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Vegetables & Fruits

Stir-Fried Asparagus & Prawns with XO Sauce (锦上添花)

“Make the perfection to even more perfect.”

You don’t want meals with just meat, meat and meat throughout the CNY. Vegetables are essential to our diets, too, even during the festive, of course! And there are many greens can still be symbolical, for instances, the asparagus I’ve cooked here.

I named this dish as 锦上添花 (Pronounced as ‘Jin Shang Tian Hua’). Do you also find the appearance of this dish looks pretty much like the beautiful flowers (the prawns) blooming on the strong branches (the asparagus)? That’s the direct translation of these Chinese characters, which to be deciphered as makes the perfection even more perfect. read more

Fried Egg with French Bean (豆角炒蛋)

“Fragrant and delicious egg dish with French bean, easy cooking for both the seasoned and beginner cooks”

There are more reasons for me to resist heavy food for now as Chinese New Year is approaching, and further more, I will be going on vacation soon. I’ve to cut down on food amount for the next two weeks in order for me to feel less guilty for pigging out during those two occasions (smile).

I tried to cook light plain rice porridge for dinner more often, but for the sake of other members of the family, I would cook more dishes, but healthier ones to go along with the rice porridge. One of the dishes I could think of, is this fried-egg with French bean (string bean), which imaginably delicious and matched to put them together. Unlike long bean which will be softened after long-enough cooking, French bean, by nature, has its crunchy texture, even after cooked, which makes the biting more interesting. And, without much greenish taste from the bean itself, it will never affect the fragrance of the egg, naturally. read more

Stir-Fried Okra (Ladyfingers) with Chili (辣炒羊角豆)

“Spice up your meal with this spicy ladyfingers dish”

Not many people like this vegetable, ladyfingers aka Okra, simply due to its slimey texture inside, when cooked. However, this vegetable has been one of my favourite, not just because it is low in saturated fat, and cholesterol, but high in fiber, vitamins and very rich in various minerals, I heard this vegetables may help in weight loss (chuckling)! I mean.. I liked it, too, of course, especially when it’s cooked with chili paste or in curry gravy. read more

Fried Mock Fish Fillet in Savoury Pineapple Sauce

“Eating vegetarian meal can be so interestingly delicious!”

Yesterday, 19th of Lunar September, the day of Guan Yin’s (in Sanskrit words: Avalokiteshvara; Chinese words: 观音) Renunciation, considered an auspicious day for Buddhist.

For me, I prohibited myself from ‘killing’ lives, means meatless diets for the day. It became my another day of vegetarian cooking.

It’s not difficult to trick our taste bud with some mock meat, and have it cooked in a way mimicking the taste of the ‘real stuff’ as close as possible. In fact, it’s very convenient to eat vegetarian dishes and taste or look like the real meat, nowadays, as there are so many artificial/ mock meat and seafood for vegetarian diets sold commercially out there in the market. In Singapore, not only vegetarian shops are selling these raw/ uncooked mock meat and seafood, even supermarkets are selling them, too. Mock meat and mock seafood are mainly made of flour, soy and/ or gluten. Some of these mock meat/ seafood items are made to look and taste almost the same as the real meat. read more

Tomato Fried Egg (番茄炒蛋)

“Simply tasty and healthy tomato fried egg!”

Fried egg with fresh tomatoes was one of the dishes I always cooked at home. I learned the dish from many TVB shows. Not sure why but it seemed that Hong Kong people loved cooking this, and yes, even in the shows. :D

Nope, those shows did not provide its recipe, but I managed to figure it out in my own. :) If I remembered correctly, the dish was commonly cooked with just the fresh tomatoes, but in my recipe, I had some chopped shallots added. This was just to elevate the aroma as well as the natural sweetnes of the dish, and purely a personal preference. read more

Kai-lan Vegetables with Oyster Sauce (蚝油芥兰)

“Famous Oyster Sauced Kai-lan vegetable dish now you can cook it at home, easily and deliciously, without any bitter taste!”

Kailan, also named Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale. Many people like the crunchy texture of this leavy vegetable with thick stem, but often complain its mild bitter taste, too. Some readers asked me if I have a better to cook Kailan. Seriously, unless is baby kailan, I will not use stir-frying method as it does not sound appetizing to have the thick kailan stir-fried. I think, this is probably the best way to cook and taste Kailan without its inherited bitterness. read more