Sandwiches are very common and easy to make meals at home. All you need is just 2 slices of bread , clip whatever you like in between and there you have a sandwich suited to your tastebuds.
So I decided to explore something different. I am always feeling tired or hope for sweatless meals so sometimes i have to crack my brains for a simple yet tasty meal idea at home. Finally , bagels came into my mind while i was scrolling grab food and a Bagel-wich creation came to my mind.
I seldom eat bagels , so i bought a bagel from Starbucks and did my very own luncheon & Egg Bagel-wich and added on some baked potato strips lightly seasoned with salt and olive oil. A great substitute for french fries at home .
Bagels have a pretty tough texture , but if you like such toughness and chew then this is probably a meal you would appreciate too.
Heated up the bagels , panfried egg and luncheon and had one meal is settled. To me, luncheon & eggs are definitely one of the best combinations in a meal. Something different, simple yet affordable for me.
Working From Home has definitely brought out the chef potential in many of us and perhaps even brought many foodies closer.
Do you love the liveliness of Chinese New Year, house visitings , gatherings and all your goodies ?
Well i personally do! And CNY Feasting has started early this year. This time, i have been endulging in the goodies from this Bakery called : 《Pineapple Tarts Singapore 》
《PINEAPPLE TARTS SG》
☆ Melt in Your Mouth Pineapple Tarts : wrapped with the usual butter crumbly pastry. Although personally felt it could be a little more moist but the Pineapple fillings is really smooth , soothing and not sour at all . This is what pineapple fillings in pineapple tarts should be!
☆ Snow White Kueh Bangkit : comes in a simple floral pattern . Soft and powdery and melts in my mouth . Love this and reminds me on the mini white balls from WANG WANG (AKA 旺旺 ) which kids my generation often sneaked into class. Mouth-melting , milky and powdery texture. A light cookie to munch on.
☆Xing Fu Almond Cookies : this is pretty classic too . Crumbly and moist with a nice amount of nuts within. This has a strong and pleasant almond fragrance at a bite. A nice cookie to have during CNY! Personally loved this the most for it brings backs childhood memories , if you are born in the 1980s, perhaps you would like it like how i do. Nontheless, will still highly recommend this !
☆ Salted Egg Crabsticks : love the crabsticks during CNY! Crunchy , addictive and similar to keropok. This one is with salted egg seasoning which makes it even more addictive. It is fresh and crunchy. This can get a tad oily but it would be perfect with a can of Soda .
☆ Almond Brittles : this is a slice of cookie crisps topped with lots of almond nuts and caramel. Very crispy and slightly sweet. Great if you love almonds!
☆ Yin Yang Charcoal Love Letters : this one is very presentable . Light and crispy layers in a triangular shape, just like a mini pizza . You can have a taste of 2 types at once. Both actually taste pretty similar but i felt the black coloured one a little more dry with a tinge of smokiness (can’t think of a closer description) Pretty unique too.
☆ Chicken Floss Love Letters : this one is a big roll of love letter with chicken floss within it . It has a tinge of the chicken floss flavour. But due to the looseness of chicken floss, it tends to fall through the gaps to the middle. But the love letters as usual is thin and lightly crisps. A good change from the original one
☆ Mei Man Vegan Almond Cookies : Pretty similar to the original almond cookies , just that it tasted lighter and has a slightly more dry texture. It still has that almond fragrance. Definitely a healthier choice for all and great especially if you are a vegan .
If you are looking for a fusion and diversified flavour of pineaple tarts and cookies in a fusion way, then this is definitely a bakery you should consider. They have very unique flavours and even have options for vegans.
I think it is very thoughtful of bakers to have such a wholistic variation of goodies so everyone can endulge in it during CNY.
Afterall, I feel that good food should be shared with everyone irregardless of diets , religion and race right .
Once again, thanks to 《Pineapple Tarts SG》for having me .
