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.

I loved eating Yu Sheng dish. I really did.. More

Stir-Fried Spinach with Sautéed Scallop

‘Simple and luxurious vegetable seafood dish for the season’

Hello! Long time no ‘see’… My apology, I have been so busy for the Chinese Lunar New Year. Of course, mainly due to the preparation of feasts, and feasting (chuckles).

Well, for the Chinese, I am sure you are, too, being spoilt with all the good and luxurious festive food. If you really are feasting so much on meat and seafood during the season, I guess it’s time to yearn for some good green dishes! More

V-Day Special – Romantic Pinkie Dragon Fruit Juice

“If you aren’t a alcohol drinker, this healthy & low-fat romantic pink fruit smoothie should be your top option for this coming V-Day.”

I had this similar fruit juice smoothie at the Golden Shoe hawker centre at Raffles Place. Its unusual flavor wasn’t that impressive when I first tasted it, but it didn’t stop me from giving it a second try since my close colleague had constantly reminded me how delicious was this special fruit juice. Ok, I finally agreed with her and started liking it more and more after a few tries. It is priced at $2.20 per big cup, and this considers a very good price for a superior type of fruit juice selling at Raffles Place district. However, it is still not that economical to have a few dollars beverage on daily basis when I can simply drink some kinds of tea or coffee beverages provided by my office (smile). Oh well, I made this by myself at home now. I did not want to deliberately buy so many different kinds of fruit just for this, but it happened that I had given a big basket of fruits hamper as my get-well-soon gift after my surgery treatment. I, then, had most of the fruits I needed to make this beverage. So, here it is to be shared in my blog, especially V-Day is just next month!

Ok.. This is very simple to make, what you need to have is a blender for the following recipe. But, not sure why, my fruit juice is not as strong and sweet taste as the one I have tasted from the store. Are some kinds of fruit essence or sweetener added into the juice? Or is it simply due to the sweetness of the fruits used? I am not quite sure though. More

Pomelo Cocktail Fruits Salad

“Serve this festive salad this coming Mid-Autumn Festival!”

Heavy meals, overeating, indigestion, often associated with festive celebrations. As one of our Chinese festivals, Mid-Autumn aka Moon Cake Festival, is approaching, I would like to share this salad dish with you.

Since we tend to eat generously during festive seasons, it’s good to have some refreshing salad to ease your stomach sometimes. And here, I have this nice salad dish where one of the essential Mid-Autumn festive food, pomelo, is used in it. More

Moonlight Treasure Box (月光宝盒)

“Easy Making Mouth-Watering Steamed Minced Pork Cube with Dong Cai and Salted Egg Scopes”

This dish is similar to my previous steamed minced pork with salted eggs recipe, but this one tastes fuller than the other due to the addition of Tianjin preserved vegetables (aka ‘Dong Cai’ 冬菜) in it. And, I think this looks better in terms of presentation as I tried making it to resemble the mini treasure boxes on the plate. It is great to cook this during Chinese festive like Mooncake festival, Dumpling festival and even Chinese Chap Go Mei (Lunar Fifteenth Day of CNY), to make it a symbolical festive dish with the name of the recipe I have it here.

This minced pork dish goes well with both steamed rice or rice porridge. I liked it with the rice porridge as its strong saltish taste complements the bland rice porridge so well. Loved also the fact that it looks delicate and tastes tenderly soft and smooth. More

Pork Chop Paradise

“Pan-seared/ grilled or broiled, this easy-making pork chop tastes simply great! And, learn some tips on how to cook perfectly-sautéed button mushroom here.”

An idea for home candle-lit dinner, even in some busy weekdays. I really find it more relax, convenient and very comfortable to have good meals at home, especially after long day work.

Anyway, this well-seasoned pork chop with is easy to prepare. So, plan to have dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes. Serve with side dishes of vegetables and mashed potato or raisin rice for a comforting and well-rounded western meal, or to prepare it for your outdoor barbeque party. Another good way to enjoy this juicy delicious chop is simply have it with steamed rice, for a lunch box. More

Deluxe Broccoli with Mock Abalone and Stewed Mushroom (花开富贵)

“Broccoli floret so much resembling the blossom. So, it’s named 花开富贵, simply refers to blossom brings wealth.. This is my deluxe version of broccoli with mock abalone and stewed mushroom steak (素鲍片西兰花烩扒菇).”

I blogged on this similar recipe two years ago. And, because of the 1st day of Lunar month of January, which means it was a Chu Yi (初一), that was our vegetarian day, even if it’s Chinese New Year, I cooked this dish again, for dinner on the very 1st day of CNY. However, to celebrate festive day better, I made my dishes more presentable than usual, trying to make its appearance look like restaurant standard (laughing).. Well, at least I was certain that the taste of this dish was more or less comparable, with less money spent on its ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 mock abalone steak, thinly sliced
1 cup of broccoli florets (about 250g)
4 – 5 pieces of large dried Shitake mushrooms, soaked, trimmed and pat dry on clean towel
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Sweet Chilli Crayfish (龙马精神)

“A savoury scrumptious crayfish dish to symbolise a life filled with strength and vitality!”

While it’s true that sometimes nothing beats the convenience and festive atmosphere to dine-in at a restaurant during occasions, it can also set you back $100 – 200 or more for a festive meal which you may prepare by your own. Same festive mood, home cooked festive meal also warms the heart of your loved ones, too! Try re-creating the experience with this luxury savoury at home for less than half that amount.

Crayfish, another symbolical dish for CNY. Crayfish often represents smart dragons, and hence, crayfish dishes will then be related with dragon in our auspicious greetings, just like this, 龙马精神, simply means strong and full of vitality just like dragon and horse. More