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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

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Hainanese Chicken Rice

My favourite kitchen gadget – Hainanese Chicken Rice

You know how Buzzfeed has all these lists of neat little things you need to have in your kitchen/bathroom/car/purse/water bottle? I thought I’d write my own little list and share with you my favourite gadgets.

So I looked up “kitchen gadgets” while writing this and OH MY GOD! I can’t believe the things they sell these days. Go on, I dare you to look it up yourself. I mean, really? A banana peeler?? Really?? The site says it’s a gadget designed with kids in mind, but I say, teach our kids to peel a banana.  If a monkey can do it, so can our kids. I’d like to think that my kids are not any less intelligent than a monkey. Although sometimes I’m not so sure myself…….

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Courting death – Szechuan Garlic Prawns

A number of years ago, I had a severe allergic reaction. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. I broke out in hives, my tongue swelled up and we couldn’t find the entrance to the ER so we went to the children’s ER where I threw up on the floor. I was quite sad to leave the cheerful colourful children’s ER when they moved me to the regular ER. Bye Bye happy monkey, hello depressing fluorescent light. After a series of skin prick tests it was determined that I had developed an allergy to prawns. You might as well kill me! No more prawns?? Ever?? I couldn’t believe it so I didn’t.

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Ginger & Pork

Quick fix – Ginger stir-fried Pork

Do you have a recipe that you turn to whenever you’ve run out of ideas for dinner? Or when you just can’t summon the energy required to think? I’ve got one. It’s just bonus that it’s comfort food too.

As a child I wasn’t a fan of this dish, mainly because I wasn’t a fan of ginger. I would pick through the dish to find every last morsel of pork and leave behind a plateful of ginger in my wake. I think ginger is a grown-up ingredient. Along with coriander and eggplants. No one ever likes them as kids but now that we’re all grown up, we can’t get enough of them.  That being said, you can get my son to do just about anything if you had a jar of candied ginger. He absolutely loves it. Yeah, we’re baffled too.

My version of this dish is quite different from my Grandma’s version. My husband always jokes that I make Pork with ginger while my grandma makes Ginger with pork. The amount of ginger she uses is easily three times what I use. It’s still really really good. The empty plates can attest to that. I just prefer to let the pork hog the limelight. No pun intended. My version is also drier and its flavour more intense.

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Bibimbap

Kpop Siao – Bimbimbap

I’ve caught the Kpop bug. I’ve officially crossed over to the dark side.

I am Kpop Siao.

For my non-Hokkien-speaking reader(s), Siao means crazy. Ergo, Kpop crazy.  For the last half a year, I’ve been bopping and shaking my ass to songs I will never understand and singing along with every chorus with what I think are the words. God forbid a native Korean should ever hear me.

How did I get to become addicted to the genre? After all, Switzerland isn’t exactly exposed to Kpop. No, Psy doesn’t count! I have my mum to thank for that. She started me on Korean dramas; dramas have soundtracks; these soundtracks are available on Youtube. And we all know what happens when you start clicking on videos on Youtube; you start a video at 9pm, next thing you know it’s 2am (see what I did there?) and you’re clicking on “just one more video”. Right…….. Continue reading Kpop Siao – Bimbimbap