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Sakura Flower Cake Roll

In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger. Still using the same swiss roll basic recipe.
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Chocolate Chips Cookies

I asked my daughter to make some piped butter cookies. She insisted on making these instead…. She said she wanted
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Fried Sesame Balls (金堆)

These snacks are everywhere on earth! Where you can find Chinese or IndoChinese, they will be present. Northern Asia of
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Snow Flake Red Velvet Roll

Been wanting to make this for a few days now, so finally got down to doing this. I engaged Daughter
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Carrot Cake

A traditional rustic carrot cake, very moist, very appetizing and finishes once it manages to get to the table.
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Vegan Bread Rolls

This is an accidental find. I ran out of milk, eggs and butter, and had made a starter. It is
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Orange Chiffon Cake

Print Yum Orange Chiffon Cake IngredientsEgg Yolk Mixture 20g Sugar (any fine sugar, sugar replacement, stevia etc) 5 egg yolks
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Red Wine Beef Stew

Stews are really important for mothers. From the East to the West, mothers make stews: chicken, lamb, beef, veggies, tofu
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Pandan Bread

My fourth son loves pandan bread, and you cannot purchase it outside Singapore. So he asked me if I would
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Raita

This is so simple and so delicious. It is also healthy. I made this dish to go with any curry,
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Teriyaki Chicken

This must be one of the easiest things to cook. Just cook chicken in a good sauce. Always a hit
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Nasi Bryani

Nasi bryani is such a common dish in Singapore, and every single Indian store I know sells it. It is
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Tandoori Chicken

This must be an Indian signature dish. Even though Indian is one of the four major races in Singapore, I
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Hot Cross Buns

I don’t ever bother try to make these because the store bought ones are great! They are so soft and
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Thai Anchovy and Nut Snack

I am not sure when this started to hit the supermarket shelves in Singapore and even in western countries. Probably
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Banana and Date Chiffon

There are the bananas that will be thrown out if I don’t use them today, but I really want to
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Curry Buns

Print Yum Curry Buns IngredientsBread 1 recipe from Tangzhong bun Filings 3 large potatoes, diced to 1/2 cm cubes 1
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Light Butter Walnut Cake

I wanted to do a light butter cake. It should be moist and buttery, and I wanted it to be
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Orange Buckwheat Chiffon cake

Here’s the chiffon cake that you cannot tell is good for you. It is moist, soft and delicious, fragrant and
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Char Kway Teow (炒果条)

Together with oyster omelette, char kway teow reminds me of the street operas in Singapore. 做大戏。I am not a fan
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Hilton Hotel Cheesecake

The cheesecake at Hilton has been famous for at least two to three decades, yet the recipe has always been
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Pandan Chiffon with 50% sugar

Chiffons are actually very good candidates for low carbo and low sugar bakes. However, it depends a lot on the
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Sushi

Making sushi is actually not very difficult. I have been making with my mother for quite some time. But I
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Sugee Cake

Sugee is a popular Eurasian cake in Singapore. In other places, it is called semolina cake.  The middle east folks
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Chicken Dumpling (鸡肉包)

We eat these on a daily basis in Singapore. It is sold literally everywhere. When I was teaching in SMU,
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Key Lime Light Cheesecake

This is a very light cheesecake. Since there’s cheese in it, it is moist and soft, and because of the
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Singapore Curry Chicken

This is so often cooked in our house, I don’t even think we need to have a recipe. But I’d
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Tempura Ramen

In making tempura, for me, it is like having a chemistry reaction. You drop the meat/veggies inside and it goes
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Quiche Lorraine

I used to love to make these as a teenager. They taste wonderful to me. Imagine the glee when Delifrance
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Japanese Cheese Cake

At one point of my life, I was so intrigue by cheesecakes. That must be 30 years ago, when cheese
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Mum’s Nasi Lemak

Nasi is rice in Malay, while lemak means fat, though when we say lemak, it often refers to coconut milk
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Peking Duck(北京鸭)

I don’t usually like to roast duck because it is time consuming to make good roast ducks. Of course, it
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Sambal Ikan Bilis

O, I love these so much. When I was a kid, you could buy these from a neighbour’s house. Just
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Babi Chin

This is a pretty common dish and I believe besides the peranakan families who made it famous, many Chinese families
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Banana Bread

