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Presto Pasta Night 156

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Whenever we look forward to the biggest happening in our lives, more often than not it’s coupled with much enthusiasm and joy, isn’t it? Well, the long wait is over for the grandest event yet for Our Taste of Life. The table is now filled and oozing with sensory stimuli from all the dishes that came in. With this gastronomic ensemble, this is utterly a parade of stars! I am simply lost for gustatory words to describe how creative and scrumptious the pasta dishes are. Undoubtedly, each is a star in its own right.



Thank you to Ruth Daniels, the brain behind this much awaited weekly pasta lovers’ event. Through PPN, there’s simply no dull moment for our noodle bowls and pasta plates. Instead, it always feels like a party just like today. Consequently, what could be more stimulating than a “world pasta party”?! So, grab your favorite spoon and fork or chopsticks and let’s all dig in to what the world has to offer…
Our first stop is the table from Canada. This table is flowing with so much v…

Homestyle Yaki Udon

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With so many ingredients available in the market for Asian Cuisine, I can now practically cook any thing I'm craving for especially when it comes to noodle dishes. I am in a noodle country by the way, so I think that supports this claim. Be it fresh, instant or dry, the possibilities are just endless. These past few days, I am into Udon noodles. Among the different noodle varieties, Udon has the most likeable texture attribute for me. It has a pleasing smooth, chewy bite that's truly enjoyable down to the last strand. My family's favorite dish for udon noodles is the one that's served stir-fry, the Yakiudon. This homestyle version is so easy to make. It doesn't speak of any sophistication at all yet there's something in its taste that's very pleasing to the palate. How to make: Cook 250 g of pork (cut into bite size pieces) in water until all water evaporated and the pork is browned. Put to one side of the pan. Saute onion and garlic in 2 tbsps canola oil un…

Cereal Prawn

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When we set foot to a new place or a new country, almost always we tend to search for the must haves. The must visit sights, the must eat foods and the must try experiences. Only, the order of priority varies from our individual preferences. If you are a gourmand like me, definitely food comes first. Foods in Singapore awake the adventurous cook in me. If the locals are known to be a well travelled lot they too are a well fed flock. Food abounds everywhere. If we narrow down the list of the must devour local signature dishes here, Cereal Prawns would definitely be on it. This famous dish is also a classic favorite from the finest dining area to the unpretentious hawker center. Thus, I didn't have any second thoughts in trying to cook it at home. I asked around and searched online for the typical recipe of the dish. I found out that there are a number of variations and ways of cooking it. And because I am no traditional cook, I tried to make my version at the shortest possible time…

Chinese Garden

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I still can't get used to the extreme, at times bizzare weather that Singapore has. It's hardly predictable. One moment you're sweating excessively and the next, you're running hurriedly from the raging rain. It's how it was when we spent a leisure weekend in one of the country's most relaxing retreats - the Chinese Garden (also known as Jurong Garden). Though the weather was unfavorable for a relaxing visit, we still managed to get a few good shots and enjoyed the scenery prior to a heavy downpour. Welcoming us near the entrance gate of the garden is a 7-storey pagoda that beautifuly sits on a small hill. It exudes an admirable Chinese architecture that never fails to amaze me whenever I see one. Roaming around adorable landscapes, you'll find statues of great Chinese political leaders like Confucius.

There are also enchanting stoneboat and pavilions which complete the traditional feature of Chinese gardening art.

Apart from that, a Japanese Garden is built…

PASTA PARTY right here @ Our Taste of Life

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I'm truly elated with the current traffic report and visitor hits the blog is getting. Thank you to everyone for all your unwavering support to the site. The jump in the statistics is just beyond my expectations. And as I relish hefty servings of such inspirations, one big happening is yet to come in Our Taste of Life. I'm hosting this week's PPN - Presto Pasta Night! Thank you to Ruth Daniels for this delightful opportunity. I'm inviting everyone to partake in this week's pasta celebration. Check out the mechanics on how to join here. If you would like to have a peek on how it's usually held, hop on to the previous round ups made by innovative foodies around the world. Make sure to turn in your dish by Friday (Mar 26, 2010) the latest (Asian time). I'm looking forward to meet your dishes at the table. See you then!

PASTA PARTY right here @ Our Taste of Life

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I'm truly elated with the current traffic report and visitor hits the blog is getting. Thank you to everyone for all your unwavering support to the site. The jump in the statistics is just beyond my expectations. And as I relish hefty servings of such inspirations, one big happening is yet to come in Our Taste of Life. I'm hosting this week's PPN - Presto Pasta Night! Thank you to Ruth Daniels for this delightful opportunity. I'm inviting everyone to partake in this week's pasta celebration. Check out the mechanics on how to join here. If you would like to have a peek on how it's usually held, hop on to the previous round ups made by innovative foodies around the world. Make sure to turn in your dish by Friday (Mar 26, 2010) the latest (Asian time). I'm looking forward to meet your dishes at the table. See you then!

