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Botanophowhat?? – Perkedel Kentang (Indonesian Potato Patties)

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Easter weekend. I stuffed myself silly this Easter, as I have every Easter. I think it might just be my favourite holiday. It’s like Christmas minus the stress of picking out presents.

So, in my last post I told you how weird I am with fruits. Get this, I’m weird with vegetables too. Say whaaat??  Kinda makes sense if you think about it.

I have a liiiiiiiittle tiny bit of Botanophobia (self diagnosed of course). Basically, Botanophobia is the fear of plants. *cough*weirdo!*cough* I don’t know where it came from but I’ve never felt comfortable around plants for as long as I can remember. I don’t have any recollection of any bad experiences involving plants; The only thing I can think of is how my grandmother used to tell me, when I was a kid, to not walk on the grass barefooted because the worms might burrow their way into my feet. To this day, I still can’t go barefoot on grass.

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Pet peeves – Almond Jelly

We all have pet peeves; we all do, but if you were to randomly ask me what mine were, I wouldn’t have been able to think of one to save my life.  I was, however, recently reminded of a couple of them and I thought, let’s share it with you good people out there, for absolutely no good reason. Why not?

I absolutely hate it when people misspell Voilà. The two most common examples of such blunders are Viola (I call Cello on that) and Wala. To be fair, I can’t really fault the people who think it’s wala. Singapore is predominantly Chinese and French isn’t usually spoken there. So couple that with the Chinese accent, I can see how Voilà  becomes Wala. The other is a freaking instrument though!

My other pet peeve is fruits in food. Yes, I’ve heard how apple and pork go beautifully together and I’ve heard how Duck à l’orange is simply heavenly but I am one of those stubborn cows who firmly believes that fruits should be eaten on its own or in a dessert. Please leave your pineapples out of my curry.

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Going Numb – Szechuan Chilli Chicken 干锅鸡丁

A friend of mine recently made a major discovery. She found a restaurant that serves a very spicy Szechuan chilli chicken. She loved it so much it was all she talked about for weeks and insisted that I go and try it out myself. So we made the two hour trip (yes, you read that right) to Zurich to have this chicken dish. After all, there is no distance too great for good food, am I right?

Usually when we think Szechuan dishes, we think Ma La; which is that numbing spiciness typical of Szechuan dishes and it’s Szechuan peppercorns that give it this flavour. Most Szechuan dishes you find in Europe are barely spicy, let alone numbingly so. So it was very satisfying to finally have a Szechuan dish in Switzerland that actually had the Ma La factor. Continue reading Going Numb – Szechuan Chilli Chicken 干锅鸡丁

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Of Second Chances – Best Homestyle Chicken Satay

So Chinese New Year ended like a week ago. The good thing about having a second new year is that you get a second chance at making resolutions you know you’re not likely to keep; such as work out more, scream at the kids less, procrastinate less and finally, start writing again. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll recognise the pictures from last summer. I’m finally posting the recipe (2 resolutions with one post! I am on a roll!).

Satay is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Everyone loves it and if you don’t, you need to get yourself checked (I kid!!). I pored over the internet and studied various cookbooks to find the perfect recipe. Then I realised that it’s Teriyaki Salmon all over again. There is no unanimous recipe for Satay. Everyone has their own versions – Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian, Thai and more –  and they are all too different from one another to find common ground. So, if you can’t beat them, join them. I made up my own recipe and I’m happy to say that it’s a winner. Every time I serve it, they fly off the plate and I quietly scold myself for not having made more.
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Solitary Confinement – Brandy Chicken with Wood Ear and Goji Berries 鸡酒

Did you know that the Chinese celebrate the New Year for a whole fortnight? Fifteen days to be exact. So technically, I’m not too late in wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous year of the goat.

With the new year comes new life. And in this case, literally. One of my best friends is expecting her first child in mid-April *YAY!!!*  As a first-time mum, she naturally has a lot of worries and concerns about how she’s going to cope when the baby arrives. One of her biggest immediate concerns is not being able to find someone to help her with her confinement. For my non-chinese readers who are wondering what she’s being punished for, she’s not. Though it can sometimes feel like you are being punished. Confinement is the chinese practice of Continue reading Solitary Confinement – Brandy Chicken with Wood Ear and Goji Berries 鸡酒