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

Dried Radish Leaves and Pork Ribs Soup (菜干排骨汤)

“Grandma’s recipe of wholesome soup, with quick cooking method”

We used to drink this wholesome soup when young, cooked by both grandma and mother. Not something really special, but it’s a nourishing soup. With the use of dried radish leaves (大头菜干), it supposed to help in reducing body heat as “cooling effect”. It’s also high in nutritional values.

Dried radish leave is a preserved food using drying and salting processes. In Cantonese, it pronounced as “Dai Tou Choy”. It’s not the same kind of root vegetable which we used to cook “Mui Choy” (梅菜), it’s different.

This ingredient is easily found in most Chinese grocery stores or any supermarkets such as NTUC Fairprice, and Giant Hypermarket, and places like Chinatown. It is normally pre-packed, and one packet of palm-sized radish leaves should be sufficient for 4 – 6 servings. More

Vegetarian Curry Vegetables Dish

“Assorted Curry Vegetables, one of my favourite vegetarian dishes.”

Today is vegetarian day. First day of August, happens to be also the first day of lunar month of July this year. Chinese Lunar July is being referred as “hungry ghost month”. Chinese/ Asian also called it “seventh month”.

I remembered when I was in my teens, my mummy told us (siblings) not to go out in the night of “seventh month”. She won’t allow us to outing after 7pm. My mum believed that souls will be wandering around the street during the whole month of Lunar July, especially 14th of Lunar July, which is the actual day of “Ghost Festival”. The gate of hell will be opened to release all ghosts where many Buddhists would prepare ritualistic food offerings, burning incense and joss stick along the street, for the hungry ghosts. Quiet nights may look misty and feel eerieee… I am not going into this (bawling)! More

Assorted Vegetables Soup with Pork Ribs aka Chinese ABC Soup

“It’s the Home cooked ABC Soup!”

Soup is water which boiled together with other ingredients such as vegetables, meat and melons, until the flavour is extracted. Soup offers high nutrition values enriched by the ingredients we have added in the soup.

Besides pork ribs, I used a variety of vegetables in this recipe. I think this is one of my successful soup recipes, much likeable by my family. This soup gives off aromatic smell while boiling it, and most importantly, this soup has its natural sweetness. It has very pleasant aroma and taste to your palate.

Nutrition experts said it is best to consume 3 or more colours of vegetables and fruits in a day in order to suffice the intake of nutrients which required by our body. A balance dietary soup where Vitamin A (mainly from carrot), Carotene and Anti-oxidant (from tomato), Iron and Magnesium (Corn), Potassium (mainly from potato) and other minerals (calcium, selenium, copper) and vitamins (Vitamin C and B6), are found in these colourful vegetables. That’s the reason it is called as ABC soup, meaning it has all the Vitamins A, B and C! More

Chinese-style Mushrooms, Vegetables and Minced Meat Ball Soup

“Nutritious mixed soup you can have as dinner by its own, prepared in minutes”

Many of my friends told me that they like to have soup as quick dinner especially over weekdays. To save time, and loose weight (eye-rolling), some of them cooked instant mushroom soup. How about having Chinese-style mushrooms soup this time? I boiled this soup for dinner especially when I need something light and filling. This helps to clear my body system, in a way.

Ingredients
4 leafs of Chinese cabbage, cut into 1″ to 2″ thick
½ cup of minced pork meat (about 150 gram)
2 fish cakes, thick sliced

3 dried chinese shitake mushroom, soaked and diced (to mix with minced meat)
½ cup of whole button mushroom
1 packet of fresh enoki mushroom aka golden needle mushroom (chinese translation: 金针菇) (about 100 gram), cut off the root part.
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 thin slice of ginger
1 teaspoon of Hua Diao Wine (花雕酒)
Pinch of ground white pepper (or use liberally, if desired)

1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 pot of water(about 5 cups of water or 1000ml)
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Purple Sweet Potatoes Dessert Soup

“Take this Low GI, Low GL and Relatively Low Calories Dessert!”

I liked sweet potatoes, of all ways. Baked, boiled, steamed, soup, and even fried. And all colors of it as well. So, I had to have varieties in my sweet potato soup. I preferred it with less sugar, too. Honey rock sugar would make my preffered choice, and it is good for smoothen dry throat, reduce “heatiness” and improve skin and complexion. To add better flavour to my sweet soup, I liked to use also the pandan leaf. It gives an aroma of pandan in my palate when having it.

To the non-initiated, the yellow and orange sweet potatoes are more suitable to cook in soup as the purple flesh type is softened easier than other types. Thus, my experience tells me not to over boil them. Note that the colour of the soup will turn to purplish due to the purple flesh sweet potato. The longer it is cooked, the darker purplish soup it would be. Hence, do not be alarmed. It gives an uniquely nice colour to this dessert without affecting its taste, indeed. More