Homemade Mango Pudding

Chinese meals do not typically end with a dessert or dessert course which is common in Western cuisine. Instead a platter of fresh seasonal fruit is often served at the end of the meal. However, Dim Sum menus have incorporated puddings which are often served in small portions together with the savoury items; there is…

Chinese New Year Almond Cookies — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

Ingredients: 180g plain flour 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 100g icing sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 120g ground almond 130ml groundnut oil/corn oil or vegetable oil (use oil that is neutral) 1 egg yolk + 1 teaspoon water (beat together to make egg wash) Almonds to decorate (optional) Method: Pre-heat oven to […]…

Hong Kong Dominates China’s 70th — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

  BY MEI LIN CHAN The first of October 2019 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and Beijing is pulling out all stops for a day replete with fireworks, fanfares and a huge military parade. To ensure all goes smoothly, authorities have been ramping up security in…

Chinese Roast Belly Pork — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

Ingredients: 1.3kg piece of pork belly, skin on 1 1/2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder 1 tsp white pepper 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp white vinegar (helps conduct heat evenly) 200 g rock salt 6 tbsp light soy sauce 2 tsp freshly grated ginger 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce Method: […]…

Yang Zhou Fried Rice — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

A recipe invented by the regional magistrate of Yangzhou province in late 18th Century China, popularly known as Special Fried Rice in Chinese Restaurants today. Enjoy! Ingredients: 400g long grain white rice (cook a day before, cool and leave in fridge until ready to use) 3 tablespoons ground nut oil 2 large eggs, beaten 120g […]…

Is calling a Westerner a 鬼佬 Gwei Lo offensive? — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

BY ANASTASIA CHOO A recent court case filed by a British worker (with dual Australian citizenship), Francis William Haden, against Leighton Contractors (Asia) for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination has ignited much debate and outrage from some quarters on Chinese social media. Haden claims he was referred to as “Gwei Lo” and excluded from projects […]…

Kung Hei Fat Choy! 恭喜發財!

BY ANASTASIA CHOO As Chinese New Year is fast approaching this Friday 16th February, I am having my house spring cleaned or as the Chinese say, “Sweeping of the Dust” which represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year and welcome in the New Year. Pretty much all the […]…

Mao~Women hold up half the sky…

Mao implemented laws which improved the lives of women and they were liberated: freed from foot binding, arranged marriages, spousal abuse, child marriages and prostitution. However, he failed to change hearts and minds as traits of Confucianism linger on in China…

Dim Sum Etiquette

Dim Sum Etiquette I met some friends for Dim Sum yesterday and her little boy asked why the Chinese are so rude, tapping away at the table every time the waiter refilled our cup of tea? For those that don’t know, it probably does come across as rude, why can’t the Chinese muster a “Thank…

百年好合 A Hundred Years of Happiness

百年好合 A Hundred Years of Happiness In ancient China, Confucianism defined marriage as the beginning of ethics and a wedding ceremony as the essence of etiquette, which has a substantial influence on social stability.  The basic principles of an ancient marriage mainly involved the matched social status, the dictates of the parents and the advice…