Baklava fingers (268 calories per serve)


One of my Mom’s favourite sweets is baklava. She refers to it as “that Turkish sweet” (hopefully I haven’t offended the Greeks reading this). I like my baklavas to be slightly crispy on the outside as opposed to being soggy and drenched in syrup. Unfortunately, the ones we buy at the shops are often quite…

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…

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…

Taiwanese braised pork and egg (369 calories per serve)


My family went to visit Taiwan in 2008. I remember there were lots of night markets and seeing brown eggs that had been infused with a spiced broth. We went sightseeing to a gold mine of some sort and along the way up to the mine, we had lunch. The lunch came in a metal…

Christmas pavlova for James (260 calories per serve)


James, my fiance, loves pavlova. It’s his absolute favourite dessert, especially at Christmas. We didn’t have pavlova for Christmas this year so I decided to make some for him a few days later to make up for it. Besides, we had some leftover egg whites that had been sitting in the fridge for a couple…

One-pot chicken with shiitake mushrooms (599 calories per serve)


This is adapted from Annabel Langbein’s recipe. It is so easy to make, smells amazing and there is so little to clean up because it’s all in one pot. Serves 4 Prep time 15 mins Cook time 40 mins Ingredients 1kg chicken thigh fillets 5cm piece of ginger, finely sliced 3tbsp Chinese rice wine 3tbsp…

Mom’s fluffy chocolate loaf cake (308 calories per serve)


Even after living in Australia for 15 years, I still call her ‘mom’ in the American way. She makes this cake to bring to church to share as morning tea refreshments after the service. It’s one of her most popular cakes and it’s so moreish. You won’t need any icing for this. Serves 8 Prep time 30…

Perfectly decadent dark chocolate cake (258 calories per serve)


This is the first (and maybe only) time I’ve used the word ‘perfect’ on this blog so it’s not something that I take lightly. The first time I had this cake was from a lovely lady named Liz at my previous workplace. She would make this beautiful cake every few months and it was widely appreciated…

Thai “street vendor” grilled pork (370 calories per serve)


It has been nearly a year since I’ve been to Bangkok, Thailand. What I love most about the place is the food, especially the grilled pork sold on skewers by street vendors. They are also incredibly cheap – about 10 baht per stick or roughly about A$0.30 (maybe A$0.35 now that the dollar has fallen). There…