Browsing All posts tagged under »Asian«

Steamed tapioca layer cake

September 28, 2014


This little steamed tapioca layer cake goes by many names and comes up in a number of different reincarnations across South East Asia. In Singapore and Malaysia it’s referred to as keuh (or kuih) lapis. In Vietnam, bánh da lợn is a version where the layers typically feature mashed mung beans. Thailand also has a […]

Chicken “noodle” salad

September 15, 2014


You know the other thing I like about spring? The move towards lighter eating. ‘Tis the season to munch on healthy salads and shed the excess weight gained during the hibernation months. I’m being extra good with this carb free chicken “noodle” salad. How is a noodle salad carb free you ask? Well…it’s not actually […]

Spaghetti and zucchini strips in sichuan pepper oil

September 2, 2014


Officially in spring now guys! Yay for more sun but boo for the onset of hayfever season. I’m really lovin’ the longer hours of daylight. Being able to go home when there it’s still light outside is putting a little spring back in my step so with some luck, this should mean I can get […]

Bubble tea

August 28, 2014


I still haven’t gotten back into the swing of my more regular blogging, so this will just be a short post. Not really a recipe, but consider it as vague  directions for how to make your own pearl milk tea at home. Or bubble tea, pearl tea, boba tea, whatever you call it. I’m of […]

Black sesame and green tea panna cotta

May 15, 2014


The genesis of this black sesame and green tea panna cotta came about through a merging of 2 things; my idea of doing an ‘Asian’ flavoured panna cotta and my desire to make a visually dramatic 2 tone dessert. To keep with the Asian flavours, I’ve used soy milk instead of regular milk and I […]

~15 minute kaya recipe

April 13, 2014


The last recipe left me with 4 egg yolks to find a use for, and what better than to make some kaya? If you need to ask what kaya is; you have been deprived a great treasure. Commiserations. Kaya is a South East Asian condiment that is widely referred to as a ‘coconut jam’. However if […]

Warm beef and watercress salad

March 12, 2014


This is going to be like a merger of the two themes from my February posts – it’s a Vietnamese style salad :). Now I can’t really vouch for how authentic my recipe is going to be, I kinda made it up as I went along. All I had to go on was beef and […]

Barley water

January 14, 2014


Fellow Melbournians how are you coping in this heat wave? 35°C yesterday, a top of 44.5°C today and still in the 40’s until the cool change hits on Friday night. Eeekkk! This girl does not handle the hot very well so strategies need to be in place to prepare me for the worst. When one […]

Clear chicken stock and a quick noodle soup

October 16, 2013


I hadn’t planned on writing a post about a basic clear chicken stock because it feels a bit like I’m trying to teach you how to suck eggs, but at a friend’s suggestion I’m going to share a few thoughts on it. She had seemed rather surprised that I bothered to make my own and […]

Yeonga Premium Grill & Bar

May 20, 2013


It’s only been happening in the last couple of years, but the Victoria Street precinct just opposite the Queen Victoria Market has gradually been transforming into a thriving hub for Korean cuisine. Particularly of the barbeque variety. Every time I’ve driven past the area, I’ve made a mental note to eat there and finally, I […]

Green tea and chocolate tart recipe

March 28, 2013


Green tea and chocolate is a beautiful marriage of bitter and sweet. My first encounter with this combination was almost a decade ago in Hong Kong when a friend and I found and fell in love with Meiji’s matcha green tea “MeltyKiss”. MeltyKiss is Meiji’s line of chocolate truffles. These truffles are delectable; a velvety […]

Sweet and spicy chicken ribs recipe

February 28, 2013


It’s no secret that I’m a little bit in love with Adam Liaw (winner of Masterchef series 2). One of the highlights last year was meeting him at the Food for Thought event. I really like his cooking style, he’s an eloquent speaker and just seems like a all round nice guy. I’ve picked up […]

Looking for some inspiration

February 26, 2013


My good run of regular posting has come to a rather abrupt end in February, and for once I’m not going to blame it on being busy. Although it has actually been a busy month with Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations, a going away and numerous birthdays, including my beloved father’s; that hasn’t been the […]

Young coconut sorbet recipe

January 21, 2013


Young coconut juice is one of the most refreshing drinks you can have on a hot day. Just go to any tropical and sub tropical region for proof of this – it’s one of their staple drinks. So can you just imagine how awesome it would be in frozen dessert form? But surprisingly, it’s not […]

Vietnamese meatballs (nem nuong) recipe take 2

January 15, 2013


I’ve got a confession to make. Contrary to what I said last year, I did not go back to follow my friend’s sister’s nem nuong recipe to the tee. I was going to, but then when I picked up the bag of nem nuong curing powder, I was convinced out of it. My partner in […]

Pomegranate and floral green tea recipe

December 22, 2012


My propensity to mix drinks started long before I learnt how to mix a vodka cranberry. One of the more legendary concoctions my brother and I came up with in our childhood involved 2 different flavoured cordials, 3 types of milks (regular, soy and condensed), jam, salt and lemonade. Sounds horrific to me now, but […]

Young coconut jellies recipe

December 20, 2012


Just a quick and easy one for those sudden little events that pop up over the festive season. I made these coconut jellies for a recent morning tea at work. It occurred to me just as I was getting ready for bed that I hadn’t prepared anything, so it was about working some magic in […]

Tom Phat

December 17, 2012


My friend offered to take me out to a nice ‘Thai’ place for dinner near her place last week, and I couldn’t suppress my surprise when she took me to Tom Phat (184 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC). They do dinner here? For some strange reason, I only associated Tom Phat with breakfast. I think it might […]

Black sesame icecream recipe

November 15, 2012


I don’t want to gloat too much, but I’m such a lucky girl. The ice cream maker attachment for my beloved Kitchenaid has finally arrived – just in time for summer too! I know what you’re thinking…is it really worth all the effort to make your own ice cream? And how much ice cream would […]

A couple of markets around town

May 27, 2012


My love of markets started at a young age. I have fond memories of our family’s weekly treks to the good old Vic Market. Mum and Dad would hustle us onto a tram or occasionally bundle us into the back seat of their very run down little hatch to fetch the essentials for the week. […]