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Showing posts with label Recipes. Show all posts

Cafedirect Smooth Roast Coffee: Easy Chicken Lollipop Recipe

cafedirect smooth roast coffee easy chicken lollipop recipe
Looking for a simple way to add oomph to a favourite homecooked dish? This recipe is just what you need! Served like a lollipop and using freshly brewed coffee in a savoury chicken recipe, this dish is guaranteed to bring an element of fun whatever the occasion.
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Crispy Thai Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce ( 香脆泰式虾饼 )

crispy thai prawn cakes sweet chilli sauce recipe
One of our favourite dishes in Thai restaurants are these popular Thai Prawn Cakes. They make a great appetizer, and definitely a crowd pleaser. Paired with a sweet chilli sauce, these make great finger food too!

succulent thai prawn cakes recipe
Crunchy on the outside, and juicy inside, these Crispy Thai Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce ( 香脆泰式虾饼 ) are not difficult to make at all. Using Panko, a Japanese-style breadcrumb for coating deep-fried food such as Tonkatsu, the result is a light and succulent patty.

thai sweet chilli sauce prawn cakes
I was in the mood for Thai food, so I made these Thai-Style Prawn Patties to go with our meal, and it was delicious with the sweet chilli sauce! Check out our enticing recipe!
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Yummy Avocado Shake with Gula Melaka Recipe ( 椰糖鳄梨奶昔 )

yummy avocado shake with gula melaka recipes
Incredibly popular among the health conscious, Avocado aka Alligator Pear ( 牛油果 / 鳄梨 ) has as many as 20 different vitamins and minerals to get you excited. It is said that people who eat avocados tend to be healthier.

There are a wide range of uses for the healthy fruit such as Guacamole, a Mexican dip. Avocados are also frequently used for milkshakes in countries like Philippines and Indonesia.

yummy avocado shake with brown sugar syrup
I love my Avocado Shake with Gula Melaka or otherwise known as Palm Sugar, but the ones sold outside is always either too sweet or too milky. DIY your very own Yummy Avocado Shake with Gula Melaka Syrup ( 椰糖鳄梨奶昔 ) now, and it is so easy to make!
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White Pepper Bak Kut Teh with Watercress Recipe ( 西洋菜白胡椒肉骨茶 )

teochew white pepper bak kut teh watercress soup
Popular in both Malaysia and Singapore, Bak Kut Teh ( 肉骨茶 ) is a fragrant Chinese Pork Rib Soup available in a black or white broth, basically herbal or peppery.

The Hokkien version is simmered in a broth of herbs and spices with dark soy sauce added, hence the darker colour and a stronger taste, while the Teochew version uses garlic and white pepper or even Star Anise, and has a lighter colour.

ya hua bak kut teh recipe
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh ( 亚华肉骨茶 )
Personally, I prefer the clear soup with a peppery taste while most of my Malaysian friends tend to go for the Hokkien herbal soup. One of my favourite Bak Kut Teh eateries is Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh ( 亚华肉骨茶 ). They serve many side dishes such as Braised Beancurd and Peanuts, Taupok, and different varieties of vegetables. Inspired by Ya Hua’s version of Slice Fish with Watercress in Pork Rib Soup, I came up with my very own Mouth-watering White Pepper Bak Kut Teh with Watercress ( 西洋菜白胡椒肉骨茶 ).

singapore white pepper watercress pork rib soup
Although I enjoy drinking the Cantonese Watercress Soup where the veg is cooked till mushy, I also like Ya Hua’s version where the veg still retains its green and crunch. Let’s try cooking, shall we?
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Stir-Fried Japanese Hanabira Mushrooms with Prawns ( はなびら茸とエビの炒め )

linkedin stir fried japanese hanabira mushrooms with prawns
Known as “ Kinoko “ ( キノコ ), there are many types of Japanese Mushrooms and those commonly seen in the supermarkets are Shitake ( 椎茸 ), Maitake ( 舞茸 ), Eryngii King Oyster ( エリンギ ), Shimeji ( 湿地茸 ) and Enoki ( エノキ ).

tokyo midtown gourmet supermarket hanabira take mushrooms
I am a huge fan of mushrooms, and I found an interesting species of mushroom called Hanabira-Take ( はなびら茸 ) during one of my fine dining adventures at Hama Steak House in Tokyo. Easily mistaken for Snow Fungus, the texture of the Hanabira Mushroom is much thicker and definitely tastes mushroomy. It was so delicious that I went in search for it in Tokyo, and found it at a gourmet supermarket in Tokyo Midtown. It was selling at ¥ 266 ( aprox SGD 3.20 ). I was ecstatic and determined to buy back and experiment with it, and so glad I did cause it is selling at double the price in Singapore.

