Save the date: Spring Fair with WPCA 2018

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Since I moved to Cape Town and discovered the Western Province Chinese Association‘s Spring Food Fair, I like to attend and stuff my face with Chinese treats and spend some time catching up with familiar faces in the East Asian community … Read More

Just Add Rice book launch at The Book Lounge

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Now that my book launch is over, I can do the grossly soppy ‘thank you’s. Here’s a post on the process, including all those that contributed to the creation of my new cookbook Just Add Rice – stories and recipes … Read More

A fun giveaway #justaddrice

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I’m doing the giveaway thing! WIN a copy of my cookbook Just Add Rice published by Quivertree Publications. Step 1: Find a feature on Just Add Rice – stories and recipes by a Taiwanese South African in any of the … Read More

Chinese New Year with the WPCA in Cape Town

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Cape Town has a wonderful community called the Western Province Chinese Association and they are based at the Chinese School and Community Centre at Liesbeek Parkway in Observatory. I’ve been to some of their events before, including festival celebrations to … Read More

Feature: Lunar New Year for Woolworths Taste Magazine

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In October 2017, I did a presentation on the harms of Cultural Appropriation with Studio H at New Media Publishing. I met Taste magazine’s features editor Michelle Coburn who asked to have a quick chat with me after my talk. She … Read More

Cultural Appropriation VS Appreciation with Studio H

My friends at Studio H (a multidisciplinary design studio), organisers of many rad events like Street Food Festival invited me to their team as their cultural advisor and wanted to learn more about the harms of cultural appropriation. This is a delayed … Read More

Speaker: Visa Street Food Festival in Cape Town

Received an invite to speak at Cape Town’s Visa Street Food Festival (2–3 September), think this will be plenty of fun. This year’s is the fourth annual Street Food Festival and there’ll be a market with a variety of food vendors, … Read More

Bacon, broccoli, bok choy & brown rice stir fry

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I love alliteration. Bacon, broccoli, bok choy & brown rice stir fry (and bean sprouts if you can get yours hands on that). And I love vegetables. Oh and bacon. Brown rice is something I don’t often eat but want to … Read More

Green green green with udon noodles

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Many have been asking if these simple recipes are available on my blog. Though I don’t feel they require recipes, I decided to start a series for Simple Meals showing which flavours work with each other. This one is a … Read More

Chinese garlic chives fried dumplings 韭菜盒子

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One of my favourite fried dumplings is Chinese garlic chives fried dumplings (韭菜盒子). It contains garlic chives, mung bean glass noodles (which are readily available at all Asian supermarkets), scrambled egg and pan-fried baby shrimp. My mama came to visit for a … Read More

Nicole & Matthew’s wedding at Sea Trader, Britannia Bay

My dearest friends, Nicole and Matthew, got married recently in Britannia Bay (along the West Coast) at an events location with beach house cottages called Sea Trader. Their wedding was an intimate one, celebrated by family and close friends. I … Read More

Russian Red: Guguta’s Hat Cake for a wedding concept shoot

A wedding concept collaboration shoot with one of my favourite photo photographers and friend, Grethe Rosseaux.  Guguta’s Hat Cake   Layered buttery biscuit logs of brandy-infused cherries, smothered and left overnight in a thick coat of double and sour cream … Read More

Guest lecture at CPUT – Food Communications

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Last year when Kyle and I got married, we did our paperwork and very short/private ceremony at Iziko South African Museum, here in Cape Town. I met a Garrett Eriksen, the marketing & PR coordinator back then, who’s also a … Read More

Frozen Matcha, Coconut and Sago pudding

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Matcha in Chinese-Mandarin is ‘抹茶’ which is pronounced ‘moah-tsa’ (this is how I would spell the pronunciation) – the first part of the word meaning ‘ground’ and second ‘tea’. This special ingredient is uniquely Japanese and used all over Asia … Read More

Whole fish and peppers in a sweet and sour sauce

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This was published in newspaper print: Sunday Times | Food and Lifestyle PG 46 (The story and extra info had to be cut out due to space constraints, please see the full story below) –– May there be fish every year … Read More

ClemenGold for the Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year is to be celebrated this year (2017) on the 28th with a New Year’s Eve dinner on the 27th of January. I’m 28 years of age now, and as I’ve celebrated … Read More

Chicken hearts with a sticky Taiwanese basting sauce

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Offal, you either like it or you don’t. I grew up enjoying giblets and my favourite is the chicken heart. I truly enjoy the unique textures and flavours. Hearts are nothing but specialised muscles with more nutrition (like most organs) over … Read More

Coconut milk sago pudding with summer fruit

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Sago is one of my favourite starches. Much like the tapioca pearls in a Taiwanese Bubble Tea, sago pearls/balls is smaller, gluten-free and with a chewy texture. Tapioca and sago starches are made from the same cassava tree – a type of … Read More

How to make Taiwanese Gua Bao 割包 (steamed cut buns)

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Heard about the famous bao? My friend Chi and I made this video on how to make gua bao dough. This humble Taiwanese street food is a steamed bun, folded like a taco with filling of interesting textures, has made its … Read More

Gluten-free Chinese Turnip Cake (蘿蔔糕)

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Asian turnip, daikon or in Chinese-Mandarin we simply say white carrot, is the main ingredient used in this dish, along with rice flour (and I used the one leftover from my Faithful to Nature challenge). This lovely vegetable has a mild … Read More

Steamed rice cake and veg bowls – Taiwanese-style

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Imagine a pudding … a savoury pudding but without butter, milk or eggs in the mixture. What? No dairy? Yes, most dishes I grew up with don’t include dairy as the ingredient doesn’t play a major part in a traditional … Read More

