Smoked Salmon Porridge

Smoked Salmon Porridge

Comfort food perfect for the young and young-at-heart!
 
Total Time: 90 minutes
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 4
Smoked Salmon Porridge
Smoked salmon
200g
Young ginger
10g
Rice
1 cup
Soup stock
8 cups
Spring onions, finely chopped
2 sprigs
Salt
As needed
Pepper
As needed
Sesame oil
As needed
Method
Smoked Salmon Porridge

Step 01

Drizzle sesame oil on the smoked salmon. Arrange the salmon pieces on a plate, and top it with spring onions.
Step 02
Wash and slice ginger into thin strips. Set aside.
Step 03
Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes.
Step 04
Transfer the rice into a pot, pour in the soup stock and bring to boil.
Step 05
Lower the heat and simmer gently till cooked. Season with salt, pepper, and ginger.
Step 06
Place the smoked salmon on the side. Serve.

Add in shallots and poached eggs for extra flavour!

Smoked Salmon Salad (Oriental Twist)

Smoked Salmon Salad

A delicious, refreshing bite!
 
Total Time: 40 minutes
Prep: –
Cook: –
Ingredients Serves 2
Smoked Salmon Salad (Oriental Twist)
Smoked salmon slices
4 - 5 pcs
Mixed salad greens
As needed
Mayonnaise
2 tbsp
Wasabi
½ tsp
Lemon juice
1 tsp
Gherkin, chopped
1 pc
Lemon wedges
As needed
Toasted baguette slices
As needed
Method
Smoked Salmon Salad (Oriental Twist)

Step 01

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, wasabi, lemon juice, and chopped gherkins. Leave some of the chopped gherkins aside.
Step 02
Arrange the salad greens on a platter and top it over with slices of smoked salmon.
Step 03
Place a dollop of wasabi and mayonnaise on the salmon slices, and sprinkle with the remaining chopped gherkins.
Step 04
Garnish with lemon wedges and toasted baguette slices or crackers. Serve immediately.

Substitute gherkins with cucumbers for a cool alternative!

The Most Asian Dish

The Most Asian Dish

Asia, the largest continent in the world – with a total of 48 countries – is a melting pot of race and culture. That being said, there is a common dish found across its cuisine: Rice. Grown in every continent on earth, with the exception of Antarctica, it is the third-highest worldwide production, after sugarcane and maize. So what makes it the ultimate Asian dish?

 

Asia alone both produces and consumes 90% of the world’s rice

 

In 2016, the top 10 rice producing countries were Pakistan at 2.85 million hectares (approximately 2.85 million rugby fields combined), Cambodia (2.90), Philippines (4.50), Burma (6.80), Vietnam (7.66), Thailand (9.65), Bangladesh (12.00), Indonesia (12.16), China (30.35), and finally India at 43.20 million hectares. 

 

Link to ancient Asian folklore

In India, rice is associated to the Hindu God of Wealth, Lakshmi a.k.a Annapurna (provider of a bounty of rice). In Bali, Hindus believe that it was the power of Vishnu that created rice from nothing, while Indra (God of Bad Weather), taught the people to cultivate their own rice; hence, the use of waterlogged soil. In Japan, rice is associated with the sun goddess Amaterasu, who ruled both the sun and heavenly fields of rice. In Thailand, Mae Phosop is considered to be the ‘mother of rice’ deity. She is commonly depicted as a beautiful woman wearing a red dress with extravagant jewellery, holding a sheaf of harvested rice on her right shoulder.

 

Not all rice is made equal

Being the oldest known food still consumed today, years of cross-pollination and genetic modification has resulted in over 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice. The varieties can be narrowed down into three types of rice grain: short, medium and long. Long-grains are dry, firm, and stay fluffy after being separated after cooking (eg: Basmati and Jasmine). Medium-grains produce the most moisture, making them tender and slightly chewy, which is why they’re commonly used in risottos and paellas (eg: Arborio and Valencia). Short-grain rice is only a tiny bit longer than its width. Known for sticking and clumping together, it is commonly used to make sushi.  

 

A celebration of rice

In Asia, inhabitants generously commemorate various ancient festivals dedicated to the agricultural cycle of growing and harvesting food, most notably rice. Here are a few examples:

  1. In Malaysia and Brunei, a World Harvest Festival takes place, featuring members of the Dayak community together with neighbours from Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines.