Lots of bananas again. So here they are. This recipe is very moist and can challenge the hummingbird. It is
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Nasi Lemak Cookies

I have no clue there are such cookies. Heard that it is a new invention by a bake shop in
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Pineapple Tarts (Pillow)

Print Yum Pineapple Tarts (Pillow) IngredientsPastry 350g plain flour 25g corn flour 35g icing sugar 250g butter - ice cold,
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Wasabe Green Peas Cookies

My son loves those wasabe green peas snacks. So I often buy them for him. However, for some reason, those
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Kueh Kapit (Love letters)

Grew up eating these. So much easier these days to make them over electrical ones. We used to stoop near
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Custard Butter Cookies

These cookies melt in your mouth and are simply wonderful! I first baked them when I was a teen, and
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Sugee Cookies

Found some semolina! So happy, and did some sugee. I like my sugee with some salt and small. This is
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Cranberry Cream Cheese Buns

My husband loves these. He would buy them warm from this bakery in Shenton Way (I forgot the name of
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Mocha Fly African Cake

This is another egg white cake. It is so delicious, you can never guess its ingredients. I have added a
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Ayam Buah Keluak

I have postponed documenting this, simply because it is a long process and takes a while to recall the steps
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Steam Stuff Sotong

Not sure of the origin of this dish. Every culture and cuisine seems to have a version of the stuffed
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Ayam Pedas Ikan

Every Singaporean family has a version of this dish, too, and it does not matter if you are Chinese, Malay
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Sayur Lodeh – Vegetable Curry

Simple Indonesian vegetable curry. Staple of most South East Asians. Added some prawns for extra taste. Print Yum Sayur Lodeh
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Brandy Fruit Cake

I don’t normally like fruit cakes, I find them too heavy and often too sweet and just loaded with taste
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Volcano Fruit Cake

I wanted to bake a cake, and saw many people making a pastry fruit cake. I examined the recipe, and
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Grand Marnier Sponge Cake

I love Grand Marnier as a liqueur and as a wonderful after meal drink. I had imagined how these combinations
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Begedil (Fried Potato Cutlet)

Is it perkedel or begedil? My hubby asked. These are both. The Indonesians call this perkedel but the Javanese call
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Tahu Telur (Bean Curd Omelette)

I have never understood nor appreciated my mother’s style of cooking. I couldn’t figure why, when everybody’s curry was watery
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Big Pork Dumpling (大包)

Steamed yeast buns has always been my nemesis. It looks so deceptively simple yet, I find it harder than any
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Pepper Crab

Singaporeans are crab lovers and crab is in season 365 days a year. Why wouldn’t it be, when you simply
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Profiteroles/Chocolate Eclairs

Print Yum Profiteroles/Chocolate Eclairs IngredientsChoux Pastry 80ml Water 40g Butter Pinch of Salt 50g Plain Flour 11/2 Eggs Filing 100ml
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Durian Puffs

Durian puffs, something that appeared some 15 years ago or so. Durians are special to me. My family eats a
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Durian Mousse

This has got to be my favourite cake, something I am willing to sacrifice my waistline for. Probably the only
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Bailey’s Roti

Around the year 2000, these started to appear in Malaysia and spread to Singapore. They were so trendy. Some call
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Fly African Cake

I have been thinking about this cake for quite a long time already. It was introduced to me some 25
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Chicken Pies

These chicken pies are easy to make. You can either make your own puff pastry or use store bought ones. Print
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Sugar Swiss Roll

I have been making these swiss sugar rolls for the last 25 years. They are the fastest bakes ever, simply
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Chap Chye

This is another peranakan dish that is eaten in every family whether or not we are peranakan.  Print Yum Chap
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Bean Curd (豆花)

This is a staple breakfast for Singaporeans. In the mornings, the soya bean hawkers will boil their soya bean milk
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Itek Tim (咸菜鸭)

Kiam Chye Ark is what we call this dish in our house, and we have been eating this since we
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Ogura Cake

I am not sure how this cake come about. Some people said it was invented in Malaysia and the kanji
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Soon Kueh (笋粿)

My earliest memory of Soon kueh is my mother kneading the dough inside a red plastic container. I remember putting
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Castella Cake (カステラ)

In our house, we call this Japanese cake the ’tissue box cake’ because of my stupidity the first time I
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Lor Mai Gai (糯米鸡)

