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kimchi jjigae

Kimchi Jjigae (Pork & Kimchi Stew)

Soupy.  Hot.  Spicy.  Delicious.  Comforting.  Slurpy.  Sour. All the goodies in one pot and just perfect for an autumn/winter’s cold night.  That sourness of the cabbage kimchi, added with spiciness of gochujang sauce and sweetness of the pork belly helps to build up a perfectly balanced soupy stew for the whole family to indulge.  Best of all, ingredients can be added or omitted to suit your taste buds. To save time, I used store-bought kimchi which is as good.  Prep, cut the ingredients and chuck everything into one pot.  All in all, the prepping and cooking time doesn’t take more than 1 hour.  So easy, fast and indulgent.  This is my go-to one-pot stew when I crave for a comfort food. What’s your comfort food? Kimchi Jjigae Serves 2 Ingredient: 300 g kimchi (store-bought or home-made), drained & reserve juice 350 g chicken stock 300 g skinless & boneless pork belly, sliced into 2cm pieces 1/2 block silken tofu 3 spring onion, sliced diagonally, reserve some as garnish 1/2 onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, peeled …

Pork & prawn wonton soup

Heartwarming Pork & Prawn Wonton Soup

Hello everyone… The days are getting colder and colder.  The weather is getting more and more unpredictable.  While the northern hemisphereans are enjoying sunshine, beautiful bloom and bright weather changes.  The middle earthians are enjoying 365 days of predictable rain and sunshine.  The southern hemisphereans (like us in Ozzie) are getting the cold fronts and shorter daylight.  Let’s get those feet warmers out 🙂 When the cold hits, what better way to warm our hearts and souls with some home-made heartwarming dumpling soup 🙂 I treat wontons like soul-food – once you eat it, it heals the soul and warms the heart – a perfect dumpling soup when you’re feeling under the weather.  Once you’ve tasted it, poof, you’ll feel more joyful and a much better person. So, what are you waiting for?  Let’s wrap some wontons and get cooking now! Oh, and if you’re wanting to shed some sweat, checkout the wonton dumplings in chilli oil. Pork & Prawn Wonton Soup (adapted from Helen & Lisa Tse’s Dim Sum) Makes 25 pieces Ingredients: 1 pack wonton wrappers, …

Chicken and corn soup

Chicken & Corn Soup for the soul

My family loves to drink soup.  I guess it’s because of the way we were brought up to appreciate and love soup.  As a Chinese Malaysian, soup is a staple dish for dinner.  Home-cook soups are the tastiest because it’s made with love, patience and attention using the best, healthiest and simplest ingredients – without the usual overdose of MSG like the commercial-made soups in restaurants. The Chinese believe that if you are a married woman, you must know how to make soup because it will make our husbands happy when they come home from a long day’s work.  Thus, they will come home every night to drink that special soup – we call it yam tong (drink soup).  Of course, that was the old wives tale that my mum used to tell me.  In the current day, I, for example don’t even know how to make a decent bowl of soup until much much later. “Yea, my hubby’s very happy with this soup.  My mom and Grand mama will be proud of me!” I grew up with simple chicken & …

10-Minute Miso Soup

Happy New Year everyone! My very first post to welcome 2014. Have you ever had a situation where you don’t have enough fresh ingredients because you miscalculated the number of dishes to prepare in a meal? Well, I do…and when I encounter this situation, the 10-minute Miso Soup comes to my rescue. This is the easiest & fastest soup to make (and also the cheat-way) 🙂 My lil’ one loves Miso Soup and she can finish at least 2 bowls of it.  All you need is the Miso Paste, dry seaweed and tofu.  All ingredients can be easily purchased from your neighbourhood Asian Grocery. 10-Minute Miso Soup   Serves 4 Ingredients: 700ml water 2 tbsp Dashi miso paste 1 tsp dry seaweed 1/2 block soft tofu, cut into small squares Handful cut spring onion (optional) Method:  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. 2. While waiting for the water to boil, soak dry seaweed in small bowl of water for 10 minutes.  The seaweed will absorb the water and open up into leafy seaweed. …

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Caramelised Scallops and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

For my birthday, hubby got me a new cook book “Simple To Sensational” by Jun Tanaka.  The book outlines simple recipes that can be easily transformed to awesome dishes just by adding more ingredients or manipulating the recipe with a little variation.  So easy!  When I was browsing through the book, this particular recipe caught my eye because it is not only easy to make, it looks tasty – especially when the recipe has scallops in it. I love scallops and together with butternut squash, the soup produces a gentle sweetness that is perfect as a winter warmer.  When choosing the butternut squash, get the ones in colour with no hint of green as these will have deeper flavour.  If you can’t find butternut squash, you can easily replace it with pumpkin or carrots for variation.  It’s an easy dish to prepare for the whole family to enjoy and I’m sure they will love it. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup, Caramelised Scallops and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (adapted from Simple to Sensational) Serves 4 Ingredients: (Soup) 15g …