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Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

CNY Calmex Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 )

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Also known as Spring Festival ( 春节 ) in China, the Chinese New Year ( 农历新年 ) is the most important traditional festival celebrated by all Chinese across the world, lasting for 15 days.

Today marks the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. It is known as Yuán Xiāo Jié ( 元宵節 ) or the Lantern Festival. Families gather together on this day to eat traditional sweet dumplings called Tāngyuán ( 汤圆 ), made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with fillings such as red bean, peanuts etc, symbolizing reunion.

CNY is a time for families to be together. During this 15-day period, dishes with lucky symbolic meanings such as Fish ( 鱼 ), which means Surplus ( 余 ) in Mandarin, are well-celebrated. Gourmet food like Abalone ( 鲍鱼 ) is considered a luxury item in traditional Chinese cuisine and is commonly served in China’s state banquets.

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Being a huge fan of Abalone, this gem is never lacking in my menu on special occasions. During one of my family’s visits to my mom’s place, I made this CNY Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 ), using her favourite brand of Calmex Mexican Abalone ( 车轮牌墨西哥鲍鱼 ). This recipe will show you how to make a luxurious take-out dish.

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Jelly Art Creative Food, Beautiful Gelatin Flowers ( 燕菜果冻花 )

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Foodies, are you still cooking lots this Lunar New Year? What do you think of these beautiful 3D Jelly Art that stormed the internet some time back?

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Well, I made more and gave these Konnyaku gelatin flowers as gifts some time back. Don’t ask me what flowers these are; I used my imagination to inject the gelatin to form these pretty flowers but have no idea which species they belong to, or even exist. I guess Jelly Art Creative Food is all about imagination and creating Beautiful Gelatin Flowers ( 燕菜果冻花 ), isn’t it? So let’s just enjoy the satisfying results!
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Fruity Inari Sushi Egg Mayo with Caviar Recipe ( リラックマいなり寿司 )

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It is time again to make these party-friendly Inari Sushi ( いなり寿司 ), which make great gifts for friends. Generally, Inari Sushi are Japanese rice filled in ready-made sweet tofu pockets. Since I do not fancy sushi much, I have made my Inari Sushi using egg mayo as the base, and adding my preferred ingredients according to my mood.

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These were going out to three different parties. For this batch, I have made one set with Edamame and Crab Sticks, topping them with Rilakkuma ( リラックマ ) Fish Cakes, and another with Tuna and Pear.

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These character fish cakes are so adorable, and they are great for food presentation. So kawaii!

cny fruity inari sushi egg mayo with caviar
For that festive cheer, turn them into a gourmet food by adding a touch of Caviar and throw in some chocolate gold coins! Let’s check out the recipe for my Fruity Inari Sushi Egg Mayo with Caviar Recipe (リラックマいなり寿司 )!
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CNY Multi-Coloured Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ( 鸿运当头七彩鱼生 )

cny multi coloured smoked salmon yu sheng recipe
It is time once again for the annual CNY Prosperity Toss aka Lo Hei ( 捞起 )! I have always been very impressed with the restaurant staff for their ability to shout out the auspicious phrases while preparing for the diners’ Lo Hei session.

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Do you know what the different ingredients mean? Well, every single ingredient plays an important role in this Chinese Auspicious Salad and I have listed them all in this post. This year, I am determined to practise these useful phrases for my coming prosperity toss session with my family and you should too.

For the non-Chinese, diners are supposed to pour the respective ingredients while shouting the auspicious phrases before commencing the prosperity tossing game and lastly, yelling “ Huat Ah! ” ~ an expression to get rich and lucky.

creative chinese new year salmon yu sheng recipe
I love making the Yu Sheng Salads cause those served outside are extremely sweet and not to my liking. Last reunion, I came up with another creation using my Doll Dress Jelly Mould which was just collecting dust in my kitchen cabinet. The result was another satisfying work. Don’t you think the CNY Multi-Coloured Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ( 鸿运当头七彩鱼生 ) is so vibrant and pretty?

Let’s get to work, and also find out the meaning of these Yu Sheng ingredients!
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CNY Crispy Yuan Yang Wasabi Prawns Recipe ( 嘻哈鸳鸯芥末虾球 )

cny crispy yuan yang wasabi prawns recipe
Hello guys, fans of Deep-Fried Food or Prawns will fall in love with this CNY Crispy Yuan Yang Wasabi Prawns ( 嘻哈鸳鸯芥末虾球 )! Do you know that besides keeping your prawn heads for making soup, you can also deep-fry them, turning these crunchy heads into a delicious treat?

chinese new year wasabi prawns recipe
This is a fail-proof recipe; no complicating batter to prepare at all. If you enjoy snacking on those Butterfly Prawns in MOS Burger, you will love these too! For a spicy touch, these Prawns are enveloped in a Wasabi-Mayo dressing, making them simply irresistible.

