Or chien 蚝煎 (‘Or luah’ / Fried Oyster Omelette)

This is one of my favourites, on my ‘must-eat’ list when I’m in Singapore. It’s also a popular Taiwanese street food. Best eaten in hawker centres or at road-side stalls in the old days, Or Chien is artery-clogging but delicious. The hawker “ah-chek” (‘uncle’) frys this up in his large wok accompanied by dramatic clanging […]

Kueh Pie Tee

Kueh Pie Tee is a popular peranakan appetizer. Crispy shells are filled with a sweet mix of turnip or jicama and variety of vegetables, all thinly sliced or grated, topped with prawns and sambal chilli. Part of the fun in eating it is assembling them with together with family and friends around a table. For […]

Spicy Nuts

½ lb / 220 g almonds ½ lb / 220 g cashews ¼ cup white sugar 1½ tsp kosher salt 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tbsp water 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 1 tsp oil   Toast nuts at 350 F (175 C) till golden brown, about 10 minutes. Watch closely as they burn […]

Curry Puffs

1 large packet flaky or puff pastry (~450 g or 14 oz)  2 tbsp oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 slices fresh ginger, very finely chopped 2 tbsp curry powder 250 g (8 oz) minced meat or sardines 1 ripe tomato, chopped 1 potato, boiled and finely diced salt Makes 24 Heat oil and […]