March 4, 2022
Steamed pork rib is a Cantonese style dim sum dish that can be found in every dim sum restaurant. The best kind of ribs to use are pork spare ribs or baby back ribs (小排骨). This cut of rib is tender with the right amount of fats. If in doubt, simply let your butcher at your local market know you are making steamed pork ribs and to cut them into small bite size pieces.
February 14, 2022
Are you a shrimp / prawn person? Well, I am. They are so versatile and readily available at most local markets and supermarkets, I find myself using them whenever I need to whip up a quick meal. If you are not a fan of prawn, you could try using squid, chicken or even tofu as your choice of protein.
January 26, 2022
Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate the beginning of a new lunar new year. Truth be told, it is the food that gets me excited! I especially look forward to the yearly reunion dinner where family members would all gather on New Year’s Eve and enjoy a sumptuous feast. Symbolic ingredients like abalone, fish, chicken, noodles will always make their appearance on the dining table. Whatever you decide to cook, Chinese New Year is a time to show generosity, abundance and indulgence during this period, so be sure to prepare plentiful.
January 18, 2022
December 20, 2021
Few years ago, I’ve shared a popular Taiwanese staple dish - Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice). I can’t remember how many times I’ve made this dish and every time, it never fails to hit the spot. Recently, I’ve been making Lu Rou Fan with the all-in-one multi cooker I’ve acquired. I’m loving the sauté and sauce thickening functions. Most traditional pressure cookers do not come with these functions hence, I find myself using the multi cooker more these days. Tough cuts of meat can be tenderized in minutes, it is perfect for stews, soups and rice.
October 29, 2021
Six years ago, I’ve shared my Balinese Ikan Bakar recipe using a grill pan. With the invention of smart kitchen appliance like air fryer, you could cook almost any type of food with it. Air fryer is essentially a small convection oven that circulates hot air at high speed (source: Wikipedia) These days, I’ve been heavily relying on my air fryer to make meals.
July 13, 2021
Looking for a dish that pleases both adults and children? Then this Easy Chinese Shrimp Cake recipe is for you. Shrimps or prawns are a lean source of protein and low in fat so it is pretty much a guilt-free food in my opinion. The ingredients used is widely available and you’ll probably have most of it in your pantry.
July 5, 2021
Mapo Tofu is a dish that needs no introduction to most food aficionados. This humble dish of minced pork and tofu originated from Sichuan province and the spicy, numbing sensation that hits your palate is the signature profile flavor you can’t miss. Instead of using ground pork, I’ve chosen plant-based ground meat as the protein. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with plant-based meat and am quite pleased with the results.
March 15, 2021
As far as I could remember, mom has always taught us the importance of not wasting food. I recall she would store tons of chicken, pork and fish bones in the freezer. One of my all-time favorite snacks is this Crispy Fried Fish Bones. Frying has a knack for bringing out some of the best flavors.
February 1, 2021
This Thai Style Prawn with Glass Noodle is just one of the many items we would order from a Thai food menu. Honestly, there is nothing complicated to this dish. Apart from using fresh prawn, the combination of soy sauce, oyster sauce creates a flavorful umami-rich taste to the dish, while the prawn and cabbage amp up the natural sweetness. The bean vermicelli tends to soak up the flavor of the sauce, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
January 26, 2021
Whenever we are in Bangkok, Thai Style Steamed Sea Bass is one of the must-order items for us. Now you can replicate this steamed fish at the comfort of your home. In Thailand, the most common fish to use for this recipe is sea bass. I’ve tried it with grouper and barramundi too. Instead of whole fish, you could use whole fillet as well.
November 24, 2020
Chinese Sliced Fish Soup is a staple dish found in every hawker centre in Singapore. It is believed to have originated from the Teochews. Today’s Chinese Fried Fish Soup is another version where chunk of fish head bones and sliced fish are battered lightly with corn flour and flash fried into golden crispy chunks. While it is important to use fresh fish when making fish soup, the soul of this dish I believe, is in its luscious and rich broth. To achieve that signature ‘milky’ soup base, the trick is to keep boiling the broth over high heat for 10 to 15 mins to release the collagen and essence from the fish bones.
October 23, 2020
Air fry cooking needs no introduction and if you’re like me, always looking for new ways to make easy, healthy and delicious food, then this recipe is for you. Initially, I was skeptical and hesitant in using air fryers. After all, I had gone without it for so long and using “air” to cook food? I was so not convinced the end product will taste good. Two years later, I’m absolutely enamored with air fryers.
October 2, 2020
September 9, 2020
Bak Chor Mee aka Minced Pork Noodles is one of Singapore’s most iconic dish. Today’s Bak Chor Mee Soup is inspired by Bedok 85 (Fengshan Centre) bak chor mee. Dedicated foodies go there strictly for the soup-based bak chor mee. There are actually two stalls, side by side to each other. Both stalls are frequented by loyal patrons and a constant queue can always be spotted.
August 19, 2020
I’m always in search of bouncy handmade fish balls made from real fish. Not the commercial kind that are filled with starch and binders. The beauty of homemade fish ball is in its irregular-shaped look and texture, plus it actually tastes like fish. Fish balls originated from China and the Teochews (Chao Zhou) are arguably the experts when it comes to making fish balls. Just watch “Flavorful Origins” on Netflix and you’ll know what I mean.
August 3, 2020
Okay, today’s recipe post is for every pork lard (猪油渣) lovers out there. Before you health fanatics shoot me the evil look, pork fat is actually ranked 8th in a list of 100 foods which provide the best balance of a person’s daily nutritional requirements. However, I always believe moderation is the key when consuming all types of food so I wouldn’t recommend eating the whole tub of pork lard at one-go. Tempting, but no. In case you are not aware, there are actually two ways of making pork lard.
July 29, 2020
A quintessential old school Teochew dessert with decades of history and nostalgia. This warm and smooth yam paste is bursting with sweetness and a great comfort to many older Singaporeans, as well as a sizeable number of those in the younger generation. Traditionally, Teochew Orh Nee is made by cooking with sugar and shallot oil. This simplified and healthier version uses no oil and the amount of sugar is kept to minimal.
July 22, 2020
There is a certain joy with making homemade dim sum bites such as spring rolls that can be easily bought frozen from the supermarket, yet simple and therapeutic to make. Once you have mastered the simple craft in making these at home, there are a plethora of variations for an array occasions which these can be ideal for.
July 3, 2020
It would be a mistake to not include this Golden Salted Egg Prawns in my recipe archive. This dish is one of the most popular items to order in Chinese seafood restaurants. At least in Singapore. This recipe uses fresh salted egg yolks, not the powder kind that comes from a bag. I’m a purist when it comes to salted egg yolk sauce.
June 26, 2020
June 17, 2020
Recently, there has been an influx on ads selling Ngoh Hiang online. And most of them “originated” from their grandmas’ secret recipes. Few weeks ago, my beloved sis ordered from this insta-famous retailer with 100% positive reviews so it must be good, right? Well, all I could say is she won’t be ordering from them anymore. So I decide to get in touch with my Hokkien roots and make some. But first, I have to do my own research. My late grandma did not have pass down any secret Ngoh Hiang recipe to me. Plus, there are two versions – Hokkien and Teochew Ngoh Hiang. Do you know what the difference between these two types is?
June 10, 2020
If you are looking for a quick yet delicious meal, these Honey Glazed Pork Chops is the answer. I like to serve them with boiled broccoli and steamed rice to soak up the juices and glaze. The combination of sides is endless, so just go with your imagination and preference.