November 18, 2015

Crunchy Corn Fritters

In South East Asia, we are huge on corn so it is no surprise there are many different delicious versions of crunchy corn fritters from Indonesia, Thailand, India, etc. Using fresh corn kernels is vital for sweet, fresh and juicy corn fritters. They are really inexpensive and packed with tons of antioxidant benefits.
November 6, 2015

“Oh My Garlic Goodness!” Noodles

The hype of Louisiana-Style Cajun seafood restaurants serving fresh and hearty seafood has been sweeping our shores since a couple years back and one of my favorite restaurants has got to be Dancing Crab. The no-frills concept is pretty straight-forward. Choose the choice of seafood (crabs, prawns, mussels, etc), type of sauce (their signature sauce is really awesome) and the whole bag of seafood is emptied on your table. It’s all about getting those fingers dirty and working. Last heard, the laid-back American restaurant has already ventured into the shores of Jakarta and Tokyo, well done! Anyhow, today’s post is not about crabs. In fact, garlic noodles is one of my favorite side items to have...
November 4, 2015

Easy and Smooth Hummus

When we were having our honeymoon in Greece years ago, hummus was one item I always had to order at all the eateries we went (tzatziki was the other). I just can’t get enough of this creamy, garlicky and zesty dip. I love to spread it on warm toasty pieces of pita bread or just eat it on its own. Hummus actually means “chickpeas” in Arabic. In terms of nutrition, this humble-looking dip is high in protein, fibre and has a solid reputation as one of the healthiest foods in the clean-eating community.
November 2, 2015

Homemade Tahini

This homemade tahini is incredibly easy to make and super-friendly to your pocket too. Store bought versions usually cost over $10 for a tiny jar. I used this for my upcoming Easy and Smooth Hummus recipe this Wednesday. There are many ways to use this beautiful paste. I.e salad dressing, sauce, or even in desserts...
October 28, 2015

Instant Geotjeori (Instant Kimchi)

Love your kimchi but wish to skip the whole fermentation process? Then this Instant Geotjeori (Instant Kimchi) is just for you. In less than an hour, you’ll be able to savor fresh and crunchy kimchi that is packed with sweet, salty, spicy and tangy flavor.
October 16, 2015

Crispy Pan Fried Ddeokbokki

If you don’t already know, I’m a super-duper big fan of Korean food. Do you know they actually serve different banchan (small side dishes) to Korean customers vs non-Korean customers in Korean restaurants? I contemplated so many times to learn Korean language so I could order in Korean and hopefully pass off as one, so they’ll serve me those secret speakeasy side dishes. Tiger thinks I’m Crazy – with a capital C.
October 14, 2015

Warm Mushroom and Cheese Bruschetta

Today, I’m going to combine one of my favorite fungi - white button mushroom with some leftover nutty cheese to make this quick and easy warm mushroom and cheese bruschetta. Oh before I forget, I want to share a little about the piece of equipment I used to grill my bread. It was something I wanted on my “wish-list” for quite a while. Since Tiger got me this Brustolina from Italy, I’ve been dying to try it out.
October 7, 2015

Homemade Guacamole

This homemade guacamole post almost did not make it to this page had it not been for my persistent 14-year old. Truth be told, I was reluctant and embarrassed. Oh, don’t get me wrong. This homemade guac is nothing but absolutely delicious and addictive. (If you are an avocado lover, you would know what I’m talking about. But if you are not, it’s never too late to try!) But because it is so ridiculously easy to prepare, I’m not sure if anyone would be interested...
September 30, 2015

Japanese Garlic Fried Rice

A recent trip to Gyoza Ya made me fell in love with Japanese Garlic Fried Rice again. While they are famed for their specialty gyozas (either boiled or pan-fried), I was absolutely hooked on their humble-looking bowl of garlic fried rice. Every grain was super flavorful and laced with the right amount of garlicky goodness...
September 18, 2015

Double-B Mac and Cheese

f you are a pasta and cheese lover, then today’s Double-B Mac and Cheese recipe is made for you! Any guesses what “Double-B” am I referring to? Netspeak for baby? Blackberry? Okay, I admit I’m kinda lame (sometimes). As testified by my family. “Double-B here means Bacon and Broccolini. Bacon just makes everything taste better and recently, I’ve been going town at broccolini. You would think they are baby broccoli but in fact, broccolini is hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan.
September 16, 2015

Kaki Fry

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 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.
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 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”?...
June 10, 2015

Chwee Kueh 水粿 Water Rice Cakes

A big high five to my fellow Singaporeans who grew up eating Chwee Kueh as part of your childhood! Today’s post is dedicated to you. When I decided to feature recipes for the upcoming SG50 to celebrate Singapore’s jubilee year, Chwee Kueh was the first item that popped up in my mind...
June 3, 2015

King Prawns with Ginger and Spring Onions 姜葱大虾

Over Chinese festive occasions or celebrations, one of the popular seafood items many of us would include is prawns. In this part of the world, we call them prawns rather than shrimps...
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...
April 3, 2015

Deep Fried Black Eyed Peas

If you are a food network junkie like me, you would've come across the segment “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” where star spangled chefs would describe their favorite food (mostly American) they would indulge in their free time...
February 25, 2015

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes is a classic American side dish that is no stranger to anyone in this world. But the question is, could you differentiate between good and bad mash? I’d like to think so. The texture of a good mash should be smooth, velvety and almost instantly disintegrate into a sheer bliss of buttery goodness once it hits the back of your tongue. The additional use of garlic gives this dish an elevated oomph...
January 23, 2015

Salt and Pepper Squid 椒鹽鮮魷

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...
January 16, 2015

Mini Potato Cakes

Mini potato cake (or potato patty) is another of my childhood favorite snack and one of mom’s “western food” recipe. Coming from a typical Asian family, our staple meals were mainly Chinese food so you can imagine when mom made us pork chops, French fries, garlic bread etc, our greedy little mouths would clean up everything on the plate...
January 14, 2015

Creamy Corn Cheese

A big hello to my dear BNF fans! After a two-week hiatus, I'm happy to announce BNF is back in action! I hope you have not forgotten about this bear. During that period, I really missed receiving all your fantastic comments and questions. Most of all, I missed working in my kitchen...