Congee – Gluten-free Asian Savoury Porridge

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I recently wrote about Freekeh, White Rice and Bone Marrow Congee, now this post is for a humble alternative of that congee recipe. Congee is a gluten-free Asian savoury porridge, usually eaten as breakfast, made when you’re feeling unwell or even … Read More

Freekeh, White Rice and Bone Marrow Congee

Oh fun, thanks to Freekeh South Africa and The Really Interesting Food Company – Trifco I got to experiment with this precious ancient grain. Make something with it, and compete against nine other foodies. Now, some of you might know that I … Read More

Making Baozi on SABC3 Afternoon Express

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On Wednesday, 20 January 2016, the SABC 3 Afternoon Express team invited to me to join them in studio to make… whatever I felt like. Now that’s a bit a hard. But since Kyle and I just came back from … Read More

Asian Peanut Pancakes on Afternoon Express

This was fun. I met the lovely Nikki Albertyn of the food blog – Gathered and we made dessert together. Thanks to the Afternoon Express for inviting me to take part in the dessert-off. Check the segment out our Lindt dessert-off. … Read More

Winter Special – Japanese Fine Dining at Kyoto Garden Sushi, Cape Town

‎”You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”- Julia Child Oh Julia, you are too right. Kyoto Sushi Garden is well-known for their sushi, but this is not what I want to … Read More

Fusion: Championship Boerewors Shui Mai (Dim Sum)

Thanks to Checkers, I received a braai package to do a product review on the new 2014 Championship Boerewors. I invited my team mates over for a braai with Championshop Boerewors appetisers and a Championship Boerewors braai. Championship Boerewors Shui Mai … Read More

Championship Boerewors Braai with the Storm Riders

Product Review: Have you tried the 2014 Checkers Championship Boerewors yet? Enter this competition on my blog before the 30th of November to stand a chance to win a braai pack! This special recipe was developed by a regional meat … Read More

Dusty Rebel and Bombshell Rockabilly Festival South Africa 2014

In November 2013, the Cape Town Rollergirls participated in the very first Rockabilly Festival on the N7 Ostrich Farm, Cape Town, South Africa, and in 2014 . The Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells organisers, Maria and Zigi, threw a great festival packed with all … Read More

Cape Town Rollergirls Friday Night Derby – From the Announcing Table

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What a game! #yourmothercityderby On Friday, 24 October 2014, my roller derby league (the Cape Town Rollergirls) held our third and last Friday Night Derby for the year. The theme was Rocktober, and the skaters, comprising of level 1 skaters … Read More

Chinese New Year recipe – Savoury Rice Cakes with Shiitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy and Chinese Cabbage

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年糕 “nian gao”, which is commonly known as Chinese rice cake, is often eaten at Chinese New Year celebrations. Nian gao, the rice cake, rhymes with an extract from a New Year phrase 年年高升 “nian nian gao sheng”. Roughly translated … Read More

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2014 – Year of the Horse

BLOEMFONTEIN – Growing up in South Africa, it has always been difficult to truly enjoy the entirety of this two-week celebration. Chinese New Year is an elaborate and festive holiday in Asia but here we hold rather modest celebrations. Ever since … Read More

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節)

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) also known as Full Moon Festival usually occurs over late September or early October (this year it was September 30). Traditionally, we eat “Moon cakes” and pomelo after a family dinner. Family dinner has evolved into … Read More

Ming’s Top 10 Quirks

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Just a few things that make me… me. At The Company’s Garden in Cape Town. I was born in Tainan, Taiwan. I was originally named ‘Lin Cheau’, ‘Ming’ only came in when I was 1. I got my ‘b’s and … Read More

Sweet Douhua (Black Bean/Soy Pudding) 豆花

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Asia’s equivalent of panacotta, but a gluten-free, vegan-friendly pudding. Douhua 豆花 (dòuhuā) is a soy pudding made from soy milk with a velvety smooth and silky texture that’s served drenched in a brown sugar syrup. My papa told me stories of … Read More

Feature in Balanced Life May 2012 – A TFG magazine

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Another Foschini Group feature with Balanced Life May 2012. In this feature, I chose 4 recipes from my blog. Styled by myself and the magazine’s art director: Lesley Mallon Photographer: Greg Cox Pickled cherry Tomatoes with Chinese cured Plums Chicken … Read More

When in Bloem (part 4) Margaritas Seafood and Steak Restaurant

Finding a “the best of” restaurant is not exactly the easiest task, especially if it’s a more “generic” menu item like steak, ribs, schnitzels etc – everyone has their own opinion and most restaurants offer those meals. Now, Margaritas is … Read More

Listings of Asian Supermarkets in Cape Town

I often shop at two specific Chinese supermarkets, living in the northern suburbs in Cape Town: Live Mart and 96 Chinese Supermarket. These two are Taiwanese-owned stores, which means I can always purchase brands that I grew up with. There are … Read More

What Cape Town Food Bloggers made for Chinese New Year recipes for 2012

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Chinese New Year works according to the Lunar Calendar, unlike the New Year here in South Africa, which uses the Gregorian Calendar. This year, Chinese New Year falls on the 23rd of January. I have … Read More

Taiwanese cold noodles (liang miàn)

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Recently, Deidre Donnelly (Senior Features Writer/Books Editor of O Magazine) contacted me to participate in a feature in South Africa’s Oprah Magazine. The brief was to choose a picnic/summer recipe from my childhood. I decided to choose Taiwanese cold noodles 涼麵 (liang … Read More

My search of plenty at Oded’s Kitchen – The book launch

How it came to be: After resigning from a full-time position as an SEO copywriter, I turned towards my passion – food. After spending an incredible amount of time looking for the perfect job, I stumbled across a food-related part-time … Read More