You Tiao (You Za Kueh/ Chinese donut)

This is a really simple recipe with short ingredient list and simple steps. I used both yeast and baking powder to avoid using large amounts of baking powder like other recipes which may lead to an aftertaste. Also double insurance in case one of them isn’t working 😅. You may also notice that my youtiaos…

Quiche Lorraine

Lovely delicious quiche you won’t regret making. I’ve made this twice over the past week and it’s so much better than all the outside ones I’ve ever had. From the all butter crust, to the filling chocked full of natural cheeses, bacons etc, it’s just lip-smacking good. Recipe (for 9.5 inch round fluted tart pan…

Minced Beef Pies

These are individual portions, very satisfying as a one dish meal or served with salad on the side. I made the crust with a combination of butter and olive cooking oil for better flavour, easier handling and crumbly mouth feel. The filling is a bit of agaration (add as I cook) recipe and you should…

Bak Kwa / Barbecued Meat / 肉干

Been trying a few recipes to make this CNY favourite. Most are pretty nice and rich in flavours, but I get this feedback  from tasters that it’s “not like those outside”. After some tweaks, I had a revelation – keep it simple. No need for fermented beancurd, five spice powder, oyster sauce, not even colouring,…

Scallion Pancake (葱油饼)

These are almost exactly like coin prata. You’ll feel totally like the prata man or woman when attempting the recipe, except for the flipping and tossing, that is. Taste wise, it’s crispy on the outside and chewy and fluffy inside. Thumbs up! Recipe (makes 8 small ones) 200g plain flour 3/4 tsp salt 120g warm…

Char Siu Bao (蜜汁叉烧包)

Very pleased because we all had seconds and wiped out 10 baos at one go. I tried to make this more Cantonese style by cooking a thick gravy and freezing the fillings first and it worked perfectly. Recipe for filling (14 baos) About 200g pork collar cut into small strips 3 slices ginger 1 tbsp…

Gula Melaka Coconut Huat Kueh (发糕)

Really easy recipe here, should be quite fail-proof. Some tips to ensure a full bloom: Fill batter fully or near brim Cupcakes liner must be strong or placed in a deep muffin tray like mine. Else, get the individual metal cups Do not reduce baking powder amount Slitting the top with an oiled knife helps…

Stove Top Char Siu

This version is very easy to make. It’s cooked entirely on stove top so still lacks that charred roasted flavour from charcoal. But given the ease, and still yummy flavour, I have made it quite a few times to tasters’ delight. My children love the caremelized, sticky coatingRecipe 300g pork shoulder butt (prefer Indonesian fresh…

Big Pork Baos (大肉包)

I like to serve these for lunch as they are filling and delicious. Each of us will have 2-3 baos to feel satisfied. We fill with lots of vegetables as a matter of preference so you can adjust this. And hard boil eggs is a must for us too. Recipe (makes 10) Bao 125g water…

Crackling Skin Roast Pork or Sio Bak (脆皮烧肉)

This dish is done by my hubby. A simple 5 ingredients recipe. No need for fancy ingredients and tedious steps. Just get a good slab of pork and do each step (like cleaning and drying skin) meticulously and you are guaranteed success. We used fresh Indonesian pork, and requested butcher to cut for roasting. Our…