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.
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.
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.
Clam is one of my all-time favorite bivalve molluscs. The good ones are super briny and reminds me of the ocean. Preparing and cooking fresh live clams are actually not daunting at all. I’ve actually shared a post on how to clean out bits of sand often found in the clams. The last thing I want when I’m enjoying my clams is to bite on gritty sand with my teeth.
My daughter is a huge fan of root vegetables - pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato, yam, etc. And my previous Best Butternut Sweet Potato Soup was made especially for her. This Easy Roasted Pumpkin Soup is a simplified version that is super easy and nutritious to prepare.
A simple but hearty dish that can be served on all occasions, Potato Leek Soup is an indispensable recipe that spells comfort food on so many levels. Despite being very popular and associated with French cuisine, potato leek soup actually originates in Wales, a region that is now part of the United Kingdom.