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This dish was part of our last Chinese New Year 5-Course Reunion Dinner:
What do you think of our home-cooked mini feast? Will you be cooking this CNY? Let’s check out this scrumptious recipe!
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Stir-Fried Baby Abalones with Assorted Vegetables ( 花開富貴鲍鱼仔 )

stir fried baby abalones with assorted vegetables
Hey foodies, we posted a “poor man’s abalone” recipe few days back and this time, we are back with a colourful gourmet dish for this Lunar New Year ~ Stir-Fried Baby Abalones with Assorted Vegetables ( 花開富貴鲍鱼仔 )!

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Filled with lots of healthy vegetables such as Baby Bok Choy aka Nai Bai Vegetables ( 奶白菜 ), Carrots ( 萝卜 ), Black Fungus ( 黑木耳 ), King Oyster Mushrooms ( 杏鮑菇 ), Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲜百合 ), Ginkgo Nuts ( 白果 ), and of course taking center stage is the lavish Baby Abalones ( 鲍鱼仔 ) from Fortune Brand ( 财神牌 ).

It is not every day that you can find Fresh Lily Bulbs in the local supermarkets, but these fresh herbs have grown to be more popular in recent years. In Chinese TCM, Fresh Lily Bulbs are known for soothing our heart and lungs. Added into your cooking, the nutritious herb gives the dish a nice crunch but do not overcook or they will turn soggy.

stir fried baby abalones with nai bai vegetables
With the addition of Baby Abalones, the multi-coloured dish is just perfect for the coming festive occasion. Come, let’s serve up a feast!
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Chinese New Year Limpets with Nai Bai Vegetables ( 小鲍炒奶白菜 )

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The Chinese Lunar New Year is just next month, and Luxury Haven will be sharing our CNY Recipes from now so be sure to save them so that you can retrieve them easily later.

From the lavish Abalone shellfish to the economical Limpets, we got you all covered! There is a yummy recipe bound to suit every budget and palate. Let’s kick off with the inexpensive Limpets, a type of aquatic snails which I call them the Poor Man’s Abalones!

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We are lucky to have these shellfish in canned forms; a can of Fortune Brand ( 财神牌 ) Limpets only costs you about SGD 10. You can get between 7 – 15 pieces inside, depending on the brands and their sizes. Top with a dash of red, these Wolfberries aka Goji Berries Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Superfood not only add a festive colour to the dish but also whole lots of medicinal benefits. Let’s check out how easy it is to cook these Limpets with Nai Bai Vegetables ( 小鲍炒奶白菜 ) for your coming Chinese New Year!
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Blackberry Grape Smoothie, Top Antioxidant-Rich Fruits

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Are you a Smoothie person? Honestly, I have never tasted Smoothie until my prince introduced it to me some time back, and I am hooked on it now. Jon loves making Strawberry Smoothie, and he would make these yummy drinks for me whenever he is in a good mood.

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It was one of those days where we received a bundle of fruits as a gift. Hence, Jon and I decided to experiment with Blackberries and Grapes, and to give the smoothie some sweetness, we added Bananas.

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Do you know that #Blackberries are among the top-ranked antioxidant-rich fruits, and are loaded with Vitamin C and are also rich in Vitamins A, E, K, and B Vitamins? Their dark color is a sign of their high antioxidant content, and one of the most widely researched health benefits of blackberries is their ability to work as a cancer-fighting food.

On the other hand, #Grapes are not just meant for producing the world’s finest wine. Flavonoids, which are found in grapes, are the most powerful antioxidants that contribute to our health. Don’t dispose the skin! They contain Resveratrol that controls the ageing process, and is also another strong antioxidant.

Come, let’s blend all these healthy fruits together to turn them into a yummy Blackberry Grape Smoothie in just 3 easy steps! * Tips: My prince recommends using frozen Bananas for a thicker consistency.
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Delicious Prawn and Spinach Filo Cups with Foie Gras Recipe

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Light, crispy and stuffed with yummy fillings, don’t you just love munching on these delicious Filo Pastries?

