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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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Taro / Yam Cake (芋頭糕)

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When I go to the Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum, I always order the daikon radish cake (蘿蔔糕) or taro / yam cake (芋頭糕). However every time after I taste it, it always disappoints me, there aren’t enough ingredients and flavor in it, plus the texture is either too mushy or too hard. They just never taste the same like home made rice cake. Back home my grandma’s cousin sister (姨婆) always made a big serving of  taro cake for us, fully loaded with ingredients and flavor. She truly made the best taro cake. I missed it so much that I decided to try this complicated dish.

Taro or Yam Cake (芋頭糕) is not that kind of sweet cake that you find in dessert, in fact it is a savory cake made with the main ingredients of taro or yam and rice flour. It is also one of the Chinese New Year recipes that you can prepare. Traditionally it is cooked and steamed for long period of time in a big round deep mold. When it is done, they are cut into cute diamond shapes. Now they can be found in dim sum cuisines, usually cut into slices, you can either eat it as original or pan fried for extra crunchiness and fragrant.

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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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Deep Fried Taro Ball with Shrimp (炸芋頭蝦球)

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One of my favorite appetizers is the Deep Fried Taro Ball with Shrimp. I still remember when I was a kid, my mum always prepared this dish for my family. The taro ball is like a size of a golf ball, with a shrimp tucks inside it and leaving the tail outside forming like a curve drumstick. The taro ball is then deep fried till golden brown, it is crunchy on the outside with the crisp of the bread crumbs, but still tasted soft and sweet on the inside.

Well, it had been quite some time since the last time I had eaten this. I really can’t wait till my next hometown visit to have my mum making this again. So I called my mum to get the recipe and tried to to prepare this appetizer for the first time.

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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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