About


I grew up in a country and a house full of amazing food, but I never really had anything to do with creating that amazing food. Mummy, I can cook is the name of the original photo album where I posted pictures of my edible attempts at cooking back in that very first semester away from home, a way to assure my mum and myself I was surviving. I didn't shrivel away and die, but it was always about sustenance, sometimes a hit, sometimes (usually) a miss. 

Greed and hunger can drive people to do crazy things, like recipe test something 8 times until I get it right and threatening my aunt for her achar recipe. I now write about food (ha!), usually seasonal, British, yet Singaporean at the same time, influenced by the comforting flavours of home and my old weekend job managing the farmer's market to try to scrape enough cash for art school. I studied (so weird to use past tense) graphic design at Central Saint Martins, and about a year or so into blogging, decided to do something about the crap late-night photography and disgusting blogger template layouts on the blog (so if you come across something ugly in the archives, shut one eye).

I am now a grown-up, a graphic designer, and freelance food stylist and writer. Once a month, or whenever I've got too much energy, I put on a chef's apron and find myself hosting supperclubs and popups and workshops. Read more about the people I've worked with/ projects I've worked on/ places I've been featured on my main site.

Still not sure what I'm doing with my life and where this blog will take me, but hopefully it's somewhere crazy and wonderful all at once.

Please contact me if you have something crazy and wonderful up your sleeve.


The lovely Cook Your Soul magazine did an interview with me a while ago if you would like to find out more about me/ my food/ my work. 

36 comments:

  1. Since I am your first commenter, just wanna say that I 100% agree with you. I too think all foodies should start to think abit more when downing things. And be more knowledgeable and aware of what they are putting into their bodies.

    On a separate note I count calories haha, but it's not THAT much brainpower... you'd be surprised how much most of us are actually over-eating just based on our calorie load consumption. Especially if you lead a rather sedentary life, our body really doesn't really need that much. And you'll be further amazed by how many cals difference 1 tsp of olive oil and 2 tsps of olive oil can offer - yes even excessive amounts of olive oil is TERRIBLE. But I'll tell you more when you're back in the summer. haha.

    Wishing your blogging expedition all the best! Mine have not been very successful simply because I just can't lift my butt and fingers to update it. BUT i hope different for yours!

    Will be checkin in whenever I can.

    OWT
    jonny

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  2. jon.. don't be afraid! be afraid instead of the fat we can't see that those food manufacturers sneak in the form of transfat into the crisps and cereal ;)

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  3. Hi Shu Han,

    I'm a fellow Bodyrocker and got this link from Zuzana's website. Love all the food pics and your golden rule(s) :) I think we're pretty similar in terms of our food. I also have a personal/food blog..feel free to come by whenever you get a chance :)

    Jos

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  4. hi shuhan!

    lol, i guess, but still i try to stay away from too much of it... and haha, nope i no touchy the crisps and cereals and weird manufactured stuff if i can help it. (evil chips, evil biscuits, evil pre-cooked food, evil bakeries, evil...evil evil evil evil.) Partly also cos depending on ur diet? example, im focusing on a body fat reduction: but doesn't mean i'm starving myself.

    i'm still eating a substantial 5 manageable sized meals a day. and i do actually count calories in portions (it took damn long to get used to).. so my 5 meals add up should stay within my total cal intake for the day, and each meal is equally divided so i dont feel some sudden craving to snack on carbs during the day.

    well this is just something i personally subscribe to cos it makes me feel gd that i know exactly how much my body actually needs and how much i am actually taking. plus how much cals of each food group i am taking in... and at the end of each day i can gauge to myself if i've gone overboard, or eaten too little, or did just right. haha, i know a bit meticulous but yeah, so many diff aspects of diet (again i dont mean it in a let's eat a celery stick for lunch way) that ppl should be aware, read, try and stick to what suits them best. so far for me it i have seen some gd notable results haha... and get to enjoy some indulgences on special occasions like xmas and CNY without feeling like a glutton :D



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    Anyway, super loving all the interesting recipes and pictures that pop up every week! keep up the hard work jia you, ah-jah ah-jah!!

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  5. I'm loving your site! I am so glad you commented on my blog (www.DeliciousObsessions.com) so that I could find you! :)

    Can't wait to read more! Are you on Facebook or Twitter?

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  6. thanks jessica! no i'm not, not yet at least! you can follow my blog though (:

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  7. can relate to the blog name..n this article..loved the recipes..:-D..best thing is i could actually find most o'the ingredients in my kitchen..which is rare.i spend a lot o'time going through the recipes in food blogs n then experimentin on em..:-D..though no1 likes it at home..:|..would surely be a regular visitor from now on..keep up the good work!!

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  8. We have a lot in common =) Moving away from home is what prompted me to start experimenting in the kitchen and I couldn't get into the calorie counting, low-fat obsessing, fake meat eating habits of a lot of my roommates and friends... So i'm just kind of finding my own way with food and finding out what works and what doesn't =)

    I'm so proud you're embracing your uniqueness! <3 so important! Can't wait to read more of your lovely blog! mwah!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  9. Hello! I just stumbled on your blog by accident and am lovin all your recipes and musings. I share your philosophy of food and eating. Here is a link to my own little blog I recently started http://purplekale.blogspot.com/

    Take care!

