Saturday, December 29, 2018

SIMPLE EASY Japanese Curry with Pork Collar 日式猪肉咖喱

Is Japanese curry your favourite? Instead of chicken, why not cook with Pork collar?
I used Japanese Curry cubes that can be found at most supermarkets.
It's easy to cook just that you need some patience as need time to cook through.
From the video, you can see that I off and on the heat during the process. Reason is I do not want to burn the curry cube and make the mixture uneven.

2 - 3 potatoes
1 carrot
300 gm pork collar
1 onion
3-4 Japanese curry cubes

1. Heat oil in wok and fried onion.
2. Add pork collar piece by piece and separate the meat to prevent from clumping up.
3. Add some water, oil and rice wine.
4. Once boiled, add potato and carrot chunks.
5. Add 300 - 500ml of water.
6. Once boiled, Lower heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
7. Off heat, add 3-4 Japanese curry cubes. Mixed well with the mixtures.
8. On heat again and simmer for 10 minutes.
9. Ready to serve.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Comfort Food #03 - Sweet & Sour Potato with SPAM 酸甜马铃薯炒午餐肉

This is my "will choose" dish when I choose my dishes at Mixed vegetable rice. Is that yours choice too?
This dish only require 2-3 ingredients and simple seasoning. For full method, click to video below:

2 potatoes
1 can of SPAM or Luncheon Meat 午餐肉
1 handful of Mixed vegetable 杂蔬粒
2 pkt ketchup 番茄酱
1 pkt chilli sauce 辣椒酱
1/2 tsp sugar 糖
1/2 cup water  水

1. Cut SPAM and Potatoes into cubes.  午餐肉和马铃薯切丁
2. Air fry potato cubes to save time. Air fry at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.  为了省时,气炸马铃薯。200度10分钟。
3. At the same time, pan fry SPAM or luncheon meat cubes till golden brown. 同时间煎午餐肉至金黄色。
4. After 10 minutes, add potato cubes to pan. 10分钟后加进马铃薯块
5. Add mixed vegetable and mix well.  把杂蔬粒加进去
6. Add 2 pkt ketchup, chilli sauce, water and sugar.   加番茄酱、辣椒酱、水和糖,搅均匀
7. Simmer for 5 minutes till potato soften. 煨5分钟或至马铃薯变软
8. Ready to serve. 即可上桌

P.S: 你知道SPAM的缩写是什么吗?是“特别加工美国肉”。


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

My comfort food- Fried Cabbage with dried shrimp 虾米炒包菜

Click to video for full method.

This is my another comfort Chinese food. Is that yours too? I love all dishes with Hae Bee (dried shrimp), It has a distinct aroma that make all dishes taste so addictive and appetizing.
What are the dishes with dried shrimp? The famous Laksa, hae bee hiam (prawn roll) etc.
Just like prawn with shell, Dried shrimp is rich in protein, iron, calcium and vitamins. The amount of dried shrimp I used, only give us 13 calories. With cabbage to go with it, it is definitely a healthy dish.
Very simple to prepare and easy to cook. Only need 2 ingredients: cabbage and dried shrimps , with some seasoning. And it goes so well with rice. Sometimes I eat it on its own too.

(Serve 2 - 4 pax)
1/2 Cabbage 包菜切片 (cut into pieces)
10-15 dried shrimps (wash and dried) 虾米
1 tsp minced garlic  蒜末

1 tbsp Oyster sauce  蚝油
3 tbsp chicken stock   鸡汤
pinch of white pepper  少许胡椒粉

1. Heat oil in wok.  热锅烧油
2. Saute dried shrimp till aroma.  爆香虾米
3. Add mince garlic and continue frying. 加蒜末继续爆香
4. Add cabbage  加包菜
5. Add chicken stock, oyster sauce, white pepper and simmer for 15 minutes. 加鸡汤、蚝油、胡椒粉焖煮15分钟
6. Check for tenderness after 15 minutes. 查看是否是你要的软度
7. Ready to serve. 即可上桌


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Royal Caribbean vs Genting Dream Cruise: Which is better? 皇家加勒比游轮 vs 云顶星梦游轮

Are you planning for a cruise holiday soon?

Those follow my IG or FB, will know that every year we will plan for our cruise holiday. For the past years we have tried Royal Caribbean - 2 times in Mariner of the Sea and 1 time at Ovation of the Sea. This year we decided to try something different - we tried Dream Cruise for the first time and we are impressed by the following:

- Room: Dream Cruise Room seems slightly bigger than Royal Caribbean Cruise. And toilet is much bigger too.
- Royal Caribbean has compulsory mustering, whereby Dream Cruise demonstrate safety exercise via TV.
- Pillow: Dream Cruise pillows are fluffier as compared to Royal Carribean.
- Food: Royal Caribbean served more western food compare to Dream Cruise. Dream Cruise serve dim sum on breakfast. And authentic ala carte chinese dishes for lunch and dinner.
- Last day : Besides Farewell party, Dream Cruise also show us fireworks.

To summarise, if you are adventurous, love sport, think mustering is important and enjoy room service, you will like Royal Caribbean.
If you are a foodie, like fluffy pillow, want big toilet and enjoy fireworks , then you will enjoy Dream Cruise.

P.S: No advertising purposes, only through own experience and view.

