Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Some homemade meals and a short break

Normally my mother decides what to cook for vegetable dishes (my parents are vegetarian and we cook vegetable and meat dishes separately). The meat dishes are forever the same. If there is fish, we steam or pan-fry; if there is prawn, we stir-fry; if there is chicken, we braise. We seldom eat pork cos we have a helper at home. If I'm eating alone, I like to steam chicken with red dates and wolfberries - quick and delicious. Or just steam minced pork and egg.

This was the rare time I cooked something special. Homemade Char Siew from Baking Mum - a non-baked version. I bought wu hua rou (五花肉) which is recommended for making char siew. But I still find it a little tough. But the braising sauce was really sweet and nice.

This was Mashed Potatoes with Eggs 偷师 from Wendy. Using a simple ratio of 1 russet potato : 1 hard boiled egg : 1 tbsp butter, the taste was so good! Definitely going to keep this recipe well.

Lastly, this Chicken Macaroni Soup with Wolfberries was my eat-alone meal. I don't really have a recipe, just anyhow cook. Writing it down for my own reference and for future adjustment.

(serves 1)
1. Boil 1/2 cup macaroni with water till almost cooked.
2. Add 50g chicken fillet (sliced thinly).
3. When the chicken is cooked, add in 10 wolfberries, some sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste.

* Sorry if you find the recipe too simple. It is strictly according to my boring tastebuds, which prefer plain food... garlic, spring onions, shallots are out for me, and I don't need chicken powder or other extra seasoning. The wolfberries are added to make it healthier, it is very good our eyes especially.


Lastly, as I foresee myself not going to update this blog very often, just treat me as if I'm taking a short break. I will still write some post but it will be slow and taking my own sweet time. Meanwhile, I just rest and relax, recharging and be back with goodies.



  1. your home-made char siu looks nice, I drool the moment I see it on fb. Have a good break :)

  2. 好好享受吧!!

  3. Nice! I love the simple macaroni. I love the simplicity and the healthy version!

  4. glad to hear you enjoyed the mash potatoes!
    For the chasiew, I also tried that recipe once. I felt it was dry.
    I suggest you try to cook it immediately w/o marinating. The flavour will still be good and meat not dry. The long hours marinating with the sugar actually dried up the meat. If it's baked, it's fine, but for boiling the long hours sugar in the marinade is a big no no.

  5. noobcook: Thanks! Yes, but I'm still around, on fb very often too. Hehe!

    myme: 会的,其实我一直都在。只是很没有动力去好好的写blog。与其乱乱写,不如不写。来fb找我咯!

    Jane: Thanks! I think nobody will like my macaroni, too plain. Hehe.

    Wendy: Yes, I like the mashed potatoes very much, recommend it to a few people already. Thanks for the tips for char siew, never knew marinating with sugar will dry up the meat. I shall try it again. :)

  6. I'm so drooling over your pictures though, really want to try them!

  7. 五花肉 is it pork belly? Why dont u try pork shoulder? I once made the mistake of using pork belly, it definitely wasn't as nice as using pork shoulder meat. You can use Lily Ng or Violet Fenying's baked char siew recipe, I tried both recipes a few times and the results were quite nice. You can refer to the 2 recipes here

    1. I always thought 五花肉 is good for making char siew. I must get pork shoulder next time. Thanks for your links. :)