Yummy Kumquats


No cooking for this post, just want to share these yummy kumquats that I found at the store this week.

I hardly see them at the store since I got them the last time years ago. They were so good! Just rinse them, remove any remaining stem parts and chew them whole with skin and seeds but you can spit out the seeds if they are too bitter for you.

They are sweet, sour and tart so be prepared to make the sour lemon face! ><

My grandma would make salted kumquat syrup/咸金橘水. It's a concentrate of kumquat, sugar and salt filled in a jar and preserved anywhere for months to years, where you add water to dilute it into a drinkable solution for sore throat or whenever you feel like drinking it. Sometimes my grandma would substitute kumquat with kalamansi/ 酸杆 for making this syrup as kumquat are seasonal and hard to come by.

In Singapore, we see lots of potted kumquat plants around Chinese New Year for display as they mean good fortune/吉祥, but nobody eats them as they might have pesticides on them.

Nevertheless, it was a great afternoon munching kumquats for dessert after lunch and watching the movie "Frozen" with the kids during Spring break. I need to make some kumquat marmalade if I have enough left before they are all gone.



Beef Short Rib Soup with Diakon, Carrots and a Yellow Onion

This is a reprise of one of my old post.

Here’s a better picture of how the soup looked like when served.

Below is the recipe:

What I did differently this time is adding a sliced yellow onion into the soup for more flavor.


It’s a nice cold, rainy day for hot soups like that. And my kiddo has been looking forward to having French bread that was store bought. Our toddler had a tiny portion of the carrots, diakon and beef cut into micro pieces and he was licking his lips every time he ate the beef. Lol!

Tonight’s gonna be a East meet West experience with Eastern soup and Western bread.

Have a great evening!

No stir-fry Baby Bok Choy

You have heard of “no bake” cookies.

How about some no stir-fry Baby Bok Choy?

Just add enough boiling water to cover the Baby Bok Choy in a pot, add some salt, bring them to a quick boil, turn off the heat, scoop the Bok Choy onto a dish with a straining scoop, discard all but a few tablespoons of water (You can save most of that as a vegetable broth for future use), add cooking oil to the leftover broth in the pot and bring them to a quick boil, then pour that over the veggies and top the Baby Bok Choy with fried shallots. Voila! You get no stir-fry veggies (a method my mom taught me)! Enjoy!


Crockpot Curry Chicken

After I discovered how fun and easy it is to make one pot meals with the crock pot, I had to try cooking curry chicken in it for the first time.

I fried the spices with meat curry powder until they were fragrant in peanut oil, doused them on the chicken thighs that have been marinated with a splash of dark soy sauce (my mom’s way). Then I added half of one fifth of a block of Japanese curry seasoning.


I was going to use yams and potatoes but ended up getting sweet potatoes instead of yams. Doh! I always got the two mixed up. Love the sweetness of yams, we will see how the sweet potatoes turn out for lunch. I was fooled into thinking that they were yams as their skins were red and somehow I kept forgetting that “Hong Shu/ 红薯” as in Red Tater in Chinese are called Yams in the US. I guess growing up in a British Colonized Asian country means being exposed to many would be misnomers in American English.

Never mind, the smell was way too good cooking the curry in the crock pot all night that it kept me up due to my sensitive nose. I will need to cook this dish again during the day.

The house now smells like curry and we can’t wait to eat it with Paratha, Rice or French bread.

Bon Appetite!


Pork Ribs with Ginger, Salted Soy Beans, Black Beans and Thai Red Chilies

I was planning on making steamed pork spare ribs dim sum style with taucheo/ salted soy beans by slow cooking it in the oven but didn’t have enough time before we had to get to our fellowship and potluck dinner so I mostly roasted the ribs for 45 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then drenched them with taucheo, salted black beans, ginger and sliced red chili peppers on them after frying them in peanut oil and sesame seed oil. I added a small amount of water to the dish from time to time to keep the ribs moist then covered them and cooked them for a short time at a lower temperature. Wish I had more time so that the meat would fall apart more, they were done and up to temperature but not as tender as I had hoped as we had to leave.


Green Eggs and Ham

In celebration of Dr. Seuss birthday two days ago. I figured this breakfast would be appropriate for dinner.

“Do you like green eggs and ham? … Would you like them here or there?” ~ Dr. Seuss

I made the egg yolks green by adding a little pandan paste. The yolks will smell good with the pandan flavor added but will taste a little bitter for sure since the paste is a concentrate.


Taken from Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham”: