Mushroom medley gnocchi (638 calories per serve)


I must make gnocchi from scratch as I just can’t stand store-bought gnocchi. It also doesn’t require much equipment to get good results either. However, it does require a fair bit of time so if you are short of time, you could just use the store-bought gnocchi. In making gnocchi, I found best results with…

Burmese chicken coconut noodle soup (ohn noht kauk swe)


There are two ‘great’ noodle soups in Burmese cuisine: ohn noht kauk swe (coconut noodle soup) and mohinga (fish noodle soup). When I was young, I didn’t like coconut noodle soup and preferred mohinga instead. My middle brother, on the other hand, loved coconut noodle soup. I also found out that my youngest brother also…

Addictive Apple Pie (493 calories per serve)


My daughter loves fruit and apples are one of her favourite because of its crunchy texture. She loves being able to hold it in her hand as she diligently bites around the core (in a very systematic way too!). We had some leftover apples and they were getting a bit too ripe for her to…

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…

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…

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…