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. More

Honey Sesame Chicken (甜蜜金凤 – 密糖芝麻鸡)

“Meal for Chinese Lunar New Year vs Western Valentine’s Day. “

So happen that this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year coincides with the Western Valentine’s Day. So, you might want to cook some sweet-hearted and auspicious with good symbolization dishes. Which condiment that first comes to your mind? The very first condiment I could think of to be used is… honey! No doubt, it has to be honey. More

Golden Shrimps (with Salted Egg Yolk) – 黄金笑虾虾

“One of the important Chinese festive seafood dishes. It helps to spread laughter around!”

Chinese Lunar New Year, we (Chinese) emphasize on cooking symbolic dishes with auspicious dish name. Prawn, or called it shrimp, is one of the compulsory items to be used to cook CNY dishes as shrimp, in Cantonese, is pronounced as HA (虾). Its pronunciation resembling the sound of laughter, ha ha! It represents happy life with lots of laughter ahead. Do you also notice? Even the curvy shape of each shrimp resembles smiley lips. So, eating shrimps are symbolical during Chinese festive, especially to the Cantonese dialect group. More

Glutinous Rice Balls (Tang Yuan) and Sweet Potatoes Dessert Soup (冬至送甜蜜)

“Happy Dongzhi, with hearty Tang Yuan, for a Treat of Sweetness”

Tomorrow is Tuesday (22nd Dec), it’s also the Chinese Dōngzhì Festival (冬至), or you called it in more proper English term as Winter Solstice Festival. This festival is important to most Chinese, as it represents the growth of another year of wisdom with bountiful harvest. More

Single Yolk White Lotus Paste Moon Cake

“Homebaked traditional moon cakes ~ the most special gift for your family this year.. And celebrate a heart-warming Mid-Autumn Festival this year!”

Traditional (baked) moon cake has to have more effort to make, as compared to snow skin moon cake. As mentioned, you need to bake it! Extended hour will also be needed to prepare the moon cake dough. Some of the ingredients used in baked moon cake may even sound alien to you.. But, you won’t know how heart warming it could be, if you do not try making one for your loved one with your own hands. Well, I used ready lotus paste and red bean paste for my moon cakes (2 flavours). And it made the making process much easier this way. More