The Occasional Cook

~Pottering about in my Pink Kitchen

Garlic Noodles (Spaghetti) — September 30, 2017

Garlic Noodles (Spaghetti)

There’s apparently some famous garlic noodle dish in San Francisco by a Vietnamese family restaurant. Today I decide to make one, though with spaghetti, after quickly browsing through a few youtubers recipes.

Here’s my take on this garlicky carb laden meal.

Brown butter, like a whole lot then add like a tablespooon of minced garlic. Add a bit of oil to stop the garlic from burning.

Add a whole lot of garlic powder, some chicken powder and oyster sauce. Mix mix mix.

Add the spaghetti and then like a cup of grated parmesan cheese.

Mix mix mix. Add a handful of fried garlic slices. These I bought from the market. It’s easily available in my Little Red Dot.

And voila! I think my picture is upside down but the taste ain’t! Oh, don’t forget to season with some sea salt!

Delicious eaten hot. Enough carbs for today, though.

The Malayan Council — September 25, 2017

The Malayan Council

I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking first. So last Friday my friends and I went to a new place to eat. We had the supposedly best dish of 2016 – the beef rib rendang with roti kirai (malay lacey pancakes). This is really a winner but at 39 dollars a plate, it doesn’t come cheap. The meat is not only fall off the bone but fork tender and in soft strands. The other dish, a paella sotong masak hitam (squid ink) wasn’t great. One day I really have to see my Mama cook this squid ink Malay dish but this cafe’s version isn’t awesome. The drink, a sangria was nice but the cakes were awesome! The ondeh- ondeh cake was moist and fluffy and gula Melaka crunchy.

It’s fusion Malay meets Western fare at its best, though. Compared to other fusion eateries, this has got to be the better ones.

Pizza! — September 16, 2017


Last week I used the Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook to make fresh pizza dough. And it was easy peasy! Just add two cups of plain flour and salt to the bowl. Ten minutes earlier I ha dissolved a packet of yeast to a glass of lukewarm water and honey. So bubbly and foamy, add that water mixture and olive oil to the flour mix and beat away! After two minutes, add more water till a nice soft dough is formed. As it’s my first time making fresh pizza dough with a mixer, I must say that the beating process in the machine makes for a very very very nice soft elastic dough. And then just let it rest for an hour till it rises before rolling and baking. Yummy pizza πŸ•

Fat Papas — September 9, 2017

Fat Papas

Burgers! Sheikh Haikel, a local celebrity here teamed up with the original Fatboy Burgers in Singapore for a haal version called Fat Papas! Coz you know, he ain’t no boy anymore and he is a Papa of three lovely kids. Whatever it is, we are so glad he did this because the burgers are goooood!

We tried the wimpy burger, and the mushroom one.

We are so coming back to try out the other burgers.

Hararu Izakaya — September 4, 2017

Hararu Izakaya


I finally got to try this halal izakaya one day after work. The selection was not extensive but we ordered enough to try out the not sp common dishes.

Our first dish was the fried oysters. While good, I did notice that the oysters were not huge ones. In fact, they were quite tiny. We had the grilled chicken hearts and grilled steak. Both were good, especially the beef. Juicy and flavourful, you can actually eat one whole plate without sharing. The salmon was beautifully done. Moist and flavourful though a tad on the salty side. There was also a bowl of clam soup not featured here.

Overall, it was OK but because it is on the pricey side, I’d come here again when I feel richer. 😁


TFF Chicken Rice — July 30, 2017

TFF Chicken Rice

Singapore's national dish of the people's choice. Haha. When you get really good halal chicken rice, you hardly go anywhere else. Fragrant oily chickeny goodness. And you know it's gotta be good when there's not only a long queue for it but there are non-Muslims Chinese in the queue. Yup, this place is the bomb for us! Many likes!

Kebab Station —

Kebab Station

We love our Turkish breads. Our favourite place at Changi Village moved to Parkland Green at East Coast.

We got their breads, dips and a mixed grill. Flavourful and light, it's perfect for lunch.

Macdonalds: Nasi Lemak Burger — July 14, 2017
Kabsah…sorta… — July 9, 2017


Today I made arabic rice. If the lemon rice was a tad salty, this rice was a tad bland. Man, how I loathe salting. It’s so hard to get it right!

And if yesterday I used Chef Wan’s recipe, today I used Chef Ammar’s spice mix. The mix is really fragrant!

I had a rack of lamb that had to be cleaned off and hence the little bits of meat were added to the rice mix for that added flavour. 

The only thing that would make this dish from normal to stellar would benif I ahd smoked the rice. I will need to buy instant charcoal pieces for this method. 

Overall, I think I did fairly OK with this dish. Will make it again, smoked next time. πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³

Lemon Rice and Friends —

Lemon Rice and Friends

On Saturday I invited famuly over and made some form of lemon rice…but not quite.

I wanted to follow Chef Wan’s recipe but as usual, didn’t follow to the T. So, no, I didn’t add any lemon juice nor mint but I added the zest of a lemon and saffron. The colour was perfectly golden, but alas, I was slightly enthusiastic in shaking the salt bottle and hence the rice was slightly salty.

The other sides I made was my rosemary garlic wings, capsicum in olive oil and The Girl made her tzatziki sauce. 

OK so the pictures came out backwards but if you’re a cook, no matter how occasional it is, you’d know that the last picture above comes first. πŸ˜‚

I’ll definitely make the rice again, if I have the chance with guests. The brilliance of the yellow and the all the little trimmings make this party perfect. Give it a go! And add the saffron! ☺️