Chayote Chicken Soup (合掌瓜鸡汤)

“Quickest & simplest soup fix for yummiest & lightest taste”

Not sure why, but it seems more and more people are cooking this, Chayote (Pear Squash). In Chinese, we called it Fo Shou Gua 佛手瓜, while Cantonese called it the Hup Jeung Gua 合掌瓜.

Until l I watched a new TVB cooking program hosted by Ms Maria Cordero (again), I wasn’t sure how to cook this fruit, even though I saw it in the market umpteen times. Oh, it’s so simple to cook, actually! More

Green Papaya & Pork Knuckle Soup

“Soup for nursing mums”

Yes. This soup is great for increasing breast milk supply, and hence, it turns out to be an important and great confinement soup dish, especially beneficial to the new mummies who are breastfeeding their new born during this period.

Green papaya soup is also recommended by the hospital. If you happen to browse their lactation leaflet, you will notice some recipe suggestions listed on it include the green papaya soup. Mostly using fish meat to complement the soup, but I personally believe the better effect in increasing milk supply by adding pork knuckle (pork hock) instead. More

Fried Bitter Gourd & Fish Balls Soup

“Special fried bitter gourd soup. Try it and you will know how great it is.”

Yeah, just the bitter gourd and fish balls, this soup relies on these ingredients for a last-minute explosion of its natural flavours. Simple, simple, simple. It’s all about simplicity, just like my principal concept of managing things. Simply, but never tolerate on the essentiality in nutritional values. I thought vegetables and fish balls are good enough to make up a vegetable-and-protein dish. Moreover, it’s boiled in soup.

Low-fat, healthy and, it was delicious, but…. yet, not ‘so’ low-fat. Why? In order to make the bitter gourd more flavourful and easy to drink in soup (to make the soup taste more robust and not-so-bitter), I pan-fried the bitter gourd. Yes, extra oil has been loaded on with the additional step here. However, these fried bitter gourds did make the soup much more flavourful, on the other hand… We really liked it alot! More

Chinese Tonic Soup with Pork Pancreas and Radishes (青红萝卜炖豬橫脷大补汤)

“It’s nourishing and flavorful. Don’t hate the idea of cooking pork pancreas in this tonic soup, try it first. Find out how amazing it could be, to help you to add an experience in your cooking journey.”

[Ingredients Value]
Pig Pancreas:
Offal dishes are greatly consumed and most likeable by Cantonese people. By and large, offal is widely used in Cantonese culinary. From the most common braised trotter to the popular roasted chicken livers, Cantonese people are crowned the dialect group that uses offal in their cooking the most, and that includes soup cooking.

Pig pancreas (pork pancreas), Cantonese people [mainly in Hong Kong] called it, 豬橫脷 (pronounced as ‘Ju Wang Lay’ in Cantonese), and Chinese called it 豬胰 (pronounced as ‘Zhu Yi’ in Mandarin), is often used in soup dishes. Residing in Singapore, you may not be familiar with this offal as it is not commonly consumed here, but the pig pancreas is available at the butcher’s stalls in many wet markets. It’s not usually displayed openly in the front counter/ chiller though. Ask the butcher for it, and most of them would be able to offer. More

Steamboat Dinner at Home

“Steamboat dinner, to warm you up during the rainy cold night, so as to warm your hearts.”

Eating steamboat aka hot pot at home is always fun… and warm, and one of the best meal options for small gathering purposes.

I liked having steamboat. It’s light, savory and great for varieties. Oh… I liked varieties… (laughing). More

Healthy Cactus Soup with Chicken (仙人掌煲鸡汤)

“Cactus soup. Sounds weird as food? Not true, it’s surprising great as food, especially to be cooked in soup, trust me.”

Came across many savory dishes on Aloe Vera and loved it. When come to Cactus, it gave an impression of an over-whelming greenish taste, but it is not true! After reading some write-ups on the benefits of taking cactus, I decided to give it s try. And guess what, it is really great to have in the soup!

Not sure since when, many articles claimed that cactus has become a popular dish in many occasions since it is easy to cook. Its stem can be eaten chilled with some additions of salad dressing. It can be fried or stewed, besides cooking in the soup. But, today, I am going to focus just on soup cooking because the soup tastes a real good! More

Minestrone Soup

“The nights’re getting colder and colder even in my year-long summer country, Singapore. So, nothing’s better than having a hot hearty soup which easily cooked at home.”

I always like Minestrone soup, and will choose this Italian vegetables soup whenever given a choice when dining out for Western/ Italian meal, but this was the first time I have this soup cooked at home. I wouldn’t cook this for the family, usually, because I am the only one at home like tomato-based soup (Sob….)! None of them likes Minestrone soup since they are not a fan of tomato based soup. They wouldn’t mind chicken noodle soup, but not the Minestrone. That’s why I had never cooked this favourite vegetables soup at home! :(

So, why now? It’s because I was home alone yesterday. Not reporting to work, as I am on hospitalisation leave for the rest of the year 2010 (Hey.. Don’t gasp.. It isn’t that long, k? It’s just another week to end this year, alright? :D). I am resting at home to recover from a surgery treatment. Well recovering, and am able to do some simple cooking after a-week rest now. More

Sliced Sheng Yu (Haruan Fish) and Green Papaya Soup (生鱼片木瓜汤)

“This is my light and flavorful Sheng Yu soup, without too many elements in it. This is simply an appealing clear fish soup dish that whets your appetite, at the same time, takes care of your health!”

‘Sheng Yu’ (生鱼), the Chinese term for Haruan fish. Haruan is also known as Snakehead Murrel, if it sounds more familiar to you.

In Cantonese culture, Haruan fish is recommended for one who had undergone surgery as it’s believed in the wound healing properties of this fish. More