Browsing Category : Cuisine

The Purple Ang Gu Kueh


Week 8 of shelter-in-place. I have been cooking so much lately, especially my childhood favorites. In stressful times, we seek comfort in what we love and know best. Singaporean food and snacks is what I grew up with and there is so much to love about them. As a melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and western cultures, we have Read More

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Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)


First published November 17th 2014 Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Krupuk (Deep fried prawn crackers), and ‘Fried’ Chicken Wings, its Indonesian for this weekend’s dinner … Updated June 7th 2020 Hanna said she has never tried Nasi Goreng. The first time I posted the receipe for Nasi Goreng was Nov 2014. Now that I jog my memory, all the girls were Read More

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Kueh Bengka Ubi (Baked Tapioca Cake)


First published Dec 27th 2014 I attended my nephew’s holiday potluck party last weekend: “bring whatever food you wish to eat and share…home cooked Singapore food encouraged.” I like so many dishes from Singapore, which one should I bring? It has been a long time since I made Kueh Bengka Ubi, and it is so easy to make and so Read More

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Seasons Oven Roasted Chicken


For years, my go-to method for cooking whole chicken is to boil the chicken with garlic, ginger, and green onions; see my favorite Chicken Rice recipe. I decided to try oven roasted chicken this weekend with the help of Seasons spicy bake mix. I roasted the chicken in the oven with my good old Sur La Table porcelain baker. Basting Read More

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Bubor Cha Cha (Sweet Potato and Taro in Coconut Milk)


First published May 18th 2015 I am still in my colorful-cooking mood. I managed to find sweet potato in three colors and taro. Wondering if green and red sweet potatoes ever existed? Perhaps not. I used emerald and ruby chestnut bits to make up for the missing colors. That is my colorful dessert for tonight’s dinner! Updated May 31st 2020 Read More

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Nasi Lemak (Coconut Rice)


First Published Sep 18th 2015 I have been on a sambal mission lately. The main reason: I have these precious bottles of home-made crispy ikan bilis and peanuts couriered from Singapore. Now that I have the sambal chilli handy, it is time to whip up the Nasi Lemak. The cast: coconut rice, crispy ikan bilis and peanuts, Sambal Telur (Eggs), Read More

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Kueh Dadar


I had to cancel my trip back to Singapore this summer due to the covid-19 pandemic. What I miss most from Singapore are obviously the friends and family that I will not get to meet this year. I will also miss the many hawker food and traditional snacks and kuehs that I grew up with. To say I love nyonya 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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Home-made Boba Milk Tea


This is a guest post from my daughter Ashley. She has been staying with us for the last 4 weeks and has been cooking up a storm in my kitchen. I have the ‘privilege’ to be the taste-tester of the product of her experiments. I am grateful that she took care of many lunches for us while we shelter-in-place. Most Read More

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Lotus Peanut Soup


Lotus peanut soup is one of the favorite dish on our dinner menu rotation. This soup takes time to simmer on the stove, but if you have a slow cooker or an instant pot, it is easy to prepare the ingredients and let the electric cooker take care of the rest while you go about the rest of your day. Read More

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