Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji 三杯鸡)

August 30, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 8 Comments

Finger-licking braised chicken in sesame oil, rice wine and soy sauce with Thai basil

Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji 三杯鸡)

I’ve returned from my long vacation, gleeful to find my edible plants have thrived under CM’s (my elder sis) care. She’s indeed a great plant-sitter this time, and she seemed to have developed a fondness for them from the way she speaks about them. Yay! Another happy plant mama in the making. :) Continue Reading →

Hong Kong Style Steamed Cod Fish

January 23, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 9 Comments

Steamed Cod Fish

Steamed Cod Fish is another indulging recipe you can effortlessly recreate at home. This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. The flesh of fresh cod is silky and practically melt in your mouth. Cod has a ‘sweet’ taste  that you can just eat it on its own without seasoning. Not only that, I can eat rice with just this awesome sauce alone. Simply umami!  Continue Reading →

Braised Mushroom & Sea Cucumber with Broccoli

January 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Braised Mushroom & Sea Cucumber with Broccoli

Festivities are usually the time to indulge. For the Chinese, most of us indulge in high-end and auspicious dried seafood during Chinese New Year. For some households, ingredients like dried scallops, sea cucumber and abalone are pretty common and highly regarded for their health benefits. Not mine though, luckily.  One will need deep pockets to enjoy them on a regular basis. Abalone is an acquired, expensive taste, like caviar or truffles. One fresh abalone can cost up to RM500.. *sweat* Continue Reading →

Salted Duck Egg Yolk Prawns

September 2, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 11 Comments

Salted Egg Prawns

Whoa.. Egg yolk + Prawns = one cholesterol loaded dish!

Very so often, there’s an egg controversy. One large egg has roughly 186mg cholesterol — all in the egg’s yolk. Since having high cholesterol levels in our blood increases our risk of heart disease., egg yolks have been critisized and health nuts stick to eating strictly egg whites. In recent years, scientists have come to the conclusion that cholesterol in food is not the true villain — saturated and trans fats have a much greater effect on blood cholesterol. If you have been told by your doctor to watch your cholesterol levels, your priority should be to cut down on saturated fat. Continue Reading →

Homemade Salted Eggs

August 27, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 29 Comments

Homemade Salted Egg

My good friend Prisca started an edible garden in her Puchong home last year. When her 5 year old son Adrian told her that eggs come from the supermarket (much to Prisca’s horror), she’s just had to convert part of her garden into a mini farm with 3 chickens, a duck & a geese. The minute I step into their house, her 3 excited kids brought me on the farm tour. I’m so amazed with their enthusiasm in educating me about their farm and pets, on how to recognise when their pet chickens and ducks lay eggs. Adrian would scour the garden daily for eggs, usually finding 2-3 eggs a day. Continue Reading →

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 →

Homemade Chinese Chicken Stock

July 5, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 10 Comments


  Homemade Chinese Chicken Stock

Really traditional chinese chicken stock is essential in making excellent Chinese noodle soups, and adds a rich flavoured base to any savoury dishes. For busy parents, store-bought liquid chicken stock might be the easiest, just remember to read the ingredient list on the packet that it’s made of real ingredients and not flavourings. Continue Reading →

Snow Fungus with Gingko & Red Dates: Healthy Chinese Dessert

February 25, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 17 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 →

Sesame Crisp

February 7, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 14 Comments

Aromatic Nutty Sesame Crisp

2 more days to Chinese New Year and I’m totally overwhelmed with last minute preparations. A lot of things happened unexpectedly.. or it’s more like me being too ambitious with a long to-make list and I end up with many late night baking.. and panda eyes. So this post will be short. Continue Reading →

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