Milky Seafood Noodle Soup (Mee Tai Mak)

“Express Homemade Milky Seafood Soup using a LOW-FAT Evaporated Milk .”

We were having packed Mee Tai Mak Soup from hawker stores as dinner for the past two days, as we wished to have just something hot, soupy, light and fast. And, I was still fanatical over the same noodle soup, for tonight’s dinner. Not the same again, we had the home-cooked one, I cooked as I was inspired by the blogger of My Memories, posting her Milky Fish Soup. It built the urge of having it cooked with a different kind of soup base, the milky type instead of my usual clear soup. With much variances, I’ve came out with the noodle soup recipe of my own.

Besides fish slices, I have added with other seafood as well as some minced pork meat, to make my soup dish more plentiful. Assorted soup (什锦汤) has always been my favourite as I’ll get to eat in varieties, despite having to cook only 1-dish meal. More

Roast Duck Rice Porridge

“Delicious roast duck rice thick porridge cooked with leftover duck meat”

My family likes to eat roast duck, so do I.

I always get roast whole duck from the store and packed home as dinner. Just need to cook rice and fry a dish of vegetables. That’s a complete sumptuous dinner meal for us. However, we couldn’t finish the whole duck, most of the time. Half duck portion is not enough for us and more expensive to get only half, while whole duck will be too much. However, I still go ahead to get one whole piece every time. Then, what do I do with the leftover duck? It is always a ‘motivation’ for me to get one whole duck right away, it’s the use of cooking duck porridge the following day! More

Hand-Made Noodle Soup, Mee Hoon Kueh (面粉馃)

“Traditional Mee Hoon Kueh (面粉馃), made from scratch at home!”

Handmade noodle, a popular noodle dish in Singapore and Malaysia. There are many types and variations of handmade noodles, for instances, Ban Mian (板面), Mee Kia (面仔), and Mee Hoon Kueh (面粉馃), easily available at most food courts, hawker centres and coffee shops. I liked Mee Hoon Kueh (to pronounce in Hokkien dialect), because it is made with the “hand-peeled” method. However, for the commercial convenience, all handmade noodles are made with machine, instead. Ban Mian to be cut into flat noodles with about 0.5-cm wideness, Mee Gia will be rolled into long, thin & round strands, whilst Mee Hoon Kueh to be shaped into small flat squares. Those are for convenience as you would even be able to buy the raw machine-cut types at the supermarkets.. That’s why I still preferred the hand-made version from home. Real hand peeled and pressed version, with the home taste, mouthfeel and noodle texture you wouldn’t get from the machine made…. ~

This noodle soup recipe was adapted from my grandma’s original recipe from her hometown, Fu Zhou (福州), one of the province in China. I used clams for the soup base. Clam makes the soup tastier and sweeter with its seafood flavour. I would also add wolfberries as I loved its taste as well as the beneficial health values. Adding wolfberries not just enhances the look of your food presentation with it redish colour, it also creates additional sweetness and fragrance to the soup.

Another important ingredient to my handmade noodles soup is the Chinese Spinach (苋菜). Conventionally, vegetable to be used in this handmade noodle should be Sweet Leaf (Sauropus androgynus). In Chinese, we called it Mani Cai (马尼菜). However, Mani Cai is not commonly available in Singapore, Chinese Spinach, therefore, makes great alternative. More

Plain Rice Porridge with Sweet Potato

“Light meal to your healthy diet”

Plain rice porridge? I prefer to eat it with sweet potato! Sweet potato, one of my favourite food. For its taste and high nutrition values!

I will add sweet potatoes into my rice porridge cooking whenever I cook plain porridge meal. Yellow flesh potatoes will be more ideal in cooking with plain porridge as the texture of yellow flesh potatoes is more solid, and hence, it will not be easily disintegrate even with long boiling method e.g. cooking with porridge or in soup. However, I still prefer to use orange flesh ones. It is simply because orange flesh potato tastes sweeter. I can eat it with plain porridge just like an additional dish to my porridge meal. :) More

Macaroni Soup with Seaweed

“Healthy & Light Meal for the Family tonight! Tasty Macaroni in Clear Soup!”

“Special delivery” to Ray, my reader. He requested a Macaroni soup recipe, and I thank him for liking my recipes!

Soup-based Macaroni suits all diets. It’s a low fat and healthy! Easy to make, it takes me less than 30 minutes to get it served. No long hour boiling is required. More

Javanese Fried Rice

“Javanese Fried Rice”

Owing this recipe to my site visitor, Babette, she asked me if I have Java fried rice last Thursday. So, this dish was cooked specially for her. Of course, we were the ones who got to eat the rice (chuckling).

The Java-style fried rice is spicy flavour. I added curry powder, but it was not where the spiciness comes from. It was the sambal belacan (aka shrimp paste chili) that contributed to the spiciness. You may vary the amount of sambal belacan, to your preference. Both curry powder and sambal belanca made this fried rice an extra flavoursome one! More

Singapore Laksa (with All-in-One Laksa Paste Pack)

It’s Laksa time! (Laksa: Coconut Milk Curry)

Yes, it was laksa, again. I knew I had already posted laksa in the Low-Fat Singapore Laksa recipe, but this laksa recipe was more like a review of the ‘All-in-One curry laksa paste pack’.

My mother, who loved curry laksa, recommended this laksa paste of Prima Taste brand. With good reference, I did not hesitate to pay $5.75 for a pack of laksa paste. More

Low-Fat Spaghetti with Home Made White Sauce

“Delicate homemade white sauce in the faster recipe”

Remember I used to go Clarke Quay with my close female friends for dinner quite often, for a dinner gathering or before hitting to the high spots on Friday nights. We liked to dine in the French restaurants for their delicious spaghetti or pasta meal.

Nowadays, I do not dine out so often. I do home-cooking, home-cooked spaghetti, with my home-made spaghetti white sauce. More