Japanese Sponge Cake Recipe — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

Ingredients: 5 egg whites 5 egg yolks plus 1 whole egg 60g melted butter, cooled to room temperature 100ml milk 60g plain flour 20g corn flour ¼ tsp salt 90g caster sugar Method: Whisk the egg whites on a medium speed until foamy then gradually add the sugar and continue to whisk on high speed… via…

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 […]…

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: […]…

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 […]…

Red Lotus Cocktail

“An interesting play of flavours that is both intensely sweet and delicately refreshing.” COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE The distinct flavour of lychee is accented with the lighter taste of cranberry, an interesting play of flavours that is both intensely sweet and delicately refreshing. Ingredients: 60ml vodka60ml lychee liqueur45ml cranberry juice Method: Pour the ingredients into a…

Hong Kong Style Coconut Milk Pudding — COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

Ingredients: 100ml water at room temperature 200ml coconut milk 200ml fresh milk 2 tbsp gelatine 80g sugar Instructions: Pour the water into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatine onto the water, allow the gelatine to sit and bloom Put the remaining ingredients (fresh milk, sugar and coconut milk) into a saucepan. Heat it […]…

Hong Kong 20 Years On

COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE BY ANASTASIA CHOO The 1st of July marks the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain back to its motherland, China. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has organised an array of celebrations to run on the theme of “Together, Progress, Opportunity.”  The $640 million HK dollars taxpayer funded…

International Women’s Day

事業線 Career Line International Women’s Day is marked on the 8th of March every year. The first observance of the Women’s Day was in 1909 in New York as a remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, but evolved through later years into a day marking protests for equal rights,…

One China or Two?

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Donald Trump’s win on 8th November, based on a campaign of fiery and blistering rhetoric often singling out China, sent shock waves around the globe.  Mainstream media observed closely as world leaders raced to make that all-important phone call to congratulate the unpredictable political virgin.  Some calls were fulsome and some tentatively…

Letter From Hong Kong

BY ANASTASIA CHOO The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed into Hong Kong harbour flanked by a flotilla of local boats, with two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters circling overhead…she was on her final voyage. After much pomp and ceremony displayed by the People’s Republic of China, Prince Charles and Governor Chris Patten boarded the Britannia during…