Soy sauce and ginger bring a taste of the Orient to a simple fish dish, accompanied by sesame-flavoured Chinese cabbage. Try serving with fragrant Thai rice.
Little rice and sesame pancakes make an unusual topping for a crunchy salad of walnuts, marinated red cabbage and Chinese salad leaves – all brought together with a refreshing orange dressing. Delicious!
This Chinese restaurant favourite is easy to prepare at home. Feel free to add other meats or vegetables to your liking.
This recipe is handed down from my mum's mum. This is NOT a dessert (not sweet), but more like a 'quick bread' for the Chinese. This 'cake' is usually made and eaten during the Chinese New Year or its slices are usually found all year round as dim sum in Chinese restaurants. This cake can be kept for 1 week in the fridge (but usually it's finished within a day!!)
Chinese-style green beans with lots of flavour! This recipe is made for a large party; but it can be scaled down for a family dinner. Serve cold or warm.
This is a very common cold dish eaten all over China and it's very easy to prepare. Depends on your personal taste, you can choose to add more or omit the dried red chillies.
This is a simple and popular Chinese New Year dish in Cantonese cuisine. The pronunciation of lettuce in Chinese sounds similar to the pronunciation of "good fortune". Chinese people love to have it on their New Year dinner table.
This is one of our family’s Chinese New Year favourites. The tradition of serving whole fish on this holiday is a wish for "nian nian you yu" – “having more than enough for the coming year.” The recipe calls for "yu xiang wei" (“fish fragrant flavour”), a blend of garlic, ginger, spring onion, and chilli commonly used in Sichuan cuisine.
This traditional Chinese cake is so moist and indulgent. You can substitute aduki beans with mung beans, lotus seeds, chestnuts, mixed nuts, dried fruits, etc. Once cool, these are ready to be served or wrapped as gift. They will be even more moist if you leave them at room temperature for 2 days. For a more authentic shape, press the cakes into a mooncake mould, small cake tins, biscuit cutters, even muffin tins after they have been rolled in flour.
Easy to make and delicious with steamed rice! A dish I grew up with; something my mum always makes :)
This is a very easy recipe for Chinese egg tarts. Feel free to reduce or increase the sugar used in the pastry and the filling to suit your tastes. Wonderful to serve if you are having a Chinese dinner party.
I made this on a whim but it makes a deliciously different dessert. Reminds me of the banana fritters we used to get in our local Chinese when I was a teenager. Serve warm with a little vanilla ice cream.
This omelette is so quick and easy; and it's baked! The flavours are Asian-inspired so you can adapt to suit your tastes.
Hearty and delicious egg drop soup (sometimes known as egg flower soup). This one has sweetcorn which adds texture and flavour.
Oyster mushrooms are rich in protein, fibre and multiple vitamins. They are used a lot in Chinese cooking, especially in autumn and winter, as they are believed to promote childrens immunity. You can find dried shrimp in the tinned fish aisle of most large supermarkets.
This warming and healing Cantonese soup is ready in no time by just boiling some pak choy cabbage stalks and ginger in a pot of chicken stock. Use vegetable or beef stock, if you prefer.
This is a fast and easy egg drop soup. It makes a lovely light starter for a Chinese-inspired meal.
My mother and grandmother used to make this traditional Chinese sweet when I was little. It just brings back all the precious old memories. So simple and sweet! Maltose is available online or in some Asian supermarkets.
These sweet and flavourful chestnuts are served warm. They are a very popular street treat in China but this is my homemade version.
Flavourful fish balls served on skewers with peppers and onions are cooked in a deliciously rich and spicy yellow curry coconut sauce. Just like you get on the street in Hong kong! You can find the ingredients at Asian supermarkets.