How to make Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

It all started when she went to the US and ate at a Puerto Rican restaurant in a trendy Nashville (Tennessee) area (opposite the TBWA-Chiat Day offices). She was served Ropa Vieja and it was so good that she asked for the recipe.

Unfortunately, the restaurant owner spoke very little English and what she got was bits and pieces of a recipe. Undeterred, and with a 3-day advance notice, she repeated what she remembered to me and asked me to make it for her for a dinner with friends.

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Posted on 26th May 2013 in Cuban, Mexican, New Rican, Puerto Rican, Recipes, Spanish  |  Comments off

Sunday Hands-on Lunch

It’s going to be light.


  • Yuzukoshō Cauliflower Popcorn
  • Eggplant Pate
  • Roasted Garlic & Anchovy Pate
  • Hummus bi Tahini
  • Mentaiko Aburi
  • Grilled Pork Collar
  • Iberico Jamon
  • Pickled Grapes

All served with simple grilled bread.

Posted on 29th Jan 2013 in Food and Drink, Japanese, Lunch Bunch, Middle Eastern, Modern European, Spanish  |  Comments off

Esquina on Jiak Chuan Road

Slow-baked Egg with Mash

Got a message out of the blue; I seized the moment to ask about dinner and we ended up at Equina, a newly-opened tapas bar by hotelier Loh Lik Peng and Jason Atherton on Jiak Chuan Road.

Side-track: It being Christmas, I thought it appropriate to get a Christmas gift. However, gift or otherwise, it’s been a while I’ve bought a feminine product, so I turned to my go-to advisors on such matters: The Faerie Imp and M Or The Food Blogger Formerly Known as The Skinny Epicurean. Both gave good advice that was reasonable and actionable. Thanks, ladies.

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Posted on 12th Jan 2012 in Modern European, Spanish  |  5 comments

Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

Pan con Tomate

Elaine seems to be the only one who observes that I tend to blog a lot about breakfast. This is because I live in Singapore where the climate tends to be hot, so a hearty breakfast in the cooler mornings and a light lunch in the warmer afternoons make more sense.

Anyway, I love tomatoes and am always on a lookout for recipes to include them. But mostly, I simply eat them straight with a little bit of salt. But one delicious way to eat them is Pan con Tomate.

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Posted on 16th Jul 2011 in Food and Drink, Recipes, Spanish  |  2 comments

Para ella


It is tremendous fun to be a amateur food blogger as opposed to a professional food writer. Mainly because amateur food bloggers aren’t subject to publishing pressures and we already have a day job.

Blogging: never before have so many people, with so little to say, said so much to so few

I was invited to a dinner organized by Solymer specially for a photo shoot and write-up by Appetite magazine. Due to scheduling difficulties, I was, to my horror, requested to be the photographer for the shoot. To my absolute relief, Appetite was able to send their photographer and the rest of us could enjoy the spectacular spectacle of cooking paella on a wood fire.

There are many stories about the origins of Paella but here’s my favorite.

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Posted on 22nd Feb 2010 in Food and Drink, Old School, Spanish  |  3 comments

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