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Tuna & Vegetable Kimpab (Korean dried seaweed rice roll)

1, Blanch spinach in water for about 30 secs. Drain them and squzze the water out.

2, Stir fry carrot strips till a bit soft.

3, Put cooked rice in a big bowl, season with a little salt and sesame oil.

4, Put bamboo sheet at the bottom layer. Then dried seaweed over it. Rice on the bottom, and arrange carrot, green spinach and canned tuna over rice. Remember to leave 1/4 space of seaweed blank with no rice.

5, Roll it and squeeze hard at the same time till roll to the end.

6, Cut the roll into slices.

Super simple and yummy.


Steamed Corn Flour Bun With Vegetables

I was intended to make steamed buns with vegetable fillings inside, called Cai Tuan Zi in Chinese. It turned out corn flour is really hard to deal with. So I changed it into my special way.

corn flour 230g

plain flour 20g

hot water 200 ml.

yeast 3 g

warm water 30g

  1. Mix corn flour and flour in a big bowl. Add in hot water while stirring. and cool down.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast water into the flour mixture. Knead into dough.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 mins.


spinach 200g

medium carrot 1

thick glass noodles (boil in water till almost cooked)

black fungus.

Add in 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp sesame oil and my special ingredient Sichuan pepper oil (fry 1 tsp sichuan pepper in 2 tbsp oil till aromatic and discard the pepper corn)

Of course, you can choose meat as filling, which I think will be easier to deal with than vegetables, since minced meat can be rolled into small balls.

Divide dough into 12 small dough balls. Press them flat and add in filling, then close up. That’s my original plan. Yet I found corn flour is less sticky and cannot be closed up. So I mix dough with vegetable filling. And divide them into smaller balls. Roll them in corn flour and that’s how I made my cai tuan zi. 🙂

steam them over boiling water for 15 mins.

They taste better than I imagined. And sure they are healthy.

Vegan Stir-fry (Thin Tofu Sheet & Spinach)

This kind of thin tofu sheet is called Qianzhang (千张)in Chinese. Qianzhang literally means thousands of layers, which quite matches how it looks. I guess it’s not very popular in Singapore, cos when I first cooked it, my husband was very curious what it is. There are so many kinds of tofu products, qianzhang is just one of them.

This dish is vegan. Main ingredients are Qianzhang and spinach. It’s also very simple.

  1. Cut Qianzhang into medium strips. (The original one inside the package is a very big sheet). And separate them by tossing a bit. Also wash the spinach and trim off the root and cut into medium strips.
  2. Prepare chopped ginger and chopped garlic. If you want it to taste a bit spicy, then also prepare 2 dried red chili.
  3. Boil some water. Blanch Qianzhang in hot water for about 1 min. Then soak them in cold water and drain.
  4. Heat a pan, add in 1 tbsp oil. Saute chopped garlic, ginger and red chili first. When spices are aromatic, add Qianzhang in. Stir fry evenly for about 1 min.
  5. Add in spinach strips. Stir fry for another 2 mins or till spinach becomes soft and dark green.
  6. In with 2 tsp light soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Quickly stir fry evenly.
  7. Season with salt.

Spinach Omelette

I wanted to try something beside scrambled egg. It’s a really easy dish. All you need are spinach, eggs, cheese, salt, black pepper and oil.

1. Remove root of spinach. Wash them clean and drain.

2. Cut spinach into small pieces. Better be small, cos mine was too long, not very easy to cut.

3. Beat eggs in a bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Also sprinkle in some cheese.

4. Heat a pan. A small Non sticky pan is better. Add in some oil. Stir fry spinach first. Spinach juice will come out, pour it out. Separate spinach a bit.

5. Pour egg & cheese mixture in. Cover the pan with lid. When the eggs get solidified. Turn off the heat.

6. Place a big plate over the pan. Make the pan upside down to let the omelette out.

You can cut it into smaller pieces before serving .

Beef & Spinach Pasta

1. Cook pasta. Drain and set aside for later use.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Fry beef slices first till no more pinkish.

