Meats

March 22, 2017

Braised Turnip Rice Bowl

This delicious and comforting dish is simple as it is nutritious. Minced pork and turnip are braised in a thick and fragrant sauce before being doused over steaming white rice. Perfect for rainy days, and as a late night supper. Another upside to this dish is how versatile it can be. Minced pork can always be substituted with minced chicken or minced beef for a slightly different, but equally delicious meal. Likewise, daikon radish also makes an excellent substitute for the turnip. Having this mouthwatering dish over steaming Japanese rice provides a delightful alternative to the usual white jasmine rice as well...
February 3, 2017

Hamburg Cheese Curry Rice

If you love Japanese curry as much as I do, then you will like this Hamburg Cheese Curry Rice. Inspired by a curry restaurant we visited in Tokyo recently, this dish will appeal to both young and old alike. Japanese-style curry was inspired by the British during the Meiji era when India was under their colonial rule. Japan has since adapted the flavors and made it uniquely their own. Instead of making the curry roux from scratch, pre-made instant curry blocks are widely available in all supermarkets, especially here in Singapore. The most popular brands are House Foods and S&B Foods. Japanese curry’s heat level is generally milder therefore, they are very popular with the kids too...
January 13, 2017

Fall-apart Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

Mention beef stew and immediately, a comforting image of soft chunks of meat with vegetables sitting in a bowl of rich, deeply flavored brown sauce comes to mind. Contrary to popular belief, using cheap lean cuts of meat is not necessary ideal for making beef stews. When there is not enough fat marbling in the meat, they’ll just turn dry and leathery and will never ever become tender no matter how long you cook it. Trust me, I’ve seen my failed beef stew days. Nowadays, I generally stay away from packaged meat labelled as “beef for stewing” which has zero vein of fat...
December 30, 2016

30 days Journey with Huiji Waist Tonic x Herbal Duck Noodles

About a month ago, I’ve embarked on a 30 days-with-Huiji-Waist-Tonic Journey. Basically, I consumed a capful of the herbal tonic twice a day, for 30 days. Now, prior to this post, I’ve definitely heard of Huiji Waist Tonic and had always associated it as “something good” for the waist (as the name suggests). And I was not wrong. It helps to alleviate backache and strengthen your waist, especially vital for working adults constantly clocking in long hours at their desks...
November 16, 2016

2-ingredient Korean BBQ Pork Ribs

I’m a huge fan of Korean food (as evidenced from the numerous Korean recipes) and guess what, today’s 2-ingredient Korean BBQ Ribs is just that. This is probably one of the easiest recipe I’ve ever come across but yet oh-so delicious too. If you ever step into Korean supermarkets, you will often see different brands of marinade sauces for bulgogi, kalbi, etc. After trying out various brands, I’ve narrowed down my favorite to Beksul CJ brand. Oh by the way, this is not an advertorial post, meaning I’m not paid by CJ brand to write this...
October 21, 2016

Marmite Chicken Pops

Many of us know marmite as being a British favourite. For the unacquainted, marmite is a yeast based spread, which is a by-product from beer making. Marmite is often portrayed as a topping for toast or as a sandwich filling which for some, is an absolute delicacy and must have. For many others, simply biting down on marmite toast is a skin crawling and hair raising experience. Marmite being rather strong and pungent on its own, can be very off putting to many people. However because of its dark, treacly and haunting taste, it makes the perfect pairing when used as a marinade for chicken. The savoury echo of marmite along with other seasonings featured in this recipe can be regarded as paint, while the chicken is a blank canvas. In other words, mixing marmite and chicken produces an absolute work of art (and taste). Above all and most importantly, it is easy to make...
September 30, 2016

Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli

There are days where we cannot decide if we want something light to eat, or something that is heavy on the stomach, calories and pleasure index. It is natural as a food lover to have this dilemma every now and then. Although it is human nature to sometimes be in a perplexed and confused stage, it can be very annoying at times. Especially if you are a sufferer of the condition known as "hangriness". In which anger is strongly experienced during moments of hunger and dissatisfaction...
August 5, 2016

Better-than-IKEA Swedish Meatball

Besides being an affordable furniture haven for home lovers, IKEA is well known for its fried chicken wings and Swedish meatballs as well. I’ve always been curious of what goes into the meatballs. Recently, I just realized they are selling the frozen meatballs at its chilled food section. But since I’ve already set my mind on making them from scratch, I left for the supermarket to gather the ingredients. Thinking back, I should have grabbed that bottle of lingonberry jam. Oh well...
May 25, 2016

Fried Hokkien Mini Meatballs

I have not met anyone (yet) who doesn’t like fried meatballs. Fried meatballs is a must for us whenever we are having steamboat. I’m not sure when this “traditional” first started but no one is contesting against it. Making these Fried Hokkien mini meatballs is a breeze, and since they were made into bite size pieces, it was even easier to pop them into the mouth. Crispy on the outside and juicy inside, these Asian flavored meatballs are great to go with just about anything...
May 18, 2016

Homemade Satay

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March 23, 2016

Stir-fried Kung Pao Beef

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March 11, 2016

Filipino-Style Chicken Barbecue

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March 4, 2016

Crispy-skinned Chicken Thigh

The original recipe uses chicken breast but I’m more of a thigh girl. :-P Making this crispy-skinned chicken thigh is really quite effortless, there are a couple of steps you should take note of...
February 24, 2016
Bear Naked Food Easy Roast Pork with Perfect Crackling

Easy Roast Pork with Perfect Crackling

Making this Easy Roast Pork with Perfect Crackling has been on my to-do list for the longest time. Ever since I set my eyes on the recipe, I’ve been dying to try it out. Notice the word "Easy" incorporated in the title, I’ll explain why in a bit. Traditionally, making roast pork involves marinating the meat and poking lots of tiny holes in the skin with metal skewer. Somehow, I couldn’t bring myself to go through the whole process, which is weird as I’ve subjected myself to making more elaborated dishes before. This unconventional way of roasting pork in milk (apparently it brings out the natural sweetness of the meat) and wine with zero poking involved was something I’ve not come across. Truth be told, I was super skeptical yet intrigued to see the end result...
January 27, 2016

Filipino Adobo Glazed Pork Ribs

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December 11, 2015

Cuban Mojo Marinated Roast Pork

If you have watched “Chef”, then you must know this Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork is from that movie. The consultant chef in that movie is super generous to share his recipe! If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to buy the Blue-Ray/ DVD or download it (legally). I wouldn’t spoil the plot for you but a piece of warning - don’t watch with an empty stomach. ..
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...
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 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 22, 2015

Peri-Peri Chicken Drumlets (Nandos)

When Nando’s first opened up in Singapore on 2010, long snaking queues could be seen outside their first restaurant at Bugis Junction. Nando’s is famous for their Peri-Peri Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. Peri-Peri means African Bird’s Eye Chili. The secret of their success is in the peri-peri sauce...
January 30, 2015

Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice) 滷肉飯

BNF Taiwan week won’t be complete without featuring this popular Taiwanese staple dish – Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice). Braising is one of my favorite method to cook meat. It is not only economical but also efficient. Braised meat taste even better the next day...
January 28, 2015

Three-cup Chicken 三杯鸡

I’m sure Three-cup Chicken aka San bei ji is no stranger to many of you. The three-cup here refers to the 3 main ingredients – soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. This classic Taiwanese dish is served in an earthen clay pot that is still sizzling and popping when presented at the table. The taste should be savory, sweet, tangy and bursting with fragrance all at once...