South East Asian cuisine, we tend to use dried anchovies rather than the
pickled ones. They are normally fried in oil until crispy and can be served as
it is or cooked with sambal, as a garnish or stir fried with vegetables or used
in soup. It is fantastic cooked with peanuts and chilli and eaten with beer. It
can be ground into powder and added to children’s porridge.
are small, common forage fishes which are full of nutrients such as iron,
omega-3 fatty acids and calcium (present in the bones). It is ideal for people who are lactose intolerant.
is best to use medium to big sized anchovies as small ones will fall through
the basket. Remove the heads and intestines otherwise the anchovies will be
anchovies are very salty therefore soak them for about 5 mins and rinse
thoroughly to reduce the salt content.
off the excess water
out on absorbent paper and pat dry.
you like, add a little to the anchovies but I prefer it without the oil
the air fryer to cook for 6 mins. Give it 1 min to heat up the fryer so that
the food will not stick to the basket.
in the anchovies and start the cooking process.
it a couple of shakes every couple of mins to ensure that the anchovies are
to an air tight container for use later. Let it cool down before covering it.
This is another favourite dish of the children
and old folks in my house. It is a good accompaniment with white congee. Also suitable during confinement.
Green beans are very delicious with a crunchy texture and
great flavour. Some of the health benefits
of green beans include reduced risk of heart disease and colon cancer
as well as improved regulation of diabetes.
They also provide a big boost to the immune system, the health of the eyes and
bones, while regulating the digestive processes. They have also been shown to reduce
the risk of birth defects for pregnant women.Green beans can cause allergic reactions involving
rash and itching in some people. It also contain oxalic acid may crystallize as
oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people.
bundle French beans
pork or chicken
little sesame oil
Marinate the meat with:
½ tsp soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
½ tsp cornflour
Salt and pepper
Mix thoroughly and set aside
the strings from the sides of the beans.
the beans into bite size pieces
the oil and sauté the garlic until slightly brown.
the minced meat and stir until it changes colour.
the beans and mix thoroughly.
a little water at a time to prevent the beans from burning
and simmer on low fire until the beans are tender
I love curry puffs especially the filling but
sometimes I am too lazy to make the pastry so here I am using pita bread
instead. This dish is great for a quick lunch or snack. You can freeze any
leftover filling to use another day. Ingredients
200 grams chicken breast meat
1 medium size onion
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli powder
Mince the chicken breasts coarsely
Finely dice the onions and potatoes
Heat 2 tbsp oil in the wok over medium heat.
Sauté the onions for about 2 minutes or until soft and
Add the minced chicken and stir until the colour
Add 2 tbsp meat curry powder and mix thoroughly
Alternately, you can fry the curry paste first and
then add the chicken
Add 100 ml water to prevent it burning
Add the potatoes and mix thoroughly
Add salt according to your taste
Cover and cook till the potatoes have softened and the
curry is almost dry