27Nov, 2023
Steamed Pork Patty with Salted Fish 咸鱼蒸肉饼

It’s funny to know that salted fish which used to be a poor man’s dish is now getting so expensive too ! I enjoyed old school dishes like such, especially when you are desiring for something comforting. Such simple and comfort food are what we used to grow up from and it’s pretty enjoyable to be able to replicate the same dishes from our parents’ generation. 


And although such simple food fare are so desirable, but with the intervention of modern day cafes and menus, it’s not often that we can find such old school food selling elsewhere other than from our own home cooks. 


For those who are familiar with this dish, very often that not, you will see people cooking this dish in one whole slice of salted fish smacked right in the middle of the minced. However, I tend to find that too salty for my liking and hence I actually diced the salted fish and mix them with the minced so that the saltiness get properly distributed which tasted so much better.



In addition, I only used 1/4 piece of the salted fish (since salted fish can be kept for a long long time, that’s no worry about it getting spoil anytime soon for not using it up), and with an abundance of water chestnuts, the sauce and the minced is just so appetizing that you probably won’t be able to stop at one bowl of rice !



In my version, I find that the saltiness is just right, without the the salted fish taste being too overwhelming or the saltiness being too overpowering. I really enjoyed how this dish comes about in a subtle manner and yet so compatible with simple condiments. 



Nothing fanciful, a simple and yet deliciously appetizing dish like such is sometimes all we need for a comforting and homely meal.


Get fresh minced and other fresh groceries from PurelyFresh online to serve up this dish today !


Steamed Pork Patty with Salted Fish 咸鱼蒸肉饼


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

  • ¼ pc salted fish, diced
  • 250g-300g minced meat
  • 50g water chestnuts, diced
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp sliced ginger
  • 1 tbsp sliced chilies, seeds removed
  • 1 tsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Some spring onion, for garnishing

Both the addition of corn flour + the slapping of meat into the mixing bowl will allows the meat to have a more bouncy texture.


26Nov, 2023
Bean sprouts with Salted Fish 咸鱼炒豆芽

I realised my recent recipes evolve too much around poultry. LOL. Don’t be mistaken, I am not a whole meat person. I do eat my share of vegetables also. And this is one which I do liked especially when I am having congee ~ Bean Sprouts with salted fish. 

I used to hear from the old folks that salted fish are what the poor people used to have because it can be preserved for very long and so for those who can’t afford a proper meal, using salted fish in a simple rice or vegetable dish settles for one meal easily.

But nowadays the trend seem to have changed because salted fish is sold quite expensively now too. One small slice of it can cost easily from $5 to $6. And even in restaurants, dishes that comes along with salted fish like such is not exactly cheap too.

Actually I quite like bean sprouts, whenever it is being used in fried vermicelli, noodles soup or dishes like this one. Except for the fact that I need to spend much time trimming the ends of the bean sprouts, which I am quite slow at. So sometimes I will try to get those “silver bean sprouts” where they are sold already trimmed on both ends of the sprouts but comes at a higher price tag. This usually, can be found at NTUC finest. Otherwise, you can also get the normal ones from the fresh market or anytime from PurelyFresh online.

Well, it’s Sunday once again. Another week has just passed by and there are still so much on my waiting list to be done. Are anyone of you like me too, burning everyday to the core, but still pending so much undone to be done ? LOL. 

Hope everyone will enjoy this simple stir fried dish ! Have a great week ahead too !

Bean sprouts with Salted Fish


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

  • 100g bean sprouts (trim away the heads and tails)
  • 4-5 stalks of spring onion, cut into sections
  • 2 chilli padi, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp salted fish, diced (deep fried, crispy kind)
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • pinch of salt, to taste
  1. Heat up 1 tbsp of cooking oil to a wok. Add in the minced garlic, salted fish, chilli padi and the white parts of spring onion and saute till fragrant.
  2. Add in 1-2 tbsp of water if it gets too dry.
  3. Stir in the bean sprouts, green parts of the spring onion and salt to taste. Once the bean sprouts are cooked and softened, off the heat.
  4. Serve hot immediately.



25Nov, 2023
Golden Salted Egg Yolk Tofu 黄金咸蛋豆腐

As I always say, you can never go wrong with anything salted egg yolk ! So is this one too ! In fact, I did a 2 variations of it, one using the usual white tofu, and this time with the egg tofu. And I much much like the egg tofu better. For one, the egg tofu is easier to deep fried because of the lesser water content, especially when you are deep frying from home where the heat from our flame is not as hot as the commercial ones. For a second, the egg tofu, after deep fry, is still tenderly soft on the inside yet with a brilliant golden brown hue on the exterior.

