Soya sauce pork with eggs and fried bean-curd is a delectable dish to go with rice, especially when boiled for long hours till the pork is soft and melt in the mouth, and the bean-curd absorbed the flavor of the sauce. With only the bean-curd left after all other ingredients had been consumed, I used the bean-curd to create another dish by stir frying with preserved bamboo shoots and chilly & pepper corns.
17 August 2014
We celebrated our daughter's birthday by having brunch at the Raffles Hotel restaurant HALIA which offers European cuisine with Asian inspirations at affordable price.
A spacious restaurant with green environment and a collection of wood-carved tables. Large French windows to let in an abundance of daylight.
Once seated a large basket of assorted bread, scones and pastries was offered served with clotted cream, butter and jam to go with
Hot and cold cinnamon infusions with orange syrup and mint berry mocktai
The Salmon pate ($16) was served in a glass jar topped by roast floret, tomato and cauliflower puree with vanilla. The texture of the pinkish salmon was smooth and served, and to be eaten, together with baguettes
The Oriental Pulled Duck ($18) is light and refreshing. The flavorful duck was served with soba , tossed in sesame oil, which gives a contrasting texture to the meat
Sous vide lamb rack ($49), done to tender medium-rare perfection, is accompanied by a delectable artichoke, green peas and arugula
Must try chilli crab pasta where the thick gravy covered every strain of pasta. There was real crab meat
A grilled breakfast with poached eggs ($23) that comes with Italian pork sausage, sweetened bacon, portobello mushroom, vine tomato and toasted sourdough
Oriental dish of steamed tender halibut to go with Japanese sesame rice garnished with pickled cucumbers
Pork Square - compacted meatloaf crisply fried with poached eggs, stewed beans, spinach and diced vegetables
A lemon curd cake for birthday girl
16 August 2014
To eat healthily we occasionally replace rice with couscous. Couscous are healthy whole grains and is good for the body and helps with weight loss. Couscous gives a feeling of fullness, thus curbing hunger. It is a specific cultural dish mainly found in Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean areas.
Steam couscous till fluffy. When cold add in whatever food or vegetables you fancy and it makes a healthy and balance meal. For this meal I added in zucchini, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes and flaky salmon.
27 July 2014
With all the eating and drinking one needs to detox occasionally to maintain good health. This soup helps to cleanse and enhance blood metabolism -
Shengdi (生 地)
Chuantaipian (川 太 片)
Baishao (白 芍)
Maidong (麦 冬)
Xuanshen (玄 参)
Haima - Seahorse (海 马)
Gancao (甘 草)
Simmer with meat for approximately 3 hours
20 July 2014
Baking bread is not my cup of tea. I had tried numerous times but without success, either the dough did not rise or the bread is hard and when throw against the wall it can bounce back. Time is needed to wait for proofing and rising of the dough which I lack the patience. There are blogs that featured "no rise bread" which I tried and succeed.
19 July 2014
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12 July 2014
Yee Fu noodles are easy to cook. Cook in boiling water till soft and drain dry. Fry the vegetables (mushrooms, cabbage, chives, carrot, black fungus) with a can of "Lor Han Chia", seasons and add a bit of dark soya sauce. Stir in the noddles and mix well.
The noodles have to use up immediately after purchase as they tend to go rancid easily if kept too long.
29 June 2014
A soup for women : notoginseng / tian qi, codonopsis root / dang shen, lean meat, red dates and ginger
Notoginseng root revitalizes blood. Codonopsis root nourishes heart. Red dates replenish blood. Ginger warms the body and stomach
Suitable for backaches, poor blood circulation, cold limbs and sleep disorders. The soup is not suitable for pregnant women
22 June 2014
There are many cheap eateries in New Town and we settled for Thai food.
The food portion serves in Australia are big and a lot. We ordered a few dishes and shared