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May 17, 2017

Green Mango Salad (Som Tam Mamuang)

So far, there’s no one I know who doesn’t like Som Tam. If you are not familiar with Som Tam, it is a staple item in every Thai restaurants’ menu. “Som” means sour and “Tam” refers to the method that is used to make this salad. Typically the dish uses green papaya, but green mango is a pretty popular choice here too. When I came across some green mangoes at the Thai Supermarket at Golden Mile Complex, I immediately grabbed half a dozen and came home immediately to make this Green Mango Salad. Oh, I also picked up this bag of Thai pickling garlic. They are smaller than normal garlic and the flavor is milder, which is usually used for Thai salads. You could substitute with any other garlic too...
May 12, 2017

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Muffin

Muffins are really just cakes baked in small cups and they appeal to almost everyone. Today’s Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Muffin might sounds a little unusual yet, it is totally worth trying. Who would have thought of marrying sweet potato and chocolate chunk in a muffin? Well Martha Stewart did...
May 11, 2017

Food Review: 63Celcius at Orchard Paragon

63Celcius is a sparkling dining establishment located at Orchard Paragon. Priding itself on seasonal ingredients, unpretentious food and a culinary flair that draws influence from all over the world, 63Celcius is a definite inspiration to the culinary scene in Singapore. 63Celcius prides itself on the culture of sharing, so make sure you dine there with family and friends. Coffee lovers will also be delighted to know that the establishment works with AllPress Coffee Roasters, and produces great quality coffees...
May 10, 2017

Flourless Cloud Bread

Since I saw this Cloud Bread making waves on the internet some time last year, I’ve been wanting to give this super easy 4-ingredient recipe a try. Now, traditionally, one of the crucial ingredients for bread making is flour, yet this recipe calls for none. The method resembles very much like making a soufflé yet less complicated so there is no really no messing up on this one (I hope). The only thing you'll want to take note is the whisking of the egg whites. When the instruction states beat egg whites until STIFF peaks, you must really beat them till STIFF peaks. The stiffer the better. That way, your cloud bread will hold their shapes well when you transfer them onto the baking tray...
May 5, 2017

Homemade Tater Tots

Crunchy on the outside and fluffy inside, these Homemade Tater Tots are not only a kid-pleasing favorite, even adults (like me) fall for them wholeheartedly...
May 3, 2017

Homemade Baked Beignets

These soft, pillowy bites of yeasted dough are as delicious as they look. Oh, for those of you who are not acquainted with Beignet, it is usually made with yeast, bread flour, evaporated milk, deep fried and dusted with a generous coating of icing sugar. Think of it as the cousin of churros. This no-machine needed dough can be easily mixed together by a wooden spoon or hand and instead of deep frying them, I popped them into a preheated oven of 180°C/350°F and baked them to golden brown perfection. You could definitely deep fry them as well in medium hot oil for a couple of minutes...
April 28, 2017

Chocolate Layer Cake with Caramel Ganache

Truth be told, when I first came across this Chocolate Layer Cake with Caramel Ganache in Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by cake goddess Rose Levy Beranbaum, I skimmed past the recipe and did not even bother to attempt it. Perhaps it was the lack of an illustration of the cake or maybe the daunting 3-page instructions, whatever the case was, I’m glad I finally rolled up my sleeves and did it. The end result is worth the 2 days effort...
April 26, 2017

Copycat IKEA Fried Chicken Wings

Besides their affordable furniture and home furnishing, IKEA Singapore is also well known for their great range of meals and snacks. In fact, their Swedish Meatballs and Fried Chicken Wings are the most popular items to order. *Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Ever since I posted my Better-than-Ikea Swedish Meatballs last year, I’ve been wanting to recreate my own copycat version of IKEA Chicken Wings. After two rounds of kitchen testing, I think this is it. Actually, my test testers think these wings are better than IKEA’s...
April 21, 2017

Korean BBQ Chicken Leg

Bold and bright flavors are the main characteristics of Korean cuisine. And this Korean-scented BBQ chicken leg is no exception. Crispy, salty and wonderfully moist, it is an ideal dish to be paired up with some Korean alcohol such as soju or makgeolli. If you intend to host or take part in a BBQ party, this chicken dish is extremely ideal and will be a definite favorite amongst family and friends. Just half cook the chicken in the oven before finishing it on the grill afterwards. The reason why this has to be done, it to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked before the marinade starts to burn. Garlic and soy sauce are excellent marinade ingredients. However, they do burn fast when being cooked on an open flame. Therefore, it is better to precook the chicken before finishing it off on the BBQ...
April 19, 2017

Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Curd Frosting

Sweet and creamy dessert cakes always taste fantastic when lemon is used as a main flavouring ingredient. The sharp, fresh and acidic citrus aroma of lemon contrasts wonderfully with the rich and sugary taste of cream cake. A perfect balance between creamy, sweet and sour...
April 14, 2017

Plaited Brioche

There is this certain sense of joy and satisfaction whenever you make your own bread. Although seemingly daunting at first, baking bread at home is equally fun and relaxing. It is a great skill to have, and an addictive activity. Many people have the misconception that bread making is difficult. In reality, it is not. It is just time consuming. Which makes it the perfect activity for days when one has to stay indoors. Plaited brioche is absolutely delicious and can be eaten on its own, as a sandwich or fried like a French toast. A simple but indulgent way to enjoy brioche, is to slice it and spread it with a thick layer of butter. The difference between brioche and normal bread, is the fact that brioche contains eggs and butter, which gives it a much richer taste and flavor...
April 12, 2017

Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Sugary sweet potatoes are roasted to caramel perfection before being smothered in pungent garlic and saline parmesan cheese. A sensual combination of flavours. This dish is a dream for vegetarians and an absolute meat-free wonder. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Which means that this dish is not just delicious but healthy as well. Parmesan cheese provides not only a salty tang to contrast the sweet potatoes, but also an extra edge of texture and flavour...
April 7, 2017

Blueberry Lemon Cake

A simple and tangy cake that is light, delicious and a definite crowd pleaser. This cake is also perfect for events such as potlucks, picnics and parties. Easy to make and easy to eat, it is no wonder that this sweet treat is such a joy. This cake is perfect eaten as it is, on its own. It can be eaten at any temperature and will still taste just as delicious. For a special and more sinful treat, heat up a portion of this cake in the microwave and eat it hot with either vanilla ice cream, or freshly whipped cream...
April 5, 2017

Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

This is the perfect meal for anyone who is on a low carb diet, and who likes tasty food without too much fuss. Crispy and succulent chicken thighs are paired up with a simple sauce, and enjoyed with sweet, caramelized roasted garlic. Leftover roast chicken keeps extremely well, and can be enjoyed in many other ways. Leftover chicken meat can be shredded and makes a delicious sandwich filling...
March 31, 2017

Fried Chinese Pork Ribs

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March 25, 2017

Food Review: Yentafo Kruengsonge – famous Thailand’s Pink Noodles at Kallang Wave Mall (closed)

If you are a regular traveler to Bangkok, you would be familiar with Yentafo – a distinctively pink noodle dish in Thailand. The “pinkiness” comes from the fermented soybean paste added to the soup. It imparts a distinctive sweetness and essence to the broth. Although it’s not as popular as Thai Boat Noodles, yentafo is a staple choice of noodles amongst the locals. If you are not aware, Yentafo Kruengsonge is an authentic Thai yentafo brand with 28 outlets in Thailand and two in Laos. In Singapore, this is the third outlet after the opening of its first outlet at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard in November last year. The second outlet is at [email protected]
March 24, 2017

Victoria Sandwich Sponge with Roasted Strawberries

This recipe brings together 2 wonderful components - Victoria Sandwich Sponge and Roasted Strawberries. If you want to experiment with something a little different, plain Victoria sponge without any cream or fillings can be cut up into slices or squares, wrapped individually and make a very good snack for outdoor events such as concerts or picnics. The Roasted strawberries alone are also very delicious. However, nothing beats having Victoria sandwich sponge together with roasted strawberries. If you have guests coming over, this easy yet tempting dessert would be a pleasant surprise for them...
March 22, 2017

Braised Turnip Rice Bowl

This delicious and comforting dish is simple as it is nutritious. Minced pork and turnip are braised in a thick and fragrant sauce before being doused over steaming white rice. Perfect for rainy days, and as a late night supper. Another upside to this dish is how versatile it can be. Minced pork can always be substituted with minced chicken or minced beef for a slightly different, but equally delicious meal. Likewise, daikon radish also makes an excellent substitute for the turnip. Having this mouthwatering dish over steaming Japanese rice provides a delightful alternative to the usual white jasmine rice as well...
March 21, 2017

Food Review: Kai Garden at Marina Square

Well known for their exquisite and excellent dim sum, Kai Garden has become the latest addition to my list of favorite Cantonese restaurants. The powerhouse duo responsible for expertly reinventing the Cantonese classics dishes are none other than Chef Fung Chi Keung and Chef Lau Chi Keung, both formerly colleagues from Paradise Group. Kai Garden is accented with modern and elegant deco-style touches, adopting gratuitous chinoiserie elements. The space is also deceptively large – with two dining rooms and 4 private rooms. An excellent start to the luncheon comes in the form of their Signature Crispy Peking Duck. Touted as the best Peking Duck in Singapore, it is not hard to understand why. Besides having the most delectable crispy skin, it is served with 5 unique wraps and 5 dipping sauces...
March 17, 2017

Tiramisu Cheesecake

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March 15, 2017

Marbled Tea Leaf Egg

Whenever I pass by night markets or Chinese Medical halls, the aromatic whiffs of tea leaf egg never fails to make my tummy rumble. If you are unfamiliar with tea leaf eggs, they are a typical Chinese street food originated from China and found commonly all across China and Southeast Asia, especially Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. The eggs are cooked and simmered in a spiced tea broth. The spices use to flavor the tea broth usually consist of cinnamon, star anise and soy sauce. The use of black tea and dark soy sauce is what gives the tea leaf eggs their signature dark color...
March 10, 2017

Firecracker Prawn Roll

Being an Asian, making spring rolls has always been a regular cooking activity at home. There’s nothing complicated in making them, perhaps the only part you’ll need a little practice is wrapping them nicely. When I came across these Firecracker Prawn Rolls from The Woks of Life, I was eager to try them. They are whole deshelled prawns marinated with a spicy chilli dressing and wrapped individually with spring roll wrappers. Because of their shape and color, they do resemble Chinese firecrackers, minus the explosion...
March 8, 2017

Best Butternut and Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is absolutely delicious and is loaded with tons of vitamins and minerals. So not only is this soup tasty and easy to make, it is also healthy and nutritious. What a wonderful combination. The exciting variations that come with this soup are equally mouthwatering and tantalizing. If you are not able to get your hands on butternut squash or sweet potato, you could substitute with either pumpkin and with normal potatoes...
March 3, 2017

Homemade Fresh Pasta

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