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Recipe: Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish (咸鱼炒银芽)

Recently, my schedule has been very tight and I wanted to whip up a fuss free vegetable dish. So I decide on Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish as one of my dishes. The only tedious part of this dish is the plucking of the roots off each bean sprout. I have observed that quite a number of people disliked this dish when they were younger but for some reason begin to like this dish when they are older. Strangely enough, I am one of them. Up till today, I still wonder why… Believe it or not, you will forget about the workload when you start enjoying the fragrant fried salted fish and the natural sweetness of the crunchy bean sprouts! If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie or veteran. You can like us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram and YouTube @beyondnormblog to get the latest …

Recipe: Fried Dry Mee Siam (Nyonya Style)

There are two variations of Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli), the dry version and the wet version.  The dry version is more popular in Malaysia whereas the wet version is a more common sight in Singapore.  For those who prefer the wet version, I have shared a recipe some time last year which you can try out – Mee Siam (Nyonya Spicy Rice Vermicelli). This spicy noodle is fried with a homemade rempah and prawn broth, prawns, bean sprouts, chives and fried firm tofu. All these yumminess is topped with shredded omelette and served with a piece of small lime to give an extra tangy taste to the dish. If you like it extra hot, a dollop of sambal on the side will make a perfect plate of fried mee siam!!! If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie or veteran. You can like us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and …

Food Review: 6-Hours High-Tea @ The Rose Veranda (Shangri-la Hotel Singapore)

Located on the mezzanine level of Shangri-la Hotel is the Downtown Abbey-istic restaurant, The Rose Veranda. Honestly, this place would not have occured to me if Tammy had not suggested it as the location is tucked away from the main shopping district of Orchard Road.  The restaurant is known for their high tea offerings, and has an ambience that is both calming and exclusive. In addition to that, it allows its patrons to dine comfortably for a full 6-hours! I think I reached the peak of my tai-tai (lady of privilege) potential for the rest of the week… The High Tea at The Rose Veranda is somewhat of a wholesome experience. Upon being seated, we were served with the tea menu and warm scones, accompanied by strawberry jam and clotted cream. The restaurant boasts a wide selection of exquisite artisan teas to go along with your dining experience. There’s also the option of tea cocktails or Monogram Tea Layering for an additional $5++ per pot.  You’ll most definitely be spoiled for choice. From cooked food …

Recipe: Pork Belly with Salted Fish (咸鱼花腩煲/Ham Yu Fa Lam Pou)

I had been seriously craving this dish for a while… Last month, when we were in one of the Chinese Restaurants in Miri, Sarawak and guess what… One of the dishes my husband ordered was this dish!  Yeah, craving satisfied!! Hmmm…. he seems to be able to read my mind. Hahaha. Upon returning home, I decided to whip up this simple dish in the comfort of my home. When eating in a restaurant or Zhi Char stall, you are at the mercy of the cook. But if I cook at home, I can adjust the seasoning according to our taste and add more salted fish too (yum yum!!)!! I think it is most ideal to cook this dish in clay pot. Why? Clay pot is known to retain heat very well, hence it heats up evenly. This will make the food inside, especially meat, cook faster while maintaining its full flavour. If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you to join …

Food Review: Ban Heng @ Orchard Central

On the roof of the tallest mall in Singapore lies several restaurants and one of them is Ban Heng. They serve up a Chinese a-la-carte styled buffet dinner with 51 different dishes ranging from their special one serve Chef’s Recommendations to desserts. They have a pretty modern interior with the wood walls and brick stage. However, they still keep the traditional long table cloths and clothed chairs to go with it. Once we were seated, we immediately ordered the seven items on the Chef’s Recommendations since they can be only ordered once. My personal favorite out of the seven items is the Steamed Half Shell Clam (which is actually scallop) with Vermicelli & Garlic. The moment you put the scallop into your mouth, flavours start bursting out – it had the right amount of garlic and saltiness from the sauce. It is such a shame we could not order another plate. For the crab, we decided to go for the cold crab. Essentially, it has been steamed then chilled. It is served cold and I …

Recipe: Nyonya Style Chicken Curry

Who doesn’t like Curry Chicken? It is a popular dish in Asia and each family has their own “secret” ingredients for this dish to make it their own family hand me down recipe. This dish is commonly sighted at home parties or traditionally served together with turmeric/kunyit rice to celebrate a new born baby’s full moon. You can also serve it with baguettes to make it a meal of its own. As usual, I prefer to mix my own curry powder and use fresh ingredients to make this Nyonya Style Chicken Curry. I always feel that putting in extra efforts to cook everything from scratch will give the dish a more tasteful outcome!! If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie or veteran. You can like us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram and YouTube @beyondnormblog to get the latest updates and videos. …

Food Review: NorthSea Genuinely Belgium @ Ipoh, Malaysia

Located right across the street from Excelsior hotel is the nautical-themed Belgium restaurant – NorthSea Genuinely Belgium. Originally owned and operated by a Belgian gentleman, it has since been sold to the current owners. With the interior decked out with beer bottles on wooden shelvings, the place had a pretty clean 1800s pirate ship vibe. We started off with their Soup of the Day (RM15.00) which was a Homemade Mushroom Soup with Truffle. The truffle oil that they used was very strong and fragrant and I instantly fell in love with the soup. They also had nicely toasted olive bread that complemented the soup so perfectly. Moving on to starters… We had their Belgian Styled Scallops (RM29.00). The scallops had a nice sear to it, giving it an extra layer of texture. The dish was served with a herb garlic sauce which had a strong intensity that went really well with the scallops. The combination blends really well in your mouth. The Ostend Shrimp Croquettes (RM25.00) had a thin breaded layer which gives it a …