The Days After Surgery

In my previous post, I mentioned that I took a bus to Our Tampines Hub, two stops from Changi Hospital for lunch. Before that, I asked the nurse if there is any food that I cannot eat after the surgery. The nurse said, no. I would like to share pictures of the food that I ate after the surgery and some of the events that happened during this one week of resting at home.

Yong Tau Foo

I ordered the yong tau foo without noodles. For additional noodles, it will cost another 50 cents. I was thinking I just needed a quick late lunch and went back home for a good rest. I targeted to focus on protein than carbs during this period.

Address: Jia Le Yong Tau Foo, 495 Tampines Ave 5, #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.

I was too tired after my shower, and I went to sleep after I submitted my hospitalization leave. I slept for two hours and by the time I woke up, it was evening time. I settled down by ordering zi char at the hawker centre nearby.

Hong Kong Fried Noodles

I love eating Hong Kong fried noodles, so I ordered them from the zi char stall here. It was my first time trying the zi char stall here. There are many comments about this zi char stall but I did not think further. After trying it, personally, I would prefer the zi char stall called the Tong Garden Seafood at Tampines Street 43’s Everyday Come Eating House or the Jia Le Xian Zhu Chao at Tampines Street 45. However, I think it depends on the chef that cooks it.

Address: 419 Seafood, HDB 01-, 419 Tampines Street 41 (S)520419 Singapore 520419 Tampines Street 41, # 104, 520419.

After dinner, I took my antibiotic pill, showered, and made a phone call to my aunt to tell her all went well before I headed to sleep. I did not really drink a lot of water that day but my poo was dark in colour. I wondered for a while. It could be the body waste from my surgery.

Homemade Kaya Butter Toast

I bought a loaf of wholemeal bread, butter and a small bottle of kaya from the Fairprice supermarket to make my breakfast. I made it almost every morning. To make it looks like that is selling in the drink stall, I added an extra piece of butter in the middle of the bread. I did not toast my bread. I am unsure if this is still considered a healthy food because of the ingredients used to make kaya butter bread. I should reduce my sugar intake.

Homemade wanton soup

I am pretty good at making wanton soup and I made some too. I can have the wanton without adding noodles to the soup. Making wanton soup at home is quick and easy. Also, I need more protein for my recovery.

Making cold soba at home

On the second day, I took my antibiotic after my morning brunch. It caused me to feel sleepy and I took an afternoon nap. Occasionally, I felt pain around my wound and another part of my upper body. I maintained my carb intake and tried to focus on protein intake. However, I must remind myself about the sugary food.

Economic fried beehoon

Some articles say that I can eat eggs and some say cannot. I am unsure which one is true. An egg is a source of protein too, however, I think, the egg yolk might not be good for someone after surgery. Besides that, in Chinese belief, it is not good to take soy sauce or dark soy sauce after surgery because it would cause the wound darker. It is too late for me to undo what I have eaten. I added soy sauce when making wantons too. On the third day, I walked to the wet market, I wanted to have some walks and sun. Besides that, I wanted to buy fish for dinner. I had fried beehoon for breakfast which I think was a wrong choice because of the usage of dark soy sauce and sugar. On top of it, there were a fried egg and vegetarian goose. But, they were delicious food.

Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.

Salted bun

I think I did not follow much of what I should not eat after surgery. I ate a salted bun that I bought from the same coffee shop on the same morning. Although it is not deep fried or oily, I think I should not eat heaty food too. However, I loved this salted bun, and it is very nice compared to the salted buns from Eastlink food court at Tampines Interchange, U-taste at the Tampines Interchange and Dough Culture at Tampines Mall.

Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.

Home-brewed black coffee

I paired the salted bun with black coffee and ate with Hugo (the soft toy in the background). Hugo has been my breakfast-lunch-dinner buddy since day 2 because I was alone at home. I made my home-brewed black coffee using the coffee powder from Suzuki, a local brand in Singapore. I bought it from Fairprice supermarket.

Home-cooked yee mian with vegetables, egg and sliced gingers

An article mentioned that eating gingers have a variety of effects on the skin that may contribute to improved wound healing. So, I added some sliced gingers to my noodles. I cooked with egg and vegetables. I think I need to eat more leafy and green vegetables. Again, I grabbed Hugo to eat with me while watching some drama. It was quite boring at home alone and eating alone.

