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February 13, 2015

Green Pea Cookies

Accordingly to Chinese Astrology, the lucky colors for people born in the year of Sheep/Goat this coming Lunar New Year are green, red and purple. Hmm, it’s kind of tricky for me to carry off any green outfit, unless I’m competing for a Grinch look-alike contest. If I can’t wear ‘em, I might as well eat ‘em! Haha, does that make any sense at all???...
February 11, 2015

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

While my baby girl (technically she’s turning 14 soon, but still my baby) and I were doing grocery shopping one day, she grabbed a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and enthusiastically suggested we should make something out of it. Well, that was random I thought. I couldn’t help but to smile a little inside...
February 9, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

May I confess? Prior to making this sinfully delicious icy treat, I’ve never eaten Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream before. Chocolate chip in ice cream I get it, but uncooked cookie dough? I’ve heard and seen of it but was just not compelled to try it. Perhaps, I’ve finally outgrown the inner child in me?? Gosh, I hope not...
February 6, 2015

Tiramisu in a Cup

Tiramisu means “pull me up” in Italian. This Italian dessert definitely “pulls” my senses in every positive way. Espresso-soaked Savoiardi (Italian sponge biscuits) laced with a hint of marsala wine, sandwich in between layers of smooth luscious mascarpone cheese, dust with a rich, dark cocoa powder...
February 4, 2015

Creme Brulee

Hubby and I are very resistant when it comes to celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day in restaurants. We cannot fathom out the reason why couples are willing to spend the night dining in crowded restaurants which most likely are serving set menus and rushing through each course because of their fixed dining time. Don’t get me wrong, I do love receiving flowers (note to Hubby: not only on V-Day) and spending this special day with him, at the comfort of our own crib...
January 30, 2015

Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice) 滷肉飯

BNF Taiwan week won’t be complete without featuring this popular Taiwanese staple dish – Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice). Braising is one of my favorite method to cook meat. It is not only economical but also efficient. Braised meat taste even better the next day...
January 28, 2015

Three-cup Chicken 三杯鸡

I’m sure Three-cup Chicken aka San bei ji is no stranger to many of you. The three-cup here refers to the 3 main ingredients – soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. This classic Taiwanese dish is served in an earthen clay pot that is still sizzling and popping when presented at the table. The taste should be savory, sweet, tangy and bursting with fragrance all at once...
January 23, 2015

Salt and Pepper Squid 椒鹽鮮魷

I love cephalopods. Cepha-what? Octopus, cuttlefish, squid are some of the 300 classified species. I especially love chewing on the tentacles. So where did this dish originate from? Some say it is a Cantonese cuisine, others swore it is made popular by Taiwanese, where you could find them in almost every night markets...
January 21, 2015

Taiwanese Beef Noodles 牛肉麵

This is one of Taiwan’s most iconic dish. Every year, there would be an annual Taiwanese Beef Noodles Festival where chefs and restaurants compete for the title “Best Beef Noodles” in Taipei. There are many different versions – braised, clear soup base, dark soup base, etc. I personally prefer dark soup base laced with a subtle hint of spiced aroma...
January 16, 2015

Mini Potato Cakes

Mini potato cake (or potato patty) is another of my childhood favorite snack and one of mom’s “western food” recipe. Coming from a typical Asian family, our staple meals were mainly Chinese food so you can imagine when mom made us pork chops, French fries, garlic bread etc, our greedy little mouths would clean up everything on the plate...
January 14, 2015

Creamy Corn Cheese

A big hello to my dear BNF fans! After a two-week hiatus, I'm happy to announce BNF is back in action! I hope you have not forgotten about this bear. During that period, I really missed receiving all your fantastic comments and questions. Most of all, I missed working in my kitchen...
January 7, 2015

Just Gathering A Few Things Here ‘n There

Hi dear readers! As we start upon this new year, I am so excited to share with you my upcoming lineup of fabulous new recipes and dishes! Can't wait!But first, I am going to do a little stock take of the Bear Naked kitchen ...
January 2, 2015

