Tuesday, July 3, 2018

ABC Soup

Pork Ribs  (五花骨) - $5
1 tomato (slice into smaller pieces)
1 corn (chop into smaller pieces)
1 - 2 carrots (cut into smaller pieces)
1 - 2 potato (peel & cut into smaller pieces)
1 onion (remove skin & cut it half)
2 - 3 cloves of garlic
2 dried scallops
5 red dates
A few bay leaves

1. Blanch the pork ribs and wash away the impurities.
2. Boil a big pot of water (more than enough to cover the ingredients)
3. Add the dried scallops, garlic, bay leaves, pork ribs, onions, tomatoes, and carrots. Boil with big fire for 30 mins, then with small fire for 90 mins.
4. You can add the corn later or together with other ingredients in step 3. (Depending whether you want to eat a sweet corn or tasteless corn.) I buy those bi coloured corn from wet market. 
5. I added the potato 15-20 mins before I off the fire. (Don't like them too soft.)
6. I will also add Huai San 5 mins before I off the fire. (My family like it crunchy.)
7. Add a pinch of salt before you off the fire. Add more if you like.
8. You can also add a handful of wolfberries after you off the fire.

Note: You may need to add more water in the midst of boiling. Don't add too much at one go, like half a cup, half a cup... and see how it goes.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Cheese Muffin

Ingredients (for 12 muffins):

1 box The Laughing Cow Belcube Cheddar Smoked Cheese Spread 125 g (24 cubes)
240g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
120g butter (soften at room temperature)
150g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
120ml milk

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
2. Grease your muffin pan and place 12 muffin liners.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
4. Using a mixer, cream the softened butter and sugar together for 2-3 mins, until pale and fluffy.
5. Add in one egg at a time and beat until mix well.
6. Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
7.  Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture and follow by 1/3 of the milk. Mix well.
8. Alternate the flour and milk.
9. Scoop the batter into each muffin liner. Then add 2 cubes of The Laughing Cow cheese into each of them.
10. Bake for 25 mins.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Airfried Lemongrass Chicken Wings

600g midjoint chicken wings
100ml Ayambrand Coconut Cream
1 stalk lemongrass
20g candlenut
50g red shallots
30g garlic
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp light soya sauce
1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper

1. Use a blender and blend all the above together. (Of course excluding the chicken.)
2. Marinade the chicken with the above mixture for at least an hour or more. (Or even overnight.)
3. Preheat airfryer to 180 degree. Airfry the wings for  5 to 6 mins, turn & continue for 4 to 5 mins.
(My airfryer is Philips, and I used a grill pan.)

Note: You may use an oven, but it probably requires more time and a higher temperature.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blueberries Smoothie

50g Ayambrand Trim Coconut Milk
125g Blueberries
1 Banana
Few ice cubes

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Serve.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gum Tragacanth Dessert 雪燕糖水

Recipe for 1 pax:

1 pc 雪燕 abt 4g (soak overnight or minimum for 6 hours)
1 small pc of honey rock sugar
2 red dates (cut it and remove the pit)
200ml water/fresh milk/almond milk

1. After soaking the 雪燕, remove the impurities. (which is a lot lot lot easier than peach gum)
2. Place the 雪燕, sugar, red dates into a small bowl.
3. Pour in any liquid as mentioned. (I prefer fresh milk.)
4. Cover the bowl and steam it for 20 mins.

Note: I added 2 slices of American Ginseng when I steam it with water.

