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Legendary Mapo Tofu Recipe

Mapo Tofu is a classic Sichuan dish. It has a numbing sensation when you eat it. It’s spicy, hot, and savory. It’s definitely my kind of good eats!   According to legend, an elderly widow in the Qing Dynasty invented Mapo Tofu. She…
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DIY Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe

Rice is in the center of Vietnamese cuisine. It is grown throughout Vietnam and especially more condensed in Red River Delta in the north and Mekong River Delta in the south. Rice plays such an essential role in Vietnamese cuisine…
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Cantonese Char Siu 2.0 Recipe

Char siu is a type of Cantonese roasted meat. It literary translate to fork roast. It is traditionally skewed with a long fork and then roasts in an oven. My version is not as complicated, but the taste is beyond it. So I’m sure that…
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Mango Sticky Rice Recipe

Mango Sticky Rice is a classic Thai dessert. In Thai, we call it khaoniao mamuang. It’s also one of my favorite desserts of all time. Growing up in Bangkok, I remember eating khaoniao mamuang all the time. Especially during the hottest…
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Japanese Rolled Chashu Recipe

Japanese chashu is a topping for ramen. The pork belly is rolled up and then braised until it’s succulent and instantly melt in your mouth. It is also my favorite topping for ramen. But when you eat out, they usually only give you two…
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Cantonese Pork Belly Zongzi Recipe

 The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, has a history of more than 2,000 years. It is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, which falls on June 7 this year. There are many legends about…
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Chicken Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Chicken sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf is a classic Cantonese Dim Sum dish. It is said this dish was born in the night market of Guangzhou before the 1950s. Initially, the sticky rice and bite-size chicken pieces were packed in…
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Sichuan Spicy Boiled Beef

 When I was a kid, my parents took me to a small Sichuan restaurant in the neighborhood with some of their friends. One of them ordered a dish called “shui zhu niu rou,” which literally translates to "water-boiled beef."…
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Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken with Basil Recipe

Walking through the Shilin night market in Taipei, Taiwan, I felt like I was entering another world. Bright neon signs hung from buildings and countless food stores and carts lined the streets; loud, fast-paced pop music blasted in the…
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