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finally, a fruit salad to love about


Times are getting awesome, I snatched a great deal - a tray of kiwi berries from New Zealand for three bucks. I don't know if that makes me stupid, but I still think it's a great deal compared to the silly tray of raspberries beside that goes for eight bucks. These little soldiers are sweeter and slightly more fibrous that their adult brothers.


Due to the bloody brilliant weather in Singapore, I felt like I was about to get a heat stroke in an air conditioned room. But it's okay because I've decided to make a fruit salad for myself. Yep. It's one of those super classified survival tips many people fail to understand. Fruit salad saves lives.


I'm not going to post a recipe today, it's only going to be descriptions, because this is supposed to save lives. Let's get focused, alright?

What you see above is fresh passion fruit pulp. Mine's a little on the ripe side, it's way too sweet. So I added some extra virgin olive oil and a hint of salt. The olive oil is for fun and the salt is for rehydration. I mixed them up good.


Then I wanted to have some more fun. Survival should be all about fun, by the way. If you haven't already know, that is. So I made some grilled banana scallops!

They just look right and taste right. If you're dying, well, they make you feel happier before you do, so this is essential I guess.

I sliced them into nice little coins, drizzled a little Grand Marnier and because I don't have a blow torch, I popped it into a toaster. Works pretty damn good.


I chopped up some apples and added them with the kiwi berries, grilled banana scallops, some toasted pine nuts. It was finished with the passion fruit kinda vinaigrette. Mmmmm.. Freakin' awesome =D
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special encounter: kitchen spartan of gung-ho tribe, jon lee


We have a very special guest to present us a meal today. Armed with the formidable lost ancient art of Chi Chopping(chopping food with hands), Jon Lee is here to contribute some of his ingenious recipes for theCurryPop.


As you can see, there are no chopping boards or knives in the kitchen. All the food items are chopped with Qi Gong. Sometimes, Chi Chopping can be very dangerous as the powers are generated from the energy of deep refined thoughts. Jon Lee must wear a protective head gear at all times, just in case wrong thoughts are generated and things around get chopped up for nothing.


What you see above is a process called magical marinating. This involves marinating meat with a sacred concoction of condiments and spices. This here is chicken, it is marinated with concoction theta(revealed below) and then reinforced with positive thoughts for the greatest flavor.

It is now time to reveal the sacred recipe.

Recipe: Flying Chicken Laughing Mongoose, The Epiphany of the Two Dragons, the Lotus Blossoms. (chicken stewed in wine)

serves 4

5 cloves of Garlic, chopped
a thumb of Ginger, chopped
1 med Yellow Onion, sliced
1 med Potato, diced
500g boneless chicken leg, sliced
1 tbsp Cornstarch, mixed in a little cold water
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 cup Shao Xing Wine
1 cup Chinese Rice Wine
1 tsp Light Soy
1 tbsp Dark Soy
1 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Chicken Broth
1 tbsp X.O sauce
1 tsp White Pepper

1. Marinate the Chicken - "Concoction Theta." In a bowl add: chicken, cornstarch, oyster sauce, two wines, light and dark soy, sugar and white pepper. Marinate for at least 20 mins.


2. Saute garlic, ginger and onions until garlic turns golden brown.


3. Add X.O sauce and saute for further 5 mins.


4. Add in potatoes and chicken broth. Cook potatoes till tender.


5. Add in marinated chicken and cook for 5 more minutes.


6. Transfer to a pot and bring to boil. Simmer covered for 15-20 minutes. DO NOT PEEK!

It was time for "shek-fan" (eat rice), hence there is no time for a good photo.
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the way of the pastalord

Tip number one:

Use garlic like there are vampires in your house.


Don't hesitate. Just add some more garlic. On average, I add about 1-2 cloves of garlic per serving of tomato based sauce. Choose one: mince or crush. Mince them well so they melt into the sauce like eternal bliss. Crush them throw them into the sauce let the flavors all come out then throw it away before serving. Don't do roughly chopped garlic, it's a waste of time.

