Festive fatigue

Festival fatigue – no it’s an awakening! On the 9th day of lunar new year, the family gathered for an auspicious 8 course dinner on 3 round tables. 1) Roasted golden suckling pig is the first course. Its crackling crispy skin and juicy tender meat were devoured by young and old. No hesitation on that…

Simply fish & veg

By the 8th day of lunar new year, I was yearning for simple clean food. With almost every meal of good wishes and auspicious dishes, such as lo-hei, pun-choy, ho-si fa choy… I was craving simply fish and vegetables. Also, I wanted to save room to feast on suckling pig, London duck, double boiled sea…

Boneless duck horfun

On the 6th day of lunar new year, I decided that it would be a one pot meal. Easy to cook, easy to wash and easy to serve. Ingredients 1/2 boneless braised duck, 3/4 kilograms horfun, a packet of kalian vegetables and some garlic, some leftover duck broth and braised duck gravy. Method 1) In…

Hainanese chap chye

So it’s the lunar new year, I’m trying to replicate the dish my late mom would cook, and I’ve just had it in Hainan. Something’s missing it’s not as endowed as what I’ve tasted. Still it’s good enough for my standard. Ingredients Definitely napa cabbage, carrots, wood ear fungus, shiitake mushrooms, glass noodles (I’ve runned…

Meltingly flavorful

Woof, woof – welcome the year of the dog with a dish – meltingly braised sea cucumber, duck and mushrooms, was served during our reunion dinner. It’s duck stewed in pressure cooker pot a day earlier.  The white flower shiitake mushrooms is hydrated for half a day to soften, and sea cucumber was soaked and…

Sharks fins osmanthus eggs

Lunar new year’s eve, I cooked glass noodles with scrambled eggs for lunch ∼ the fancy name is osmanthus eggs. It’s nothing like osmanthus flower as I did not use enough eggs, with too much of glass noodles which also acts as faux pas sharks fins in this dish. Ingredients Glass noodles, eggs, onion, garlic,…

Fish head beehoon

On the eve of the eve, I’m spring cleaning the fridge too, to welcome fresh goodies in the lunar new year. Ingredients Found a couple of fish heads, 1/2 snapper and chopped batang, 2 pieces cod fillet, so decided to use them in soupy noodles. Ginger, tomato, thick beehoon, kailan vegetables and sift tofu. Method…

Bakkwa fried rice

In clearing fridge to make way for fresh food in the Chinese new year, decided to fry leftover rice with newly baked bakkwa as I had leftover bakkwa too. Ingredients Rice, frozen vegetables, bakkwa (pork jerky), garlic. Method 1) Fry garlic till fragrant, add bakkwa, then frozen vegetables. Dish up set aside. 2) In the…

Nian gao – year high

Nian gao literally translated is year higher. It’s a gluey, sticky glutinous rice cake eaten during Chinese new year. Dont underestimate the simple ingredients, when combined results in a round, sugar caramelized cake symbolising harmony, progress in the new year. When fed to the Gods on the 9th day of Chinese new year, the belief…

Ngo hiang – meat rolls

Amidst the Chinese new year foodie prep, this dish is welcome as it’s light, crunchy and tasty. It could be served as finger food else as a dish amongst all other festive dishes. Ingredients Simply minced pork (250 gms), fish paste (100 gms), sesame oil (1 tablespoon), 5 spices (1 tablespoon), 1 onion, some coriander…

Pork jerky

Bakkwa, or pork jerky is served in households when guests visit to welcome the Chinese new year. Amongst cookies, candies and drinks, pork jerky is as ‘munchable’ whilst visitors chat to catch up on the goings in the past year or forthcoming happenings. To welcome the new year, I’ve started to bake pork jerky, as…