✔Price: Avg S$15 – S$25/Bottle
✔Early Bird Promotion: up to 40% off all orders by 15 January 2021
CNY also means loads of visiting and endulging in goodies ! Every year, the classic love letters, cookies , chips and pineapple tarts are definitely something we all can’t miss in almost every household we visit. But 2021’s CNY is likely going to be quieter because we are only allowed to have up to 8 visitors in a household. For a family with almost 60pax like mine, a gathering is definitely not possible .
BUT hey ~ this isn’t stopping me from endulging in CNY goodies ! 🤣🤣 i am thankful to《WANG LAI BAKERY》for letting their goodies visit me . No people visiting but goodies visiting is great too !
This is a bakery that allows you to do sampling or self collection at their physical store or online delivery . Do a purchase of more than S$100 and you will be blessed with a free delivery right to your door step !
《WANG LAI BAKERY》
✔ Pineapple Tarts @ S$19.90 : Personally loved this. Its pineapple mix is wrapped within its buttery , soft & crumbly pastry . Similar to the one above but this one does not have the sour taste in the pineapple mix and the pastry is buttery and fragrant! Just the way i loved it. Highly recommended! APPROVED !
✔ Open Face Pineapple Tarts @ S$19.90: this tart has the pineapple mix sitted on top of its tart. Pineapple is soothing with a tinge of sourness and their tart crust is the traditional type with the powdery crumbly texture. Have it together and it gives you two distinct flavours yet complementing well .
✔ Premium Love Letters @ S$14.90 : ask anyone which goodie they like i many will say love letters! This is the triangular type of love letters. Crispy, and brittle and because of its triangular style folded love letters from within, it gives you that extra crunch from the layerings. I would say this is a light and perhaps one of the healthier yet dangerously addictive CNY Goodies.
✔ Premium Crispy Cuttlefish @ S$15.90: this is actually my first time eating it and it is delicious and crispy addictive. Imagine it to be chips rolled up . Its thin layers with a pretty strong cuttlefish after taste. I don’t really like dried cuttlefish but this one APPROVED ! Highly recommended if you love cuttlefish.
✔ Premium Prawn Rolls @ S$14.90: this is our classic Hae Bee Hiam wrap in mini wraps and deep fried till crisp. This one is delicious. Unlike those i often come across, the spice level is right on point and not too biting or choking. The hae bee hiam is loose and crumbly. One bite and you will enjoy the crisps through the layers and fillings. Dangerously addictive too!
✔ Premium Arrowhead Chips @ S$13.90 : have always loved arrowhead chips. It is extremely thin and crisp. But be prepared for that natural tinge of bitterness which is part of it. I love this one especially because it has enough SALT ! Arrowhead chips i often get is always a little disappointing because there is not enough salt in it. This is also healthier choice compared to our usual potato chips . If you love arrowhead chips, this is definitely a MUST-HAVE !
✔ Almond Cookies @ S$16.90 : this one just crumbles and melts in your mouth ! It has that strong nutty almond flavour and after taste and generous amounts of mini nuts within the cookie. Not too sweet and very powdery. It reminds me of sugee cookie and i love it!
They are having a early birds promotion till end of January 2021 so do check them up at their website for more information : https://cnygoodies.com.sg/
I have been to France 5 years ago and it was definitely a milestone trip for my family and I . Saved up for 5 years to be able to experience the whole new french culture.
France to me , is a city of romance , music and dance which is the kind of culture i love. Relaxed , musical and just full of joy! Alfresco dining is part of their culture too. Also popular for their pastries and sweets , i would definitely love to have it everyday .
Recently came across a really simple recipe of french cakes. Financiers we often call those mini classic french cakes , nothing glamorous but definitely a delightful snack. They are actually small long-ish cakes lightly sweet and goes really well with the unsweetened english tea. Definitely a great tea time snack.
