Vegetarian Sambal Chilli Mock Squids

“Low-caloric vegetarian Konjac-squids cooked with vegetarian Sambal Chili, delicious taste and interesting biting from this nutritious vegetarian health food.”

Yesterday was Chu Yi (初一), the 1st day of Lunar month of May. Of course, we had vegetarian meal for dinner for the whole family.

I bought the vegetarian squid slices which packaged into a nice plastic box. With the cross pattern on one side of the mock squid, it looks almost similar to the real squid slices.

[Ingredient Value] Konjac:
Beautiful flowery slices when cooked, these mock squids were made from a super low caloric and highly nutritious plant, and this jelly-like health food is called Konjac, in Chinese, 蒟蒻 (Pronounced as: Jǔ Ruò). I got the Konjac-squids from NTUC Fairprice (*Chilled compartment where you may find fish balls related products).

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Luo Han Guo Chinese Herbal Tea (罗汉果凉茶)

“Fruit of Medicine, the natrual sweet fruit, for general well being, and some even claimed for its slimming effect, with regular consumption of it.”

 Luohan guo (Medicine term as Siraitia grosvenorii), in Chinese, 罗汉果, is a natural sweet fruit which often used as medicinal herbs by Chinese physician.

Luohan guo made into form of beverages, especially herbal tea, commonly sold in many Chinese herbal shops in Singapore. We do not usually use the raw green fruit to cook herbal tea, but get the dried one which has turned into dark brown fruit with hard thin shell. This low-caloric ‘fruit of medicine’ helps to detoxify body, and hence, some even claimed for its slimming effect, if consume it on regular basis. I drink it regularly mainly to maintain general health so as to eliminate summer heat in the body which may lead to feverish illnesses.

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Steamed Fish Tail with Whole Black Bean (豆豉蒸鱼尾)

“Steamed fish, a healthy choice on your plate.”

There was this gentleman reader requested me to post my recipe of steamed Song fish head with whole black bean some time back.

Yes, I do like steamed fish with whole black bean for its delicate briny flavour. And of course, steamed fish is the heathier choice on the plates.

I used fish tail instead of fish head this time. It’s simply personal preference of more fleshy portion while fish head is definitely good in this recipe, too (I usually use fish head in curry recipe.. smile).

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Mini Shrimp Toast

“My creation of shrimp toast, have it like crunchy bread squares, or luxury version of French toast with shrimp paste topping.”

This cute and handy open-face toast is often a hit for snack/ tea time when small and light bites are needed, and minced shrimp is the shortcut tips of the busy day. However, all shrimp toasts are not created equal, mine is tailored to taste homely with regards for your health… less oil, less fry.

Children will love it, if you serve with an addition of salad cream or mayonnaise. It creates kind of refreshing bites together with the soft and moist shrimp paste in the palate. But for me, as a regular diet-watcher, no cream, of course, I sprinkled a touch of Italian herbs and coarsely grounded black pepper when served.

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Steamed Minced Pork & Salted Egg

“Go for its aroma, taste and texture of this minced pork and salted duck egg dish!”

No doubt this is a convenient and simple dish, if you are going to fix a quick dinner meal during busy working days.

My family including myself loved this simple steamed dish. The tasty sauce with a hint of natural sweetness yielded from the juicy steamed pork together with the aromatic salted egg was truely appetizing. My girl who does not really take pork, finished almost half the amount from the dish!

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Ginger and Spring Onion Pork Dish (姜葱猪肉)

“Delicious home-taste pork dish with smooth and tendering texture that you can never resist.”

This pork dish is one of the most popular Asian dishes, be it homecooked or dine-out order.

Remember the aromatic ginger and spring onion (also called it scallion) plus a touch of fragrant oyster sauce in its marination provide the classic stir-fry flavour in both the smooth bouncy pork and fragrant thick gravy. It simply complements just a plate of plain steamed white rice at its best.. This is truely mouth-watering!

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