Steamed ~ Veg anyone ?

2018.04.07 Using the Electric Steamer

Bought the Phillips electric steamer during the last Isetan private sale at $89 with further discount of less 10%, it was a pretty good steal – provided it work. So, when I first want to use this steamer, water was pour in the bottom as instructed.

Guess what ? To my horror, the water leaks from the other side ( the machine area). I relook at the entire instruction manual, and even googled online, I was very sure I didn’t do anything wrong. So, it’s back to the shopping center to get an exchange since it must be done within 7 days of purchase. The salesman couldn’t believe it , yes, I know right ! How could it happen ?!! He did the test ( same way as what I did) and it leaked. He said ” wow, I have sold so many sets, you are really the “lucky” one!” | Rolling my eyes here! Yeah tell me about it ! 🙄

Anyway, we tested the new one on the spot (yes, I don’t want to freak out again at home) and all is good.

Happily I went home and steam my first veg stuff for brekkie. Corn and edamame!

Steam Corn & Edamame ~

  • 2 fresh corn
  • 1 packet of fresh raw edamame from Indonesia
  • Salted Butter
  • Sea salt ( Fleur de Sal)

Pull off all the corn leaves and the corn

Wash the fresh edamame, rub vigorously on the skin to make sure the dirt are washed away. *If using frozen, you can skip this. Frozen edamame from the package are pre-washed and partially cooked before packaging .

Do not defrost the frozen edamame. Just pour into a bowl, salt it and steam.

Sprinkle some salt on the raw edamame because when it cooks , it will be emitted into the skin.

The Phillips electric steamer comes in 3 tiers. Here, I only used two.

Follow the instructions, add water to cover the min. mark , drip tray and all.

Put the corn the bottom tier and the edamame at the upper tier. Choose 15 mins and start steaming ! 15 mins is just perfect timing for the fresh raw edamame.

*If you are using frozen edamame, at 7-9 mins, take out the first tray where edamame is as it is cooked without too mushy. Check by tasting one of the edamame. If you think it is cooked enough ( the pods will be easily pop out, you are able to bite into it, not mushy)

Cooked Edamame – while it is very hot, sprinkle generously on the salt on the edamame, mix well. I use a coriander and flip it

Cooked corn – while it is very hot, apply a good dollop of salted butter on the corn all around and sprinkle salt all around. All will be melted into the corn.


Fresh raw edamame is very delicious. It is must tastier than the frozen ones. If you can get them in your local supermarket, do try them.

I have fun doing this post. Ciao!


Sunday Brunch

2018.03.18 Sunday Brunch

Guess I was really very slow in catching up on the latest trend…. Saw on Instagram & Jap books at Kino that there is a thing called – Food style blogging …

Tada! My first attempt. It’s not perfect, I know.

Natural light at my living room, on my IKEA square table. Was having a super late Sunday brunch and decided , why not just take a snapshot and see how it turns out. The effect is still Ok (for my standard anyway)

What I cook in this photo: The omelettes ~

  • Total eggs = 5 whites 3 yolks
  • Milk (half a small pkt of Hokkaido milk)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all up. Cook in three batches for omelette style. Once pour in, start stirring from the center, then you stop and let the eggs form a pancake like then start fold-in. Once you fold in, flip and another 10-20 seconds , dish up.

Undercook your eggs will ensure it will be fluffy and soft inside. When you dish up your egg omelette, it will “continue to cook” with the remaining heat so it’s ok to undercook it.

Bought a jar of Toraya Cafe Red Bean Paste and it’s really smooth! Not so sweet. Perfect to go with my bread – just like anpan bread. Yummy!

I have fun doing this post. Ciao!

Salad Days ~ Grand finale! 

Salad Days ~ 2016-03-17 Today’s lunch marks then end of our 3 weeks Salad Days…. 😭 Grand finale ! Vietnamese spring roll with homemade dipping sauce. Thank you Cindy for a wonderful lunch! #conallegro #saladday 


look at the spread!
The filling inside…
my spring rolls!

the sauce…. Sooooo good!  

oops! nearly forgot the dipping sauce

Recipe from :

I improvise a little. 

Juice of 1 lemon & 1 lime

4 tsp Brown sugar 

Splash of fish sauce 

Splash of water

Finely chopped 1 chilli ( not bird’s eye and remove seeds)

Chopped some garlic
Mix until sugar is dissolved. Store in refrigerator till ready to eat. 

Salad Days … Just started

It all started when I had a bowl that costs S$6 and you can fill as much as possible from the salad bar in our canteen. The problem is the salad bar only have 4 items & 2 dressing ~ mix lettuce leaves, canned kidney beans, canned chick peas & hard boil eggs. You have a choice of thousand island dressing or “sour dressing” : no idea on the latter till date but I suspect it’s Italian dressing.

Anyway, my colleagues were discussing that for 6 bucks it’s really not worth it.


the 6 bucks limited edition salad
We decided, let make salad! Was so excited about it that I overbought. The thing is, the initial start of purchasing the startup ingredients probably will cost you more than 6 bucks BUT the fulfillment and variety is endless. Or so I thought and still think. 


salad dressing ~ low calorie sesame
Day 1 ~ variety of salad
love this combo
Day 1 ~ I  started it last Wednesday. Was looking at NTUC for a decent dressing and you would know they try to get you pay for a 10 bucks a bottle of dressing by displaying them attractively in the frozen section. Not dishearten, I told myself, surely this is not only selection we have in such a huge supermarket? 

I went to the Japanese selection and voila! Found this sesame dressing at only S$4.99! Furthermore, it’s a 13 low kcalorie dressing! SOLD! 

Super love the cucumber cold dish my colleague made and I am soooo going to learn and make it! Will post when I find out what is the jar of super yummies and cucumbers.

Wed salad cost approx $30 & feed 4 pax. So it’s about 10bucks per pax. 

Thursday salad:


thur super yummies
My colleague made her super yummy potato salad which I am also going to learn as well. She is the one who made the cucumber cold dish.

Accompanied with cucumber, carrot, yellow bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, ham, lettuce, corn nibs with fruit salad ( peaches, green apples, yo

Friday Salad: 

tuna mayo “extended” & mango chutney
my open face sandwich
This sandwich consist of:

  1. 2 cans tuna in brine, drained water
  2. 2 chopped red onions
  3. 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  4. Good dollops of Japanese mayo
  5. Lots of fresh grounded black pepper

Mix all up for the tuna mayo

Accompanied with mango chutney ( colleague’s mom made it) , lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes,  fruits salad ( kiwi, orange, green apple, grapes) with plain marigold yogurt