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Laksa Hot Pot

The other day, I got a laksa hot pot soup base from the cashier of supermarket. I wanted to have nice hot pot for a long time. And I have never tried laksa flavor before.

This is the soup base I got. It has 2 parts: powder and paste.

Meat and vegetables are the main ingredients for hot pot.

First, I wash and cut vegetables and meat. Then follow the instruction to get soup base ready.

Meat in first, then the seafood part, vegetables at last. But vegetables like potato, sweet potato and shiitake mushroom can be put in earlier.


Prepare a Christmas Feast with a King Crab

Yesterday when my husband and I were buying groceries in a supermarket, we noticed there was sale of king crab. Turkey is too big for us to have for Christmas, so a king crab sounds a good idea.

Today when I got up, the first thing I needed to do is to defreeze the king crab we bought. Then I disassembled it into several parts.

For the central body, I took the Shell off. Then picked the meat out. Heat a pan, melt a small piece of butter. Put the meat in. Sauté a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon flour. Quickly stir. Then add in 3-4 tablespoon milk. Stir slowly and evenly to let it reduce to white sauce. Put the crab meat white sauce into the shell. Sprinkle cheese. Put into oven ( 200 degree C, 8-10 mins) or till cheese melts.

Crab legs can be divided into three parts: thigh (fat end), middle parts and thin end parts.

For the fat thigh, I used them to cook spaghetti:

Heat a piece of butter in the pan. When melted, add in crab leg. Stir fry a bit. Then add in chopped garlic. Stir till aromatic. Pour in a little white wine. Simmer a little. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in chopped parsley and cooked spaghetti. Quickly stir evenly.

For the middle crab leg parts, I roast them with garlic butter. Put a small chunk of butter in a bowl. Add in chopped garlic, a little salt and pepper. Blend well. Cut half the shell off ( or even less). Then spread garlic butter onto meat. Put into oven. 180 degree C and 20 mins.

For the thin ends, I cut them into smaller pieces. Marinate with a little cooking wine and corn starch. Heat a little olive oil in the pan. Put the crab leg pieces in. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add in chopped ginger and spring onion. Quickly stir fry. Add in a little cooking wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly blend evenly and serve hot.

For the claws, I used them to cook light soup. Put crab claws, corn pieces, Chinese yam, mushroom, ginger shreds and spring onion pieces into a pot. Pour in 1 1/2 bowls of water. Turn to high heat. When water boils, put in salmon slices. Turn to middle heat and cook for 3 mins. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine and salt. Cook for another minute.

And that’s it. Our Christmas feast made by a king crab.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Stir-fry Prawn Hokkien Noodles

The real stir-fry hokkien noodles need squid and pork. But here I didn’t use them. And this recipe is different from the real one. 

1. Beat two eggs in a bowl. Heat oil in the pan and make scrambled egg.

2. Take the egg out. Fry the Prawns till pink and set them aside too.

3. Heat the pan again. Add in chopped garlic and onion. Sauté a bit. 

4. Add the Hokkien noodles in. Stir fry a bit. Add in 2 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1/2 pepper powder. Stir evenly.

5. Put the Prawns back in the pan, also add chopped cabbage and chye sim stem. Stir fry a bit. Pour in 1 cup broth. ( I used the Prawn ribs broth which I made before)

6. Simmer for 5 mins. Add in bean sprouts, chye sim leaves.

7. Add in scrambled egg. Stir fry evenly.

Serve hot. 

My husband loves this dish.

Mixed Vegetable Chicken Soup

1. Pour in enough water in a deep pot.

2. Put in chicken. I used several chicken drumsticks.

3. Turn to high heat. When the water boils, turn to low heat. And slow cook for half an hour.

4. Add in corn & carrot chunks. Cook for another half an hour.

5. Add in snow peas and boil for another 3 mins.

6. Sprinkle some salt and serve hot.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 170 degree C.

1. Clean cherry tomatoes and cut them into halve.

2. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary over tomatoes. And mix them well.