In fact, salted egg yolk dishes aren’t difficult to prepare at all. All you need are some real salted egg yolks compiled with chili padi, curry leaves and garlic, you are all good to go. And I didn’t even include any seasoning in this dish because the salted egg yolks already provide for the savouriness, the slight twinge of spice from the chili padi, and the fragrance from the curry leaves.

And because it was the Mid-Autumn festival earlier, there were many places that actually sell the ready salted egg yolks which have been pre-cooked. I took the chance to grab some though not for making mooncakes, but for beefing up more salted egg yolk dishes. So it was a real breeze cooking this dish as I need not fuss with the raw egg which requires washing away of the mud and and steaming the egg yolks thereafter and ending up with an abundance of unused salted egg whites as well.

Hope this dish will appeal to all salted egg yolk lovers once again ! Enjoy !!

Golden Salted Egg Yolk Tofu 黄金咸蛋豆腐


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

  • 1 pkt egg tofu, cut into thick slices
  • 3 salted egg yolks, coarsely mashed (if using uncooked ones, to steam before use)
  • 1½ tbsp planta margarine
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 chili padis
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • some oil for deep frying




14Nov, 2023
Steamed Mackerel Fish with Salted Soy Beans

I usually called this Batang Fish, which we commonly see in our local fish soup scene. However for an entire steak cut liked such, I usually preferred it to be steamed over some salted soy beans. Some would probably love this deep or pan fried simply with some salt and there were readers who told me they enjoy this with turmeric as well. Regardless of any methods of cooking this fish, but the most common understanding is that this kind of Spanish Mackerel fish is a very versatile type of fish where you can enjoy it even with the simplest method of cooking.

For those who are not familiar with the term “Salted Soy Beans”, this is also called 豆酱 or 豆瓣酱 in Chinese. It’s actually fermented soy beans readily available from most supermarkets in bottles and of which is an ingredient very commonly use in Chinese cooking. And because it is very salty in nature, moderation has to be taken care of when using it. Because once you accidentally “spilled” a bit too much into your food, it gets real salty and would probably just ruin the whole dish.

Batang or Mackerel fish is generally quite inexpensive, comes with little bones for such steak cut and taste pretty good (at least to me), so much so that this is used very often in my cooking. The fried ginger shreds used in this dish added a good bout of flavours and enhance the dish greatly too. So gonna include this in my list of favourite fish recipes which I’m currently compiling. Hope you will like it too !

And for those based in Melbourne Australia, feel free to hop onto Asian grocery online to shop for all the groceries you need for the recipe.

14Nov, 2023
Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Chicken

Happy New Year in advance to all. Has been such a hectic year end for me, and only got down to power up my laptop today. Guess this shall be my last blog post for the year even though there are still a couple of recipes that I’ve wanted to share. I shall try to upload all the backlog soon and hopefully also find time to try out new recipes which I’ve been pretty much lagging behind.

Coming back to this creamy salted egg yolk chicken from the archives, I had a previous recipe which is the Salted Yolk Yolk Chicken which comes off as a dry version and you can find the recipe here. This creamy version is an inspiration from the menu of our local Zhi Char stalls where they go an extra step in dunking the dry version in a creamy and savoury salted egg yolk sauce.

And since the deep fried chicken will be cooked in a creamy sauce, so expect the crunchiness to pale in comparison to the dry version but what you have in replacement will be a rich and luscious cream sauce that are put together by the custard powder and salted egg yolks which is also literally the way the Zhi Char stalls adopt in cooking this dish as well.

Serving this dish on a bowl of rice topped with a sunny side egg is all you need for a complete indulgence of the dish. So here’s the recipe to share !

12Nov, 2023
Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Tofu 咸蛋奶黄豆腐

Can never resist any and all things salted egg yolks ! So here’s another one to whet the appetite further ! Fried tofu coated in a creamy and savoury salted egg yolk sauce that’s easily whipped up by a mix of custard sauce, curry leaves, chilli padis and not forgetting the most crucial salted egg yolks !

If you are just looking for the salted egg yolks without the whites, you can find them from the frozen section of local Sheng Shiong Supermarkets where they are being sold in a tray of 10 which I find it really useful to use in such salted egg yolk dishes as the egg whites are generally not required.

I used egg tofu for this recipe as I find that they tend to complement the salted egg yolk sauce better with the eggy-ness and soft tofu texture. The most time consuming part will be the deep frying of the tofu, otherwise the rest of the cooking is literally fuss-free and straight forward. Hope you will enjoy this dish too !