Browsing Category : Singapore

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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Split Pea Porridge


With the self-imposed shelter-in-place practice, we have been stocking up the refrigerator and pantry; doing our little bit to minimize trips to the store. With every meal, I have to decide to do without or find substitute if some ingredients are missing. Let’s just call it ‘creative’ cooking. We are craving dessert. I pulled out some leftover frozen split peas Read More

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Sambal Egg Plant


Oven roasted vegetables is my preferred method of cooking non-leafy vegetables. Especially for eggplants, they soak up much less oil and preserves the taste and texture beautifully. Most of the sambal eggplant recipes I find online involve deep frying or stir frying the eggplants. Let’s make mine the first Oven Roasted Sambal Eggplant recipe and it’s super easy! Ingredients 3 Read More

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Blackberry Lotus Seed Mooncake


I was in bay area last weekend and needed to find something zen and therapeutic to do on a quiet Sunday. There is nothing more fun than a mooncake making session with my very talented niece who invented this blackberry lotus see filling. We had a great Sunday afternoon and the mooncakes are awfully good! Guest post below from my 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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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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Mee Goreng


Mee Goreng is one of the dishes that I didn’t check off from the ‘must-eat’ list during my whirlwind trip back to SG. There is only so much you can eat in a day, and 7 days in SG is just not long enough to try all the wonderful food this island has to offer! That is one of the Read More

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