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July 3, 2022
Bear Naked Food Crispy Chinese Lemon Fish Bites

Crispy Chinese Lemon Fish Bites

Who can resist the crispy texture of fried fish? I know I can’t. Drizzle with a homemade lemon sauce and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing snackable appetizer that is golden on the outside and flaky tender on the inside.
June 8, 2022
bear naked food Smoked Honey mustard salmon rillettes

Smoked Honey-Mustard Salmon Rillettes

This Smoked Salmon Rillettes is one of my favorite recipes from “Everyday Dorie” Cookbook. As mentioned in her book, you do not need expensive salmon for this as they will be flaked, chopped and mixed into a wonderful caper-mayo dressing. You could also use frozen salmon!
March 31, 2022
Bear Naked Food Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Sticks

New Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream Sticks

Are you a fan of Ferrero Rocher? I know I am. The crunchy shell of delicious chocolate and roasted hazelnuts is something I can’t get enough of. Now, you could enjoy them in the form of an ice cream.
March 4, 2022
Bear Naked Food Steamed Dim Sum Pork Ribs

Steamed Dim Sum Pork Ribs

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 25, 2022
Bear Naked Food Garlic Butter Roasted Mushroom

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushroom

Mushrooms are such a versatile ingredient, they literally pair well with any main dishes, or even on their own! You simply can’t go wrong with the combination of garlic + butter + mushroom. But there is one other ingredient or rather seasoning that will take your garlic butter mushroom dish to the next level. And that is soy sauce. When you mix the four ingredients together, an intensely savouriness aka umami is formed.
February 25, 2022
bear naked food creamed spinach gratin

Best Creamed Spinach Gratin

Creamed Spinach Gratin is an easy yet elegant side dish to make whenever you are in pressed for time. You could make the creamed spinach ahead of time and pop it into the oven when you are ready to serve. Most versions call for frozen spinach which is what I would normally use as well. I’ve decided to experiment with fresh spinach today. Instead of thawing the frozen spinach and squeezing them dry, simply blanch the fresh spinach for about 15 seconds in boiling water. Rinse them with cold water and squeeze them as dry as possible. Whether you are using frozen or fresh spinach, it is important to remove as much water as you can to prevent your creamed spinach from being too watery.
February 25, 2022
bear naked food cast-iron seared steak

Cast-iron Seared Steak

To me, a perfect steak should be gloriously brown and crusty on the outside and juicy in the centre. If you are a steak lover, forget about non-stick pans or stainless steel skillets. I highly recommend you investing in a cast-iron pan. It will change the way your steak looks and tastes.
February 14, 2022
Bear Naked Food Chinese Salt & Pepper Prawns

Chinese Salt & Pepper Prawns

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.
February 10, 2022
bear naked food strawberry chocolate wafer parfait

Strawberry Chocolate Cookie Parfait

Valentine’s Day is a day to be romanced and a stunning homemade dessert is always a good idea to pamper your partner. Over the past V-days, I’ve made Be My Valentine Chocolate Cookies, Sweetheart Palmiers, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu in a Cup. This year, I’m making an easy, delicious dessert that does not involve any baking. This show-stopping Strawberry chocolate Wafer Parfait is sure to put a smile on that special someone’s face that you love!
February 9, 2022
Bear Naked Food Restaurant-style Seafood Marinara Pasta

Restaurant-Style Seafood Marinara Pasta

I love pasta. There’s something comforting in serving a one pot / one pan meal. Plus, it makes cleaning up much easier too. There are lots of variations of Seafood Marinara Pasta, you could add any type of seafood you like to make it really flavorful. I used fresh prawns and squid. I couldn’t find any clams but that would be one of the seafood I uses regularly.
January 28, 2022
Bear Naked Food No-Bake Snowflake Crisp Milk Nougat

No-Bake Snowflake Crisp Milk Nougat

Have you tried this well liked Taiwanese snack called Snowflake Crisp Milk Nougat (雪花酥 / 雪Q餅)? It is so popular that people started making them at home, especially during Chinese New Year and it quickly went viral all over the internet few years ago. In fact, it is the new trending Chinese New Year homemade treat! Nougat crackers are very popular in Taiwan. Think of a sweet, chewy soft nougat sandwiched between two pieces of salty crackers. The sweet and salty combination is really addictive.
January 26, 2022
Bear Naked Food Double Treasures Fish Maw Soup

