Category Archives: Festive Gourmet

Festive Food

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!

But, yes, to celebrate such festive occasion, we probably can’t escape from indulging seafood dishes as seafood symbolizes prosperity in Chinese culture. So, I am adding seafood to my greens, but a light one. read 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! read 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. read 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. read 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. read 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. read more