I bought it from Long Ma Dried Goods at Albert Centre Wholesale Market (3rd floor)
270 Queen Street
Singapore 180270
Opening hours: 8.00am to 8.30pm daily  ,
but it can also be found here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Braised Pork 卤肉饭

400g minced pork (I asked the butcher to mince the part that has some fats, but not a lot)
(You can use pork belly if you prefer the fats, dun need to mince it, just cut into strips.)
5 dried shitake mushroom (soaked till soft)
1 - 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 pc honey rock sugar
1 tsp five spices powder
2 cinnamon stick
3 star anise
Few cloves of garlic (mince)
200ml chicken stock
400ml water
3 tbsp oil

1. Squeeze the water out from the mushrooms and dice them.
2. Heat the oil in a pan, and add the garlic. Fry them until golden brown and pour them on a strainer. Pour the oil back. Keep the garlic aside.
3. Fry the mushroom until fragrant.
4. Add the pork and continue to stirfry.
5. Add 1 tbsp dark soya sauce. O if you prefer, 2 tbsp.
6. Add the garlic, five spices powder, chicken stock, water, sugar, , cinnamon stick, and star anise, and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid, and lower the fire to simmer them for at least 45 mins.

The eggs:
1. Boil a pot of water, add some salt in it.
2. Add room temperature eggs and continue boiling for 5 mins.
3. Take the eggs out and submerged them in a pot of ice water for 5 - 10 mins.
4. Peel the eggs,
5. Scoop the sauce from the braised pork into a bowl and place the eggs in it for at least 15 mins. Longer if you prefer a darker brown.

Note: Instead of pork, it can be minced chicken too.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Baked Mac and Cheese

250g Macaroni (elbow pasta)
6 tbsp Butter
30g Panko breadcrumbs
50g plain flour (all purpose flour)
3 cups warm milk
300g shredded cheese
20g parmesan

1. Preheat oven to 180C.
2. In a pot of boiling water, add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp oil, and the pasta and bring to boil to cook until almost al dente, drain and mix the cooked pasta with 1 tbsp butter, and set aside.
3. Heat up a pan and melt 4 tbsp butter, add flour and mix well.
4. Add the milk to the pan (add it in 3 parts), 1/2 tsp salt, and mix well with the paste. (Takes abt 5 mins)
5. Off the fire, and add the cheese. Mix well.
6. Mix the breadcrumbs with 1 tbsp melted butter.
6. Pour the sauce into a baking dish with the pasta. Sprinkle panko and parmesan over it.
7. Bake for 20 mins.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Baked Spaghetti

200g spaghetti
1 onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)

200g sliced mushroom
200 g ground beef - marinated with salt, pepper, & 1 tsp Italian seasoning

(Or any meat of your choice)
1/2 bottle Pasta sauce (250g)
200g shredded mozzarella
40g shredded Parmesan

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a baking dish.
In a pot of boiling water, add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp oil, and the spaghetti and bring to boil to cook until almost al dente, drain and set aside. (My took abt 7 mins.)
3. Heat up a pan and add 2 tbsp cooking oil. Stirfry garlic and onions for about 2 mins. Add ground beef and stirfry it till cooked. Then add mushroom and stirfry for a min.
4. Pour in the pasta sauce and simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. 
5. Add the spaghetti and half the cheese, mix well then transfer to baking dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 mins until cheese is melted.
6. Garnish with parsley.

This recipe is good for 4 pax.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dumplings 锅贴

$6 minced pork (dunno which part. I ask butcher choose not too fatty one)
10 to 12 prawns. Clean & cut into small pcs.
3 - 4 pcs of cabbage. Wash & chop into very small pcs.
Mix all the above & add 2 tbsp soya sauce & 1 tsp sesame oil & pinch of salt & pepper.

Round white dumpling skin - bought from supermarket.

How to wrap?
1. Put the marinated meat in the middle of the skin.
2. Mix some water & corn flour. Run them along the sides of skin.
3. Fold the skin half and pressed the middle part so both sides of skin touched. From left fold in 3 sides. From right fold in 3 sides.
4. Put in a box and freeze all the dumplings.

