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Lanzhou (Ma Baozi Niu Rou) La Mian 兰州拉面 – A Dish I’m Hoping To Cook Before 2019!

If you’ve had Chinese Spicy Beef La Mian like the one I had recently, you probably thought this dish originated in Shanghai or Beijing… The Lanzhou La Mian (拉面 pulled noodles) you see today was invented in 1915 by a Hui Muslim named Ma Baozi (马保子). And the thing that makes the beef stock delicious, … Continue reading

Will Walk For Yoghurt And Get Shaved For Banana!

My younger grandson TY is now 11 months old and has grown quite a bit. Well, a lot actually! He’s now wearing XXL-sized diapers while his older brother puts on XL even though TJ is 2 years old. I can foresee TY growing up to be a gourmand (hopefully gourmet, too) just like me. He … Continue reading

Roasted Duck & Century Egg Congee Recipe 烤鸭皮蛋粥食谱

Over the years, I have learnt to appreciate the bone-in, lip smacking, finger licking good Cantonese Roast Duck more than the delicate crepe-wrapped Peking Duck. Whenever there’s leftover from either of the aforementioned duck dishes, I would pack it home to make soup or Hakka-inspired stew out of the carcass, and strip off the fleshy … Continue reading

Indonesian Prawn Curry Recipe 印尼咖喱明虾食谱

Indonesian Prawn Curry 印尼咖喱虾 does not refer to the origin of the seafood but rather the taste. This is a very popular dish in Malaysia which I am eager to recreate in my kitchen. Ingredients: 600g Prawns, with shells on and legs trimmed. 1 small or ½ a big Red Onion, cut into wedges. 5 … Continue reading

Pandan-flavoured Nasi Lemak Kukus Recipe

Checking the freezer upon my return from our family overseas trip, I found I still had a few packets of frozen sambal tumis from previous cooking, fish steaks, glass prawns and squid. Sam P. had also given me a tray of eggs before we left for Phuket. What can I cook to clear these “backlog” … Continue reading

Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan Recipe 台湾滷肉飯食谱

There are two offerings of Lu Rou Fan in Taiwan, diced pork belly (滷肉飯) and pork mince (肉脞飯). I love pork so I enjoy both styles. I also love to research recipes and see if anything could be done to level up my current formula. Et voilà, I did find something new for Taiwanese Lu … Continue reading

Ah Lim Bak Chor Mee (Jalan Tua Kong)

Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面) or BCM for short, is a staple street food in Singapore. You can be sure that if one stall (selling any food) is successful, there will be many copy cats using the same or similar name punctuated with “original” or stories of some relations linked either through blood or previous employment. … Continue reading

Carat Cake Recipe With Coconut, Pineapple, & Walnuts

Back in the days when there-was-no-life-before-social-media (oh really?), when human communications were not maintained through social status updates and responses in the form of likes, pluses or retweets and reciprocal engagements, back when internet was a whole new world to me, where I could buy recipes for US$5 sent via mailto (subscribed user@pacific.net), I stumbled … Continue reading

Bastard Ginseng a.k.a. The Poor Man’s Ginseng (Tea Recipe)

My family and I have been under the weather lately and being quite the traditional mom when it comes to dietary supplement, Chinese herbal concoctions seemed the most appropriate way to soothe and pamper peaked bodies in my household. As I believe this herbal tea to have a good number of excellent actions to aid … Continue reading

Spicy Prawn Masala (Eral Thokku) & Panch Phoron Recipes

Besides the staple Chinese meals, the 3 most popular cuisines my family enjoys on frequent basis are Indian, Italian and Japanese (not in order of preferences). However, when it comes to cooking Indian, Valerie still has a long way to go so the task of preparing Indian meals falls solely upon me whenever the spice … Continue reading