August 17, 2022
There are many versions and variations of fried prawn balls and this Teochew Fried Prawn Ball is an easy-to-prepare recipe that requires very few ingredients. The “secret” ingredient to making restaurant-quality prawn balls is pork fat. Yes, pork fat. Mixing just a tablespoon of it into the prawn paste is what makes this dish super delicious.
June 8, 2022
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!
February 25, 2022
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
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.
April 28, 2021
Potatoes are so versatile there are so many ways to cook them. Recently, I’ve fallen for these Soy and Vinegar Crispy Potatoes. They are bold in flavor and simply delicious (if I may so say myself). I’ve always been a fan of salt and vinegar everything, so if you are like me, this recipe is for you.
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.
February 28, 2020
April 23, 2019
There are some many ways to enjoy these fungi and this Easy Braised Enoki Mushrooms recipe is a popular side dish for our meals. Pair them with a bowl of steaming rice, silky rich bowl of congee, on a bed of soft tofu and you’ll instantly have an easy and healthy meal. The tantalizing aroma of caramelized soy sauce is something I can never get enough of.
January 11, 2019
December 5, 2018
Potato is such a versatile staple. From creamy mash to oven-roasted, every way is simply a comfort to my soul and belly. Did you know one medium potato has just about 110 calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol free? Nutrition facts aside, this Crispy Kimchi Potato Hash is really delicious to serve at brunch or as a side. The addition of kimchi is unconventional but it does add another depth of flavor to this flavourful dish!
August 31, 2018
April 18, 2018
December 30, 2017
- Okay, let’s talk about NYE. If you are planning on entertaining on that day, these Mushroom Croquettes would make an excellent cocktail appetizer. You could make them a few days ahead and store them in the freezer. Simply thaw for 20 minutes before cooking them in hot oil for a couple minutes. Keep them warm in the oven until you are ready to serve.
April 12, 2017
Sugary sweet potatoes are roasted to caramel perfection before being smothered in pungent garlic and saline parmesan cheese. A sensual combination of flavours. This dish is a dream for vegetarians and an absolute meat-free wonder. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Which means that this dish is not just delicious but healthy as well. Parmesan cheese provides not only a salty tang to contrast the sweet potatoes, but also an extra edge of texture and flavour...
March 22, 2017
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...
March 15, 2017
Whenever I pass by night markets or Chinese Medical halls, the aromatic whiffs of tea leaf egg never fails to make my tummy rumble. If you are unfamiliar with tea leaf eggs, they are a typical Chinese street food originated from China and found commonly all across China and Southeast Asia, especially Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. The eggs are cooked and simmered in a spiced tea broth. The spices use to flavor the tea broth usually consist of cinnamon, star anise and soy sauce. The use of black tea and dark soy sauce is what gives the tea leaf eggs their signature dark color...
March 10, 2017
Being an Asian, making spring rolls has always been a regular cooking activity at home. There’s nothing complicated in making them, perhaps the only part you’ll need a little practice is wrapping them nicely. When I came across these Firecracker Prawn Rolls from The Woks of Life, I was eager to try them. They are whole deshelled prawns marinated with a spicy chilli dressing and wrapped individually with spring roll wrappers. Because of their shape and color, they do resemble Chinese firecrackers, minus the explosion...
February 22, 2017
The final ingredient I've chosen from CAI’s omakase box is none other than these Chinese chives (Kochi). Filled with Vitamin E, B-carotene and Allicin, regular consumption of Chinese Chives can help to purify your blood, boost your immunity and has anti-aging properties. I’m a big fan of Chinese Chives, be it in dumplings or as stir-fry, it is a regular ingredient in my fridge. This Crispy Chives Pancakes recipe is modified from the popular Chinese Spring Onion / Green Onion Pancakes. In my humble opinion, the texture of a perfect Chinese pancake should be light, crispy and flaky all at the same time. It should be bursting with a substantial amount of the star ingredient – Chinese chives. This recipe is just that...
February 17, 2017
The second ingredient I’ve chosen from CAI’s omakase box is the Butternut (Ishikawa). Butternut, also known as Butternut Squash, is high in B-carotene, Potassium and Dietary Fibre, Butternut prevents cold and infectious diseases, cancer, high blood pressure and skin problems. Taste wise, Butternut have a smooth texture with a nutty flavor. Although they are good for making soup, they are also perfect for stir-fry or deep fry...
January 27, 2017
Cauliflower is a vegetable that I often left out in the weekly grocery shopping list, unlike its cousin, Broccoli. Over the last couple of years, there is a steady health food trend of using cauliflower to substitute rice or starch. Since one of my New Year resolutions this year is to observe a healthier diet, I’m going to turn this superfood into a regular ingredient in my pantry. Besides roasting them in the oven, another quick and easy option is to turn them into “rice”. I’ve been seeing so many Cauliflower rice recipes all over the internet and was really intrigued to find out how it would taste...
January 25, 2017
New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, etc. 3 weeks into 2017 and it is time to start fulfilling one of my top resolutions – start eating healthier food. I chose kale as I’ve always been wanting to incorporate this cruciferous vegetable in my diet. Cruciferous vegetables are unique because they are rich in glucosinolates which support detoxification and greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer. However, Kale has a bitter and peppery taste which might not be appeal to some people. A great way to enjoy kale is to turn them into kale chips. If you are not a fan of Kale, then perhaps these crispy salt and vinegar kale chips will convert you!...