonese loves soups . . . soups for spring, summer, autumn and winter. My favorite autumn soup is the sword flower soup, cooked with chicken
Bitter melon is an unusual vegetable with bumpy husk and a peculiar peppery taste. Will you appreciate the humble and unique deliciousness it offers?
Perfect for the hot summer days – chilled lychee flavored Chinese tea, with lychee fruit, pineapple, cranberry, orange, lime, honey and mint.
Stir fry chicken giblet with ginger, garlic, chili, dark soy sauce, sesame oil and cucumber
Chicken liver stir fried with ginger, garlic, chili, shallot and oyster sauce.
Pig tongue first blanched with ginger, star anise, clove and cardamom, then stir fried with oyster sauce, chili, and leak.
Egg fried rice with turmeric, cumin, soy sauce and sesame oil
Winter is here, and it rained most days last week. It was very uncomfortable for our rough sleepers. So I made an extra effort to
Juicy, spicy, salty and sour shredded chicken, and memories of Mr. Chen who swam to Hong Kong during the culture revolution.
Pork shoulder marinated with tomato sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, port wine, cumin and turmeric. Grilled on a gridle.
Simple fried noodles with bacon, leek and carrot.
Pan fried tofu with green bean and oyster sauce.
Sweet potato noodles with Chinese mushrooms, capsicum, cabbage, carrot, onion, and green shallot, tossed in sesame oil and soy sauce.
Chicken and Apricot terrine, with ham fat, sauté onion, raisin, corn, cumin, cinnamon, thyme and bay leaf.
Sautéed oyster mushrooms and bok choy with ginger and oyster sauce.
A short video of different dumpling folding styles.
A visit to our ancestral village in TaiShan, in GuangDong Province, China.
The simplest and delicious soup cooked in 10 minutes. The soup warmed the souls of girls from a boot-camp style boarding school.
Chinese mushroom, fresh mushroom and capsicum stir fry, with oyster sauce and sesame oil
Female health tonic – traditional Chinese herbal tea with a ‘female ginseng’ called ‘dang gui’, gogi berries and red dates.
Can a sausage meal be lovely? Easy one pot meal with sauté onion, sausages, capsicum and peas; spiced with garam masala, turmeric and mustard oil.
Tasty tofu skin stir fry dish with Chinese mushrooms and capsicums.
A slow cooked congee (Asian rice porridge) with lettuce, served with pan fried fish, topped with sesame oil and green shallot.
Baked potato, eggplant, capsicum and zucchini, spiced with garam masala, cumin and turmeric.
Stir fried capsicum and egg with oyster sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and green shallot.
Stir fried potato, carrot and fennel, with coriander, turmeric, sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Home style pork spare ribs with ginger, dark soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, red wine and a hint of cumin.
An aromatic cinnamon, lemon and ginger infused drink, gentle and comforting.
Chinese side salad – sweet, sour, crunchy pickled white radish
Bean sprout salad with soy sauce, sesame oil, shallot, coriander, sesame seeds.
Pan fried pork cracklings, served with a rick flavored with pork fat and soy sauce
A tummy friendly lamb shank soup with potato, carrot and quinoa. To spice it up a little, I added clove, bay leaves, cumin, paprika, chili flake and black pepper. I cooked it in a pressure cooker so it was an easy one-pot meal.
One pot meal with lamb shanks, rice, onion, garlic, ginger, white wine, tomato and Indian spices.
Traditional Chinese seaweed salad with vermicelli and pickled carrot – soft, crunchy, salty, sweat and sour. It is aromatic, flavored with dark soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, green shallot (scallion) and coriander.
When I was a little kid these buns were sold in little shops on nearly every street in GuangZhou. We had them mostly for breakfast. The bread was also great for a picnic lunch during school excursions.
Unbelievably delicious – a 2kg cattleman’s roast rubbed with oil, salt, cumin and turmeric; blasted in oven at 240°C/ 460°F before turning off the heat . The roast was cooked for further 2 hours with the remaining heat. Unbelievably delicious.
