[Recipe] Red Bean Soup Dessert using Pressure Cooker


Red bean soup is a common Cantonese dessert, available at many dessert stalls or restaurants. Red beans, sometimes known as azuki beans, are good for improving heart health and digestion,  balances sugar levels in the body.

Some recipes call for the use of rice or glutinous rice to thicken the dessert, but my mum uses oats. It's definitely a healthier version!

Below is my recipe using the pressure cooker. My mum uses traditional boiling and takes around 1.5 hours but I take 30 minutes. Either way, both contain the same nutritional benefits! :) 


Recipe: Red Bean Soup Dessert Using Pressure Cooker

Ingredients (Serves 4)
120g red bean
30g dried longan
30g sugar
20g oat
10g lotus seed - optional 
2 dried tangerine - optional 
1 litre water

Directions

1. Prepare tangerine peel.
Use a knife to carefully scrape away most of the white pith on the inside of the peel. The while pith is bitter, so we don't want that. :)

2. Prepare lotus seed (if using).
Soak lotus seeds for 30 minutes. Split each into half and remove the black germ in between. 

3. Pressure Cook.
Add the red beans, lotus seeds, tangerine peel and water into the pot. Pressure cook on High for 20 minutes. Quick release when it is ready.

4. Prepare oats.
Meanwhile, add some (boiling) hot water to the oats. Stir and set aside.

5. Add remaining ingredients.
Open Pressure Cooker lid. By now, the red beans would have softened dramatically (see below). Add oats, longan and sugar. 


6. Saute.
Saute on HIGH for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir. 

Enjoy! Serve hot or cold. The dessert will thicken further as it cools. 

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[Recipe] No-Sugar Peach Gum Dessert Using Pressure Cooker



The peach gum dessert is one of my family's most favourite dessert. Costing at just a fraction of the price of bird's nest, peach gum allows collagen to be easily absorbed into the body. This recipe is pleasantly sweet yet also does not require sugar, because I rely on the dried longans and red dates for their natural sweetness.

I recently started using the Ninja Foodi NP300 Multi-Cooker and the pressure cooking function has been a real time-saver, cutting cooking time to just one-third. Below is the Pressure Cooker version of my recipe, but if you would like to prepare this dessert via traditional Boiling, please refer to this recipe instead.

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In particular, I like how large A Healthier You's wolfberries are. Their peach gums also contain very few black impurities and I really like how this saves me a lot of preparation time and effort (compared to other brands). 

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Recipe: No-Sugar Peach Gum Dessert Using Pressure Cooker

Ingredients (Serves 4)
30g peach gum (桃胶) 
15g lotus seed
45g longan
40g red dates
20g wolfberries/ goji berries
800ml of water
Rock sugar (only if required)

Directions

1. Soak peach gum.
Soak the peach gum overnight.

2. Prepare lotus seed.
Soak lotus seeds 30 minutes. Split each into half and remove the black germ in between. 

3. Pressure Cook.
Add the lotus seeds, longan, red dates and water into the pot. Pressure cook on High for 20 minutes. Quick release when it is ready.

4. Remove impurities.
Meanwhile, remove the black impurities from the peach gum.

Tips: Using a toothpick helps me dig out those small black bits easier.

5. Continue boiling.
Add the peach gum. Continue pressure cooking on High for 3 minutes. Wait for natural release.


6. Add the wolfberries.
Add the wolfberries. Stir for 5 minutes. Enjoy!


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[Review] Overly Cheezy, the Latest Pizza Joint in Singapore


Like most of us who have been mainly at home in the last few months, I have been ordering quite a bit of food delivery recently. Earlier this week, I was recently given the opportunity to try Overly Cheezy Pizzeria, the latest pizza joint to open in Singapore.

A Haven for Cheese-Lovers
A brainchild of various top chefs from Italy, France, Japan and Singapore, this establishment offers pizzas with - as you can guess from its name - lots of cheesy goodness.

Savour all 5 different cheese flavours oozing from the gruyere (a Swiss cheese), mozeralla, emmental, parmesan orange and cheddar, incorporated in each pizza.

Signature Truffle Pizzas
I tried their signature pizzas, the Trufflicious Wild Mushroom and Trufflicious Hawaiian (2 regulars for S$22, with top-up of S$3 each) and the cheesy white truffle sauce offered each bite with a creamy burst of flavours.

Side Dishes
Along with the pizzas are sides such as the Cheezy Salted Egg Fries (S$7.90), Overly Wings (S$10.90 for 6 pieces) or Garlic Bread (S$3.90).

While my fries and chicken wings arrived warm, I liked how putting them in my airfryer before eating amped up the crispiness a little.

Dessert
To end the meal on a sweet note, try their Molten Lava Cake (S$8.90), available in Belgian Chocolate or Hokkaido Matcha.

