A Place to Shop for Kitchenwares

“A hidden treasure in Eunos, where I bought my kitchenware with varieties, sizes, colours, designs, materials.. etc, @ Kitchen.Mart”

Disclaimer: This place is for you, only if you like to shop for assortment of kitchenware. I am not a spokeman for any of these places, but if you are interested to know where to get cheap, decently good and wide varieties of kitchenware, this is one of the places I will go for.

Kitchen.Mart, a big warehouse-like shop for business or wholesalers to buy their kitchenware and utensils in large quantity. However, walk-in customers were welcome. You wouldn’t probably see any crowd here, not even on a weekend. More

Chinese Braised (Pork Belly & Egg) in the Croak Pot

“Hearty one-pot dinner, Braised Pork Belly and Braised Egg (卤五花肉&卤蛋), try this simple Chinese braise dish that whets appetite! Do it simple, with your slow cooker.”

I braise often as I think this is the easiest 1-dish-meal as an express cooking for the working class, like myself. Braise or stew, they are both good cooking method that make your cooking less hassle, which you could have this robust 1-pot dinner packs in meat, mushrooms, tofu, and/ or eggs. The flavourful gravy from the braised pork dish truly whets your appetite, too. A plate of plain steamed rice or a few Chinese steamed bun is the only accompaniment you need for a complete meal.

Loved this braised dish so much, especially the egg! Mum seldom eat fat, and she took only the braised egg and refused to eat any meat, at first. I had to persuade her to take some. Finally, she tried. And guess what? She ended up eating more meat than usual, and yearned for more. She told me that the meat was so tender, and she loved the flavourful gravy to go with her rice. Of course, we completed the whole pot of braise, at last (smile). More

Homebaked Mango Cake for Birthday Celebration

“Making of round-shaped Fresh Mango Cake as birthday cake.”

I first baked this mango cake (in square shape) as ‘tea cake’ for meeting at the office. And now, I have readers who like to bake this the birthday celebration. I am sure this will be a good choice, for an easy baking, and yet, impressive enough to surprise and make the loved one happy!

So, I would like to share this mango cake, in a round shape this time, it tends to be more like a birthday cake. Yes, I baked this for special occasion. So, I am sharing the pictures of my round shape mango cake, just to give you an idea how your round shape mango cake will look like, as compared to the square one which I have posted previously, even though the recipe is the same. More

Effective Ways to Slim Down

“Mummy, how do you keep your waistline in shape?”

I had shared with you the 10 Diet Mistakes in my Note of my FaceBook Fan Club, if you have not read it and would like to do so, feel free to join my FB fan club. These 10 Diet Mistakes acted as the important reminders of which have to be avoided, in order to make ourselves more healthy and enhance the effectiveness of any work-out sessions or slimming programs.

And this time, as I came across an interesting article about eating home more often, I would like to share it in my post. I truly am a strong believer in home cooking, so this article adores me very much! More

Poached Egg

“How to poach a perfect egg? Here are the steps to obtain good egg poaching result.. And, I poach egg to make sandwich with cheese or egg Ben pancakes meals for breakfast or brunch.”

Eating poached egg is better than sunny-side-up egg, in a way, as you don’t need to add oil to cook the egg. I personally preferred poached egg for healthier diet choice as well as less hassle of cooking it. What you need is just a pot of water and vinegar to do the job without worry of resulting an oily stove or table top after cooking. :)

Poaching an egg is not a difficult chore, but some might need a few practices to get the poaching done perfectly and beautifully. A poached egg that considers good should have consistency of springy cooked egg white (without any remaining of raw albumen) and yolk should be soft with slight runny (but slightly harden around the edges), but the doneness of the yolk can be tailored to your preference, simply by adjusting the duration of poaching. More

Homemade Durian Cake Recipe

“Singapore’s All-Time-Favourite Durian Cake”

If you have not come across durian, let me tell you briefly about it. Durian is a seasonal tropical fruit in Southeast Asia which we regard it as the “King of Fruit“. Durian has this very distinctive and penetrating scent which you either love it, or disgust by it. Though you might not like its scent, but tasting it in the palate could be entirely different experience and feeling to you. I don’t know… Perhaps it was just me, finding it rather disturbing to smell, but irresistibly delicious to taste! You know what I mean, if you have the same sentiment.

Texture of a good quality durian flesh should be felt dry on your finger tip when lightly pressed, with soft and creamy texture as a whole. Some durians taste completely sweet and some are sweet but with a hint of bitterness in it, all depending on its types. I preferred the later. If it is to use for cake filling, it’s better to choose the sweeter type (with more yellowish flesh *refer to pic on right) instead of bitter-sweet (paler flesh) as sweeter flesh matches the theme of sweet bakes. :) More

Fried Egg with French Bean (豆角炒蛋)

“Fragrant and delicious egg dish with French bean, easy cooking for both the seasoned and beginner cooks”

There are more reasons for me to resist heavy food for now as Chinese New Year is approaching, and further more, I will be going on vacation soon. I’ve to cut down on food amount for the next two weeks in order for me to feel less guilty for pigging out during those two occasions (smile).

I tried to cook light plain rice porridge for dinner more often, but for the sake of other members of the family, I would cook more dishes, but healthier ones to go along with the rice porridge. One of the dishes I could think of, is this fried-egg with French bean (string bean), which imaginably delicious and matched to put them together. Unlike long bean which will be softened after long-enough cooking, French bean, by nature, has its crunchy texture, even after cooked, which makes the biting more interesting. And, without much greenish taste from the bean itself, it will never affect the fragrance of the egg, naturally. More

Lung Nourishing Chinese Tonic Soup (止咳润肺汤)

“Delicious lung nourishing soup with mild sweet taste that makes it so good to drink in normal days, even if you are not having cough or so”

I am sorry to hear that one of my reader’s dad suffered from pneumonia (肺炎). And, she asked me for a good soup to be taken by his dad who had discharged from hospital. I knew I wouldn’t able to help much or certain that this Chinese tonic soup is helpful in such recovery, but I promised her to post a soup recipe that is good to be taken, if her dad wishes to take this soup on the usual days as it nourishes lungs and strengthens function of respiratory system.

Hope she will be able to find the soup ingredients in USA and try to cook it for her dad and even for other family members, if they do like Chinese tonic soup (smile). More