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…

Beehoon breakfast

I used to be amazed about eating a full meal of carbs heavy breakfast. Such was my wonder when I travelled in Asia, whether Tokyo, Taipeh or Manila in 5 or 6 star hotel how a full meal of rice noodles, porridge plus condiments would be consumed during breakfast. When living in Melbourne, I would…

Salmon and cabbage

This rainy day, decided on just salmon fillet with stir fried cabbage for lunch. Ingredients Defrosted 3 pieces of salmon fillets, and to make a wholesome meal, found other vegetables from the fridge. Used napa cabbage, carrot, some shrimps, shitake mushrooms, garlic to cook up a vegetable dish to go with salmon. Method 1) Sprinkle…

Curry fish head

On this lovely Sunday morning, I’ll prepare curry fish head for lunch. Ingredients 1 sea bass fishhead, 1 small batang fishhead, eggplant, cabbage, long beans, tomato, carrot, curry broth prepared earlier. Method 1) Smash kiffir and curry leaves, put into container to be submerged into curry broth. 2)In a pot of boiling curry broth, add…

Marrow green dinner

Go light, less carbs, more vegetables for the last meal of the day.  Since we’re not doing any physical workout before bedtime, just a bowl of marrow green for dinner. It’s good for body system, easy on the stomach, lessen the digestive strain. Ingredients 1marrow green, 6 hydrated shitake mushrooms, 1 carrot, garlic, 1 fishcake,…

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…

Flake with stirfry

I normally avoid flake, but in Australia, many a time had it as fish and chips. Was at the wet market the other day, on impulse bought a half piece of cooked flake fillet. Flake (shark meat) is eaten as a nutrition (Chinese, Japanese) or a stable (Iceland, Norway) else avoided (animal lovers) due to…