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Shantung Pulled Chicken


1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, about 900 g
cilantro for garnish

Seasoning for Steaming Chicken:

1 slice ginger
3 stalks green onion
2 whole pieces star anise
one 5 cm x 1 cm piece cinnamon bark
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp cooking wine
4 oz water


4 oz liquid from steaming chicken
1½ tsp dark soy sauce
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp Chinkiang vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp chicken broth mix
1 red chili (finely minced)
1 Tbsp garlic (minced)
5 Tbsp green onion (chopped)


  1. Mix seasoning for steaming chicken.
  2. Put chicken in a heat-proof deep dish. Pour seasoning in Step 1 over chicken. Steam on high heat in a wok of boiling water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Set chicken aside until cool enough to handle. Reserve steaming liquid for sauce and discard ginger, green onion and spices.
  3. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Tear chicken into shreds and place on a serving platter. Pour sauce over chicken. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot or cold.

Nutrition value for 1/8 portion of recipe:

Calorie 301, Fat 21.2 g, Carbohydrate 1 g, Fibre 0 g, Sugar 0 g, Cholesterol 144 mg, Sodium 951 mg, Protein 27 g.

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Restricting Calories May Improve Sleep Apnea, Blood Pressure in Obese People

Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

People with sleep apnea may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more while sleeping. It prevents restful sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), stroke and heart failure.

In a 16-week ramdomized clinical trial, researchers analyzed 21 obese people 20-55 years old with a history of sleep apnea. Researchers instructed one group to reduce their calorie intake by 800 calories per day, while another group continued their current diet. Researchers found those in the calorie-restricted group had fewer pauses in breathing during sleep, lower blood pressure, higher levels of oxygen in their blood and a greater reduction in body weight. .

“This study suggests that in obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea, moderate energy restriction can reduce not only body fat but also the severity of obstructive sleep apnea,” said Marcia R. Klein, M.D., Ph.D., co-author of the study and adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Nutrition at Rio de Janero State University in Brazil. “So moderate energy restriction in these patients has the potential to reduce cardiovascular risk.

“Losing weight was most likely the key to all the benefits observed in the calorie-restricted group. A greater reduction in systolic blood pressure can be explained, at least partially, by the reduction in body weight that was associated with reduction in obstructive sleep apnea severity and sympathetic nervous system activity.” Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading, which measures the force of the blood in the arteries when the heart is contracted.

Source: American Heart Association

Skewers of Bacon-wrapped Oyster


8 fresh oysters
4 slices bacon
1/2 lemon
salt and pepper


  1. Wash oysters with salted water. Drain.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on oyster. Blanch in boiling water. Set aside.
  3. Slice bacon in half. Wrap up the oyster in bacon. Thread two rolls in one skewer. Set aside.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan. Pan-fry skewers until done. Squeeze lemon juice on rolls before serving.

Makes 4 skewers.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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