Baking: Freshly-baked Baguettes


One of the most beautiful sounds in the world is a bread knife cutting into a beautiful piping hot, crispy baguette fresh out of the oven. My first attempt at these baguettes need a slight makeover, but I promise these taste absolutely heavenly. The texture is perfect! Crispy outside, moist and chewy inside. And when […]

Japanese Cooking: Healthy Green Bean 白和え Shiraae


The first time I tried a green bean shiraae, was at Nakajima Suisan where we had some of the best grilled fish in Singapore. Shira-ae or shiraae, a classic tofu paste that was born from the Zen Buddhist vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryouri. Over the years, I’ve felt a certain affinity with Buddhist teachings and traditions, so the […]

Mexican Cooking: Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)


So, what’s the difference between pico de gallo and salsa? Well, pico de gallo is also called salsa fresca. And as its name suggests, it is a type of fresh salsa. It’s crunchy, fresh, and much less soupy than regular salsas which tend to be blended or puréed. I generally prefer pico de gallo as fillings for burritos and […]

Chinese Cooking: Pan-fried Juicy Pork Dumplings


As you can tell, I’ve been cooking a lot lately. I’ve always loved baking and cooking, but finally being able to experiment in my own kitchen has really been good fun. Making sure it’s well-stocked with all your favourite spices and condiments, shopping for fresh produce and trying out new recipes that really brings me so much […]