Baked sago pudding (270 calories per serve)


My friend had been craving baked sago pudding, something that is generally easy to find at yum cha restaurants. However, the yum cha restaurant we went to didn’t have baked sago pudding on their menu – shock horror! So I decided I’ll make one for her when she came to visit. I wasn’t sure which…

Herbal pork noodle soup (668 calories per serve)


This pork noodle soup is a variation of my mom’s recipe, which she loosely calls “ba mee nam” (Thai pork noodle soup). This is not, however, what I would consider a traditional “ba mee nam” hence I wouldn’t  call it that. This is one of my favourite winter soups and great for colds too, in…

Toasted tomato rice (282 calories per serve)


My daughter loves rice so long as it is plain and has nothing in it. There have been times where I’ve set down a plate with rice, some meat and some vegetables and she would painstakingly pick out the meat and vegetables and just eat the rice. She would even point at the rice pot…

Thai green papaya salad (139 calories per serve)


I used to only order green papaya salad at restaurants because it intimidated me. I didn’t realise just how easy it was to make. The only thing that took time was probably shredding the papaya but even that didn’t take too long with a grater. Once I started making it, it became one of my…

Basic mushroom risotto (379 calories per serve)


My husband’s parents tend to cook a type of cuisine per week so they can use similar bases to make multiple dishes. Using this as inspiration, we decided to have Italian week in our household ranging from risottos to a good ol’ ‘spag bol’ and pizza. This mushroom risotto is pretty basic but also pretty…

Baklava fingers (268 calories per serve)


One of my Mom’s favourite sweets is baklava. She refers to it as “that Turkish sweet” (hopefully I haven’t offended the Greeks reading this). I like my baklavas to be slightly crispy on the outside as opposed to being soggy and drenched in syrup. Unfortunately, the ones we buy at the shops are often quite…

Fried Chinese pumpkin kuey (609 calories per serve)


My mother used to tell me stories of how she would have to shred the pumpkin to make this kuey. Nowadays she says she uses a stick blender and it is just so much easier. So ever since then, she has been making pumpkin kuey every time she vists us. It’s also one of my…

Chinese sticky rice parcel (557 calories per serve)


Chinese sticky rice parcels are called “bacang” (pronounced “ba-san”) in my family. It is also called zongzi. While you can buy them from Asian stores, my mother used to always make them because not only did hers taste much better, it was the only way to guarantee its freshness. It’s really hard to tell how…

Creamy pumpkin soup (282 calories per serve)


Although we’re technically at the final couple of weeks of autumn, I already feel as though winter has arrived. What I love most about winter are all the soups I get to enjoy and I absolutely love creamy soups such as this one. Although I have used pumpkin in this soup, the base is pretty…

Pad krapow moo (310 calories per serve)


My brother, the make-it-up chef, occasionally comes across some amazing recipes. When he made this dish for me, I ate so much of it that he kept making it for me. When I was pregnant with my daughter, he made a whole batch just for me and froze it into single serve portions. While this…