Tip number two:
Pasta is cooked with love and not from impulsive urges of arousing inspiration.


Cook pasta in boiling water. Boiling. That means lots of excited bubbles and steam. If you throw in your pasta and the water stops boiling, you fail. Make sure your water is well salted. The water should taste almost like sea water. Cook your pasta for the amount of time indicated by the packet instructions minus 3-4 mins. Don't worry if it's under cooked, you will cook it again in sauce. Always allow pasta to steam dry before cooking in sauce. You want the sauce to coat it evenly.

Tip number three:
Use some science.


What you want from a good pasta sauce is nothing but good flavor. The sauce I prepared is still diluted. Diluted = bland, because there is too much liquid. We need to get rid of the water! Always reduce your tomato based sauce.


Here you see the very concentrated sauce. It is important you do not season the sauce until you are about to serve the pasta. Once we get the reduced sauce, it is time to maximize its flavor. We add fat to emulsify. The flavors intensify and become vibrant. I use extra virgin olive oil for the fat because it just tastes great.


Mix the fat into the reduced sauce over medium heat and stir until they emulsify. Taste and now is the right time to season.

Tip number four:
Keep your herbs alive.


Most of the times, herbs are essential if you want to make a good sauce. Here I have some basil. If you put your herbs into your sauce too early, they will wither and die. This is not only to the appearance of the herb but also to the flavor.

Add in herbs the last minute and stir for a minute or two. Time to add your pasta. Add herbs when you are about to finish your pasta in the sauce.


When finishing the pasta in the sauce, make sure to cook the pasta well and ensure that it isn't over cooked. The pasta should have a nice bite to it. That is what it means by the silly over used term, "AL DENTE".

Tip number five:
Chinese proverb: The cow's nipples are sore.


Sometimes, pasta is best appreciated without cheese. Never add cheese for the sake of adding cheese, because if so you're a pompous retard. =) Namaste.

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the superman supper


This apple and tuna salad of epic leftovers is a meal fit for a superman. This is because it's extremely fast to make and it contains protein, fiber, mono-saturated fats, vitamins and whole carbs - all the nice fancy things a superman would need.

I made this salad because I am dieting and because I wanted to use up some leftovers. I was hungry and had to make something up really quick. Didn't want to buy food from the 24 hour food court downstairs, it's making me sick, urhlgh. Little did I know, something awesome has been created!

apple and tuna salad of epic leftovers
- diced granny smith apple
- a can of tuna (I used ayam brand chilli tuna. It was in my cardboard)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
- chopped cilantro
- chopped scallions
- a little extra virgin olive oil
- black pepper
- leftover rice

Mix well and chill. Eat with gusto.
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apple soup for the soul


If you're sick and tired of the notion that chicken soup will remedy your cold then you're on the right page. Sometimes, just sometimes, chicken soup won't just do the trick. I mean yes it probably would to a certain extent, but there is still something lacking. Ugh, you might find it hard to figure what the heck is lacking, but don't worry I have done the research for you. It's apple soup. Yes, it very well could do the trick and you won't know it until you try it.


It's no secret really, I used apples because I find them full of vitamins and minerals, a slice of lemon because it's always refreshing, ginger because I sense a warm healing property when I eat them, cinnamon and spices for a little bit of zany fun and rock sugar because my grandma once told me it's better than normal sugar.

If you've ever watched the powerpuff girls, they will always tell you they are invincible because they made of "sugar, spice and everything nice." This is exactly what is happening in this soup, so yeah you also call it the powerpuff soup.

Maybe its the placebo effect and maybe its a divine hippie secret uncovered, but hey, it tastes nice and it feels nice so who cares? It's damn easy. You ought to try it someday.

The Recipe
Makes a liter.

