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September 11, 2015

Best Blueberry Muffins

It is not very often I would label something as ‘BEST’ since I’m a natural skeptic. Tiger (aka hubby) would be the best judge for that. He thinks my palette is too difficult to please. Very often, the restaurants we visited based on rave reviews online turned out to be meh. (Meh – an expression of indifference, uninterested or boredom. Used frequently by my teenage daughter. source: Maybe my expectations were too hyped up by those astounding epicurean vocabulary used in the food reviews. Anyway, that’s another story.
September 9, 2015

Soba Noodle Salad

Whenever someone mentioned salad, images of lettuce, cucumber and tomato flashed across my mind. Of course, there are more varieties other than those mentioned above but my cognitive development for salad is pretty much tuned to that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of greens and can’t live without them in my daily meals. Soba Noodles is made from buckwheat flour. Nutrition wise, they are high in fibre and low in GI (Glycemic Index) and calories. Taste wise, they are smooth, slippery and less dense than udon. Perfect for noodles lovers (like me!) who love their starch yet don’t want to feel too guilty when indulging in them regularly.
September 4, 2015

Balinese Ikan Bakar (Balinese Grilled Fish)

Besides the beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery and exotic villas, Bali is definitely one of my favorite destination for their cuisine. Because of their vast influences from other Indonesian regions, Chinese and Indian, Balinese food defers slightly from Indonesian food. The island’s predominant religion is Hinduism so besides chicken and seafood, pork is widely consumed too...
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.
August 28, 2015

Pandan Chiffon Cake

If you are from Southeast Asia, then this Pandan Chiffon Cake should be a sight for sore eyes. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered the origin of this light, fluffy sponge cake hails from Indonesia. The signature green of this cake usually comes from the juice of pandan leaves aka screwpine leaves although green food coloring is also commonly used to enhance the color...
August 26, 2015

Homemade Lemon Curd

I love everything lemon. From dishwashing liquid, liquer to desserts (yeah, that is a totally unrelated spectrum), I just can’t get enough of that zesty, lemony tang. Today’s recipe is all about my childhood’s favorite dessert spread – Easy Homemade Lemon Curd.
August 21, 2015

Best Brined Pork Chops

How do you achieve a piece of moist, tender, flavorful pork chop that you’ll find in upscale restaurants and eateries? Besides having good quality cut meat, the secret is to brine it...
August 19, 2015

Pan Seared Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

What is Gnocchi (pronounced nyo-kee)? For those who are unfamiliar with it, gnocchi is an Italian soft doughy dumpling made mainly from potato, flour and egg. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of gnocchi. The ones I had before were dense, floury and chewy. I genuinely thought they were supposed to taste that way and had written it off as another food on my do-not-eat list...
August 14, 2015

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Happy Friday everyone! ☀ ☀ I often get requests for NO-BAKE recipes, so today’s No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake is written with you in mind! This dessert is especially great if ....
August 12, 2015

Triple Oreo Cookie Cupcakes

O.M.G. Just when I thought I’ve made enough cupcakes, this Triple Oreo Cookie Cupcakes recipe totally reignited my engine. One warning: They are not for the faint-hearted Oreo Cupcake fans. I’m S-E-R-I-O-U-S...
August 7, 2015

Oreo Truffle Pops

This is one of the No-Bake Oreo dessert recipes requested by my dear BNF fans. These Oreo Truffle Pops take no more than an hour to put together. I had a great time making these super easy yet yummilicious with my daughter...
August 5, 2015

Indonesian Perkedel

Today, I’m paying tribute to all BNF Indonesian fans who have been with me since Day 1 by making this crispy, tasty and utterly popular side dish – “Indonesian Perkdel”. These humble potato patties are also known as “Bergedil” in Java, Malaysia and Singapore. However, do you know they are actually influenced by the Dutch, who has their version of potato patties called “Frikadeller”?...
July 31, 2015

Osmanthus Water Chestnut Cake

If you are a fan of Chinese dim sum, this Steam Osmanthus Water Chestnut Cake must be no stranger to you. They are usually served either steamed or pan fried. It is absolutely one of my dad-in-law's most requested desserts from BNF kitchen...
July 29, 2015

Poached Pears with Osmanthus and Red Dates

As the weather here (Singapore) has been climbing steadily to 34°C almost every day, I figure there is no better time than now to make these cooling, sweet Poached Pears with Osmanthus and Red Dates to combat that heaty body of mine...
July 24, 2015

Foolproof French Chocolate Macarons

I’m not going lie. I SUCKED at making Macarons. My first few attempts were total disaster - “Footless” macarons, dome cracked top macarons, and completely hollow macarons. At one point, I was so dejected and convinced that the Baking Goddess had condemned me from making perfect macarons and I should just give up...
July 23, 2015

11 Essential Rules to Making Perfect Macarons

Having encountered numerous painful failed Macaron baking attempts, i.e. “Footless” macarons, dome cracked top macarons, hollow macarons, etc, I've come to realize there are indeed some "rules" to follow which they don't really mention in most recipes...
July 22, 2015

Thai Basil Pesto

I’m a huge fan of pesto sauce. Pesto originated from Northern Italy, Genoa to be precise. Traditionally, it is made with sweet basil leaves, crushed garlic, pine nuts, parmigiana-reggiano (parmesan cheese) and lots of good quality olive oil. Besides basil pesto, you might have come across other versions i.e. sun-dried tomato, anchovies, pistachio, etc...
July 17, 2015

Easy Banana Chocolate Sheet Cake

A lot of readers have asked me: “What is a perfect cake to bring to a party?” The answer is in this recipe. Chocolate is really one of the universal sweet that almost everyone will go goo-goo gah gah over with. The thing about bringing food to parties is they have to survive for at least a few hours at room temperature environment and still taste good. Therefore, I highly recommend this Easy Banana Chocolate Sheet Cake. Did I mention it is so easy to put together as well?...
July 15, 2015

Clams with white wine, fish sauce and fried shallots (Naked Finn)

If you have been to Naked Finn, this Clams with white wine, fish sauce and fried shallots dish should be no stranger to you. I’m not gonna gush over how fresh, succulent and tasty their seafood are but if you are serious about your seafood, do make a reservation at this place...
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...
July 1, 2015

Cinnamon Spice Glazed Cronut

What is a Cronut? As the name suggests, it is a cross between croissant and doughnut and the brainchild behind this invention is Dominique Ansel from Dominique Ansel Bakery in NY, New York...
June 26, 2015

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut butter cookies generally originated in US and is a classic American snack since 1900s. The flavor profile is sweet & salty – just like how peanut butter tastes like. There are no hard and fast rule on what type of peanut butter (chunky or creamy) to use and generally, JIF and Skippy are the common brands...