Use a fork and break the cake down the centre, and see the gooey hot chocolate flow out from the centre.

Overall
Overall, this new pizza joint gives traditional pizza companies a run for their money. A good alternative especially when the other pizza delivery platforms get really busy. 

No pork and no lard is used in Overly Cheezy's dishes. In this National Day month, let's also #SupportLocal!

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[Recipe] Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad with Feta Cheese


Foodie at Home Challenge
And so, in my last two recipe posts, I shared about Shopee's "Foodie at Home Challenge" where I came up with three dishes using fresh ingredients purchased through the Shopee app:
  1. Japanese-styled Honey-Sake Pork Ribs with Asparagus using Airfryer,
  2. Steamed Herbal Chicken, and 
  3. Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad with Feta Cheese (see below).

FYI: This is a collaboration with Shopee, so do look out for my exclusive Shopee Promo Code for you at the end of this recipe.

Overall, I was impressed by how fresh the ingredients were. Service was reliable and I really like how convenient it was to have all my fresh groceries delivered in just a few clicks!

Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad with Feta Cheese
Salad for us is usually a mish mash of whatever we can find in the kitchen, so here's my homemade Pumpkin Beetroot Salad with Feta Cheese.

I usually love to incorporate various colours in my salads not only because it looks aesthetically more pleasing, but also because they are known to contain a greater variety of nutrition. For instance, beetroot which stands out its deep red colour helps to lower blood pressure. For my veggie base, I like to pick some red spinach whenever I can too.

Nuts are also a staple in my homemade salads. Walnuts, pine nuts or pecans are great. A different texture definitely helps to break the monotony. Otherwise, I feel like a cow eating grass. Who agrees? 😂

The beetroot and pumpkin in this recipe were ordered from Shopee's QQMart seller. Love their service. The products are very fresh, just read their online reviews if you don't believe me! 😜

RECIPE
Serves 2.

Ingredients
60g salad vegetables
300g pumpkin, sliced
120g beetroot, sliced
200g cherry tomatoes
90g feta cheese, cubed (see below)
50g pecans

Directions
1) Steam.
Steam the pumpkin slices till soft.

2) Wash.
Meanwhile, wash all ingredients properly as they will be eaten raw.

3) Mix.
When the pumpkin is ready, place all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss well. Enjoy!

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[Recipe] Steamed Herbal Chicken


Foodie at Home Challenge
And so, in my last recipe post, I shared about the "Foodie at Home Challenge" that Shopee had for me, i.e. to come up with various dishes using some pre-assigned fresh ingredients purchased from their app.

(PS: As this is a collaboration with Shopee, do look out for my exclusive Shopee Promo Code for you at the end of this recipe!)

3 Dishes, 3 Recipes
The ingredients I had to order online through the Shopee App were fresh pork loin prime ribs, fresh kampong chicken, pumpkin, black fungus, beetroot, asparagus and sake.

In this 3-part series, I am sharing 3 recipes which I came up with using ingredients from Shopee and what I already had in my kitchen:
  1. Japanese-styled Honey-Sake Pork Ribs with Asparagus using Airfryer (recipe here)
  2. Steamed Herbal Chicken (see below), and
  3. Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad with Feta Cheese (recipe here).

Fresh, Reliable, Convenient
Overall, I was impressed by how fresh the ingredients were. Service was reliable and I really love how convenient it was to have all my fresh groceries arrive - with just a few clicks on the app! :)

Steamed Herbal Chicken
This dish is overall very nutritious and an easy 4-step recipe to prepare. As there are various plant-based ingredients (e.g. black fungus, red dates) in this dish as well, I usually just pair this with rice and it makes for a balanced meal.

One of the key ingredients in this dish is Dang Gui (当归). Generally known as a herb beneficial for women as it helps to support and maintain healthy menstrual balance in women, it is generally safe for both genders as it aids in blood circulation. Personally, I find Dang Gui in double-boiled soup a bit too intense for me, so I prefer it cooked in a dish.

The chicken I used is Fresh Anxin Chicken from QQMart. As female chickens are supplied, I found the meat to be overall very tender. Personally, I avoid eating chicken wings as the hormones are usually injected there, but I am glad that Anxin Chickens are free from antibiotics and growth hormones.
RECIPE
Serves 2

Ingredients
(A)
140g black fungus*
50g red dates, halved & no seed
40g ginger, sliced
5g dang gui, sliced
2 tsp wolfberries
200g water

(B)
2 tb sake*/ Shaoxing wine
2 tbs oyster sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
600g chicken*

*Items available from Shopee (under QQMart or Sake Inn).

Directions
1) Soak. 
Soak all (A) ingredients except wolfberries in a bowl.

