Category Archives: Rice & Noodles

Dong dong dong qiang – Chinese Carrot Cake 萝卜糕 Lor Bak Gou

Did you get the title? If you’ve ever heard Chinese New Year Songs, you would most definitely get it. The Chinese New Year is in two days!! *Gasp* Where did the time go? I haven’t even started spring cleaning yet. Haha! Like I spring clean……It’s like you don’t know me at all. I do cook though. Honestly, that’s about all the CNY celebration I do around here and I’ve already started. Continue reading Dong dong dong qiang – Chinese Carrot Cake 萝卜糕 Lor Bak Gou

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Overdue – Steamed Pork Dumplings

What’s more comforting than a piping hot meal on a cold winter day? I can’t think of much else. Except maybe hiding under the covers with all four seasons of Game of Thrones (What can I say? I caught on late). Comfort food is still top on the list though; and I have a very very long list of comfort food. From Chicken Curry to Beef Rendang to Chili fried Pork Belly. Have you ever noticed, how what we considered comfort food is almost always what we grew up with?

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Oh the irony – homemade dumpling wrappers

*cue Alanis Morissette*

It is so very ironic that my last post was one for my blog anniversary. A post wishing myself a better (blog) year and determination for more consistent posts. That was three months ago.

My excuse? I have plenty. But let’s just settle with one ambiguos one: I’m going through…………..some stuff. It’s been going on for a while now but in the last three months, it really started to eat me up. I wasn’t even cooking much. Come mealtimes, I find myself racking my brains for the fastest and easiest, yet not altogether unhealthy (you know, cos of the kids) meals. More often then not, you’d find sandwiches and carrot sticks being served in this household. You know it’s bad when a foodie loses interest in food. Continue reading Oh the irony – homemade dumpling wrappers

Luo Han Zhai

New Moon – Buddha’s Delight 罗汉斋 Luo Han Zai

Remember how I once mentioned that the Swiss like to blame all unexplainable shifts in mood and behaviour on the full/new moon? (Yes, I’m glossing over the fact that I’ve been gone for almost two months)  That pretty much means we all go a little crazy every 15 days. I can attest to that. But I don’t JUST go crazy, I also go vegetarian. Wait….that DOES sound crazy……I kid!

There’s a new moon coming up next week. So I thought, why not share this recipe now so you’d have ample time to gather all the ingredients for it, in the event that you might want to go crazy with me and not eat meat for a day.

Buddha’s delight is usually served on Chinese New Year’s day and last I checked, it doesn’t fall in June. But really, why do people only eat certain foods during certain festivities?? Why can’t you roast a turkey in March? Or have hotpot in November? Ok, I may be opening a can of worms here aaaand I’m rambling.

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Steamed White Rice

Love of my life – How to cook rice without a rice cooker

One of my best friends recently moved over to the States and she is a self-proclaimed kitchen noob. Now that she has more time on her hands, she’s starting to spend more time in the kitchen, with my blog to keep her company (I have wonderful friends who put way too much faith in me). Just yesterday she asked me how to cook rice without a rice cooker and not burn it. Her question reminded me of a conversation I once had. Someone told me that he judges how good a cook someone is, by how well that person cooks rice – without a rice cooker. And although I don’t think that’s entirely fair, I do agree he has a good point. But I might be biased because I don’t own a rice cooker and I make perfect rice *wink*

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