Recipe is really one of the easier ones i have seen and the main ingredients are 85g almond flour, 25g all-purpose flour , 3 egg whites , 100g icing sugar (reduced sweetness) and 100g butter melted to brown. Mix them all together and fill them into baking moulds and they are good to bake in a preheated oven of 180 – 200deg. You may adjust the proportion of almond flour if you prefer a stronger almond flavour.
I would say this makes a nice and light breakfast and snack since it is pretty small and easy to carry around. I just love this recipe for a simple yet delicious tea cake.
I modified the recipe by adding matcha powder and chocolate chips too. Kind of fusion tea cake with the concept of financier cakes . It still makes a good cake nontheless .
Health is very important at any age. Being a foodie , i have always loved trying new food and snacks . At the same time , there are days i have to practice a little more self control compared to a non-foodie to eat well , eat clean and eat healthy.
This dish of stir fried , lightly salted cauliflowers is simple yet tasty and nutritional . Rich in vitamins , folate and helps to stabilize our blood sugar is very important.
It is a simple dish that took me less than 15 minutes to prepare and cook. It is one of my favourite healthy dishes. It may look bland but it definitely isn’t. Having the crunch from the cauliflower and adamame beans is just addictive.
Seasoning is just a very basic use of cooking oil, salt and sugar for my cooking. So it is great for everyone of all age groups. This dish perhaps cost about $2.00 which can feed 2 pax satisfyingly. Definitely an easy recipe while juggling between work and meals while working from home.
Nowadays, we get very tensed up and caught up in our everyday lives. Racing against time of our clients , bosses , project teams and work progress just so that we can remain competitive and valued for whichever industry and job we are in.
After spending so much time for our career and family commitments, how much time then do we have left for ourselves to calm down and reconnect with ourselves ?
As we try to keep up with the fast living pace , many of us tend to get mentally drained out, lose the mental stamina and even sacrifice on sleep. Worse, start to have sleeping disorders like insomnia.
So here I wish to just encourage whoever who is keen out there to try this Anti-Acid Tea which has a calming effect and other health benefits from ‘Red Sun’. It is a tea with no caffeine and helps to relax . It is sugarless with a smooth and pleasant taste.
Personally have problem sleeping and I have tried this tea for some time now and it did improve my situation gradually though it isn’t the 100% cure. I begin to have better quality sleeps and feel more relaxed as compared to those days that I skipped drinking the tea. It is made from Japan and it can be bought from NTUC , Cold Storage or even from the official link : < https://www.redsunproducts.com >
Below is the tea that I bought from NTUC finest which come in a box of 20 Satchets but you can also find it at Cold Storage at about S$5.50/box .
This is based on my personal experience and just wanted to share this to all of you who perhaps like me, who lack of quality sleep or have difficulty relaxing the active mind.
Nothing beats having a good quality sleep at night and I would do anything for it.
Hope this helps all of you struggling to sleep at night..
Recently went to test out a new cookie recipe , THE “Milo chocolate chip brownie soft cookies” and it was pretty successful . I would say it is a fusion between the original brownies we see outside and the cookies.
The Milo chocolate chip brownie cookies are moist like brownies yet a little crispy because it is thin like biscuits and it turned out pretty much the way I wanted.
Here’s how the final product looks like…
So here’s the recipe for sharing :
1) 1/2 cup butter (Lurpak or SCS brand would be good.)
2) 1/2 cup brown sugar
3) 1/4 cup granulated sugar
4) 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract ( optional )
5) 1 whole egg (approx’ 70g)
6) 1/2 cup Milo powder (Nestle brand) , but if you wish to add more, you may do so.
Whisk mix (1) to (6) to form Mixture A.
7) 1/2 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
(Suggest you start with 1/2 cup and progressively add more if you find the mix too wet)
8) 1/2 Tsp baking powder
9) 1/4 Tsp salt
10) 6 Oz Hershey’s semi sweet chocolate chips (approx 170g)
Mix (7) to (10) Evenly and add to Mixture A to form Mixture B.
