Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Caviar

Caviar, fish egg/roe is known to be one of the most expensive ingredients in the world. Don’t feel intimidated just because of the addition of caviar into this dish, we don’t need the expensive version, you can even use the flying fish/salmon roe like those used in sushi. Essential components: • Pasta, cooked to al…

Nasi Goreng with Prawn

  In Indonesia, fried rice is usually sold by hawkers and they would use chicken. Prawn fried rice is reserved only in restaurants and hotels and this is more so because of food safety, prawns don’t deteriorates fast and they just don’t last inside unrefrigerated hawker vendor’s shelf, but it is a great addition to…

Cocopandan Rum Cocktail

Cocopandan syrup is a typical South East Asian flavour of coconut and pandan, usually coloured red. The smell matches really well with the vanilla-like aroma of rum Components: (for 1) • 2 parts spiced rum • 1 part cocopandan syrup • Ice cubes Method: • Combine rum and syrup and stir well • Pour the…

Braised Chinese Cabbage

Wombok, also known as the Chinese cabbage is mostly known as the main ingredient in Kimchi. It is such an interesting vegetable, both hardy and delicate. It can withstand cooking significantly more than other leafy vegetables, it can absorb a lot of flavour, and yet, it has its own sweetness that shouldn’t be overpowered for…

Simple Breakfast Smoothie

This is my standard go-to breakfast smoothie, while the ingredients pictured below are fresh, it is perfectly fine to do this using frozen fruits. Essential components: • Banana, cut into chunks • Berries of your choice • Rolled oats • Soymilk Method: • Mix everything and blend for about a couple of minutes until smooth…

Nikujaga

Nikujaga literally means meat (niku) – potato (jaga). It is a Japanese braised dish of beef and potato (big surprise!) While this sounds like the making of a stew, there is no thickening involved, only reduction, so the end result is an intense broth instead of a thick sauce. It is one of the ubiquitos…

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee is one of the best coffee drink you will ever taste. It is deceptively simple to make and refreshing especially on hot weather. I am using the specialized Vietnamese coffee filter but you can just use a regular filter. Vietnamese coffee filter is really cheap and it is an investment worth making….

Mixed Mushroom Stirfry

I love mushrooms, they are often the supporting element in many dishes, but as main ingredient they are more than capable to perform. The key to cook this dish is to cook out most of the water in the mushrooms, other than that, it is just a simple stir fry. Essential components: • Button mushroom,…

Not Russian Salad

  Unlike Russian Salad, this version does not use potato and we are using pasta instead, so it is really a pasta salad with Russian salad flavour profile. Essential components: • Dried pasta • Frankfurters • Frozen peas, thawed, lightly steamed • Diced carrots, steamed • Dill pickle and dill pickle water From the pantry:…

Slow Cooker Black Sticky Rice Porridge

I am going traditional this time for a change, but this dish can be altered easily. Traditionally consumed as snack or dessert, it is a great warming aromatic comfort food. The final taste is just subtly sweet with the slightly salty coconut cream accent. Essential components: • Black sticky/glutinous rice, washed and drained • Coconut…

Prawn and Green Pepper pizza

  Ok, we have our dough and we have our pizza sauce, we can now assemble the pizza: Essential components: • Pizza dough • Pizza sauce • Green bellpepper/capsicum • Cheese • Prawns, cleaned, heads and tails removed • Salt and pepper Method: • Preheat your oven to the highest setting (I am baking my…

Cheat Pizza Dough

Following the previous post of my cheat pizza sauce, this is my quick pizza base. No yeast, no waiting, you use it instantly. You need very few ingredients and you don’t need to have a mixer for this. I will give you my measurements for 1 small pizza dough so you can scale it up…