Taste Buds Recipes

/Taste Buds Recipes

Cooking is one of my favourite past-time. Tasting different delicacies tantalises me to roll up my sleeves, put on my apron and start messing the kitchen. However, with the time constraint I have, and my household is maid-less, I usually explore easy and simple cooking. Best if the dish can be served within 30 minutes of preparation and cooking time, otherwise it should not take me more than 30 minutes hands-on at the stove. For many busy city dwellers, whether you have twins like me or not, who are always pressed for time, easy and fast cooking would fit our lifestyle better.

Many of my recipes came from my mum who always “agar-agar” on the quantity for the ingredients, and that does not make my life any easier. I need to put the “agar-agar” into proper volume and weight. This is no easy task and I have to do many fine-tunings. Even for recipes from cook books and food sites, I have to try several times to get the right texture and taste that suits me and my family. Thereupon, all recipes published here have gone through rounds of trial and errors, testing and tasting before they are out on the site. I called them “Taste Buds Recipes” since they have been sampled by several taste buds as well. Be that as it may, taste and preference on texture are very personal thing. If you like something sweeter, just add more sugar or salt or spices if you prefer more savoury. Just adjust the condiment to suit your taste buds! Disclaimer: at your own taste buds’ risk too!

Plus, my sons at month 13, have decided to jog my patience and creativity in cooking their food by abandoning their simple daily porridge. As a result, I have also embarked into the toddlers’ gastronomic adventures. Low or no salt, low or no sugar and as natural as possible are the guidelines of all the recipes I have came up for them. When offering new food to tots, do watch out for potential allergy reaction.

Have fun and let’s travel with us in this gastronomical journey!



Pear, Apple and dry Fig with Pork Rib Soup

Bak Kwa Fried Rice

Sago Gula Melaka

Salted Duck with Tofu Soup 咸菜鸭豆腐汤

Steamed Chinese Rice Cake (Bai Tang Gao) 白糖糕

Kimchi Pancake

Osmanthus Wolfberries Water Chestnut Cake 桂花枸杞马蹄糕

Steamed Peanuts

Black Glutinous Rice (Bubur Pulut Hitam) Dessert

Lemper Udang (Spicy Shrimp in Glutinous Rice Roll)

Creamy Non-Cream Japanese Corn Soup

Kiddo Hut’s Braised Peanuts

Wok-cooked Char Siu / BBQ Pork

Japanese Egg Pudding (Purin)

Steamed Big Meat Bun / Pau 黑胡椒肉包

Melon Sago Dessert (蜜瓜西米露)

Diabetic Ang Ku Kueh / Red tortoise cake

Cheng Tng (清汤)

Snow Cake (云片糕 / 书册糕)

Naturally Coloured Glutinous Rice Balls 七彩汤圆

Beetroot and Pandan Lapis Sagu

Jiu Fen Taro & Sweet Potato Balls 九份芋圆地瓜圆

Black Vinegar Pig Trotter with Ginger 猪脚薑醋

Steamed Egg Cake 鸡蛋糕

Lemongrass Ice Jelly with Aloe Vera and Lime

Lapis Sagu 九层糕

Pumpkin Fried Rice

Meat & Broccoli Patties

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup 红薯姜汤

Green Bean Cake 绿豆糕

Sugarcane Water Chestnut Barley drink

Fan Choy (饭菜)

Red Ruby with Gula Melaka

Double-boiled Snow Fungus with Papaya 木瓜炖雪耳

Teochew Granny’s Cake / Soft Cake 老嬷糕

Ginger Milk Curd 薑汁撞奶

Red Bean Lotus Seed Soup

Braised Pork Belly Bun (Kong-Bak-Pau)

Teochew Orh-Nee (Yam Paste) 潮州芋泥

Osmanthus Jelly(桂花糕)

Steamed Pumpkin Bun / Man Tou (南瓜馒头)

Steamed Yam Cake / Orh Kueh for Tots

Steamed Yam Cake / Orh Kueh (芋头糕)

Assorted Agar Agar for Kids

Kueh Dadar

Steamed Water Chestnut Cake (蒸马蹄糕)

Oozing Ondeh-Ondeh

Steamed Tapioca Cake

Chinese Hawthorn Malt Drink

Mooncake Agar Agar

Double-Boiled Pear

Snow Fungus Red Dates Dessert

Mango Pomelo Sago Dessert (杨枝甘露)

Tau Suan with Sago

Steamed Pumpkin Mushroom Kueh / Cake

Fish and Papaya Soup

Muah Chee

Pandan Juice


Horlicks Cupcake with Horlicks Cream

Japanese Cotton Cheesecake (Steamed) with Lemon Curd

Steamed Chocolate Cake 蒸巧克力蛋糕

Steamed Pandan Kaya Layered Cake

Steamed Corn Cupcakes

Non-Bake Orange Tofu Cheesecake

Steamed Honey Cheese Cake / Cupcake

Steamed Orange Cake / Cupcake (Gluten-Free)

Steamed Milk Rice Cake

Savoury Crepe with Soya Sauce Chicken

Steamed Milk Cake

Traffic-Lights Steamed Cupcakes