Dark Chocolate Mousse

2015! First of all, a very Happy New Year to all BNF readers! 2014 was the birth of Bear Naked Food site and I couldn’t have made it without the support from readers and fans like you. So a very BIG thank you as well!...
December 31, 2014

Mini Fruit Tarts

Recently over dinner, father-in-law requested for some mini fruit tarts the next day. I can’t help but to sweat a little. The last time I ate (not make) fruit tarts was like eons ago. They are basically short-crusted pastries filled with a light custard and topped with fresh fruits. I remember having them for quite a bit back when I was a kid. You see, FIL is an extremely amazing man with vast years of knowledge and with that, he has also acquired a very sharp and discerning palette...
December 29, 2014

Coconut Sorbet

This is probably one of the simplest ice cream I ever made. The texture is lighter than the usual custard based ice cream (thanks to the coconut water) and it is really a cross between a sorbet and ice cream. This recipe is perfect for newly acquired ice cream machine owners or novice ice cream makers.
December 26, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Since the banana cake is such a hit in our household and I've lost track of how many times I made it, I felt I needed to switch things around before anyone gets sick of it. How else could I create this moist and decadent goodness into other varieties? Quick check with google and muffin came up to be on top of the list. To be honest, I’m not a big fan on muffins. They tend to be dense, buttery and I don’t know, just not my type of “cake”. When I made a test batch of these banana chocolate chip muffins, I wasn’t too hopeful...
December 25, 2014

Banana Mango Crumble (PS. Café)

Being an avid dessert lover, I’m surprised I did not come across this delicious combination sooner. I was catching up with one of my besties over dinner at PS. Café and was ready to throw in the white towel after stuffing ourselves with soups, truffle fries, pasta and pies, when she insisted we had to order this dessert. “Okay, just one bite” I told myself. Well, you could guess what happened after...
December 22, 2014

Nutella Banana Upside down Cake

An upside down cake is simply a cake turned over and served upside down. The base is lined with a layer of fruit (usually pineapples) covered in butter and sugar. In case you have leftover Nutella lying around at home (like me) and in the mood for baking, try making this Nutella Banana Upside down Cake, which is an upgraded version of butter cake. If you are not a fan of banana, feel free to replace with mango, pineapple, apple or whatever works for you...
December 19, 2014

Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream (no machine!)

If you love Thai Ice Tea, then you must know the key ingredient used is condensed milk. One of the technique for no-machine ice cream recipes is using condensed milk and whipped cream. Well, life couldn’t get more perfect than this!...
December 17, 2014

Thai Fried Shrimp Balls (Tod Mun Goong)

“Tod” means deep fry, “Mun” means fatty and “Goong” means prawns. This recipe is actually a twist on Thai fried fish cake ingredients. Originally, Thai fish cakes are cooked with lard hence, “Mun”. Thai fish cakes are absolutely delicious but I can’t say the same about their looks. They puffed up nicely during cooking but crinkled almost immediately the moment you fish them out...
December 16, 2014

Essential Thai Sauces in BNF Kitchen

Since this is Thai food week, I thought it’ll make sense for me to share with you some of the essential Thai sauces in BNF Kitchen. Now, perhaps this might be boring read on a Tuesday morning (you’d rather be reading Korean Air nut rage latest saga maybe stalking someone on Facebook or Instagram), but if you are interested in making Thai food at home on a regular basis, read on!..
December 15, 2014

Coconut & Lemongrass Clam Soup

Thai food week has begun here at BNF! If you have read my earlier post on Thai Grilled Pork, then you must know I’m absolutely hooked on Thai food. The ironic part is hubby and I can’t hold our chili heat too well but that doesn’t deter us from staying away. In fact, we are getting better now and I’m confident enough to say I can finish a bowl of Tom Yum Soup without downing a whole jug of iced water! (Maybe just a glass, hee )...
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...