A vegan soup with roasted tomatoes, red capsicums and coconut milk.
Homemade ‘kansui’ noodles with dark soy sauce and sesame oil.
A simple soup to show our appreciation of these beautiful cactus flowers – fresh and delicious.
Hairy gourd is a very popular vegetable in Southern China, easy to grow with plenty of subtropical rains. The gourd is normally cooked in a soup or a stew with a tender and soft texture.
Soba noodles tossed with sautéed vegetables, soy sauce and sesame oil.
Homemade lamb meat balls with capsicum, carrot, green shallot, coriander, rice vermicelli, cumin, turmeric and paprika.
A simple and healthy soup with seaweed and egg, flavored with green shallot, sesame oil and black pepper.
Aromatic Singapore meat and bone soup – Chinese herb flavor.
Blanched potato flavored with turmeric and Sichuan pepper-chili-garlic-chili infused oil, sesame oil, white balsamic, pickled carrot, sliced wood ear fungus, sliced capsicum, sesame , oil and coriander.
Lovely rice balls flavored with seaweed flakes and other seasonings.
TangYuan in a chicken broth with Chinese mushrooms, dried shrimps, enoki mushrooms, bok choy, garlic chive, ginger and green shallot.
A delightful ‘liangban’ salad with chewy tofu knots (百页结), tasty enokitake mushrooms (金菇), crunchy wood ears fungus (木耳), and coriander.
Cherry tomato ‘sandwiches’ with quinoa, coriander, alfalfa, lettuce, carrot and a small dash of sesame oil and BBQ sauce.
Easy rice paper rolls filled with quinoa, coriander, alfalfa, lettuce, carrot, capsicum and sesame seeds.
Easy hand rolls of rice, alfalfa, carrot, capsicum, rocket, BBQ sauce and sesame seeds.
Chinese New Year – sweet pastries with a delicious filling of peanut, sesame seed and coconut. Two methods are used – baked and fried.
Kale dressed with sesame seeds, orange zest, orange pieces, lemon juice and sesame oil.
Pork belly marinated with soy sauce, turmeric, cumin, chili and and tamarind paste, stir fried with pineapple and capsicum.
Comfort food – slow cooked rice porridge with preserved duck eggs and smoked ham.
Winter melon broth with diced bacon, dried shrimps and mung bean vermicelli.
Memories of the GuangDong GuangYa Middle School in the 1980s.
Udon noodles tossed with beef, cloud ear and cabbage in oyster sauce.
The sushi terrine with short grain rice, sauté pumpkin with cumin, sauté carrot with turmeric, and sauté capsicum with garam masala. Sesame seeds were added for extra flavor. The ingredients are layered in a terrine pan, and wrapped with seaweed sheets.
Julienne carrot lightly stir fried with with bean sprout, green bean, a dash of sesame oil and top with sesame seeds and coriander.
Simple and delicious – pan fried diced carrot coated with rice flour and maple syrup; tossed in sesame seeds, turmeric and coriander.
A light oyster sauce suitable for dipping – omelets, chicken etc
Pan fried pumpkin, served with a sauce with miso and dijon mustard
Pumpkin, carrot, kumquat, and capsicum dip flavored with lemongrass, ginger coriander, cumin and coconut milk.
Fish cake made potato, spinach, and capsicum, flavored with fish sauce and sesame oil. Served with a refreshing Asian coleslaw with cabbage, carrot, mint and coriander.
Coconut and banana rice pudding, spiced with cinnamon and clove, topped with caramelized banana.
A delicious Asian inspired waffle with banana, pineapple coconut; crispy and soft.
Homemade noodles with buckwheat, rice and tapioca noodles, lightly blanched, and tossed in soy sauce and sesame oil.
Delicious and easy Asian inspired seafood paella with miso paste, Korean pepper, wasabi and sesame oil.
