Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sugar high on Char Siu 叉烧 (Cantonese BBQ pork)

“Mummyyyy~~~I don’t like zucchini~~There’s mushroom in this~~~ I’m not hungry~~~”

Yeap. I’ve got picky eaters. Both of them. Lucky me. And I don’t understand why. They’ve always eaten everything and anything as babies. Then one day, a switch in their brains got flipped and suddenly they absolutely can’t stand the thought of putting even the tiniest cauliflower floret into their cute little mouths.

Still, even the pickiest eaters have their weaknesses. Sugar is usually one of them and there is a whole lot of sugar in this one.

Char Siu

I mean, who doesn’t like Char Siu? No one. It’s sweet and sticky and fatty and flavourful. And those charred bits………damn I’m drooling.

It took me seven years to perfect this recipe. SEVEN!! I tried so many different recipes and they were never quite right. But then again, I’ve been away for so long I don’t know what’s right anymore. If you’re looking to make Char Siu like the red ones you get with your Wanton Mee, this is not it. This is more like the filling of your Char Siu Bao. Closer to the ones you get at the Cantonese restaurants.   Continue reading Sugar high on Char Siu 叉烧 (Cantonese BBQ pork)

Blink and you’ll miss it – Steamed Tofu in Oyster-Soy Sauce

Today is a proud day for me. I finally crossed something off my to-do list. In your face, procrastination!! About two months ago, my husband asked me for the photos I had taken of the kids with my phone. Photos dating back to February. Yikes! Today, I finally did it. I went through my photo library and sorted out which photos to pass to him, i.e. photos of the kids, and which he didn’t need, i.e. my food photos, selfies and the baby’s poop. Throughout the 2 hour-long process, I found myself repeating the same thought in my head over and over again, almost like a mantra.

“When did they get so big?? And how did I not notice it??”

Alana

They weren’t kidding when they say children grow up so fast. Blink and you’ll miss it. It didn’t seem like it was that long ago when we first brought Alana home from the hospital. Now she’s fighting me in the mornings about which dress she wants to wear and how many necklaces she needs to match it (she doesn’t believe in “less is more”).  Continue reading Blink and you’ll miss it – Steamed Tofu in Oyster-Soy Sauce

Procrastination is queen – Chilli Chicken with Basil and Coconut Cream

I missed my own deadline…… [Insert random profanity]…… The plan was to put this post up by Sunday morning, but as usual, procrastination is queen in this household. I somehow managed to find more than one excuse to not finish this post; “the picture is out of focus”, “I don’t know what to write about”, “I’m soooo sleepy”, etc. You get the picture.

To be fair, I had started writing 3 posts by Saturday. But none of them got finished. Again, various excuses I’m not going to bore you with but it all boils down to procrastination. I’ve always said that if there was a competition held to find the biggest procrastinator, I wouldn’t win it. Not because there are bigger procrastinators out there, but because I would put off signing up for it till it’s too late and thus, not qualify. Oh, the irony.

It’s a horrible trait to have and I pray to God that my children would not take after me in this. It has been my New Year’s resolution for the past years (I’ve lost count how many) to procrastinate less. You could argue why not resolve to not procrastinate at all, but who are we kidding here? It’s never happened and it probably never will. Much like my resolution to eat less and exercise more (I’ve been putting that off too). I even put off satisfying my cravings.

Chilli Chicken with Basil and Coconut cream

I did manage to satisfy one craving recently though. Chilli chicken with basil and coconut cream. Continue reading Procrastination is queen – Chilli Chicken with Basil and Coconut Cream

Jumping in….with a pot of Lor Bak (Chinese Soy Braised Pork)

I’m doing it!! I’m finally doing it!! This thing that I’ve been putting off for weeks, months, years (!!) because I was too tired, lazy, scared, clueless. I’m finally doing it. It being starting a blog. This blog. My blog. *tiny yay*

Since I started this blog as a way of taking my cooking more seriously and I started cooking because I missed my grandma’s cooking, it really is only apt that my first post features one of her dishes.

Lor Bak

This dish is hearty and rich and will warm you to the core, perfect for the coming cold autumn nights. More importantly,it is ridiculously easy to make and tastes even more ridiculously delicious.  Continue reading Jumping in….with a pot of Lor Bak (Chinese Soy Braised Pork)