3. Add in a little chopped garlic. Stir fry till aromatic.

4. Add in 1 1/2 tsp oyster sauce. Pour in 1/4 cup hot water. Simmer a bit to reduce the sauce.

5. Add in spinach. Stir fry for 2 mins. Sprinkle a little white sesame.

6. Add pasta back into pan. Season with salt and black pepper. Mix well.

Spinach & Vermicelli Salad

1. Wash spinach. Remove the root and cut into halves.

2. Boil a pot of water. Add in 1 tsp water. Boil spinach for 1 min. Then dish them out. Set aside. Drain and cool down.

3. Boil another pot of water. Boil vermicelli according to the instruction or till cooked. Drain them.

4. Squeeze spinach to let all the water out. Put them in a big bowl along with drained vermicelli.

5. Season with sugar and salt.

6. Heat a sauce pan. Add in 2 tablespoon oil. Sauté a little chopped garlic and dried chili. When the oil is smoke hot, pour hot oil onto spinach. (Or you can place chopped garlic and chilli on the top of spinach. Pour the hot oil over them.)

7. Mix well and serve.

Gold & Silver Egg Spinach

This dish requires two kinds of egg: salted duck egg (咸鸭蛋)and preserved duck egg (松花蛋/皮蛋).

Preserved duck egg is very controversial, since many people just can’t accept the taste & texture of it. When I was very little, I didn’t understand why there would be such black egg on the table. They looked like poisonous and why adults liked them. I couldn’t remember when I first tried it and found it’s not as bad as I thought. And it’s not poisonous, of course. I gradually like it, especially the egg yolk. So yummy. Well, if you have never tried preserved duck egg, you may at least tried it like I did. If you still don’t like, that’s all right. There are so many kinds of eggs out there. You don’t have to like a particular type.

1. Prepare two salty duck eggs and two preserved duck eggs. Separate egg white and yolk for both of them. Then chop the egg white and yolk a bit.

2. Wash the spinach in water. Remove the roots. Can cut into smaller pieces.

3. Heat a pot. Pour in 250 ml stock. If you have your own chicken stock, that will be good. If you don’t have, Swanson is a good choice. Also add in 1/2 cup water and 2 ginger slices. Bring to boil. Then set aside.

4. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tablespoon oil. Fry 5-6 garlic cloves. It needs a bit patience cos you have to fry garlic till golden brown. And don’t burn them. Then take the garlic out.

5. Same pan, same oil. Add in drained spinach. Stir fry a bit. Pour in half of the stock. Cover the pan with lid. Simmer for 30 seconds. Then stir a bit. Lid on for another 30 mins. And take the spinach out into a plate.

6. Wash the pan. Heat on stove. Add in 1 tsp oil. Add in fried garlic, yolk of salty duck eggs and preserved duck egg’s white. Stir fry for 1 mins.

7. Pour in the rest stock. Bring to boil. Pour in salty duck egg’s white. Wait till egg white solidifies. At last add in preserved duck egg’s yolk. Simmer for 1 min.

8. Spinach at the bottom. Pour the egg stock on the top.


Shrimp Spinach Pasta

1. Add 20g butter in the pan. When butter melts, add in fresh shrimps. Fry till pink.

2. Add in 2 gloves chopped garlic, sauté till aromatic.

3. Pour in 2 tablespoon white wine. Season with salt and black pepper. Simmer for 1 min.

4. Take the shrimps out and set aside. Pour 1 cup milk into pan. Bring to boil, add in 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

5. Stir to let cheese melt. Add in spinach, boil for 1 min.

6. Add all the shrimps and cooked pasta in the sauce. Mix well.

Green Bean Wide Vermicelli, Spinach & Egg Stir-fry

I found a pack of green bean wide Vermicelli in a corner at the small supermarket near my home. I was very curious about it, because it’s my first time to see Vermicelli made from green beans. And more surprisingly, it’s from Qufu city, Confucius’s hometown, and it’s also a city next to my hometown. But I have never heard about it before. I really couldn’t control my curiosity, so I bought one pack. 🙂 really want to figure out how this transparent Vermicelli tastes.

I boil 100g green bean wide vermicelli in boiling water for 8 mins according to the instruction on the package. Then take them out and soak in cold water. Drain them.

1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Pour in two beaten eggs. Make scrambled egg. And set egg aside.

2. Heat the pan again. Add in a little oil if needed. Sauté chopped garlic and dried red chili till aromatic.

3. Add in spinach. Quickly stir fry with medium-high heat.

4. Once spinach turns soft and greener, add in green bean vermicelli. Stir fry for 1-2 mins.

5. Add in scrambled egg. Mix evenly.

6. Season with salt and black pepper.

Serve hot.

It’s actually not bad. Green bean vermicelli tastes like very similar to regular vermicelli made from sweet potato. But more chewy.