I still can feel slight discomfort on and off throughout the whole day. No major issues with my health, wound, or my diet. I still needed to take an afternoon nap after my lunch. I tried to do something different on the fourth day because I have been limiting my activities in the past few days.

Avocado with egg toast

Finishing the avocado that I bought some time ago with an egg. I made the toast using the air fryer. The egg white was not fully cooked but I do not think I should air-fry it longer than 10 minutes. Maybe, I need a bigger piece of bread so that the egg is right on top of the bread. The egg yolk was still rummy when I bite on it.

I took a shower to remove the waterproof plaster that covered my wound as per instructed by the nurse. I could do so on the fourth day. Nothing happened after the plaster was removed. I went out to explore another neighbourhood, Serangoon.

Char kway teow

Cheat day food. I am not supposed to eat char kway teow because it is oily and cooked with dark soy sauce. It came with prawns too. Some myths mentioned that having chicken and seafood slows down wound healing. I took two pieces of prawns with some eggs. The char kway teow is a bit spicy. I think it is best not to eat any spicy food for a week. I broke the rule. I did not encounter any bad experiences after eating the noodles. Days after that, I did have a little discomfort but I am unsure whether it is related. I did not feel pain in my wound area.

Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.

Three-layer coffee

Three-layer refers to the three layers of coffee, evaporated milk, and palm sugar syrup. The drink is usually served cold. The differences in density among these three ingredients give the appearance of three layers of colour. I shall avoid sugary sweets and sugary drinks.

Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.

Ice-cream

I am not sure if ice cream is allowed as the website that I used to check what I can eat after surgery mentioned that I can eat plain ice cream. What is plain ice cream? I think it may refer to vanilla ice cream. I have two more chocolate cones inside my freezer. I need to keep it for another time.

Address: 15-2 Jln Riang, Singapore 358987.

I failed my fourth day of recovery with plenty of carbs and food that I should not be eating. They did no good for my recovery. I skipped dinner on the fourth day. I ate something light before I took my medication and went to bed. It took me a while before I fell asleep too.

The fifth day was not pleasantly good, I did not have enough rest the night before. I dreamt a lot through the night and was unable to catch some quality sleep. After I woke up from my sleep, I went to check my emails and re-sent the leave application to my HR as an update. I did not go back to rest immediately. Instead, I planned to go out for lunch. I travelled out to the Bedok area and tried to have some slow walks around the area as part of my exercise. My working exercise did not affect my recovery at the moment.

Zhong Xing Ban Mian

A little disappointed with the ban mian that I ate at Bedok Interchange Food Center. I ordered the dry version which I should not have, yet the sauce was not up to the taste. Compared to the L32 Handmade Noodles, this stall needs to improve its sauce for the dry version. The soup was salty, it should go well for the soup version. I tried a little bit of the chilli paste for a taste. It needs improvement too. For the carbs portion, it was generous, and they served with plenty of anchovies, minced meat and a cooked egg. I would prefer the egg to be placed in the soup.

Address: Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, 208B New Upper Changi Rd, #01-46, Singapore 462208.

Duke Bakery

I went to buy a loaf of bread from the Duke Bakery as I was around the area, so why not? I chose cranberry walnut bread. It would be my breakfast for the coming days because the wholemeal bread was going to finish.

Home-cooked chicken soup

With the remaining ingredients that I have, I cooked a bowl of chicken soup again without noodles. The shredded chicken from the chicken soup was then added with seasonings so that I could wrap it with my sandwiches. From the picture below, it looked dry and unappetizing. I cooked the shredded chicken with onion and parsley for quite a long before I off the stove, hence, the sauce dried up. Still, it went well with my plain sandwich.

On the sixth day, my medication would finish and I did not need to look for breakfast or brunch to eat before taking medication.

Initially, I planned to return to work on the sixth day so that I could work on the deployment work, however, due to a change arrangement, my DevOps team would not be in the office for me to work on it. Therefore, I dropped the plan to work in the office. I continued to work at home to clear up some of the emails and backlogs. Since I skipped breakfast, I decided to go out early to get my lunch and I could take my medication after that.

