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) […]

Roasted Broccoli and Mushrooms

Easy weekday dinner with minimal clean up! Can also be served as an easy appetizer. 1 lb broccoli, cut into small florets and stemmed 4 cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 tbsp garlic, minced 3 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp cumin seeds 2 tsp sea salt Grated cheddar cheese (or any hard, sharp cheese) Serves 4 Toss […]

Bell peppers, Zucchini and Cashews

Summer brings a colourful cornucopia of plants and vegetables. Here is an attractive serving bursting with colours and flavours.   ½ cup spam, diced (or chicken, diced and marinated in soy sauce, chinese cooking wine, corn starch) 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced ½ cup roasted cashew nuts 1 tsp garlic 3 slices […]

Lemongrass Ginger Patties

Lemongrass Ginger Patties

Lemongrass has that clean refreshing taste which reminds me of a quiet dawn, the dew still tenuously hanging from tips of branches and leaves, sunlight not yet come of age for the day. Ginger brings to mind secret joys, slightly spicy, slightly heady. Paired, they bring forth an exhilarating tingle at the back of the […]

Omelette with Tomatoes and Chai Poh 菜脯

Chai poh 菜脯 is salted radish and a staple in teochew porridge.  I had seen a post by Kitchen Tigress on how to many fluffy Chai Poh Omelette (菜脯卵), combining elements of French and Chinese omelettes. Ever since then I have been waiting for an opportunity to try it out.  With only 2 tomatoes and 4 eggs in the […]

Noodles with Summer Vegetables

Summer brings with it long days, sunshine, clear skies and its cornucopia of lush fruits and vegetables. Looking around my kitchen one afternoon, wondering what to make for dinner, I pondered a single leftover sun-ripened tomato-in-vine and an ear of white corn that recently left the farm. Now I can feast on corn boiled in […]

Cashew Chicken

Diced chicken with cashew nuts and celery is a staple in any chinese restaurant in the bay area. I have often found it slightly odd because growing up, celery was imported and not a common food item. It was not easily found in a wet market, and if it were, probably did not offer as […]

Green Beans with Prawns

1 lb green beans, ends trimmed, cut into 1″ length ½ lb prawns, tails intact, deveined and slit minced garlic 2 tbsp chinese cooking wine salt/sugar to taste Serves 2 Blanch green beans in salted, boiling water. Drain and place into iced water to stop the cooking process. Saute garlic till fragrant. Add prawns to […]

Pan-Fried Asian Eggplant

This a quick and easy one that also meets my daily quota of coloured vegetables. Tips: I found that using my fingers worked better at getting the seasoning into the eggplant, especially over the rounded, skinned surfaces. Avoid making the slices too thin, some thickness is needed to get into the ‘meat’ of the eggplant […]

Sweet Corn Soup with Spam

I’m on the lookout for quick, savory lunches using whatever is on hand. I don’t usually keep a fully stocked kitchen, so this exercise often ends up with some interesting results. I also wanted something that I could freeze for future lunches. A sort of Smoky Corn Chowder was what I had in mind. I […]