fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #3: poached pears in jasmine tea

I’ve wanted to try poaching pears in tea for quite some time now as I’m a big fan of tea. I love the stuff, and where tea’s concerned, the stronger the cup, the better. There’s nothing like a proper mug of builder’s tea to get you going in the morning. I originally wanted to try … Continue reading

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It’s another taste of home with thebigfatnoodle’s version of chicken rice

chicken rice paradise a la thebigfatnoodle lah!  One of the things Singapore is most famous for is its Hainanese chicken rice. You’ll find a chicken rice stall in almost every single hawker centre or coffee shop. Like most hawker dishes, every country and every hawker stall owner in the region has his or her own … Continue reading

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A meal of mixed emotions

A meal of mixed emotions I was meant to post this yesterday as part of a happy occasion, a celebration of my Singaporean roots as today is Singapore’s National Day. Unfortunately, I’m distracted and saddened by the riots still taking place here in the UK. It’s hard to explain how I feel on days like today. I effectively … Continue reading

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carrot cake asian style (savoury and not sweet)

Carrot cake is one of my favourite dishes but I’m referring to the savoury, fried version you get from hawker stalls in Singapore & Malaysia as opposed to the sweet teatime cake with icing. In Asia, fried carrot cake is traditionally eaten for breakfast but I love it at any time of the day. The key ingredient … Continue reading

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auntie mona’s seriously awesome noodles… typical cantonese-style home cooking

Auntie Mona is my father’s oldest sister and immigrated to Edinburgh well before I took the form of a soy bean in my mummy’s tummy. Though I’d met her as a child when she used to visited us in Singapore, I really remembered her as the mysterious auntie who lived abroad but very kindly always … Continue reading

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