Sweet Potato Dessert Soup with Dried Longan Recipe

“Heart-warming & savoury sweet potato dessert soup with dried longan. Simple recipe and tips to attain perfect taste and texture of this sweet soup dish!”

You do have impression that potato-related food is generally a ‘fattening’ food, don’t you? Would you believe if I tell you only potato is considered as, but not the sweet potatoes? Yes, not all kinds are. Sweet potatoes are not a fattening food. In fact, both potato and sweet potato are NOT high in calorie. The difference is, potatoes contain higher GI (= 56 – 65) (which somehow related to ‘fattening’), while sweet potatoes are relatively low GI (= 48 – 54) food. Check out GI(Glycemic Index)/ GL elaboration here.

How to have sweet potato taken regularly with nice cooking ways, and yet, not causing weight issue? Besides having just the steamed ones, try to have it cooked into dessert soup! Cook the sweet potato in dessert soup might look simple and very easy for some season cook, but it could be quite a challenge to some newbies, to reach the desired taste and texture of the sweet potatoes, too. The key is to control the sweetness in your soup. I never liked my sweet dessert soup to be too sweet (smile), of course, cannot be tasted bland! A successful sweet potato soup, taste of the ginger in it counts, too. I won’t have the ginger tasted over-whelming. Neither would I forgo the spicy fragrance at all.

Don’t forget the sweet potatoes mustn’t be cooked too soft as it will lose its interesting bites and beautiful & glossy appearance. Over-cooked sweet potatoes look ‘aged’ and easily disintegrated upon ladling into bowls. Always test its readiness with a fork inserted into the potato, after boiling for 30 minutes or so. More

(Low-Fat) Marble Yogurt Cheese Cake

“Cottony soft steam-baked yogurt cheese cake. A healthy & savoury treat for you & your loved ones!”

Cheese cake is almost everyone’s favourite dessert! I had my non-baked cheese cake recipe earlier on.. And learnt this baked one from a baking class recently.

The thing I liked particularly about this recipe is the almost melt-in-mouth softness. With yogurt added into the recipe, it’s not just about adding fragrance and taste, it makes the cake more mellow.

Unlike creamy cheese cake, this cottony soft and moist cake was not too sweet. I have sweet-tooth, but I don’t like my dessert to have too much sugar. And, this recipe has the perfect sweetness for me. Thanks to the right amount of sugar added and also the contribution of yogurt taste to it! More

Express Chicken Soup with White Fungus and Button Mushrooms

“Express Chicken Soup with Chinese Herbal Spices from Seah’s, to keep your loved ones at their best at all time!”

Some might find Chinese soup too bland for the palate. Its taste has been described as drinking “plain water”, as Chinese soup is always cooked watery (not in thick consistency), and it does not taste creamy. You may realise, Chinese soup is often taste subtle and light (smile). I love Chinese soup, so as my family!

Tonight’s not any soup recipe boiling from scratch, nor it needed long hours boiling. So, one of these great choices you may consider for express and simple soup cooking even on busy weeknights is the Seah’s herbal spice for chicken soup! Taste of this chicken soup cooked with Seah’s herbal spices was fairly good, especially for how quick it was. Unlike most instant packet spices, this won’t make you feel thirsty after taste. More

Baked Sausage & Ham Scramble Quiche with Potato Base

“It’s a perfect simple dinner, the wholesome and smart-eating meal, for working couple and small family.”

EAT the soup in the quiche.. Sounds special huh? It’s not only about eating the quiche, you’ll get to enjoy the soup, not separately, but in the same food! Yes, cream of mushroom soup was added into this wholesome and delish baked scramble casserole. Most of all, this is so simple and quick to make!

A satisfying and filling 1-dish western meal adapted from a recipe featured in a lifestyle magazine, I baked this dish this evening (it’s Monday!) as dinner. Yes, it’s Monday blue. Thinking that it’s still a long week to go, I was too ‘tired’ (or lazy) to fix rice-with-dishes dinner meal (laughing). More

Cheese Scone

“Quick and easy Cheddar cheese scone recipe. Simple to make, delicious to taste!”

