Sweet potato porridge

2 cup sweet potato, chopped
1 cup brown rice, or white rice
5 cups water

1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boiling. Then turn the heat to low, cover and simmer till the porridge is cooked.

Additional Notes
1. Apart from sweet potato, replacing with yam, tarot, carrot, squash, pumpkin, green peas, spinach, and seaweed or adding some grains to create healthy and different flavours.
2. The sweet potato can be cooked or steamed and mashed first, then cook with rice and water.

Rice Congee

1 cup white rice, cleaned
4 cups water

1. Place the ingredients in a saucepan and bring it boiling. Then turn the heat to low, cover and simmer till the rice soup is cooked. Serve hot.
Additional Notes
1. Brown rice may be substituted.
2. Cooked meat, fish or vegetables and salt can be added for flavor.

Gong Bao sweet and sour dressing


Black sesame oil 30ml,
Cooking oil 30ml
Crushed garlic, 5 cloves
Dry chilies, 5 tablespoons
Flower pepper powder, 2 teaspoons (optional)
Sweet and sour sauce: vinegar 60ml, sugar 4 tablespoons, soy sauce 3 tablespoons



Spicy Sichuan flower pepper oil

flower pepper oil in jarSichuan flower pepper oil combines the spicy hotness of chili with the unique numbing sensation of flower pepper to give almost any dish an authetic Sichuan (Szechuan) flavour. It's very simple to make, taking only five or ten minutes - although flower pepper can be difficult to buy in some places.


Sesame paste


Black or white roasted sesame seeds, ½ cup
Roasted peanuts, ½ cup
Black sugar, 1 tablespoon
Oil, 120ml
Salt 1 teaspoon


1. Grind the sesame seeds and peanuts in a food processor until very fine.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.

Additional Notes

Green onion pancake (Tsong You Bing), Thin style

Green onion pancake  

Preparing the green onion

180g green onion, 1 teaspoon salt
Chop the green onion very finely, and mix it well with the salt. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes, while the salt makes the moisture come out of the onion. Squeeze more water out of the onion by wrapping it tightly in cloth (for example, a clean tea towel).

Soy milk flavoured with black sugar, black beans, and black sesame


½ cup of black beans and 1 cup of water
1~2 tablesppoons of roasted black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of black sugar
4 cups of water


1. Soak the beans with 1 cup of water for about 8 hours or over night.

2. Blend a cup of soaked beans and roasted black sesame seeds with another 4 cups of water in a food processor or a fruit mixer. Use a high speed setting to blend it as fine as possible. Then drain the liquid from it into a saucepan.

Black sugar and sesame buns (dumplings)

Filling ingredients
200g ground black sesame
170g black sugar
10 tablespoons cooking oil


1. Grind the sesame seeds in a food processor until very fine.
2. Mix all the ingredients well.

Dough Ingredients
500g all purpose flour
300ml warm water
2 teaspoons dry yeast
25g sugar or black sugar
25ml cooking oil

Black sugar, sweet potato and ginger dessert


600 g sweet potato
4 big chunks of ginger
One small bunch black sugar
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