Thai-Style Kelp Noodle Salad

November 1, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 0 comments

Hot, spicy and sour Thai-Style Kelp Noodle Salad, with crunchy cashew, fresh salads and juicy seafood. Every bite bursting with flavour and texture.

Thai Style Kelp Noodle Salad

I first heard about Kelp noodles from my raw food teacher Daniw Arrazola. It was the ‘noodle’ ingredient in the raw noodle recipe that she taught, but Fine Organic Gallery that sold it ran out of stock. Luck was not on my side after a couple of times of dropping by that shop, but it never occur to me to pre-order it as it wasn’t something I urgently wanted to try. Continue Reading →

Baked Salmon Packets with Vegetables

August 5, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 7 Comments

Baked Salmon Packets – a no-fuss, super easy salmon & vegetables dish, that’s gently steamed for a tender and flavorful salmon.

Baked Salmon Packets & Vegetable

Sometimes I come across people who remind me of how I used to be. Recently I came across someone who said she likes cooking but she’s a lazy cook, coupled with a picky husband and daughter. Her cooking for her family involves heating up pre-cooked food from the supermarket. Frozen croquettes, meatballs, pizza, potato salad, pasta and pies. For a moment, I was saddened. Then I recalled I was like that too, years ago. After a long day at work, it was much easier to heat up pre-cooked food just to fill my hungry tummy. Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Sauce (Gỏi Cuốn with Nước Lèo)

June 3, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 12 Comments

Healthy, refreshing and delicious Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Sauce

Vietnamese Shrimp Roll with Peanut Hoisin Sauce ((Gỏi Cuốn with Nước Lèo) I love serving Vietnamese rolls, DIY style with family or when friends come over. It makes a fun social dining activity. Unfortunately rolling their own food was not some people’s idea of fun when I serve them at a bloggers potluck 2 months back. Upon request, I rolled 12 of them leisurely while waiting for the rest to arrive. Continue Reading →

Crispy Salmon with Ginger Soy Sauce

March 19, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 8 Comments

Crispy Salmon Ginger Soy SauceI have not posted many fish recipes even though fish is on my dinner plate almost 3 times a week. 80% of the time, the weeknight fish dish is easy 10 mins Teochew Style Steamed Fish or Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish recipe. If you are like me who prefer hassle-free cleaning aftermath, then steaming food is one of the best cooking method. Not only that, most Asians kitchen do not have an oven, and I too am bias towards using the stove than the oven. Continue Reading →

Hong Kong Style Steamed Cod Fish

January 23, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 15 Comments

Steamed Cod Fish

Steamed Cod Fish is another indulgent recipe you can effortlessly recreate at home. Cod has a ‘sweet’ taste  that you can just eat it on its own without seasoning. This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. Silky steamed cod that practically melt in your mouth, with an awesome umami sauce is heavenly. Not only that, I can eat plain rice with this sauce alone. So good!    Continue Reading →

Braised Mushroom & Sea Cucumber with Broccoli

January 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 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 →

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

November 15, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 5 Comments

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Grandpa loves to give away his papayas (pardon the pun) everything I visit. and I’ve made many visit since last year, hence papaya overload. He has 3 papaya trees in his backyard which he is extremely proud of. I do not understand why he loves planting just papaya and sugar apple trees in his huge backyard, I love other fruits too like mango, rambutan and passion fruits. Maybe I’ll sneak in a mango tree next time I’m back.

Last weekend, I took back an unripe (green) papaya to make Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad). Continue Reading →

Salt Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki)

October 25, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 1 Comment

Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki)

Salt Grilled Mackerel or Saba Shioyaki is a popular seafood dishes served as an entrée or part of a bento combination in Japanese restaurants.

I have to confess. I’ve never ordered Saba Shioyaki before in the restaurant. I always end up ordering salmon because it’s usually almost the same price. Yes, I didn’t think very highly of mackerel. The poor mackerel didn’t get all the media hype like salmon does. Mackerel is one of the highly recommended oily fish for a healthy diet, rich in essential oils, vitamins, minerals and Omega fatty acids. Continue Reading →

Steamed Garlic Prawns

October 18, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 6 Comments

Steamed Garlic Prawns

Both my sisters are seafood fanatic, especially crab and prawns. They can both eat 4kg worth of crab, prawns and shellfish in a sitting. We Chinese love steaming our seafood, and believe that steaming is probably the ‘best’ way to enjoy most seafood in all its’ natural ‘sweetness. Steaming is not only easy, it is also a very healthy cooking technique.  This Steamed Garlic Prawns is my elder sister CM’s go-to prawn recipe. Continue Reading →

Salted Duck Egg Yolk Prawns

September 2, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 13 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 →