Remember that New Year’s Resolution to learn a new skill, like say, cooking? Well, with Chinese New Year around the corner, there’s no better time to whip up some tasty treats for the family at the reunion dinner!
And to help you get started, we’re offering this CNY promo — a cool 15% off these selected cookbooks. What’s more, this promo doesn’t end at Chinese New Year but runs until the end of February (that’s 28 Feb, 2018).
So what’s in store?
MUM’S CLASSICS REVIVED. What happens when mum’s not cooking? Well, you can use this cookbook, the result of author Terry Wong’s painstaking efforts to recreate his own mother’s home-cooked dishes. It’s food for the family — and who can say no to dishes such as Wok-Cooked Char Siew, Bean Paste Chilli Crab, Steamed Yam Cake and an inventive take on curry puffs? The recipes in Mum’s Classics Revived are easy to follow, with enough details and essential techniques that you require to master these dishes. Dr Leslie Tay (of ieatishootipost fame) said Terry has “decoded the complexity and nuances of Singapore and Malaysian home cooking for the next generation”; but we say it’s a good book to kick of your culinary adventure this year.
THE LITTLE CANTONESE COOKBOOK. Chef Deborah O’Neill-Low grew up in a Cantonese household where her parents owned and managed several successful Chinese restaurants. She learned how to cook from her grandmother, who prepared delicacies that retained the authentic flavour of Cantonese cuisine. Classic favourites in The Little Cantonese Cookbook include braised pork belly with mui choy and fragrant chicken and lap cheong rice, to watercress, carrot and pork soup and lotus root soup, this handy book also has informative headnotes and invaluable cooking and preparation tips, so you can dazzle your guests with your knowhow over the festive period.
GRANDMA’S RECIPES. Graphic designer Christal Sih, 24, initially started Grandma’s Recipes as a design book, but later added recipes with the help of her grandmother. The book contains fantastic pictures, but more importantly, some tasty recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great, such as the dark sauce chicken and chicken curry. She has some interesting styles, such as combining Indian spices and Chinese “five spice” for the curry; but also, this book makes you think about our relationship with food, and how food has become is a bridge between different generations in a family.
FLORENCE TAN’S TIMELESS PERANAKAN RECIPES. If you like Peranakan food, Timeless Peranakan Recipes is a mother lode. It has 70 delightful recipes that reveal the heart of authentic Nyonya cuisine from Malaysia’s most popular Nyonya chef, Florence Tan. There are some challenging dishes you can try, such as Hee Peow Soup, Ayam Buah Keluak or Kuih Pie Tee. But if you’re willing to put in the time, the results are nothing short of mouth-watering…
PLUSIXFIVE: A SINGAPOREAN SUPPER CLUB COOKBOOK. It’s no wonder that Plusixfive won the Best Chef Cookbook, Singapore, at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2014. And no wonder! Chef Goz Lee and friends offer their own take to familiar local favourites — which, we have to say, are really deee-licious. Recipes to try include the mui choy kong bak (which apparently is so flavourful that once, someone broke her decades-long vegetarianism because she couldn’t resist taking a bite), chicken panggang and our favourite, the sambal (a simple addition to any meal, yes, but what a difference it makes!).
HOME-MADE WITH LOVE. There’s nothing like a good sweet treat to end any meal. Which is why we’ve picked Home-made With Love. With specially created recipes for cookies, cakes, cupcakes and tarts, including variations of the ubiquitous tart for all festive occasions — pineapple tart, this is definitely one book that you will want for this CNY season.