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October 7, 2015

Homemade Guacamole

This homemade guacamole post almost did not make it to this page had it not been for my persistent 14-year old. Truth be told, I was reluctant and embarrassed. Oh, don’t get me wrong. This homemade guac is nothing but absolutely delicious and addictive. (If you are an avocado lover, you would know what I’m talking about. But if you are not, it’s never too late to try!) But because it is so ridiculously easy to prepare, I’m not sure if anyone would be interested...
September 30, 2015

Japanese Garlic Fried Rice

A recent trip to Gyoza Ya made me fell in love with Japanese Garlic Fried Rice again. While they are famed for their specialty gyozas (either boiled or pan-fried), I was absolutely hooked on their humble-looking bowl of garlic fried rice. Every grain was super flavorful and laced with the right amount of garlicky goodness...
September 18, 2015

Double-B Mac and Cheese

f you are a pasta and cheese lover, then today’s Double-B Mac and Cheese recipe is made for you! Any guesses what “Double-B” am I referring to? Netspeak for baby? Blackberry? Okay, I admit I’m kinda lame (sometimes). As testified by my family. “Double-B here means Bacon and Broccolini. Bacon just makes everything taste better and recently, I’ve been going town at broccolini. You would think they are baby broccoli but in fact, broccolini is hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan.
September 16, 2015

Kaki Fry

This is one item on our must-order list whenever we see them on the menu. To be honest, we have had our fair share of ups and downs - with the kaki fry, that is. When you bite into a perfect kaki fry, the batter should be light and crispy (not soaking with oil) and the oyster should taste like the ocean. That being said, we had some that tasted like they had been hanging out in the sewer for a while.
September 9, 2015

Soba Noodle Salad

Whenever someone mentioned salad, images of lettuce, cucumber and tomato flashed across my mind. Of course, there are more varieties other than those mentioned above but my cognitive development for salad is pretty much tuned to that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of greens and can’t live without them in my daily meals.Soba Noodles is made from buckwheat flour. Nutrition wise, they are high in fibre and low in GI (Glycemic Index) and calories. Taste wise, they are smooth, slippery and less dense than udon. Perfect for noodles lovers (like me!) who love their starch yet don’t want to feel too guilty when indulging in them regularly.
August 19, 2015

Pan Seared Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

What is Gnocchi (pronounced nyo-kee)? For those who are unfamiliar with it, gnocchi is an Italian soft doughy dumpling made mainly from potato, flour and egg. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of gnocchi. The ones I had before were dense, floury and chewy. I genuinely thought they were supposed to taste that way and had written it off as another food on my do-not-eat list...
August 5, 2015

Indonesian Perkedel

Today, I’m paying tribute to all BNF Indonesian fans who have been with me since Day 1 by making this crispy, tasty and utterly popular side dish – “Indonesian Perkdel”. These humble potato patties are also known as “Bergedil” in Java, Malaysia and Singapore. However, do you know they are actually influenced by the Dutch, who has their version of potato patties called “Frikadeller”?...
June 10, 2015

Chwee Kueh 水粿 Water Rice Cakes

A big high five to my fellow Singaporeans who grew up eating Chwee Kueh as part of your childhood! Today’s post is dedicated to you. When I decided to feature recipes for the upcoming SG50 to celebrate Singapore’s jubilee year, Chwee Kueh was the first item that popped up in my mind...
June 3, 2015

King Prawns with Ginger and Spring Onions 姜葱大虾

Over Chinese festive occasions or celebrations, one of the popular seafood items many of us would include is prawns. In this part of the world, we call them prawns rather than shrimps...
May 6, 2015

Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs

If you are fan of Thai Laab (minced meat salad), then you will love this crispy fried version. The soul of this dish is the toasted sticky rice. It gives the pork that crunchy texture and roasted fragrance. Your laab wouldn’t be the same without it...
May 1, 2015

Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumlets

For those of you who had made the Christmas Tandoori Chicken, a big pat on the back! Thank you for all the positive comments and I’m so happy it worked out for you. If you are not aware by now, we love our Indian food. So much so I dedicated a shelf on my pantry just for Indian spices...
April 22, 2015

Peri-Peri Chicken Drumlets (Nandos)

When Nando’s first opened up in Singapore on 2010, long snaking queues could be seen outside their first restaurant at Bugis Junction. Nando’s is famous for their Peri-Peri Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. Peri-Peri means African Bird’s Eye Chili. The secret of their success is in the peri-peri sauce...
April 3, 2015

Deep Fried Black Eyed Peas

If you are a food network junkie like me, you would've come across the segment “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” where star spangled chefs would describe their favorite food (mostly American) they would indulge in their free time...
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...
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 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...
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 8, 2014

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Bruschetta

Go to any Italian restaurants and you’ll probably find Bruschetta (Bru-sketta) listed in the Antipasti (Appetizers) section of the menu. A basic bruschetta mainly involves rubbing raw garlic on grilled bread with toppings of chopped tomatoes with basil. While the basic version is absolutely delicious, it often leaves a strong garlicky scent in our breath (courtesy of the raw garlic)...
November 27, 2014

Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes (Lolla)

Duck fat. The mere sound of it is enough to put off health fanatics. I used to think duck fat belongs to the same category as lard, butter or those bad saturated fats. Thankfully, the record was set straight by nutritionists and health professors. Duck fat rank sits between olive oil and butter...
November 26, 2014

Stuffed Baked Mushrooms

I could almost smell Christmas around the corner! Well, actually it is still a month away and technically, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow but since I’ve a few Christmas dinner parties lined up already, I’m wasting no time working on my menu! The thing about throwing dinner parties is we have to make sure most of the food could be prepared ahead of time, impress our guests and taste good at room temperature...
November 19, 2014

Breaded Mushrooms

Occasionally, I would cave in to “comfort food” cravings. Accordingly to Mr. Wiki (Wikipedia), comfort food is food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it, frequently with a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation...
November 5, 2014

Isan-styled Grilled Mushrooms

Mention Thai food and thoughts of Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken, etc spring to my mind. However, do you know the genres of Thai Food? I admit I wasn’t that well versed until a couple of years ago when one of my Thai friends gave me a quick rundown on it. Apparently, Thai food is categorized as Northern Thai, Southern Thai, Aahaan Dtaam Song (General Thai food) and Isan. I was very intrigued in finding out more about Isan food...
October 30, 2014

Upgraded Garlic Bread

Who doesn't like garlic bread? The only ones I know are Vampires? Or are they Draculas? I always get them mixed up. I wonder what will happen if I serve some to the zombies?? Oops..been watching too many zombie shows lately. Can't help it, hubby is a big zombie fan...