Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fig Jam (无花果果酱)

8 cups figs - washed and stems trimmed
4 cups sugar
juice of 1 lemon - optional
rind of 1 lemon - optional

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Steamed Chicken with Squash

300g chicken drumsticks or thigh (cut into bite-sized pcs)
1 bowl squash (cut into bite-sized pcs)
1 chinese sausage  - sliced thinly
2 dried shitake mushrooms -soaked drained and quartered
1 tbsp yellow wine
cornstarch solution

Curry Chicken Drumstick with Basil

5 chicken drumsticks
3 red chillies 
1/2 white onion - diced
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1-1/2 tbsp thai red curry paste
2 tbsp diced tomatoes
1 tsp mustard seeds
handful of sweet basil
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp cooking oil
salt to taste

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chicken Pot Stickers (锅贴)

1 packet of potsticker skins - defrost at room temperature before use
1 lb ground chicken meat
10 medium-sized shrimp - peeled, deveined and chopped
1 cup chopped napa cabbage
3 stalks green onion - chopped
1/2 tsp grated ginger 
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine
2 tbsp soy sauce
dash of white pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp cornstarch 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yam Paste Dessert (Or Nee)

1 medium-sized yam (peeled and sliced)
4-6 tbsp sugar (adjust accordingly to preference)
pinch of salt
2 shallots - sliced 
4 tbsp oil 
1/2 cup water (adjust accordingly)
1 - 2 cups coconut milk
handful of gingko nuts (cooked and lightly sweetened)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly (梅菜扣肉)

500g pork belly
150g preserved dried vegetables (mei cai gan)
2 slices ginger
3 cloves garlic - smashed
2 stalks green onion 
1 small pc cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 tbsp soy sauce 
cooking oil

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee

2 servings

250g fresh yellow noodle (i used spaghetti noodles)
250g fresh thick rice vermicelli (i used packet ones)
10 medium-sized prawns - cleaned and remove shell, leave tail intact
3 pieces of squid - cleaned and cut into rings
1 piece fish cake - sliced
1 piece pork belly - blanched
2 large eggs
3 cloves garlic - chopped
2 stalk green onion or chives - cut into 3cm length
3 -4 cups stock (i used mixture of chicken + prawn stock)
1- 2 tbsp cooking oil

Barbecued Stingray

This recipe is adapted from here

1 lb stingray (mine is bought in chopped pieces)
1-1/2 tsp palm sugar or dark brown sugar
salt to taste
juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1 cup warm water
large piece of banana leave or aluminium foil - cut into pieces for individual wrapping
toothpicks - soaked in water (depend on how packages you have)
3-4 fresh kalamansi limes - cut into wedges
1 onion - sliced, for garnish - optional
a few sprigs fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), for garnish - optional

Saturday, November 12, 2011


2 cucumbers - unpeeled, cored and cut into strips
1 carrot - peeled and cut into strips
1 cup pineapple chunks (i used canned ones)
1 fresh red chili - remove seeds and cut into strips
1 cup white vinegar
2 - 3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp sambal belachan

Braised Pork Ribs with Potatoes and Carrots

1 lb pork ribs - blanched
2 medium-sized potatoes - peeled and cut into large cubes
1 large carrot - peeled and cut into large cubes
2 slices ginger
2 cloves garlic - smashed
1 small piece cinnamon stick
2 star anise
handful of sweet basil leaves 
1 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp cooking oil

Friday, November 11, 2011

Creamy Leek Potato Soup

2 leeks (white and pale green parts) - sliced thinly
3 medium-sized potatoes - peeled and sliced thinly
1 yellow onion - peeled and sliced 
2 cloves garlic - peeled and minced
3 - 4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
2 - 3 tbsp half and half
pinch of red chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Barbecued Tandoori Chicken

recipe adapted from Weber 
7 pieces chicken drumstick
1/8 saffron powder or 1/4 tsp saffron thread (cut thread into tiny pieces)
2 tbsp boiling water
250ml plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp grated ginger
3 cloves garlic - minced
1 jalepeno chilli - seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp roasted ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp chilli powder

Friday, November 4, 2011

Steamed Pumpkin Kueh with Minced Meat

The idea of these pumpkin kueh came from this blog. I adapted the recipe to my own ingredients.  It was such a clever idea to use cloves to act as the stalk.  It added a special taste and aroma to the kueh.  The banana leaves also released an aromatic smell while steaming.

For Dough
280g pumpkin - peeled, sliced thinly, steamed and mashed
1 carrot - peeled, sliced thinly, steamed and mashed - optional
200g to 300g glutinous rice flour