Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Seven Posts

I was tagged by the lovely Tina from Pinay in Texas to do this 7 posts thing, quite a few weeks ago actually. In fact, lots of people have been doing this tag thing these few weeks, and I've been having lots of fun reading everyone's old entries, so much so that I decided to stop being lazy and start choosing my top seven.

1. The most beautiful post
Sourdough Crepes with Caramelised Peaches in Ginger Syrup
There is something about a peach, that fuzzy exterior which just begs to be stroked, and that bright yellow soft and juicy flesh inside... (read more)

2. The most popular post
Masala Kheema Shepherd's Pie
How can you not love a good shepherd's pie, be it Irish or English, or Indian in this case? You can't go wrong with buttery parmesan mashed potatoes and minced meat that's coated with rich savoury gravy, but add to that the piquant flavour and aroma of spices... (read more)

3. The most controversial post
(Well, it's not necessarily controversial, but many people seem to be put off by the idea of eating feet and trotters. On the other hand, I think "cheap, great for your skin, and delicious".)
Stewed Pork Trotters in Sweet Vinegar
I thought of this Chinese pork trotter stew. It's favoured by all Chinese mothers during the confinement period because it's incredibly nourishing and soooo yummy. I love this so much I once famously said "I don't mind being pregnant just to eat all these"... (read more)

4. The most helpful post
Secrets to a Chinese Stirfry
A good Chinese stir-fry is not that easy. Even with the exact same ingredients and recipe, my stir-fry can never match up to that of my favourite tze char stalls in Singapore. But no harm trying, so here's the research compiled from surfing a lot of forums, watching a lot of Youtube videos, googling a lot of master chefs, and quizzing my mum... (read more)

5. The post that was surprisingly successful
Panfried Prawns with Glass Noodles in Thai Basil and Coriander Pesto
The next bit about this very special pesto that's sure to send the Italian mamas reeling again, is that I didn't use Parmesan, heck I didn't use any cheese at all! To keep to the Thai theme, I used fermented soybean paste to provide the savoury factor, and used toasted crushed peanuts instead of pine nuts... (read more)

6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved
Gamjatang (Korean Pork Bone Soup)
I thought it was almost spring season (well, at least according to the high street shops), but no winter refuses to budge and it got really cold in London last weekend. What better than a warming bowl of slow-cooked broth, with that bit of spice and asian flavour to remind me of home... (read more)

7. The post I'm most proud of
Sourdough Fettucine with Walnut Basil Pesto and "Sun-dried" Cherry Tomatoes
Pasta, pesto and sun-dried tomatoes- nothing special that you can put together with things you can easily get from a supermarket right? Not really, I'm most proud of this, because I made all the components- the sourdough pasta, the walnut basil pesto, and the slow-dried cherry tomatoes- by myself... (read more)

Phew that was difficult. I hate choosing. I'm surprised (but very happily surprised) at the number of posts I've accumulated over these past 9 months. And now I'm going to make 6 other bloggers' life difficult too (: It's supposed to be 5, but I'm very indecisive and again, I hate choosing. Anyway no pressure, do it if/when you want to!

Nessie from Baking= Love because she's a student like me but her food looks right at home in a posh patissiere.
Mary from Barefeet in the Kitchen because she's into natural, whole, fresh foods, made with love.
Stephen from The Obsessive Chef because he's amazing and he's been blogging since 2008!
Dom from Belleau Kitchen because I honestly would love to see his top 7.
Maya from Foodiva because she's got the most creative recipes I've ever seen.
Wendy from Table for 2 or more because her food reminds me of my mum's.


  1. what a great post... i've loved these posts recently as they really do open the doors to the bloggers thoughts of themselves... thanks for nominating me, that's very sweet... and gives me something to do whilst I wait for my kitchen to be finished!

  2. I'm flattered to be nominated. However I have been unwell the last week and don't think I can do this right now. Someone else out there nominate be later on.

  3. Beautiful, all! Congrats on being able to honestly review all your work and analyze and choose the best of the best ...

  4. Shu Han, you are such a talented cook!! Definitely have experience in the kitchen well beyond your years. Your future kids are sure as hell gonna be the luckiest and most well fed kids in the neighbourhood haha!

    I HAVE to try your masala sheppard's pie -- ingenious! And also your vinegar pork since pork legs are cheap in Australia. So glad I came across your blog thanks for the good stuff you've got going on here! Keep it up! =)

  5. I'm glad you took the 7 Links Challenge, Shu Han! What an amazing line up you have there...but I must say, your Masala Kheema Shepherd's Pie and Gamjatang are the two that I love most!

  6. Wow, that shepherd's pie looks incredible. And the glass noodles with the prawns, and the crepes! Oh my. I'm off to look through all of these posts. Gorgeous photos, Shu Han.

    Thanks for nominating me. I think I'm finally going to do this! I'll work on it this weekend. Have a wonderful rest of your day!

  7. Hi Shu Han! This is my very first time visiting your blog and it was a perfect summary of what is your blog about. Your blog is amazing! With all these beautiful pictures and delicious recipes...I really enjoyed reading several of your old posts already. Today I learned so much about Chinese Stir-fry, and that was a really good read! Nice to meet you!

  8. This so great! Thanks for sharing your work :)

  9. What a great way to reflect on the work that you've done and recipes made. That pasta looks just incredible! It's inspired me to flip back through some of your older posts.

  10. dom: thanks! I can't wait to see your seven;)

    stephen: don't worry, you don't have to do it now! i took forever to do it, and even if you decide not to do it at all, it's okay(: i'll just click through all your archives heh?

    susan: thanks, it took me forever though!

    tina: yay, the gamjatang really should have gotten more attention ):

    mary: thanks, hope you try enjoy reading them! can't wait to see your seven!

    nami: thanks for visiting my blog! i'm glad you found it helpful, hope you keep checking back(:

    emily: thanks emily, it was a lot of fun on my part too!

    katherine: thank you, yay, I'm glad it got you to visit my old archives (:

  11. Looks good and I commend your sense of enthusiasm to recreate the tze char with your own stir fry, looks like some great wrist action there! Well done!

  12. i am salivating at your most controversial post...man...im sure that'd go great with a bowl of rice right now...!!
    your sourdough crepe looks paper thin too...like its from a fancy cafe :)

  13. Shu Han, I just wanted to say thank you so much for tagging me. I'd been tagged earlier and while I was compiling my list, I got tagged some more by others, you included! Maybe I should just do another 7-links post just to satisfy my narcissistic side. Haha... :-) I really enjoyed reading yours here, especially the one about the Indian-flavored shepherd's pie!

  14. chopin-: the fire kind of scared me at first to be honest..

    viv: thanks, haha i bet there are quite a few people who have quite the opposite reaction to pork trotters though!

    maya: no problem, haha I really enjoyed seeing your 7 posts, heh definitely wouldn't say no to more ;)

  15. sorry for the delay, I've arranged for this to be posted on the coming friday :)