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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...
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 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...
February 22, 2017

Chitose Agriculture Initiative Recipe Collaboration: Crispy Chives Pancakes

The final ingredient I've chosen from CAI’s omakase box is none other than these Chinese chives (Kochi). Filled with Vitamin E, B-carotene and Allicin, regular consumption of Chinese Chives can help to purify your blood, boost your immunity and has anti-aging properties. I’m a big fan of Chinese Chives, be it in dumplings or as stir-fry, it is a regular ingredient in my fridge. This Crispy Chives Pancakes recipe is modified from the popular Chinese Spring Onion / Green Onion Pancakes. In my humble opinion, the texture of a perfect Chinese pancake should be light, crispy and flaky all at the same time. It should be bursting with a substantial amount of the star ingredient – Chinese chives. This recipe is just that...
February 17, 2017

Chitose Agriculture Initiative Recipe Collaboration: Salted Egg Golden Butternut

The second ingredient I’ve chosen from CAI’s omakase box is the Butternut (Ishikawa). Butternut, also known as Butternut Squash, is high in B-carotene, Potassium and Dietary Fibre, Butternut prevents cold and infectious diseases, cancer, high blood pressure and skin problems. Taste wise, Butternut have a smooth texture with a nutty flavor. Although they are good for making soup, they are also perfect for stir-fry or deep fry...
January 27, 2017

Cauliflower Risotto

Cauliflower is a vegetable that I often left out in the weekly grocery shopping list, unlike its cousin, Broccoli. Over the last couple of years, there is a steady health food trend of using cauliflower to substitute rice or starch. Since one of my New Year resolutions this year is to observe a healthier diet, I’m going to turn this superfood into a regular ingredient in my pantry. Besides roasting them in the oven, another quick and easy option is to turn them into “rice”. I’ve been seeing so many Cauliflower rice recipes all over the internet and was really intrigued to find out how it would taste...
January 25, 2017

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, etc. 3 weeks into 2017 and it is time to start fulfilling one of my top resolutions – start eating healthier food. I chose kale as I’ve always been wanting to incorporate this cruciferous vegetable in my diet. Cruciferous vegetables are unique because they are rich in glucosinolates which support detoxification and greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer. However, Kale has a bitter and peppery taste which might not be appeal to some people. A great way to enjoy kale is to turn them into kale chips. If you are not a fan of Kale, then perhaps these crispy salt and vinegar kale chips will convert you!...
November 18, 2016

Honey Butter Chips (Haitai-Calbee)

Fans of Korean pop culture will know that Korean honey butter chips, are extremely popular and high in demand. Crunchy, buttery, sweet and salty, there is a reason why this snack is so addictive. Since I found some long forgotten potatoes buried at a corner in my fridge, I decided to make some Honey butter chips at home. I adapted this version from here. To make the crispiest potato chips, the key is soaking them in a vinegar solution and frying them at a lower temperature...
November 11, 2016

Minced Pork Noodles Tossed with Scallion Oil

Simple, unpretentious and comforting. The description of this Minced Pork Noodles Tossed with Scallion Oil is enough to make anyone want to give it a go. In lieu of the previous write up on shallot scallion oil, this noodle dish is the perfect trial run in utilizing that aromatic homemade scallion oil that you have probably just prepared previously...
November 9, 2016

Shallot Scallion Oil

Infused oils are all the rage now and have been seeing an increase in popularity and innovation for quite some time. However, many of them also have roots in certain cuisines and have been in existence way before infused and flavored oils took the artisanal world by storm. Shallot Scallion Oil is the perfect example, and is widely ingrained in Chinese cooking for as long as many can remember...
September 23, 2016

Crispy Corn Kebabs

Do not be fooled by its name. These corn kebabs look nothing likes the commonly imagined Middle-Eastern or Turkish kebabs. Instead they resemble more of a cross between a vegetarian corn dog, and a croquette. If you are vegetarian, or are planning to make this for vegetarians, simply substitute vegetable stock powder or salt, in place of the chicken stock powder...
September 21, 2016