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Black Garlic Spaghetti with Cheese Sausage ( 黑蒜芝士香肠意粉 )

healthy black garlic spaghetti with cheese sausage recipe
It is known that Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb since centuries ago where its benefits have been scientifically proven. Then came Black Garlic, which has begun to surface in recent years and slowly gaining popularity due to its many health benefits. Black Garlic is rich in amino acids and has almost double the amount of antioxidants when compared to White Garlic.

superfood black garlic health benefits
These blackened cloves do not come cheap, hence many home cooks have started “ fermenting “ their own like one of my girlfriends. I was blessed to receive a small container filled with her hard work. Black Garlic is actually " caramelized " garlic. It has a sweet, prune-like taste, and texture is a bit mushy.

hokto kinoko bunashimeji mushrroms pasta recipe
I must admit that it is an acquired taste, and my family are still not accustomed to both its taste and texture. Hence, I decided to add the ingredient to make this Exotic Black Garlic Spaghetti with Cheese Sausage ( 黑蒜芝士香肠意粉 ), and toss in vegetables such as Bunashimeji Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, and Baby Spinach, and drenched in a healthy dosage of Camelina Oil. Of course, you can always omit the sausage for a healthier version.
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CNY Calmex Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 )

chap go meh potluck calmex abalone salad recipe
Also known as Spring Festival ( 春节 ) in China, the Chinese New Year ( 农历新年 ) is the most important traditional festival celebrated by all Chinese across the world, lasting for 15 days.

Today marks the 15th day of the Lunar New Year. It is known as Yuán Xiāo Jié ( 元宵節 ) or the Lantern Festival. Families gather together on this day to eat traditional sweet dumplings called Tāngyuán ( 汤圆 ), made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with fillings such as red bean, peanuts etc, symbolizing reunion.

CNY is a time for families to be together. During this 15-day period, dishes with lucky symbolic meanings such as Fish ( 鱼 ), which means Surplus ( 余 ) in Mandarin, are well-celebrated. Gourmet food like Abalone ( 鲍鱼 ) is considered a luxury item in traditional Chinese cuisine and is commonly served in China’s state banquets.

china state banquets feast calmex mexican abalone
Being a huge fan of Abalone, this gem is never lacking in my menu on special occasions. During one of my family’s visits to my mom’s place, I made this CNY Abalone Salad with Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲍鱼沙拉配鲜百合 ), using her favourite brand of Calmex Mexican Abalone ( 车轮牌墨西哥鲍鱼 ). This recipe will show you how to make a luxurious take-out dish.

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Jelly Art Creative Food, Beautiful Gelatin Flowers ( 燕菜果冻花 )

lunar new year pretty 3d jelly art flowers
Foodies, are you still cooking lots this Lunar New Year? What do you think of these beautiful 3D Jelly Art that stormed the internet some time back?

beautiful purple peony flowers 3d jelly art recipe
Well, I made more and gave these Konnyaku gelatin flowers as gifts some time back. Don’t ask me what flowers these are; I used my imagination to inject the gelatin to form these pretty flowers but have no idea which species they belong to, or even exist. I guess Jelly Art Creative Food is all about imagination and creating Beautiful Gelatin Flowers ( 燕菜果冻花 ), isn’t it? So let’s just enjoy the satisfying results!
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Fruity Inari Sushi Egg Mayo with Caviar Recipe ( リラックマいなり寿司 )

chinese new year gold coins party food
It is time again to make these party-friendly Inari Sushi ( いなり寿司 ), which make great gifts for friends. Generally, Inari Sushi are Japanese rice filled in ready-made sweet tofu pockets. Since I do not fancy sushi much, I have made my Inari Sushi using egg mayo as the base, and adding my preferred ingredients according to my mood.

