Tag Archives : Appetizer

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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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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‘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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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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Thai Spring Rolls


I learned to make Thai Spring Rolls with Jirayu Peoter of Mama Thai Cooking Club.The first time I made this was for the ‘Flower’ theme gourmet club event. I used a package of edible flowers as garnish then. I made spring rolls again for today’s Gourmet Club ‘Yum Yum Vote’ club event. My fellow club members have voted this as Read More

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Crab Cakes


Prepared this dish for the girls. This is one dish that all of them like and don’t get to eat at their college cafeterias. Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Ingredients 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 Tbsp heavy cream 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 1 egg Read More

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