Once ready, preheat the oven at 190 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes and you can place the Mixture B onto the baking tray.
Bake for about 20-30minutes or until hardens and turns crispy. Take it out of the oven to air 20minutes. If it is still abit soft and you wish to be a little more crispy, then put it back into the oven for the 2nd time and let it bake for another 5 – 10minutes or until crispy to your liking . Once done, take it out of the oven and let it cool down and air for about 20minutes before packing them up.
If you want it to be less sweet, feel free to reduce the sugar in the process, because Milo powder is already a little on the sweet side.
Hope you will enjoy baking your brownie cookies and satisfy your sweet cravings .
As a foodie and someone who loves exploring new recipes and dishes in my kitchen , there are also days that energy just runs low…
So I always believe in cooking the best out of the most basic ingredients and seasonings to meet our household budget and reduce “MSG” …
This dish is another easy recipe. So here goes :-
1) pork belly slices (approx 300g)
2) sauteed broccoli
3) 1 brastagi potato , sliced
4) cherry tomatoes , as decoration
Pour some olive oil and salt on to the baking tray for taste and place all the ingredients nicely. Place them into the oven at approx 195 degrees for about 35 mins, or baked until cooked.
It’s healthy and easy to cook without being physically present in the kitchen. Weekday lunches settled itself in the oven and kitchen kept clean. This is what I would call “cheat meals”…
Such meals definitely reduced our food delivery expenses to the minimum . What’s best is we eat healthy, save money and final washing of dishes is reduced too!
Do consider investing in an oven , it’s definitely a buy you will never regret. Best in my house at least 🙂
Mine is an old model of Tefal’s standalone oven which was a display set at a clearance sale at Harvey Norman (a tip to reduce cost if on a tight budget).
It has functions like grilling, baking and convection cooking. Bought it at a good deal for about S$350 . In gist, an average price of a brand new oven 3 years with similar functions easily cost at least another S$100 or more (brands may differ too). If you want an additional steaming & microwave function it could also cost approximately S$100+ more and if you look at even more established brands/models , the price could easily reach S$650 to S$700. The best brands, latest models and a complete set functions could cost up to about S$1000 to S$1500.
If you could have the best, it would definitely be great ! But if you are on a budget like myself, could consider my approach of purchase. It may not be applicable for all brands and models , so do keep an open mind too .
It wasn’t easy to keep within budget and almost had to forgo the purchase for a moment, but I’m glad we purchased it in the end.
Definitely a good purchase and never felt happier using it eversince Covid-19 when staying at home and meals /convenience became a priority for working adults like us, especially on weekdays.
Pork Burger Patty is easy to make and aside from mince pork being the main ingredient, you can also add in other ingredients to make your patty more nutritional and customised to your very own liking.
My burger patty has onions, sweet corn, mushrooms and a beaten egg to hold everything together while cooking.
So here goes :
1) 250g minced pork
2) 1 large onion, chopped
3) 1 egg , beaten
4) 2 Tablespoon sweet corn
5) 2 Tablespoon dark soya sauce
6) 1 Teaspoon black sesame oil
7) mix them all together and pan fry until cooked on medium fire .
This recipe can cook about 6 pork burger patties. It is said that you can keep them in freezer for later use for about one month, but I suggest not to keep it for more than 1 week. It’s ideal to finish it within 2 to 3 days otherwise the quality and freshness will not be as good as before.
And to finish it, I made pork burger patty pasta with teriyaki sauce.
Try yours, it’s simple to make. The ingredients easily found and economical .
The Classic Spanish Omelette is delicious and definitely an easy dish to cook. I have modified the seasonings to suit my preference .
My recipe is great for 4 pax.
1) 4 Potatoes sliced to approx 2mm thick, soaked in water for 15 mins.
2) 2 large onions, chopped
3) 3 whole eggs, beaten
4) 2 small garlic, diced
1) Mix garlic into the beaten eggs.
