Simple Pan-Fried Salmon With Couscous Salad

Salmon with Couscous Salad

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I had couscous salad for the first time at a recent lunch appointment. It was at the Privé café. I ordered a grilled salmon served with couscous. I remember the taste very vividly – fresh, crunchy, citrus, light and a little lemony sour. The salad went really well with the salmon, neutralising and ridding it of its possibly fishy and oily tastes.

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Casual Caprese Tarts With My Favourite Toppings

Caprese Tart

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It’s really simple to make, yet they look kind of elegant and sophisticated. Colourful – green and red. Fun. Lively. Carefree. You really could choose any toppings you like to go with the pastry.

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Rooster Pineapple Tarts For The Rooster Lunar New Year

Chicken Pineapple Tart

Saw some bird-like pineapple tarts in the newspaper ads and thought I could give it a try too. Just for the sake of fun. The end product wasn’t too bad, but there is definitely room for improvement (see my comments below).

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家常便饭 - 新年人日的七样羹 (Teochew Spring Vegetables)

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My mum always cooks this dish for us every year. Without fail. The sad thing is that not many of us would eat it since the steamboat would have fulfilled our quota of how much we could eat at the dining table. Well, not that this plate of vegetables isn’t nice; there are so many other plates of delicacies like shabu shabu, fresh prawns, raw fish, abalone slices, fishballs (yes, my favourite!) etc etc. Vegetables? I could afford to eat healthy some other day.

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Candy Red Roasted Sweet Cantonese Char Siew (叉燒)

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Char Siew

Char siew is the term we give to a long strip of pork shoulder butt, pork loin or pork belly that has been roasted in a marinade typically consisting of maltose (or honey), fermented bean curd, hoisin sauce and Chinese spices. This is a Cantonese dish that is typically found in many local food stalls, such as those selling chicken rice, roast duck and meat and wanton noodles. It is often made into a filling for buns or breads that are sold at the bakeries too. Not just that, the gravy sauce from the char siew is what people love to request for to have together with their plate of plain rice, especially if it’s char siew rice you’ve ordered.

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