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We’re still enjoying the festivities of the 15 days of Lunar New Year, and crabs isn’t a dish we had at the dinner table in our family because crabs in Cantonese “hai” is a homonym for slippery and we definitely don’t want a slippery year ahead! Here’s mum’s recipe for Chilli crabs, I am still […]

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It’s one of the busiest days of the year for a chef – along with Christmas and New Year’s eve and people never stop asking what everyone’s plans are. We never really celebrated Valentine’s Day so it isn’t a big deal for me and I used to chastised chef for buying flowers on the most […]

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Chinese New Year in a couple of weeks and what better way to celebrate with a pohpiah party – the hokkien version of spring rolls- and always a welcome dish for big parties. Well, the thing about cooking alongside Mum is everything is agak agak (Malay word to guess/approximately) style and there is never an end […]

One of my favourite cuisines is Thai food – always fresh, sweet, tart and savory at the same time, throw in the fresh chillies and it’s a real party in the mouth. Plus, the ingredients involve lots of fresh vegetables to balance out the coconut milk heavy gravy. And of course we all know that […]

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I’m not one for baking as I don’t do measurements very well while cooking since it’s always an intuitive and emotional exercise in the kitchen I grew up in. I was quite surprised how easy and quick it was to make an apple tart… but probably would never attempt this myself. My father in law […]

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This turned out really yum and not too sweet – I didn’t add any additional sugar, just a table spoon of honey and used a bunch of 6 ripe bananas instead of 4, hoping the natural sugars would make up for it. Chef said it wasn’t sweet at all, but was aromatic. It was perfect […]

A crossfit fanatic friend who’s really good with her Paleo diet and recipes shared this incredibly simple paleo and gluten free naan recipe with me via My Heartbeets – just THREE simple ingredients! You’ll need almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut milk. Spend some time on her blog as she’s also got amazing curry recipes […]

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I’m lucky enough to be back home in the gourmet arms of my mother, delicious smells brewing out of our open air kitchen at the back of our house every morning. Here’s a collaboration with my friend Heidi @ Aromasnsabores. I cooked, she styled and shot! The Nonya laksa is one of the popular dishes […]

One of my Christmas gifts last year was this great cookbook – The Intolerant Gourmet by Pippa Kendrick after a series of blood tests that confirmed gluten sensitivities and a range of other things *sob. So, I’ve started 2014 on a good note eating healthier between doses of champagne and gluten over New Year’s and […]

  It’s the must-have during Chinese New Year in the South. Lo Bak Gou in Cantonese and Mandarin Luo bo Gao 萝卜糕 translates to carrot cake, but it’s made with radish/turnip. The Chinese name for the turnip is white carrot. Gou means cake 糕 and is the homophone for tall in Mandarin. During Chinese New Year, the […]

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