Browsing Category : Appetizers

Chinese/Homestyle Meatballs (肉丸)


This is a recipe from my aunt that I continue to prepare frequently as part of our home-cooked Chinese dinner. A special ingredient in this recipe is the cream-style corn. It adds color and sweetness to the meat. The meatballs has the crunch from the chestnut and tenderness from the creamed corn. Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 1 hour Read More

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Mushroom Leek Tartlet


With some success at making flaky tart shells last week for the Banana Cream Pie, I saved an extra batch of the tart dough for this week’s attempt at Mushroom Leek Tart. It saves so much time to have the tart dough handy. I adjusted the Tartine’s Wild Mushroom Tart recipe to incorporate leek into the tart filing. We enjoyed Read More

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Satay


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. As we clean up and put away the BBQ grill this year, I am taking time Read More

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‘Five Spice’ Roll (Ngor Hiang) – 五香


In my whirlwind trip to Singapore, I missed many items on the checklist of must-try dishes. Thankfully, I was able to try some home-made Ngor Hiang from my god sister and noted the recipe. I was surprised that she did not add five spice powder to the filling! She insisted on taking the time to make mini-rolls as she says Read More

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Chinese Rojak (Salad in Shrimp Paste Dressing)


My sister prepared this delicacy for me when I visited last month. Her version uses apples instead of jicama. I love the sweet and tangy taste of the shrimp paste dressing combined with the varied texture of fruits, vegetables, and Chinese crullers. I rarely eat salad, but this is one salad I will eat often if I can afford the Read More

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Mock Goose (素鹅)


The theme of the last gourmet club event was the Great Pretender. I signed up to make Mock Goose, but substituted with Vegan Kong Bak Pau (素扣肉包) last minute; I needed more time to prepare this dish. I finally served this colorful mock goose tonight. My taste tester ate it all in one sitting and left me with two pieces Read More

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Basil Chicken Fresh Spring Rolls


  With the kids at home for the summer, there is so much pressure to start eating the moment I turn off the stove. There is hardly any chance to snap photos of the dishes before they are attacked. Another excuse for slacking off on my food blog …  but, I managed to capture a few shots of this variation Read More

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Vegan Kong Bak Bao (素扣肉包) Braised Tofu in Soy Sauce


Last week, as we were guiltily indulging in the real Kong Bak Bao, EK said it would be nice if we have tofu instead of pork belly. I thought about it. We can certainly do without the blood clogging pork belly skin and fat. So this is our healthy version of Kong Bak Bao. This must be the easiest blog Read More

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Fusion Fresh Spring Rolls with Three Dipping Sauces


  I saw the the above at Trader Joes last weekend. It redefined carrot = orange for me. I found out that Carrots Used to Be Purple Before the 17th Century. What a discovery! This big bag of multi-color carrots has been sitting in the refrigerator for one week. What am I going to do with it? I have left Read More

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Triple Tomato Bruschetta


  Today, I made bruschetta to go with the spicy italian sausage lasagna and tiramisu for our Italiano dinner. I like this recipe because the sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar give the appetizer a little punch. Since I have been into colorful dishes lately, I added some yellow cherry tomatoes to jazz up the look. A few cherry tomatoes can really liven up Read More

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