Prosperity Toss 魚生

A Prosperity Toss on the 7th Day of the Lunar New Year to symbolise abundance, prosperity and good health.

Chinese New Year Cake ~ Nian Gao

Nian Gao is a popular sweet, gooey rice cake eaten during Chinese New Year. It is considered lucky as the pronunciation of Nian Gao sounds like “year high” which symbolises a better year ahead, advancement, promotion and the promise of a better year ahead.

Chinese New Year & Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow 柳絮The pussy willow plant, also known as Catkins bear their furry buds from late winter onwards and this signifies the beginning of Spring.  The many buds of the pussy willow make it a favourite flower for Chinese New Year. The fluffy white blossoms resemble silk, and they soon give forth young shoots the colour…

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…

Fluffy Strawberry Sponge Cake

A lighter version of our traditional British Victoria Sponge Cake using a Taiwanese Castella Cake recipe. This uses less fat, sugar and flour and produces a delicate fluffy light sponge, perfect during the summer months with freshly picked strawberries. The following recipe produces approximately 8 to 10 slices and requires two round 8 inch cake…

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 […]…