Pan-fried Tofu Bar (锅塌豆腐)


I learned to cook this pan fried tofu dish from my first Chinese cook book. It was given to me by EK to cook his favorite dishes. I have to say when it comes to food, we couldn’t be more opposite on the spectrum of what we like. He eats mostly chicken, tofu, egg, and vegetsbles, and frowns upon anything Read More

The Purple Ang Gu Kueh again


I have been obsessed with making Ang Gu Kueh lately, especially the purple ones 🙂 I am also convinced that there is no substitute for freshly grated coconut. Since I bought the coconut grater 3 weeks ago, this is the 2nd time I am making a freshly grated coconut snack. Its delicious. Ingredients Fresh Grated Coconut 1 fresh coconut. In Read More

Sweet and Sour Potato Nuggets with Sweet Peas


First Published Nov 29th 2014 My apartment mate in college gave me a box of Chinese recipe cards before we graduated. This dish came from one of the cards and it tastes so good that I have been cooking it regularly since college. Updated Jun 16h 2020 Its been six years since I last published this post. How time flies! Read More

Pan Fried Chive Pockets (韮菜盒子)


Hanna says she wants to make chive pockets (韮菜盒子). She remembers trying it once when she was young. We frequent the dim sum restaurants that serve southern Cantonese-style delicacies. 韮菜盒子 is a northern Chinese savory snack and we don’t see them in these restaurants often. I thought this will be a nice cooking activity for both of us to spend Read More

The Purple Ang Gu Kueh


Week 8 of shelter-in-place. I have been cooking so much lately, especially my childhood favorites. In stressful times, we seek comfort in what we love and know best. Singaporean food and snacks is what I grew up with and there is so much to love about them. As a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and western cultures, we have Read More

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)


First published November 17th 2014 Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Krupuk (Deep fried prawn crackers), and ‘Fried’ Chicken Wings, its Indonesian for this weekend’s dinner … Updated June 7th 2020 Hanna said she has never tried Nasi Goreng. The first time I posted the receipe for Nasi Goreng was Nov 2014. Now that I jog my memory, all the girls were Read More

Kueh Bengka Ubi (Baked Tapioca Cake)


Jun 7th 2020 First published Dec 27th 2014 I attended my nephew’s holiday potluck party last weekend: “bring whatever food you wish to eat and share…home cooked Singapore food encouraged.” I like so many dishes from Singapore, which one should I bring? It has been a long time since I made Kueh Bengka Ubi, and it is so easy to Read More

Seasons Oven Roasted Chicken


For years, my go-to method for cooking whole chicken is to boil the chicken with garlic, ginger, and green onions; see my favorite Chicken Rice recipe. I decided to try oven roasted chicken this weekend with the help of Seasons spicy bake mix. I roasted the chicken in the oven with my good old Sur La Table porcelain baker. Basting Read More

Bubor Cha Cha (Sweet Potato and Taro in Coconut Milk)


First published May 18th 2015 I am still in my colorful-cooking mood. I managed to find sweet potato in three colors and taro. Wondering if green and red sweet potatoes ever existed? Perhaps not. I used emerald and ruby chestnut bits to make up for the missing colors. That is my colorful dessert for tonight’s dinner! Updated May 31st 2020 Read More

Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice)


First Published Sep 18th 2015 I have been on a sambal mission lately. The main reason: I have these precious bottles of home-made crispy ikan bilis and peanuts couriered from Singapore. Now that I have the sambal chilli handy, it is time to whip up the Nasi Lemak. The cast: coconut rice, crispy ikan bilis and peanuts, Sambal Telur (Eggs), Read More

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