Eurasian Pang Susie (Sweet Potato Buns With Spiced Minced Pork)

Pang Susie, or Pang Susi, is an Eurasian snack that’s popularly consumed during the Easter or Christmas seasons. It is a very interesting snack with its dough made of mashed sweet potato, as well as with a spiced meat filling that’s a combination of sweet and savoury flavours.

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潮州軟糕 (Teochew Soft Cake)

This is a childhood snack of mine – the Teochew soft cake, or what one would call ‘neng go’ (soft cake) in Teochew. These ‘cakes’ can be commonly found in local bakeries and traditional Teochew pastry shops, available throughout the year as a snack.

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Osthmanthus Flower Jelly (桂花糕)

The osthmanthus flower is a small, yellow (or white) flower that grows on small shrubs or trees and has a strong and sweet fragrance, which is why it is very popularly used as a flavour of tea as a dried flower. Many people also believe that the flower has medicinal uses, especially when it comes to the complexion and detoxification of the body.

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The Ever Auspicious Fish Maw Soup

The smell of fish maw in the kitchen was very strong as I was boiling this ingredient in preparation of making this soup the night before. It smells like Chinese New Year; smells like how the kitchen and the entire house always smells like when my mum prepares the dishes before the reunion dinner. It smells very familiar, and very good.

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Cantonese Chee Cheong Fun (Rice Noodle Roll)

This is my first attempt at creating rice noodle rolls (or what we call ‘chee chiong fun’). The usual way to make it is to use rice flour with a little potato or corn starch, the latter of which is supposed to make the rice noodle springy and elastic. I adapted the recipe to use cake flour instead of rice flour so that I could use up all my cake flour in the cupboard before the year comes to an end. It worked perfectly. Just like the real deal.

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