341 Beach Road Pho

I ordered the beef pho. Eating beef is a good source of protein that good for my after-surgery recovery. I added some lime juice into the soup, and of course, I tried the original taste too. The soup is tasty and mild. I prefer something stronger. Even adding the lime juice did not greatly enhance the flavour. Unlike another Vietnamese stall that I liked, this stall gave onions and beansprouts only. It did not have other greens that usually come with it. It is fine because I did not eat all the vegetables used in Vietnamese food. There were about 5-6 pieces of medium-sized beef with a generous amount of pho.

Address: Luk Lu Eating House, 341 Beach Rd, #01-06, Singapore 199567.

This eating place was quite crowded so I did not spend a lot of time finishing up my bowl of noodles and made a move to another place. I went to Golden Mile Food Centre for more options. I thought I wanted a second round before I went back but I decided just to take away a cup of coffee from this stall called Kopi More.

Kopi More

It was just for a try. I am not fancy about its way of preparing the coffee and the price for a cup of coffee from this stall is more expensive than other stalls in the same food centre. I waited patiently for my kopi-o-kosong, coffee without milk and sugar. My review is the coffee tasted like a double espresso without any sugar. It was really strong and I was not able to finish it immediately. I took it home as I have a meeting to attend.

Address: Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-49, 505 Beach Rd, 199583.

I attended the meeting with a few of my colleagues with a cup of strong coffee. I could stay awake while listening to my colleagues. I complained a lot after that. Then, another colleague asked me why I attended the meeting when I was still on hospitalization leave. My colleague told me to go rest and not to work. I listened to the advice.

Home-cooked fish and broccoli

Both are good sources of protein and vitamins that are good for my after-surgery recovery. I steamed the fish and broccoli.

On the seventh night, I dreamt a lot again but they were not really something important to remember. Lately, the dreams were about completing tasks or events. I did not sleep early too. I stayed alert even at 12AM.

Green Bean Soup

For dessert, I ate green bean soup. Green beans contain some of the vitamins that I needed after surgery such as vitamin B, iron and zinc.

Two more days before I resumed working, I intended to travel out to get my lunch instead of cooking at home. I chose to have a bowl of fish soup for my recovery. There is a stall that I wanted to try but cannot make it because it opens on weekdays and closes early too.

Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup

I do not really like fried fish, however, this stall did not have any other option on the menu. It consisted of both fried fish and fresh sliced fish. It came with a bowl of rice. I was not impressed by the fish meat. However, I liked the soup. It was flavourful yet not too strong. It went well with the white rice.

Address: Berseh Food Centre Stall 44, 166 Jln Besar, Singapore 208877.

After lunch, I went for a walk around this area, and I found there were two other food courts nearby that have some stalls with good ratings or reviews. I hope to try them one day and add my reviews to my blog. I was supposed to have dinner around the same place too but I was tired and sleepy after lunch.

I headed back home for a rest, and I took a nap. I did not know why recently I would feel sleepy in the afternoon. I needed a nap. I was hoping that on the day I back to the office, I would be able to skip napping and stay alert.

Having soup base food for this week seemed to be something that I looked forward to the most. I ordered the pig organ soup from the Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup too for dinner.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup

On this visit, I was able to order a side dish because a friend joined us for dinner. We ordered the minced meat with chestnut. I did not stay long at this stall because I wanted to drop some of the IT books at Hackerspace SG. Also, I needed to rest more and did not want to stay out late.

Address: Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 , 24 Foch Rd, Singapore.

So far, I have made chicken soup at home and eaten fish and pork soups at the food court. Next, I would try the beef and mutton soups too. If you have any good recommendations for Chinese-herbal-style beef or mutton soups in Singapore, especially on the east side, please leave me a comment. For the time being, I would prefer to avoid the Malay style of mutton soup.

On my last day of hospitalization leave, I cooked one pot of soup for lunch and dinner by having some different ingredients for lunch and dinner with the same soup. However, I put the same ingredients such as tofu and green vegetables for both.

For lunch

For dinner

Thank you for reading it until the end. That is all about my food and my days after the surgery.

