Sunday, 30 March 2014

Oh hello again

It's been 2 months.

I will break tradition and not start the post with a 'sorry', but a thank you for whoever still checks in. I know I've been slow on the blog front, but I hope I've not let anyone down because there's been no lack of food in the crazy past couple of months.

1. Please check out my new site! I finally got it up and it explains all of my multi-split-personalites and shows all the random work I do and am proud of.  There's also a black box that lists 3 things I'm up to lately- anything from magazine features to new popups or workshops. (The blog's still here though).



2. I've been 4 years slow in this but I now have a mailing list and it would be nice if you signed up. There will be updates beyond what's on the blog. No spam I promise, just news about fun projects or events I'm starting or doing. Possibly news about extra food that needs a hungry tummy to help clear. (Yeah I'm totally just pimping this mailing list out.)

... sign up.



3. Photos. Where I left off last week, I was about to host a fermentation workshop at NONG, the space on top of Chinatown where Asia's largest rooftop farm is going to happen. I thought it went brilliantly, thank you for coming if you came. There are some photos up on the Facebook page. And I took the chance to upload a whole bunch of photos from my past events at Carpenter & Cook and Street Feast London. Only a few months late, of course.


(photos by Michelle Tng Ying)


4. On the design front, my work is getting a bit of attention, hurrah. (My work are all edible-themed– ha! surprise!– so I figured you readers might be interested.) My Noodles project was displayed alongside other local designs at this year's Singapore Day in London. My Kueh and Mee prints and tote bags are now sold at a few places in Singapore, one of them being the oh-so-hip Naiise. They did an interview with me a few weeks ago for anyone keen on finding out more about life as a broke designer/ cook. Ah, and it's also somewhere in the April issue of Home & Decor magazine, which is pretty huge stuff in Singapore, double hurrah.




5. I've been travelling, again, this time to BaliMore sun, yoga, and veggies. I've had too many crazy tropical smoothies and gado gado– blanched vegetables with some sort of amazing handmade peanut sauce (and by handmade, I mean she actually grinds the roasted peanuts in a mortar and pestle, adding water and seasoning as she goes along– for every order she gets) and fried prawn crackers. Time to start exploring peanut sauces beyond my favourite Singapore satay peanut sauce.



6. I've been cooking, a lot (despite the lack of news on the blog front). I have been arm-twisted into a fair number of cook-offs and bake-offs. I have also been spending a fair bit of time tailing Mum in the kitchen. Here is a teaser of my mum making her famous Ngoh Hiang, fried beancurd skin rolls stuffed with minced meat, prawns and water chestnuts. I have photos and recipes and notes and even videos, just waiting to be blogged. Please be patient and don't go away!


(watch till the end Mum is hilarious)

Oh, for a while back I also did a weekly food column for Honeycombers Asia, in collaboration with NONG, using the herbs from their garden. There are recipes for naughty Vietnamese noodle salads, mustard leaf pesto, and hibiscus agar jellies so you can go have a browse and hopefully forgive me for not having any recipe posts up lately.




That's it, a summary of the edible bits of the crazy past couple of months in Singapore. The next time I see you will likely be back in London– get ready for some seasonal cooking again :)


You can find out what I'm up to or salivate over more food photos in between my horrible blog schedule on
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33 comments:

  1. Shu Han, so glad to have news from you ! I will be having the upcoming ones right into my mailbox thanks to your new mailing list :) You know you make great advertising, don't you ?
    I have to thank you for your answer to my last comment, you're always so supporting !
    And so talented too, it's not surprising you get rewarded. Fingers crossed that everything keeps running smoothly for you, and see you... within 3 months ?! ;)

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    1. Thank you Helena that is so sweet of you! And YAY SOMEONE STILL READS!

      HEY come on, this time I promise it will be... within 1 month :p (already editing video clips)

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    2. Hey Shu, how can you imagine I would completely give up reading your blog even though I could just make it as often as you write here ! I was happy last day to drop by y chance in the right time and be able to leave a comment straightaway.

      And actually I think the longer you stay away, the more your readers are anxious to see your next post ;) and after all, real life is still better than blogging right (I haven't said it yet, BRAVO for your achievements !) ?
      But OF COURSE I look forward to reading from you more often, especially if edible bits are involved (with produces I can find around here ha...).

