Category Archives: Recipes

Quick and Easy Potato Wedges

When I first moved to Australia, it seemed to me that Australians ate some rather strange things. There was that strange, incredibly salty, unappetisingly-coloured spread called Vegemite. Then there was the funny powder they sprinked over their French fries called ‘chicken salt’. Huh? So when I was first introduced to deep-fried potato wedges dipped in […]

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Teriyaki Salmon Steak

Mmm… salmon. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Salmon sashimi. In sushi — especially as nigiri sushi. Grilled. Baked. And then you can take a cut of fresh salmon, and sear it in a pan with teriyaki sauce.

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Greek-Style Roast Chicken

Sometimes the best-tasting food is the simplest. My culinary forte is South-East Asian cuisine, and as a result I often get caught up with complicated recipes requiring a plethora of spices and condiments. Recently, I’ve been learning that food doesn’t always need a lot of ingredients and hours of preparation time in order to taste […]

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Tofu and Vegetable Noodles

These days I’m a big fan of quick, one-pot (or pan) meals. With a full-time corporate career, I have little time and energy to prepare the intricate meals I used to enjoy. So I often find myself making quick stir-fries that can be thrown together in about half an hour, like this vegetarian noodle dish. […]

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Sweet Potato and Mushroom Pilaf

I believe that food not only provides us with sustenance, but memories as well. For instance, some of us might associate barbecued ribs with a favourite grandparent, because Grandpa used to make the best ribs during your childhood. For me, this Sweet Potato and Mushroom Pilaf kept me going during a period of unemployment a […]

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Vietnamese Ginger Chicken

It’s now early summer here in Australia and the herbs I grow in pots outside my flat are beginning to grow again. My Vietnamese coriander has been especially prolific, sending out new leaves everywhere. I felt it was time to give it a light pruning, and harvest some leaves at the same time. I decided […]

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Malay-style Okra in Rempah

As stated earlier, I’m a big fan of home-made rempah (spice paste) made in a mortar and pestle. While it takes some effort to prepare, rempah is incredibly versatile, and is a staple in many Malay and Nyonya dishes found to South-East Asia. One of my favourite dishes is okra stir-fried in rempah, which is […]

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Nasu-Miso (Fried Eggplant with Miso Sauce)

Like many people, I’m a big fan of Japanese food. I consider Japanese cuisine to be in a class of its own, with its emphasis on unique, fresh flavours and aesthetic presentation. That said, I also find Japanese cooking to be very challenging. What looks to be a simple dish often involves plenty of preparatory […]

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Basic Fried Noodles

I often find it amusing whenever I see ‘Singapore Fried Noodles’ on the menu in a Chinese restaurant. This is because you won’t find ‘Singapore Fried Noodles’ sold in my native hometown of Singapore. While many hawker stalls sell fried vermicelli or noodles as a simple breakfast dish, it’s not considered a signature dish like […]

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Honey Soy Roast Chicken

This Honey Soy Roast Chicken is an adaptation of my late grandmother’s recipe. Ah Mah (which means ‘grandmother’ in her native Teochew dialect) used to prepare a delicious Chinese-style roast chicken by roasting a whole chicken marinated in soy sauce. It was simple, yet delicious. Ah Mah would sometimes roast a chicken whenever she didn’t […]

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