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 7

Day 7 in Kuala Lumpur. I woke up as usual and prepared breakfast. We wanted to finish the yoghurt that my cousin bought some time ago with fruits. The banana had ripened, and we ate them too. I have been eating many fruits during my stay in Kuala Lumpur. I try to keep up the same habit now in Singapore. But, I do not eat breakfast daily.

Sunday lunchtime

I think my aunt wanted to get the wanton noodles, so I told her, “we just takeaway and eat at home”. Somehow, we went out to Taman Maluri and made a big round to find food to eat! Along the way, she made some introductions to each coffee shop.

We ended up at Pandan Jaya for a bowl of a delicious dry version of char siew and wanton noodle and a bowl of a dry version of dumplings noodle. The gigantic dumplings are sumptuous, have more ingredients than normal wantons, and are flavourful compared with wantons. Of course, the dumplings will be more expensive than the wantons. I wanted to try it too and let my aunt taste different flavours.

The char siew (barbecue pork) slices were included for normal wanton noodles, but not in the dumplings noodles. Their char siew is not those heavily charred sweet char siew. The meat is leaner, tiny sliced, and I quite liked it too.

Away from Singapore for 7 days

After seven days, I felt missing some of the things in Singapore. I hoped there was a person who would text me and talk about things, but I knew I did not always chat with people on normal days. Also, it is quite quiet during the weekend because most of my friends are with their families and kids. This situation could happen in my dream only. I know it is not good to keep dreaming of things that will not happen.

As of the writing time, I am missing Anna. Hope that I can bring her to Singapore when I go back with a bigger bag next trip. Before that, I have to make sure I get my house and I have done with the moving.

Prepare for dinner

I took the chicken bone and some chicken breast meat from the freezer to defrost. Also, I took a few different types of fish cakes to cook with vegetables. The chicken bone was used to make the soup base for tonight’s dinner. Of course, I needed to add other ingredients to make the soup base well tasted.

Shredded chicken hor fun (Kai Si Hor Fun)

I planned to make kai si hor fun based on the ingredients I prepared above. However, we did not have prawns or shells at home to make the soup base; otherwise, it would taste better.

I followed the same kai si hor fun recipe I used in Singapore. I cooked all the ingredients for the noodles in the same soup base. It would help to add a bit more flavour to the broth.

I used another pot of boiling water to cook hor fun because the noodles were oily, and it would turn the broth milky colour. Also, I did not want the soup to be oily.

The food presentation is not perfect, but it is still acceptable.

Reference

VTL From Singapore to Malaysia: Day 4

I start to bring forward my VTL blogs to publish them daily. It is because Singapore-Malaysia did not have any more VTL trips.

Every morning I would boil some hot water to prepare my morning drink. For day 4, I found a pack of kopi-o (coffee without sugar and milk) in the kitchen. The name did not sound familiar to me, so I think it is a local brand, Cap Tupai, from Malacca. Please leave some reviews in the comment box if you know more about this brand.

It says that one bag is for one cup. I used my normal cup and tried it out. I should have taken a video of the “making of” a cup of coffee at home that morning. I steeped the bag for about a minute and a half. The coffee is really dark in colour (gao means thick), slightly bitter, but still acceptable for me to go without sugar.

My aunt asked if I wanted to add some milk. I nicely declined it.

Breakfast at home

This is a multigrain bread that my aunt loves to eat. It has been a long time since I did not buy multigrain bread because I could not finish the whole loaf. My aunt used to tell me to keep them in the fridge if I could not finish them. However, I prefer to finish them before the expiry date.

For sharing, it is usually the white bread that we can finish quickly.

Clearing my little drawer

I discovered two things when I cleared my little drawer after my morning breakfast. I found two cards printed on A4 paper. I am not sure who printed them.

The next item is a lot of postcards. I loved to collect and keep postcards. Last time, McDonald’s used to give out free postcards at their restaurants. I could not remember where else I could get postcards. Perhaps, these two collections could tell how old I am.

