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Bubur Cha Cha

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Who’s up for a bowl of Bubur Cha Cha (摩摩查查)? Bubur Cha Cha is a popular sweet dessert originated from Nyonya cuisine. It is also known as Sweet Potato And Yam Dessert. The dessert typically uses varieties of sweet potatoes (yellow, orange, purple), taro/yam, colorful tapioca jelly/sago pearls with palm sugar cooked in thick coconut milk dessert. Sometimes you can even add beans like black-eyed beans, red beans and green beans. To make the dessert more colorful, you can also make different colors of tapioca jellies to go with it.

Bubur Cha Cha is a sweet, delightful, colorful yet fulfilling dessert that you cannot resist. You can always serve it hot or put in some ice to get an icy cold Bubur Cha Cha. This is actually very similar to Hong Kong recipe of sweet sago in coconut milk (西米露). Great to serve in any occasions.

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Deep Fried Sweet Year Cake (炸年糕)

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Eating Chinese New Year’s cake or year cake (年糕) is believed to have a symbolism of rising higher or taller in each coming year, such as getting a raise in job, promotion in income, or simply just growing taller for kids. I was told so during my childhood. In Chinese, Nian (粘) means sticky which is identical in sound as year (年) while gao (糕) means cake which is identical in sound as high (高). Thus it is dubbed as year cake.

Back in Malaysia, the sweet year cake is usually what we have during the Chinese New Year. Steaming and deep-frying are two common eating methods. I remember when I was in Malaysia, my mom preferred to steam the sweet year cake until it dissolved to become sticky and then it was served with the fresh grinded coconut meats. It was delicious! For the deep fried sweet year cake, it is normally sold by the Chinese doughnut hawkers together with other fried breads like Chinese fried bread stick (油條) and sugar cake (糖糕).

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Yam Soup Dessert (番薯糖水)

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Weather in LA is getting colder and colder especially last week because of the storm. Towards the end of the week  everyday was raining. It was really troublesome getting around when raining; the roads were wet, the traffic was slow, the sky was dark and the weather was cold. It felt so slow and moody. The best thing for me to do was relaxing at home with my blanket covering up, sitting in front of the TV with my favorite dramas and a bowl of hot Yam Soup Dessert in hand. Having a hot bowl of dessert gave me the perfect warm up for my body as well as fulfilling my crave for sweet dessert.

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Sweet Potato with Crusted Pecan Streusel

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Apparently when I made the Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue, I have some of the sweet potato fillings remained. It would be a big waste to throw it away. So I’ve turned the fillings into a new sweet potato dessert in a smaller portion, which is a pretty nice size for individual serving.

The main thing for this recipe is the crusted pecan streusel toppings. I like it the way it is prepared because the toppings will create a golden brown sugary crust topping to complement the creamy sweet potato fillings. You can use this recipe for any kind of pie toppings as well, just substitute with other nuts or add some spices if preferred.

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Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

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I always make one of my favorite and easy desserts which is the sweet potato pie with marshmallows for Thanksgiving dinner. I personally like the natural sweetness in the sweet potato which makes it a decent dessert.  You can always bake them in the oven and eat it as is, with no extra sugar added. Usually if we are barbecuing, I will wrap up a couple of sweet potatoes in foil and bake them in the hot charcoal. The sweet potatoes will be ready in an hour. Then you can just peel the skin and eat it right away. That feels soooo good when you have a hot fresh sweet potato especially in the cold weather to warm up your cold hands and stomach.

For the past Thanksgivings celebration I had made a simple dessert of baked sweet potato topped with marshmallows, this time I’ve made a real pie deal ”Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue”. Go to below to check out the recipe.

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