2 Granny Smith Apples, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 thin slice of lemon
1/3 cup of rock sugar
1 tsp all spice
2 slices of ginger
1 liter of water

Dump them into a pot, bring to boil. Simmer covered for an hour. Strain and press out the juices from the apples. Serve hot or chilled.

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chick-ken marsala


One of my favorite things to eat for lunch on a sunny day is Chicken Marsala. Normally I'll have it with crispy salted fries because they bring me to another sexy universe when dipped in the Marsala sauce. But today, I can't be bothered to get messy frying potatoes, so I toasted some toast instead. Equally awesome, but really, who am I kidding, toasty toasts won't triumph sexy fries. Especially the crispy shoestring ones deep fried in duck fat. Fvck me. Could have gotten to Macdonald's to get some at least LOL.


I used chicken boobs today, they were nice and juicy. I would prefer marinated chicken legs though. Chicken boobs are great, but they have to be thoroughly massaged to tenderness. Slow and steady. Chicken legs well, they are tender already, you'd just need to cook them properly. If you're attempting to make this, use the legs, unless you like massaging chicken boobs for some reason LOL.

The Recipe
400g Chicken Breasts or Legs, deboned
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
3 small Shallots, chopped
150g White Button Mushrooms, sliced
1 cup Marsala/Sherry Wine
1.5 cups Chicken Stock
3 tbsp Cold Unsalted Butter
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

1. Season your chicken really well. On a hot pan, add a little olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter. Sear chicken for 5 mins and side, until nice and brown. Set aside on a plate.
2. In the same pan, saute shallots. Add a pinch of salt and Italian seasoning. Add mushrooms and another pinch of salt. Saute 5 mins until mushrooms starts to shrink.
3. Add Marsala and deglaze. Allow alcohol to evaporate. About 5-7 mins. Add chicken stock and simmer for 10-15 mins until sauce thickens. If it's still too watery, mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch into 2 tbsp of water and add it in.
4. Add in chicken and coat with sauce. Simmer for a further 5 mins. Turn off the heat and add in the remaining 2 tbsp of cold butter and stir it into the sauce. Season and serve with toasty toast or fries :D
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the best char siu fan


I've been busy lately, but today I made a point to post the all amazing char siu recipe I made last week. I've had my fair share of char siu in Singapore, but something is always lacking. I cannot be bothered to search for the char siu that will satisfy what I want, that is why I made it myself.

I am sharing with you this recipe now. You may love it, or you may not think it is the best, because opinions and tastebuds vary. But you will be surprised to find how easy this is to make, so hey, why not? Give it a try. If you like it, then stay tuned for more awesome recipes. Otherwise, stay tuned for new recipes that you might just like. It's a win win situation here, as long as you stay tuned :D.

To me, this is the best char siu recipe ever. It is succulent, sweet, savoury, fresh and I absolutely can't have just one slice. I go with a plate of hot steaming rice to mop up the sauces.

Without further ado,

The Recipe
500g Pork Tenderloin or Shoulder

1 clove of Garlic, crushed
2 slices of Ginger
1 tbsp of Chinese Rice Wine
3 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
3 tsp Kikoman Soy
3/4 cup of Sugar
a pinch of 5 Spice Powder
a pinch of White Pepper

Shiny Glaze:
Equal portions of Dark Sweet Soy Sauce, Honey and Vegetable Oil. I make about 2 tbsps of each.

1. Combine marinate ingredients in a ziplock bag and toss in your pork cuts. Shake well and marinate in the fridge. Overnight if possible or at least a few hours.

2. Wrap a baking tray with foil(unless you like it messy). Lay marinated pork cuts and bake in a 220C preheated oven for 15-20 mins. Remove from oven.


3. Apply glaze on the pork cuts and finish it off in a hot grill, hot toaster oven or feel free to brulee for a further 10-15mins until shiny.

4. Allow it to rest for 5-10mins, slice it up and serve with hot rice or noodles.
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