Browsing Category : Appetizers

Shrimp Mango Ceviche on Avocado Sauce


I’ve tried making ceviche with raw shrimp and lime juice multiple times without success. Perhaps psychologically, I just believe they are not cooked through without heat. This time I tried a new approach and poached the shrimp instead. It turned out great! Simple, easy, and safe! Ingredients 1/2 lb shrimps, shell on and deveined Mango Salsa 1/4 cup mango 1/4 Read More

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Mushroom Leek Galette


We were invited to Kampung Lam for dinner a few weeks back. Since then, I’ve been thinking of the very yummy mushroom galette that Chef Chao served. The girls and I have a soft spot for mushrooms, couple that with a flaky and buttery crust, it is a match made in heaven. I asked Elaine for the recipe the next Read More

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Singapore Satay


Updated: August 8th, 2021 Added new pictures and fine-tuned additional ingredients. First Published: September 28th, 2015 No one will argue Singapore Satay is one of Singapore’s signature dish. Whenever we do BBQ in the summer, it is a must-have item on the menu. Thanks to Prima Taste, we can easily enjoy authentic Singapore Satay thousands of miles away from home. Read More

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Chinese Rojak (Salad in Shrimp Paste Dressing)


Updated: June 26th, 2021 Updated pictures and added green mango to the ingredients. Tastes delicious as always as long as you have Chinese crullers as the anchor. With all these bright and juicy fruits in the mix, the cucumbers are tasting a little flat. Next time, I will consider adding fresh lychee and guava. First Published: September 7th, 2015 My Read More

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Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad)


My memory of gado gado sauce is sweet, salty, tangy, and full of flavors from peanuts, garlic and shallots. This is my  second attempt at make-from-scratch gado gado sauce, after much adjustments, I got the sauce to the right consistency to my liking. This is a time consuming recipe if you were to prepare this salad from scratch. Picking the Read More

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Sicilian Meatballs


For the longest time, I have only made spaghetti with meat sauce, never meatballs. That is until my recent visits to Sicilian Butcher in Scottsdale. For whatever reason, I never like meatballs. In my first few visits to Sicilian Butcher, I did not cast my eyes on this item on the menu. Several weeks ago, we dropped into Sicilian Butcher Read More

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Soon Kueh


Soon kueh is one of the Teochew delicacies that I wanted to master. I love the chewy skin and the complex texture of the savory filling. Top it with sweet soy sauce and fried shallots, Yum! I spent 5 hours in the kitchen, painstakingly wrapping, pinching and pleating the edges of each dumpling. Well worth the effort. The filling in Read More

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Grilled Garlic Shrimp


We ushered in the first day of 2021 with a BBQ on the roof top of our apartment building. Its a beautiful day on a hopefully great new year for everyone. I think I served the best grilled shrimps I have tasted ever, the HUGE shrimps are juicy, bouncy (that’s what Hillary says when she tastes a good shrimp) and Read More

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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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