Happy 2012 to you!

Grilled Ikan Selar (Yellowtail scad)

And here we go again. Yet another year, another set of 365 days of feasting, playing, working and bonding to be done.

I am buzzing with excitement, just thinking about all the cooking, baking, travelling, eating, exercising (yes i am going to resume muay thai!) I plan to do in 2012.

2011 was a splendid year for me, solely because of my wonderful family and friends. Work-wise, I got many opportunities and love-wise, I’m content. You won’t hear me complaining about 2011. Life is what you make of it. If you are given apples, make apple pie, if you are given curry leaves, make some curry!

Every year, I find myself enjoying a quieter New Year’s Eve and this year is no exception.

My colleague invited me to her home for a home-cooked meal and to usher in the New Year. She cooked seven dishes in total. I enjoyed every morsel very much. Spicy, just the way I like it.

I snapped some photos to share the joy 🙂 Enjoy!

Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken. Very tasty.

Quail egg sambal

Quail egg sambal. I like quail egg sambal alot and my colleague’s version is fantastic.

Spicy Okra

Square beans with chilli. It was excellent. Slightly crunchy, with the right amount of chillies.

Stir-fried Black Pepper Beef

This is black pepper beef. Again, very very spicy!

Sambal Sotong

Sambal sotong.

Assam Pedas

Udang masak nanas. My goodness, this is the spiciest of the lot. But I have a high tolerance for spice 😉

My portion. I had two servings!

This is my portion 🙂 And only the first helping. I had seconds. Yes I am an unabashed eater. I like, I take more. Thank you Shen, for cooking for us. Really sweet of you.

My colleagues and I

Me and my colleagues. The lovely cook is the one in green, beside me. Her house is gorgeous. I had to take more pictures….


Her musical carousel is so quaint. Love it.


She also has many Santa Claus decorations around the house! My Christmas spirit is reignited. I don’t care if it is Chinese New Year in less than 4 weeks. I am still in a Christmas mood.

And now, I will enjoy the rest of today, and tomorrow before finally returning to the first work week of 2012.

To all my dear readers – thank you for your support all these years. This little blog of mine turns 7 this year. How fast time flies indeed. I will be posting more and cooking more for sure. You are in for a treat. Especially if you want to learn more about Peranakan food. I am embarking on a mission. A serious mission to master all my Dad’s Peranakan recipes so I can pass them on to my own children in future.

Till then, take care and be safe!

Posted on 1st Jan 2012 in New Year


There Are 12 Comments


whatsaysyou commented on February 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

Wow, yummy Peranakan food. It is awesome that your dad has the recipes. What about Peranakan dessert?


Jim commented on February 8, 2012 at 11:47 am

Congrats on 7 years!!

I saw some squid in one of those dishes – YUM!!

It all looked great –



Cheryl commented on February 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

@whatsaysyou: My dad hardly does dessert. But I aim to master them anyway! Slowly but surely 🙂

@Jim: Thanks! Yes – that’s squid cooked in sambal (sambal is a chilli base sauce http://www.epicurious.com/tools/fooddictionary/entry?id=4395). Peranakan food is awesome 🙂


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ñïñ çà èíôó!…


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Gene commented on August 22, 2014 at 6:48 pm


спс за инфу!…


Michael commented on August 23, 2014 at 7:14 am


спасибо за инфу….


Marion commented on August 24, 2014 at 7:21 am


tnx for info….


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