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Silky Steamed Tofu with Dried Shrimps Sauce

“Silky smooth steamed tofu, easy to make, healthy to eat, happy to enjoy it!”

This is a very delicious and simple tofu dish. I kept the whole dish, and wanted to finsih up all by my own.

The tofu itself tastes bland with just plain steaming, of course. The real flavour comes from thre sauce. Pleasant briny taste with fragrant dried shrimp and shallot that yield super aromatic taste! Overall taste is subtle, and yet, flavourful. I loved the smooth and silky quick-steamed tofu contrasting with crisped and fragrant dried shrimp and shallot which created an interesting bites in the palate. Yummy.. read more

Aromatic Pan-Fried Five Spice Meat Cake (香煎五香肉饼)

“The very own homemade meat cake to be marked 100% by your kids!”

Just like what my reader, Anne, told me that her son rated her cooking with 100 marks, for some pork dishes cooked with my recipes. I created this pork meat cake,and hope Anne (and any of you) could try and receive compliments from her loved ones again (winking smile)! My little one did praise me for making this meat cake for her.. As for her who does not really like pork, she loved this meat cake so much! This meat cake creates aromas in the bites. And I loved it with a touch of five spice flavour, not too strong but enough to taste its fragrance. However, not many children like five spice flavour, if your kid doesn’t, omit the five spice powder and substitute with some ground white pepper. Yeah, just call it a pan-fried meat cake dish will do (smile). read more

Cutie Bear Chinese-Style Steamed Egg (熊仔蒸水蛋)

“Add a little bit of surprises to your usual steamed egg”

Seriously, it wasn’t easy to cook a perfect steamed egg dish, to me. It took me years to experiment this cooking. Even to-date, I had the egg steamed slightly too long at medium fire (should steam at low flame instead), caused slight imperfection on the presentation of my egg dish. The more runny (softer) texture you’re trying to achieve, the more difficult to have the egg smoothly steamed.. See, the surface was a little ‘uneven‘ and ‘bubbly‘ along the edges (sobbing)! read more

Wonton Soup (馄饨汤)

“Scrumptious wonton soup, good for an enjoyable meal, perfect for warming the heart of your loved ones! Check out my recipe and tips to make and cook good wonton soup!”

Wonton is a word transcribed from Cantonese. In mandarin, we called it 馄饨 (pronounced as “hoon toon”). It simple means irregularly shaped dumpling. The other more simplified name is 云吞 (pronounced as “yun toon”), which direct translated as cloud swallow. Either way, they all mean tiny dumplings!

I like to make wonton as it is simple and much likeable by my little one as it looks like cute tiny balls in the bowl. read more

Golden Egg Tofu with Minced Meat

“Simple healthy dish, delicious homecooked taste, and likeable by most children!”

A variation of hot plate egg tofu dish. I do not have an iron plate at home, and hence, I used stir-frying method to prepare the dish (maybe I should just try heating up a fire-resistant metal plate to serve this dish next time).

Without extensive ingredients, such as, crab meat sticks, prawns and mushroom shreds, and lack of sizzling effect, this simply an egg tofu homemade dish, with just the minced meat added (these were what I had in my refrigerator the other day… :D). Simple homemade dish, but likeable by most children! read more

“Popcorn” Pork (Fried Pork Chunks with Biscuit Crumbs)

“Try making these cute and tasty little fried pork cubes to increase your child’s appetite”

This is a variation of “popcorn” chicken.

I intended to cook sweet and sour pork at first, but ended up with just the fried meat with biscuit crumbs added. It was crisped, and tasty enough to eat without sauce/ gravy onto it.

These bite-sized crisped meat chunks looked cute and delicious. It resembled the “popcorn” chicken in KFC. Yes, pretty alike, except it was made of pork instead. And, I had it made better as tasty cream crackers were made into crumbs and added to these fried “pork corn” (laughing). It wasn’t necessary to add biscuit crumbs into this fried popcorn pork, but I did. Yes, it was much more delicious and aromatic, with a hint of buttery taste. Yummy! read more