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Posted by Criz Lai On January - 22 - 2009|

So what’s your plan for desserts during this coming Chinese New Year reunion dinner? Well, I’m not planning to have more of those normal cans of longan, lychee or maybe a combination of both with some leong fun grass jelly/cincau) this year. All the preservatives in there could be rather unhealthy. Instead, I would be cooking up something fresh this festive season. Would you like to try out a simple and delicious fruity delight instead? Let me share with you the recipe for my BUTTER SAUTEED ASIAN PEARS (嫩煎黄油白梨).


3 Asian Pears (3” diameter)
1 tablespoon fine sugar
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger (ginger candy)
1 teaspoon grated lemon skin
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon yellow raisins
1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (depending on your preference)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds (toasted)
2 tablespoon walnut (slightly crushed)
Pinch of salt

Margarine with pinch of salt (to replace butter)

1. Peel and core the pears. Cut a pear into 4 quarters. From each quarter, cut the piece into another 4 slices. You would get a total of 16 thin slices. Remember to soak the pears and cut slices in a bowl of water mixed with one teaspoon of salt to avoid them turning brown when exposed to the air.
2. Heat the butter in a wok and pour in the pear slices. Saute for about 5 minutes on medium fire.
3. Add in the lemon juice, chopped ginger candy, grated lemon skin, sugar, ground cinnamon and sauté until the pear slices are translucent and tender. That would take about 10-15 minutes. You can add in more sugar if you like the dessert to be sweeter and also a pinch of salt if you are using margarine instead.
4. Fold in the yellow raisins, 3/4 of the walnuts and 3/4 of the toasted sesame seeds. Cook for another 5 minutes.
5. Scoop onto a dessert plate and garnish with the remaining walnuts and toasted sesame seeds.
6. You can serve it hot or room temperature cold.

(Serves: 4-5)



  1. Duckie says:

    wow interesting!! i never knew pears can be cooked!!!

    Well.. pears can be cooked into sweet desserts but using Asian pears/Ya pears/Japanese pears would be rather rare. 🙂

  2. cariso says:

    It looks like a dish to me rather than a dessert leh….:)

    Haha… you are wrong.. it’s a dessert. Maybe you have not really tried out warm fruit desserts as often as you should, except McD Apple/Banana Pies. 😛

  3. Beautiful! Although this is a dessert, I can see pairing it with a nice roasted pork loin and a glass of Gewurztraminer or Riesling.

    That’s a great idea. Maybe with a scoop of Swiss Mövenpick Ice Cream.. hehe 😛

  4. very creative lehhh… can imagine having it with ice cream.. mhhmmh

    Haha.. as if you know me for only one day… I love to create new food. 🙂 Yea… great with ice creams but I did not have any when I cooked up the dessert.

  5. lingzie says:

    wah next to your butter pear dessert, my longan inspired dessert looks so common leh. lol
    what to do, i have like 5-6 cans of longans at home so must finish 😛

    happy chinese new year!

    Well.. I finished all the cans.. maybe that’s the reason I need to find something new.. LOL! Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family too. 🙂

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