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Recipe: Sticky Honey Pork Ribs (蜜汁排骨)

During this unprecedented time, we all either stuck at home because of the Circuit Breaker or lockdown measures of the country that we are in. While it may sometimes be a challenge, please do stay home and stay safe for yourself and your love ones. On the more positive side, I am excited to sweeten your day with this Sticky Honey Pork Ribs dish. I have made this dish many times and it is always a hit; the pork ribs are always so succulent, tender, and flavourful. I wanted to have a more exciting flavour and depth to this dish, so I decided to use the Scottish Heather Honey. The Scottish Heather Honey has a unique and more pungent aroma which has a combination of fruity and woodsy scents. It is mildly sweet and gives a long-lasting floral aftertaste. However, if you prefer a milder honey, you may replace the Scottish Heather Honey with the Scottish Blossom Honey. If you are an avid fan of honey like us and what to know a little more …

Recipe: Braised Fish Head with Gravy

I love cooking with fish head, you can always make an awesome dish from different cooking style. If you enjoy fish head dishes like we do, why not check out the recipes for our Fish Head with Black Bean Sauce, Curry Fish Head, and many more! This Braised fish head with gravy is a great option for those who do not eat spicy food like fish head curry. It is perfect as a one pot dish as it is packed with vegetables and the gravy can double up as soup, making it a nutritious and satisfying meal for the family. I decided not to deep fry the pieces of fish head to make it a healthier dish. Hope you enjoy this simple and easy to cook dish as much as we do. 😊 Like and follow us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram (@TheRealBeyondNorm) and YouTube (@BeyondNormEats), to get the latest exciting updates and videos.  We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie …

Recipe: Pulut Hitam – Black Glutinous Rice with Coconut Milk (紫糯米糖水)

When I was a kid, our frequent treat was this homemade Black Glutinous Rice.  I wasn’t a fan of this treat back then but will still eat it as it was Mum’s cooking. Now that I am older, I guess my taste bud has changed and I have begun to appreciate the taste and slightly chewy texture of this popular dessert. For those who have not tasted this dessert before, it is made from black glutinous rice (black sticky rice), water, and sugar. It is then topped with slightly salted coconut milk when served. It really is one of the easiest desserts to cook. You will notice that the black glutinous rice is not actually black, but rather, it has a purple hue to it. What I enjoy most about this dessert is the fresh salted coconut milk when mixed into this sweet dessert. It is simply irresistible! Like and follow us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram (@TheRealBeyondNorm and @beyondnormcooks) and YouTube (@BeyondNormEats), to get the latest exciting updates and videos.  We would …

Recipe: Ipoh Kai See Hor Fun – Shredded Chicken Kway Teow (鸡丝河粉)

I might not be an Ipoh-rian (person from Ipoh) but I married one. And during our visits back to Ipoh, we will definitely have the famous Ipoh Hor Fun from Thean Chun Coffeeshop. It might seem like a simple and underwhelming noodle dish compared to curry laksa or prawn mee but it is arguably one of Ipoh’s most iconic dishes – and for a good reason. The secret of this noodle dish lies in the incredibly flavoursome soup coupled with the vividly orange layer of oil that comes from boiling the prawn heads.  A handful of shredded tender poached chicken, halved shrimps, and chopped chives, served with a small saucer of chopped birds-eye chillies in soy sauce… You may find yourself downing a bowl in record time; slurping up every strand of the noodles and drinking up every drop of soup. Like and follow us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram (@TheRealBeyondNorm, @beyondnormcooks) and YouTube (@BeyondNormEats), to get the latest exciting updates and videos.  We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s …

Recipe: Super Easy Kung Pao Frog Legs (宫保田鸡)

Many consider frog legs to be the best delicacy of Chinese and French cuisine. It is also consumed in various parts of world. As a family, we enjoy this dish very much but I think that it is cheaper to cook at home as it is an expensive indulgence when eating out. Fortunately, frog legs are available in the wet market near where I live. Mind you the frogs are still alive, and the frog sellers will ‘murder’ the frogs right in front of your eyes if you dare to look.  I will usually tell him how many frogs I want, then go off to buy some other ingredients before returning to see the de-skinned and cleaned bodies of this delicacy. In an earlier post, I shared my Frog Legs with Ginger & Scallion (姜葱田鸡) recipe, which is a non-spicy alternative just in case you are like my daughter and cannot take very spicy food. At this time when most of us are home-bound due to COVID-19, I hope that this dish will spice up your life a little!! …

