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Growing up, lunch on Saturday typically consisted of a quick fry-up by mom before she proceeded to do the housekeeping or marketing for the week. I have fond memories of waking up to all sorts of Mee Gorengs (Fried Noodles) or Nasi Gorengs (Fried Rice) - utilizing all of the week's leftover ingredie...

I recently hosted 30 of my husbands colleagues at our home for a housewarming-open house-dinner thing which was set and confirmed a week before the event. ONE WEEK to come with and shop for a dinner spread that's good for parties (without being party deep-fried-finger food), delicious and also most...

To me, chicken soup is THE great unifier. No matter where in the world and what culture you come from, there is always your version of a steaming bowl of chicken soup that hits the spot! Besides, they did name a whole series of self-help books "Chicken Soup for the Soul" you know. 

The idea is simple...

Gyudon quite literally translates to beef bowl in Japanese, and is a favorite comfort food in Japan and beyond. It's beauty is in it's simplicity - steaming bowl of rice topped with a heavy hand of stir fried beef and sautéed onions, marinated in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with dashi and soy sauc...

Here in Singapore, dumplings are a crowd pleaser for breakfast, lunch and even supper. These small juicy pockets of meat and seafood are usually shared with friends and family. Communal dining is the backbone of Asian food and I wanted to bring that energy to a party I was hosting over the Chinese N...

Mee Pok is a Chinese noodle dish with Teochew origins - a popular hawker meal all around Southeast Asia. Here in Singapore, almost everyone has slurped on a big bowl of these egg noodles at least once in their life. The magic is in the sauce that the noodles are tossed in - a clever mix of spicy, sa...

Porridge is healthy, wholesome, comforting and not to mention extremely economical - just a cup of rice is used to make an entire pot of porridge enough for an entire family of 6!  Oh and did I mention delicious?  YES it is de-li-cious!

There are of course many variations to fish porridge -...

In most cultures, stingrays are a delicacy but this fish is commonly cooked in most parts of Asia - either in curries, stews or barbecued. It's flesh is soft (especially in smaller rays), it produces a velvety gelatinous juice and melts off the bones when cooked. What's more, the bones are completel...

Anchovies is better known as ikan bilis in Asia and is consumed completely differently in this part of the world. Anchovies are dried instead of cured in oil, making them high in salt content. However, it's potent flavor allows for it to be used sparingly in Asian cooking. This tiny fish is also sma...

A favorite in every Chinese household, this dish symbolizes good wealth and good fortune and is a must-have during holiday gatherings and special occasions. The Chinese character for 'fish' has the same pronunciation as 'surplus' and is said to indicate a family's abundance of food and good fortune...

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