Express Pineapple Tarts (黄梨挞“旺来達”)


“Pineapple tart crust recipe in two ways to share with you here! Happy Lunar New Year to all Chinese!”

Thanks to my colleagues’ trial of the pineapple tart making, Margaret and LinSi. Their successful pineaple tarts making gave me confidence to set out my adventure in baking pineapple tarts, first time (chuckling). Both gave me their recipes, and I envisioned these two recipes as one to my first tart production of its own. A million of thanks to them!

Of course, pineapple tarts are always one of the staple food of Chinese New year festival. I, too, want to make some for my loved ones. More

Golden Prosperity Tofu Dish(金玉满堂)

“Gourmet of Fortune for this festive celebration!”

Moon, asked if I am cooking any festive food. Yes, Moon. Here is it. In fact, the idea of creating a category for Festive Gourmet arose, just to house all possible festive food recipes I have cooked or going to cook, for all festive season, e.g. Christmas, Dong Zhi (冬至), CNY, Valentine’s day, and etc. For easy reference. Do check it out (smilling)!

So, here’s a new one for this CNY. Tofu aka bean curd, in Chinese, it’s 豆腐,the word ‘Fu’ (腐) sounds similar to Fortune (福). Hence, eating Tofu (豆腐) during CNY celebration symbolizes possession of fortune (Doufu – ). I added dried scallop in making the gravy. Dried scallop is another staple ingredient you can’t miss in cooking CNY festive food. More

Stir-Fried Assorted Vegetables with Fresh Shitake Mushrooms (Family Reunion: 合家欢)

“Eat more vegetables to keep you in the pink of health!”

More vegetables everyday. Mixture of different colours of vegetables with at least 2 cups of amount daily. Regular and substantial amount of vegetables intake helps me stay slim, and healthy, as far as I am concerned.

I love all kinds of vegetables, even root vegetables such as bitter gourd and white radish, or chives and celery. There is this vegetable dish where you can combine many types of vegetables together, and make it very delicious! More

Fried Pork Ribs with Fermented Red Soy Bean Curd (炸南乳排骨)

“Aromatic dish, for the scent and taste.”

I find this dish tastes much better and chewy in the palate when using pork ribs in this recipe. Use of 3-layer-pork is nice, too, if you prefer to eat it with some fat.

The fragrance of the fried rib mingles in the palate and creates a very pleasant after-taste. However, some might find it a little salty due to the red soy bean curd. Do not reduce the amount of this red soy bean curd, but you may cut short its marinating time. The longer you marinate it, the saltier taste it will be. Same thing, if you wish to yield a more intensive taste, marinate it overnight! More

Chocolate Cookies Recipe For Beginners

“Simple recipe for best homemade cookies. Beginner, you can do it!”

This is the simplest cookies recipe for first-timers and beginners. I am, one of the first timers in baking cookies, too (laughing)! Yes, this is the result of my first cookies baking. Yes, the cookies taste delicious. I brought them to the office the next day, to share with my colleagues. The feedback was good, and I have impressed them with these chocolate cookies, especially the texture. Shapes are kinda odd (I had square and round shapes from all 4 rounds of baking.. ha..), but taste is perfectly good. It feels so crispy to chew and the level of sweetness is just perfect for everyone.

As I said, this is the recipe for beginners. If this is going to be your first baking experience, and not yet got a electric mixer. No worries, use a hand mixer. Unlike baking cake, you do not really need a perfect refine mixture of all ingredients. Hand mixer will be good enough to create a reasonable blend in this case. But of course, more ‘exercise’ for your arm is expected, if you are using the hand mixer here (chuckling). More

Dry Curry Chicken

“Delicious and Fragrant Dry Curry Chicken”

I like dry curry pork. So as dry curry chicken! This recipe of dry curry chicken, especially. It is because I have added curry leaves and lemon grass stalk this time. Much more frangrant with a hint of lemon grass flavour. The taste of curry is even better with the curry leaves.

Dry curry is more popular among Indian cuisine. Hence, coconut milk in this dry curry recipe is not the main ingredient. You can even forgo the coconut milk as the curry taste here is pungent and strong enough. More

Great Milo Banana Sandwich for Your Children

“Great sandwich breakfast to start off the great day”

This sandwich recipe is great, and high in nutritional values. Its filling e.g. banana, contains numerous nutrients such as Potassium which helps in promoting bone health. Banana acts as energy booster as well as an aid to youthful growth and metabolism. The Milo powder (Malted cocoa powder) used in this recipe is enriched with Vitamin Bs. Another form of energy booster.

This sandwich is an excellent breakfast for younger children, teenages and sportmen. Calorie count of this sandwich is about 180kcal. More

Papaya and Snow Fungus Soup With Pork Ribs

“Savoury Papaya Soup with loads of taste and nutrients”

Green Papaya and Fish Soup is one of the well-known soup recipes among the Cantonese. I like it, too. However, to cook soup with fish, adding ginger slices is a must in order to eliminate the fishy taste totally. Some of us might not fancy ginger-flavour in the soup. So, can we use something else to replace fish in the papaya soup? Of course, there is. How about pork ribs?

My recipe uses pork ribs, white snow fungus and greenish-ripe papaya. Greenish-ripe refers to not-too-raw kind of papaya. Find much green colour with a little orangy on its rind, and flesh in bright orange. I prefer papaya of this stage as I like to eat it with a little sweet taste (too raw/ green will not be as tasty), and not just for boiling purpose. Eating the papaya after boiled is actually quite “meaningless” as its nutrients have been extracted and emerged into the soup instead. But I simply love to it even with just plain sweetness left in it. Just for the fun of exercising my jaws (chuckling) or to satisfy your crave of having some papayas! More