Recipe: Frog Legs with Ginger and Scallion (姜葱田鸡)

I don’t remember having frog legs in my growing years, and I’m not sure when I fell in love with this ‘exotic’ creature. When my mum was staying with us, I cooked frog legs and offered it to mum, but she will politely decline. Later, I found out that the reason why she never cooked it is because she thinks is it is gross. Haha. Before you think frog legs are gross, read on…… The taste of frog legs is often considered to resemble chicken due to its mild flavour. My son prefers the texture as he finds it smoother and more tender than that of a chicken. Besides that, do you know that frog legs are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and potassium? I will be sharing the two most popular Singapore frog leg dishes; first up is this Frog Legs with Ginger & Scallion (specially for my daughter who does not like spicy food), and my next recipe which is a super easy Kung Pao Frog Legs (specially for my …

The Honey Bees-ness

Oh, honey! Ever since my years in Perth, my knowledge and love for honey has grown extensively. Over time, it has slowly become a little healthy indulgence that I just can’t live without! Traditionally, honey has been used as a natural remedy to heal small wounds and minor burns, soothe sore throats, prevent tooth decay, and improve digestive issues. In its pure and natural state, honey is known to have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and soothing effects. In this current day and age where there are so many uncertainties, it is important for us to prioritise our health and build our defences from within. Unfortunately, some of the honey available in the market today have their prices hiked up, and some may even be artificially made with additives such as sugar and corn syrup. Which is why we were so happy when we found The Honey Colony! The Honey Colony is a small family-run business based in Singapore. All their honey is unprocessed and cold extracted, ensuring that the original goodness of the honey is intact.  Their …

#BeyondNormEats: 15 Days of Chinese New Year Feasting

Now, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the 12 days of Christmas, thanks to pop culture. However, the 15 days of Chinese New Year is a festive season that stretches from the new moon on the first day of the lunar new year until the first full moon on Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié), which is also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. This year’s Chinese New Year begins on the 25th of January and ends on the 8th of February 2020. Chinese New Year is a great reason to celebrate and strengthen family ties, and what better way to bond then over a good feast? We understand that picking a spot for the whole family to gather at can be a daunting task, so we curated 15 spots from the Quandoo app to suit your different needs! (Read till the end for a little bonus!) Classic Chinese Restaurants Yàn 宴中餐馆 @ National Gallery Singapore Located on the rooftop of the National Gallery Singapore, Yàn specialises in Cantonese cuisine inspired by the restaurant’s Chinese …

Recipe: Black Chicken (Silkie) Soup (药炖乌骨鸡)

All these times, I have shunned away from silkie (more commonly known as black chicken) as it is not the prettiest thing to look at or to touch. What changed my mind? We were invited for a food tasting session and lo and behold, the double-boiled black chicken soup was on the menu. (Thinking to myself, you can’t be kidding right?) We were each served a bowl of the soup. Initially, I was quite hesitant to taste it, but after plucking up all the courage I have, I took a sip of the soup and it wooed me over immediately by the aromatic and flavourful taste. As black chickens are packed with iron, antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients which are good for our bodies, I thought: why not share it with our readers to promote a healthier lifestyle.  Drink to health!! Like and follow us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram (@TheRealBeyondNorm) and YouTube (@BeyondNormEats), to get the latest exciting updates and videos.  We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook …

Recipe: Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice Bowl (滷肉饭))

In recent months, I have been finding ways to cook one-bowl dishes that are not just flavourful but also nutritional for my family. These are especially convenient on Mondays when the market is closed and Tuesdays when I am going for my bible study. This Lu Rou Fan is one of my latest findings. The best cut of pork to cook this dish is pork belly as it has the layers of fats and lean meat and can be cut into small pieces. The skin is highly recommended for this as it contains rich collagen. The meat is braised over low heat for a long enough period to create a savoury braised meat sauce that is bursting with flavour and melts in the mouth. Oh, don’t forget to add in the eggs into the braising sauce. We love them, but if you are not a fan, you can omit them. You can also add some blanched bak choy or green leafy vegetables of your liking to the rice bowl to make it a wholesome meal …