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April 1, 2015

Melt-in-your-mouth Pancakes

In my opinion, a good pancake should be light, fluffy and has an airy texture. To achieve melt-in-your-mouth pancakes, just remember these few tips...
March 27, 2015

Red Velvet Cupcake

There are many different versions of the origin of Red Velvet Cake but the truth is still a mystery. The rumored birthplace of the original recipe hovers between Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York and Eaton’s department store bakery in Canada...
March 25, 2015

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mention any red velvet dessert and everyone would go “ooh “ and “ahh” over it, especially with the ladies. The color red usually represents passion, desire, romance and love, which pretty much checks every box of what we (women) fantasize in a relationship. What better way than to translate it through desserts, right?...
March 20, 2015

Street Food Style Pad Thai

Pad Thai is listed at number 5 on world’s 50 most delicious food. It’s not hard to imagine why. This delectable stir fry noodle dish is packed with intense flavor and utterly addictive. Pad Thai uses simple, everyday ingredients we can find in our local supermarkets so there is no reason not to try making it at home. The 'essence' of Pad Thai is really in the sauce – Tamarind paste...
March 20, 2015

Pad Thai Sauce

Besides using fresh ingredients, I believe the essence of a good Pad Thai is in its sauce. Best of all, it requires only 4 ingredients (minus the msg and other preservatives found in the readymade version)!...
March 18, 2015

Japanese Goma Dressing

Few weeks ago, Sis brought our Dad for some shopping therapy and they ended with dinner at a Japanese restaurant in town. Ever since, Dad has been raving about this “salad with special sauce”, where he cleaned up two bowls of it at a go. Now, Dad has never been a fan of salad (In fact, who is? Unless we are on a diet...okok I speak for myself only) so I was really curious to what kind of sorcery the chef performed on that salad...
March 13, 2015

Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffin

If there’s one cake I would bake over and over again, it would be this Dangerously Dark Chocolate Muffin. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate, not to mention the number of chocoholics we have in this household...
March 11, 2015

Choux au Craquelin

What is Choux au Craquelin (pronounce shoo-o-krat-ker-lan)? They are baked mini cream puffs with a sweet, crackly, crunchy topping. Tiger (aka hubby) just could not get the pronunciation right and I've given up correcting him. At least I had a good laugh every time he tried...
March 6, 2015

Homemade Mandarin Orange Jam

What is your idea of a perfect breakfast? For me, that would be a nice, crispy slice of buttery toast, smothered with a thick layer of jam on top. So when Tiger (aka the hubby) asked me to make something with all the countless mandarin oranges we have lying around after Chinese New Year, this homemade mandarin orange jam seemed to be the logical choice!...
March 4, 2015

Candied Mandarin Orange Peel

Thanks to Chinese New Year, we always ended up with a lot of mandarin oranges lying around the house. I’ve also received several requests from BNF readers asking for ways to use them up. Hmm, first thought that came up to my mind was orange cake. But there’s only so many (which is not a lot) mandarin oranges you could use in a cake. I quickly strike it off from my mental checklist...
February 27, 2015

Crabmeat Chilli Pasta

Chinese New Year is a major holiday for the Chinese. It is the most important festival for us and during this period, indulging in festival food is a MUST for many of us. But as Shakespeare’s wrote: “Too much of a good thing...”.
February 25, 2015

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is a classic American side dish that is no stranger to anyone in this world. But the question is, could you differentiate between good and bad mash? I’d like to think so. The texture of a good mash should be smooth, velvety and almost instantly disintegrate into a sheer bliss of buttery goodness once it hits the back of your tongue. The additional use of garlic gives this dish an elevated oomph...
February 17, 2015

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls (笑口棗)

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls (Siu Hao Zou in Cantonese) was one of the quintessential CNY goodies we had in our household during my childhood years. Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to savor them anymore in the recent years. Being brought up in a typical Cantonese household, the traditional CNY goodies we had were Kok Zai (Mini Peanut Puffs), Jien Duy (Glutinous Sesame Balls), Nien Gou (Sticky Pudding), etc. Most of them were handmade by either mom, Godma or neighbors but they turned up their aprons long ago...
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...