facebook inari sushi tofu pockets recipe
These were going out to three different parties. For this batch, I have made one set with Edamame and Crab Sticks, topping them with Rilakkuma ( リラックマ ) Fish Cakes, and another with Tuna and Pear.

chinese new year potluck recipe inari zushi
These character fish cakes are so adorable, and they are great for food presentation. So kawaii!

cny fruity inari sushi egg mayo with caviar
For that festive cheer, turn them into a gourmet food by adding a touch of Caviar and throw in some chocolate gold coins! Let’s check out the recipe for my Fruity Inari Sushi Egg Mayo with Caviar Recipe (リラックマいなり寿司 )!
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CNY Multi-Coloured Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ( 鸿运当头七彩鱼生 )

cny multi coloured smoked salmon yu sheng recipe
It is time once again for the annual CNY Prosperity Toss aka Lo Hei ( 捞起 )! I have always been very impressed with the restaurant staff for their ability to shout out the auspicious phrases while preparing for the diners’ Lo Hei session.

colourful chinese new year rainbow salad recipe
Do you know what the different ingredients mean? Well, every single ingredient plays an important role in this Chinese Auspicious Salad and I have listed them all in this post. This year, I am determined to practise these useful phrases for my coming prosperity toss session with my family and you should too.

For the non-Chinese, diners are supposed to pour the respective ingredients while shouting the auspicious phrases before commencing the prosperity tossing game and lastly, yelling “ Huat Ah! ” ~ an expression to get rich and lucky.

creative chinese new year salmon yu sheng recipe
I love making the Yu Sheng Salads cause those served outside are extremely sweet and not to my liking. Last reunion, I came up with another creation using my Doll Dress Jelly Mould which was just collecting dust in my kitchen cabinet. The result was another satisfying work. Don’t you think the CNY Multi-Coloured Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng ( 鸿运当头七彩鱼生 ) is so vibrant and pretty?

Let’s get to work, and also find out the meaning of these Yu Sheng ingredients!
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CNY Crispy Yuan Yang Wasabi Prawns Recipe ( 嘻哈鸳鸯芥末虾球 )

cny crispy yuan yang wasabi prawns recipe
Hello guys, fans of Deep-Fried Food or Prawns will fall in love with this CNY Crispy Yuan Yang Wasabi Prawns ( 嘻哈鸳鸯芥末虾球 )! Do you know that besides keeping your prawn heads for making soup, you can also deep-fry them, turning these crunchy heads into a delicious treat?

chinese new year wasabi prawns recipe
This is a fail-proof recipe; no complicating batter to prepare at all. If you enjoy snacking on those Butterfly Prawns in MOS Burger, you will love these too! For a spicy touch, these Prawns are enveloped in a Wasabi-Mayo dressing, making them simply irresistible.

chinese new year menu auspicious dishes
This dish was part of our last Chinese New Year 5-Course Reunion Dinner:
What do you think of our home-cooked mini feast? Will you be cooking this CNY? Let’s check out this scrumptious recipe!
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Stir-Fried Baby Abalones with Assorted Vegetables ( 花開富貴鲍鱼仔 )

stir fried baby abalones with assorted vegetables
Hey foodies, we posted a “poor man’s abalone” recipe few days back and this time, we are back with a colourful gourmet dish for this Lunar New Year ~ Stir-Fried Baby Abalones with Assorted Vegetables ( 花開富貴鲍鱼仔 )!

healthy vegetables fresh lily bulbs ginkgo nuts black fungus
Filled with lots of healthy vegetables such as Baby Bok Choy aka Nai Bai Vegetables ( 奶白菜 ), Carrots ( 萝卜 ), Black Fungus ( 黑木耳 ), King Oyster Mushrooms ( 杏鮑菇 ), Fresh Lily Bulbs ( 鲜百合 ), Ginkgo Nuts ( 白果 ), and of course taking center stage is the lavish Baby Abalones ( 鲍鱼仔 ) from Fortune Brand ( 财神牌 ).

