During my childhood, bananas were so abundant and cheap that I could not recall ever not seeing at least one hand of bananas hanging on the wooden pole of my family kitchen. Another reason why we always had more bananas than we could eat was that like many other Chinese migrant families in Indonesia, my… Read More Perfectly Perfect Banana Bread
I cannot say much about my food presentation skill. What I can say for sure is that this dish tasted much better than it looked.
Eggplant is one of my favourite vegetables. But, I rarely cook with eggplant because it is a little expensive.
My sister told me about the idea of stir frying choy sum with goji berries many years ago, when goji berries were still unfashionable.
Chinese cabbage or napa cabbage is delicious when stir fried on its own but it can be rather bland.
Some people are frugal and wise shoppers who ignore weekly specials and relentless
I first made flaxseed and oatmeal cookies for a friend who needed to eat flaxseeds for
Tahini and pine nuts were among the almost-expired foods that I unearthed during a recent spring clean of my kitchen. Hoping to minimise food wasting, I searched for and found an easy recipe that calls for both tahini and pine nuts from a wonderful food blog, Israeli Kitchen.
Having grown up in a Chinese household, I am conditioned to favour savoury foods over sweet ones.
A number of mobile food trucks have been operating in various locations around inner Sydney since 2012. The foods offered are street-food inspired, ranging from snacks, gourmet fast foods to modern Asian foods. I am particularly interested in the Veggie Patch Van which is said to use solar power for the cooking and recycled vegetable… Read More Mother’s Day Veg Out
I tried seafood jambalaya and gumbo for the first time during a trip to America years ago. Not having the foggiest idea what jambalaya and gumbo were, I picked them simply because they had such cheerful and festive names.
Chayote squash is also known as choko in Australia and New Zealand and labu siam/jipang in Indonesia. Although chayote is actually a fruit, it is more commonly used as a vegetable in salads, stir fries, soups and curries.
Nothing says retro and home style Chinese more than this savoury tofu skin and egg soup. However, I am not too sure if it is a common Chinese soup or a Teochew style soup.
Baked sweet potatoes have become my favourite easy homemade snack. Sweet potatoes are naturally very tasty, so one does not need to be a master chef to make a tasty meal out of them. On second thought after looking at the picture below, however, one does need to be a skilled chef to
After trying various creamy and tomato-sauce pastas, I was happy to settle with sautéed pastas (see the sautéed pasta post) and pesto-from-a-jar.
Coriander is a versatile herb that adds great flavours to dishes from soups, stir fries to rice congee. I always try to keep some coriander in my fridge for soups and Asian dishes. But, coriander goes mushy and lifeless very quickly. I find that leaving store-bought coriander on the kitchen bench for a few hours… Read More Tomato, Coriander and Onion Salad
Carrot was a regular feature on my family dinner table. Carrots in soup, carrots in stir fries, carrots in salads, carrots in juices, carrots in Teochew vegan kueh (chai pao kueh), carrots in spring rolls, carrots in fried rice, carrots in soup noodles, carrots in stir fried noodles and carrots in carrots. You get the… Read More How Many Ways Can You Cook With Carrots?
There are some dishes that I instantly like and want to cook again after only one try. And then there are others which are very delicious but not something I would cook again. While these potato cakes are very tasty, they unfortunately fall on the latter category.
I have become less impulsive in grocery shopping. But, I used to be a marketer’s dream. Whenever something was on special, I thought it was a good idea to buy it, just in case I need it next week, next month or next year. And, that is exactly why I had to make this sultana… Read More Sultana Cake
I cannot get enough of eggplant, but I do not cook it often enough.