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15.7.14

ABC Soup

ABC Soup

The weather in Singapore is quite cranky these days - for a moment it can be blazing hot, then the next moment it can be raining cats and dogs. Coupled with the feasting of heaty fruits like durian (because it is the durian season now), we will definitely need something nutritious to keep ourselves healthy!

So today I'm sharing this easy, nutritious and tasty soup that I drink growing up - the ABC soup!

Why call it the ABC soup?

One reason may be because making it is as easy as ABC - just dump everything in a pot and cook together! Another reason could be because it contains vitamins A (carrot), B6 and C (onion and potato).

ABC Soup

I love this one-pot soup because it contains meat, vegetables and carbohydrates - the potatoes are enough to fill me! I'm sharing my mom's version today, which consists of only 4 key ingredients - pork ribs, potatoes, carrots and onions. I've seen other recipes that have corn, tomatoes etc added inside but because we don't like to eat them when we were young, so in order not to waste food, my mom didn't bother adding them in. You can of course add them in if you have these vegetables at home!

I've seen quite a few foodies sharing their version of ABC soup for Little Thumbs Up - what's your version? :)

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1) Boil the pork ribs in some water.
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2) The scum and dirt and everything gross will be out!
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3) Rinse and place in a new pot of clean water.
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4) Chop some vegetables while water comes to a boil.
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5) When water has boiled, add in onion.
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6) And carrot and potatoes!
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Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Serve!

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I'm submitting this to Little Thumbs Up (July 2014 Event: Potato) - organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by me! Do hop over HERE to see the linkup!

8.7.14

Baked Truffle Fries

Baked Truffle Fries

French fries are probably one of the best food invention ever. These little evil strips, usually deep-fried, are so unexplainably addictive that I can finish a huge plate of them in one sitting! And then I will regret for the next few weeks because of their high fat content. But I will succumb to temptation and devour a whole plate again, then regret... and the cycle continues...

My mom don't really like me frying up a storm at home (because of the mess I always make), so one of the first few recipes I made after getting my oven (more than 10 years old now and still working!) is baked fries. I started with frozen fries - shoestring, crinkle, criss cut before trying my hand to bake them from scratch. I've tried quite a few recipes before finding my favourite, which involves par-boiling the potatoes then baking them in the oven.

Par-boiling the potatoes first will help to cut short the cooking time, and ensure the potatoes don't dry out too much during baking. Baking fries uses a lot lesser oil so it's healthier, so I feel a lot less guilty when eating them!

Baked Truffle Fries

Today I'm sharing a truffle fries recipe because truffle fries is one of the most popular café food here in Singapore. I try not to order truffle fries when I'm out because they are always so ridiculously expensive! I haven't had the luxury to savour real truffles, so I can't say if the bottle of truffle oil is truly authentic. But looking at the bottle of truffle oil that I got for only $14, hmm...

But in any case, should you manage to get your hands on some good quality truffle oil, do try making your fries at home! A bottle of truffle oil can last pretty long as a little goes a long way. If you are really lazy, try it on frozen fries - I have tried before and the results weren't too bad!

Here are the step-by-step photos!

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1) Slice potatoes into 1 to 1.5-cm thickness
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2) Then into strips.
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3) Place the potatoes in a pot of water.
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4) Add in salt to taste.
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5) Par-boil until slightly softened.
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6) Add in oil and pepper.
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7) Roughen up the sides then pour on a baking tray.
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8) Bake until crisp and golden-brown.
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9) Season with salt.
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10) Followed by truffle oil.
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And serve!

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I'm submitting this to Little Thumbs Up (July 2014 Event: Potato) - organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Mui Mui (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by me! Do hop over HERE to see the linkup!


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