2nd Homecoming – day1.

For the second time this year 2018, we went visiting Wenchang, Hainan China. This visit is for specially for our 3rd daughter and youngest son who share the same birthday and are only free now to travel. So we brought them last Sunday on their birthdays to connect with their roots. There was great welcome,…

Thai sour fish curry

The daughters from San Francisco have acquired very strong flavor tastebuds (from dining out often) that my home cooked taste mild to bland.  So they will ask to top additional spices or hot chillies for that added oomph. Today’s menu is gonna be so tasty and appetising that the girls will not need to add…

Braised e-fu noodles

This morning I could find yellow chives in the wet market and there’s a can of straw mushrooms at home. Together with a packet of ‘Hongkong’ noodles, I’ll create a dish served as longevity noodles during birthday banquets. During the recent surprise birthday party for husband, this longevity noodles dish was served. Ingredients E-fu noodles,…

Fish maw glass noodles soup

Daughters are home to celebrate the father’s surprise birthday party. Before they return to USA, I should cook one of their favorite that we usually have at reunion dinner during Chinese New Year. It’ll be like a ‘mini steam boat’ all served in a bowl, saves the trouble of setting up the hotpot and waiting…

Curry dinner within $10

Here’s a step by step to cooking a curry dinner and it’s costing less than S$10. 1) Bought a 1 kg frozen chicken for about $3. Chopped into chunky pieces and marinate with curry powder. 2) Prep all other ingredients, cut up the onion, carrot, eggplants, tomatoes. 3) In a wok with heated oil, fry…

Eggplant

I didn’t realize that my close friends and family love this dish so much, that they’ll order this when in an upmarket restaurant. As this is a very affordable dish, I would rather use the budget to order something that I usually can’t or don’t cook in my kitchen. That dish is eggplant, brinjal or…

Poached chicken

I’ll drool everytime there’s a picture of Hainanese chicken and rice. So I bought a Kampong chicken (free range not caged) from the supermarket 2 days ago, to make Hainanese chicken rice. 1) Clean the chicken, cut away visible fats, wash and salt it inside and out. 2) Into the cavity, added kiffir lime leaves,…

Tomyam salmon belly

It’s been months without salmon belly, and I unexpectedly found 6 pieces of salmon belly in the freezer, so with the tomyam paste created lunch on Sunday afternoon. Ingredients To make it a complete meal, I added beehoon (rice vermicelli noodles), bok choy and baby red capsicum with salmon belly marinated in tomyam paste.  …

Sweet potato leaves

Didn’t heed much about this, as sweet potato leaves are abundantly available and kinda affordable, but it’s nutritionally high in vitamins and good source of antioxidants. Been requested to lookout by hubby, and on seeing it in the market, grab a bunch for S$1/-. So there’s need to ‘tenderise’ by ripping off the fibrous outer…

Pork liver in claypot

Eeew, pork liver … had never done an offal, and the butcher kindly gave me one (for free 😀), but I didn’t know how to use it. Recalled that my late mom cooked those powdery ones with scallions and we loved eating it hot with steaming rice. I’ll attempt to replicate. As I haven’t cooked…

Chives

Yesterday, I created 2 chives dishes. Simply chive omelette and another, stir fried with garlic. A relative to the scallions, spring onion family, chives are good vitamin K source, good for bones and a deterrent to Alzheimer’s. Ingredients A bunch of chives, garlic, imitation crab sticks (for added color), oyster sauce. Method 1) The first…

Steamed cod fish

It’s called Chilean sea bass and I bought it from The Fishnet,  http://dfish.net/. I buy all my cod fish from http://dfish.net/ since they were opened. Sunday, fun day … I’m steaming cod fish with simple tinge of soya sauce, sesame oil, ginger and fresh dill. After a sprinkle of chopped garlic, into the wok of…