1. Heat the pan (medium-fire) and pour 1 tbsp oil on it.
2. Place the frozen dumplings. 
3. After a minute or so, add abt 3 tbsp of water and cover the pan with a lid.
4. Let it cook with low-medium fire for at least 4 to 6 mins. This process is like steaming.
5. Open the lid when the liquid left 10-15%. Let it continue until liquid all dry up. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pandan Lemongrass Drink

5 stalks lemongrass
1 bunch pandan leaves
1 knob ginger (remove skin)
2 litres water
Sugar (up to your preference) - I usually use Honey Rock Sugar

1. Wash the lemongrass, chop off the top and bottom part and remove the outer layer. I cut each stalk into 3 parts.
2. Wash the pandan leaves and ginger.
3. Use a pestle to pound the lemongrass and ginger.
4. Boil the water with lemongrass and ginger for about 20 - 30 minutes.
5. Add sugar & pandan leaves and boil for another 10 - 15 minutes.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Aglio Olio

Aglio Olio for 2 adults 2 kids:
300g Spaghetti
5 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp butter
A few cloves of garlic
Min 600g of Mushrooms
4 pcs of Bacon, cut into 1cm strip
Dried parsley
Parmesan cheese

1. Add spaghetti to boiling water. Add a pinch of salt. Cook for around 8 to 10 mins (stirring occasionally.) (Take 1 & try, make sure its al dente.) Drain well & put aside.
2. Heat oil & a tbsp of butter over medium heat. Add bacon & fry for abt 2 to 3 mins, then add the garlic. (If u want it spicy, add chilli padi at the same time.)
3. Add the mushrooms & fry for abt 2 to 3 mins, then add the pasta & a pinch of salt & stir for another 2 mins. (Taste it, add more salt if you prefer.)
4. Lastly, add the parsley & mix well. Off the fire, serve & add a dash of parmesan cheese.
(I added chilli flakes to my own plate of aglio olio.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stirfried Shredded Chicken

Chicken Leg Quarter (or 2) - can be any other parts too
8 to 10 Mushroom
1 to 2 knobs of Ginger (shredded)
Light Soya Sauce
Sesame Oil

1. Soak the mushroom till soft. Squeeze them dry and cut them into thin slices.
2. Boil a pot of water and add the chicken. Continue boiling until chicken is cooked.
3. Shred the cooked chicken.
4. Mix the chicken with 1/2 tbsp of light soya sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil.
5. Mix the mushrooms with 1/2 tbsp of light soya sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil.
6. Heat up a frying pan with 1 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of sesame oil, and fry the shredded ginger.
7. When the ginger is half browned, add the chicken and mushroom.
8. Keep frying them in low to medium fire until they are all crisp and dry (Takes about 6 to 8 mins.)

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ebiko Spaghetti

12 to 15 tbsp Japanese Sesame Sauce (I used this)
100g Ebiko
1 tbsp Salted Butter
A bunch of green onions

1. In a pot of boiling water, add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp oil, and the spaghetti and bring to boil to cook until al dente, drain and set aside.
2. Mix the spaghetti with butter, the Japanese Sesame Sauce, and the ebiko.
3. Garnish it with green onions and it is ready to be served.  

So simple right, told u it's 3 steps recipe :)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Vegetarian Lasagna

9 pieces of Casa Rinaldi Lasagna
1/2 bottle of Casa Rinaldi Grilled Artichoke (sliced)
400g white mushroom (sliced)
1/2 onion (diced)
2 cups of shredded Chedder Cheese and Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp Casa Rinaldi Dried Oregano
Some Casa Rinaldi Olive Oil
Few cloves of garlic (minced)

1. Preheat the oven at 175C.
2. Boil a pot of water for the Lasagna. Boil it for 5 mins and set aside.Spray some olive oil on them so that they will not stick together.
3. Heat up a pan and spray some olive oil on it.
4. Fry the garlic, onion, mushroom, and artichoke.
5. Mix the cheese with the oregano.
6. Spray some olive oil on a baking tray.
7. Layer the baking tray with the lasagna, vegetables, and cheese. I will layer them such that the cheese will end up as the top layer.
8. Bake it for 30 mins (or more depending on oven)


Friday, November 3, 2017

Mayo Ebiko Cheese Baked Crayfish

6 crayfish - cut into halves & clean them
1 tbsp ebiko
2 tbsp Japanese mayo
1 - 2 tbsp shredded cheese

1. Preheat oven to 200C.
2. Mix ebiko and mayo well.
3. Spread them on the crayfish.
4. Top it with shredded cheese.
5.  Bake them for 20mins.