Tips: Use a bigger bowl as the fungus will expand. You may require more water, depending on your bowl size.

2) Marinate.
Marinate chicken using (B) ingredients for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

3) Lay.
Place the black fungus in a large flat metal dish. Lay chicken above it. Lastly, spread the (A) ingredients above the chicken.

4) Steam.
Steam the chicken over medium-high fire for 45 minutes.

Serve with rice. Enjoy!

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[Recipe] Japanese-styled Honey-Sake Pork Ribs with Asparagus using Airfryer


I recently took up the "Foodie At Home Challenge" by Shopee to try out their online grocery-shopping and cook up various dishes using a list of ingredients pre-selected by them. Hence, in this 3-part series, I will be sharing 3 recipes:
  1. Japanese-styled Honey-Sake Pork Ribs with Asparagus using Airfryer (see below)
  2. Steamed Herbal Chicken, and
  3. Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad with Feta Cheese.

PS: I have included an exclusive Shopee Promo Code for my readers below too, so do look out for the surprise at the end! 

My Initial Thoughts on Online Grocery Shopping
To be honest, I am someone who takes a more conservative approach when buying perishables, such as fresh meat, vegetables and fruits. I prefer to see and feel the fresh produce before buying them, because they are more delicate. A dent or a slight fingernail mark in the packaging could cause a whole product to go bad very soon.

Shopee's Challenge For Me
As part of this challenge, I would be using various ingredients purchased from their online platform to create some dishes. The ingredients were fresh pork loin prime ribs, fresh kampong chicken, pumpkin, black fungus, beetroot, asparagus and sake.

Fresh Groceries
Our groceries arrived very punctually during the stipulated time slot. Kept in styrofoam boxes during transportation, the fresh produce were still very cold when they arrived. All the items were fresh and kept safe in cling wrap/ bubble wrap, in perfect condition.

Reliable Service
Overall, I was really quite pleasantly surprised. To be honest, I think this experience totally changed my perception about online grocery shopping.

I have to commend the Shopee seller, Mr Tan from QQ Mart, for his great service. In particular, he updated me on the delivery schedule twice (once after my groceries were ordered and the other just a few hours before the delivery).

Even after delivery, he shared with me with some tips on how to handle the fresh chicken which was just slaughtered the night before. Totally unexpected and I really appreciate that!

Convenience
One thing I learnt from this experience is to try out a service at least once, before jumping to conclusions. I definitely saved a lot of time for this week's groceries and reduced all the inconveniences from the various Circuit Breaker rules if I had to physically go to the supermarket to get all those groceries.

You can also browse through Shopee's various food-related offerings here. If all it takes are just a few clicks and this service negates the need of having to lug everything home, why not? :)

3 Dishes
And so, here are my 3 recipes. Enjoy!
  1. Japanese-styled Honey-Sake Pork Ribs with Asparagus using Airfryer (see below)
  2. Steamed Herbal Chicken (coming up soon), and
  3. Pumpkin and Beetroot Salad (coming up soon).

Japanese-styled Honey-Sake Pork Ribs with Asparagus using Airfryer
Even though I used the airfryer, these ribs came out really flavourful because of the marination. I also really like the light tinges of sake aftertaste as I sink my teeth into the ribs.

For this recipe, I used pork loin. This part is a little bit more fatty and is usually more tender. Yummy!

RECIPE
Serves: 2 pax

Ingredients
(A) For ribs:
500g pork loin prime ribs*
50g dark sauce
35g sake*
1 tsp honey
20g ginger, diced
1 garlic clove, minced

(B) For asparagus:
200g asparagus*
2 tbs olive oil
Pepper and salt, to taste

*Items available from Shopee (under QQMart or Sake Inn).

Directions
1) Remove.
Remove membranes from ribs, if any. (Mine from QQMart were already removed.)

Tips: Removing the membranes will allow the meat to "fall off" the bones when you bite into it. :)

2) Marinate.
To marinate the ribs, mix (A) ingredients together. Cover with cling wrap and keep in fridge for at least 2 hours.

3) Preheat.
After marination, the ribs are ready for cooking. Preheat airfryer at 190 degrees Celcius for 5 minutes.

4) Airfry the ribs.
Place the ribs in a baking pan. Cook at 190 degrees Celcius for 15 minutes. Flip, and continue for another 5 minutes.

5) Brush.
While the ribs are being cooked, trim the base of the asparagus and brush with olive oil. Add pepper and salt to taste.

6) Airfry the asparagus.
Cook at 190 degrees Celcius for 5 minutes. Toss, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Serve with Japanese rice. Enjoy... And feel free to eat the ribs with your fingers! :)

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What dish/ dishes would you create using the same ingredients, if you were me? :) Stay tuned for my next 2 recipes. Let's get creative and try new dishes together!

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