December 9, 2016
Pasta is always good and when paired with seafood, even better. Unless if you are allergic or simply not a fan of crustaceans. All hope is not lost as this tomato based dish is easily customized according to your own preference of ingredients. Right up to the type of pasta. The fanfare of this Spaghetti al Cartoccio is in its presentation. That being said, making a good tomato sauce is essential to the success of this dish. Today, I used Alce Nero Organic Pasta Sauce with Basil...
October 26, 2016
There is something about claypot stewed noodles that is just so grounded, aromatic and inviting. The name itself evokes an impression of highly skilled, effortful cooking over hot coals until the smoky and salty aroma of sauce, ingredients and noodles permeate the entire place. Fortunately, modern technology has made this a much easier feat, and this recipe is tailored in such a way that almost anyone can make and enjoy this wonderful dish... For those who do not have a claypot, fret not. A normal pot works just as well. The ingredients to this Claypot Seafood Yee Mee are so versatile, do not limit yourself to just these few...
September 16, 2016
This grilled shrimp recipe is a perfect example of a dish that is simple to prepare, and yet bursting with flavor. Grilled to burnished perfection before being smothered in a tangy, sweet and sour sauce. This mouthwatering combination which is punctured with the grassy, herbal freshness of coriander and the haunting, citrus note of lime is a confirmed pleaser regardless of whether it is meant to be enjoyed alone, or to be shared at a party with friends and family...
September 14, 2016
Many of us would agree that Japanese rice bowl dishes taste exquisite. Many of us may also agree that once in awhile, a variation from the usual combination found in most restaurants and eateries provide a refreshing relief, and a chance for our minds and tummies to explore a little. What better way to do that than to try out this Korean inspired variation of the usual Japanese Salmon Rice Bowl (sake don)? Just the perfect dose of the familiar with a new twist of ingredients...
February 19, 2016
December 18, 2015
This Crispy Thai Shrimp Cake is yet another crowd-pleasing appetizer and my favorite item to order whenever we are at Thai restaurants. This version requires no corn starch or flour so it is important to use the freshest prawns / shrimps you could get your hands on. The trick to achieving the “QQ” or bouncy effect with every bite is to “grab and slam” the prawn mixture against the bowl for several times...
October 2, 2015
Whenever someone mention Truffle, the instant reaction would be “WOOOO”. So when I told Tiger I was making Truffle Lobster Roll for dinner, you could guess what his reaction was. The traditional lobster roll consists mainly of fresh lobster meat soaked in butter and served on a hot dog roll. The popular version we see in most restaurants uses mayonnaise instead of butter. You could add in lettuce, celery, chives or green onions to elevate the taste.
September 16, 2015
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 4, 2015
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...
July 15, 2015
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...
June 19, 2015
Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee or Noodles is my princess’ all-time favorite local food. Actually, mine too. The smooth, silky texture of the noodles laced with umami-filled prawn-y goodness is simply just irresistible. I guess it could also be the amount of pork lard / oil that went along in the noodles...
June 17, 2015
Ah…Crispy Butter Cereal Squid aka ‘Sotong’. Be it at Chinese seafood restaurants or Cze Char stalls (local Singaporean lingo literally translated as cook & fry), this is one dish we will always order from the menu. Instead of squid, prawns are usually the star protein...
June 3, 2015
January 23, 2015
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...
December 17, 2014
“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 15, 2014
Thai food week has begun here at BNF! If you have read my earlier post on Thai Grilled Pork, then you must know I’m absolutely hooked on Thai food. The ironic part is hubby and I can’t hold our chili heat too well but that doesn’t deter us from staying away. In fact, we are getting better now and I’m confident enough to say I can finish a bowl of Tom Yum Soup without downing a whole jug of iced water! (Maybe just a glass, hee )...
November 28, 2014
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 10, 2014
I used to think making Tom Yum soup from scratch requires many man hours. Boy, was I wrong! Not only it is easy-peasy but I can also control the amount of heat / chilli level that goes inside. You see, we (hubby and I) are sissies when it comes to eating spicy food but yet we love them. How contradicting, eh?
October 10, 2014
Gumbo originated from Louisiana (southern region of United States). It usually consists of okra (lady's finger), meat or shellfish and the stock is thickened. They are traditionally served over a bed of rice. To be honest, my gumbo tasting experience only began a couple of years ago but the last few I had inspired me so much. The broth was so tasty and addictive, filled with seafoody-goodness (BNF vocabulary ;-P) and packed with tons of seafood. It is really a meal on its own! I was so tempted to rush home and make some gumbo! The last straw came when I was watching one of the episodes from the latest season of Masterchef US. One of the contestants made a pot of gumbo in less than an hour for the judges (according to them, was quite impossible) and all 3 were blown away by it. So hubby immediately said: "I want some gumbo this weekend!". That was how I began my gumbo-making journey. Although this is not the traditional recipe (I did not include okra and also added some extra ingredients), the flavor compensates for everything else. This is also one of my father-in-law's favorite BNF request.
October 6, 2014
So my MIL (mother-in-law) recently went to a cafe (somewhere in the east) and tasted some clam chowder. We were shocked to hear that she actually liked to it. Okay, a little background on my MIL. She is definitely not big into western food and does not like anything that is creamy or cheesy. I asked her to describe the taste and texture to me and just as I suspected, the thickness of the chowder was not the Soup-Spoon kind (for those who does not know Soup Spoon, they are a soup chain here in Singapore, famed for their thick, rich chunky soups, which I totally love by the way) but rather on the thinner side. Traditionally, clam chowder is made with potatoes, celery, onion and bacon. But for BNF version, I added in carrots and corn (for extra color and taste) and tone down the thickness of the consistency. It has passed my MIL's taste test and I'm a happy DIL! (Daughter-in-law haha!)
September 10, 2014
Over dinner parties, I've been asked numerous times on how to get that nice golden sear on my scallops. How do I know if my scallops are cooked? Should I torch my scallops? You get the drift. Searing scallop is really one of the simplest technique and I'm not kidding. Follow the steps below to achieve that perfect sear with moist, juicy centre. I like to serve these sea treasures on a bed of corn puree.
September 8, 2014
Cod vs Chilean Seabass. Many would wonder what is the difference? Is the cod I'm eating really cod? Well, I've consulted with Google and found out most of the 'cod' sold locally (Singapore) are actually Chilean Sea bass or Patagonian Toothfish. The taste and texture between these two are very similar - mild flavor and dense flaky white flesh. It is wonderfully buttery when cooked. Therefore, one could be easily mistaken for the other. In any case, this is yet another tiger's favorite Sunday night dinner request. Here is the BNF version of the classic Nobu Black Cod with Miso.
August 8, 2014
Now, except for my best friend who does not like any shell fish, I haven't met anyone who could say no to vongole aka clams. Wow your loved ones or dinner guests with this simple yet delicious recipe! Italians prepare this dish two ways: bianco, i.e., with oil, garlic, parsley, and sometimes a splash of white wine; and in rosso, like the former but with tomatoes and fresh basil, the addition of tomatoes being more frequent in the south. Cream and cheese are never added to this dish. The "creaminess" in this dish is called "emulsione" (emulsion in English), which comes from adding the pasta water and tossing the pasta well. I like mine bianco (with more than a splash of white wine) so here’s a super easy peasy version that never fails. Oh, I usually buy my favorite bottle of white wine so I can finish.. I mean have a glass or two over dinner.