Welcome to The Burning Kitchen: Authentic Chinese Recipes Made Easy!
Hi! We are Bee Leng & Melissa, the mother-daughter team behind the The Burning Kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!
At The Burning Kitchen, our mission is simple. To make authentic Chinese recipes easy and accessible to Chinese food lovers from all over the world, regardless of culture, ethnicity, generation or current culinary skill level. We see food and cooking as a common language, which transcends all our differences and brings people together. And we believe that anyone can learn how to cook authentic Chinese food, with a bit of guidance on the side!
That’s why we are strong advocates of teaching not just the ‘how’s but also the ‘why’s behind each recipe. What do we mean by that? We teach you the ‘how’s through our beginner-friendly, detailed, step-by-step instructions provided in all our recipes. Then we explain the ‘why’s in the ‘Top Tips’ section that we provide at the end of each recipe, to explain why things are done a certain way.
As you learn the ‘why’s behind the different Chinese recipes, you will begin to grasp the key principles of Chinese cooking, and be able to apply these principles to other dishes as well. We never hold back when it comes to sharing the key principles and best cooking tips we have for each recipe. Because nothing gives us greater satisfaction than to see you succeed in your Chinese culinary journey.
Meet Bee Leng a.k.a. The Burning Chef
You could say that I was practically raised in the kitchen, having been appointed as my family’s assistant cook by my Cantonese immigrant mother at the age of 7.
It was in those early years of chopping chillis and washing endless dishes while watching my mother whip up Cantonese meals daily to feed our family of ten that I learnt the basics of Chinese cooking. On several occasions, we even got to prepare full 10-course meals for up to 30 guests during special events in our home.
As a 2nd generation immigrant born and raised in Singapore, a lot of the connection I feel with my Chinese roots comes from the rich Chinese culinary heritage passed down to me through my mother. My early exposure in kitchen ignited a love for Chinese cooking, which has become a lifelong passion that continues to burn brightly. Through this blog, I hope to be able to share my passion for Chinese cooking with everyone who love to eat Chinese food.
Meet Melissa a.k.a. The Undercover Chef (in Covert Training)
You could say I was literally raised on Chinese food. I grew up eating Mum’s delicious Chinese cooking and never felt a real need to learn how to cook Chinese food…. until I went abroad for my studies.
As a poor Singaporean student living in the UK, eating out became a luxury! Plus I was homesick and craving my favourite Chinese foods. I HAD to learn how to cook, and I had to learn FAST! I remember countless phone calls home asking for recipes, and several more troubleshooting sessions when things veered off course. That was my first foray into Chinese cooking!
After I started my own family, that same pattern of calling home for Mum’s Chinese recipes and troubleshooting help re-emerged. I decided that this wouldn’t do. WHAT IF… I could build a central repository that could house the yummy authentic Chinese recipes, tacit knowledge and troubleshooting know-how in Mum’s head? An easy-to-use platform that I could tap on ANYTIME ANYWHERE?
That idea wouldn’t go away, and eventually it blossomed and give birth to The Burning Kitchen cooking blog! If you find yourself in a similar place as me, do join me on my Chinese cooking learning adventures at The Burning Kitchen!
Are you ready to embark on a Chinese culinary adventure with us? Start here!
Why not get started with these popular authentic Chinese recipes:
- Yang Chow Fried Rice
- Sweet and Sour Crispy Pork Bites
- Braised Pork Belly
- Chinese Savoury Egg Custard
- Crispy Pork Belly
- Shrimp-paste Chicken
- Sticky Coffee Ribs
- Sticky Honey Oven-baked Ribs
- Stir-fried Shrimp in Dark Soy and Orange Zest Sauce
- Steamed Rice Sweet Cake
Or you can check out our Recipe Index for more great Chinese recipes!
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