Crispy

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 2, 2015

Easy Potato Curry Puffs

What makes a good curry puff? Honestly, I’m no connoisseur when it comes to deciding one. Blame it on my low-heat/spice tolerance level, I couldn’t really enjoy those curry puffs packed with robust spices and tongue-numbing heat. Unfortunately, other than the school canteen Malay Epok Epok aka Malay Curry Puffs (which I absolutely love), I can’t seem to find any with milder curry spiciness.
July 10, 2015

Banana Fritter Balls

What do you do when you have abundance of bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? Make Banana Fritter Balls! Okay, actually there are many other stuff you could make with bananas but this is one of my all-time childhood favorites...
July 8, 2015

Homemade Easy Caramel Popcorn (Garrett)

I love making these homemade easy caramel popcorn. There is something really satisfying about smelling the heavenly warmth scent of the caramel when you pulled them out of the oven and hearing the rustling sound of crunchiness against the baking tray...
July 3, 2015

Pok Pok Vietnamese Chicken Wings

Sometime last year, this Pok Pok Vietnamese Wings was one of my few maiden recipes I’ve posted. Today, I’m going to show you the new, improved version of this irresistible, crispy, garlicky sticky wings that you’ll hanker for more...
May 27, 2015

Crispy Bak Kwa Cookies

For the benefit of non-Singaporeans/Malaysians, Bak Kwa aka 'Rou Gan', is a sweet-savory Chinese pork jerky. It is often made with pork although there are other variations such as beef and chicken. The pork is marinated with sugar, salt, soy sauce and spices before air drying on bamboo racks for hours. The marinated meat is then grilled over hot charcoal to attain that signature smoky aroma. What you get in the end is thin square pieces of sweet and savory succulent barbecued meat that taste better with every bite. Okay, you can wipe that drool off your mouth now...
May 22, 2015

Doritos Crusted Wings

Doritos + chicken wings. Is that combination possible? The answer is yes. My daughter is a huge fan of Doritos (Cool Ranch flavor), so you could imagine how excited she was when I made these. Thanks to the good people from Froth who gave me this inspiration...
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 29, 2015

Spicy Glazed Candied Pecans

Few days ago, while topping up my baking supplies at Sun Lik, I chanced upon bags of pecan nuts in their fridge. My eyes immediately went “KLING!” and grabbed a bag. One thing I learn about storing nuts, (especially pecan and walnut) in our super humid weather is they need to be refrigerated. The last batch of pecan I bought at another place (no refrigeration) was a disappointment...
April 17, 2015

Almost Famous Amos Cookies

I’m a Famous Amos cookie junkie. Especially the no-nut chocolate chip version. That way, I could enjoy the sweet, chocolatey, buttery goodness in every bite. While it is tempting to “up-size” the purchase (100 g free for every 300 g purchased), I was disciplined enough to buy no more than 100 g each time...
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 17, 2015

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls (笑口棗)

Chinese Sesame Cookie Balls (Siu Hao Zou in Cantonese) was one of the quintessential CNY goodies we had in our household during my childhood years. Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to savor them anymore in the recent years. Being brought up in a typical Cantonese household, the traditional CNY goodies we had were Kok Zai (Mini Peanut Puffs), Jien Duy (Glutinous Sesame Balls), Nien Gou (Sticky Pudding), etc. Most of them were handmade by either mom, Godma or neighbors but they turned up their aprons long ago...
February 11, 2015

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

While my baby girl (technically she’s turning 14 soon, but still my baby) and I were doing grocery shopping one day, she grabbed a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and enthusiastically suggested we should make something out of it. Well, that was random I thought. I couldn’t help but to smile a little inside...
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...
December 17, 2014

Thai Fried Shrimp Balls (Tod Mun Goong)

“Tod” means deep fry, “Mun” means fatty and “Goong” means prawns. This recipe is actually a twist on Thai fried fish cake ingredients. Originally, Thai fish cakes are cooked with lard hence, “Mun”. Thai fish cakes are absolutely delicious but I can’t say the same about their looks. They puffed up nicely during cooking but crinkled almost immediately the moment you fish them out...
December 10, 2014

Christmas Tandoori Roasted Chicken

The usual protein suspects you see at Christmas dinners are either ham or roasted chicken. To be honest, I think it is a little too predictable. This season, I’m looking for something with a little more kick and yet, able to maintain that Christmassy feel at the dinner table...
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 28, 2014

Typhoon Shelter Fried Prawns

I’m pretty sure this dish is no stranger to many of us, especially if you are an avid Hong Kong traveler like me. Typhoon Shelter Fried Prawns originated from Hong Kong and the original version is made using crabs. After watching a short video clip, which featured one of the founding restaurants for this dish, the open secret in making this iconic dish is deep frying all the ingredients (sauces included) in a large pot of oil and throwing in heaps of minced garlic along the way...
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 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...
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...
October 17, 2014

Homemade Churros

My daughter loves her churros. Whenever we visit Universal Studios Singapore, it is a must-have snack for her. They must be at least 12 inches long? I have fond memory of us queuing at the churros counter, waiting patiently for the staff to fry up those floury babies and rolling them around in a deep tray of sugar-cinnamon mixture. Daughter and I would huddle together and devour the stick of churros efficiently. Ahh…sinfully good memories...