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Shandong Chicken (Twice-cooked Chicken with Black Vinegar Dressing)

This year, I'll be embracing my cultural roots. Since moving out of home, I've been craving a lot of different Asian dishes. Some are my parents' specialty and others are simply dishes I've become...

Guide to Yumcha in Cabramatta (Sydney’s Best Yumcha Part 2)

What's better than yumcha? Yumcha with cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk). Which leads us to Cabramatta and the second part of our series on Sydney's Best Yumcha (read Part...
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New Year’s Day at Nan Tien Temple Vegetarian Food Fair

Happy new year! Thank you all JENIUS readers for your friendship, support, emails & comments, and for making 2010 a fabulous year! I spent this morning with the boy and his mother at the tranquil...
Zen-Oasis-vegetarian-restaurant,-Berrima

Zen Oasis vegetarian restaurant, Berrima

To drive an hour and a half for good food may seem absurd to some, but this is not uncommon for my mother and her friends. My Mum has forever talked about this little vegetarian restaurant, in the middle of...

Pipis and Vermicelli with Homemade XO Sauce

Back in the day, before the recreational pipi harvesting ban across NSW was implemented, I recall the excitement of our annual roadtrip down the coast to Seven Mile Beach to gather pipis. With a...
Yum cha and dim sum in Sydney

Best Yum Cha in Sydney – Part 1

After the recent KFC crawl, we got thinking... What other dishes have we always wanted to compare? Sydney's best yum cha (or 'dim sum' for our US & UK friends) synonymously came up as...
Teochew-Peach-shaped-Kueh

Teochew Peach-shaped Kueh (红桃粿)

Also commonly referred to as "p'ng (rice) kueh" or "Teochew red kueh", the Teochew Peach-shaped Kueh is traditionally known as "红桃粿", pronounced as "ung toh kway" in Teochew (a dialect of Chinese) which means...
Homemade-Tofu-Fa

Homemade Tofu Fa

A dish which I never fail to order at yum cha is the tofu dessert (豆腐花, pronounced as dòufu huā). It is essentially a sweet beancurd pudding/jelly that is irresistibly silky soft. The syrup that...

The Rice Den, St Leonards, Sydney

  There’s a sense of excitement that pervades the atmosphere of The Rice Den and in the demeanour of Roy Chan, one of its head chefs, as he stops by to say hello and introduce...
Tim Ho Wan baked bun demonstration

Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood, Sydney

It was love at first bite. The sweet, crunchy crust gave way to a soft and savoury meaty filling that danced merrily on every taste bud and I just knew. I knew I was in...

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