    Lorelei

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  10. When it comes down to food you are like the female version of me, I totally agree with you about everything in your gold rules section. Great blog!

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  11. Hi Shu Han! Thank you for stopping by my blog! What a wonderful journey into the world of cooking you're taking! And I really like your approach towards food - real food, that's it! Just eat what's good for you! And I think this approach is healthier than what some of the "health nuts" do for sure! :)

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  12. shivani: thanks, i think many of us only learn to cook when we're away from home ): I'm glad you stopped by!

    jennifer: thanks! this is the best part of blogging-- meeting people like me who understand! x

    lorelei: I dropped by! great blog!

    calvin: haha hello male version of me. i'm glad you like my blog, the golden rules are a little bit updated now btw.

    kath: thanks, that's what I've been hoping people will realise from my blog!

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  13. Really really nice blog! And I'm seriously looking forward to trying some of your recipes, as my three guiltiest pleasures are spicy, salt, and pickle (sometimes but not always in that order).

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  14. Ahhh, a fellow designer! This is why I liked the layout of your blog as soon as I laid my eyes on it! Looks like you have tons of recipes posted, gotta go check them out now!

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  15. Thanks for coming by www.kolpona.com or I wouldn't have found you! Love your sense of humor and enjoying your take on food and design!

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  16. Great blog! Following you from Los Angeles! :)

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  17. hello! i'm a fellow food-obsessed Singaporean living in London who also happens to be a designer. I'm loving your illustrations! and the food of course. Found out about your blog thanks to +65 supperclub since Goz was raving about you. Those sambal deep fried eggs...I have to try your recipe! keep doing what you're doing and I'll be checking in again!

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    1. Hi maybs! Thanks so much, i'm chuffed, especially to hear that coming from a designer! Looking forward to seeing you more on the blog too and good luck with the sambal eggs x

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  18. Hi there,

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    Hopefully your food blog will be up there in the top!

    Warm regards,
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  19. Hello Shu Han, what a delightful surprise to hear from you (I never expected anyone to comment haha...). Clearly you are your mother's daughter -- cooking up a storm and I'm so inspired by your talents. Love your illustrations! You're not the only one who's glad you learnt to cook ;)

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    1. Wow thanks sherine you're making me giddy! It's funny, because my mum never let us into the kitchen :/ I'm glad and chuffed people like my food!

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  20. What a great blog, just stumbled across it via twitter. I am looking forward to browsing around your recipes. The photos and drawings look great btw. They are making me feel very hungry!

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    1. Wow thanks so much for dropping by to tell me that! Comments like yours make my day(: Let me know if you try any of the recipes, I'll love to know how they turn out (:

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  21. I agree, ,this is a great blog. I used your spinach curry recipe a few weeks ago and came back to do it again, and then read you are so young! and don't have kids which means you DON'T have to cook but you do! That's great! (I am a mother of three, and like you, away from home (Tokyo to Holland....like you, gourmet country to not exactly gourmet country) which prompts me to cook healthy for the family and delicious things I WANT TO EAT! I love it that you have recipes on Asian dishes, and since you are in the UK, I can probably find all ingredients here as well. I will definitely visit again to get more recipes from you. Good luck with everything you are aspiring to do! Yukiko from Holland

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    1. Aw cheers yukiko, you just made my day with your comment! Hope to see you back again!! :)

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  22. Hey Shu Han,

    Came across your blog and I love it! Followed you and I hope I can be as famous as you one day !
    Do visit me one day if you are free ^^

    Stay tuned!

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    1. Aw I am FAR from famous lovely. Going to visit yours now. Sorry for the incredibly late reply, sometimes I see stuf and I think ok I will reply later and then I forget and then I see it again and it's er 4 months late xxx

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  23. Hi Shu Han. I work with a sous vide manufacturer, are you interested in a possible collaboration please? Drop a line to seth at jumpingspidermedia.co.uk if so. Many thanks!!

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  24. I always think graphic designers make the best food bloggers! Love your quirky, simple style in your photos. Big fan :)

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    1. Wow you have no idea how happy I am to read this comment. THANK YOU :)

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  25. Hi Shu, your blog is everything my cooking ability needs. Some tricks of the Asian trade to help liven those creations up. I'd love to attend one of your suppers. I only get to london, once/twice a year so I'll be in touch to see if one falls in with my visit.

    Going to spend the next few days picking some recipes out of your blog.

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    1. Yo David! Thanks so much! You just made my day with that comment :) Hope this blog is of help. I better go update my recipe index now actually.. yikes, been lazy on that for months! I'm not in London at the mo' anyway, but will definitely keep you guys posted on any upcoming food events (usually via fb or twitter though, if you use any of these)

      Cheers and a happy christmas to you! xx

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  27. Your blog is beautiful : photo and food porn combined. What's not to like? I look forward to discovering more and also trying out one of your noodle soups :-)

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  28. Hey there! I've recently moved to London and have been craving for local Singaporean food! I must say your blog have been really helpful!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Woo!! Thank YOU for that comment- made my day.

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