These days, when I searched around for this steamed glutinuous rice chicken dish, all of them look so different from
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Shortbread

When I was growing up, papa would make these so often. As a kid, I loved them, but as I
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Singaporean Rojak

My first memories of rojak was this hawker who would peddle to our neighbourhood and sound his horn to let
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Fish Asam Pedas Curry

Fish curry is something all Singaporeans grow up eating. There’s always lady’s finger (okra) and tomatoes in them. Infused with
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One-proof Cinnamon Rolls

I first encountered cinnamon rolls when I was on a mission trip to Thailand in 1988. The American missionaries there
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Pani Popo (Samoan Bread)

I have not heard of this bread until I read about it on Facebook from a blogger called Vivian (sorry
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Granny Smith Apple Pie

Whenever I make apple pies, I will recall an incident in 1989 when I was still working in IBM. I
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Red Bean/Coconut Popsicles

If you grew up in South East Asia, you will never have missed this treat. I’ve used coconut in this
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Lasagne

“What do you want to eat, Sue?” “Lasagne!” But I don’t feel like cooking it, and I have put it
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Samosa

We went for Indian food yesterday and small boy wanted some samosas. There were two kinds on the menu: vegetarian
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Sweet and Sour Pork

I got curious and bought a carton of unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk and of course I don't like that 'coconuty'
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Mango Upside Down Cake

So I have a box full of mangoes, all 12 large ones that I bought for $1 each. Now, I
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Croissants

Croissants are not difficult to make, just really time consuming. These are a form of laminating pastry but because of
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Palmiers

Today, I decided to teach my daughter the puff pastry, and she made a whole batch of palmiers from the
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Foie Gras-wannabe Salad

I have half a kg of chicken liver in my refrigerator and I need to be creative around this. Of
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Juice Pulp Cake

While juicing has its benefits, especially if you want the quickest way to get the most nutrients into your body.
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Three-Cup-Chicken (三杯鸡)

This is probably one of the simplest dishes to make that encompasses everything about Chinese cooking. Traditionally, it has an
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Otah

Yes, we all grow up with these. For beginners, we train our palette eating the white, non-spicy versions and then
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Mee Siam

I am not sure why we call this Mee Siam, as if it originates from Siam or Thailand. I have
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Yam Mooncake(芋泥月饼)

These mooncakes originate from Teochew (潮州), China. The Teochews favour yam or taro, and make wonderful desserts and dishes from
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Char Siew Sou (叉烧酥)

Making Char Siew Sou has always been a 'big affair'. In fact, making any kind of puff pastry is too
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Popiah (薄饼)

This is a common street or hawker food in Singapore, which is primarily vegetables. My mum would tell me how
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

This was the first ‘scientific’ cake I knew. The red velvet cake uses buttermilk and vinegar to create the soft
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Duck and Yam Stew

Whenever my mum cooked this when I was a child, I would thank my lucky stars. This must be the
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Butter Cookies

In the 1970s and 80s, there were hardly any bake stores in Singapore. The best cookies money could buy were
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Lemon Meringue Tart

My daughter has been asking for a lemon meringue pie forever, so I decided to make one tonight, to test
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Plum Galette

I love plums from a very young age. My mum would buy them as treats for me whenever they are
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Sang Choy Bao (生菜包)

When I was little, my mum would make fried rice and then cut some ice berg lettuce. We love Sang
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Honey-soy Chicken

In an ang mo (western) country, honey-soy seems to be an Asian or Oriental kind of dish. Funny thing is
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Papaya Milk (木瓜牛奶)

I remember this drink started to appear in the hawker centers in the 1980s. Prior to that the fruit stalls
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Egg Tart (蛋塔)

These egg tarts are what we grew up eating. The last time I made them must be at least 20
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Thai Garlic Chicken

At times, I operate my kitchen like a Zi Char stall or Thai stall. Not all the kids like to
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Muah Chee (麻糍)

These days, some western desserts call for candied bacon. While many find it refreshing and innovative, I wonder if people
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Lapis Surabaya Wannabe

This is a wannabe because it only looks like a lapis surabaya. This traditional cake originally asks for 30 egg
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Pig Maw Soup (猪肚汤)

Probably one of the easiest soup to make. When I first got married, this is the soup that I will
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