30 Minutes

Easy Teriyaki Chicken in AirFryer

Easy Teriyaki Chicken in AirFryer

For years I’ve been persuading my busy friends to occasionally make home-cooked food to nourish themselves. I know it’s hard – most of them are young professionals with no time, skills, or interest to cook. But learning to cook for yourself (even if once in […]

Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg) – 5 ingredients

Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg) – 5 ingredients

When I eat out, it is mostly to hang out with friends; food is secondary. We’ll try new restaurants (normally hipster-ish) and talk more than we eat. When I do go out for lunch to fill my stomach, I almost always choose Japanese food. The […]

Japanese Spinach Salad (Ohitashi) – 4 ingredients + 5 min

Japanese Spinach Salad (Ohitashi) – 4 ingredients + 5 min

One of my constant battle in eating well is consuming enough leafy vegetables; Malaysian food is severely lacking in greens. In Vietnam, each dish comes with a huge plate of local vegetables and herbs. In Japan and Korea, where presentation of food is very important, […]

Japanese Stock (Dashi With Kombu & Bonito Flakes) – 3 ingredients

Japanese Stock (Dashi With Kombu & Bonito Flakes) – 3 ingredients

Japanese cuisine has a special place in my heart. At sixteen, I went on a student exchange programme to a little town in Ishikawa called Komatsu (小松市). Then, the ignorant teenager that I was thought the Japanese only raw food like sushi and sashimi, both […]

Crispy Pork Lard (Chu Yau Char/ 猪油渣)

Crispy Pork Lard (Chu Yau Char/ 猪油渣)

Crispy pork lard has a bad reputation of clogging arteries and hence shortening one’s life. But I am raised in a family which has a good relationship with food – no matter how ‘unhealthy’ some food are claimed to be. We happily eat everything in […]

Pink Pittaya Smoothie Bowl – 5 ingredients + 5 min

Pink Pittaya Smoothie Bowl – 5 ingredients + 5 min

One weekend, after hiking and intense squat exercise at a hill near where I live, I found myself in a hipster cafe. This modern cafe is furnished with wooden fittings, offers smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juice, and other superfood-laden dishes. My exercise buddies and I thought: how […]

Overnight Jamu Tonic in Thermos – 5 min

Overnight Jamu Tonic in Thermos – 5 min

I created this super easy recipe while playing with McCormick herbs and spices. I was invited by The Malaysian Women’s Weekly and McCormick to give a talk about the health benefit of herbs and spices, their convenience and how to use them. So I simplified […]

Sambal Belacan Chili Dip – 6 ingredients

Sambal Belacan Chili Dip – 6 ingredients

Like a typical Malaysian, I love dipping almost everything edible into chili. One of my absolute favourite is the spicy belacan dip that my mother often keeps in her fridge. She serves it with all kind of dishes such as claypot chicken rice and bihun. […]

Tomyum Fried Bihun With Spices

Tomyum Fried Bihun With Spices

When my siblings and I were little, my Mom loves cooking fried bihun for us for lunch. Now I know why – it’s an easy way to feed four children in under half an hour. Nowadays, when I’m commissioned to bring something heavy (carbs) for a […]

Thai Chilli Salt (Prik-kab-klua) – 3 ingredients 

Thai Chilli Salt (Prik-kab-klua) – 3 ingredients 

I know that not everyone like vegetables, but it’s news to me that some people dislike fruits. How can it be? Fruits are so sweet and delicious! When I try to cajole these fruits-hater from taking a bite, they casually said “I don’t need fruits, […]

Thai Salad Dressing

Thai Salad Dressing

Instead of just shopping at Bangkok, I did something far more exciting: joining a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu. I’ve learned to make many dishes such as delicious pork skewers. We made many curry and pastes, such as the complicated massaman curry. Despite all […]

Thai Spicy Mango Salad

Thai Spicy Mango Salad

I have a confession to make: I don’t particularly like salad. Most people are surprised by this as they think a health advocate must like salad. But plate of salad for lunch will make me very unhappy. Instead, I prefer my vegetables cooked. I like […]

Easy, No-Peel Cold Pressed Juice – 3 Ingredients

Easy, No-Peel Cold Pressed Juice – 3 Ingredients

Since investing in a slow juicer, I try to make cold-pressed juice as often as possible. Realistically, the best I can do is two to three times a week. My modus operandi is make enough to last a few days before juicing again. Having spent […]

Steam Tofu with Shrimps & Shallots

Steam Tofu with Shrimps & Shallots

There’s so many ways to cook tofu, this is one of the easiest and most delicious. The otherwise bland tofu is topped with tasty fried shrimps and shallots mixture. It is then seasoned with soy sauce and sprinkled with spring onions. When I was just […]

Dried Shrimps Sambal

Dried Shrimps Sambal

I was like most children; I hated vegetables (except spinach because when I was a kid I liked Popeye). My poor mother had to cook spinach for me everyday, and my poor siblings got so fed up of it. She tried various ways to make […]