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These are probably some of the easiest treats to make; the only hard work involved is layering the filo sheets which can be a pain. You just need patience, but I can assure you it is definitely worth the effort.
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Cold Angel Hair Pasta in Truffle Oil with Abalone and Caviar

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Foodies, here’s another Christmas recipe to serve up a gastronomic meal. Combining all the extravagant ingredients, the chilled pasta is drenched in a fragrant Truffle Oil, teasing the palates of your guests even before they arrive on the table.

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If you have not tried Angel Hair Pasta aka Capellini, it is a very thin variety of Italian pasta. Using the Hock Hua Tiger King Australia Wild Blacklip Abalone ( 福華補品 澳洲野生黑边鲍鱼 ), the highly-prized sea snails are sliced thinly and used as topping in this pasta with other luxury ingredients like Caviar and Sakura Ebi.

So how did I get the idea of making a cold pasta dish? Well, I borrowed the idea from few of my favourite restaurants like Da Luca Italian Restaurant, Gunther's Restaurant and Les Amis. This pasta will probably burn a hole in your pocket, so why don’t you buy the ingredients and fine dine at home instead?

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I am a huge fan of Truffle Oil which adds a magical touch to any dish. Let this Cold Angel Hair Pasta in Truffle Oil with Abalone and Caviar takes center stage in your festive dining this Christmas!
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3 Quick Homemade Snacks with a Mexican Theme this Christmas!

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Whether you’re dining alone on the sofa, with a partner over a candlelit dinner or hosting a whole group of friends round for snacks and drinks, Mexican food is a delicious and fragrant way to treat your palette. From the basic dip and chip combination to a filling and scrumptious burrito bowl recipe, here are three recipe overviews to get you started in the world of salsa, rice and beans. Nothing complex, nothing too spicy, but all authentically homemade and all absolutely delicious and on par with any gourmet Mexican restaurant.
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Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup for Christmas ( 薄荷西兰花奶油汤 )

minty cream of broccoli soup for christmas
Are you ready for Christmas? Following up, I shall be sharing some of my Christmas Recipes starting with this Delicious Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup ( 薄荷西兰花奶油汤 ).

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What sets this Broccoli Soup apart from the usual ones you find outside is the additional of Mint Leaves which makes this creamy soup so refreshing and appetizing.

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The Cream of Broccoli has a rich and grainy texture, and is extremely nutritious. It was part of our 4-Course Christmas Dinner last year:
Are you feeling the Chrismassy mood already? I will be back with the rest of the recipes, but try cooking this yummy soup first.
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Creamy Spinach in Camelina Oil with Crispy Baits on Toast

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In the mood for a zesty toast with a difference? Try this Creamy Spinach in Camelina Oil with Crispy Baits on Toast! Loaded with tons of nutrients and antioxidants coming from the Spinach and Camelina Oil, this healthy and inviting fusion appetizer is set to please even the most finicky foodie.

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With flavors accented by a slightly nutty note arising from the gourmet #CamelinaOil and a creamy sauce enlivened by a touch of lemon zest, this healthy bite is a great way to start the day and it is so simple that anyone can make!

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Add on Crispy White Baits for an added punch especially if your kids dislike veggies! Substitute with Silver Fish if you can’t find white baits. Be one of the winners to walk away with bottles of LABO Camelina Oil Worth $49.80/Set now and get cooking!
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Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Caviar on Avocado Salad

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It’s healthy, it’s appetizing, and it’s bursting with flavours with each bite into the Scallop and Caviar combination! Infused with the nutty flavour from Camelina Oil, the Seafood Appetizer and Avocado Salad make a perfect marriage that keeps the palates clamouring for more. Not only you can cook with the all-purpose gourmet oil, it makes great dressing for your salad too!

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Daiso Wooden Sushi Tray
Send your spoon to the bottom of the appetizer and dig into the Creamy Camelina Oil Salad comprising of Avocado and Tomato cubes in mayonnaise.

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Do you know that one bottle of 500ml Labo Camelina Oil contains more Omega-3 content than 580 softgels of Fish Oil Supplement, and one tablespoon is sufficient to meet your daily Omega-3 requirement?

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Typhoon Tasting Platter Food
A simple drizzle of the 100% pure Camelina Oil not only works wonders to sharpen every distinguished flavour, but it also gives you Omega-9 and plant sterols, making it the healthiest culinary oil available in the market. Shall we put on our apron now and start making the Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Caviar on Avocado Salad? Don’t go yet, cause we are rewarding 2 of our followers with bottles of LABO Camelina Oil!
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Healthy Mini Chicken Burgers, Perfect Party Appetizers

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As much as I enjoy eating hamburgers occasionally, I am not much of a fan of buns. Frankly, I only like the meat patties sandwiched between the buns so I was in high spirits when Mos Burger launched their Natsumi Burgers many years ago. If you have not tried Natsumi Burgers, they are basically meat patties sandwiched between lettuce, made for customers like me.

