Stir-fried Chinese Spinach with Goji Berries (清炒枸杞子苋菜)

“Healthy Stir-fried Chinese Spinach aka Yin Choi (Leaf Amaranth) with Goji Berries (Wolfberries). Don’t forget it’s nutritional values!”

If Chinese Spinach does not sound familiar to you. Try read it in Cantonese – Yin Choy, or in Mandarin as Xiàn Cài (苋菜). It’s Amaranth leaves.

This is a well-known ‘baby vegetable’. When baby starts taking solid or semi-solid meal, Chinese Spinach has always been the first vegetable choice to be cooked in porridge. Mince or blend the vegetables, before adding into baby’s porridge cooking. More

Staple Food in My Kitchen

“The must-have food products in my kitchen/ refrigerator”

3 Jan 09 Genie: “Hi, really love your blog.. please keep on updating! can i request for a post on the “necessity” ingredients/things you will always buy and store in your kitchen/fridge?”

The above was a message from my reader, Genie. Her request of having a post on the staple food in my kitchen struck my mind. It’s time to stock-check my fridge and food storage cabinet!

Yes, I do have many things/ ingredients which have become my staple. As a seasoned cook at home, I just can’t “make food” without them (chuckling). More

Fresh Chinese Yam Root (Huai Shan) Soup with Corn

“Soup that benefits you and your family, for health and vitality”

In the midst of sharing my food experiences in Hong Kong, I did not forget my house recipes.

Today, I would like to share this clear soup recipe which involves fresh Chinese Yam. In Chinese, we called it fresh Huai Shan (鲜淮山) or Shan Yao (山药). Whatever you called it, this is a very good natural food you should be taking regularly, in normal circumstances. More

Simple, Healthy & Delicious Teochew Steamed White Pomfret (潮州蒸白鲳)

“Check out what’s good for eating more FISHES! See fresh White Pomfret, the perfect fish for steaming style. Loved by whole family, healthy and delicious dish which never fails to impress your loved ones! Prosperity Pomfret (年年有余)”

I steamed Teochew-style with Sea Bass, but Sea Bass is not the most popular fish type to make an authentic Teochew steam fish. So, I used the genuine fish type this time, the white Pomfret! Teow chew style steamed fish will be cooked together with other sides such as bean curd aka tofu, salted vegetables and tomato, sometimes.

Got the fresh Pomfret from my favourite fish store in the wet market early this morning. Fishes and other sea creatures from this store are always fresh, with reasonable price. I had this medium-sized Pomfret which good for 2-3 person from the fish monger at S$8 after discount rate (Was initially priced $9). More

Cooking Methods

“Just a brief on ways of cooking”

Blanching – usually used for vegetables or fruits, but nowadays, we used this term to describe on meat, too. Blanching refers to plunge the raw food into boiling salted water, for a quick boil. Then, place the hot food under running water or in cold/ icy water to halt the cooking.

Some cooking need blanched vegetable, to shorten the cooking time, and to retain its natural colour. Blanching helps to enhance not just the colour but taste of some green vegetables such as broccoli. Blanching vegetable has to be followed with halting process in cold water in order to reach its effect. More

Do you have any Question on Singapore Local Delicacies?

“Worried about having too much delicious local food? Here’re some facts, just for your information.”

Tasty and popular local food has always been related with unhealthiness and/ or ‘diet killing’ due to its oily cooking method, unhealthy food and/ or artificial ingredients mixes.

My site visitor, Eve was concerned about eating “fattening” steamed carrot cake, egg cake (Chinese translation: “Ji Dan Gao” 鸡蛋糕) and Popiah… More