2) Preheat frying pan and story fry potato slices and onions until golden brown.
3) Add cooked potatoes and onions into egg mixture and mix it evenly.
4) Season mixture (3) with 1 table spoon of salt or to taste. Add in a little butter for fragrance but is optional if you do not have butter.
5) Preheat frying pan a 2nd time with olive oil and pour in egg mixture on medium fire for approx 2-3 mins, or until base is cooked. (Note : to cover frying pan while cooking and add olive oil to the sides of the frying pan)
6) Flip it over , with the help of a plate , to the other side and let it cook for another 2-3mins on reduced fire, or until it is cooked.
This is the perfect dish for all potato and egg lovers. It is a simple yet a classic dish often cooked by Spanish.
And this definitely fills up your hunger in no time.
If you love potatoes and anything savoury yet crispy , then you are just like me …
This is one of my favourite recipes because it’s delicious, addictive with ingredients easily found and not too complicated to make at home .
Just one bite of this piece of goodness freshly cooked off the oil is simply perfect for a foodie.
So ingredients are similar to a rosti except that it doesn’t need eggs and it requires flour . So here goes :
– Ingredients used :
1) 2 Brastagi /Russet Potatoes, mashed and dried without excess water. (Washed and soaked in cool water for 20mins)
2) 1 Big Onion, chopped and dried. (Optional but recommended to use as it blends in very well with potatoes)
3) 1 Tablespoon all-purpose Flour, sieved
4) 1 Tsp fine salt , seived ( you can add more if you want it more salty).
5) mix them all up evenly together.
– Step-By-Step :
1) Heat up the frying pan with oil on medium heat.
2) Add in mixture to your preferred size and pan-fried to crisp or golden brown.
3) Flip the potato pancake to the other side and continue on low fire until crisp or golden brown.
4) After frying, leave the potato pancakes to air for about 5mins .
This recipe will give you about 5 Potato Pancakes, good for approx 2-3 pax, depending on your appetite. But I love them so much that I can eat about 2- 3 potato pancakes alone, a little too much but it’s just irresistible 😀
Korean Pancakes are just love!
It is tasty, addictive and economical.
So Korean Potato Pancake is just the right type of recipe for you if you wish for something different from the usual Chinese food and at the same time want to keep your ingredient cost low.
Having Korean potato pancakes as my main meal, it goes well with any side dishes. Mine went well with baked brinjals strips, pork belly and some cherry tomatoes.
And there we have, another meal in our hungry belly.
It’s not easy to find delicious pasta in Singapore unless you go to Italian restaurants or the higher end cafe which serves delicious Gnocchi like Antoinette which serves a plate of pasta or other meals at an average of S$20 to S$25 per pax.
The first time I had my first plate of Gnocchi was at Antoinette at the Lavender branch a few years back which was unforgettable when I tasted the bits of potato within each mini Gnocchi.
During this circuit breaker, I decided to start learning new recipes and this was definitely on my checklist.
I have always believed in learning recipes with the basic ingredients which can be easily found no matter where I go. Gnocchi Dough needs potatoes , flour , eggs and salt.
Recipe below :
1) 600g of skinless brastagi / russet potatoes boiled and mashed up
2) 1 1/2 or 2 beaten eggs, depending on the size of the egg. You can add in 1 1/2 beaten eggs first and if too dry, slowly add in the remaining.
3) 200g of All-Purpose Flour , seived
4) 1/2 Tsp fine Salt , seived
5) 1 Tbsp olive oil
Pour the flour like a mount and create a hole at the middle of the mount of flour (eg: volcano like).
Slowly pour the beaten eggs in the middle and mix in the flour from the sides.
Thereafter, add in the remaining ingredients and mix until crumbly . Then use your hands and kneed it into dough. The dough should be smooth, moist and yet firm.
