Banyan Tree Luxury Resort Bintan Staycation

“A sharing on what you can expect and plan for your Banyan Tree Resort as your short break or getaway trip!”

It is the season to go Australia, that’s why I am seeing (almost) everyone travels there for vacation. If you are looking at only a short getaway for romance, or simply hope to plan for something short for the whole family during the 1-week school holiday in the coming September instead, here I will share with you my recent trip to the Banyan Tree Resort. It’s closer and more affordable than Australia, it’s in Bintan. 

From Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Banyan Tree Resort Bintan is a mere 1-hr ferry journey. Get ferry tickets at the ferry terminal counter or online booking, best do it in advance to get your desired departure timing.  More

Chicken Lollipop with Sweet Chili Sauce (甜辣酱棒棒鸡)

This supposed to be one of my dishes for an upcoming cooking contest, but apparently it resembles a “clubbing” dish which commonly found in the menu of pubs and clubs. :D

Well, I still like it as my home cooked. It looks great on the plate and delicious to eat. Try it!

酒吧菜式,你要试一试吗?
美观又好吃。 More

Turmeric Coconut Rice Recipe (黄姜椰漿飯食谱)

An express way to put two of my favorite rice dishes into one. Not that I am lazy, just trying to be efficient. 😬

黄姜,椰浆,傻傻分不清楚。懒人?聪明人?2合1快捷煮法!😝

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 cup of rice grain
2 cups of Japanese short grain rice
3 cups of coconut milk
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
1 thick slice of ginger
1 teaspoon of salt
Pinch of sugar
4 screwpine leaves (pandan leaves), tied into knot

供6份
材料
1杯香米
2杯日本短米
3杯椰奶
2茶匙姜黄粉
1片厚姜片
1茶匙盐
一小撮白糖
4片斑斓叶 (香兰叶),系成结

Method
Cook your rice as usual in rice cooker. Instead of water, add in coconut milk. Stir in turmeric powder, salt and sugar. Place ginger and pandan leaf in the rice pot. Cook rice in cooker.

做法:
像往常电饭煲煮饭煮一样,但不加水,还椰奶。再加入姜黄粉,盐和糖。将姜和斑斓叶放入锅中。按键煮饭即可。

A serving of my turmeric coconut rice for a Nasi lemak dinner counts about 500kcal.

一份黄姜椰浆饭约500卡路里。

Tips: Get the instant Japanese rice which doesn’t need to soak for hours. If not, just follow the direction on its packaging to cook it.
* May use fresh turmeric. Mince it.
温馨小贴士:使用即时日本米,不需要浸泡数小时。如果用的是许浸泡的,只需按照包装上的指示进行烹饪即可。
* 可用新鲜黄姜,打成末。

Festive Prawns Wrap Pinwheels (时节虾风车卷饼)

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Like how we live in this modern and action-packed world, most of us have to juggle between work and life. Hence, it has increasingly become a challenge to enjoy a nutritious meal at home. With people today preferring more inventive food options that allow them to get hands-on and creative with their meals, wraps are gaining popularity as “the choice” of nutritious convenience food.

Constantly innovating to encourage creativity in food preparation, Mission Foods has launched a new Supersoft formula to its best-seller – the Original Wrap wraps. The Supersoft wrap is softer, more flexible, and has a buttery mouthfeel for a wholesome meal experience. Better now, this super soft wrap can be served as warm or cold wrap, and still remain soft.

Other than fixing quick meals to enjoy at home, I find wrapping our food to go is also the easiest way. I would prepare the food the night before, keep in the fridge, and pack to go for work, to enjoy as breakfast and lunch, it’s absolutely no hassle.

Here’s my quick and delicious wholesome recipe. Not only does it look appealing, the colorful ingredients in it bring out the most nutrients of it. :)

除了可在家里享用自制的快速美食外,还可以成为最简单的外带食物。我会在前一天晚上准备好食物,放在冰箱里,打包去上班。这绝对能让我们在工作也享用到美味营养的早餐和午餐。

这是我快速而美味的健康食谱。它不仅好看,那缤纷夺目的食材成分还供给全面性的营养呢!

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A serving of my prawn wrap pinwheels counts about 250kcal.

Let’s try!

一份时节虾卷饼约250卡路里。

不错的,试试看吧!

Tips: Shredded dried scallop in XO sauce in bottles can be found off the shelves at major supermarkets.
温馨贴士:瓶装干贝丝烧味可以在各大超市买得到。

#missionfoodssg #softandstrong

Peach Gum Dessert Soup (桃胶糖水)

Peach Gum not only making the soup look more beautiful, it’s definitely heathy and full of nutritional goodness.

What is Peach Gum?
Peach gum is a natural resin secreted from the peach tree, formed in amber like crystals on the tree. Peach gum is pure plant base, it has soft & silky consistency, and will turn pale & translucent with long cooking.

What so great about having Peach Gum?
Not only consuming bird nest or fish maw help us to achieve better and more elastic skin & complexion, this peach gum (or peach resin) does the same with its richness in collagen, amino acid and fiber, and more. Peach gum also helps to achieve better digestive and cardiovascular systems. The best part is, peach gum is less expensive to consume regularly.

Similarly, there are different grades of peach gum. Try getting those with less impurities for better quality. Having said that, some black colored impurities are to be expected no matter what. Simply soak the peach gum in clear water for at least 5 hours, or overnight, to remove any black impurities. Also expect the peach gum to expand and soften.

Weather is getting hotter now, quick cook this to nourish yourself!

什么是桃胶?
桃树胶是从桃树中分泌出来的天然树脂,在树上形成琥珀色结晶。桃胶为纯植物,在长时间烹饪后具柔软丝滑的口感,并且会变得晶莹剔透。

食用桃胶的功效?
不仅仅是燕窝或鱼鳔能帮助我们达到更好,更有弹性的皮肤和肤色,这种桃树胶(或称为桃树脂)也具有同等或更高的效果。桃胶富有胶原蛋白,氨基酸和纤维。它也有助于提高消化和心血管系统的功能。最好的是,比燕窝花胶,桃胶是大部分人都能频密消费得起的。

同样的,桃胶也有不同等级的。越好的品质就有更少的杂质,但还是会有的。只需将桃胶浸泡在清水中至少5小时或过夜,即可去除任何黑点般的杂质。桃胶在浸泡后也会膨胀和软化的。

现在天气越来越热,不妨烹饪这个甜汤来滋润一下吧!

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1 bowl of my snow fungus, papaya and peach gum sweet soup counts about 120kcal.
1碗雪耳木瓜桃糖甜汤约120卡路里。

Tips: Adding of sweet sand bitter apricot kernels is a personal choice as I like the crunch adding to these soft gluey ingredients. These nutty goodness also helps to nourish lungs and heal coughing.

温馨小贴士:加入南杏北杏是个人选择,因为我喜欢在这些软胶口感里也能够尝到脆脆的效果。南北杏仁能养肺止咳的功效更不在话下了。