Ginseng Prawn Herbal Soup

“Ginseng Prawn Herbal Soup tasty and healthy”

Ginseng shrimp herbal soup, or we usually called it, Ginseng prawn herbal soup, is not an usual dish. Diners will be more familiar with Ginseng chicken soup and/ or Drunken prawns, but not so the prawns in Ginseng soup though.. Yes, I guessed so. However, it turned out great. Resembling Drunken Prawns, but this has milder flavour, with more soup in the dish. Great taste, great dish great nutritioned soup!

Easy to cook. You may even boil the soup in slow cooker in the morning, for long hours. Then, simply add in prawns to simmer for 5 minutes, when about to serve as dinner. More

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. More

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. More

Golden Shrimps (with Salted Egg Yolk) – 黄金笑虾虾

“One of the important Chinese festive seafood dishes. It helps to spread laughter around!”

Chinese Lunar New Year, we (Chinese) emphasize on cooking symbolic dishes with auspicious dish name. Prawn, or called it shrimp, is one of the compulsory items to be used to cook CNY dishes as shrimp, in Cantonese, is pronounced as HA (虾). Its pronunciation resembling the sound of laughter, ha ha! It represents happy life with lots of laughter ahead. Do you also notice? Even the curvy shape of each shrimp resembles smiley lips. So, eating shrimps are symbolical during Chinese festive, especially to the Cantonese dialect group.

Moreover, the shrimps in my recipe were cooked till golden appearance. Gold = wealth, it is not difficult to decipher its auspicious definition here, isn’t it (smile)? More

Prawns in Thick Miso & Tomato (with Egg Drop) Gravy

“You can never resist this beautiful and lips-smacking prawns with thick miso and (chili) tomato gravy dish.”

This dish was introduced by one of the old friends years back. So, I envisioned and cooked this dish at home recently, with the ‘recipe’ left in my memory. So, I would say this dish is more like an adaption of his original recipe which supposed to use prawn with shell intact, rather than my ‘curled-up’ prawns. I did it this way to save me from peeling the prawn shells over dinner, and hated if were to dirty my hands during meals. And, with the shaped prawns, I think it makes the dish look more presentable, at least it was to me. Well, of course, some may prefer the whole prawns as it is believed to enhance the flavor of the dish with the seafood taste. It’s up to you.

Many children would love this dish as it has this sweet tomato and egg drop gravy which complements the rice so well. I loved the gravy! More

Chilled Prawn Salad with Cheesy Vegetables

Something easy and healthy you will like to cook at home

I promised, to share my recipes for the delicious homecooked western cuisine.

I will start with the appetizer first. This considers a cold dish as I’ve served the prawns chilled, and this idea was adapted from the first dish, the cold platter, which commonly served in some occasions/ events e.g wedding banquet dinner or something like that.. And this chilled prawns are usually served with fruits salad. So, I was inspired to came out with the vegetable version, hoping to create a slightly more balanced diet. More

Cereal Prawns (麦片虾)

“Cooking is about versatility. Save your bucks, cook this scrumptious cereal prawn dish with 3-in-1 cereal sachets which already are available in your kitchen or drinks pantry!”

Learn how to cook cereal prawns is definitely a plus point to save your bucks as having cereal prawns at the restaurants could cost you at least S$30 for the dish. However, if you cook this at home, it will simply shack off a $10 note from your wallet for the ingredients. Moreover, it’s easy to cook, and delicious to eat!

There are many ways to cook cereal prawns. With or without eggs, with or without creamer, with premix or original plain cereal.. I used what I’ve gotten in my kitchen cabinet, the usual cereal drink comes in 3-in-1 sachets which I bought to make drink for the family in the mornings. Yeah, unless what you have is the original cereal in tin packaging, just mix your own non-dairy creamer and sugar moderately. Otherwise, use those you already have in your drinks pantry! Yes, I have 3-in-1 sachets (I bought NesVita 3in1 Low Fat cereal drink by Nestlé brand). More

Prawn Noodle Soup with Prime Ribs in Slow Cooker (排骨虾面汤)

“Prawn noodle soup with super tender pork ribs in slow cooker”

It has been years since I first made prawn noodle soup (see my homemade Prawn Noodle Soup recipe). It is so simple to cook and devour on your very own “home-taste” prawn noodles. Moreover, prawn noodles are definitely healthier choice than having curry laksa noodles.

This time, I cooked a slightly more ‘complicated’ version of prawn noodle soup, with pork ribs added, too. Steps remained, but the soup base was cooked with additional ingredients which makes the soup a special one. It was adapted from recipe of Ms. Yvonne Soh, which has been featured under Taste column of The Sunday Times last week (thanks). The mention of “using cloves, star anise and black peppercorn” in prawn noodle recipe caught my eyes. Never thought that these spices will go along with prawn flavoured broth, so I thought I should give it a try!

Yes, it turned out fabulously. I love the taste of soup with a hint of dried anchovies and spices. The intense flavour in the soup was enhanced by slow cooking method. As I need to work, and wish to cook the ribs till very tender which can be achieved only by hours of cooking. I cooked it first in the wok, and then, transferred over to slow cooker, early in the morning before leaving the house. Goodness! The pork ribs were so tender which almost melt in the mouth. To me, it taste better than the outside stores. More