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Soy (soya) chicken

A huge favorite in Chinese restaurants all over the world, soy chicken, also known as soya chicken or soy sauce chicken, is chicken cooked in soy sauce. Well, a little more than soy sauce, actually. But it's really easy to make. The only hard part is waiting for it to cool … [Read more...]

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How to make: Fish balls and noodle soup

The fish balls are homemade. With a food processor. The authentic way to make them is to mince the fish with a cleaver, mix it with binders and vegetables then knead and throw handfuls of the mixture against the inside of a bowl to achieve the perfect texture. While I'm sure … [Read more...]

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Stir fried beef with celery and ginger

If you use a premium cut of beef (eg., tenderloin, sirloin, top round or bottom round), cooking this stir fried dish should take no more than five minutes. With a preparation time of about ten minutes, dinner would be ready in 15 minutes flat.If, however, you find premium … [Read more...]

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Chinese sesame chicken

Sweet, salty, a bit spicy, loaded with texture and color... Well, I can be describing a hundred different dishes with those words but it's just not wise to get overly dramatic nor romantic in describing a dish so simple and so good, and just end up with a description that … [Read more...]

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Steamed sticky rice and pork wrapped in banana leaves

The Chinese zongzi -- sticky rice wrapped in leaves then steamed -- has many variations all over Asia. Some are savory while others are sweet. Although bamboo leaves are traditionally used for zongzi, elsewhere in Asia, other leaves like lotus and banana are used. The … [Read more...]

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Pork version of P.F. Chang’s Mongolian beef

No, I've never been to P.F. Chang's although I read that the U.S. food chain opened its first Asian branch in Alabang two months ago. It's easily a two-hour drive to Alabang and... I just wouldn't. The copycat recipe for P.F. Chang's Mongolian beef, I found via Pinterest. I … [Read more...]

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Chinese-style braised beef

I can't resist a good recipe when I come across one. I was browsing food sites a couple of days ago, saw a one-pot Chinese-style braised beef recipe at BBC Good Food and I immediately experienced an adrenalin rush. It looked so good. I checked the ingredients and, in my … [Read more...]

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Tofu, General Tso’s style

One of the most widely known Chinese dishes outside of Asia is General Tso’s chicken -- floured bite-size chicken pieces fried until crisp then tossed in sweet-salty sauce. This is the no-meat version using silken tofu. Instead of the usual onion leaves, the saucy tofu cubes … [Read more...]

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Sweet & Sour Pork

When I first published a sweet and sour pork recipe in June 2003, I thought it was a pretty good one. Well, it was. In a manner of speaking. The pork was tender and moist with a crisp crust, the sauce was a wonderful balance between sweet and sour, and the addition of crisp … [Read more...]