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July 23, 2015

11 Essential Rules to Making Perfect Macarons

Having encountered numerous painful failed Macaron baking attempts, i.e. “Footless” macarons, dome cracked top macarons, hollow macarons, etc, I've come to realize there are indeed some "rules" to follow which they don't really mention in most recipes...
July 22, 2015

Thai Basil Pesto

I’m a huge fan of pesto sauce. Pesto originated from Northern Italy, Genoa to be precise. Traditionally, it is made with sweet basil leaves, crushed garlic, pine nuts, parmigiana-reggiano (parmesan cheese) and lots of good quality olive oil. Besides basil pesto, you might have come across other versions i.e. sun-dried tomato, anchovies, pistachio, etc...
July 17, 2015

Easy Banana Chocolate Sheet Cake

A lot of readers have asked me: “What is a perfect cake to bring to a party?” The answer is in this recipe. Chocolate is really one of the universal sweet that almost everyone will go goo-goo gah gah over with. The thing about bringing food to parties is they have to survive for at least a few hours at room temperature environment and still taste good. Therefore, I highly recommend this Easy Banana Chocolate Sheet Cake. Did I mention it is so easy to put together as well?...
July 15, 2015

Clams with white wine, fish sauce and fried shallots (Naked Finn)

If you have been to Naked Finn, this Clams with white wine, fish sauce and fried shallots dish should be no stranger to you. I’m not gonna gush over how fresh, succulent and tasty their seafood are but if you are serious about your seafood, do make a reservation at this place...
July 10, 2015

Banana Fritter Balls

What do you do when you have abundance of bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? Make Banana Fritter Balls! Okay, actually there are many other stuff you could make with bananas but this is one of my all-time childhood favorites...
July 8, 2015

Homemade Easy Caramel Popcorn (Garrett)

I love making these homemade easy caramel popcorn. There is something really satisfying about smelling the heavenly warmth scent of the caramel when you pulled them out of the oven and hearing the rustling sound of crunchiness against the baking tray...
July 3, 2015

Pok Pok Vietnamese Chicken Wings

Sometime last year, this Pok Pok Vietnamese Wings was one of my few maiden recipes I’ve posted. Today, I’m going to show you the new, improved version of this irresistible, crispy, garlicky sticky wings that you’ll hanker for more...
July 1, 2015

Cinnamon Spice Glazed Cronut

What is a Cronut? As the name suggests, it is a cross between croissant and doughnut and the brainchild behind this invention is Dominique Ansel from Dominique Ansel Bakery in NY, New York...
June 26, 2015

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut butter cookies generally originated in US and is a classic American snack since 1900s. The flavor profile is sweet & salty – just like how peanut butter tastes like. There are no hard and fast rule on what type of peanut butter (chunky or creamy) to use and generally, JIF and Skippy are the common brands...
June 24, 2015

Pots de Crème au Chocolat

There are days when I feel like pampering myself with a decadent dessert that rich and chocolate-y yet easy to put together with no fussy steps. Today is just the day...
June 19, 2015

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee or Noodles is my princess’ all-time favorite local food. Actually, mine too. The smooth, silky texture of the noodles laced with umami-filled prawn-y goodness is simply just irresistible. I guess it could also be the amount of pork lard / oil that went along in the noodles...
June 17, 2015

Crispy Butter Cereal Squid

Ah…Crispy Butter Cereal Squid aka ‘Sotong’. Be it at Chinese seafood restaurants or Cze Char stalls (local Singaporean lingo literally translated as cook & fry), this is one dish we will always order from the menu. Instead of squid, prawns are usually the star protein...
June 12, 2015

Char Kway Teow 炒粿條

One of our Singapore’s favorite iconic dish is definitely Char Kway Teow 炒粿條. Some might spell it as Char Kuey Tiao. Whichever version you prefer, it is literally translated as stir-fried rice noodles. The ingredients are pretty standard – fish cake, Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, egg but the “star” of this dish could well be the ‘see hum’ (aka cockles)...
June 10, 2015

Chwee Kueh 水粿 Water Rice Cakes

A big high five to my fellow Singaporeans who grew up eating Chwee Kueh as part of your childhood! Today’s post is dedicated to you. When I decided to feature recipes for the upcoming SG50 to celebrate Singapore’s jubilee year, Chwee Kueh was the first item that popped up in my mind...
June 5, 2015

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Hooray for all gluten-intolerant chocolate cake fans! Today’s recipe is all about chocolate. NO flour allowed. This is a rich and decadent chocolate cake but yet light and fluffy at the same time. Think soufflé – in the form of a cake. Heck, perhaps I should've just called it Chocolate Soufflé Cake! The original recipe calls for 4 ingredients but I added in a pinch of salt to elevate the chocolatey goodness. Sneaky, right?...
June 3, 2015

King Prawns with Ginger and Spring Onions 姜葱大虾

Over Chinese festive occasions or celebrations, one of the popular seafood items many of us would include is prawns. In this part of the world, we call them prawns rather than shrimps...
May 29, 2015

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Recently, I’ve been going town at strawberries. They seemed to be crying out “Buy me!” whenever I walked past the fruits section in supermarkets. So the star of today’s Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes recipe is none other than strawberry! They are incorporated in the batter, frosting and also in the center of the cupcakes.
May 27, 2015

Crispy Bak Kwa Cookies

For the benefit of non-Singaporeans/Malaysians, Bak Kwa aka 'Rou Gan', is a sweet-savory Chinese pork jerky. It is often made with pork although there are other variations such as beef and chicken. The pork is marinated with sugar, salt, soy sauce and spices before air drying on bamboo racks for hours. The marinated meat is then grilled over hot charcoal to attain that signature smoky aroma. What you get in the end is thin square pieces of sweet and savory succulent barbecued meat that taste better with every bite. Okay, you can wipe that drool off your mouth now...
May 22, 2015

Doritos Crusted Wings

Doritos + chicken wings. Is that combination possible? The answer is yes. My daughter is a huge fan of Doritos (Cool Ranch flavor), so you could imagine how excited she was when I made these. Thanks to the good people from Froth who gave me this inspiration...
May 21, 2015

Strawberry Sunrise Fizz

Who says alcohol is the only way to celebrate festive occasions? Non-alcoholic drinks aka virgin drinks are as pretty as they are delicious. Since strawberries are in season now, I managed to snag a few boxes at a super low price...
May 20, 2015

Arugula Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Lemon Garlic Dressing

Arugula aka salad rocket is one of our favorite leaves when it comes to putting together salads. The Italians called them "Rucola". They have a warm, peppery taste which I absolutely fell in love with when I tried them more than a decade ago...
May 15, 2015

Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

Have you ever wonder what exactly is “Pound” in Pound Cake? I did. Back in the olden days, pound cakes were traditionally made with 1 pound of egg, 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of flour…well you get the drift. I can only imagine the amount of cake they had to eat...
May 14, 2015

Homemade Hot Chocolate

It is hard to resist sipping a cuppa hot chocolate especially on a rainy day. Making your own homemade hot chocolate is really one of the simplest yet therapeutic way to unwind. You don’t even have to use any fancy cocoa powder for this recipe...
May 13, 2015

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffin

When it comes to donuts, I always opt for original flavor – plain coated with generous amount of sugar. This Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffin is a marriage between sugar Donut and muffin cake. Think a soft fluffy muffin that tastes like Donut...