Burmese chicken gourd curry (459 calories per serve)


Surprise! We’ve moved to Perth (from Melbourne). The weather here is fantastic and we are surrounded by my husband’s family. We went to visit his grandmother, who has a giant backyard full of vegetables and fruits. She often grows Asian vegetables that are hard to find in the supermarkets including gourds such as bottle gourds….

Slow-roasted Moroccan lamb shoulder (636 calories per serve)


About 7 years ago, I adapted an Australian Women’s Weekly recipe (i.e. added a lot more spices) and made a slow-roasted Moroccan lamb shoulder. It was very well received and for a period of time, I cooked it quite often. Then I got tired of it and hadn’t cooked it in at least 5 years….

Bolognese to Amaze (612 calories per serve)


Everybody loves Bolognese – at least everyone I know anyway. I love it because I can hide as many veggies as I want inside it and nobody is the wiser. I made this one weeknight and my daughter came home from daycare and lapped it all up. She sprinkled some parmesan on each spoonful and…

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…