Wrap the dough with a cling wrap and put in the refrigerator for about 20minutes. But do note that the dough will produce water in the refrigerator.
20 minutes later, take the dough out and you are free to roll the dough into any shape you like.
Gnocchi taste good when it’s soft. And there are many ways of cooking Gnocchi, like other types of pasta.
First style would be stir frying the Gnocchi in butter ( or Olive Oil) with my favourite assorted mushrooms .
The second style is the most basic Gnocchi stir fried with butter with omelette and cherry tomatoes.
The great thing about cooking is that you get to cook with all your favourite ingredients.
I believe in cooking my dishes tasty yet simple , thus my cooking only uses the basic condiments. No complicated seasonings or sauces. Just the usual oil / butter and salt. as a base and I’ll let the ingredients do the rest of job on the fire .
When I was very young, my parents would bring me to a restaurant called Denny’s which later closed down. Their rosti (or some would call it hashbrown) had made a great impression. Rosti treats was definitely a rare dish in Singapore and a luxury meal then.
Recently with more time spent at home , I decided to challenge myself to this dish and it came out unexpectedly successful the first time.
Classic Swiss Rosti is delicious and ingredients are easy to find. All we need is a frying pan, some potatoes, eggs, salt and cooking oil or butter. Onions goes very well with any potato dish too, but it’s optional if you dislike onions. In general, 1 Potato is roughly Rosti serving for 1 person.
For my recipe, I had used 4 large Russet Potatoes, 1 large beaten Egg , 1 large Onion , 1 tablespoon salt and Olive Oil for the frying pan.
Soak the skinless Potatoes in cool water for 20minutes to remove the starch . This is an important step as it give the potato the crisp you wish to taste. Shred the potatoes , chop up the onions and add in the ingredients. Mix them all up and it’s ready to get into the frying pan. Fry till golden brown on each side and you will get the desired classic Swiss Rosti that you have been craving for.
Every Chinese dialect and family has its own style of cooking this dish. But no matter which style it is, it always turns out heavenly addictive and will definitely throw your diet plans out of the window for that day.
This dish has been my favourite since young. Be it those cooked by my mother or relatives, it always leaves me coming back for more whenever there is a chance.
Being all grown up now, I have decided to step up and cook this dish on my own. I have modified his dish according to my own taste buds, nutrition needs and likings and it turns out just as good.
I have used less of the herbs and spices and went down to the basic ingredients which can be easily found.
The base ingredients used are : wolfberry, red dates, sugar, garlic, ginger, soya sauce, black sweet sauce, sesame oil, 1 bowl of water, hard boiled eggs and the most important Pork Belly.
The cooking time varies for this dish to be edible in different hands. So as a rule of thumb, the average cooking time on low/medium fire would be approx’ 2-3 hours after boiling at medium/ high fire. However , I personally prefer the taste of my dish to absorb the seasonings and taste thoroughly into my pork belly. This means my garlic, ginger, red dates and wolfberry to melt into the sauce giving it a richer and thicker flavour, thus I will cook it for about 3.5 hours, switch off the fire and leaving it to soak for another 30 to 60 minutes. Thereafter, I will cook it for another 45 minutes and it is ready to be served. Boiled eggs are best to be added in the last 30 to 45 minutes of the cooking time.
The adding of red dates is optional . But if you do add it, do note that it will tend to give the dish a tad of bitterness. So you will need the balance the taste of the seasoning progressively as it is cooked. Usually I will check on it at an interval of 20 minutes on the taste and water levels. But of cus if your cooking pot is deeper, you may adjust the checking intervals accordingly.
The dish is 101% ready to be served once the all fats on the pork belly just melts in your mouth the moment you eat it and the nice aroma fills your taste buds to nirvana. That’s just the best feeling you can get from the cut of braised pork belly.
If you have extra sauce leftover from your meal, you can keep the sauce and use it for cooking your next meal. It will taste even better and tastier in the next day or two.