Late lunch at Aeon Maluri

Lunchtime in Kuala Lumpur tends to be late because of avoiding crowds. We decided to dine in the food court in Aeon Maluri Shopping Centre. The food court is located on level 2, and it is a Halal food court. It is called Food Harbour. I walked around the stall before deciding what to order.

My aunt and I settled down with two plates of sizzling yee mee with different ingredients from the same stall. I wanted to try two different types of food, but I just dropped the plan to ease our movement.

The sizzling noodles tasted normal, with a lot of starch as usual. It came with an egg, so I did not add an additional egg for my aunt’s noodles. We shared the egg. My aunt said, ‘too many noodles and a little spicy’. I offered to help her with the remaining noodles if she could not finish them.

I used to share the extra noodles or rice when I found the portion too big for me to finish. I wish that I could do so still. Little that I know, on this trip back to KL, I was the one who offered to take the remaining food on the plate. My family does not like to waste food; whoever can help finish the food would take it up.

The food court is clean and spacious, and we can eat comfortably in the air-conditioned environment. After finishing the food, the cleaner would help to clean our table and clear our plates from the table. In Singapore, a new rule was implemented in the hawker centres and food courts that we have to clear and clean our tables before leaving.

I did not take any photographs of the food court. I will update it next time when I get back to KL again.

Hot day in KL

It is best to be in an air-conditioned place during the hot weather. After lunch, we walked around the supermarket to get some ingredients for tonight’s dinner. The supermarket has been renovated and looks nice and bigger now. It took me a while to navigate around. There are some self-checkout counters too. It is an improvement, and I hope to see more people using the self-checkout counters in the future.

Then, I stopped by the Maxis shop to top-up my mobile phone’s credit. I used the credits to buy the data plan. It is considered cheap for their 3 days data plan that offers about 2-3 GB of data.

Home-cooked dinner

On my second day of cooking dinner for my family, I looked into other ingredients that I could find in the fridge. The green mustard started to get yellowish on the leaves area. So, I decided to boil the green mustard soup with the remaining fishballs in the fridge.

Other dishes that night were eggplant with minced meat, tomato eggs and stir-fried yau mak (Romaine lettuce). I used to eat eggplant with minced meat for dinner in Singapore, and usually, it went without rice. So, the amount of meat used to cook eggplant is usually 200grams or more.

After this dinner, I realized that I had to make a sixth adjustment; how much meat to cook for dinner. My family did not eat a lot of meat and preferred to have more vegetables instead.

The difference here is that I do not eat much rice in Singapore and take protein as a replacement. However, back at home in Kuala Lumpur, rice is the primary food source; therefore, dinner needs a wide variety of dishes instead of a large portion for each dish.

Also, I needed to adjust the taste and flavour that my family preferred here.

Yahoo! It rained

In the evening, it rained. It helped to cool down the house a little bit so that I could have a better sleep.

Sleeping time

Before I go to sleep, I play some music. This musical box has been with me since I was young. It was broken for many years, and a helpful man, a friend of my aunt’s friend, helped repair it. Surprisingly, there was no sleep time adjustment when I was in KL. I did not sleep later or sleep earlier.

Foodie Cooks When Dine-In Is Not Allowed

Hey, I am back with my second post of my sharing on home-cooked food during the Phase 2 Heightened Alert (P2HA) in Singapore from 16 May 2021 through 13 June 2021. You can check out my first post, Pre-Phase 2 Heightened Alert that I shared how I cooked salmon with an air fryer and made turkey ham sandwiches. I am going to continue in this post and share some good food that I bought home.

Air-fried Drumstick

Air-fried drumstick. I marinated it with salt, pepper, garlic powder and put some mixed herbs before placing it into the air fryer. Set it at 200°c for 10 minutes, and turned it another side for another 10 minutes. Lastly, turned the drumstick’s skin faced on top and air-fried for another 5 minutes to make the chicken skin crispy. I did not follow the online recipe when marinating the drumstick, but I followed the baking time.

hotpot

One hot pot dinner using the Japanese soup base bought from J-Mart at Century Square. Then, add fresh ingredients such as vegetables, tofu, enoki mushrooms, seaweeds, and yong tau foo bought from the local wet market. Also, added udon noodle and beancurd roll to complete the dinner.

