Basic Congee – Rice Porridge

There are a few recipes we all need to fall back on where money is tight and energy levels are low. For me, this is a good basic congee recipe. In its most basic form congee is nothing extraordinary, but it costs next to nothing to make, will freeze well, can be eaten by everyone […]

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Laos Khao Soi – Tomato Meat Sauce Noodle Soup

Laos Khao Soi - Tomato Meat Sauce Noodle Soup

Laos khao soi is one of the best hidden gems in the world of noodle soups. It has a garlicky tomato meat sauce that gives this dish its wonderful flavour and colour. It is also known as “spaghetti pho” because it literally looks like bolognese sauce on top of pho rice noodles. But unlike pho, […]

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Cheap and Easy Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken

Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken

This cheap and easy dish consists of tender, melt-in-your mouth chicken wings cooked in soy sauce. The addition of ginger, cinnamon and star anise make this dish smell absolutely heavenly. Best of all it is an economical dish made in one pot with only 15 minutes prep time. My friend Portia has a good tip […]

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Easy Vietnamese Fried Tofu in a Tomato Sauce

Vietnamese Fried Tofu in a Tomato Sauce

Some of my mates think that Steph and I must have the most exciting dishes for dinner. They picture us laughing and smiling at the dinner table with our piping hot bowls of noodle soup made from scratch with a bottle of wine that has been well researched and paired accordingly. Well, nothing could be further […]

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Easy Chicken and Hokkien Noodle Stir Fry

I have spent the last 3 days procrastinating on this chicken hokkien noodle stir fry post. It has always taken me ages to write a single post. This is particularly upsetting when you live with people like Steph who are able to smash one out in a few hours. Every time she finishes on the […]

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Pressure Cooker Cheap Lamb Cut Casserole

I’m not sure if this is common knowledge, but many Asian people do not like the smell of  lamb. A prime example of this is my old man, Bac Nam. He has been living in Australia for decades and has adjusted well to most things, but lamb is not one of them. I find this really […]

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Chinese Home-Style Eggs in Tomatoes

If there was one thing I’d recommend everyone learn to cook when they first move out of home, it would be Chinese eggs and tomatoes. This is cheap, easy, home-style cooking, and one that has probably kept many a poor uni student from starving. It is what you cook when you can’t be bothered cooking, and […]

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Simple and Cheap Chocolate Ripple Cake

A few years back we were invited to a friend’s place for a pot luck dinner. I decided to make an apple crumble – a dessert I had nearly every single week when I was growing up, my go-to in the frozen dessert aisle, my all-time favourite comfort food. A dish I have never actually gotten the […]

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Bacon and Egg Pastries

My first job after university was in a large accounting firm. The division I worked in used to have 8:00am meetings where staff would take turns in providing training to the rest of the team on a relevant topic. The best thing about these meetings was that they were catered – there was always tea, freshly brewed coffee, […]

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