Sweet bittergourd

Tastes, a matter of interpretation – the taste buds can distinguish bitter from sweet, sour, or spicy. However to some the bittergourd is much hated for it’s bitterness, to others like hubby and son, it’s much loved however it’s cooked. Ingredients 1)Bittergourd with slab of roasted pork, 2)bittergourd with fish paste. Method 1) Slice slab…

Farmed home cooked

A short stint in Khao Yai, where we went vines hopping and I’m writing this in the minivan on way to Bangkok. I’ve realized food is universal, nothing new about this, but farming and the simple life is a beautiful start of the whole food chain worldwide. What’s new? However technically savvy, it’s back to…

Stirfry white kway teow.

Whilst in a minivan from Bangkok airport to Khoa Yai on route to Granmonte, a vineyard and winery 167 kilometers, 2 1/2  hours away, I’m sharing this recipe and hope you’ll enjoy stirfry white kway teow. Ingredients Kway teow, green mustard veggies, bean sprouts, char siew, fish cake and 1 tomato. Method 1) In a…

Simply tasty

Today’s lunch is simple, but naturally tasty. It’s white rice porridge cooked with marrow green and paired with grilled selar (local mackeral fish), spinach and eggplant stuffed with fish paste. Featuring lakes around the world, I’ll start with the one nearest home. Eggplant stuffed with fish paste Pan fry with a bit of oil first,…

Rice porridge and condiments

By condiments, I’m equating to accompanying dishes. It also depends on number of persons the meal is prepared for. The more people, the more condiments you can cook as combination and permutations are endless. Rice porridge is enjoyed as a light meal, sometimes when under the weather, it’s soothing to eat watery and mushy stuff…

Hainanese chicken rice set

It’s good old fashion chicken rice meal set served in a Hainanese family. Typically, it’ll be whole chicken broiled, the broth from boiling the chicken used to cook the rice by adsorption method, the soup is served with meatballs and another ‘hainanese chap chye’ (mixed vegetables) dish to complement a balanced and wholesome meal. Featuring…

Laksa

Don’t usually cook laksa at home because it’s readily available in the hawkers centers.  Overseas when we miss the Singaporean hawkers scene, we’ll fix it by having a bash with premixed paste and whatever other ingredients we can find. I’ve been given these premix and since daughter didn’t bring them to Ireland, I’ll just use…

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,…

Trending – white beehoon

Being national day eve, national service men are on half day leave, I shall cook something trending in Singapore and that’s white beehoon (vermicelli) for lunch. During my short stint in Melbourne, I managed to capture some trending scenes, including the iconic cable cars rambling through central business district. Ingredients I’m cooking for three, half…

Pursuit of Saba

We’re Saba fish fans. So we’ve been on the lookout for any mackeral dish at home and overseas. This weekend, it’s mackeral galore at home.😍😍 Ingredients Locally, it’s called Selar or Kembong – Malaysian mackeral fish. There’s abundance in tropical waters and the markets. I’ll usually buy half a dozen and save them in the…

Hokkien mee for medical students

This evening, we’re are having 15 medical students in our house for a final meeting and practice before they embark on a mission trip to a village of Thailand. I would like to treat them to a nice dinner, since they’ve all just returned from United Kingdom, it should be something local that they don’t…

Char kway teow

Char kway teow – stir fried flat white rice noodles is a favorite comfort food with the family. We refrain from eating much outside because of “artery clogging” fear. Home cooked, I’m able to control the amount of grease, no cockles but more vegetables added so guilt is lessen. Talk about mind over matter. 🐒…