3. Place tomatoes in baking pan and then put into oven. Bake for around 30 mins.

If you want them to be drier, you can prolong the baking time.

Roasted tomatoes can be used in spaghetti or other dishes.

Mixed Vegetables Stir-fry 

This dish has a beautiful Chinese name, which is “He Tang Xiao Chao”. “He tang” means pond full of lotus, and “Xiao Chao” means stirfry. The dish is very colorful and pleasant to the eyes.

This dish requires many different vegetables. I always like lotus root, black fungus, snow peas, carrot and kernels.

1. Put lotus root slices and carrot slices in a deep pot. Pour in enough cold water and add in some salt. Turn on the stove.

2. When the water boils, add in trimmed snow peas. Boil for another 2-3 mins.

3. At last, add in black fungus and kernels. Boil for another 1 min.

4. Rinse all the vegetables and drain.

5. Heat a little oil in the pan. Sauté chopped garlic.

6. Put all the drained vegetables in the pan. Stir fry for 2-3 mins.

7. Sprinkle salt and stir fry for another minute. Then ready to serve.

Stir Fry Mushroom With Bell Pepper, Carrot & Green Chili

It’s a quick and easy vegi dish.

1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in some chopped garlic. Stir fry a bit.

2. Put in mushroom ( torn into shreds) and thin carrot slices. Keep stir frying till mushroom turns softened. Cover the pan with lid. And braise for around 2 mins. If the pan is too dry, you can add a little water.

3. Add in chopped bell pepper and green chili. Stir fry a bit. 

4. Add in a little light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir fry evenly.

5. If the dish is too light, you can add a little salt. Stir evenly then dish out.

Braised Cauliflower With Tomato

It’s a popular dish in my hometown. Someday my mother told me that she learnt a new dish from her friends. And that new dish is this braised cauliflower with tomato. Later, this dish also showed up in the canteen of my high school.

It’s not a difficult dish to cook. I would also recommend this dish to those people who are on a diet.

First, you need to peel two or three medium tomatoes. Then chop them into small dice. Heat a little oil in the pan. Stir fry tomato dices. When they become softened, add in cauliflower pieces. Stir fry a bit. Then pour in hot water reaches half height of the ingredients. Cover the pan with lid. Braise till cauliflower is done. Sprinkle salt and dish out.

Chicken Vegetable Soup

It’s an easy soup to make.


Chicken ( I used 2 big chicken wingsticks)


Bamboo shoot ( cut into medium pieces)

Carrot ( chop into medium pieces)

Snow pea ( put in boiling water for 1 min. Take out and drain)


Light soy sauce


Hot water

1. Heat a little oil in the pot. Put in chicken. Stir fry a bit till the color turns a bit golden.

2. Add in carrot and bamboo shoot with a little light soy sauce. Stir fry a little.

3. Pour in hot water covers all ingredients. If you have soup-stock, that’ll be better. Add in several shiitakes. Cover the pot with lid. 

4. When all ingredients are done, add in snow peas. Then simmer for another 4 or 5 mins. Spread some salt.

Lobster Soup

1. Cook lobster in the boiling water. When it’s done, take out the lobster meat.

2. Prepare vegetable part. I used 1 medium potato, 1 medium onion, 1 medium carrot, 2 small tomatoes, 2 pieces of celery. Chop them into small pieces.

3. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in onion first. Then add all the rest vegetables in. Stir fry a bit. Add in a little salt and black pepper. Pour in enough water covers all ingredients ( I used the water cooked lobster). Cover the pan with lid.

4. When all the vegetables get softened, take them out and put in blender. Blend them well till smooth.

5. Pour vegetable smoothie back into pan. Heat it with low heat. I added some water (cooked vegetable) so that it won’t be very condensed.

6. Add in 2 tsp light cream. Keep stirring till it boils again. Mix in a little herbs you like and a little salt if it tastes plain.

7. Put lobster meat bits in the soup plate with some cheese. Pour soup into plate.

I also put the lobster head in the plate for decoration. My husband said it looks like a swimming lobster. 🙂