Category Archives: Notes & Ingredients Value

Cooking Tips and value of ingredients used

Homebaked Mango Cake for Birthday Celebration

“Making of round-shaped Fresh Mango Cake as birthday cake.”

I first baked this mango cake (in square shape) as ‘tea cake’ for meeting at the office. And now, I have readers who like to bake this the birthday celebration. I am sure this will be a good choice, for an easy baking, and yet, impressive enough to surprise and make the loved one happy!

So, I would like to share this mango cake, in a round shape this time, it tends to be more like a birthday cake. Yes, I baked this for special occasion. So, I am sharing the pictures of my round shape mango cake, just to give you an idea how your round shape mango cake will look like, as compared to the square one which I have posted previously, even though the recipe is the same. read more

Stir-Fried Pig’s Liver with Spring Onion and Ginger (姜葱豬肝)

Stir-fried pig’s liver with scallion and Hua Diao rice wine. You will like this, if you like livers, but if you don’t vary the dish with other meat types and adapt the recipe, it’s still perfectly fine though!

Of course, I was following up with the other “Scholar dish“, or perhaps, it’s just the usual stir-fried pig’s liver dish, I shall called it now (smile).

I wanted to recommend this dish as I think having the best and freshest pig’s organs is to have it dealt and cooked by your own! I have never tasted any fresher pig’s livers from outside stores/ food centres than those I cooked at home, seriously. It’s simply because you will choose the best liver, probably bought it freshly from the market first thing in the early morning, then store and chill it perfectly. Then, cook it almost immediately to retain its freshness, with the best cooking method you’ve learnt. read more

Pan-Fried Tofu with Spring Onion

“Check out what are the tips and tricks on making this sautéed tofu dish a success in both taste and appearance!”

Hey! I continued to post about this tofu dish… Mind me, it was because I wanted to tell you more about this particular dish and to introduce it to you as usual Chinese dishes now, since this is not the ‘original‘ version, but the modified one by pan-frying/ sautéing method (smile).

No worries, I am not repeating the recipe which you may find it in previous post, I just wanted to share with you my experience in cooking this tofu dish down to details, with some cooking tips and cautions to be taken starting from preparing till cooking, too. read more

Pan-Fried Salmon in Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Easy Japanese recipe of Teriyaki Salmon – 照り焼き鮭

Today’s second day of new year, 2010.

I was still in the new year mood, having a new resolution of gastronomy, I started exploring in different kind of cuisine. Yesterday, I had an urge for cooking Japanese food for the next dinner, which was today’s. So, I went to NTUC Fairprice Finest to get the necessary ingredients as this store is located not far from my place and it has quite comprehensive selections of Japanese food ingredients and condiments, made of both locals and direct import from Japan.. Yeah, I wanted to make a Japanese cuisine for dinner for my loved ones! read more

Cordyceps and Ginseng Tonic Soup with Black Chicken (冬虫夏草泡参黑鸡汤)

“Nourishing Chinese Herbal Soup, its extensive health benefits to all ages are beyond your imagination.”

I had a bowl of Cordyceps tonic soup for lunch at one of the coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio area last week as I wanted to take something nourishing and tonical. Did not expect Cordyceps soup to taste so great, its mild fragrance in the palate with a hint of natural sweetness impressed me. So, I jotted down the Chinese herbs found in the soup (luckily, I still recognise each herb used.. :p), and decided to find out more about it, and to make it at home for my family. read more

Nourishing Bird Nest with Ginseng and Rock Sugar

“How to clean the “unprocessed” raw bird nest? Let’s check it out! And your effort & time will surely be paid off with this goodness!”

Time to pamper yourself with luxurious bird nest dessert!

My mum got me some of these unprocessed original bird nests of the home-bred swallows. That was my first time seeing the raw bird nests. Unlike those already well-processed with machine types which also moulded very beautifully in standard curve shape and size, these raw bird nests were full of feathers and dirt, and never in uniformed shape and size. To be franked,I couldn’t imagine the delicious cooked bird nest dessert was made from these appealing raw ones….

[Ingredients Value] Benefits of taking bird nest regularly:

I heard bird nest is rich in amino acids which reqiured by our body. Eating bird nest regular helps to improve health condition and it is the best food for more radiant and smoother skin complexion for women, while it helps strengthening lungs and kidneys for men who take bird nest on regular basis. For young children, bird nest helps to boost up immune system. read more