Category Archives: Festive Gourmet

Festive Food

Indian Curry Chicken

“Try out different kind of curry chicken that gives you a more robust flavor!”

First and foremost, wishing all Hindu friends a Happy Deepavali.

Regardless Hindu or not, it’s only right to indulge in some scrumptious Indian cuisine during the celebration of lights!

Oh, passed dinner time? Oops, was busy with baby… Never mind, it’s always a right time to enjoy this… Easy to assemble, quick to cook, aromatic and flavorful seasonal dish.

What’s more can we ask for?! read more

Chocolate Coffee Birthday Cake (with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting)

“Simple Birthday Cake”

Papa’s birthday, and he doesn’t like to celebrate elaborately. So, nothing huge, seriously, just a (western) home-baked, and (Chinese) home-cooked ‘Mee Sua’ dinner, yesterday. He might not like the sweet effort, but he would at least appreciate the mee sua (Chinese thin strands wheat flour vermicelli) soup with chicken drumstick and 2 red hard-boiled eggs, a traditional Chinese ritualized birthday meal.

Yields 9-inch cake
Ingredients
2 ¼ cups (315 grams) of self raising flour, sieved
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 ½ cups (300 grams) of granulated sugar
¾ cup (172.5 grams/ 1 ½ sticks) of butter, softened
200ml of full cream milk (coffee flavoured milk, if wished), room temperature
3 medium eggs, room temperature
3 teaspoons of coffee essence
1 tablespoon of vanilla essence
100 grams of semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted (into 3-4 tablespoons) read more

Easy Peach Konnyaku Jelly

“Happy Valentine’s Day”

I would be happy for those who received flowers and gifts from your loved ones.

If you haven’t prepared or bought anything in return, I guess there are always places and gifts available for last minutes purchase. However, if you wish to do something handmade, you better start preparing it soon, or do it really quick and simple one, like what I have posted here!

Seriously, nothing fanciful I had for your Valentine’s celebration (In fact, I did not quite remember it until my colleague came to greet me this morning). So well, happened to have this peach jelly dessert made a while ago, and it is nice and I have decided to post it today, just in case one needs a ‘lazy’ idea for the occasion (smile). And best thing is, you are free to turn this smooth & transparent peach jelly into a platform where you could write your love notes or decorate creatively on its smooth surface. read more

Chinese (Napa) Cabbage Roll (如意白菜卷)

“Simple 3-in-1 Festive Dish, as simple as 1.2.3”

Fish, shrimps, crabs, pork knuckle and poultry are important food symbols during the Spring Festival. However, we cannot omit the importance of having greens during such festive celebrations, especially in this modern society. Having too much meaty and seafood stuff, in addition to sweet beverages and alcohol, it might not be as abundant as we think we would received in the end of the day, if we do not take the right balance in our diet. :) Besides, vegetables do play an important role in symbolizing closeness (in relationship) and vitality to life. ‘Closeness’ (亲 ‘qing‘) has the similar pronunciation as ‘Green’ (青 ‘qing‘) in Mandarin. Lettuce, as ‘sheng cai’, in Chinese,the first character, ‘生’, has often been related with the character ‘生’ in 气, the flow of vitality to life. It also symbolizes money making, 生财 ‘sheng cai’. So, how can we omit having vegetables here? read more

Salted Egg Yolk Prawns (黄金虾)

“How can you miss the ‘Laughter‘ during this festive season?! Eat ‘Ha‘ (Prawn in Cantonese), and let it smother you with laugther and most of all,… the wealth.”

One of my readers, was checking out salted egg yolk prawns recipe, and I couldn’t remember that I had actually posted the recipe since a while ago (laughing). Oh well, I did tell her about it, just few days back. And this time, I am going to post another version of salted egg yolk prawns, for the healthy you, and all, for this coming Lunar New Year, of course (smile)!

I’ve also create an auspicious dish name for this dish, in Chinese, 黄金炒虾. It simply means stir-fry prawns with ‘gold’. The name emphasizes on the ‘gold‘ this time. Chinese likes good and symbolical things or words relating to gold, wealth, happiness, laughter, good luck, and etc, during the festive. I hope you like the dish and its name. :) read more

My Lo-Hey Ceremonies in the Year of 2011!

“After so many Lo-Hei ceremony, we are now becoming more and more prosperous with good fortune luck!”

Chinese Lunar New Year has finally come to an end with happiness. This year, will be the most prosperous year for me as well as many who had tossing up the good to better luck with the SIN-MAL popular ritual, the symbolic Lo-Hey ceremony. Due to my current active social circles, many Lo-Hey sessions have been made at home and organized in and out of office, with colleagues, friends and family. I’ve taken the Lo-Hey for a total of 12 times out of 15 days of CNY as well as the pre & post CNY. Among the many different Yu Sheng dishes I have tasted this year, the best tasting one will be the Yu Sheng pack from Kwong Cheong Thye, and second best goes to New Moon brand Abalone Yu Sheng, for home dining purposes. As for restaurant Lo-Hey, I liked it from Peach Garden. read more