Note: This is inspired by Jeannie Lee's Mayo Salmon & Baked Prawns recipe.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Curry Pandan Chicken

3 boneless Chicken Thigh - cut into smaller pieces
1 packet Prima Taste Nonya Chicken Curry
50ml Coconut milk
1 tbsp finely minced garlic
1 tbsp ginger juice
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
Pinch of salt & pepper
24 pcs of pandan leaf

1. Marinate the chicken with all the above ingredients and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
2. Wash and trim the pandan leaves.
3. Wrap the chicken in the pandan leaves.
4. Preheat oven at 200C.
5. Place the Pandan Chicken on a baking tray and brush some oil over it.
6. Bake them for 25mins.

Curry Tuna Quesadilla

Half an onion - diced it
1 cup shredded cheese
1 cup corn nibblets
2 cans Tuna
1 packet Prima Taste Nonya Curry Paste
Some chopped corriander
8 pcs wrap (I used Mission)

1. Heat up pan with a tbsp of oil, and stirfry the paste for a min, then add the tuna and mix well.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients together (except the wrap).
2. Spread a scoop of the mixed ingredients on one side of the wrap, and fold it into half.
3. Heat pan with a tsp of butter. With low heat, pan fry the wrap for 1 min on each side.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Gnocchi Carota Torta

8 eggs (beaten)
1/2 packet of Thai sweet radish (bought from wet market)
Few cloves of garlic (minced it)
1 packet of Gnocchi
3 tbsp light soya sauce
Pinch of pepper and salt
Spring onions

1. Boil gnocchi in a pot of salted water until it floats. Quickly drain the water and set aside.
2. Heat up a pan and add 2 tbsp of oil.
3. Stirfry the radish and garlic for about 2 mins.
4. Add the cooked gnocchi and stirfry it until it is a bit char.
5. Pour the soya sauce and mix it well with the gnocchi.
6. Add the eggs, and pinch of pepper and salt and mix well.
7. Garnish with spring onions and it is ready to be served.

Casa Rinaldi Gnocchi is available exclusively at NTUC finest under the pasta section. (Retail price at $9.50 per pack). Don't miss out Casa Rinaldi giveaway at http://bit.ly/2f9PfwJ


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bubur Terigu 大麦

150g white wheat (Bought from Fairprice)
60g gula melaka (can be more)
1.5 litre water
3 to 4 pandan leaves (washed & knotted)
Pinch of salt

1. Soak the wheat overnight (or at least 3 to 4 hours).
2. Boil the water and add the wheat. Cover with a lid but leave it ajar. Stir it once a while. (This should take at least 30mins until the wheat become soft.)
3. Add the gula melaka and stir to mix well.
4. Lower the fire, add the coconut milk, pandan leaves, and cover with a lid. (For 10 to 15mins)
5. Lastly, add a pinch of salt and it is ready to serve.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Salted Egg Fried Sardine

20g plain flour
5g butter
1 tsp fresh milk
1/2 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp Knorr Salted Egg Powder
1 egg
20g Breadcrumbs (add 1 tbsp salted egg powder)
2 cans Ayam Brand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sardine

1. Melt butter over low heat. Add milk, sugar, salt and salted egg powder to the melted butter and mix well.
2. Cool the above mixture and add to the egg. Beat well.
3. Coat the sardines with plain flour, followed by egg mixture, then breadcrumbs.
4. Heat up oil and deep-fry the sardines.