Spicy Ma Po Tofu with Sweet Corn (Spicy Soy Bean Paste Tofu)

“My easy-peasy one-dish-meal version of Mapo tofu”

Happened to chance upon a Japanese version of spicy bean paste at $2 Daiso store. Hence, made a dish with this instant paste and a block of silken tofu I had for quite some time as well as whatever was available in my refrigerator.

Simple and easy recipe I have created for tonight’s dinner. It was subtly tasted with just a hinge of spiciness from the bean paste. So, if you are a fan of super spicy dish, add chili oil to it. More

Sweet Spicy Dipping Sauce for Grilled Fish

Instead of the usual dipping sauce of chili Padi in light soy sauce, I think this special mixed sauce goes even better with the grilled or pan fried fish.

Less salty with a tinge of sweetness, it gives the barely seasoned fish meat a full flavor by just dipping it into this refreshing sweet spicy sauce. Yes, you do not need to add extra seasoning to marinate the fish to make your grilled fish meal a delicious hit. With the dipping sauce.

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Creamy Curry Pork 6-Grain Wrap

“Delicious and wholesome lunch with healthy multi-grain wrap.”

Wrap meals often remind me of Mexico food, but I would prefer having the wrap with an Asian flavor closer to my palate at times, if I were to make one at home. For this reason, I chose to make my wrap in my Asian inspired recipe. Yes, with curry, pork… Already having my dry curry pork recipe which cooked to more an Indian cuisine (See recipe here), the curry pork cooking has now been simplified, for the wrap creation. Call it Asian-fusion recipe here, it’s mixed to a western flavor, instead.:)

More importantly, to fit this wrap meal into my current diet plan, I used a 6-grain wrap, the latest addition to the wrap range of Mission Foods Singapore. This superfood combination of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, oats, rye, linseeds and wholemeal brans in the wrap, is surely a great choice to those who are seeking for healthier alternative to the regular white bread and rice. Even for one who doesn’t take grain food, will enjoy this wrap. Try it as the blending of the grains in this wrap taste subtle and well enough that you probably won’t notice its existence while enjoying the goodness from the nutritious wrap. I tried, and liked it a lot. More

Mee Goreng Recipe

“Post Hari Raya food? Not really…. It’s for any day, any time, you want!”

Mee Goreng, a fried noodle dish, commonly eating by the people in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. There are different versions of Mee Goreng among the races. Some like it a little bit sweeter while others like it very spicy. Mee Goreng is similar to Chinese ‘Chow Mien’, if this sounds more familiar to you. They both cooked with yellow noodle. However, Mee Goreng appears more moist, pinkish in appearance and often spicy in taste. You are able to find Mee Goreng in hawker center, food court and even high-end restaurant as local delights in Singapore. Yes, Mee Goreng stall in hawker centre often operates by Malay and Indian race. They cook most of the genuine taste of it! :)

But for me, I liked many local delicacies and hawker delights to be cooked at home, and I tried. I tried, and I shared. Here you go, if you trust me! :) More

Homemade Achar (Asian Pickled Vegetables)

“Achar, the best side dish for me!”

Helloooooo… Long time no post and hope you miss me (chuckles). I promised one of my readers who requested Achar recipe on my FaceBook to post the recipe for her soon. And, I hope this doesn’t come too late for her liking. :) Achar is known to be a Nyonya dish, but well-liked by many other Asian dialects, too. This is an Asian-style pickled vegetables dish which tastes sweet and sourish with a little bit of spicy flavour in it. Achar goes so well with plain porridge, rice, nasi lemak, fried bee hoon, or even to be eaten on its own!

Blanch and Squeeze dry the vegetables till really dry. Simply pat dry the pineapples.

Cooking Achar is simple, but the preparation is not so. It involves many steps, from making the seasoning paste (rempah) till cooking the dish… Preparation usually takes up to 1 hour while cooking the dish takes only 5 minutes to complete. As for my version of Achar, I’ve added my open-secret trick to this recipe, the blanching of vegetables including cucumber. Many recipes used just the raw vegetables and they find it taste equally great, but I prefer the additional blanching step (but of course a MUST to squeeze-dry them after that). To me (taught by my mum), the blanching is an important step to retain the crunchiness of the vegetables for even longer time! The standing procedure of the dish is also essential in making the Achar. It is best to store the Achar for more than a day (in the refrigerator) before consumption. This is to ensure the spice flavouring has been fully sponge-in by the vegetables.

Sound complicated? But seriously, it’s worth all the effort! More

Alluring Claypot Chicken & Eggplant Stew (惹味茄子鸡煲)

“It might sound familiar to you, but this is my new dish.”

I was so excited when had the first taste of it as I was unsure how the taste would be, actually. This is an entirely new dish which I have created and cooked just last night, I considered it as a success by the fact that the entire dish including the gravy was entirely wiped up. Mum kept praising and describing to me how flavorful the dish was, and even gave me idea to adapt the same recipe for tofu stew. Not just them, I had extra rice to go with this dish, too. :)

As usual, this is simple and fuss free to cook. If you need a flavorful dish to whet your appetite, cook this. :) More

Wasabi Prawns

“Many people tried to cook this failed dismally, but it would never be you! Here’s my simple and dainty prawn dish for you.”

I never thought such delicious prawn dish could be assembled that simple, initially. It might not look as beautiful as what the famous restaurant presents, but you would be impressed by the taste, or the simple steps found in this recipe.

If you are interested to make this, here is the recipe. More