Stir-fried Bitter Gourd with Spicy Black Bean

“Delicious bitter gourd that does not really taste bitter.”

Bitter gourd aka bitter melon is well-known with its rich nutritional properties. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, iron, beta-carotene, calcium and potassium. It has high dietary fiber and very low in calorie. Many Chinese families also believe in its cooling effect to reduce ‘heatiness’ in the body. However, not many take bitter gourd, despite all the health benefits it has. As its name implies, this vegetable tastes bitter!

However, you may limit its bitterness to the minimal, using my choosing method. I loved to cook this dish and I had to cook it deliciously and less bitterness so that my family would enjoy eating it. More

Super Moist Stir-Fried Egg Prawns

“This is no ordinary fried eggs and prawns dish. This is a scrumptious stir-fried tendery prawns dish, complemented with juicy eggs! Simple, yet, special.”

This dish was ‘created’ by my friend’s friend who shared the recipe with me later on, some time back. But the original recipe was slight adapted from use of shell prawns to shelled ones, for convenience sake (laughing). Also, added with butter instead of using normal cooking oil as I find it more fragrant with butter cooking.

The prawns were tender, juicy and springy. The eggs in this prawn dish corresponded well with its 80% doneness. Simple, and yet, delicious dish. Ingredients and condiments used in the dish are not anything extra ordinary, it’s the cooking time that execute the dish well. Yes, both prawns and eggs can’t be over-cooked, to retain its taste of tenderness and moisture. More

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

Slow-Fried Pork Meat With Potatoes

“Home-tasted dish that never fails you!”

I am not a pork lover. In fact, seldom eat it. However, I really loved this particular pork meat dish!

It is so “motherly” taste, I shall say. Just close your eyes, flash back your childhood moment where your mum’s home-cooking scent emerges in the air that you can even smell it at the door step upon reaching home from school. Yes, that it is. From my mum. More

Stir-Fried Assorted Vegetables with Fresh Shitake Mushrooms (Family Reunion: 合家欢)

“Eat more vegetables to keep you in the pink of health!”

More vegetables everyday. Mixture of different colours of vegetables with at least 2 cups of amount daily. Regular and substantial amount of vegetables intake helps me stay slim, and healthy, as far as I am concerned.

I love all kinds of vegetables, even root vegetables such as bitter gourd and white radish, or chives and celery. There is this vegetable dish where you can combine many types of vegetables together, and make it very delicious! More

Stir-Fried Roast Pork with Salted Vegetables and Minced Garlic

“Flavoursome dish to best complement your plain porridge or hot steamed rice”

You know? Sometimes we like to eat roast pork (烧肉), so we will pack some meat from the store as dinner over lunch time. We have to leave the packed meat in the office till the night, and hence, we will normally forgo the nice chili as it will go bad if waited till the night. But, by eating just the roast pork without nice chili to go with, the taste of such scrumptious roast meat goes less appealing, I personally think so (smilling).

What I normally do with the roast pork if I were to cook them for dinner is to fry the roast meat with salted vegetables, and some condiments to add more flavour to the whole dish, even without nice chili.

This roast meat dish is indeed flavoursome. It is one of the best dish to complement your plain porridge or hot steamed rice. Just one bowl of porridge/ rice would never be enough, with this best flavoursome meat and vegetables dish! More

Stir Fried French Beans with Prawns

French bean isn’t long bean, eventhough their colours and shapes are similar, but the length and texture of these beans are in great difference. Frence bean is much shorter than long bean, and french bean tastes more crunchy while long bean is softer than the other, after cooked. French bean looks smoother and thicker on its skin while long bean looks more ‘wrinkled’ and thiner than the other.

I love both beans, but for different kind of cooking and recipes. I like to cook long bean with either sambal chili, or chop and mix it in the eggs to make an omelette with long beans. As for french bean, my favourite recipe, of course, is this one!

Simple & fast cooking method with great taste! More

Stir-Fried Chili Clams

“Clams, one of the most likeable seafood dishes to be easily cooked at home.”

Clams required little preparation for cooking which made this seafood one of the popular dishes in various cuisines. The fresh clams were decently priced and sold at the wet market and supermarkets, too.  However, they might be seasonal and not so widely available, at times. So, grab them once you see them. It’s not only for the appetite, clams are actually packed with nutrients, mainly iron, Vitamin B12, selenium, manganese, protein. Yes, it’s really great for the brain and skin.

And, liked I mentioned, prepare and cook these clams were simple. Most of the times, we cooked this seafood in pasta dishes and Miso soup. Stir frying with chili was a common way to cook, too. I personally liked chili clams, in gravy kind. Just like the chili crabs which famously known as local delicacies of Singapore and Malaysia. This recipe is not exactly spicy, but more like a blend of chili and tomato flavour mixed in egg drops gravy, and the flavour of this dish was so great that we would usually dip dinner roll, fried or steamed bun (mantou) in its flavoursome leftover gravy. Yummy! More