Hot and Sour Soup with Silken Tofu & Tofu Skins

Hot and Sour Soup Hot and Sour soup was a childhood favorite of mine.  I love the mildly spicy, salty and sour broth strewn with egg drops.  Diving into it was a treasure hunt.  What would I find?  A bit of pork, a crunchy bamboo shoot, chewy black fungus or the elusive prawn?  Living in…

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Chili Paneer with Sweet and Sour Garlic Sauce

  Who says vegetarian is lame? I have to admit, I always viewed vegetarian food as a bit of a bummer with tasteless tofu and stupid quinoa bowls.  Yes, a meatless meal made with sustainable local produce is more environmentally and socially responsible but come on….who really likes tempeh?????  It tastes like a litter box!…

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Garlic Chicken and Bacon Puff Pastry Triangles

  Don’t lose it, reuse it!   Got lots of leftovers that no one wants to touch? Is everything in your house avoiding it like the plague and insisting on ordering pizza instead? If you are like me and hate food waste, you have to learn how to get creative with leftovers. For me, the…

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Saucy Oven-Baked Kung Pao Chicken Wings

  I like Kung Pao Chicken and I like chicken wings but I absolutely love these Kung Pao Chicken Wings.  Why?  Well, for one thing they are delicious.  Tender on the inside and coated in a mouthwatering salty, sweet and spicy sauce.  They don’t take much prep or an extensive amount of time to throw…

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Kedgeree (Curried Rice with Scallions and Smoked Fish)

    What is kedgeree? Kedgeree is a British breakfast dish inspired by the Indian rice and lentil dish of khichdi.  To anglicize to fit to British tastes,  the lentils were swapped out for the beloved breakfast fish that is the kipper (smoked herring).  When it came upon my turn to make this dish, I…

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Spicy Salted Fried Chicken with Scallions

  When it comes to food, my weakness will always be fried chicken and I have been lucky enough to travel the world sampling each culture’s tasty version of the fried bird. So you can imagine my delight when I visited a local Thai and Vietnamese restaurant here in Malaysia and came across this concoction.…

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Wok-Fried Beef Udon Noodles with Bell Peppers

          Wok-fried beef noodles are my go-to ‘meh…not really feeling like putting in that much effort dish’. You know that feeling.  Even people such as myself who love to cook can sometimes just get tired of it. That’s why I love this simple recipe. Just marinate the beef, chop up the…

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Bacon and Kimchi Pajeon (Savoury Korean Pancake)

Kimchi is everything in South Korea I have fond memories of my time in South Korea, particularly when it comes to food.  Aside from that wok-fried silkworm pupae, I ate on a dare, I never had a bad meal.   Everything was delicious, especially the kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage).  For anyone who knows about Korean food,…

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Niurou Lamian (Chinese Beef Noodle Soup)

Niurou Lamian: A taste of Western China Niurou lamian (Chinese beef noodle soup) has a special place in my family’s heart.  My husband ate niurou lamian every day for breakfast when he lived in Lanzhou, a city in Western China where this dish was supposedly born.  He frequented his favorite noodle shop so often that…

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‘Mushrooms on Toast’ Cheesy Puff Pastry Parcels

Mushroom puff pastry consolidated This pastry is inspired by the British classic of mushrooms on toast.  I love mushrooms on toast especially with a poached egg on top.  However, like most of the best breakfast recipes around, I don’t like all that work.  Especially on a busy morning weekday when trying to rush out the…

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Pork Loin and Pickled White Radish Stir-fry

Never turn down pickled vegetables When it comes to pickled vegetables, nobody does it better than Asian grandmothers.  They’ve spent years and years stuffing crates of pickled vegetables for their family whilst simultaneously slapping hands away and telling people, ‘You’re doing it wrong.  Go sit down.’  If you ever have the opportunity to avail yourself…

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Vegan Spicy Rice Noodles with Tofu and Mushrooms

  Contrary to what some people think about me, I am not against vegetarianism or veganism. Less animal consumption is not only healthier but better for the environment as well. Husband and child aside, I’m pretty laissez-faire when it comes to other people’s eating habits along with how their beliefs and views impact their dietary preferences.…

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