Photoessay : Morning Market Scenes in Siem Reap

Last July, we made a short trip out to Siem Reap, Cambodia and we took two food tours during our five day stay. Both our morning and evening tour was with Steven Halcrow , co-founder of Siem Reap Food Tours and an experienced chef. Steve’s familiarity with the Khmer language, food and the sprawling Pasar…

Scarlet Nonya Chicken Curry (Kari Kay)

” Is it simmering? Sizzling? Browning? Steaming? Good cooks heed these signs – the landmarks that will guide you to deliciousness, rather than precise temperatures on oven dials and specific cooking times.” Samin Nosrat for The Guardian This could not be more true than for cooking a curry.The way your ingredients react to heat is…

Rice cooker Mushroom Biryani

Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients to cook with and eat. They come in an astounding array of colours, shapes and textures. Just look at my mushroom ‘garden’-slender enoki, meaty shiitake, gorgeous maitake (hen of the woods) and king oyster mushrooms and the cutest of them all – bunashimeji mushrooms. When we were in…

Aromatic Roast Chicken in Coconut Milk

Last few weeks since we’ve been back from Tokyo, I’ve been tinkering with several cake recipes that use matcha (Japanese green tea) but I still haven’t found one that accentuates the lovely aroma and flavour of it.  I desperately wanted to post a Japanese-inspired recipe but things did not work out. Oh well. That’s for…

Tom Yum Chicken Skewers

  I was inspired by all things Thai this week as I had initially planned to make a quick trip to Bangkok but ended up cancelling plans as there’s still so much to unpack and clear after our move back to Singapore. So while unpacking the boxes that had recently been shipped over, I’ve been…

No-bake Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

This recipe is almost embarrassing but I was compelled to share it with you because it tasted like cheesecake pudding. I had lofty ideas of a sky high layered cake but the darn humidity had other plans. Because there was no way a meringue nor the baker would survive 89% humidity. So a recipe for…

Quadruple Salted Chocolate Loaf Cake

  There is something quite poetical about this cake- the way the centre ruptures like an abundant cleavage is poetical because it speaks of its hidden sumptuousness and decadence that would only reveal itself when its cut open. And this is a special kind of chocolate poetry as it involves very minimal work – everything…

Kimchi Chicken Fried Rice + A Homecoming

It feels incredibly good to be able to use the internet again! For the past few weeks since we’ve gotten back home to Singapore, we’ve been cable tv-less and internet-less. And to top it all off, everything in the house has been revolting against our year long absence – television’s temperamental, sinks completely choked, a…

Sausage Meat Pasta

  Unlike the previous savoury recipe, this one’s a cinch to make because the idea for this Sausage Meat Pasta came to me when we were on holiday (I can’t remember where) and tired of eating out. Luckily, we had a small kitchenette,some kitchen supplies and essentials like olive oil, salt and pepper and a…

Salted Milk Caramel Fudge Brownies

  I’m not quite sure when I ate the first brownie but it must have been from a bakery in my neighbourhood. I remember that I was not particularly pleased with its cakey, dry texture and weird tasting walnut. But then, later in my teens, I discovered the Betty Crocker brownie box mix and my…

Moroccan Carrot Tarte Tatin

So this is my first post in 2015. We’ve finally settled down in our rented apartment in Auckland and started to enjoy summer in our new home. It has been an interesting experience thus far as we’d both thought that the New Zealand summer would be similar to the weather in Singapore. We were proven…