A bowl of freshly cut pin apple with garnishing

How To Cut A Pineapple The Proper Way

I know, I know. You must be wondering if there is a proper way of cutting pineapples. Well, there are several ways to cut a pineapple, as there are many ways to skin a cat. The cutting method I refer to is the domestic way of cutting pineapples, Malaysian style. There is also a commercial …

Sio Bao Pasty on a plate showing ther filling.

Peculiar Pasties: Vegan Pasties with an Oriental Twist

You might be wondering why I am doing pasties? The Pasties are rather peculiar as it is not your usual pasties. That is why I call it  Vegan Pasties with an Oriental twist.   Vegan Pasties with an Oriental twist.   Well, it all started when a business customer asked me to make vegan chocolate  …

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When Does the Preparation For Chinese New Year Begin?

Good question. I think it varies with different families. Tang Yuan.For our family, it begins after winter solstice. Winter solstice is on 22nd December. It is a very important day in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is the shortest day of the year. After that day, one can notice that the sun rises earlier. This …