Easy Fried Daikon Mochi Cake

For avid lovers of Chye Tow Kuay (Fried Carrot Cake), this fried daikon mochi cake is a wonderful Japanese variation to tantalize your senses and taste buds. The addition of dried shrimps and Chinese mushrooms create a taste much closer to home as well. Chinese sausage (lap cheong), chopped char siew and even chye poh can be used as a substitute for the dried shrimps, or Chinese mushrooms, or both. Be creative and experimental, go with the flow (or what your stomach is feeling for the day) and most importantly, cook with your heart...
September 7, 2016

Easy Stir-fry Soy Sauce Noodles

Growing up in a Cantonese household, one of our childhood breakfast items I could still fondly reminisce is this Easy Stir-fry Soy Sauce Noodles. There are no fancy ingredients used in this humble noodle dish, the key ingredient is good ol’ light and dark soy sauce. Since they are the “star” in this dish, it makes sense to use good quality soy sauce...
August 17, 2016

Dry-Fried String Beans

Dry-Fried String Bean is one of those super humble and easy to make stir fry vegetable dish that tastes oh-so-umami-licious (yes, I totally made up that word). The saltiness in this dish that hits you like a song is none other than olive vegetable. Ignore the misleading name as olive vegetable is actually preserved mustard green marinated in oil and olives...
July 1, 2016

Easy Crab Cakes

I wasn’t intending on making these easy crab cakes but thanks to the leftover crab meat from my Braised Crab Meat Soup, I decided to waste no ingredient and turn them into a delectable appetizer...
June 17, 2016

Netted Spring Rolls

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June 1, 2016

Mayak Kimbap – Addictive Seaweed Rice Rolls

I fell in love with kimbap during our trip to Seoul couple months ago. Ever since we returned from our Korea, I’ve been religiously making these Mayak Kimbap for my daughter’s lunch box and as a side dish for dinner. These are actually mini version of the classic kimbap found in Korean restaurants.
May 27, 2016

Molten Lava Bun

There is something really satisfying about making (and eating) your own buns, especially these molten lava buns. The “molten lava” is none other than the ever popular salted egg yolk custard filling. I had a fun time making the step-by-step video below, especially the part where I get to pry open the buns to reveal the filling inside. Also, I made a new friend that day called Calories...
May 4, 2016

Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Sauce Noodles)

Since we are having withdrawal from our recent trip to Seoul, what better way to cure that longing feeling than to make some Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Sauce Noodles) and binge watch on K-dramas? Maybe that was just my perfect excuse to acquaint with the cast of Descendants of the Sun?If you have not heard of JJM (we like to create acronym in our household), it is a Korean version of the Chinese Zha Jiang Mian (noodles with meat sauce). This inexpensive noodle dish can be found throughout Seoul and it is so popular there is even an unofficial holiday called “Black Day” (14th Apr) for the singles to get together just to eat JJM...
April 27, 2016

Shoyu Tamago (Japanese Soy Sauce Egg)

To all my beloved BNF fans who requested for Shoyu Tamago recipe, this for you. This well-loved hard-boiled egg with a molten, custard yolk is a must-have topping for us whenever we have ramen. I actually prefer a more custard-y yolk rather than the molten type that flows out when you cut into them...
April 8, 2016

Fried Tofu with Thai Chilli Dip

This Fried Tofu with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce is a must-eat street food whenever we visit Thailand. They are oh-so crispy on the outside yet moist and juicy on the inside when you bite into each pieces...
March 18, 2016

Crispy Fried Onion Strings

Using just one large onion, I was able to fry up this large plate of addictively light and crispy onion strings. Beside my favorite onion rings, these homemade crispy fried onion strings are absolutely a must-have side dish to go with burgers, steaks, salads or anything you fancy. Heck, they even taste absolutely delicious on its own. It takes a lot of will power to stop picking through the pile.
March 16, 2016

Teriyaki Spam Musubi

But I seriously cannot remember when the last time I had Spam was. It was that long ago. Making this Teriyaki Spam Musubi has always been on my mind, thanks to food Network “Best Thing I ever Ate” segment. This ginormous-looking onigiri originated from Hawaii and is well-loved by the locals and tourists. I read they are so popular you could find them in every convenience store on the island. Well since I don’t think I’ll be making my way to Hawaii anytime soon, it is probably best I make some myself. Right now.