What’s changed in 1 generation

Hainan, 3 decades ago wasn’t served by direct flights from Singapore. We would transit via Bangkok or Hong Kong using a day to reach our destination. Yet, my late parents would lug clothes, cloths, coffee, sugar, biscuits, candies and gold,  jewellery to distribute to kinsfolk in their homecoming.   When my late parents threw dinner…

Hi-tea in Hainan

Our visit to ancestry hometown of a village in Wenchang, Hainan – China uncovered an archetype Hainanese hi-tea. I wonder if my forefathers actually learnt from the British forces on how to make a good tea, or inherently brought with them the skills during migration to Singapore. A typical afternoon tea break, strolling along 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…

Saba on boxing

On boxing day, I cooked saba fish with miso soup for family of 5. With all the feasting we’ve had, time for some saba set meal to go easy on the stomach. 1) Marinated with salt and pepper. Towel dry for crisper skin. 2) Fry on non stick pan. 3) Start to plate up. First…

Claypot rice

It’s the Eve, children have traveled home one at a time. Today’s lunch is the first meal for family get together. Yet, I’m lazy so I’m just gonna do a one pot solves it all. Ingredients 3 cups rice, 3 pieces boneless chicken thigh, 3 Chinese sausages and kailan vegetables. Prepare by cutting chicken into…

Pandan log

On the eve of eve, I’m getting ready to welcome the holidays season and baked pandan log cakes to get into the Christmas mood. Ingredients & Method 1) Separate 4 egg yolks from white. 2) Add 40 gms sugar n beat with yolks 3) Add 30gms veg oil to beat till pale 4) Add 40gms…

Chicken rice set

It’s raining out there, another cool wintry night around 24 degrees in the tropics. I think it’s beautiful weather if you’re indoors cooking dinner. To those on the roads, drive safely in the thick pouring rain. We’ll have the usual chicken rice meal, consisting of boiled chicken, rice and soup. 1) Clean the chicken, trim…

Merry laksa

In tropical wintery weather, when it’s thundering and storming every day, a bowl of steaming laksa makes merry. Ingredients Laksa beehoon, chicken breasts, prawns, fish cakes, eggs, dried tofu pok, bean sprouts, coconut milk, laksa paste. Method 1) In boiling water, scald laksa beehoon and serve into bowls for use later. 2) In another pot,…

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…