Browsing Category : Appetizers

Grilled Corn with Truffle Cheese Salt


We signed up for a wine and food pairing experience at Williamson Wines in Healdsburg this summer. One of the memorable dishes I tried there was a simple corn salad with truffle cheese salt. The taste of truffle really shines through in this refreshing salad. This is a very simple dish, and if you have the grill on standby, fire Read More

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Chicken Curry Empanadas


When my mother-in-law was here to help take care of the kids, her friends taught her to make curry puffs with Betty Crocker Pie Crust mix. Whenever the craving strikes, she would send me to Lucky to pick up a box for her. She can whip up these comfort snack in no time. What’s a trip to Lucky in exchange Read More

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Spiral Curry Puff – Flaky Crust


August 9th – Singapore National Day. I was overjoyed when I found out that Singapore Connect is organizing a National Day-In-Place virtual hawker food fare. Covid has prevented us from making our annual trip home and deprived us of the hawker food that we crave so much. The organizer offered some all-time favorites from bay area Singaporean chefs. We were Read More

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Steamed Mussels


Part of my Arroz con Marisco recipe calls for 3 cups of seafood stock and steamed mussels. This method of preparing the mussels gave me a cup of rich and flavorful base to start the seafood stock. Bonus: yummy mussels for my Arroz con Marisco. Note: While doing research on how to clean and steam mussels, I learned that when Read More

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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

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Goreng Pisang à la mode


I saw Thai Banana and Banana tempura batter mix at the Asian grocery store last weekend. I am not a fan of deep fried food, but goreng pisang (deep fried banana) is an exception. This is one of my favorite snack growing up in Singapore, and I couldn’t resist bringing both of them home. I am surprised how easy it Read More

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Asian Street Taco


New take on old recipe. Coronavirus shelter-in-place forces everyone to be creative and make do with whatever we have. This is my popiah recipe transformed: popiah skin replaced with tortilla skin, bean sprouts and cucumber replaced with shredded cabbage. Looks like street taco, tastes like good old popiah otherwise.

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Smoked Salmon Crostini


I have been relying on the Bruschetta recipe for years when an Italian appetizer is needed on the menu. Great recipe, except it is quite stressful to make sure it is served hot whenever we entertain. Tried this Smoked Salmon Crostini over the weekend and I liked it a lot. Appetizing, easy to prepare, can be served cold. Stress free! Read More

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Fried Ikan Bilis and Peanuts


I received a jar of sambal chilli over the holidays from my friend Sheong. For many week’s I’ve been thinking how best to enjoy this prized possesion. What else? its Nasi Lemak! I haven’t been cooking much since moving to Scottsdale. This jar of sambal really came in handy. Whipping up Sambal Ikan Bilis couldn’t be easier with this ready-made Read More

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Beancurd Roll in Oyster Sauce (鲜竹卷)


ABC in Foster City is closed 🙁! We miss the dim sum, especially the beancurd roll in oyster sauce (鲜竹卷). It is one of the few non-seafood item on the menu that EK will eat. The black fungus and bamboo shoots add a little crunch to this savory dim sum. While it is not too difficult to prepare these rolls, Read More

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