Singapore Delights – Hokkien Mee, Laksa, and Onde Onde with Cookery Magic


My Christmas present from EK is a cooking class at Cookery Magic. It was a nice surprise as there are three dishes I really wanted to learn – Singapore Hokkien Mee, Singapore Laksa, and Onde Onde. I get to pick these three dishes and invite two guests to this private lesson. I invited Lynn and Janine to join us. Lynn Read More

Holiday Mushroom Rice


We were invited to a Christmas PJ Party hosted by Karen and Gus. Last year was the first time we attended the party; their place was setup like a winter wonderland. We were blown away by their effort in hosting this event and their hospitality. I have been looking forward to visit again this holiday. We showed up with mushrooms Read More

Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake


Planning Durian Basque Burnt Cheesecake for the next Arizona Gourmet Club Meet. First attempt and it’s a charm 😊. Ingredients Directions

Pandan Chiffon Cake


Craving chiffon cake a lot and wanted to make a pandan flavored version. Tried twice. First with a nonstick pan and the cake fell out instantly when I flipped the pan over 😲. Lesson learned, never bake a chiffon cake in nonstick pan! Bought another aluminum tube pan and tried again. Success! Ingredients Directions

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons


Lately, I have an obsession with salad, especially Caesar Salad. Love the crunchy lettuce, tangy dressing, flavorful grilled chicken, salty Parmasean, and crispy croutons. This has become my go-to recipe whenever I need salad on the menu. Love it! ❤️ Ingredients Croutons Caesar Dressing Salad Directions Croutons Caesar Dressing Assembly

Easy Homemade Focaccia with Whipped Ricotta


Just before we left Scottsdale for the summer, we had dinner at etta that just opened up across the street. I was blown away by their Foccacio Bread and whipped Ricotta with Honey dip. I’ve never seen a cylindrical foccacio and never tasted it with ricotta and honey. The bread was actually slit at the bottom and we just needed Read More

Passion Fruit Margarita


Mama Judy gave me a bag of passion fruits just before I left California. I rarely see passion fruits in the store and these are growing in her backyard😯! Priceless gift! Upon arriving in Scottsdale, I have been itching to make some magarita with these home grown passion fruits. Tonight is the night. Success on first attempt! Ingredients 4 Tbsp Read More

Portuguese Durian Tarts


It’s Mid Autumn Festival! I have leftover durian paste from making Snow Skin Durian Mooncake, and frozen flaky tart dough from making mushroom tarts. We will celebrate this festival with the addition of the unconventional ‘Moon Tarts’ too! I searched high and low for a Portuguese Durian Tart recipe and couldn’t find one. This is my made-up recipe and turned Read More

Snow Skin Durian Mooncake


I am blessed with two mooncake molds from Wai Ping years back. Whenever Mid Autumn Festival comes around, it is a reminder to dust the mold and do something with it. Of all the mooncake flavors, I love durian the most. I decided to make Mao Shan Wang (猫山王) mooncakes again this year. Taste wise, can’t go wrong with MSW, Read More

Mango Sago Coconut Pudding


The 100-degree heat in Foster City is screaming for some refreshing, chilling desserts. I rummaged through the fridge and found two overripe mangos. And there is some left over coconut milk and berries from fruit tarts I made the day before.💡! I whipped this up in half an hour last night and went to bed happy. It’s good. Ingredients 2 Read More

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