5 spice Pork steaks with bbq fennel and caramelised mandarin, for Westfield

In Chinese cooking, pork is often paired with 5 spice powder – a mix of cinnamon, clove, fennel, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. Some go a few steps further, and even add ginger, nutmeg and liquorice. It’s a BRILLIANT spice blend to keep in the pantry, as it can jazz [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|

Chinese crispy roast pork belly with crackling, Siu Yuk 燒肉 – as seen on The Morning Show

  When we were kids, Mothers Day and special occasions meant mum had the night off from cooking, and her favourite place to go out was our local Chinese Restaurant. Back then, she had no idea how to cook Chinese food at home, so going out was our only option… in fact, she [...]

By |May 10th, 2017|

Sammy and Bella’s Green Tea Smoked Duck with Orange 5 spice sauce and wilted greens

Recently we were invited to teach some our favourite recipes, using local produce, at The Kitchens in Robina on the Gold Coast. And boy do we love smoking! Nothing funny, of course, but smoking duck, salmon, or even butter is such an amazing technique that adds incredible complexity of flavour. [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|

Bella’s Prawn and Snow Pea Short Soup

“Short soup” is simply an Australian colloquial term for wonton soup, which was brought to Australia from Hong Kong with the Cantonese people. The soup should be full of flavour, and much of the umami deliciousness comes from an excellent quality broth. If you can, use home made chicken stock. [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|

Bella’s Red Amaranth Steamed Dumplings with Chilli Dipping Sauce

Photo Credit: Kitti Gould www.thebrandcanteen.com Gong Hey Fat Choi... That's happy new year in Chinese! New year is celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is full of symbolism and traditions. This year we will be celebrating on 8th February. On new years eve, families get together for a [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|

Bella’s Sichuan Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato “Tu Dou Si”, as seen on The Morning Show

Regionality in Chinese cooking is so important. Chinese isn’t just Chinese. In fact, each province has it’s own unique style and there’s a plethora of new and exciting traditional dishes that most Australian’s haven’t even heard of. I’ve just come back from a trip to China where I came across [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|

Bella’s Cantonese Family Favourite: Chicken Corn Soup, as seen on The Morning Show

We're all about inspiring every Aussie out there to reconnect with their family traditions and heritage through food. Often, we've somewhat lost connection to our blood backgrounds, sometimes because our families came to Australia several generations ago and we've let go of some of our traditions. Some people no longer [...]

By |May 16th, 2014|

Bella’s Vegan Sang Choi Bao, as seen on The Morning Show

On last week’s show we made a giant slab of pork for our traditional Italian porchetta… so this week we’re going vegan for a change! Plus, this recipe is gluten free and lactose free so it’s a fantastic dish for anyone who’s got tummy issues. In Chinese, Sang Choi Bao [...]

By |April 3rd, 2014|

Recipe: sichuan cuttlefish with chilli bean dipping sauce, for Bertolli at Sydney Seafood Cooking School

Her's another recipe from our cooking class at the Sydney Seafood Cooking School at the famous Sydney fish markets. Salt and pepper squid is a staple at any chinese restaurant, but did you know that its easy to make at home? And it can be healthy too! Bertolli Extra Light olive oil [...]

By |November 27th, 2013|

Recipe: Seafood Sang Choi Bao, as seen at Good Food and Wine Show

In Chinese, Sang Choi Bao  means “lettuce wraps” and they are usually eaten as part of a celebration or banquet meal.  Essentially, you can put almost any filling inside the lettuce leaf, the important thing is the combination of textures. The crisp, cold and fresh leaf should contrast with the [...]

By |June 26th, 2013|