1Des, 2023
Spicy Lemon Hotplate Scallops 酸辣铁板扇贝 – Eat What Tonight


Today marks the first post I am penning down for 2017. As much as I wanna this year to begin on a good note like everyone else, but I am quite saddened that I, or in fact the whole family crossed the new year in a hospital. For those who knew me well, the fact that my dad was down with pancreatic cancer 3 months ago came as a shock to everyone of us. As much as we want to embrace this fact with acceptance and positivity, but the constant emergency admissions to the hospital has definitely withered us much. And it is with a heavy heart to think that he’s being warded through the new year with complications as well. Though we are still unsure what lies ahead, but I really hoped that the upcoming surgery can give us the much sought after relief that everyone is hoping for. 


Strong as I may seem, but in fact, these are the times when the mind gets really challenged. It wasn’t easy for me to come out from a very tough trial previously and to know that I am undergoing another one now is indeed defeating. As much as I am using all ways to de-stress myself, but the constant worry and fear is nothing short of traumatising.  So with the beginning of a new year, I do pray for strength and courage to be able to brave through this storm and eventually comes out of it as a stronger being. 


And really sorry to say that postings might be very slow from now on as I haven’t been really cooking or baking for quite awhile as everyone in the family has been feeling very jittery as the date draws closer to the surgery and no one has the appetite to wanting to eat. But having pen this down in words, it somehow gave me some relief as an avenue to vent out the stress and trauma that was went through. This dish is in fact one of the last dish that I have prepared for the family before my dad’s condition worsened.


And I hope that there can be more of such opportunities for me to whip up nice food for the family once again when the whole trauma is over.

Lastly, hoping that everyone can embrace the new year with much positivity in whatever you do and most importantly, treasure your loved ones whenever possible. 🙂


Spicy Lemon Hotplate Scallops 酸辣铁板扇贝


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

  • 8 pcs fresh scallops, pat them with paper towels till very dry
  • ½ chilli, sliced
  • ½ green pepper, sliced
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp hon mirin (japanese sweet vinegar)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • some freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • ¾ tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp Japanese cooking wine



16Nov, 2023
Vegetarian Hotplate Tofu 斋铁板豆腐 – Eat What Tonight

Commonly found in Singapore’s heartlands and neighborhoods are various coffee shops where you can find many individual food stalls selling various kinds of local delicacies under one roof. And a so-called Zhi Char stall is one of such stall commonly found. The name so called is translated from Hokkien which meant 煮炒. And Hotplate Tofu is a widely popular dish you can find from most zhi char stalls locally. Because I enjoyed this dish so much, I even went as far as to get myself a hotplate and attempted the same from home too. Other than the splattering of oil when the hotplate gets heated up of which is not so pleasant, the dish isn’t too difficult to whip up. You can find the original non-vegetarian hotplate tofu from here.

Whilst most hotplate tofu contains minced meat, I attempted with a Vegetarian version over the weekend by having the meat replaced by mashed tofu instead ! The striking resemblance is actually so real that you probably can’t tell much difference till you have tasted it or if you are being told about it.

And no, no flour was being used in the process and it was purely a good old vegetarian Hotplate Tofu, served by a good bout of egg, tofu, carrots and seasoning. And I thought it was really good as it is by this version already ! But if you are attempting for a bigger serving than this, you can always add in some shiitake mushrooms and baby corns to complete the dish further.

So dedicating this dish to all Vegetarians out there, I hope this dish can whet up your appetite and appeal to your taste buds well. Gonna pen down this recipe for my own records purposes too because I am sure I will cook this dish up again.