Basic beef gyudon (430 calories per serve)


This is a very comforting recipe that I prepared for my brother. Beef gyudon is a pretty popular, and easy, Japanese recipe that is traditionally served with a raw egg. I get queasy with raw egg white so when I have it, I actually separate the egg yolk from the egg white and only eat…

Summer Sizzler Spice Seasoning


When James and I went to London in 2018, we were amazed at how beautiful and ‘old’ the city was. It was summer time, the Wimbledons were being played and England had made it to the quarter finals of the World Cup. The atmosphere was so festive and electric. There were plenty of rooftop bars…

Caramelised onion chicken (384 calories per serve)


My mom used to cook this a lot when I was young and I think it’s partly because it’s so simple and easy to make. There weren’t too many ingredients and it tasted so good all the time. It was really hard to mess up. This dish really tastes best if you fry the onions…

Blissful Butter Chicken (623 calories per serve)


Indian curries are absolutely fantastic – I use the word blissful because that’s how I feel when I eat them. There are so many different curries that it’s hard to whittle down to just one but most recently, I have become a big fan of the humble butter chicken. I used to not want to…

Slow-braised pork belly (893 calories per serve)


This is a beautiful dish that can fill the whole room with delicious aromas. When paired with warm, fluffy rice and freshly cooked greens, it feels like a warm hug on a cold winter’s night. However, it does come with a massive amount of calories so it’s not a dish I can have too often….

Burmese chicken coconut noodle soup (ohn noht kauk swe)


There are two ‘great’ noodle soups in Burmese cuisine: ohn noht kauk swe (coconut noodle soup) and mohinga (fish noodle soup). When I was young, I didn’t like coconut noodle soup and preferred mohinga instead. My middle brother, on the other hand, loved coconut noodle soup. I also found out that my youngest brother also…

Seafood boil with creole seasoning (672 calories per serve)


I had been craving seafood for some time and started thinking about our now-cancelled trip to the US. I had planned for us to visit a few seafood places in San Francisco and had been checking out their menus, which featured seafood boils. With international travel unlikely for some time, the closest I could get…

Kung pao chicken (432 calories per serve)


This dish has a pretty good kick to it so feel free to adjust to your tastebuds. Traditionally cooked with whole dried chillies, I have replaced it with chilli flakes which add more spice than whole chillies. The sichuan peppercorns also add that classic, tingly spice to the dish. Serves 4 Prep time 20 mins…

Burmese fried chicken (668 calories per serve)


What distinguishes a Burmese fried chicken from other varieties? At its most basic level, I would say it’s the combination of fish sauce and tumeric. The other ingredients simply round out the flavours. Serves 6 Prep time 10 mins + 2 hour marinade time Cook time 30 mins Ingredients 2kg chicken drumsticks 1 tbsp fish…

Chicken tikka masala (590 calories per serve)


I don’t cook much Indian food. When my middle brother used to live with me, he used to cook Indian curries all the time. I would smell all the spices in our little apartment for days after he cooked. I suppose that’s why I never cooked it myself. It was always a thing that he…

Cambodian grilled chicken (541 calories per serve)


I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Cambodia. Most of the time, my mom or our helper would cook. But sometimes, especially when my mom was time-poor, she would buy grilled chicken from local hawker stalls that used to set up in the evenings outside the Lucky Supermarket (back then there was only…

Yee Sang New Year Salad (215 calories per serve)


Gong xi fa cai! I don’t often get to host Chinese New Year lunches because we usually spend it at my uncle’s house. Having lived in Shanghai for a number of years, he’s got the whole Chinese New Year festivities down pat. But he was away this year celebrating at Daylesford, a spa town about…