Not a Tom Yum Soup :)

A recipe suitable for the lazy cold nights. Influenced by my tom yum loving colleague :)

I wanted something that’s light, warm and easy to do. Opened my fridge and found lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, sliced octopus, lime, and salted shrimps (they’re tiny shrimps, preserved in salt in a jar), along with some other stuff.. so I decided to do a “not a tom yum” soup.


  1. 2 Lemon Grass sticks
  2. Seafood. either chopped up fish fillets or shrimps. I used octopus.
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Roasted Bell Pepper Sandwich/Salad.

It’s been one lazy month :). Sorry I haven’t been posting new recipes. I’ve been a bit busy with projects and I literally have no time to invent new dishes. but I’ve been cooking :)

All the dishes I’m going to post from today and up until I adjust to my new routine, are going to be easy, simple and suitable for any busy life.

Today is Sandwich/Salad day.

All you need is the following:

  1. Roasted Bell Peppers
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Grilled Fish Wrapped with Vine Leaves.

A Quick post.

I think my seafood phase is finally over. This is the last thing I tried out.

just like the grilled fish wrapped in banana leaf. vine leaves locks in the moisture and gives a really nice flavor. Very yummy :)

I know it looks weird and if you’re not the experimental type, don’t try it. but it’s really good :). You just need to unwrap the fish and eat the flesh :)


  1. Sardines is my number 1 choice. If you can’t find any fresh Sardines, try any other small fish.
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Crab Egg Roll with Dipping Sauces.





Some say egg rolls, some say spring rolls. Based on research, rice based sheets are called spring rolls and the flour based sheets that I’m using for this recipe are called egg rolls. I used Americana’s spring roll sheets… it’s flour based so I’m confused heh..  let’s just say it’s a roll and leave it at that :)

OK, let’s start!

those egg rolls are sauteed with less than 1 tbs of olive oil and the rest of the ingredients are fat free, then its brushed with olive oil and baked in the oven until it’s crispy and delicious. To retain some of the moisture, we are serving them with two different types of sauces.



  1. 12 Crab sticks
  2. 1 TBS light mayo (optional, its 10 calories per tbs and doesn’t contain any trans fat)
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Chili Oil


Having a decent chili oil in the kitchen comes very handy sometimes. It revives most meals.. just imagine adding this oil to a plain pasta with Garlic and basil, or sauteing veggies with it or even drizzling it over labnah. yumm! excellent with meals and as dipping oil as well.


  1. Olive oil
  2. Fresh red chili peppers
  3. Garlic
  4. A pinch of Parsley
  5. A pinch of Coarse salt
  6. A pinch of Black Pepper
  7. A pinch of Paprika


There are two ways to make this oil. You can either heat the oil and add crushed chili peppers along with everything else I mentioned then pour it in the bottle, or soak chili and spices with olive oil for 2 weeks without any type of heat.

This time, I used fresh chili, whole garlic and chopped garlic, sea salt, dried parsley, and paprika. it smells great! it’s the first time I ever use fresh chili peppers, so I don’t really know the shelf life of it. but I’ll let you know if it gets spoiled or not.

Can’t wait to use it :)

One very important tip: when dealing with fresh chili, USE GLOVES. The oil and juice gets stuck in your hands and burn them.

Bon Appetit!


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