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Yam and Sago Delight

Dessert June 26th, 2007

yam sago delight


It was truly a Yam and Sago Delight over the weekend. I bought a yam on Sunday and decided to make dessert out of it. It is my very first yam purchase in my entire life! And it is all because of this blog. You see, having this blog motivates me to try new recipes now and then so as to keep things going. So, anyway, after discussing some potential ingredients with my wife, we decided to have a dessert consisting yam, sago, pandan leaves (screwpine leaves), gula melaka and evaporated milk. Read the rest of this entry »

Ginkgo Barley Dessert with Foo Chuk

Dessert May 15th, 2007

ginkgo barley dessert

Ginkgo Barley Dessert with Foo Chuk is one dessert which my wife loves. It is known to be nutritious as cooling. Some chinese restaurants serve this dessert as part of a banquet, though usually for the more expensive menus because the ginkgo nut is rather expensive.

When purchased, the ginkgo nuts usually need to be broken either using a nut cracker or a mortar & pestle with a gentle knock. Ideally, take a toothpick and push the toothpick through the middle section of the nut to remove an “embryo”-like structure. This part of the nut is usually bitter tasting. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Bean Soup with Mandarin Orange Peel

Breakfast, Chinese, Dessert, Snacks March 5th, 2007

red bean soup


Lilian gave me a very difficult task just before Chinese New Year. I was supposed to do something with the skin of Mandarin Oranges. Just see what she skilfully did with the skin of Mandarin Oranges. The thing is, the “trick” I am supposed to do with the skin is so difficult that I have to find a way out of it. Finding a loophole is what lawyers are supposed to be good at and I think I may be lucky enough this time. So, here comes my task handed out to Lilian 🙂


mandarin orange


Anyway, Red Bean Soup with Mandarin Orange Peel is not really a soup which is taken in a main meal. Rather, it is well known to be a dessert and is usually taken warm or hot. The Mandarin Orange Peel is added to give this dessert a citrus tang to it and if you can’t find Mandarin Oranges, oranges like Sunkist or Jaffa will do. Just remember to dry it in a fridge or left outside to dry on its own. Frankly, I don’t know why it should be dried but this recipe has been handed down from generations to generations and it tastes good. Give it a try.


This is my recipe for Red Bean Soup with Mandarin Orange Peel




  • 3/4 rice bowl of red beans (pre-soaked for 30 minutes)
  • Skin / Peel from 1 mandarin orange (dried before hand)
  • 6 rice bowls of water
  • Sugar to taste




Bring water to boil and add red beans. Reduce to simmer. Add mandarin orange peel after 30 minutes and continue to simmer for at least another 30 minutes. (alternatively, you can put the water, red beans and orange peel in a slow-cooker and cook it for 3 hours or more / overnight)


Add sugar to taste before serving.


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