Month: April 2016

kimchi jjigae

Kimchi Jjigae (Pork & Kimchi Stew)

Soupy.  Hot.  Spicy.  Delicious.  Comforting.  Slurpy.  Sour. All the goodies in one pot and just perfect for an autumn/winter’s cold night.  That sourness of the cabbage kimchi, added with spiciness of gochujang sauce and sweetness of the pork belly helps to build up a perfectly balanced soupy stew for the whole family to indulge.  Best of all, ingredients can be added or omitted to suit your taste buds. To save time, I used store-bought kimchi which is as good.  Prep, cut the ingredients and chuck everything into one pot.  All in all, the prepping and cooking time doesn’t take more than 1 hour.  So easy, fast and indulgent.  This is my go-to one-pot stew when I crave for a comfort food. What’s your comfort food? Kimchi Jjigae Serves 2 Ingredient: 300 g kimchi (store-bought or home-made), drained & reserve juice 350 g chicken stock 300 g skinless & boneless pork belly, sliced into 2cm pieces 1/2 block silken tofu 3 spring onion, sliced diagonally, reserve some as garnish 1/2 onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, peeled …

pork belly and shiso donburi

Pork Belly with Shiso Butter Soy Sauce Donburi

HELLO friends, I am back and extremely excited to cook in my kitchen again.  The 3 weeks family holiday in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok was so very enjoyable, despite the H&H (hot & humid) weather.  Of course, the highlight for me was to meet my family and friends.  Best of all, I met my super duper adorable baby nephew who has quite the chubby cheeks *pinch*pinch*.  And then there was the eating, lots and lots of eating – we ate from places to places, tasted various Malaysian and Thai dishes while reminiscing all that authentic flavours and spices … savouring, remembering every single bite and taste.  Even my mom has a few new dishes to show off! We ate like there’s no tomorrow. “With the first bite, time stood still – nothing can distract me now.  All that matters is that precise enjoyment of breaking down that all too familiar authentic flavours and taste that I so remember and treasure.” Now that we’re back, we have a small problem and that is my under-stocked kitchen!  So, I went easy with our dinner meal …