Sick of delivery? Food pros share easy recipes for beloved Singapore dishes

Fried egg, chicken, bok choy, at left. Egg soup and teriyaki salmon, at right. Photos: Everybodyjiak, Aromacookery/Instagram
Fried egg, chicken, bok choy, at left. Egg soup and teriyaki salmon, at right. Photos: Everybodyjiak, Aromacookery/Instagram

Now that circuit breaker measures have been extended till June, many are polishing their cooking skills, and for those sick of ordering delivery, several Singaporean food pros have stepped in with simple recipes your mother would approve of.  

Here are three foodies with scrumptious recipes you can follow without breaking a sweat.

Singapore Noodles

Based in Melbourne, Singaporean chef and author Pamelia Chia shares mouthwatering recipes for dishes such as curry chicken and ang ku kueh (red tortoise cake, a Chinese mung bean-filled pastry) through instructional videos with easy-to-follow instructions via Instagram.

One visually stunning recipe is for one of Singapore’s favorite savory snacks, the curry puff. The narrated, professional video clocks in at about five minutes and takes aspiring chefs through every step.

Chia said she created the platform to educate people on the food kind of daily food Singaporeans cook and eat. It features dishes from Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Eurasian cuisine.

Her passion project, named Singapore Noodles, refers to a fried noodle dish that doesn’t even exist in Singapore but is sold in many parts of Australia. Chia saw it as an opportunity to introduce dishes that authentically represent Singapore’s diverse food culture.

You can also find all her recipes and stories on her website

Julia Khoo

Singapore food blogger Julia Khoo, who seems to never run out of ideas, has been posting daily meals during the circuit breaker period along with recipes for some favorite home-cooked dishes.

Egg soup is one of many dishes packed with savory goodness she has shared. Her post lists the needed few ingredients and necessary instructions.

 

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[RECIPE] #circuitbreakersg Day 8 Dinner. Needed to use up some bok choy and marinated minced pork, so I made a quick #eggsoup. #BasicRecipe below ⬇️ • 1. Sweet potato rice 番薯饭 2. Salmon with teriyaki sauce 照烧三文鱼 3. French bean #stirfry 炒四季豆 4. Egg soup 鸡蛋汤 • #AromacookeryRecipeEggSoup • ~ Measure out around 250 to 300ml of liquid per person. ~ You can use chicken, vegetable, dashi, or whatever stock you like or have. Or just use water. ~ Bring the liquid to a simmer. ~ Add in minced meat, preferably marinated with some light soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil & potato starch. You could also use sliced pork or chicken. ~ Add crabstick and bok choy. ~ When the soup comes to a boil again, do a taste test and adjust the flavours if needed. Add some salt/sugar to enhance the taste. ~ Lastly, pour in beaten egg. Cover pot and turn off the heat. Don’t overcook the egg. • Note 1: You can increase the amount of minced meat and leave out the crabstick. Or substitute crabstick with fishballs or fresh prawn. The proteins make the soup more flavourful. • Note 2: Instead of baby bok choy, you can substitute with vegetables like Chinese spinach or Napa cabbage. • #easycooking #easyrecipe #soupoftheday #eggdropsoup #Chinesesoup #teriyakisalmon #asiancooking #sgfood #sgfoodies #sgig #igsg #instasg #SGunited #circuitbreaker #stayhomesg #cookingathome #dinnerideas #家常菜 #鸡蛋汤 #三文鱼 #炒四季豆 #AromacookeryCooks

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Otherwise, her page is filled with beautiful shots of her meals, complete with cooking tips like ways to enhance flavor. They are perfect for daily food inspiration. 

Serene

Inspired by her grandmother’s cooking, a blogger identified only as Serene posts her attempts at recreating her grandmother’s dishes and takes on other cuisines, such as white radish chicken soup and coconut and lentil dahl on Instagram.

She recently recreated her grandmother’s signature dish, salted egg steamed tofu and posted all the ingredients, including minced pork and prawns, along with instructions. 

 

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Love the idea of @thelisafeed’s cooking challenge and was so excited when she suggested that we do one together! We decided on a very simple ingredient for today’s challenge, TOFU. ⁣Check out her profile to see her dish 👉🏻 She comes up with a ton of easy recipes and her dishes all look SO GOOD! ✨⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ I decided to recreate one of my grandma’s signature dishes for today’s challenge, salted egg steamed tofu. I called grandma and got her to go through this dish with me, step by step! She doesn’t cook with exact measurements so I just came up with this recipe very roughly. Swipe right for a video and also grandma’s version of this dish!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ [RECIPE]⁣⁣⁣⁣ Salted Egg Steamed Tofu ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Ingredients⁣⁣⁣⁣ 75g Minced Pork ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 2-3 Prawns, Minced⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1 Water Chestnut, Minced ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1 Tube Silken Tofu ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1 Uncooked Salted Egg, Separate yolk and white⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1 Spring Onion ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Directions⁣⁣⁣⁣ 1. Marinate minced pork with cooking wine, sesame oil, soy sauce and white pepper and leave in the fridge for at least 10 minutes. Then combine minced pork, prawns and water chestnut and mix well.⁣⁣⁣⁣ 2. Slice and plate silken tofu onto steaming plate and scoop a small hole in each tofu and set aside. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 3. Place meat mixture into each tofu and flatten slightly.⁣⁣⁣⁣ 4. Combine leftover tofu with salted egg white, white pepper and cooking wine. Mix well until tofu breaks up into small pieces. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 5. Pour egg white mixture around the tofu to fill up the steaming plate.⁣⁣⁣⁣ 6. Break up salted egg yolk and place on meat mixture.⁣⁣⁣⁣ 7. Steam on high heat for 7-8 minutes, or until meat mixture is cooked through.⁣⁣⁣⁣ 9. Garnish with spring onions and serve. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ * I prepped double portions of minced pork in the video to use in another dish! ⁣⁣⁣⁣ Do tag @thelisafeed and me in your tofu creations! Would love to see what you guys come up with ☺️ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ [Music by @reggiesanmiguel – Choices. via @hellothematic]⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ .⁣⁣⁣⁣ #tofu #steamedtofu #tofuchallenge #saltedeggtofu #sghomecooking #singaporehomecooks #instafoodsg #inmykitchen #homecooking #homecookedmeals #whati8today #stayhome #quarantinecooking #everybodyjiak⁣⁣

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Serene’s love for her grandmother’s food began when she was studying overseas. It led her to learn how to recreate the recipes, which launched her interset in cooking.

She wishes more people could learn how to cook the dishes that they grew up eating with their families and cherish those passed down through generations.

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