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Recently, I have discovered a Superfood - the Camelina Oil, a healthier oil with high smoke point which is a good substitute for my Olive Oil. Extracted from the Camelina Sativa plant, Camelina Oil is suitable for all types of cooking which means that I only need to have one type of cooking oil in my kitchen.

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Using the LABO Camelina Oil, I came up with 3 appetizer recipes like these Healthy Mini Chicken Burgers that make great party food. The juicy mini burgers envelope a medley of colourful capsicums ( bell peppers ) and vegetables, namely tomatoes and green coral lettuce, slathered in a tangy Wholegrain Mustard dressing. Excite your palate with these cute appetizers, perfect for ladies and kids!

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My family loves these bite-size finger food! Searing in the flavourful juices with Camelina Oil while charring the outside, now you can enjoy guilt-free homemade fast food. Check out how you can buy this gourmet oil at the end of the post, with a discount of course!
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Delicious Jade Rice, Your 30-Minute One Pot Recipe ( 美味玉饭 )

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One pot is all you need to make this beautiful coloured rice filled with scrumptious Minced Meat ( 肉碎 ), Dried Shrimps ( 虾米 ), Flower Mushrooms ( 花菇 ), and Xiao Bai Cai ( 小白菜 ).

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Every ingredient is playing a quiet but vital role in this Delicious Jade Rice Recipe ( 美味玉饭 ), with Xiao Bai Cai taking the lead. With a sweet aftertaste, the Baby Bok Choy is a good source of Vitamin A and C.

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Cooking for two is never easy. This is a fuss-free recipe and 30 minutes is all it takes to make this one-pot meal! You can simply dump all the ingredients into the rice cooker to cook, but I prefer stir frying the ingredients, then gently mixing them into the cooked rice. This way, the dish is more fragrant.

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I have also made a simple ABC Soup ( Potato Carrot Vitamins Soup ) to pair with our rice. Enjoy!
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Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Paste (百利酒冰皮月饼)

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Assorted Snowskin Mooncakes
I did it! I made 100 #SnowskinMooncakes in just 2 days, and it is my 1st attempt! Together with my girlfriend, both of us made about 250 mooncakes; she took 150 and I took 100. That’s an achievement for me despite being a newbie! Don't you think I deserve a pat on the shoulders?

Well, we made different batches of mooncakes with snowskin using Green Tea and Earl Grey, liqueurs like Baileys and Grand Marnier, and also Fresh Fruits like Strawberry and Orange for the colours, so no artificial colouring is used.

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I have been wanting to make Snowskin Mooncakes for years but just never get to it. I am so glad I finally did it! Snowskin Mooncakes Recipe is relatively simple and pretty standard, but my partner-in-crime shared with me one secret ingredient that she got from a Sifu. Let’s see if you can spot the ingredient later.

phoon huat mooncake boxes
Sorry for publishing the recipe so late, as I was terribly busy packing the Snowskin Mooncakes for friends after making them. Hubby thinks I am crazy when we are not even a fan of mooncakes. Although I made 100, I only kept 4 for ourselves, and the rest are for giving away. Bought these colourful mooncake boxes for packing my mooncakes as gifts. Aren't they pretty?

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Since many are asking for the Snowskin Mooncake Recipe especially the ones with liqueurs, I am coming out with this first so that you gals can start making them in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival ( 中秋节 ) this Wednesday.

I know it is late, but I made 100 in 2 days. If I can do it, you can too! Trust me, it is not that difficult, and you can make just a small amount as 1 dough makes about 16 mooncakes. Head over to Phoon Huat or any baking store near your home, and start making tomorrow morning! You have a full day tomorrow, plus half day on Wednesday to make. If you want an easier job, you can even buy the Snowskin Premix Powder instead of the usual Phoon Huat Redman Kou Fien ( 糕粉 ) which we are using in this recipe. Difference is, we do not like ours too sweet so we prefer not to use premix flour.

mooncake festival baileys snowskin mooncakes black sesame paste
So let’s start our Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Paste ( 百利甜酒冰皮月饼 ) making session! * If you do not have a bottle of Baileys at home, use any liqueur of your choice.
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