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ไหว้ (Wai) go to Thailand?

31 Jul

Thailand is really just a hop and a skip away from Singapore and I honestly do not remember how many times I’ve been there. Well, you can never get enough of Thailand! Even after so many visits (so much so you know exactly where to turn on the streets to get to your favourite shopping/ food haunt – you know how you get w countries to go to often? you just make a beeline for your creature comforts?), there’s always something new to see/ try! And that’s wai (pun intended) you’ll never tire of Thailand! And despite this trip being a work trip, my eyes were opened to new found delicacies and tummy was comforted to revisit old favourites! Let’s count them:

Kuay Teow Soup (Spicy)

This is really just like Singapore’s Fish Ball Noodles with a light and savoury broth and thin rice noodles. Very refreshing for a light morning meal 🙂

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Akashi

12 Apr

One of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Singapore, it’s been around for many years and still stands the test of time and the introduction of Japanese conveyor belt sushi chains in the 90s  (this I feel really brought Japanese dining to the masses).

The pictures below are from a recent staycation R and I had in February.

Akashi Japanese Restaurant

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Easy Peasy Simply Japanese-Y Cookyn Party

28 Dec

Hear Ye Hear Ye! I’m really thrilled! Cos I’m going to be having my very first cooking class (since relief teaching Home Econs Classes!) at Cookyn with Mervyn’s Studio (it’ll be Cookyn with Charlotte for one January morning hee!)! *excite*

Easy Peasy Simply Japanese-Y Cookyn Party
15 Jan (Saturday) 10.30am at Cookyn with Mervyn
273 Thomson Road #04-01 (Lift Lobby B)

$95/pax

It’ll be a good time of fun and drinks (wine provided), and in the meantime, you’ll learn how to cook and eat along the way!

Watch and get hands-on action on some recipes that I’ve shared on my blog and learn the basics of classic and modern Japanese home-style dishes that are quick and simple to whip up. It’d be a great alternative menu for CNY Reunion Dinner too!

On the Menu
1. Chawanmushi 茶碗蒸し
2. Mentaiko 明太子 Spaghettini (Spicy Cod Roe Spaghettini)
3. Koro Koro Beef Steak with Vegetables and Ponzu ポン酢 Sauce
4. Matcha 抹茶 (Green Tea) Ice Cream in a Jiffy!

Highlights:

– Tips on how to make the perfect chawanmushi – as smooth as Tao Huey 豆花!
– DIY Ice Cream in a Jiffy – no Ice Cream Maker needed!
– Mentaiko Spaghettini ready in just 5 steps – including the trip to the supermarket!

How do I Join?

It’s really easy joining a Cookyn Party – simply click here to BOOK yourself at slot at Cookyn with Mervyn’s website. And here’s  a map to help you find your way!

See you there!

PS: this is my first post with no photos – cos you’ll be sharing yours with me after the class! yippee!!!

Shimeji Pasta シメジパスタ

4 Oct


I had a sudden craving for my favourite Shimeiji Pasta from my japanese cousin M this past weekend and finally got my hands on the recipe! (Thank you, M chan! ♥♥♥) M is a fantasticschmantastic cook with influences from both her Japanese and Singaporean heritage – whipping up recipes with ingredients that are in season. Continue reading

Bebek Bihun (Duck Bee Hoon)

20 Sep

Took a trip to Medan for work and our hosts brought us to THE. MOST. AMAZING. STALL. that sells Bebek Bihun right in an area called Kumango. Extremely popular with the locals, I was about to be served a simple bowl of noodles that packed a punch!

1st layer: Secret Sauce cradling the noodles, made from a base of soy sauce i’m sure.
2nd layer: Bee Hoon a little thinner than Thick Bee Hoon (粗米粉) and a little thicker than Thin Bee Hoon (幼米粉) and oh-so-delicately soft but not mushy
3rd layer: An entire mound of shredded duck
4th layer: Generous Generous sprinkling of fried garlic full of flavour
5th layer: Secret Sauce drizzled sparingly atop the little pieces of garlic, glistening in the flickering fluorescent light
Garnish: Chopped Chives
Side Kick: Hearty boiling-for-many-hours Chicken Soup. I think if you distilled it, a chicken would remain. Though, we couldn’t decide if the AJINOMOTO on the bowl had anything to do with the taste…

It has been 2 months and not a day has gone by where I have not thought about these noodles, recalling the plethora of simple and subtle tastes in one bowl. Will someone please bring Bebek Bihun to Singapore? I’ve bitten and am smitten.

Noodles with Love

19 Sep

Noodles are a big part of the Chinese and Singaporean diet. Anytime I’m feeling home-sick (if I’m far away) or sad, a bowl of hot soupy noodles would definitely put things right! Continue reading

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