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The Benefits of Red Dates

Red dates, known as hongzao, are labelled by the Chinese as ‘the king of nuts’ for their super nutritional value. Dried Chinese red dates are soft and moist with a sweet smell. Heralded as a superfood, red dates are often present in traditional chinese medicine (TCM) prescriptions and brewed herbal …

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5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Honey

Before getting into it, I want start on the basis that we all know that honey is made up of natural byproducts such as bee pollen, propels, royal jelly and wax. Yes? But did you know these byproducts are often strained and destroyed by the heat during the packaging process? …

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Oyster Sauce: Is it bad for you?

Oyster sauce is a guaranteed find in every Chinese kitchen. Its thick, dark and savory flavor makes its way to all sorts of Asian stir-fry, stew, hotplate grill and even barbeque. Vegetable stir-fried in oyster sauce is a common favorite in Asian cuisine; while vegetables serve a healthy dose of …

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How to Transform Your Meat From Cheap Cut to Prime Cut With Natural Meat Tenderizers?

Natural meat tenderizers can transform an economical cut of meat into a succulent morsel of meaty goodness. In Singapore, beef and lamb are relatively more expensive than chicken and pork.  To buy a premium piece of steak, be prepared to shell out over $55-$100 per kg. The hefty price tag …

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5 Facts About Bubble Tea You Ought To Know

Love bubble tea? Bubble tea is immensely popular with Singaporeans. Dozens of bubble tea franchises can be seen sprouting up on every corner with insane queues. On weekends, several thousands of cups are sold to anxious bubble tea drinkers island-wide. Imagine all that $?! It is big business. Bubble tea is …

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Gluten: Is It Really So Bad?

In recent years, the gluten-free craze has caught wave as the latest health fad. Even Hollywood celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow can’t seem to talk enough about it. For many people, the gluten-free diet is just an evolution and expansion from the previous low-carb trend. You might be …

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Truffle Oil: A Dirty Truth

When someone asks how is truffle oil made, what comes to mind? Small pieces of dried truffle steeped in olive oil. Right? Wrong! “Comparing truffle oil with real truffles is like comparing sniffing dirty panties to having sex.” Here is how this all began. Recently, I have been craving steak and …

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4 Disease-Fighting Powers of Green Bean Soup

These days, the weather in Singapore is scorching hot. Add to it, we have haze and drought. It is during this time most mothers will be in their kitchens firing up the stove and making soup – especially green (mung) bean soup. Have you ever wondered what your mom means …

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Health Benefits of the Chinese Five-Spice Powder

I recently discovered the wonders of five-spice powder. Five-spice powder is an oriental blend of five fragrant (and healthy) spices ground together – fennel seeds, cinnamon, star-anise, cloves and peppercorn. Not only is this spiced concoction flavorful, it is also packed with medicinal properties. According to the philosophy of Traditional Chinese …

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5 Guilt-Free Mooncakes to Sink Your Teeth Into

It’s mooncake season again! Mooncakes are festive pastries available during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Traditional Cantonese mooncakes are round in shape with sweet and dense red bean or lotus seed paste filling; surrounded by a thin crust and may contain yolk from a salted duck egg. Traditional mooncakes have imprints on …

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