Great tofu respect

I’ve great respect for tofu. It’s clean, affordable and best of all nutritional. Also it’s universally available and the versatility is endless.  Original soya bean (Japanese – soft beans) is soaked in water, squeezing out the milk, the left over is further compressed to create tofu. Some of the many iconic bridges I’ve crossed around…

Braised belly, sea cucumber with mushrooms

Daughter’s flying off to continue med  school…oh she’ll be missing home cooked food once more. Let’s cook a bash that’ll last one whole year. It’s gonna be traditional Grandma’s dish of braised belly, sea cucumber with shitake mushrooms and lots more.. Ingredients Pork belly, sea cucumber and shitake mushrooms. Preparation Preparation is the tedious part,…

The heat is on

Weather forecast for Singapore – no rain till end of July. It’ll be hot and humid! At noon, around 31 degrees, but it feels like 36. I’ll like to escape to a cool place right now, and hibernate there. That place will be Yosemite valley. We did, in 2016 winter and hibernated in a cosy…

10 Veggies dish

Will prepare a 10 veggies combi, a stir fried vegetarian dish. It’s called ‘lo hon chye’ (in Cantonese) whereby 10 types of vegetables are braised / stir fried and eaten on 1st and/or 15th of the Chinese calendar month. Today, we’re just trying to eat healthy. For travels, it’s castle hopping in Ireland. First stop,…

Rice porridge on a gloomy day

Is rain beautiful? I think it is. In Singapore, rain cools my place down, making cooking more delightful in the wet kitchen outside my 🏠. However, the weather is gloomy and makes photography dark. Today’s travel will be to Singapore, a little red dot in South East Asia. Ingredients Simple rice porridge, with julienned marrow…

Soy sauce pork belly

This is a versatile dish, it could be savory, sour or/and  sweet. Add in lots of other ingredients or none at all. Use it as soup or gravy, those who cook this dish will have their own peculiar secret ingredient to call it their own, it’s a versatile dish I won’t tire of. Continuing our…

Soy sauce chicken

Tasted the 1 Michelin star soy sauce chicken in Smith street Singapore recently, today I’ll try to cook something comparable. Ingredients 1 whole chicken (about 1 kg), garlic, ginger, dark soya sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, pandan leaves (optional), chicken feet (optional). Method 1) Wash the 🐔, cut away visible fats. Wash the pandan leaves,…

Poached fish, fried prawns and vegetables

Daughters will come home for dinner, yeah! We flew 8000+ miles for this, to cook dinner so they can have home cooked food. I had bought mostly seafood as they don’t get to eat fish, prawns when they order in at work or cook for themselves when they have the time. But I didn’t have…

Bazhang in SF – 2

Yes, here again, it’s Memorial weekend, there’s a carnival just downstairs and the parade is at full blast. Hold on, wait for me 😎 I’m half way making bazhang. This year, orders are on que for my bazhang since the first tastings last year. Friends and family love them. Haha. Ingredients Once again, my hand…

Steamed fish, scallops broccoli, spinach.

This summer its freezing cold in San Francisco, but still, I’ll opt for this weather than the open sauna in Singapore. For lunch today, we’ll have steamed 🎏 and some accompanying dishes. It’s rare to find steamed fish in San Francisco restaurants, not found even in best Chinatown restaurant. Ingredients Bought a red snapper, some…

Bazhang step-by-step

Was down with a bad flu since mother’s day weekend but the minute I felt better, was at the market shopping for ingredients to make bazhang. By the way, bazhang is pork dumplings, the actual day this year is 30 May 2017, on which I shall be out of town. It occurs every year on…

Sea cucumber

Scientists discover that sea cucumber has many health benefits, such as anti inflammatory, contain antioxidants, can prevent cancer, heals arthritis and gum disease. It’s not a plant, but an animal living on seabeds. It’s not easily available, and needs much cleaning before it’s edible. The Chinese consider sea cucumber as a delicacy. It’s quite an…