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 30, 2020
I’ve lost track of how many clam recipes I’ve written over the years but I’m not complaining. Clams are just incredibly sweet and succulent. They are also a lean source of protein and rich in minerals and vitamins. This Steamed Clams in White Wine Butter Sauce is so easy and forgiving and literally takes about 5 to 7 minutes to put together. You could also omit the white wine and replace with clam or chicken stock.
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 9, 2020
Hmm…where do I begin to describe my love for this Baked Apple Crisp? I think it was years ago when I “accidentally” ordered it on a menu, mistaking it as apple pie instead. When it came, I was like okay, it ain’t apple pie but it smelled absolutely heavenly. Upon first taste, I fell in love with this dessert. Think crunchy oatmeal cluster with warm, juicy spiced apples.
October 2, 2020
September 23, 2020
Éclair is one of those desserts that seem to send “oohs” and “aahs” across the table. It took me almost a day to finish writing this lengthy post. While it may seem daunting, it’s actually quite easy and satisfying to make your own éclairs. Although there are quite a number of components in making these Best Double Chocolate Éclairs, they could be done ahead in advance.
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.
September 1, 2020
Recently, I was approached by a local grocery retailer to create an international dish with a local twist. With the overwhelming amount of ideas, I finally settled on Pandan Kaya Crème Brûlée. Nothing screams more local than pandan and kaya. This Asian cousin of French Crème Brûlée is loaded with just the right amount of sugar and that pinch of salt balances out the overall taste perfectly. The decadent crusty top and creamy custard pleases just about every sweet tooth.
August 28, 2020
Mango Sago is easily of the most popular Chinese dessert found in almost all Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Made with fresh puréed mangoes and sago pearls, this simple and refreshing no-cook dessert is a popular choice to end the meal with. You’ll want to use mangoes that are ripe and in this recipe, I’m using Thai honey mangoes. Feel free to swap them other types of mangoes readily available at your local grocery stores.
August 27, 2020
What is Sago? If you are not familiar with these translucent chewy pearls, they are made from palm stems and the texture is spongy and by itself, there is not much taste. It was only recently that I discovered that Sago actually helps to reduce high blood pressure and promote healthy blood flow to the heart as they contain a decent amount of potassium.
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 10, 2020
Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert that never fails to bring a smile to my face whenever I have it. Over the past years, I’ve shared two Tiramisu recipes – Tiramisu in a Cup and Tiramisu Cheesecake. This Classic Tiramisu is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Irish Cream recipe which I’ve been faithfully referencing for all these while.
August 7, 2020
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.
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 15, 2020
When I first came across the combination of miso and butter years ago, my mind was blown away. This wonderful umami bomb of savoriness can be added to almost every dish. Slab it on grilled meat, seafood, steamed vegetables, etc and it will instantly elevate into a winning dish. This Miso-Butter Mushroom Pasta is a regular weekday affair on our dining table. Everyone at the table loves it, so there’s no reason to mess with a successful recipe.
July 8, 2020
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.
July 2, 2020
June 26, 2020
June 24, 2020
I’m a self-confessed squid aka calamari lover. Be it steamed, grilled and of course fried, I can’t seem to get enough of this cephalopod. But not when they are all chewy and rubbery. I’m talking about the sweet and succulent kind with just enough bounce to keep my jaw in business.
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 12, 2020
I gotta admit - this is my first time trying the Hilton DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie. Since DoubleTree by Hilton released their official recipe couple months ago, I’ve been urged by family members and friends to replicate these highly popular cookies (more than 30 million consumed every year*) that are even baked in space. Yes, you heard it right. Who says astronauts can’t bake?