  2. In Thailand, the Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient royal rite held in Cambodia and Thailand to mark the beginning of the rice-growing season.   

  3. In Japan, a grand ceremony is held in the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine for the annual Otaue Rice Planting Festival. The festival has become a popular tourist attraction, thanks to the spectacular dance performances, which are believed to enhance the vitality of the grains.  ​

 

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Why and What You Should Cook at Home This Valentine’s Day

Why and What You Should Cook at Home This Valentine's Day

If a dozen roses, Belgian assorted chocolates and a human-sized teddy bear has your wallet begging you to stop, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and evaluate what you should really be doing on Valentine’s Day.

For those who wish to celebrate their love on February 14th, going out is often a terrible idea. Here is why and what you should cook at home this Valentine’s Day.

 

The Crowd

If you didn’t make your reservation a month or two prior to, then good luck getting a table! As is often said, Mother’s Day is the busiest restaurant day of the year, and Valentine’s is the busiest night. The good news is that there will be a new wave of very different clientele, and that can be exciting. The bad news is some of them might make you want to jam a salad fork into the table.

 

Overly-priced meals

Valentine’s Day is a crucial monetary date for businesses of all sorts, and yes, a restaurant is ultimately a business. Champagne, ravioli, heart-shaped desserts, etc… most of the special menus-for-2 are obnoxiously designed to fit the “romantic” theme of the night. On the other hand,  the price isn’t very lovable. Apart from having an expensive preset menu, a crowded restaurant usually results in staff trying to rush your dining for quick turnover. It would be better to save your money for when the restaurant is at its best.

 

Cooking much better

It’s not even about being able to be in comfortable clothes, or avoiding crowds, cooking at home for your significant other is much more romantic, personal, and it leaves you with extra money for better wine and gifts.  Even if you’ve never cooked, this is the perfect time to try it out – cooking is far more an impressive skill than whipping out a credit card. Get ready to slip on your house clothes and light the candles – here are our picks for a romantic 3-course meal.

 

Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Salad

Quick to make and incredibly refreshing, thanks to the extra zing from the wasabi, this dish makes the perfect prelude to the heartier meal that follows!

Main Course: Chicken Roulade with Spinach

Fresh baby spinach, roasted peppers, feta cheese and a touch of parsley make a fantastic filling for tender chicken roulades. Serve with asparagus for an extra touch of elegance.

Dessert: Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Made with fresh strawberries, softened cream cheese and three kinds of chocolate, this is a mouthful treat that will make the both of you swoon. The perfect dessert to end your surf and turf meal!

 

Did we persuade you to stay in? Let us know if you prefer to dine in or out on Valentine’s Day in the comments section below. 

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Four Ways to Cook Salmon this Chinese New Year

Four Ways to Cook Salmon this Chinese New Year

Delicious, versatile and easy to prepare, salmon carries an endless list of nutritional benefits. Filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and an abundance of vitamins B and E, there is no reason not to opt for this fish dish this Chinese New Year. Scroll below and find out our list of four healthy ways to cook salmon this festive season.

1. Yee sang (Prosperity toss)

A must-have in every household during the lunar new year, yee sang is perhaps the most popular dish to pair salmon slices with. Bring this dish to life with a squeeze of lime juice and sesame oil over the top, and get ready to toss yourself to a year of great prosperity! Make your own yee sang dish here.

2. Smoked salmon porridge

A heartwarming comfort food perfect for the little ones in your family, this porridge dish is an easy way to introduce salmon into your child’s life. Try out this delightful, seven-ingredient recipe here.  

3. Smoked salmon temaki

A healthy roll perfect for any time of day, this temaki recipe serves up to four people, and can easily be dressed up with perilla leaf and caviar for a luxurious zest. Find out more about this dish here.  

4. Smoked salmon salad

A refreshing bite that is low in fat and quick to make, this salmon recipe serves up to two people and carries the zest of wasabi in its dressing! Light, crisp, and zesty, this dish is a perfect balance to the occasion’s hearty dishes. Learn more about this recipe.

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Fresh Salmon Fillet

Fresh Salmon Fillet

Want to know why this tasty fish should land on your dinner plate? Nutritionally dense and something of a superfood, salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids – an essential nutrient required by the body to help keep cardiovascular diseases at bay.