Thursday, November 26, 2015

Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup

recipe adapted from here
1 cornish hen 
1/4 cup glutinous rice, rinsed and soaked in water for 2 hours
1 fresh ginseng root, washed
5 large dried jujube (red dates)
2 garlic cloves, lightly mashed
2 green onons, chopped
salt to taste
ground black pepper    
  1. Strain the rice.
  2. Remove the giblets from the hen and rub them with salt all over to clean them nicely. Rinse under cold running water.
  3. Put the hen on the cutting board, pat dry, and remove any extra fat around the body cavities with kitchen scissors. Cut off the tips of wings if you want.
  4. Stuff the hen with rice, ginseng, jujube, and garlic cloves.
  5. Place the hens into a claypot. Add one pot of boiling water to cover the hen.  Cover and cook over high heat for 4 hours.
  6. Remove from the heat and serve this nourishing dish with dipping sauce.

For the sesame dipping sauce:
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds 
  • a pinch of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
Combine salt, sesame seeds, ground black pepper, and sesame oil in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

For sweet sour soy dipping sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or sugar)
  • 1/4 medium size onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 Jalapeno (or red or green chili pepper), sliced
Combine soy sauce, vinegar, and honey (or sugar) in another bowl. Mix well with a spoon. Add onion and jalapeno. Set aside.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stir fry spicy cabbage with pork

1/4 of a medium sized cabbage
1/2 lb pork butt (sliced very thinly)
handful of dried chili
handful of fried peanuts (optional)
1 tsp sliced garlic
vegetable oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp black vinegar

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Black Pepper Crab

2 dungeness crab (pre-cooked)
1 packet Prima black pepper sauce
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp chopped shallot
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup water

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Espresso Walnut Cake

recipe adapted from here
melted butter
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules, divided

5 tablespoons butter 

1 cup granulated sugar 

2 large eggs

2/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt or substitute with slightly less 2/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Braised Pork Belly with Dark Soy sauce

1 lb pork belly
4 eggs - boiled and peeled
1 packet medium soft tofu - sliced into large cubes

Pumpkin with Prawns in Spicy Fermented Bean Sauce

1/4 of a pumpkin - cut into large cubes
12 prawns - peeled
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp sesame oil 
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 cup water

Burger with Guacamole

1 burger bun
1 pan fried egg
sliced tomato
pan fried bacon slices
spoonfuls of guacamole

Toast bun.  Place all other ingredients onto the bun and enjoy.

Beggar's Chicken (叫化鸡)

1 cornish chicken
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pan Fried Yellow Croaker (干煎小黄鱼)

4 pieces of frozen yellow croaker (already salted)
dash of white pepper powder
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Paper Wrapped Chicken (纸包鸡)

6 chicken drumsticks (deboned)
1 tbsp shaoxing wine
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce 
1 tbsp  ginger juice
1 tsp sesame oil
pinch of 5-spice powder
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and white pepper to taste
some cornstarch
oil for deep frying 

Things required
greaseproof paper (cut to required pieces for wrapping each piece)

Sunday, October 11, 2015


1 large ripe avocado
3/4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp diced onion
2 tbsp diced tomato
salt and black pepper to taste 

  1. Wash avocado.  Cut into half.  Remove pit and scoop the flesh into a bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice and toss to mix well.
  3. Add diced onion, tomato, salt and black pepper.
  4. Combine to mix well.
  5. Ready to eat with chips or add to sandwich.

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup

recipe adapted from here
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2  sliced onion
1 cup chopped leeks (white parts only, from 2 leeks)
a little salt 
1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
handful of unsalted cashews or blanched silvered raw almonds, soaked
sea salt to taste
chopped parsley or chives for garnishing 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pan Fried Scallop with Kale

1 bunch of organic kale
1 packet frozen scallops
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Braised Winter Melon with Soy Sauce (红烧冬瓜)

1/4 winter melon - remove seeds and cut into cubes
1 tbsp chopped garlic
chopped green onion
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
small piece rock sugar
vegetable oil

Linguine with Tuna

linguine - cooked according to package instructions
1 can tuna
some broccoli florets
some chopped celery
salt and black pepper to taste
olive oil
1 tsp chopped garlic
3 tbsp chopped onion
sprinkle of dried parsley flakes
1 tsp lemon juice

Monday, August 31, 2015

Salt Baked Chicken

1 cornish chicken
1 tbsp rose wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 stalk green onion
1 pc dang gui
1 packet salt

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hollywood Plum Jam

4 cups hollywood plums, washed and pitted
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Steamed Butterfish

2 butterfish - cleaned
shredded ginger
few slices of butter
1 tomato - sliced

  1. Place fish on a steaming plate.
  2. Add tomato and shredded ginger.
  3. Sprinkle salt on the fish and place sliced butter on top of the fish.
  4. Place fish in a steamer with boiling water.
  5. Steam for 10 minutes on medium high heat.
  6. Serve warm with rice.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Soft boiled Ramen Egg

2  large eggs

  1. Take 2 eggs from the refrigerator and place it in a pot.
  2. Add water to cover at least 2/3 of the eggs and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium high, cover and boil for 4 1/2  minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove eggs and place in a bowl of cold tap water, covering the eggs.
  5. Let the eggs sit for 2 minutes to cool down.
  6. Peel and soak the eggs in your favourite broth for at least 5 hours. 
  7. Enjoy the delectable soft egg white and the squishy, runny yolk melting in your mouth!
  8. A tasty accompaniment to a bowl of ramen or just simply your favourite soup noodles.