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…

Hi-tea in Hainan

Our visit to ancestry hometown of a village in Wenchang, Hainan – China uncovered an archetype Hainanese hi-tea. I wonder if my forefathers actually learnt from the British forces on how to make a good tea, or inherently brought with them the skills during migration to Singapore. A typical afternoon tea break, strolling along the…

Pandan log

On the eve of eve, I’m getting ready to welcome the holidays season and baked pandan log cakes to get into the Christmas mood. Ingredients & Method 1) Separate 4 egg yolks from white. 2) Add 40 gms sugar n beat with yolks 3) Add 30gms veg oil to beat till pale 4) Add 40gms…

Apple pie

The time is now – you’ll be proud. I’ve successfully baked a humble apple pie in time for Thanksgiving. Ingredients 4 Apples- preferably variety of 3. Cinnamon and nutmeg powder, 1/4 teaspoon. Pinch of salt, 1 fresh lemon, black brown and white sugar, 3 tablespoon. 2 tablespoon of cornflour, 2 puff pastry. 1egg beaten to…

Pumpkin pie

Happy Halloween πŸ‘ΊπŸ‘»πŸ€‘ – I baked a pumpkin pie today! Happy to share that I started another hobby, collected a school of koi, built a filter myself to rid the algae that forms easily in sunny Singapore. The filter is working well, clearer pond water. Ingredients 1/3 of pumpkin leftover, 2 tablespoon brown sugar, a…

Happy birthdays

We celebrated our younger children birthdays yesterday, yes our 3rd and 4th have the same birthday exactly every year and since they are both home this year (not always home together), gotta have a medium do. So it was catered Thai food, really yummy😎😎. However, I’d still wanted to prove my culinary worth, contributed 3…

Apple pies

Sonny handed a bag of about 40 apples upon return from camp. Doesn’t seem like campers like having apples for desserts. Hmmm what to do? Apples are good food, super for iron nutrition ~ “an apple a day keeps one happy all day!” haha says who? 🍎 🍎 🍎 Let’s make apple pies ~ we…

Passion & drama

Khmer banana passion fruit dessert I was just taking a short break in Johor Iskandar region, n had just plucked some passion fruits from a friend’s garden, it immediately triggered a recall of what the family did whilst visiting Siem Reap – we cooked a very passionate n dramatic dessert, I shall call it Khmer…