MFF KL Selangor: Beggar’s Chicken (Hak Yi Kai)

July 10, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 10 Comments

Beggar's Chicken

Like most popular dishes, Beggar’s Chicken is a dish with an interesting story of origin. A starving, homeless beggar in rural China stole a chicken from a yard and was about to cook it when the emperor’s guards passed by. In his state of panic, he tried to hide the chicken by covering it with mud and threw it into the fire. Hours later when the coast is clear, he ended up with a chicken that was said to be the most tender and flavoursome he’s ever eaten. Continue Reading →

Snow Fungus with Gingko & Red Dates: Healthy Chinese Dessert

February 25, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 15 Comments

Snow Fungus with Gingko & Red Dates

This year’s Chinese New Year have been filled with feasting and travelling with family. After coming back from Bangkok, I still could not get my backlog pile reduced. It seems to be getting higher and I’ll be travelling again tomorrow for a week. I’ll just have to take one thing at a time. At the meantime, I’ll share this easy healthy Chinese dessert with you.  Continue Reading →

Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts & Red Dates

November 5, 2012 by Shannon Lim | 16 Comments

As I was digging around my files, I found this Lotus Root Soup photos in my archive that has yet to be published. The photos were taken almost a year ago. Time sure flies.

I come from a family of soup lovers, there’s never a day without Chinese soup during my growing up years. Papa would come home after work and be happy with just a big bowl of hot simmered soup. And the tradition continues. Sometimes I do that too, on the days where I want a light dinner. Maybe others will find it strange that we drink hot soup in hot tropical weather. To me, a simple bowl of soup like this is the essence of the wholesome goodness of home-cooked food. Continue Reading →

Chicken Vindaloo

January 25, 2012 by Shannon Lim | 6 Comments

The Chicken Vindaloo with Flat Bread photo on the calendar in my kitchen wall keeps calling out to me.. I hesitated a few times to try the recipe because the flat bread recipe looks a bit strange to me. Finally I succumbed to my senses, and gave both recipes benefit of the doubt? I told myself if the recipe is good enough to appear on the calendar of a worldwide brand, it should be credible.
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Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

January 11, 2012 by Shannon Lim | 16 Comments

If you’re craving a high-fat and salty treat like deep-fried French fries, try this healthier baked sweet potato fries recipe. Baked sweet potato fries are much lower in fat than a deep-fried version and are very quick to prepare. These easy Low-Fat Baked Sweet Potato Fries got me so addicted to sweet potatoes and it’s a much simpler version of my other favourite – Roasted Sweet Potato Stacks. Kids will love these as well. Even my man who does not like snacking could not stop munching these fries that I bake for myself. Continue Reading →

Red Bean Dessert Soup (Tong Shui)

October 26, 2011 by Shannon Lim | 13 Comments

Chinese dessert soups (or Tong Shui in Cantonese) typically consists of sweet and usually hot soups. One common dessert soup is Red Bean Dessert Soup. To those who are not used to Asian or Chinese Cuisines, yes we Asians love vegetables in our dessert – red beans, green beans, corn.. A Middle Eastern friend was appalled when I served her green bean coconut pudding.. It was interesting to see her reaction, well there’s always a first time for every thing.

The classic recipe is just red beans sweetened with sugar.  I prefer the recipe my mama always make – with the addition of barley, black glutinous rice, pak hup (lily bulb), lotus seed and dried mandarin orange peel. One trick to shorten the cooking time is to put a ceramic soup spoon into the pot while cooking helps the beans break up faster. Sometimes I like to cook this soup in the slow cooker overnight, and I will have this soup for breakfast :) Continue Reading →

Homemade Tomato Sauce

October 10, 2011 by Shannon Lim | 15 Comments

Homemade Tomato sauce made from scratch is homey and delicious – and so surprisingly easy! All it takes is a few fresh ingredients.

I made a big batch of Tomato Sauce for the Paella I posted earlier, and keep the rest in jars in the fridge for later use. These sauces can keep for about 2 weeks. To keep them longer, freeze them in freezer safe containers. Thaw when it is needed; you can add any fresh herbs, spices, veggies, or meats desired.

Homemade Tomato Sauce  is one of the basic recipes I am sharing: making things from scratch, making the ingredients I once thought magically appeared in a jar/can. The other basic recipes I posted were homemade Yogurt and homemade Roasted Walnut Butter. Continue Reading →

Chicken Herbal Soup

September 5, 2011 by Shannon Lim | 7 Comments

I grew up with homemade Chinese soups at our dinner table every day, and Chinese soup is somehow very comforting for me. I think soup is in the Hokkien people’s food culture. Hokkien people are from the Fujian Province in China (my papa was born in Longyan, west of Fujian Province). Papa loved soup so much that he could just drink a big bowl of soup for dinner. Somedays when I want a light dinner, I have just a big bowl of soup.. aahh

One of my favourite soup is Chicken Herbal Soup. I love to take this gentle and nourishing tonic soup frequently to maintain good health. Herbal soups are most convenient to cook with a slow cooker – I put all the ingredients in the slow cooker before in the morning and it’s ready when I return home for dinner. These photos are taken at night in my kitchen under the white fluorescent light, not bad huh? Continue Reading →

Oatmeal with Oriental Twist

August 31, 2011 by Shannon Lim | 8 Comments

With 3 days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration & festivities, I’m feeling rather lazy today. So this post is specially reserved for occasion like this. A short & sweet post about my breakfast oatmeal variation or creation.

I discovered or created this oatmeal variation after I posted my Banana Oatmeal recipe. With my usual oatmeal, I top it with loads of fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, grated coconut, jam/fruit preserve.

Then the big AHA moment.. why not use some Chinese Herbal ingredients?

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