December 12, 2014

Mushroom and Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

This is yet another of my “lazy one-person meal” to make when I’m home alone. Now, even though the term “lazy one-person meal” sounds boring, the taste is far from it. Three words – tasty, umami, addictive. In fact, it is one pasta dish I could eat everyday! (Ok, maybe a bit exaggerating but you get the drift.)...
December 10, 2014

Christmas Tandoori Roasted Chicken

The usual protein suspects you see at Christmas dinners are either ham or roasted chicken. To be honest, I think it is a little too predictable. This season, I’m looking for something with a little more kick and yet, able to maintain that Christmassy feel at the dinner table...
December 8, 2014

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Bruschetta

Go to any Italian restaurants and you’ll probably find Bruschetta (Bru-sketta) listed in the Antipasti (Appetizers) section of the menu. A basic bruschetta mainly involves rubbing raw garlic on grilled bread with toppings of chopped tomatoes with basil. While the basic version is absolutely delicious, it often leaves a strong garlicky scent in our breath (courtesy of the raw garlic)...
December 5, 2014

Classic French Onion Soup

The usual way of making classic french onion soup is by sautéing the onions, adding red wine, stock and simmer until ready. I was doing that for the last 10 years until recently, I’ve discovered a “classic restaurant” method, thanks to YouTube. I’ve been following this channel 'CookinginRussia' for a while and this guy (I still don’t know his name though) apparently have many years of experience cooking in restaurants all over the world and now has settled in Russia cooking for private guests. This soup was even served at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant...
December 3, 2014

Profiteroles

This is one of my all-time favorite dessert to bring to Christmas parties. I fell in love with Profiteroles when I tried them in Italy a decade ago. Profiteroles are basically cream puffs or as the French would say “choux à la crème (shoo ah lah krem) filled with either whipped cream, custard, ice cream, drizzled with warm chocolate sauce on top...
December 1, 2014

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

There is no other way to describe these cookies except they are insanely good. I’m still on a chocolate-high while writing this (just ate two of them). The ratio of chocolate in this recipe exceeded any other chocolate recipes I’ve ever come across...
November 28, 2014

Typhoon Shelter Fried Prawns

I’m pretty sure this dish is no stranger to many of us, especially if you are an avid Hong Kong traveler like me. Typhoon Shelter Fried Prawns originated from Hong Kong and the original version is made using crabs. After watching a short video clip, which featured one of the founding restaurants for this dish, the open secret in making this iconic dish is deep frying all the ingredients (sauces included) in a large pot of oil and throwing in heaps of minced garlic along the way...
November 27, 2014

Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes (Lolla)

Duck fat. The mere sound of it is enough to put off health fanatics. I used to think duck fat belongs to the same category as lard, butter or those bad saturated fats. Thankfully, the record was set straight by nutritionists and health professors. Duck fat rank sits between olive oil and butter...
November 26, 2014

Stuffed Baked Mushrooms

I could almost smell Christmas around the corner! Well, actually it is still a month away and technically, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow but since I’ve a few Christmas dinner parties lined up already, I’m wasting no time working on my menu! The thing about throwing dinner parties is we have to make sure most of the food could be prepared ahead of time, impress our guests and taste good at room temperature...