Beef Udon with Portobello Mushroom

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I was in the mood for experimenting the other day ergo, this unorthodox noodle dish emerged from my kitchen. I oftentimes encountered the beef and mushroom combination in meat dishes but rarely or never at all had I encountered a noodle dish having this kind of fusion. If there is, none that I was aware of. So, it really did come out as a trial thing for me. I have a mixed overall regard about the dish. The after taste is a typical dark, meaty soup which is acceptable. However, the creaminess is also a bit overpowering especially the initial aroma. If you are averse of the somehow distinctive earthy mushroom smell, a definite modification of the recipe might be deemed necessary. Otherwise, if you are a fan, this is a different way of enjoying portobello apart from the classic grilled and fried. How to make: Saute chopped onion (1 med sized) and garlic (3 cloves) in 2 tbsps olive oil until fragrant. Add in sliced portobello mushrooms (3 pcs) and saute for 2 minutes. Add in thinly sli…

Famous Amos Cookies

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It's been a long while since I had a real, good tasting cookies. The kind that's finger licking good to the tiniest of the crumbs. A lot of household names had evolved in making their own cookies world recognized. Among the leading ones are Mrs. Fields and the commercial brands Oreo and Chips Ahoy. Each of these brands had established its own standards of how a cookie (or a chocolate cookie for that matter) should taste like. But what exactly defines a best tasting cookie? The ingredients in making cookies are no secret and very basic. Similarly, the manner it is being prepared and baked is widely written. But how come we get to see a lot of variations in quality and each claiming its own unique selling point? In as far as taste and liking are concerned, I would say this is the one thing that's specific to a person. As for me, I'm particular to the sweetness level, the crunch and the overall taste appeal of a cookie. I'm very partial to the type that exhibits a s…

Famous Amos Cookies

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It's been a long while since I had a real, good tasting cookies. The kind that's finger licking good to the tiniest of the crumbs. A lot of household names had evolved in making their own cookies world recognized. Among the leading ones are Mrs. Fields and the commercial brands Oreo and Chips Ahoy. Each of these brands had established its own standards of how a cookie (or a chocolate cookie for that matter) should taste like. But what exactly defines a best tasting cookie? The ingredients in making cookies are no secret and very basic. Similarly, the manner it is being prepared and baked is widely written. But how come we get to see a lot of variations in quality and each claiming its own unique selling point? In as far as taste and liking are concerned, I would say this is the one thing that's specific to a person. As for me, I'm particular to the sweetness level, the crunch and the overall taste appeal of a cookie. I'm very partial to the type that exhibits a s…

Pork Binagoongan (Pork with Shrimp Paste)

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As I perused the busy aisles of supermarkets and grocery shops on weekends, I noticed that there are plenty of ready made sauces and culinary pastes confined in the shelves. These include the popular chili-garlic sauce, sambal chili, hoisin sauce and other Asian favorites. Among the choices to be had, it's the sambal chili that interests me most. It resembles very much of our own "bagoongalamang" (shrimp paste) both in taste and appearance except that it is mainly chili based. Sambal chili is a favorite condiment for Malaysian dishes such as the Nasi Lemak. It has a subtle sweet note that blends well with the hotness of the chili. It's a good accompaniment to food for a more enjoyable taste. Back in the Philippines, "bagoong alamang" is typically used in one of the well-liked local dishes - Pork Binagoongan (Pork with Shrimp Paste). I tried to cook it here with the absence of the fresh shrimp paste. As an alternative to the fresh one, I used the bottled ve…

The Asian Kitchen

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A good many travels to some parts of Asia introduced me to eclectic, delish eats. The abundance of fragrant spices is just second to none. Discount the element of bias for my being of Asian origin, but great is even an understatement to describe the foods in the region. I would stand for its genuine richness. I have seen this substantiated countless times by famous celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Bobby Chin just to name a few, who had great discoveries and experiences with Asian foods. They share our proof that this territory has nothing but good food. Now that we started a new life in one of its most diversed countries, I have been enticed a number of times with delightful offerings around. My eyes is always into a feast with riveting choices. This restaurant named Asian Kitchen (located in City Link Mall) stirred enough curiousity in me that I was prompted to try with the family. It's not in the range of the finest but there's something in the menu list and food …