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...
February 15, 2017

Chitose Agriculture Initiative Recipe Collaboration: Kumquat Citrus Tea

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February 14, 2017

Food Review: Blanco Beef Noodle – the Rebirth of Traditional Hainanese Beef Noodle at North Bridge Road (closed)

Located at North Bridge Road (next to Liang Seah Street and opposite Bugis Junction), Blanco Beef Noodle has been on my food-to-try radar for a couple of months since I drove passed the store several times. Being a huge Hainanese beef noodles fan, I finally tried it last week. I was lucky to meet the brainchild behind Blanco Beef Noodle on that day of my visit and chatted briefly with him. A little background history on Blanco Beef Noodle. Firstly, they are not affiliated to Blanco Court Traditional Hainan Beef Noodles at Guillemard Road. The real reason behind the name is this Hainanese Beef Noodles store is situated at the defunct Blanco Court site, which was once a food mecca for some of the best local food in Singapore...
February 10, 2017

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

Banana cake is one of my favorite cakes I would make over and over again, it’s almost an obsession. Over the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with a few different hybrid from the original recipe and this Double Chocolate Banana Cake is the latest addition. Fudgy, moist and loaded with chocolatey flavor, they are incredibly easy to make and guarantee to satisfy any serious chocolate cravings you might have...
February 8, 2017

Quick and Easy Homemade Miso Soup

Besides having a rich comforting taste, Miso Soup is well known for its anticancer effects and positive beneficial enzymes which helps improve digestion. I love making my own miso soup as I could customize the taste to suit our palettes. Besides using the basic ingredients like wakame (kelp) and tofu, you could add in daikon, carrot or clams to heighten the umami-ness of the soup. The best part of making this quick and easy homemade miso soup is it’ll take you only 10 minutes from start to end. I’m using white miso paste for a delicately flavored taste. You could definitely use red miso too (or a blend of both white and red) if you prefer a darker and punchier soup...
February 3, 2017

Hamburg Cheese Curry Rice

If you love Japanese curry as much as I do, then you will like this Hamburg Cheese Curry Rice. Inspired by a curry restaurant we visited in Tokyo recently, this dish will appeal to both young and old alike. Japanese-style curry was inspired by the British during the Meiji era when India was under their colonial rule. Japan has since adapted the flavors and made it uniquely their own. Instead of making the curry roux from scratch, pre-made instant curry blocks are widely available in all supermarkets, especially here in Singapore. The most popular brands are House Foods and S&B Foods. Japanese curry’s heat level is generally milder therefore, they are very popular with the kids too...
February 1, 2017

Imitation Shark Fin Soup 碗仔翅

Since saying no to shark finning years ago, we have been carefully avoiding shark fin soup at wedding banquets and celebratory occasions. Consuming shark fin is cruel and unnecessary. In fact, shark fin itself is rather tasteless. The flavor comes mainly from the broth, which is made with chicken stock. Whenever I visit Hong Kong, I’d always come across this imitation shark fin soup 碗仔翅 sold by street hawkers. At HK$15 (approx. S$3) a bowl, they are shark-friendly and taste pretty genuine. Mung bean vermicelli or glass noodles is used instead to mimic the shark fin’s chewy and gelatinous texture...
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...