      Btw I tasted bitter gourd (sadly not in your soup) and... I can't deny it IS bitter (no brainwashing haha) but it isn't so bitter that I can't appreciate it, in spite of the fact I'm not comfortable at all with bitterness - so thanks for urging me to try ! Next time I want to make that fish soup (which I bet is really the perfect one) !!

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    3. Oh and I just took a look at your hibiscus agar jellies, and.... they're simply awesome !! Would you send me a pot of hibiscus so that I can make them ?! :p

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  2. Hi, Shu Han, it's such a pleasure to see you back again! I missed your posts and beautiful unique illustrations so much... It seems you have been busy all this time, collecting successful events one after another! Congratulations for all the joyful achievements! I'm looking forward to reading your new recipes and am happily subscribing of course!

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    1. Yay thanks for subscribing Sissi, and I promise you more illustrations and recipes will be coming your way. It has been crazy busy and I wish I had more time to devote to the blog and to reading all my favourite blogs– lots of catching up to do!!

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  3. Congratulations on the new site and welcome back, Shu Han.

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    1. Thank you Angie, it's nice to be back and to see that people still read :D

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  4. IT sounds like you've been having a great time and keeping busy. Congratulations on everything you've achieved recently.

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    1. Thank you!! It's been busy, and a lot of fun too! But I'm def back and hopefully devoting a bit more time to this blog :)

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  5. Oh, to be young and active and full of energy! You are good for my soul, young lady!

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    1. Aw susan! You are never too old :D

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  6. Nice looking site! Good work all the way around!!

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  7. That Vietnamese noodle salad looks very very good - and I love that plate... pretttttyyyyyy!

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    1. Thank you! I love that plate too! I go mad for plates and this one caught my eye instantly! It was on loan from the folks at Naiise, by a local designer :)

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  8. Good to have you back Shu :) looks like you've been having a busy/fun time away. The new site looks fantastic and I'm all signed up to your mailing list. Looking forward to those updates. Keep up the exciting work!

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    1. Yay! Thank you Caz!! It's been madness but I hope I'll have more stuff up more often soon :p

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  9. Oh hai! Nice to know you haven't completely vanished! Good to see you again... seems like you've been having fun and keeping busy. Must say I'm a bit jealous... crazy loads of stuff to do here! Hope you're keeping well :)

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    1. Hello dear Charles :p I'm not going away!! I'm well and I hope you and baby Willy and the lovely missus is well too!

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  10. We've all been there, lol, no one's perfect...we do fall into those lousy blog schedules (hehe, I can't deny that on my own part too) :-P Looks like you've had a pretty good time too; filling all those time away from blogs with so many interesting things to do that it is definitely excusable ;-)
    Loved the way your site looked, will check it out definitely :-D

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  11. Welcome back girl! Congrats on your new website :)

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  12. Shuuu, just by keeping up to date via instagram is enough to let me know you're up to incredible adventures! You are such an inspiration, what with blogging beautiful recipes/photos, to setting up workshops and pop up stands and fitting a good dose of travelling in between. You're going far giiiirl! Keep it up!!

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  13. hello lady! i am loving the new site and have been enjoying (albeit with a little envy) your trotting and escapades. so pleased for all the wonderful new developments in your work. it is a pity london is missing out on you. much love, x

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  14. Wow so many updates!!! And amazing ones at that. Congrats on everything :) Love your new site too.

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  15. congrats on all your deserved success

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  16. Lovely to hear an update from you! You've definitely got better excuses than I have for being quiet on the blog front :P hoping that you have some events in London like you did in Singapore! Congrats on all of your success! :)

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  17. So exciting to read ALL the amazing things happening in your life girl, that's fantastic. I'm following you on instagram (I JUST got on instagram..hahaha) - your travel pictures are gorgeous and leave me with a slight pang of envy. I've yet to cook a whole fish soup the way you do, but you still inspire me with every post/recipe xox

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  18. Hi Shu Han, excellent posting. Congrat to all your achievement. Keep up the good job. Love your great sense of humour.

    Best regards.

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