Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Fruits for Chinese New Year

These fruits are favourite during Chinese New Year.

Mini Pumpkins are known as lucky melons and they are a favourite because of its gold colour. Having golden pumpkins in the house means having gold in the house.

Tangerines are favourite too because they symbolised wealth. The chinese character "Da Ji Da Li" symbolised good luck.

Pomelo symbolised good fortune and prosperity.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Local Pastry

These are local pastries which are a favourite among the locals. They are more traditional pastries which are found in Chinatown

Monday, January 28, 2008

Chinese New Year 2008 Goodies

Stall selling Dried Persimmon.

Dried candies-a favourite during Chinese New Year. It will be placed in a candy box/tray with 8 different compartments. Eight is an auspicious number for Chinese, it meant sudden fortune.

Different candies have different meanings. Candied melons symbolised growth and good health, lotus seeds symbolised lots of offspring.

Melon seeds-it is a symbol of joy and sincerity.

Pistachios from USA.

Assorted sweets also a must during Chinese New Year. It symbolised a sweet year.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Chinese New Year 2008-Goodies

There are many such stalls in Chinatown selling cookies for the festive period. This stall is selling 5 boxes of cookies for $11 but on Chinese New Year Eve, the price will be slashed to just 50 cents a bottle.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Wood Ear Fungus and Mushroom Recipe

Wood ear fungus or "Mu Er" belongs to the mushroom family and known to have antitumour and cholesterol lowering properties. Most mushrooms are beneficial and are fat free and cholesterol free and known to fight against diseases (such as cancer), so start eating mushrooms.The mushroom/wood ear fungus that I ate, are purchased from grocery shops and are tested and approved by our strict food authority. If you will do wild mushrooms picking, please do be careful as some mushrooms are posionous and can easily misidentified as woodear fungus.

(Very Chinese Dish)-Braised mushroom with woodear fungus and lily buds and tim chok.

100 gm Dried Chinese mushrooms
Dried lily buds
Tim Chok(Sweetened Bean Curd Strips)
Dried wood ear fungus
Black Moss (Fa cai)
2 pcs dried oyster
1 clove garlic (minced)
1tbsp of cornflour

1 1/2 tbsp Oyster sauce or to taste
2 tbsp of chinese wine
salt to taste

1. Soaked all the dried ingredients (except fa cai) with boiling hot water until soften.
2. For the mushrooms, cut the stem off of each mushroom and if the mushroom is too big, cut into bite sizes. For the lily buds, cut the top harder part off (like a black tip) and tight it into a knot. For woodear fungus, just cut it into smaller pieces. Cut the tim chok into half pieces.
3. Marinate mushroom, dried oyster with garlic and 1 tbsp of cornflour.
4. Boil some water. When boiled, add the marinated mushrooms, woodear and seasoning. Let it simmer for about 1 1/2hour . Adjust taste of oyster sauce and salt.
5. Lastly add in the lily buds,tim chok during the last 15 mins and add fa cai during the last 5 mins and let it simmer for 5-10 mins.
Serve hot!
Note: For dried wood ears, soak them in warm water till soft. They will expand to up to five times their initial dry size. Then rinse off any dirt carefully.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Teochew Porridge Buffet at Joaquim Buffet Restaurant, Suntec City

We had Teochew Porridge Buffet at Joaquim Buffet Restaurant, Suntec City. Although it is teochew porridge buffet, they do have hainanese, cantonese and taiwanese specialities too. It costs us $9.90 nett during weekdays and it is slightly more pricer for weekend. There are more food, but I just share some photos of the food we eat.

There are many such stalls in the restaurants. They are part of the display sets for buffets.

Sweet potato porridge - this is good if you dont feel like eating rice. Sometimes, when I dont feel well, I will eat this porridge, it is not oily and dont have much ingredients.

Yam rice

Soya Sauce Chicken

Thailand fish cake

Very soft peanuts, goes well with porridge.

"Chai Poh" Omelette. Chai Poh means preserved vegetables. It is on the salty side. Also goes well with porridge.