It is not every day that you can find Fresh Lily Bulbs in the local supermarkets, but these fresh herbs have grown to be more popular in recent years. In Chinese TCM, Fresh Lily Bulbs are known for soothing our heart and lungs. Added into your cooking, the nutritious herb gives the dish a nice crunch but do not overcook or they will turn soggy.

stir fried baby abalones with nai bai vegetables
With the addition of Baby Abalones, the multi-coloured dish is just perfect for the coming festive occasion. Come, let’s serve up a feast!
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Chinese New Year Limpets with Nai Bai Vegetables ( 小鲍炒奶白菜 )

chinese new year fortune limpets with nai bai
The Chinese Lunar New Year is just next month, and Luxury Haven will be sharing our CNY Recipes from now so be sure to save them so that you can retrieve them easily later.

From the lavish Abalone shellfish to the economical Limpets, we got you all covered! There is a yummy recipe bound to suit every budget and palate. Let’s kick off with the inexpensive Limpets, a type of aquatic snails which I call them the Poor Man’s Abalones!

antioxidant anti inflammatory superfood wolfberries goji berries
We are lucky to have these shellfish in canned forms; a can of Fortune Brand ( 财神牌 ) Limpets only costs you about SGD 10. You can get between 7 – 15 pieces inside, depending on the brands and their sizes. Top with a dash of red, these Wolfberries aka Goji Berries Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Superfood not only add a festive colour to the dish but also whole lots of medicinal benefits. Let’s check out how easy it is to cook these Limpets with Nai Bai Vegetables ( 小鲍炒奶白菜 ) for your coming Chinese New Year!
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Blackberry Grape Smoothie, Top Antioxidant-Rich Fruits

driscolls blackberries smoothie recipe high antioxidant prevent cancer
Are you a Smoothie person? Honestly, I have never tasted Smoothie until my prince introduced it to me some time back, and I am hooked on it now. Jon loves making Strawberry Smoothie, and he would make these yummy drinks for me whenever he is in a good mood.

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It was one of those days where we received a bundle of fruits as a gift. Hence, Jon and I decided to experiment with Blackberries and Grapes, and to give the smoothie some sweetness, we added Bananas.

top cancer fighting food red grapes blackberries
Do you know that #Blackberries are among the top-ranked antioxidant-rich fruits, and are loaded with Vitamin C and are also rich in Vitamins A, E, K, and B Vitamins? Their dark color is a sign of their high antioxidant content, and one of the most widely researched health benefits of blackberries is their ability to work as a cancer-fighting food.

On the other hand, #Grapes are not just meant for producing the world’s finest wine. Flavonoids, which are found in grapes, are the most powerful antioxidants that contribute to our health. Don’t dispose the skin! They contain Resveratrol that controls the ageing process, and is also another strong antioxidant.

Come, let’s blend all these healthy fruits together to turn them into a yummy Blackberry Grape Smoothie in just 3 easy steps! * Tips: My prince recommends using frozen Bananas for a thicker consistency.
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Delicious Prawn and Spinach Filo Cups with Foie Gras Recipe

prawn spinach filo cups with foie gras
Light, crispy and stuffed with yummy fillings, don’t you just love munching on these delicious Filo Pastries?

philadelphia cheese spinach filo tarts recipe
These are probably some of the easiest treats to make; the only hard work involved is layering the filo sheets which can be a pain. You just need patience, but I can assure you it is definitely worth the effort.
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Cold Angel Hair Pasta in Truffle Oil with Abalone and Caviar

cold angel hair pasta truffle oil abalone caviar
Foodies, here’s another Christmas recipe to serve up a gastronomic meal. Combining all the extravagant ingredients, the chilled pasta is drenched in a fragrant Truffle Oil, teasing the palates of your guests even before they arrive on the table.

santa chilled capellini pasta truffle oil abalone caviar
If you have not tried Angel Hair Pasta aka Capellini, it is a very thin variety of Italian pasta. Using the Hock Hua Tiger King Australia Wild Blacklip Abalone ( 福華補品 澳洲野生黑边鲍鱼 ), the highly-prized sea snails are sliced thinly and used as topping in this pasta with other luxury ingredients like Caviar and Sakura Ebi.

