November 10, 2014
I used to think making Tom Yum soup from scratch requires many man hours. Boy, was I wrong! Not only it is easy-peasy but I can also control the amount of heat / chilli level that goes inside. You see, we (hubby and I) are sissies when it comes to eating spicy food but yet we love them. How contradicting, eh?
October 10, 2014
Gumbo originated from Louisiana (southern region of United States). It usually consists of okra (lady's finger), meat or shellfish and the stock is thickened. They are traditionally served over a bed of rice. To be honest, my gumbo tasting experience only began a couple of years ago but the last few I had inspired me so much. The broth was so tasty and addictive, filled with seafoody-goodness (BNF vocabulary ;-P) and packed with tons of seafood. It is really a meal on its own! I was so tempted to rush home and make some gumbo! The last straw came when I was watching one of the episodes from the latest season of Masterchef US. One of the contestants made a pot of gumbo in less than an hour for the judges (according to them, was quite impossible) and all 3 were blown away by it. So hubby immediately said: "I want some gumbo this weekend!". That was how I began my gumbo-making journey. Although this is not the traditional recipe (I did not include okra and also added some extra ingredients), the flavor compensates for everything else. This is also one of my father-in-law's favorite BNF request.
October 6, 2014
So my MIL (mother-in-law) recently went to a cafe (somewhere in the east) and tasted some clam chowder. We were shocked to hear that she actually liked to it. Okay, a little background on my MIL. She is definitely not big into western food and does not like anything that is creamy or cheesy. I asked her to describe the taste and texture to me and just as I suspected, the thickness of the chowder was not the Soup-Spoon kind (for those who does not know Soup Spoon, they are a soup chain here in Singapore, famed for their thick, rich chunky soups, which I totally love by the way) but rather on the thinner side. Traditionally, clam chowder is made with potatoes, celery, onion and bacon. But for BNF version, I added in carrots and corn (for extra color and taste) and tone down the thickness of the consistency. It has passed my MIL's taste test and I'm a happy DIL! (Daughter-in-law haha!)
September 10, 2014
Over dinner parties, I've been asked numerous times on how to get that nice golden sear on my scallops. How do I know if my scallops are cooked? Should I torch my scallops? You get the drift. Searing scallop is really one of the simplest technique and I'm not kidding. Follow the steps below to achieve that perfect sear with moist, juicy centre. I like to serve these sea treasures on a bed of corn puree.
September 8, 2014
Cod vs Chilean Seabass. Many would wonder what is the difference? Is the cod I'm eating really cod? Well, I've consulted with Google and found out most of the 'cod' sold locally (Singapore) are actually Chilean Sea bass or Patagonian Toothfish. The taste and texture between these two are very similar - mild flavor and dense flaky white flesh. It is wonderfully buttery when cooked. Therefore, one could be easily mistaken for the other. In any case, this is yet another tiger's favorite Sunday night dinner request. Here is the BNF version of the classic Nobu Black Cod with Miso.
August 8, 2014
Now, except for my best friend who does not like any shell fish, I haven't met anyone who could say no to vongole aka clams. Wow your loved ones or dinner guests with this simple yet delicious recipe! Italians prepare this dish two ways: bianco, i.e., with oil, garlic, parsley, and sometimes a splash of white wine; and in rosso, like the former but with tomatoes and fresh basil, the addition of tomatoes being more frequent in the south. Cream and cheese are never added to this dish. The "creaminess" in this dish is called "emulsione" (emulsion in English), which comes from adding the pasta water and tossing the pasta well. I like mine bianco (with more than a splash of white wine) so here’s a super easy peasy version that never fails. Oh, I usually buy my favorite bottle of white wine so I can finish.. I mean have a glass or two over dinner.