Deep-Fried Pandan Chicken ( Gai Haw Bai Toey)

I love, love, love anything cooked with what’s often called ‘Vanilla of the East’ especially well-loved and revered around the corner of the globe in Southeast Asian kitchens. I keep my personal pot of pandan plant as sacred as I can in my garden corner of ‘edible nature’, keeping my […]

Shantung Chicken

Of all the meats I’ve tasted in this world, my favourite remains chicken. I still chuckle to myself when I recall Ingham’s satirical TV ad which apparently offended some factions of non-chicken eaters, “If you don’t like chicken, then there’s something very wrong with you.” There just might be some […]

Momofuku XO Sauce

This week I’m reviewing another cookbook that had me rapt—Momofuku, and as part of my favourite culinary exercise of baking or ‘cooking the book’—I selected to re-create the XO sauce recipe from the genius of Korean-American celebrity chef David Chang of Momofuku stardom. Oh. My, G…. David Chang’s slightly different […]

Chicken Pot Pie

A great chicken pie recipe is always good to hang on to as part of my arsenal as a busy cook and this is my go-to recipe when I take time to make my own shortcrust pastry (the featured recipe below is only for savoury pies). Few pet peeves are […]

Wonton Dumpling Noodles

Wonton dumpling noodles (Dry) Most of my friends are astonished when I tell them one of the quickest meals I can whip up is a bowl of fresh wonton dumpling noodles. While I’m fastidious about quality and ‘going all the way’ in most of my favourite recipes, it’s imperative to […]

Japanese Mushroom Swiss Angus Burger

When people think of burger nights at home, it’s fast food—either the kind that doesn’t involve much preparation and goes from freezer to plate within minutes or better still, is preferably collected in a bag through a hole in the wall. Not to sound like a burger Nazi, but in […]

Assam Laksa

Few dishes can evoke that ‘mouth-watering’ reflex like the powerful stimuli of sweet-sour broth from a steaming bowl of tangy, spicy, fishy Assam Laksa aka Penang Laksa. Its origins are unsurprisingly from the culture of all mouth-watering creations–Peranakan (Straits-Chinese). Assam Laksa is a spicy and tangy fish broth of thick […]

Mee Goreng Singapura

There is no end to the creativity of the instant noodle enterprise worldwide and when I was an international student in Brisbane back in 1996, one of the most euphoric finds of an Asian overseas student had been the sighting of an instant noodle version of Mee Goreng sold as […]


Gado-Gado is Indonesia’s take on Singapore’s ‘rojak’—a medley of boiled vegetables comprising commonly of string beans, cucumber, bean sprouts, cabbage and potatoes with firm beancurd slices and hard boiled eggs tossed into a salad drizzled generously with a piquant peanut sauce dressing. The star rating for this boils down to […]