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…

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…

Tit for tat

We had visitors from Hainan so it’s my turn to cook up a storm. Hope they all enjoyed the food. They cooked so much and treated us to much food when we visited Hainan, now it’s my turn to practice my culinary skills. My version of tit for tat but in a good way. We…

Celebrate centenarian

How often does one attend a centenarian’s birthday. Last weekend, we celebrated the uncle in law 100th birthday. In our family it’s the first and I hope for more. Taking time to smell the flowers, going for long walks and watching sunset in the evenings contribute to the good life – ahgoodlife. The diet of…

After the hols

It’s back to routine of waking up, what to cook for the day, morning walks and evening chill. Yes, the hols have flew in and out. Children were home and they’ve gone back to work overseas. So it’s easy, either lunch out after our 5km walks or simply cook in all those goodies stocked for…

E-fu noodles straw mushrooms chives

On the 11th day of lunar new year, friends showed up for a game of mahjong so I cooked a meal that could be eaten whilst playing at the table. Something light but filling and palatable. This dish is occasionally served on birthdays symbolising longevity. Ingredients – method 1) Scald the noodles in boiling water….

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…

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…

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…

Jackfruit green curry

I scavenge excitedly from the fruit seller the remainder of a ripened jackfruit. Its difficult to find jackfruit in the city. When green, it constitutes as protein to vegans and I hope it still does on ripening, and will use it today in green curry. Ingredients Green curry paste, kiffir lime leaves, curry leaves, round…

Salmon on veg bed

The day of dilled salmon fillets on a bed of purple cabbage has arrived. In one vision, it solves the mystery of lunch menu, a clearance of purple cabbage sitting for weeks in the fridge and a balance of healthy and guilt free indulgence. A pond of greedy koi in action. Ingredients Salmon fillet marinated…

Saba fish

We didn’t have enough in Japan nor Korea, had always been on the lookout for Saba fish at home. I got my chance today. Ingredients Defrosted 3 Saba slices, and with some leftover raddish. Also will pair with sweet potato leaves and miso tofu seaweed soup. Method 1) Wash, pat dry and generously salt Saba…