Double Treasures Fish Maw Soup

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
Bear naked Food Essential Chinese Sauces

Essential Chinese Sauces

It has been years since I’ve shared the post on “Essential Thai Sauces” to fill your pantry, and thanks to the suggestion from numerous readers, I’ve put together the “Essential Chinese Sauces” used in Chinese cooking.
December 20, 2021

Multi Cooker Lu Rou Fan (滷肉飯)

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.
December 17, 2021
Bear Naked Food Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Red Velvet Bundt cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

This year, instead of baking the traditional fruit cake or log cake for Christmas, I’m going to go with a stunning Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze. The name might sound a mouthful, but honestly, it is really not that complicated to make.
December 12, 2021
Bear Naked Food Sugar Candied Cranberries

Sugar Candied Cranberries

This is actually my first time making these Sugar Candied Cranberries and I just can’t stop gushing over how pretty and festive they look. The steps are so simple there is no reason why you should not roll up your sleeves and make them.
November 10, 2021
Bear Naked Food Crazy Fudgy Dark Chocolate Mini Cake

Crazy Fudgy Dark Chocolate Mini Cake

It’s been raining quite a bit these days. There’s nothing better to perk up my mood by having some chocolate! To be honest, I’ve been struggling to come up with a perfect name for this recipe. I have to do justice to this insanely luscious and decadent chocolate dessert. Think of it as a lovechild between chocolate mousse and molten lava cake. In the end, I went with Crazy Fudgy Dark Chocolate Mini Cake.
October 29, 2021
Bear Naked Food Air Fry Ikan Bakar

Air Fry Ikan Bakar

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.
October 27, 2021
Easy Moist French Apple Cake

Easy Moist Apple Cake

When it comes to baking, there are certain rules we need to abide to in order for the final product to turn out right. There are definitely times when I’ve encountered recipes that require tons of steps and techniques that beginner bakers might not be familiar with. This Easy Moist Apple Cake is the complete opposite. Not only is it easy to put together, it is so forgiving that there is really little chance for failure. The end product is a wonderfully moist buttery cake with generous mouthful of chunky apples.
October 8, 2021
Bear Naked Food Creamy Crab Croquette

Creamy Crab Croquette

When my fried food craving sets in, this Creamy Crab Croquette would be a great fix. Crispy exterior with a light creamy filling, croquettes are very versatile and relatively easy to make. Instead of crab, you could use ham, ground meat, octopus, corn, etc.
August 5, 2021
bear naked food crispy potato patty with blueberry salsa

Crispy Potato Patty with Blueberry Salsa

Blueberries are not only great on pancakes, toast and in muffins, you could also use them to spice up savory dishes. Blueberries, with their sweet yet discreet flavor is perfect to mix in salads or as a sauce. The sweet and salty combination will definitely liven up your meals. We are huge fans of homemade salsa but instead of using fresh tomatoes (Which is usually the default choice), I’ve decided to make it with fresh blueberries! This simple yet delicious homemade blueberry salsa makes a perfect topping for your favorite tacos, nachos and of course this crispy potato patty! Store leftover salsa in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
July 30, 2021
Bear Naked Food Easy Baked Blueberry Crumble

Easy Baked Blueberry Crumble

My love for blueberries has definitely shined throughout this entire blog ever since I’ve started my Bear Naked Food journey. And today, I’m sharing with you another deeply comforting and delicious recipe – Easy Baked Blueberry Crumble. Delicious and versatile, you could serve it warm or cold. We simply love to pair it with a scoop (or two if we are in an indulging mood!) of vanilla ice-cream to make it a perfect dessert.
July 24, 2021
Bear Naked Food The best Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Best Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie

Even though I’ve never visited Levain Bakery in New York, there are enough videos online to prove they are arguably the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie in Manhattan. Search for “Levain Cookie” in YouTube or the internet and you’ll find tons of online tutorials on how to make these thick and chunky cookies. They are crisp on the outside and moist in the centre. They are SERIOUSLY delicious!
July 13, 2021
Bear Naked Food Easy Chinese Shrimp Cake

Easy Chinese Shrimp Cake

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.