Festive fatigue

Festival fatigue – no it’s an awakening! On the 9th day of lunar new year, the family gathered for an auspicious 8 course dinner on 3 round tables. 1) Roasted golden suckling pig is the first course. Its crackling crispy skin and juicy tender meat were devoured by young and old. No hesitation on that…

Simply fish & veg

By the 8th day of lunar new year, I was yearning for simple clean food. With almost every meal of good wishes and auspicious dishes, such as lo-hei, pun-choy, ho-si fa choy… I was craving simply fish and vegetables. Also, I wanted to save room to feast on suckling pig, London duck, double boiled sea…

Boneless duck horfun

On the 6th day of lunar new year, I decided that it would be a one pot meal. Easy to cook, easy to wash and easy to serve. Ingredients 1/2 boneless braised duck, 3/4 kilograms horfun, a packet of kalian vegetables and some garlic, some leftover duck broth and braised duck gravy. Method 1) In…

Hainanese chap chye

So it’s the lunar new year, I’m trying to replicate the dish my late mom would cook, and I’ve just had it in Hainan. Something’s missing it’s not as endowed as what I’ve tasted. Still it’s good enough for my standard. Ingredients Definitely napa cabbage, carrots, wood ear fungus, shiitake mushrooms, glass noodles (I’ve runned…

Meltingly flavorful

Woof, woof – welcome the year of the dog with a dish – meltingly braised sea cucumber, duck and mushrooms, was served during our reunion dinner. It’s duck stewed in pressure cooker pot a day earlier.  The white flower shiitake mushrooms is hydrated for half a day to soften, and sea cucumber was soaked and…

Sharks fins osmanthus eggs

Lunar new year’s eve, I cooked glass noodles with scrambled eggs for lunch ∼ the fancy name is osmanthus eggs. It’s nothing like osmanthus flower as I did not use enough eggs, with too much of glass noodles which also acts as faux pas sharks fins in this dish. Ingredients Glass noodles, eggs, onion, garlic,…

Fish head beehoon

On the eve of the eve, I’m spring cleaning the fridge too, to welcome fresh goodies in the lunar new year. Ingredients Found a couple of fish heads, 1/2 snapper and chopped batang, 2 pieces cod fillet, so decided to use them in soupy noodles. Ginger, tomato, thick beehoon, kailan vegetables and sift tofu. Method…

Bakkwa fried rice

In clearing fridge to make way for fresh food in the Chinese new year, decided to fry leftover rice with newly baked bakkwa as I had leftover bakkwa too. Ingredients Rice, frozen vegetables, bakkwa (pork jerky), garlic. Method 1) Fry garlic till fragrant, add bakkwa, then frozen vegetables. Dish up set aside. 2) In the…

Happy homecoming

Quintessentially Hainanese homecoming – it’s ancestry prayers, firing crackers and alfresco dining. Kinsfolk gather to prepare home cooked cuisine, essentially that >100 days old free range cockerel 🐓 flesh stiff and stubborn but a delicacy with the locals. Mutton soup, Hainanese chap chye, bittergourd, prawns 🦐 crabs🦀….lots more. All the dishes my late mom would…

Eve’s reunion

As like lunar new year tradition, we would have a reunion dinner on the eve especially as kids are home for the festive season, and to welcome 2018 with leftovers symbolic of ever lasting food on the table. It seems like there’s less to do since we’re having steamboat (also called hotpot or shabu shabu)…

Collage of home style dishes

I know they hardly get to eat such dishes in San Francisco, it’s almost staple back home, and soon they’ll be flying off, so trying my best to cramp all into daily menu to eat with white porridge or rice. 1) Pan fried eggplant fish pasted sandwich. 2) Okra fried with chilli paste. 3) Kangkong…

Check listed hokkien mee

Yes, they both made a long list of local food to have before flying back to SF. Hokkien mee is on the list so as their foodie mom, I’ll help to cross it off the list. 🤣 🤣🙄 Ingredients & prep Slice 1) pork belly thinly, marinate with fish sauce and pepper 2) Slice fish cakes…