Simple poached chicken recipe – a hearty meal and a chicken stock
Rice paper rolls filled with tofu, potato, carrot, capsicum, bamboo shoot, bean sprout and green bean, flavored with sesame oil and soy sauce.
A delicious Asian dessert with tapioca, tofu, pumpkin and ginger.
Rice noodle soup with tofu, radish, carrot, spinach, chili, coriander, ginger, soy and sesame oil.
Pan fried tofu with chili, ginger and tomato salsa, flavored with soy sauce, sesame oil, coriander and tomato sauce.
A chop suey with pan fried firm tofu, enhanced by vegetables with interesting and gentle textures – okra, eggplant, radish, red capsicum; complimented by ginger, chili and coriander.
Beef tendon braised with soy sauce, oyster sauce, vinegar, wine and Asian spices.
Baby octopus marinated overnight with fish sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice, kumquat juice, sliced kaffir lime leave, chili, marmalade and sesame oil, and grill on a griddle. Juicy and tender.
Chicken stir fried with capsicum, green bean, tossed with egg and coriander, topped with peanuts.
Yummy little snacks with quinoa, shredded potato, capsicum, tasty cheese, coriander, marjoram, tarragon and rosemary – you can make them into balls, or flat hash browns.
Steamed then pan-fried glutinous rice balls with beef, potato, coriander, cumin, turmeric and oyster sauce .
Pan fried whiting roll flavored with ginger and coriander, wrapped in seaweed, served with a light oyster sauce.
This simple & light barramundi broth is gentle and tasty, perfect for a lazy lunch. Ingredients (Serves 2 as a FODMAP friendly recipe) 200g boneless
Golden sesame and peanut slice with coconut, coasted with honey.
Ingredients – kebab (Serves 4 as a FODMAP recipe) 250g pork mince (with a little fat to keep the kebab moist) 1.5 tsp fish sauce
Asian style omelet with cabbage, green beans, carrot, oyster sauce and sesame oil.
Glutinous rice with Chinese pork sausages, bacon and Chinese mushrooms
Many years ago I cooked for a elderly relative while his family was away on holiday. I found an inexpensive fish in his freezer and
Homemade gluten-free gnocchi, tossed with baby spinach
Chicken and green bean stir fry with Sichuan chili bean paste.
Beef shank poached in a ‘lao sui’ master stock, served with a cucumber salad and tangy soy-vinegar dipping sauce.
My grandmother used to make me this egg and ginger soup when I had ‘cool’ coughs – referred to as dry coughs at night when the air is chill. A few bowls of this soup over a few days work like magic.
Potato and pumpkin cake with cumin spiced lamb – crunchy outside and soft inside, thanks to the glutinous rice flour.
This is probably the quickest, nutritious and the most delicious soup I could cook in 10 minutes.
Simple, tasty and moist stir-fried prawns with garlic chive and eggs.
American ginseng soup with goji berries, longan fruit and pork ribs. An energy tonic.
Sometime we crave for a tasty meal that is also gentle on our tummies. Rissoles are simple to make, satisfying and may offer many varieties.
My husband likes most food except for tomatoes and eggplants. So I was determined to try out a few more eggplant dishes – may be
I love eggplant. The best eggplant dish I ever tasted was a sambal belacan stir fry. Sambal is a delicious chili paste with garlic, ginger
Traditional Chinese herbal soup with pork, goji berries, fox nuts, Chinese yam, lotus seeds and pearl barley. A healing soup literally translated as refreshing, nourishing and cooling.
Chilled spicy tripe ‘liangban’ with soy sauce and sesame oil.
Traditional green bean noodles with pork mince spiced with two soy bean pastes – chili and sweet.
For a Chinese southerner, what food can be more warm and comforting than a hot bowl of pork congee (粥)? The humble congee is the
Refreshing Asian ‘liangban’ salad with black fungus, capsicum, celery, mung bean vermicelli and peanuts, served with a soy sauce, sesame oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.