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Foolproof, Ridiculously Easy Nian Gao Recipe for Chinese New Year Pudding Cake 年糕

This Lunar or Chinese New Year, we attempted to make as much of our Chinese meal from scratch as possible.  In reality, depending on who you ask, it wasn’t a traditional menu.  There were no whole steamed fish or chicken, abalone slices on vegetables , dried oysters stewed with hair-like seaweed, or any of those typical Chinese New Year dishes that we grew to love (or despise) as kids.  We did, however, tried to keep it Chinese-y.
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Easy Recipe for the Best Chinese Radish or Turnip Cake (Lo Bak Go 蘿蔔糕)

I posted a photo on Instagram earlier and did not expect the overwhelming number of recipe requests.  I shouldn’t be surprised, as lo bak go (蘿蔔糕) is a well loved dim sum item.  Moreover, it’s a Chinese New Year staple. Savoury meat-studded steamed cakes (e.g. made with radish or taro root) and dessert steamed cakes (e.g. red bean, water chestnut, sticky brown sugar coconut) represent optimism towards a more prosperous year.  (“Cake” in Chinese is homonymic with “rising up”).
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11 Best Restaurant and Bar Experiences in Vancouver in October 2011: Carb Overload

In the Best Restaurant Meals series, I curate my most noteworthy nosh from the past week(s) with mobile photos. So much for fitting in that wedding dress in 35 days. September 8 – October 7
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Balls Out Birthday Bash and Curried Fish Balls Recipe

I have a very special friend, best known as el @Sickaction. He has an obsession with balls. He relentlessly interjects the subject of “balls” into any conversation, particularly during inappropriate dining occasions. On Thanksgiving last year, I gave him his very own pair of goat testicles (but that’s for another post).
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Ultimate Chinese New Year menu by a Chinese Restaurant Awards judge

This year just wizzed by me. It feels like only months ago that I compared Mama Fury’s Chinese home cooking to dining out for New Year celebrations.
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Mel Hearts: Red Cook

In the tradition of Follow Fridays on Twitter, I want to present proper recognition to bloggers that inspire me and tickle my fancies. Every other Friday, I’ll shout out a uniquely outstanding blog
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