Browsing Category : Appetizers

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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Porky ‘Yu Sheng’


Happy Chinese New Year! Yu Sheng is an iconic Singapore dish for CNY celebration. This is our version of fish-less Yu Sheng. We replaced the fish with Bak Kua, fitting for the year of the Pig? Since I couldn’t find mung bean skin, I’ve also substituted it with bean curd skin. Use your imagination with the ingredients and have fun preparing Read More

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Pizzadilla and Superbowl Party


EK and I decided that we should watch the Superbowl this year. This is my first attempt preparing for a Superbowl party. How do you like my party spread? Feels like I am feeding an army, but its really just the two of us pigging out :P. This is also the first time I tried to make Pizzadilla. If you Read More

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Peach and Fig Crostini


A couple of years back, my colleague Ravi gave me a bag of figs from his backyard. That was my introduction to fig. This is an unusual fruit (actually, it is an inverted flower) with a unique taste and texture. I fell in love with figs until one day, I came across this article that describes how fig is pollinated. It Read More

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Guacamole


Guacamole is one of those must-have with Mexican food. It is so easy to make and you can never have too much guacamole. I like my guacamole to be a little chunky. Always use avocado that gives slightly when pressed. Those are just riped enough to be mashed and yet not too mushy. The best way to enjoy guac is to Read More

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Pico De Gallo


Pico De Gallo is the kind of food that really appeals to my taste buds. Load them on tortilla chips or burritos, it makes anything it goes on especially tangy and refreshing. I thought this recipe makes a huge serving, but the three of us at the dinner table had to exercise some self control before we clean up the Read More

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Avocado Crema


I’ve always loved guacamole. Little did I know that it has a cousin called Avocado Crema that is just as delicious. I tried this recipe as part of my Mexican cooking this weekend. This one is a keeper. Tastes good as a dip with tortilla chips and goes well on salad and burritos. Easy and delicious! Ingredients 1 avocado 1/2 Read More

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Pan Fried Sugar Rice Cake with Taro – Nian Gao (煎年糕)


It is symbolic to eat Sugar Rice Cake during Chinese New Year because its name in Mandarin – Nian Gao (年糕) is a homonym for 年高 –  年年高升, meaning growing taller or making progress year after year. I’ve learnt this version of pan fried sugar rice cake from my mum-in-law. She likes to sandwich the rice cake between two thin Read More

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