Toasted Waa Bananas and Train Fried Rice

Being in lockdown can make some people go bananas, but in a lockdown bananas can also be a source of joy. P’Pew, my dietitian friend, stopped sending me recipes from Bangkok when the Covid situation was getting worse. She stopped experimenting with new dishes as she had to stick to what was available in theContinue reading “Toasted Waa Bananas and Train Fried Rice”

Memories of Lockdown Happy Meals

My friend Emily asked me to write about simple home-made Lockdown meals. I enjoyed cooking during Circuit Breaker (Singapore’s lockdown period last year) because everyone at home looked forward to mealtimes. You could say I had a captive audience at my mercy. It was a chance to bring a bit of joy and relief toContinue reading “Memories of Lockdown Happy Meals”

Pretty Maids All In A Row

By Andrea Pavee Sundays and Public holidays are my challenge days. It is then that I attempt to cook up something special for the family. Last Sunday, it was Italian (our favourite), again. Remembering I had a couple of boxes of frozen pizza crust, pizza it was! I must confess do “cheat” in cooking, fromContinue reading “Pretty Maids All In A Row”

Family Traditions: Garlic Butter

By Andrea Pavee As a little girl, Garlic Bread was a family treat for special occasions. A favourite family restaurant, Fujiya (long since closed) served them wrapped, piping hot, in red-checked napkins, placed in dark brown wicker bread baskets. We loved biting down on the warm slices, oozing buttery goodness, straight from the oven. InContinue reading “Family Traditions: Garlic Butter”

The Two Kuihs and a Bouquet of Flowers

The word “kuih” will usually bring a smile to a child’s face in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, because it refers to goodies like snacks and desserts. (In Indonesia, the word is Kue) But the truth is that kuihs also bring joy to adults, especially those with a sweet tooth or those who like to snack.Continue reading “The Two Kuihs and a Bouquet of Flowers”

The Lemongrass, Garlic, Pepper and Coca-Cola Wow Dish

I was thinking of what to cook for Mother’s Day when my mother came to the rescue by telling me about a recipe she saw on Facebook. She insisted that I had to take down the recipe: 1kg of pork belly 3 heads of garlic 3 stalks of lemongrass Pepper corn Salt Fish sauce DarkContinue reading “The Lemongrass, Garlic, Pepper and Coca-Cola Wow Dish”

The Joy of Cooking Precedes the Joy of Eating

This article is a tribute to joyful cooks. Angelica is one of them. I needed something to feature in this week’s post, but I had not managed to try out a new recipe (saku sai moo – steamed sago dumplings with minced pork, peanuts and garlic, served with lettuce) in time. Besides, there was noContinue reading “The Joy of Cooking Precedes the Joy of Eating”

The Refreshingly Cool Chicken in Shaoxing Wine

If you need a refreshing change for a Sunday meal, try drunken chicken. It’s amazingly simple to cook. I bought a chicken (already chopped) from the supermarket. As usual, I have had a busy week and needed a simple Sunday meal. I have been wanting to cook drunken chicken for a while, so I steamedContinue reading “The Refreshingly Cool Chicken in Shaoxing Wine”

What is so Amazing about Val’s Egg and Fish Cutlet Sandwiches?

The amazing thing is that Val baked the Japanese milk bread (shokupan) herself! Most people barely have time to pack lunch, let alone make a packed lunch from scratch. Val makes sure that her packed lunches are healthy and beautifully presented. On the subject of healthy meals, P’Pew sent a photo of P’Pad’s favourite dish:Continue reading “What is so Amazing about Val’s Egg and Fish Cutlet Sandwiches?”