Not always I cooked at home, at times, I would head out to the nearby hawker centers or shopping malls to get my food. I cannot dine in for now and rely on pack food or food delivery.

Stuff’d

Stuff’d salads for dinner on one of the nights after working from home. The Google review shows it has a 4.1 ratings. I always see it has a long queue during peak hour. I chose chicken as the main meat. I chose 5 other ingredients and sauces of my choice. It included macaroni, egg mayo, black fungus, sweet corns, and cauliflower rice.

The combination of meat and salads is quite nice. I liked the cauliflower rice, egg mayo, chicken, and macaroni. I will try to explore more ingredients next time. I bought Stuff’d from a stall in Tampines Mall. The queue at Tampines Mall is quite long during dinner time. I am glad the staff helped ensure everyone maintained the 1-metre distancing while buying our favourite food.

My Father’s Minced Meat Noodles

My Father’s Minced Meat Noodle at Tampines Street 43 food court is rated 4.3 stars in Google review. It appears in some local bloggers’ videos and articles, so I give it a try. It is BCM in the soup base. I can order a dry version too. Since I have not tried the soup version before, I decided to explore it.

The soup is flavourful, good aroma with lards and fried garlic added into the soup. The noodle is still springy after keeping it in the plastic bag for quite some time. I tapao-ed back home to eat as we are not allowed to dine in, and the stall is quite some distance away from my current house.

However, the noodle does not blend into the soup and it is quite plain to me. The wanton, indeed, really small like what my friend said before I ordered the noodle. For a small portion, it gives 2 small wantons, 2 small meatballs and some minced meat. I guess this would be my last bowl from this stall as it is not as impressive as described in Google review.

Address: 477 Tampines Street 43, Singapore 520477.
Google Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Av9g9reJ77jw51ZD9

I will be sharing more next week, meanwhile please check out my Instagram updates too. Stay safe.

Classic Cantonese Soups

I love to drink Chinese style soups since young. Almost every day, there is a big bowl of soup on the dining table for dinner. I think this is usual for a Chinese family to have three dishes and a bowl of soup. After moving to Singapore for a few years, I start to learn to boil my own soup. However, I still cannot afford to have three dishes on my dining table, it is too much to finish. Recently, I started to use the programmed rice cooker to slow cook some of the Chinese style soup. As a result, I can enjoy a delicious and taste Cantonese soups from the rice cooker without worrying about drying up the pot when boiling it for hours on the stove.

Lotus Root Soup

Lotus roots are rich in dietary fiber, very low in cholesterol and saturated fats. It is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C, iron, potassium, copper, thiamin, and zinc.

The ingredients that I used can be found in the local supermarket and wet market. I would recommend you to get the dried scallops and dried oysters from the Chinese stalls in the wet market because you can choose the sizes and sometimes, you can self-picked your own dried scallops or dried oysters.

Ingredients: Lotus root, peanuts, dried scallops, dried oysters, dried red dates, and wolfberries (optional).

No need to add salt into the soup because the natural taste from the dried scallops and dried oysters makes the soup flavourful. It can be replaced by using dried squids, and it gives a stronger flavour. Also, you can put pork ribs into the soup. These ingredients mix well with lotus roots and it absorbs all the flavours.

Old Cucumber Soup

Another of my favourite soup, the old cucumber soup. It is tricky when it comes to buying a ready-to-cook old cucumber. If it is too raw, the soup does not turn out to be ‘juicy’. The guide to choosing a good old cucumber is choosing those with darker and more wrinkled skins as they have a richer taste and aroma. Old cucumbers contain iron and vitamins A, B6 and C. In Cantonese culture, Old cucumber soup is a popular home remedy to help soothe sore throats and coughs, and is also believed to have anti-ageing benefits.

Ingredients: old cucumber, pork ribs, red dates, dried longan, wolfberries and salt for taste.

You can add dried scallops and dried oysters into the soup to add flavour. Myself, I added dried longan into the soup to add some sweetness into the soup as a replacement of rock sugar in one of the recipes shared online.

