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  • Homemade XO Sauce
    Asian Recipes
    Homemade XO Sauce
    This sauce is considered the emperor of all sauces in Hong Kong. Many chefs create their own version and keep the recipe with absolute secrecy. Here is my homemade version that will set your tastebuds on fire. This sauce is nothing like the gooey sauces that you find in the supermarket aisle. It is full of flavour and fire. With just a couple of tablespoons it can transform your stir-fry vegetables from bland to WHAM! You can add some to your fried rice for something different or dip your dumplings into it for a special kick. You can even dollop a bit onto some fried eggs. It is also a fraction of the cost of the store bought variety that can vary in quality. continue reading for recipe  
  • Pho – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
    Asian Recipes
    Pho – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
    There is a grace that permeates through every nook and cranny of my home when this pot is brewing in the kitchen. It is the thing that gives my body a sense of safety and nurture. It is the meal that I call home, and whenever I catch a whiff of the precious spices simmering along with the marrow bones, my neck instantly arches up and my nose points up into the air. "Yes, a fresh pot is brewing". An engaged and knowing smile crosses my heart and I know I must give in to the temptation to what Vietnamese call Phở. There must be some magical formula that causes the hard-working people of Vietnam to participate in the ritual of eating this morning, noon and night. It is too good to save for one time of the day, and if your cravings dictate when you eat, you too may find yourself huddling at a table, slurping away at the smooth as silk rice noodles first thing in the morning with your family. There is also the never ending search for the ultimate broth. No matter how unapologetically perfect one's broth has become... it could be better. Every chef or cook of a pho noodle house understands that no matter how good their broth is, they will never cease to make adjustments to find the ultimate, most succulent broth known to humans. Then there are the rumours, perhaps pedalled along by non-believers, accusing that the addictive nature of this dish…
  • Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen
    Asian Recipes
    Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen
    I love Yum Cha. I especially love dumplings. The thought of it makes me hungry even on a full stomach. They are similar to cupcakes in a way, small, single serving, pretty and you could possibly fit an entire morsel into one bite. Whilst browsing amazon, I noticed that an Asian Dumpling book was being released by Andrea Nguyen. I know her quite well from her blogs on vietnamese food. After reading early reviews for the new cookbook, I preordered my copy. I was very excited when it arrived in the mail. It was better than expected! Andrea Nguyen shares her best techniques for shaping, filling, cooking and serving each kind dumpling. The chapters are arranged according to type, (filled pastas, thin skins, stuffed buns, rich pastries etc) and includes recipes from China, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand, India, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Tibet and Phillipines. There is also a chapter dedicated to the sauces, seasonings and stocks that accompany these yummy delights. Here is the link to her excellent website asiandumplingtips.com