Category Archives: Festive Gourmet

Festive Food

Pomelo Cocktail Fruits Salad

“Serve this festive salad this coming Mid-Autumn Festival!”

Heavy meals, overeating, indigestion, often associated with festive celebrations. As one of our Chinese festivals, Mid-Autumn aka Moon Cake Festival, is approaching, I would like to share this salad dish with you.

Since we tend to eat generously during festive seasons, it’s good to have some refreshing salad to ease your stomach sometimes. And here, I have this nice salad dish where one of the essential Mid-Autumn festive food, pomelo, is used in it. read more

Moonlight Treasure Box (月光宝盒)

“Easy Making Mouth-Watering Steamed Minced Pork Cube with Dong Cai and Salted Egg Scopes”

This dish is similar to my previous steamed minced pork with salted eggs recipe, but this one tastes fuller than the other due to the addition of Tianjin preserved vegetables (aka ‘Dong Cai’ 冬菜) in it. And, I think this looks better in terms of presentation as I tried making it to resemble the mini treasure boxes on the plate. It is great to cook this during Chinese festive like Mooncake festival, Dumpling festival and even Chinese Chap Go Mei (Lunar Fifteenth Day of CNY), to make it a symbolical festive dish with the name of the recipe I have it here. read more

Pork Chop Paradise

“Pan-seared/ grilled or broiled, this easy-making pork chop tastes simply great! And, learn some tips on how to cook perfectly-sautéed button mushroom here.”

An idea for home candle-lit dinner, even in some busy weekdays. I really find it more relax, convenient and very comfortable to have good meals at home, especially after long day work.

Anyway, this well-seasoned pork chop with is easy to prepare. So, plan to have dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes. Serve with side dishes of vegetables and mashed potato or raisin rice for a comforting and well-rounded western meal, or to prepare it for your outdoor barbeque party. Another good way to enjoy this juicy delicious chop is simply have it with steamed rice, for a lunch box. read more

Deluxe Broccoli with Mock Abalone and Stewed Mushroom (花开富贵)

“Broccoli floret so much resembling the blossom. So, it’s named 花开富贵, simply refers to blossom brings wealth.. This is my deluxe version of broccoli with mock abalone and stewed mushroom steak (素鲍片西兰花烩扒菇).”

I blogged on this similar recipe two years ago. And, because of the 1st day of Lunar month of January, which means it was a Chu Yi (初一), that was our vegetarian day, even if it’s Chinese New Year, I cooked this dish again, for dinner on the very 1st day of CNY. However, to celebrate festive day better, I made my dishes more presentable than usual, trying to make its appearance look like restaurant standard (laughing).. Well, at least I was certain that the taste of this dish was more or less comparable, with less money spent on its ingredients. read more

Sweet Chilli Crayfish (龙马精神)

“A savoury scrumptious crayfish dish to symbolise a life filled with strength and vitality!”

While it’s true that sometimes nothing beats the convenience and festive atmosphere to dine-in at a restaurant during occasions, it can also set you back $100 – 200 or more for a festive meal which you may prepare by your own. Same festive mood, home cooked festive meal also warms the heart of your loved ones, too! Try re-creating the experience with this luxury savoury at home for less than half that amount. read more

Stir-Fried Asparagus & Prawns with XO Sauce (锦上添花)

“Make the perfection to even more perfect.”

You don’t want meals with just meat, meat and meat throughout the CNY. Vegetables are essential to our diets, too, even during the festive, of course! And there are many greens can still be symbolical, for instances, the asparagus I’ve cooked here.

I named this dish as 锦上添花 (Pronounced as ‘Jin Shang Tian Hua’). Do you also find the appearance of this dish looks pretty much like the beautiful flowers (the prawns) blooming on the strong branches (the asparagus)? That’s the direct translation of these Chinese characters, which to be deciphered as makes the perfection even more perfect. read more