• Homemade XO Sauce
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    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…

  • Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United
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    Chocolate Brownie Cake with Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream – Chocolate Lovers United

    Brownie recipe taken from allrecipes.com Fresh Strawberry Whipped Cream recipe is an original from cookbookmaniac.com Brownies are a blessing to the home baker. You get a superior product with a minimal amount of effort. Instead of dressing it up, it is best left the way it is. Therefore the cake is prepared and baked in almost no time, and your chocolate craving is satisfied sooner rather than later. There are so many varieties available. There are the gooey and fudgy kinds, or the chewy and cakey. Even ones filled with nuts, raisins or rum. I have tried many types (being a chocolate lover) and I have to admit I love them all. There is no mystical science to making brownies, the only rule…

  • Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen
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    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…

  • Fattouch with a twist
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    Fattouch with a twist

    In an attempt at being a little more healthy I converted one of my all-time favourite salads to include a wholegrain and less fat. I went on an accidental healthfood shopping spree with a friend and I picked up a packet of the ancient grain, quinoa, which seems to have suddenly taken the health-conscience western world by storm. It was simple to prepare and its addition did not seem to interfere with the true essence of the recipe. Instead of deep-fried flatbread, I used toasted, leftover sourdough bread. I must confess, the inclusion of these croutons was more out of frugality than mere health concerns. We had a remaining half a loaf from the previous nights delicious beef bourguignon. I…

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