White Radish, Carrot and Chicken Soup

I bought a big white radish and a packet of carrots to cook with the chicken bones. The white radish has plenty of health benefits:

  • Boost immunity – Radish is chock full of dietary fibre, which helps with digestion issues.
  • Help the skin – They also have phosphorous and zinc. These, when combined, can help get rid of dryness, acne and rashes.
  • Aids digestion – Chock full of vitamin A, C, E, B6, potassium, and other minerals, radishes can give your whole body an immunity boost.
  • Regulate blood pressure – Rich in potassium, radishes can help keep blood pressure under control by maintaining the sodium-potassium balance in the body.

During this COVID-19 period, I buy the white radish and carrots quite often to boil soup. For Chinese, this an ordinary soup that every Chinese family cook at home. It is my favourite soup too.

I used the chicken bone as the soup based, and it is nutritious too. The chicken bone helps protect the joints, reduce inflammation and heal the gut. Also, it helps fight osteoarthritis and may aid sleep.

There are plenty of recipes that you can find online. I used the rice cooker to cook the soup by cutting the white radish and carrot into a smaller size. Together with the chicken bone, I put all the ingredients into the rice pot and add the chicken bone broth to cook for 1.5 hours to 2 hours using the slow cook function.

About 30 minutes before I turn off the fire, I add some chicken meat and goji berries into the soup. You can add the red dates if you want too and serve the soup while still hot.

Reference: https://www.huangkitchen.com/chinese-white-radish-soup/

Bitter Gourd

I am unsure which health websites I shall look at when it comes to checking the health nutrition of the food that I am taking. My common visits are https://www.healthline.com/ and https://www.webmd.com/ so far. If you know other websites that are more reliable and trustable, do share it in the below comment box.

Today, I am looking into the benefits of eating bitter gourd, a vegetable that less people like it because of its bitterness taste. It is also known as bitter melon says to have the following nutrition (summary from both websites):

  • rich in vitamin C, an important micro nutrient involved in disease prevention, bone formation, and wound healing. The younger the fruit, the more vitamin C it contains.
  • high in vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes skin health and proper vision.
  • provides folate, which is essential for growth and development.
  • smaller amounts of potassium, zinc, and iron.
  • good source of catechin, gallic acid, epicatechin, and chlorogenic acid, too — powerful antioxidant compounds that can help protect your cells against damage. It contains certain compounds with cancer-fighting properties.
  • low in calories yet high in fiber.
  • Diabetes management – it can help to reduce blood sugar.

Recipes

You can steam, boil, stir-fry, braise, pickle, stuff, or curry bitter gourd for a variety of nutritious and delicious dishes.

Bitter Gourd Soup

I am unsure whether this is a Cantonese recipe but my aunt always cook them when I was back in Malaysia. There are plenty of recipes online to boil the soup, however, for myself, I love to have it with some carrots, chicken breast meat and goji berries to make the soup less bitter. Sometimes, I see fish soup stalls in Singapore use bitter gourds in their soup too. When the water boiled, put in the bitter gourd and carrots and brought to boil again. After that, put in the chicken meat and the goji berries, and re-boiled for another 15 minutes or so. Lastly, add salt for taste.

Yong Tau Foo with Butter Gourd

One of my favourite dishes. It is a Cantonese style that I used the fish paste that I can buy from the wet markets in Malaysia or supermarkets in Singapore. Usually, I will add some ingredients into the fish paste and mix them together. It can be varied and depends on what you like to have as part of the yong tau foo. I suggest you can go with the following ingredients:

  • Chinese chivas (kao choy)
  • spring onion and garlic
  • black fungus
  • shredded carrots
  • shredded water chestnut
  • salted fish

Sometimes, I will mix the fish paste with minced pork or prawn paste. For taste, I will add some salt, pepper and sesame oils. If I mix the fish paste with minced pork, it is good to add some light soy sauce to make it more flavourful.

To mix the fish paste with the ingredients, I add a bit water into the fish paste and start stirring. As I stir, I will feel the fish paste is getting thicker, I can add a bit water but not too much at one go.

FRY BITTER GOURD WITH EGG or Meat

Sometimes, the bitter gourd is not bitter and it is suitable to cook with meat and other vegetable as a dish. Otherwise, another way to cook a bitter gourd dish without tasted bitter is fry with egg.

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