Spicy Mapo Tofu

Spicy mapo tofu recipe by Yummy Calories

I hadn't made spicy mapo tofu in a while so when I made it again (with a few tweaks), it really got me hooked all over again. When I was a young graduate living in Melbourne, I would walk home from my office on Collins Street to my apartment in North Melbourne. It was a … Continue reading Spicy Mapo Tofu

Sichuan green beans

Sichuan green beans recipe by Yummy Calories

Sichuan green beans are one of my favourite sides when I eat at a Sichuan restaurant. Frying the beans in a hot wok gives it that quitessential wrinkly skin. The dish is then brought together with the spicy heat of the Sichuan pepper, pickled mustard and minced pork. My husband didn't realise that the pickled … Continue reading Sichuan green beans

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos by Yummy Calories

I recently discovered sweet chilli pork meatball tacos. When I was growing up, the only tacos I knew were the hard shell kind. It was only much later that I realised that tacos also came in a soft shell and I got hooked. It tasted just as delicious but so much lighter and fresher. It … Continue reading Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos

Slow braised pork belly

Slow braised pork belly recipe by Yummy Calories

This is a slow braised pork belly dish can fill the whole room with delicious aromas. When paired with warm, fluffy rice and freshly cooked greens, it feels like a warm hug on a cold winter's night. However, it does come with a massive amount of calories so it's not a dish I can have … Continue reading Slow braised pork belly

Herbal pork noodle soup

Herbal pork noodle soup recipe by Yummy Calories

This pork noodle soup is a variation of my mom's recipe, which she loosely calls "ba mee nam" (Thai pork noodle soup). This is not, however, what I would consider a traditional "ba mee nam" hence I wouldn't  call it that. This is one of my favourite winter soups and great for colds too, in … Continue reading Herbal pork noodle soup

Fried Chinese pumpkin cake

Chinese pumpkin cake is something my mother made very regularly, to the point of excess. It's one of those things that you can't just make a little bit of. My mother used to tell me stories of how she would have to shred the pumpkin to make this cake (she calls it 'kuey'). Nowadays she … Continue reading Fried Chinese pumpkin cake

Chinese sticky rice parcel

Chinese sticky rice parcels are called "bacang" (pronounced "ba-san") in my family. It is also called zong zi. While you can buy them from Asian stores, my mother used to always make them because not only did hers taste much better, it was the only way to guarantee its freshness. It's really hard to tell … Continue reading Chinese sticky rice parcel