Browsing All posts tagged under »Coconut«

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 […]

~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 […]

Fish in spicy coconut sauce

January 31, 2014


Happy new year guys! Yes Chinese new year (CNY) has come around again :). The past week or so has been a little nutty with getting things ready. I’ve spent the long weekend cleaning the house, getting all my gift shopping in order, making CNY treats and preparing for the big family dinner tonight (officially […]

Sweet corn and sticky rice pudding (chè bắp) recipe

October 11, 2013


I’m not one of those highly organised people who goes to the market with a shopping list. The only time I ever really have a list is when I want to make a specific dish that contains ingredients I don’t usually have around the house. I shop mainly based on what’s on sale and looks […]

Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier at The Star

September 3, 2013


Sydney has many big names in food, but Adriano Zumbo has piqued my curiousity more than others. He burst onto the scene during the first season of Masterchef and since then has become the much feared ‘dessert master’ for many pressure tests on the show. His popularity (or notoriety) on the show then became a […]

Bubur chacha (摩摩喳喳) recipe

July 31, 2013


Is it any news that I love sweets? And warm Chinese style sweet soups are so comforting in the winter. They’re so homely and really remind me of my childhood when mum would cook up a pot of sweet soup after dinner if we bugged her enough about it. While my mum didn’t ever make […]

Jackfruit and ‘pomegranate’ in coconut soup (chè mít hạt lựu) recipe

July 3, 2013


I always knew that I would love pomegranate, even before I ever tried the fruit. It sounds strange, but it’s because I spent a large portion of my childhood eating and loving imitation pomegranate (hạt lựu)! (Top photo of just the pomegranate seeds is courtesy of Though I didn’t actually know those jellies were […]

Apple berry crumble recipe

May 23, 2013


I always find it a little disappointing going fruit shopping in the colder months; many of my favourite fruits have disappeared off the shelves and there’s not all that much in season. Apples however are in abundance over the autumn months. I suppose they are a good fruit to cook with, which is useful seeing […]

Lamingtons recipe

January 29, 2013


Like many of my fellow Australians, I spent the weekend just past baking lamingtons in a bid to celebrate Australia Day. For any overseas visitors, the lamington is a quintessential Aussie dessert. And unlike the highly contested pavlova, there is no dispute on the lamington’s country of origin. It’s definitely Aussie, supposedly named after its […]

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 […]

Creamy mango sorbet recipe

January 4, 2013


One of the best things about summer is the fruits and vegetables that come into season. Some of my all time favourites become available: cherries, berries, grapes, watercress, avocado, cherries, lychees, watermelon, beans, eggplant, sweetcorn, mango, cherries, longan, rambutan…I could go on and on. Loving the onslaught of summer fruit and veg! The only downside […]

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 […]

Food for Thought with Adam Liaw at Foodbank Victoria

April 3, 2012


I have taken a slight hiatus from the blog last month and here are my excuses; 1. March is wedding season prime time, and 2. the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) also happens to run in March. So while I’ve had plenty of blog fodder, time has been really scarce. Thankfully, things appear to […]

Eggplant in a spicy coconut gravy recipe

January 9, 2012


You could be easily mistaken into thinking that I’m one of those bloggers who love to eat out, but shies away from the kitchen. I haven’t exactly posted up many recipes, and those I did post were all sweets anyway. In my defense, I do love to cook, I just find it so hard to […]

Coconut cupcakes with pandan sago pudding filling and pandan buttercream recipe

July 13, 2011


One could say that I am going through a bit of a coconut and pandan phase. It’s timed well given a recent Masterchef pressure test with Dan Hong’s pandan chiffon cake served with coconut sago and black sesame icecream. Also, I’d been waiting for an opportunity to try a recipe from my favourite cupcake blogger – Chockylit for […]

Pandan and coconut macaron recipe

June 6, 2011


Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 2 years, you would know that the nation’s love affair for the little French confectionery is near fever pitch. They’re even more fashionable than cupcakes. People will line up for these delicious little sweets! I think it’s fair to say that we can all blame Masterchef. Ever since […]