Sour Cream Bowtie Pasta

“Light and refreshing sour creamed pasta. Good as mains or eat as sides”

It’s beautiful in appearance with the choice of bowtie shaped pasta, and light savoury taste for the palate as a side dish with the use of sour cream instead of full cream or butter. Spice the pasta dish up with some chili flakes or paprika, this pasta is imaginably delicious and appetizing.

There was this old male friend of mine, asked me, where to get the sour cream, as he wanted to get one for his baked potatoes the other time. He tried looking for it in the supermarket at dry goods section (where you find bottled mayonnaise and other dressing), but in vain. So, now you know you won’t be able to find it at the dry goods area, of course. Fresh sour cream has to be refrigerated! Find sour cream in small tubs from the chilled compartment where you find butter, margarine, yogurt and whipped cream (smile). More

Fusion-style Chicken Chop

“When ‘East meets the West’ Chicken Chop… Check it out!”

It was unexpectedly tasty.. I loved  Western food, and was pretty head cracking for how to make my cooking much more impressive than usual, just for the special occassion like Christmas celebration.

I was just trying out casually, without any firmer clue in mind, I used ‘common sense’ to do the seasoning on my chicken chop, and hoped it will not taste too far out from imagining. To play even safer, and also worried the taste of my Western dishes wouldn’t be good enough for the meal, I even bought an instant mushroom and white wine sauce packet from the store, thought this savoury sauce (which I have tried before) could go along with my chicken chop, just in case the chop tasted too bland :p.. More

Sautéed Potatoes with Italian Herbs

Flavourful sautéed potatoes made at home

One of the sides I have prepared was this potato dish. I tasted a similar dish in a gathering at one of our buddies’ house some time back. This friend of ours is good at cooking Western cuisine, and he cooked this dish for us to pair with our wine drinking.

This dish looked appealing and elegant when first served, and I thought it was good to serve for an occasion, too. Taste of it was, of course, flavourful and aromatic (smile). More

Chilled Prawn Salad with Cheesy Vegetables

Something easy and healthy you will like to cook at home

I promised, to share my recipes for the delicious homecooked western cuisine.

I will start with the appetizer first. This considers a cold dish as I’ve served the prawns chilled, and this idea was adapted from the first dish, the cold platter, which commonly served in some occasions/ events e.g wedding banquet dinner or something like that.. And this chilled prawns are usually served with fruits salad. So, I was inspired to came out with the vegetable version, hoping to create a slightly more balanced diet. More

Homemade Candlelit Western Dinner for this Christmas

“Candlelit dinner at home for a special occasion, your heart and effort will surely be especially appreciated.”

Stay-home celebration was to avoid the crowd… and spending on costly meal outside, just for the festive..

Western Christmas dinner? You, too, could prepare it by your own at home.. It was never too difficult or tedious to do it. It’s for the festive, and your heart to make your own Christmas meal for the loved ones, isn’t it (smile)? More

Stir-Fried Okra (Ladyfingers) with Chili (辣炒羊角豆)

“Spice up your meal with this spicy ladyfingers dish”

Not many people like this vegetable, ladyfingers aka Okra, simply due to its slimey texture inside, when cooked. However, this vegetable has been one of my favourite, not just because it is low in saturated fat, and cholesterol, but high in fiber, vitamins and very rich in various minerals, I heard this vegetables may help in weight loss (chuckling)! I mean.. I liked it, too, of course, especially when it’s cooked with chili paste or in curry gravy.

Spicy flavoured okra whets my appetite much more than usual. It complements steamed rice so well. More

Glutinous Rice Balls (Tang Yuan) and Sweet Potatoes Dessert Soup (冬至送甜蜜)

“Happy Dongzhi, with hearty Tang Yuan, for a Treat of Sweetness”

Tomorrow is Tuesday (22nd Dec), it’s also the Chinese Dōngzhì Festival (冬至), or you called it in more proper English term as Winter Solstice Festival. This festival is important to most Chinese, as it represents the growth of another year of wisdom with bountiful harvest.

Last year, we made our own rice balls and cooked it into dessert soup dish for the festive. And this year, I am not going to make my own rice balls, but to get the readily types of rice balls in the market. In fact, these kinds of convenient packs are available to most major supermarkets in Singapore all-year-long. You can simply buy and cook it anytime you want. Well, this is the Chinese ritual to have rice balls (pronouced as: Tang Yuan, 汤圆) in Dongzhi Festival, not just celebarating the growth, but to also symbolise the reunion of family (团圆) and the round shaped rice balls refers to the hope of having a perfect result in anything we do (圆满). More

Tips & Tricks to Achieve Silhouette Smooth Texture and Mouthfeel in my Homecooked Chicken Porridge

“No worries if you do not have much time, energy, and patience to do the non-stop stirring motion longer enough to make your rice congee silhouette smooth almost like the machine does, I have this legendary old-folk’s method!”

How to cook the rice porridge/ congee right to achieve silky smooth and soft texture and mouthfeel, as if it was done by using the stirring machine in the restaurant for its commercial purposes? Frankly, I think nothing beats the machine. It’s the machine, you see! However, this trick I have learnt from my mother, gave me the best smoothest congee result so far.

It has nothing to do with adding any chemical ingredients or needing to get additional pricy equipment to do so. What you need is just a porcelain (ceramic material) Chinese soup spoon! Yes, the porcelain Chinese soup spoon. More