Healthy

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 […]

Old Cucumber Soup (Lou Wong Kua Tong/ 老黃瓜湯)

Old Cucumber Soup (Lou Wong Kua Tong/ 老黃瓜湯)

Image credit: Sammie Tan of Grey Rabbit Studio A comfort soup with ‘cooling’ properties, perfect for the hot weather. Slow cooking this soup will soften the mature melon, and extract the maximum umami flavour from the dried seafood, and the natural sweetness of the dates. […]

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 […]

Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Every Reunion Dinner, my family will either make Buddha Jump Over The Wall (佛跳墙) or Fish Maw Soup. Since I strongly oppose to eating Shark’s fin, now that I take over from my mother in preparing Chinese New Year feast for my family, I will […]

Rainbow Roasted Vegetable Soup

Rainbow Roasted Vegetable Soup

Whenever I feel that I don’t eat enough vegetables, this is what I’ll make. This hearty soup contains vegetables in variety of colours – red, orange, yellow, green and white – which gives the soup different phytonutrient (beneficial nutrient for human body which also serves […]

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Lunar New Year to Orientals is like Christmas to Westerners. It is the most beloved and anticipated festival of the year. When I was a kid, I looked forward to buying and wearing new clothes, playing with my cousins, visiting relatives, receiving angpao (red envelopes/ 紅包) and […]

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 […]

Bubur Pulut Hitam in Slow-cooker (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Soup)

Bubur Pulut Hitam in Slow-cooker (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Soup)

“This dessert is so sinful!” I would hear my friends exclaim before digging into their sugar and flour laden dessert. But it doesn’t have to be so. Dessert can be a healthy treat. I always try to pick desserts made from nutritious ingredients like fruits, […]