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

Herbal pork noodle soup recipe by Yummy Calories

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

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

Chinese sticky rice parcel

Chinese sticky rice parcels are called "bacang" (pronounced "ba-san") in my family. It is also called zong zi. 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 … Continue reading Chinese sticky rice parcel

Pad krapow moo

Thai basil minced pork (pad krapow moo) recipe by Yummy Calories

This Thai basil minced pork dish, also known as pad krapow moo, is a recipe by my brother (the make-it-up chef). He 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, … Continue reading Pad krapow moo

Chinese crispy pork belly

Chinese crispy pork belly recipe by Yummy Calories

Chinese crispy pork belly is, in my humble opinion, the best kind of pork belly. It is the perfect combination of crispy (not hard and crunchy) skin with juicy and tender meat. I was actually planning on making a kimchi pork belly stew to accompany the Korean fried chicken that my brother and his girlfriend … Continue reading Chinese crispy pork belly

Basic Burmese kyay oh

Basic Burmese Kyay Oh by Yummy Calories

'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 … Continue reading Basic Burmese kyay oh

Chinese turnip cake

Chinese turnip cake Radish Cake by Yummy Calories

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 … Continue reading Chinese turnip cake