Bakwan Kepiting – Pork and Crab Meatball Soup

Bakwan Kepiting

Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential. ~Winston Churchill I confess mine is not the modern family which has the luxury of planning meals in advance? Let’s just say ‘it’s an ongoing endeavor’. However, Bakwan Kepiting will taste oh-so-much-better with some preparation ahead of time, I promise you. It will also save you a bunch of time. […]

Golden Turmeric Milk

Golden Turmeric Milk

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen The rains have finally ceased. Blue skies span the astral fabric, interwoven by threads of winnowy clouds. Spring birds begin to come out from hiding, stretching wings and voices, bringing light-hearted songs in the wind. Something that helped carry our household through […]

Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆 ‘Tang Yuan’ with Black Sesame Paste

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No matter where you go, there you are. ~ Confucius Last week I shared our Turnip Cake ‘Loh Bok Gau’ recipe, a traditional dish eaten on the first day of the Lunar New Year. It seems fitting now to share our Glutinous Rice Ball ‘Tang Yuan’ recipe. ‘Tang yuan’ is mostly commonly eaten during the […]

Homemade Mushroom Soup

Homemade Mushroom Soup

In the hopes of reaching the moon, men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~Albert Schweitzer It was with some effort that I managed to haul myself out from under the covers, somehow managed to put on the right clothes, even matching socks, and crept my way out onto the trail. It was […]

Easy Turkey Meatball Soup

Turkey Meatball Soup

May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs. ~ ‘Twas The Night of Thanksgiving’, C.J. Beaman There is a collective gentle sigh as we see the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers. Despite our best intentions to limit our portion sizes, the intentions remained just that – intentions. Folks generally go all out with the food for this […]

Easy Gajar Halwa

Easy Gajar Halwa

“Festivals are the secret to youth; show me a person who doesn’t remember a festival that was all about sweets, treats and friendship and I will show you an unhappy person.” Here in the United States and most of the western countries, grown-ups and children are preparing to enjoy Halloween. Front lawns are adorned with lights and ghoulish decorations in a festive spirit. […]

Chinese Green Bean Dessert Soup 绿豆汤

The wonder, The hunger, And the sound of distant thunder.  ~ “Indian Summer”, Brooks & Dunn (released 2009) Warm, hazy, windless weather prevailed all last week following a few weeks of a cooling trend. This kind of tank-top-and-shorts weather right around Halloween means  it’s Indian summer for us living in California. Soon after it will be time for […]

Singapore Hokkien Mee (Noodle)

Singapore Hokkien Mee

A uniquely Singaporean noodle in celebration of Singapore’s National Day. We are a few days away from Singapore’s National Day. As a schoolgirl, I looked forward to this day. I wish I could say, “for patriotic reasons”. The reality was more pragmatic: It meant we could have ‘an excursion’; this referred to a field trip taken during a school day. […]

Felix’s Original Chicken Curry Laksa

Felix Original Chicken Curry Noodles

It was a heavy, tepid evening. I was listlessly gathering the laundry which had dried crisply in the sweltering afternoon heat (I love sun dried laundry). Like a splash of water on hot sand, I suddenly craved the spiciness of Malay laksa.  You know what they say about spicy foods cooling you down on a hot day? (Read more […]

Winter Melon 冬瓜 Soup

winter melon soup

These pale-fleshed, spongy gourds are commonly eaten during winter. Low in calories, it has a mild and refreshing taste. A week ago, the Asian supermarket was selling 2-lb slices at incredibly reasonable prices, despite being an unusual crop for this time of year. I was recovering from a bout of ‘heatiness'(阳 yang); this ‘cooling'(阴 yin) […]