Homemade Tang Yuan in Ginger flavoured Sweet Soup (姜汤手工汤圆)

“Hand made Glutinous Rice Balls filled with loves for this festive celebration, Dongzhi Festival (冬至)”

Today is Dōngzhì Festival or you called it Chinese Winter Solstice Festival (in Chinese: 冬至). One of the important festive celebrations to Chinese. Chinese calls this celebration as Gua Dong (过冬). Normally 冬至 falls on 22nd December, but this year falls on 21st December instead.

The most essential festive food in 冬至 is Tang Yuan (汤圆) aka Glutinous Rice Ball. 汤圆 symbolizes reunion. Eating 汤圆 together with the family is the best celebration in this festival. More

Teochew Cuisine – Dessert Yam Paste with Ginkgo Nuts & Pumpkins (白果金瓜配潮州芋泥)

“Famous Teochew Sweet Yam Paste, the hearty flavour created at home, for your love ones”

I love sweet yam paste. We pronounce it as “Or Nee” in Teochew dialect. Basically, most food products made of yam paste are my favourite. I love the taste of yam. Yam puff, yam pancake, yam bun, yam biscuit, yam cake, yam in soup, and etc. Yam, yam, and yammy…

Sweet yam paste is a famous traditional Teochew dessert. This dessert dish will be served at most Teochew restaurants in Singapore. 1 regular portion of sweet yam paste dessert costs about $5 – 6. Price is expensive! So, how about give it a try at home? Try my sweet yam paste recipe here. More

Sweet Red Bean Soup with Lotus Seeds

“Easily made Sweet Red Bean Soup to sweeten your palate and smile”

Red bean soup (with round rice balls most of the time) is commmonly cooked and to be eaten during wedding ceremony in Chinese customary. Color of red signifies happiness and fortune, while sweet dessert represents ‘sweet’ and good life. Hence, SWEET RED bean soup will be presented in many occasions such as wedding and birthday celebrations.

As for me, I like to take red bean soup regularly, for its high Vitamin B values. Some women believe in taking more red bean soup after their monthly menstruation cycle.

I have added with lotus seeds, for its contrast in colour to my red bean soup to make it looked more presentable, at the same, get to eat some of these nice lotus seeds. More

White (Snow) Fungus with Rock Sugar Dessert Soup (冰糖雪耳糖水)

“Easy-making of Premium White Fungus (or known as Snow Fungus), Lotus Seeds, Red Dates and Candied Winter Melon Strips with Rock Sugar Dessert Soup.”

This is the best dessert soup I ever tasted. I love it! However, it is quite expensive to buy from outside stores. I know a regular bowl of premium white fungus with rock sugar dessert soup costs $3 – $5. Moreover, those ‘commercial’ desserts are normally way too sweet for the palate.

Hence, I decided to cook it at home whenever I feel like having some. I can adjust the sweetness to my liking as well as adding my preference of ingredients which complement the white fungus dessert.

Making process of this dessert might look complicated, but indeed, the cooking steps are far easier than what you thought. The most common way of handling the white fungus is to pre-soak it for at least an hour, and then add it only towards the end of boiling. However, I prefer to soak it for no more than 10 min, but to add it in and boil together with the rest of the ingredients, from the beginning. The texture of white fungus will turn out even better. Chewy, but very tender, its jelly-like consistency almost melt in your mouth. More

Green Mung Bean with Barley Dessert Soup

“Green (Mung) Bean Sweet Soup & Barley, Double Taste & Double Benefit”

Whenever I think of slimming food, I think of green bean.

I’ve ever came across an article on how green bean helps in slimming effect. A bowl of green bean paste/ soup (without sugar added) to be taken daily helps to lose weight. Result will be seen as fast as within a week. Frankly, I am not quite sure if it is so real. Based on my experience, it helps a little. Was it due to the green beans? Probably yes, as it aids digestion, afterall. Anyway, green bean offers nutritional benefits. More

Dried Bean Curd, Barley with Gingko Nuts Dessert Soup (腐竹薏米白果糖水)

“Tons of good reasons for having this great dessert soup all the time!”

I cooked this dessert umpteen times and still cook it always, for my family and colleagues! Why so often? Because this dessert benefits our health and it’s tasty. Most Cantonese believed that having dessert soup daily helps to rejuvenate skin and promote better complexion. This dried bean curd, barley with gingko nuts sweet soup offers even greater health benefits. Not only the dried bean curd helps to lower cholesterol level and for better skin, barley does help to reduce risk of getting cancer, also lower cholesterol and alleviate water retention in body. Gingko nut helps to improve female genital issues such as minor vaginal discharge problem.

Made it a little different, I added sago. Not getting much from it, except for carbohydrate and little protein and minerals. I like its chewy texture and crystal-like appearance in my soup (smiling)! More

Purple Sweet Potatoes Dessert Soup

“Take this Low GI, Low GL and Relatively Low Calories Dessert!”

I liked sweet potatoes, of all ways. Baked, boiled, steamed, soup, and even fried. And all colors of it as well. So, I had to have varieties in my sweet potato soup. I preferred it with less sugar, too. Honey rock sugar would make my preffered choice, and it is good for smoothen dry throat, reduce “heatiness” and improve skin and complexion. To add better flavour to my sweet soup, I liked to use also the pandan leaf. It gives an aroma of pandan in my palate when having it.

To the non-initiated, the yellow and orange sweet potatoes are more suitable to cook in soup as the purple flesh type is softened easier than other types. Thus, my experience tells me not to over boil them. Note that the colour of the soup will turn to purplish due to the purple flesh sweet potato. The longer it is cooked, the darker purplish soup it would be. Hence, do not be alarmed. It gives an uniquely nice colour to this dessert without affecting its taste, indeed. More

Hearty Chocolate Fondue Make at Home, for Our Valentine.

Chocolate Fondue, everyone’s favourite! Make this on the Valentine’s Day, for your Valentine..”

Besides having chocolate fondue at Häagen-Dazs which costs you about $30+ for 2, you can actually enjoy this decadent dessert from home! I like to have it at home, a homemade one!

That’s another way of enjoying fruits, as dessert, too. You can have it served in minutes. More