Bougie Fennel Sausage Rolls

Bougie Fennel Sausage Rolls by Yummycalories

Fennel sausage rolls are basically Italianised sausage rolls. Traditionally, Italian sausages have fennel in them. You don't need a lot of it to really elevate this from a humble pasty to a really bougie sausage roll. The thyme in there helps to round out the fennel so it doesn't become overpowering. You want that subtle … Continue reading Bougie Fennel Sausage Rolls

Kimchi Stew with Spam

Kimchi stew with spam recipe by Yummy Calories

I think that kimchi stew is better with spam, although it is traditionally only with pork belly. Other ingredients like mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, etc.) are also a great addition. The first time I had kimchi stew with spam was at a friend's house and she served it with instant noodles in an army stew style. … Continue reading Kimchi Stew with Spam

Sichuan green beans

Sichuan green beans recipe by Yummy Calories

Sichuan green beans are one of my favourite sides when I eat at a Sichuan restaurant. Frying the beans in a hot wok gives it that quitessential wrinkly skin. The dish is then brought together with the spicy heat of the Sichuan pepper, pickled mustard and minced pork. My husband didn't realise that the pickled … Continue reading Sichuan green beans

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos by Yummy Calories

I recently discovered sweet chilli pork meatball tacos. 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 … Continue reading Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos

Tangzhong Chinese sausage rolls

Tangzhong Chinese Sausage Rolls by Yummy Calories

I discovered these delightful Chinese sausage rolls at an Asian bakery when I was in university. 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 is then added to … Continue reading Tangzhong Chinese sausage rolls

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 … Continue reading Tennessee Smoky Spice Rub

Slow braised pork belly

Slow braised pork belly recipe by Yummy Calories

This is a slow braised pork belly dish 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 … Continue reading Slow braised pork belly

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 … Continue reading Herbal pork noodle soup (668 calories per serve)

Fried Chinese pumpkin cake

Chinese pumpkin cake is something my mother made very regularly, to the point of excess. It's one of those things that you can't just make a little bit of. My mother used to tell me stories of how she would have to shred the pumpkin to make this cake (she calls it 'kuey'). Nowadays she … Continue reading Fried Chinese pumpkin cake