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…

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…

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…

Peppercorn braised beef (498 calories per serve)


“Grilling blade steak” read the label on the plastic wrap of the meat. I was almost tempted to grill it but in the end, I knew that it is best for braising. I knew I was on to a good thing after my husband came home and sniffed his way straight to the kitchen without even…

Chinese steamed whole snapper (196 calories per serve)


Gong xi fa cai! Another year has gone and we now welcome the year of the Rooster and my husband has already started making “cock” jokes. Sigh! Anyway, we decided to walk to Footscray market this morning and I couldn’t resist getting some fresh fish. After all, fish on Chinese New Year is supposed to…

Asian crispy pork belly (524 calories per serve)


I was planning on making a kimchi pork belly stew to accompany the Korean fried chicken that my brother and his girlfriend were bringing over for dinner. Except … there was no kimchi in the house … or rather, the one we had in our fridge was expired (oops!). So we had to save the…

Basic Burmese kyay oh (475 calories per serve)


‘Kyay oh’ is one of my favourite comfort foods. I described it to my husband as the Burmese equivalent of the Vietnamese noodle soup, ‘pho’. Whereas ‘pho’ is commonly made with beef, ‘kyay oh’ is made with pork and served with a variety of toppings such as pork liver, pork intestine and quail eggs. I…

Chinese turnip/radish cake (301 calories per serve)


My uncle made this amazing Chinese turnip cake one night for Chinese New Year many years ago. It had a lot of fillings and had a lot of umami flavour. At the time, I didn’t understand why he was so excited about the fillings as surely they were standard in all turnip cakes. Little did…

Miso glazed steak (525 calories per serve)


This is so easy to make and because it’s already marinated, you don’t need to make any additional sauces or jus to serve with it. It is also an Asian-style steak which means you can eat it with rice and Asian vegetables, such as bok choy. Serves 2 Prep time 10 mins + 20 mins…