2Des, 2023
Thai Styled Stewed Pork Leg 泰式焖猪脚 – Eat What Tonight


Does anyone love pork leg as much as I do ? LOL. Okies, it’s sinful I know, but that’s if you enjoyed the skin and all. Even though I enjoyed pork leg, but I will always go for the leaner portion of the meat. And the furthest that I will go is probably the tendon as well since that’s where the most collagen stems from. 


This is a different twist from the Chinese styled of braised pork leg that I used to attempt which you can view from the recipe here. In the Thai style, the flavour that comes off borne a richer aroma that’s brewed from the extra spices that were used. On top of spices, I added a hinge of lemongrass and also used some pandan leaves to enrich the aroma further whilst stewing.


Ok, I must admit though I used the pressure cooker in cooking this dish which is pretty convenient as the pork tendons gets really tender in no time, but the stewed sauce doesn’t get fully absorbed by the poultry even when the cooking is completed. To resolve this issue, I release the pressure from the cooker and continue with the stewing for an additional 30 minutes with the lid off and added thickening solution to allow the sauce to be further absorbed. In all, it took about an hour of cooking which is still better than using the stove top which would probably take double of that time. So if you are using a stove top, you can skip the step of adding thickening solution as the pork tendons will have the natural absorbent effect of the sauce that were used to cook it. 


I never failed to have a love-hate relationship with sinful foods. But when it comes to stewed pork leg, all I can say is… Eat first then think later !! LOL. And if you have any leftovers of the pork leg which I think will be rare, you can always use it to cook with some fried bee hoon the following day ! 


Grab your pork trotters and all other fresh ingredients from PurelyFresh online to cook up a storm today ! 

Enjoy !!

Thai Styled Stewed Pork Leg 泰式焖猪脚


Total time


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Thai

  • 1.5kg pork trotters
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 5 pcs of pandan leaves
  • 900ml water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 3 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp sweet rice vinegar (hon mirin)
  • 60g palm sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • dash of 5 spice powder (you can add more if you like the taste)
  • 10 pcs whole garlics
  • 5 pcs shallots
  • 5 stalks of coriander roots
  • 1 lemongrass
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp corn flour + 2 tbsp water

1) Blanching the pork trotters prior to cooking helps to remove any excess impurities and fats.
2) If stove top is used instead of pressure cooker, the step of adding the thickening solution can be eliminated as the pork tendons have a natural absorbent effect of the seasoning sauce (收汁).
3) Cooking it on stove top needs at least 2 hours or more before the pork trotters are cooked to tenderness.



30Nov, 2023
Szechuan Styled Stewed Chicken Legs 川式焖鸡 – Eat What Tonight

Spicy, sweet and deliciously savoury is how I gonna described this dish. The sauce infused well into the chicken during the stewing and the thick luscious sauce makes a good gravy topping for the rice ! The mom even commented that the sauce is really good and she had it well with the rice alone, even without the chicken. 

I really wish I can be cooking on a full time basis nowadays.. LOL. But well, I think that’s quite far fetched a dream for me at the moment. So well, sometimes I quite envy those with a complete family where you can cooked for all your loved ones and seeing their satisfied tummies and happy faces at the end of the meal. Of course, I also understand everyone lives’ are different so if God has meant for me in a different note and going through an extraordinary path, I will take it in my stride and live on. Whether or not things will work out in my favour, I am not sure but as long as I press on, I believe things will definitely turn out for the better. So am trying to stay positive as much as possible !! 

Turning to cooking or baking is a solace nowadays, but perhaps without the washing up ! Haha ! Hence, one pot and generally straight forward cooking has to be the way. This Szechuan Styled Stewed Chicken legs fits all the bill and certainly lives up to the expectations.

Get your fresh whole chicken legs from PurelyFresh online to whip up this pleasantly enjoyable dish today !!

Enjoy !!  

Szechuan Styled Stewed Chicken Legs 川式焖鸡


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

  • 2 whole chicken legs
  • 1½ tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp chopped shallots
  • 2 tbsp minced garlics
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onion (with more for garnishing)
  • 5 dried chillies, diced
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 25g rock sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • ¾ tbsp light soya sauce
  • ½ tbsp dark soya sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil




20Nov, 2023
Ginger & Chilli Stewed Chicken 辣姜焖鸡

Some of you asked me how many people do I usually cook for. Well it’s usually cooking for one or two servings the most. Probably many would find it cumbersome to just cook for one especially since it seriously doesn’t make economical sense to do so. Even buying groceries such as a pack of vegetables would probably take you a couple of days before you manage to clear it. I don’t deny that fact though. But I got so tired of dining out or packed away food that somehow despite the extra effort, I would want to try to cook my own meals as much as possible. Though sometimes this effort might prove fruitless on work days, but I would definitely make it a point to prepare some home-cooked meals over the weekends.

And also because weekends is the only time when I can seriously enjoy the little space I had of my own and be indulge in whatever I wanna do on my own me-time for liked a straight 24 hours. Waking up late, binge drama watching, snacking non-stop, couching like a Garfield and taking my time to prepare some piping hot meals for myself. Especially after I went through a cancer surgery 3 months back, this somehow give me the realization that I ought to do lead my life happily and do what I just want to do. Because you never know what’s going to happen next.

So I prepped this easy Ginger and Chilli Stewed Chicken earlier and served it on with some plain congee. Typically like a chinese Teochew mui dish, and adding on with some egg rolls and green vegetables. It was simple and yet satisfyingly delicious. Hope this little recipe will inspire you to make that extra little effort to cook for yourself.

Happy weekends !

9Nov, 2023
Assorted Mushrooms & Shrimps Stewed Rice 杂菇虾仁烩饭

Another easy one-plate meal ! Ideal for weekday nights dinner now because it’s back to the office regime once more. Everywhere is just crowded to begin with and still trying very much to get used to the alarm every morning now. At the end of the day after the commute journey, I just felt liked knocking out ! LOL. So my “more effort” cooking has been very much confined to weekends nowadays only.

For weekdays, such one-plate meal of everything is excellent when I just need to put everything together and enjoy a satisfying meal without too much hassle and cleaning up. Instead of packing in or food delivery, such home-cooked meals are definitely healthier and will also help to save money.

This dish is simple and yet taste really delicious. The assortment of mushrooms, vegetables and shrimps along with the sauce blend in perfectly together and mixing them into rice just packs a good satisfying meal that you probably just wished you had prepared more !

7Nov, 2023
Tri-Onions Stewed Chicken 三葱鸡翼 – Eat What Tonight

Tri-Onions Stewed Chicken 三葱鸡翼 – Eat What Tonight

One of my favourite kinds of Chinese homecooked is a Stewed Chicken. Today I had it stewed with 3 different kinds of onions – shallots, yellow onion and spring onions. The chicken and the sauce is very fragrant and it’s the kind of dish where you can easily polish up your rice with. I even had extra of it freeze up so that it can be easily re-heated or microwave on busy days to enjoy.

After stewing in the sauce, the onions become very tasty as it absorbs all the flavours from the seasoning. It’s a simple Chinese homecooked that does not require a lot of efforts and will be able to be enjoyed by everyone in the family. The chili is pretty optional and can be eliminated if you are cooking a kids-friendly version.