Cheat’s Mohinga (Burmese Fish Noodle Soup)


Mohinga is a Burmese fish noodle soup that is often eaten for breakfast – or anytime really. It’s one of my favourite noodle soups. The traditional way requires cooking the fish, deboning it and flaking it by hand. The cheat’s way is to use canned fish (either tuna or mackerel) for the same outcome. There…

Basic Prawn Dumplings (445 calories per serve)


Dumplings are a crowd favourite and can have almost any type of filling. We even used up some leftover beef bulgogi my father-in-law made and turned it into a filling. But prawn is one of the best fillings. Prawn can be paired with almost anything including with minced pork and chicken or with spring onion,…

South East Asian Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker Method)


“You know that you can cook chicken rice in a rice cooker, yeah?” said my husband. I did not. But his little tip made me overhaul my entire recipe that I had posted 6 years ago. I call this the South East Asian version of Hainanese chicken rice because I have combined some of the…

Burmese Thick Noodle Chicken Salad (Nan Gyi Thoke)


This is one of my favourite Burmese dishes. It’s supposed to be made with thick rice noodles but it’s in intermittent supply at my local Asian grocery store so what is pictured is a medium sized noodle. The thick noodles are usually packaged fresh as opposed to dry and often have Vietnamese names. So the…

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos (721 calories per serve)


When I was growing up, the only tacos I knew were the hard shell kind. It was only much later that I realised that tacos also came in a soft shell and I got hooked. It tasted just as delicious but so much lighter and fresher. It was fantastic. This is my take on another…

Sweet mustard crumbed chicken (756 calories per serve)


A few weeks ago, we received a free Hello Fresh box which included 4 recipe cards. Two of the four recipes provided were fabulous and we have now made our own version to add to the rotation. One of them is this crumbed chicken with a sweet mustard seasoning. It was served with roast wedges…

Tangzhong sausage rolls (154 calories per serve)


When I was in university, there was an Asian bakery that I used to frequent on my way to class. They always had the fluffiest breads. They were so pillowy because of a technique called tangzhong which uses a 1:5 ratio of flour to liquid (water or milk) and cooks it into a slurry. This…

Sichuan chilli fish


I love spicy food, especially the Sichuan style with those peppercorns that leave a numb feeling in your mouth. My favourite chilli fish has a well seasoned broth with large soy bean sprouts. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I ate this regularly and on the day before my labour, I had eaten chilli…

Homemade Nando’s Spice Rub


Nando’s holds a very special place in our family’s heart. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like Nando’s. My parents love it and it’s a real treat for them to have when they visit me as they are yet to have a Nando’s where they live. Over the years, I’ve been able…

Tennessee Smoky Spice Rub


My husband loves barbecue ribs, especially the American style ones. The latest rub he’s been using is a Tennessee style smoky spice rub. The smoked hickory flavour is key to this and can be achieved in two ways – through a hickory smoke powder or with chips while barbecuing. This spice rub uses the smoke…

Winter lamb roast (679 calories per serve)


My parents live in Myanmar but they would often visit me in Australia during winter. This was also when they caught up with all of their old friends. One such friend, Aunty Cho, used to always invite the whole family over for a lamb roast every winter. It was prepared by her husband and he…

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…