Fried Chicken Wings

Kiam Chye - Very salty preserved vegetables.

Assorted braised food - beancurd, beancurdstick, pork belly.

Achar - this is our local pickle with sweet and sour taste..yummy.
Hae Bee Hiam - Dried shrimp chillied, my favourite.

Mapo tofu - this is a taiwanese specialities, it is also known as spicy bean curd. Actually this dish is so named because legend had it that there was this widow who has a pock marked face and her bean curd dish is so delicious and so people named it after her. Ma means disfigured face with pock marks and Po meant old woman. Sometimes it is nice and interesting to know the story of your food.

This is braised chicken feet. Hmmm...I never like chicken feet but I dont mind frog legs...hahaha

For dessert, this is one of my favourite. Bulot Hitam or Black Porridge.Joaquim Buffet Restaurant
Level 1 Suntec Singapore (Convention Centre), Singapore
Mon – Fri
11am - 3pmSat, Sun & Public Holidays11am - 4pm

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Nian Gao

It is the time of the year that this bakery shop comes alive. This bakery shop is known as Da Zhong Guo. The only time you can see long queues at this bakery shop is before Chinese New Year (popular for their Nian Gao) and before Moon Cake Festival (popular for their moon cakes).

For those who believed in the Kitchen God, it is a must to offer Nian Gao to the Kitchen God one week before the Chinese New Year. As the Nian Gao is make of glutinous rice and tasted very sweet, so that the Kitchen God after consuming the cake will report sweet things to heaven. That is the time when the Kitchen God will report to the Jade Emperor in Heaven about the characters of every household. (It is something like he is making a list of who is good or who is bad). To know more about the story of the kitchen god:click here

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jack's Place Set Lunch

Jack's Place set lunch never fail me. I simply love going there for a nice meal. Their garlic bread are forever nice and when dip into the creamy soup it is gorgeous. Yummy. Their price are very reasonable and the food good. That is why Jack's Place has been around for a long time since the sixties.Their set lunch comes with garlic bread, soup, main course, dessert and coffee or tea. It costs only $8 and you can change the main course to executive course it costs $10.50.

Garlic Bread

Creamy Seafood Soup - piping hot and creamy.......delicious

Half done steak

Dory Fillet with baked potato.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Indian Rojak

One of the dish we had at the food court in Singapore Botanic Garden is Indian Rojak. It is a Muslim-Indian dish of various vegetables and seafood deep fried in batter and they come with some sweet sauce and chilli sauce.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Dim Sum

Yesterday, we had dim sum at Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen in Plaza Singapura. We love the dim sum at most of the Crystal Jade Restaurants all over Singapore. My youngest son simply love the "har gow" dim sum here.

Century Egg Congee (Pei Tan Chok) - rice porridge cooked with lean meat and century egg and garnished with spring onions and 'you tiao' (fried dough stick).

Fried Wantan

Crispy beancurd skin roll with fillings

Soya Sauce Chicken

Chee Cheong Fun or Rice Noodle Roll made from rice flour and water. The chee cheong fun come with ingredients (shrimps or char siew) and had to be eaten with the sweet soya sauce pour over it. These are commonly served in restaurants while those sold in coffee shop/kopi tiam are not as tasty and do not have any ingredients in them.

Oh, this is my youngest son favourite. Each time we had dim sum, he would order three baskets of har gow or shrimp dumplings (each basket consists of 4 har gow) means son can eat about 10 or more of They come steaming hot and had to be eaten while hot otherwise it does not taste good. The skin of each har gow is made from wheat flour and potato starch and there is a huge shrimp in it.

This is a very chinese bun called Pau or Bao . The fillings can be meat or red bean, etc. The above photo is "char siu pau". Char Siu means BBQ pork.

"Siew Mai" or shaomai is traditional chinese dumpling.

Gluntinous rice wrapped in Lotus leaf.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Green Curry Chicken Set

I had this Green Curry Chicken Rice Set for lunch at the food court. But I dont really like it cause it is not spicy enough for me despite of me adding more chilli. I think I prefer the Red Curry Chicken.