So how did I get the idea of making a cold pasta dish? Well, I borrowed the idea from few of my favourite restaurants like Da Luca Italian Restaurant, Gunther's Restaurant and Les Amis. This pasta will probably burn a hole in your pocket, so why don’t you buy the ingredients and fine dine at home instead?

christmas santa cutlery sakura ebi angel hair pasta
I am a huge fan of Truffle Oil which adds a magical touch to any dish. Let this Cold Angel Hair Pasta in Truffle Oil with Abalone and Caviar takes center stage in your festive dining this Christmas!
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3 Quick Homemade Snacks with a Mexican Theme this Christmas!

christmas homemade mexican food recipes
Whether you’re dining alone on the sofa, with a partner over a candlelit dinner or hosting a whole group of friends round for snacks and drinks, Mexican food is a delicious and fragrant way to treat your palette. From the basic dip and chip combination to a filling and scrumptious burrito bowl recipe, here are three recipe overviews to get you started in the world of salsa, rice and beans. Nothing complex, nothing too spicy, but all authentically homemade and all absolutely delicious and on par with any gourmet Mexican restaurant.
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Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup for Christmas ( 薄荷西兰花奶油汤 )

minty cream of broccoli soup for christmas
Are you ready for Christmas? Following up, I shall be sharing some of my Christmas Recipes starting with this Delicious Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup ( 薄荷西兰花奶油汤 ).

christmas food creamy broccoli soup with mint leaves
What sets this Broccoli Soup apart from the usual ones you find outside is the additional of Mint Leaves which makes this creamy soup so refreshing and appetizing.

singapore food blogger fine dining at home
The Cream of Broccoli has a rich and grainy texture, and is extremely nutritious. It was part of our 4-Course Christmas Dinner last year:
Are you feeling the Chrismassy mood already? I will be back with the rest of the recipes, but try cooking this yummy soup first.
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Creamy Spinach in Camelina Oil with Crispy Baits on Toast

creamy spinach camelina oil white baits on toast
In the mood for a zesty toast with a difference? Try this Creamy Spinach in Camelina Oil with Crispy Baits on Toast! Loaded with tons of nutrients and antioxidants coming from the Spinach and Camelina Oil, this healthy and inviting fusion appetizer is set to please even the most finicky foodie.

labo camelina oil spinach baguette
With flavors accented by a slightly nutty note arising from the gourmet #CamelinaOil and a creamy sauce enlivened by a touch of lemon zest, this healthy bite is a great way to start the day and it is so simple that anyone can make!

christmas party food camelina oil daiso sushi tray
Add on Crispy White Baits for an added punch especially if your kids dislike veggies! Substitute with Silver Fish if you can’t find white baits. Be one of the winners to walk away with bottles of LABO Camelina Oil Worth $49.80/Set now and get cooking!
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Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Caviar on Avocado Salad

typhoon tasting platter scallops appetizer
It’s healthy, it’s appetizing, and it’s bursting with flavours with each bite into the Scallop and Caviar combination! Infused with the nutty flavour from Camelina Oil, the Seafood Appetizer and Avocado Salad make a perfect marriage that keeps the palates clamouring for more. Not only you can cook with the all-purpose gourmet oil, it makes great dressing for your salad too!

hokkaido scallops on wooden sushi tray
Daiso Wooden Sushi Tray
Send your spoon to the bottom of the appetizer and dig into the Creamy Camelina Oil Salad comprising of Avocado and Tomato cubes in mayonnaise.

lifestream labo all purpose camelina oil recipe
Do you know that one bottle of 500ml Labo Camelina Oil contains more Omega-3 content than 580 softgels of Fish Oil Supplement, and one tablespoon is sufficient to meet your daily Omega-3 requirement?

lifestream labo healthy gourmet camelina oil recipe
Typhoon Tasting Platter Food
A simple drizzle of the 100% pure Camelina Oil not only works wonders to sharpen every distinguished flavour, but it also gives you Omega-9 and plant sterols, making it the healthiest culinary oil available in the market. Shall we put on our apron now and start making the Pan-Seared Hokkaido Scallops with Caviar on Avocado Salad? Don’t go yet, cause we are rewarding 2 of our followers with bottles of LABO Camelina Oil!
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