What I cooked today (家常便饭系列)- 8-5-2013


On 8-May-2013

White rice served with:

  1. Watercress meatball soup (西洋菜肉丸汤)
  2. Green pepper stir-fried with chicken fillet (鸡柳炒青椒)
  3. Terriyaki chicken cooked with potato and onion (日式红烧鸡)

Today, our dinner is rather simple as I have prepared some Kueh Pie Tee for snacks after the dinner. A post will be released soon on the Kueh Pie Tee that was prepared by me this afternoon.

Today’s soup is considered a quick soup as I need only to prepare soup for one meal. Therefore, instead of using pork ribs for the soup, I have prepared some meatballs. As usual, my kids fought over the water cress and apparently, they like meatballs more than pork ribs.

As for the Terriyaki chicken, instead of cooking from fresh chicken, I have used frozen glazed Terriyaki chicken that we bought in the supermarket. As the portion of one packet of Terriyaki chicken were rather small, it will not be enough for the dinner. Therefore, in order to boost the serving portion of the dish,  I have included one onion and three potatoes when I heat up the Terriyaki chicken.

Happy reading.


What I cooked today (家常便饭系列)- 7-5-2013


On 7-May-2013

White rice served with:

  1. Minced Pork Belly fried with Taukwa (豆干炒卤肉碎) – please refer to Creative Food Series which detailed the rationale behind cooking this dish;
  2. Fried Bok Choy with garlic (小白菜炒蒜茸);
  3. Pork Rib cabbage soup (包菜排骨汤)

As explained in creative food series, my kids  are happy with the combination of white rice served with minced pork belly and do not mind eating the same dish for dinner. I rejected their request of having a serving of fried eggs and instead include a green vegetable dish.

Not many Chinese families used cabbage to cook soup as they do not like the taste if not properly cooked.  For me , I have boiled my soup with pork ribs, dried scallops, dried squids, red dates, honey dates and not forgetting a piece of ginger. As the seafood may cause the soup to become “fishy”, white papers were sprinkled over the soup and putting some cloves of garlics in the soup. My kids really love the soft cabbage and serving one bowl during dinner will definitely not adequate. Therefore, soups for  my family were usually cooked using a big pot.

What I cooked today (家常便饭系列) –6-5-2013



On 6-May-2013

  1. Grilled Saba (mackerel) with lemon (柠檬烤鲭鱼)
  2. Fried Bok Choi with sliced fish cake (贸白菜炒鱼饼)
  3. Braised Bamboo shoot with chicken(竹笋焖鸡)
  4. Double mushroom lettuce soup(双菇生菜汤)

The mushrooms refers to the oyster mushrooms and abalone mushrooms. These two mushrooms were first boiled in diluted chicken stock and prior to serving, fresh local lettuce was added .


I really have difficulty in naming the dishes. However, I viewed this as a challenge to name all these common household dishes into mouth watering names in recognition of the food preparers at home. Is it not pricey restaurant also used beautiful, appetizing names in their menu for dishes that your wife or your mother is cooking every day? It is just marketing gimmicks and such approach shall be extended for the use of  household chefs.

Enjoy reading and cheers for a better day ahead.