Monthly Archives: February 2021

  1. A Plant-Based 3-Course Meal: The Starter, The Savoury, and The Sweet

    A Plant-Based 3-Course Meal: The Starter, The Savoury, and The Sweet
    After the back-to-back festive feasting during Christmas and Chinese New Year, chances are your body is yearning for a clean diet. Here’s where a plant-based diet can help! High in fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals, the meat-free ingredients help you maintain a good energy level throughout the day, improve digestion, and boost overall health. Concerned that eating clean means eating bland or boring? Have no fear! Here’s a “free trial” to help you sample a meal’s worth of tasty plant-based dishes and find out whether it’s for you!

    Start Off With The Avocado Banana Smoothie

    We’re starting off creamy, sweet, and healthy! Smoothies are a delicious way to easily get all the goodness on the go with little to no preparation. All you need is a strong trusty blender, and once you pop everything in, you’re ready to go! Get this, it only needs 5 ingredients and 5 minutes - perfect for you to start the day quickly. Ingredients:
    • 1 large frozen banana
    • 1/2 medium ripe avocado
    • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
    • 1 large handful of greens of choice
    • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or any dairy-free milk)
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  2. 5 Speedy Dishes to Make with Your Lunar New Year Leftovers

    5 Speedy Dishes to Make with Your Lunar New Year Leftovers
    The pandemic may have changed how we gather and celebrate Lunar New Year, but one thing remains constant, pandemic or not: too much hotpot leftovers and not knowing what to do with them. Before you throw out the concentrated hotpot broth or do away with the last few slices of kurobuta pork, take a look at these five simple recipes that make full use of your hotpot leftovers.

    Teriyaki pork or beef

    Pork cuts meant for hotpot and shabu shabu are thinly-sliced and unsuitable for roasting or baking. Not to worry! Make an easy teriyaki stir-fry with it and eat it in a sandwich with shiso or mustard leaves, or with rice. Serves 4 Ingredients:
    • Leftover pork or beef slices sufficient for three to four people, or about 200g (if you don’t have enough meat, halve the rest of the ingredients)
    • 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce
    • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thinly
    • Chilli slices (optional)
    • 1 stalk of spring onion, sliced, for garnishing
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
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  3. Chicken Dumplings Recipe: A Healthy Dim Sum Treat

    Chicken Dumplings Recipe: A Healthy Dim Sum Treat
    Think about the best chicken dumplings that you've tasted, but this time - with a crunchier, healthier, juicy and sweet wrap! Hmm, but is Dimsum healthy in the first place? Good news, it can be depending on the ingredients and mode of preparation! For our friends who are practising the keto diet, this recipe would be perfect for you. Because forget flour wrappers, this Chicken and Cabbage dim sum takes it up a notch by replacing them with the mighty cabbage instead. Alternatively, you can always go dough-free! Stinge on your salt and use natural flavouring such as anchovies. Anchovies release a rich, umami flavour that can add a layer of complexity when emulsified in a sauce or soup. With cabbage acting as a natural sugar substitute, this dim sum is a balance of sweet and salty. Besides, there are so many natural substitutes - both cooking and baking substitutes that could make their way into your dish. If you're already getting hungry, let's dive right in. Try this recipe, because we're sure it will definitely make it to your list of favourite dim sum treats. This recipe used the Kenwood Multipro Compact.
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  4. Speedy Chinese New Year Snacks for the Time (and Pineapple Tart) Starved

    Speedy Chinese New Year Snacks for the Time (and Pineapple Tart) Starved
    It looks like we are not out of the Covid-19 woods yet, and we can’t quite let our hair down and enjoy the festivities like we used to. With social distancing regulations limiting only 8 people for Lunar New Year gatherings, this year’s celebrations will be muted and minimalist. But to some, it can be a refreshing change from the yearly toiling in the kitchens, just to cook up a multi-course feast for guests who can’t finish their food. Snacks and small bites that can be easily prepared for a low-key crowd are key to keeping the festive spirit alive, especially in these challenging times. Here is a list of easy to make snacks that can be whipped up in an hour or less.

    Quick pineapple tarts

    Instead of making the pineapple paste from scratch, you could get ready-made from baking supplies shops such as Phoon Huat. *Makes 40 Ingredients for pastry dough:
    • 200g of all-purpose flour
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 tablespoon of water
    • 100g of butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
    1. Rub the butter into the flour. Add egg, salt and water. Mix well to create a smooth dough ball.
    2. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and leave the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You could prepare the dough the night before and c
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  5. Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day with these Melty Snowball Truffles

    Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day with these Melty Snowball Truffles
    The season for love is coming. This Valentine's Day, sweeten up your date with these melt-in-your-mouth Snowball Truffles. Soft, delicious, and creamy, these sweet treat is a perfect way to show your better half just how they melt your heart.


      60 g white chocolate
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  6. Have a Crack at this Fortune Cookie Recipe

    Have a Crack at this Fortune Cookie Recipe
    Whenever Chinese New Year is around the corner, homemade fortune cookies are one of the best ways to welcome the festive season. This recipe isn't only easy; the most fun part lies in unfolding your “secret” fortune inside the fortune cookie! To make the baking process more enjoyable (as if it already isn't), invite a friend or your children to this DIY session. Fun fact: Did you know that the fortune cookie is not a Chinese invention? In fact, its origins can be traced back to Japan! The cookie was subsequently popularised in the United States by Japanese immigrants.


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  7. Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts

    Taiwanese Pineapple Tarts
    In Taiwan, pineapple cake is called “鳳梨酥 (fèng lí sū)” and they are commonly shaped into rectangle which is greatly different from its South East Asian counterparts. The fillings too, is softer and lighter in color as winter melon is cooked slowly with pineapple.


      300 g winter melon
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