Cheese scone is imaginably quick and easy to make. You probably already have all the ingredients needed for making these palatable cheese scones!

I loved the fragrance of cheese yielded from these scones. Unlike those “rocky” ones selling at some bakeries, my scones were fluffy. Yes, light and airy (smile). The amount of cheese using in this recipe was perfectly measured for a pleasant, yet, not-too-strong cheesy flavour. More

Braised Pork Knuckles with Dried Chillies in Claypot (横财就手之辣椒干卤猪手)

“Believe me, it’s the best homemade braised pork meat I have ever tried!”

This recipe was originally featured in a popular magazine. When I was flipping through the magazine, the food picture of this recipe shown on the magazine attracted me for a second look. I decided to give it a try as most of the ingredients used in this recipe were what I already had at home, or easily get it from supermarkets/ grocery shops.

Seriously, it was very delicious! I was so proud of myself for giving it a try. This recipe does not yield traditional briny-tasted braised meat with five-spice flavour. It was a hot spicy pork dish with a hint of sweet plum taste. More

Taiwan-Style Shredded Chicken Congee (台湾式鸡丝粥)

“Have a quick-fix dinner for you and your loved ones with my simple and delicious shredded chicken congee with dried scallops and (shredded) carrot recipe (干贝萝卜鸡丝粥)!”

I personally think cooking congee/ rice porridge is the easiet dish. Simple and quick to fix a warm and nutritious light meal.

This is not so simple shredded chicken congee, but added with dried scallops for better flavour. I was glad that carrots were also added to the cooking, not only making it a better balanced-diet dish, the overall taste was enhanced with natural sweetness yielded from the carrots. Shredded carrots, instead of adding it in pieces, made a better food presentation with its bright orangy scattering. It surely makes the food more appealing, not to mention that pleasant subtle taste of this congee. For one who does not like vegetables (carrots), this is the best way to have it!

In Taiwan, eggs are sometimes beaten into it to thicken it to a gruel, with much silky-smooth consistency. Eggs will not be added too early or cooked in the congee for too long in order to have it well-emerged into the congee, and I did the same here. Such cooking style is adopted quite often in my porridge recipes, where you probably won’t get to eat the (solid) egg so much, but it was the fragrance and taste of the eggs that count! Taste of eggs was pretty in evidence in each mouthful of congee! Indeed, beating the egg into the congee made it smoother and much tastier than having without it. More

Prawn Noodle Soup with Prime Ribs in Slow Cooker (排骨虾面汤)

“Prawn noodle soup with super tender pork ribs in slow cooker”

It has been years since I first made prawn noodle soup (see my homemade Prawn Noodle Soup recipe). It is so simple to cook and devour on your very own “home-taste” prawn noodles. Moreover, prawn noodles are definitely healthier choice than having curry laksa noodles.

This time, I cooked a slightly more ‘complicated’ version of prawn noodle soup, with pork ribs added, too. Steps remained, but the soup base was cooked with additional ingredients which makes the soup a special one. It was adapted from recipe of Ms. Yvonne Soh, which has been featured under Taste column of The Sunday Times last week (thanks). The mention of “using cloves, star anise and black peppercorn” in prawn noodle recipe caught my eyes. Never thought that these spices will go along with prawn flavoured broth, so I thought I should give it a try!

Yes, it turned out fabulously. I love the taste of soup with a hint of dried anchovies and spices. The intense flavour in the soup was enhanced by slow cooking method. As I need to work, and wish to cook the ribs till very tender which can be achieved only by hours of cooking. I cooked it first in the wok, and then, transferred over to slow cooker, early in the morning before leaving the house. Goodness! The pork ribs were so tender which almost melt in the mouth. To me, it taste better than the outside stores. More