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. 🐒…

Hokkien mee

A sudden craving, hokkien mee is readily available in Singapore hawkers scene. Today, I’ll rather cook a home version. This dish originated from Fujian, China. It’s yellow noodles and rice vermicelli topped with prawns, squids and meat. Travels today is Japan, where we went temple hopping. Ingredients 1/2 kg fresh yellow noodles, 1/2 kg white…

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…

Easy stir fried noodles

On this Saturday morning, after a 20 lap swim, I’d just wish for an easy, one wok meal, like stir fried noodles. Ingredients This dish is easy, 1 packet of stir fried ‘Hongkong’ noodles, round cabbage, carrot, (gelatinous) leftover soya sauce gravy, 1 egg, fish paste, 1 piece of pork fillet. Preparation 1) In a…

Fish head bitter gourd soup

Bought 2 barramundi fish heads. Credits to the fishmonger, he cleaned and chopped so beautifully and made them easy for me to use. I’m reminded of a trip to Ek Phnom (Siem Reap, Cambodia) in 2015, when we were cruising the Mekong River and saw a lady preparing fish dinner outside her boat house. *Boat…

Noodles 4 breakfast

G’day 😍 we’ll have noodles for breakfast, like how Asians have rice porridge or rice every morning. Like how we’ll order bachormee (minced meet noodles) at the hawkers center. The kids prefer meekia (angel hair pasta) and the adults prefer meepok (fettuccine). But first, another 20 lap swim before breakfast. Ingredients Noodles, sauces (chilli, soy…

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,…