我喜欢美食和旅游。相信你也和我一样,我一直想找关于这两家邮轮对比的影片和资料,但是一直找不到答案,于是我亲自体验了,也做了比较并希望用影片分享我的看法,也希望能给你一些答案。 朋友都知道我喜欢去邮轮旅行,所以常问我的问题是?到底Royal Caribbean皇家加勒比国际游轮好玩还是Dream Cruise星梦游轮好玩? 老实说,对比之下,我觉得Dream Cruise的房间好像比Royal Caribbean的大一点,而且厕所也比较大。 Royal Caribbean需要集体集合到指定地点参加安全演习。而Dream Cruise一入住就可以休息不需到外面集合,因为安全演习是通过电视和广播提醒的。 Dream Cruise的枕头也比Royal Caribbean的松软有弹性,这点对我的睡眠很重要,因为我喜欢有弹性的枕头才睡得着。 至于美食和餐馆,我比较喜欢中餐,也很注重美味,所以我会投Dream Cruise一票! 不得不提最后一天的活动。星梦和皇家加勒比游轮都有举行狂欢party。不过星梦游轮除了超high 的party外还会放长达10分钟的烟火! 总结之前所作的比较: 如果你喜欢冒险、爱做运动、对安全演习很注重,也喜欢room service 那你会喜欢Royal Caribbean. 如果你对美食很注重、喜欢蓬松的枕头、喜欢大厕所、又爱看烟火、那你会喜欢Dream Cruise. P.S: 纯属个人意见,仅供参考。

Friday, November 23, 2018

[Use rice cooker] Steam mince pork with tofu 蒸豆腐肉饼

My mom used to cook this dish for me. It’s my comfort food. Is that yours too?
I always eat this with rice or porridge. And now I am on diet so I eat it on its own - with meat, egg and tofu, full of protein and nutrients. It’s a steam dish so it’s simple and healthy. And suitable for elderly and kids.

1 unit of silky tofu  1块嫩豆腐
250gm mince pork   250克猪肉碎
1 egg   1个蛋

1-2 tbsp soy sauce  一至二汤匙生抽
1 tbsp shaoxing wine  一汤匙绍兴酒
1 tsp salt    一茶匙盐
1 tsp sesame oil    一茶匙麻油
pinch of white pepper   白胡椒粉少许

1 Add all ingredients and seasoning together in a bowl and mix well.   把全部材料搅拌均匀
2. Steam in rice cooker for 15 minute.  用饭锅或其他蒸炉蒸15分钟
3. Garnish with spring onion and/or coriander. 可加葱花或香菜提味
4. Serve when hot.  记得趁热吃

P.S I used rice cooker to steam , means you can cook rice and steam this dish at the same time. Enjoy!

Question: What’s your comfort food?


Monday, November 19, 2018

Quick & Healthy - Gula Melaka Avocado Milkshake 椰糖鳄梨奶昔

Have you tried Avocado Milkshake or smoothie? If not, you will fall in love with it. After taking Avocado shake at a restaurant one day, I decided to make my own. I only use 3 ingredients - avocado, gula melaka syrup and fresh milk. It is a good source of healthy fats and protein. But you can't have it everyday, just in case "fat overloaded".

According to Wikipedia, Gula Melaka is a kind of Palm sugar - a sweetener derived from any variety of palm tree. And Gula melaka is a type of palm sugar made from the sap of flower buds from the coconut palm.
In my recipe, I only use 1 and 1/2 tbsp. And according to, 1 tbsp of Gula Melaka syrup is only 29 calories. As compare to 60 calories for 1 tbsp of Honey, this is definitely a healthy choice.
I bought my Gula Melaka Syrup from NTUC or Sheng Siong (see video for visual). My friend also got me 1 jar of gula melaka syrup from Malacca.


Gula Melaka Avocado Milkshake (Calories - 261)
1 avocado
500-600ml Fresh milk or UHT milk
1 & 1/2 tbsp Gula Melaka Syrup

1. Cut open avocado, remove seed and skin and put flesh into blender.
2. Add 500-600ml milk
3. Add ice cube.
4. Add gula melaka syrup. Blend till turn smoothie.
5. Ready to serve.


做法: 将鳄梨、牛奶、冰块和椰糖浆放入搅拌机里搅拌成奶昔即可享用。

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Test and Tried - Easy Poached Egg 简单水煮荷包蛋

To be honest, I seldom poached egg. As I saw some video that require one to keep stirring the water in 1 direction when add egg to pot. So I always do what I am familiar with, do soft boil egg, hard boil egg, fried egg, fried sunny side up etc, until recently I saw a simple way to do poached egg from, then I again experiment this method.

See my video here to see the method and result.

Verdict: when put egg to pot, the egg white run more than the video show but I am happy with the finish product, egg white is firm enough and egg yolk is runny. Most importantly, IT IS SUPER SIMPLE AND FUSS FREE!

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Update: (May not be) my Last Post here

Hi all supporters
Sorry for the long absence from this blog due to tight schedule work commitment earlier. During May 2015 till now, I hardly have time to blog, only can occasionally post on facebook page. During these "MIA" years, I noticed there are a lot of changes in the social media scene, I find it hard to catch up after not blogging for a while already. And during these time, I noticed a cooking school was opened and have used my Blog Name: Food Playground that I developed back in 2011 as their name. (Duh)
It actually take me awhile to pick up the courage to make a come back as I have lost the momentum and it will take me longer time and harder way to get back to blogging (and blogging is no longer enough to viewers)
In order not to associate my blog with the cooking school, and to differentiate my blog, I have decided to create a new blogspot address to Think this convey my message better and will help me to start pick up blogging again and add in new features to the blog, eg not just restricted to food, but also write about things I Like - It is a Foodi(EatPlay)ground. And add in youtube video and post in both facebook and IG.
Kindly continue to follow me at facebook page and instagram page. And youtube page.
Your support is my motivation. Hope to see you again.

Update: Maybe I should continue to blog here as I see many of my readers still visiting this blog. Your feedback is my motivation. Appreciate your kind feedback. Thank you once again!