Showing posts with label $20 Budget Meal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label $20 Budget Meal. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

[$20 Budget Meal] Round-Up!

Thanks everyone for supporting this [$20 Budget Meal] event despite of the short two weeks preparation and write-up.  Since food pricing has being shooting up since the past few months I was wondering whether we can actually work together and brainstorm each other with some budget meal that feeds a family of 4. And I am very glad that even within such a short period of time, there are still many of you who are willing to take the trouble to plan and note down the pricing of ingredients and spending on each ingredient to support this event. Here in total I have received 14 fabulous sets of "2 Dishes 1 Soup" menu from blogger and facebook friends of different countries such as USA, Bangkok, Malaysia and Singapore.

Here are all the entries for the [$20 Budget Meal], listed in the order of the date submitted.

Shark's Fins Melon Soup 《鱼翅瓜排骨汤》, Stir-Fried Beef with Celery 《西芹炒牛肉》, Fried Fish with Crispy Garlic 《蒜香鱼片》

by Wai Fong of Fong's Kitchen Journal (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$19.50; Serves 6

Baked Drumstick, Stir-fry Broccoli and Peanut Lotus Soup

by Amy of Mothering Corner (Thailand, Bangkok)
Total Spending: THB340 (S$14.20); Serves 3

Stir-Fry Bitter Gourd With Egg, Steam Kurau Fish With Salted Vegetables And Black Moss Tofu Soup

by Ellena of Cuisine Paradise (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$19.20; Serves 4

Pumpkin, Carrot & Orange Soup, Pumpkin & Cranberry Rice, Grilled Salmon with Orange & Lime Butter

by Wai Fong of Fong's Kitchen Journal (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$10.50; Serves 3

Dumpling Soup with caixin (菜心水饺汤), Steamed Chicken with Mushroom and Cloud Ears (冬菇云耳蒸鸡), Stir-Fried Broccoli with Prawns (虾球西兰花)

by Wai Fong of Fong's Kitchen Journal (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$19.00; Serves 8

Asian Style Butterflied Roast Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Cucumber Salad and Lotus root and Black Bean Soup

by Gertrude of My Kitchen Snippets (Pennsylvania, United States)
Total Spending: USD 12.21 (S$15.40); Serves 4

Steamed Glutinous Rice Parcel, Stir-fry Spinach and Apple with Dual Fungus Soup

by Ellena of Cuisine Paradise (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$14.00; Serves 2-3

Mongolian chicken, Stir fried cabbage with anchovies and ABC soup

by Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover (Malaysia)
Total Spending: RM 30 (S$12.50); Serves 4

Ginger-Sesame Oil Steamed Chicken, Parchment-Steamed Vegetables + soup (Napa Cabbage Barley Soup

by Tigerfish of An Escape to Food
(Sunnyvale, California - United States)
Total Spending: USD 11.80 (S$14.90); Serves 4

Leek and Potato Soup, Grilled Chicken Cutlet and Green Apple Salad

by Ellena of Cuisine Paradise (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$14.25; Serves 2 - 3

Jacket Fish in Miso Sauce, Stir Fry Zucchini with Capscium and Shimeji Mushroom, and Egg andTomato soup

by Wen of Wen's Delight (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$14.00; Serves 4

Stir-Fry Vegetables (清炒菜心), Braised Noodles (焖福建面), Salted Pork Bone Congee (咸猪骨粥)

by Wai Fong of Fong's Kitchen Journal (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$15.50; Serves 6

Carrot and Corn Soup, Tofu with Minced Chicken and Onion Omelette

by Jacqualine (thesuper-girl) of TheSuper-Girl (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$10.50; Serves 3

Entry From @ahpoohbear

Carrot and Pork Ribs Soup, Steamed Herbal Chicken and Mushroom Omelette

by Joyce of ahpoohbear (Singapore)
Total Spending: S$15.45; Serves 2

I was very happy to be invited by my good friend cum famous food blogger – Cuisine Paradise – to participate in this food event. To tell you the truth, I’m not a good cook to start with. In fact, I seldom cook at home, since it is so much convenient to go coffee shop to get wanton noodles or chicken rice. But I want to support my good friend for this special event, so I decided to cook this weekend.

Here’s my recipe for the $20 budget meal event with silver fish rice, herbal emperor chicken, egg with mushroom and radish soup.

This is a very simple and yet delicious rice. Personally, I prefer flavored rice than plain rice as it increased my appetite.Total cost for rice ingredient, silver fish is S$0.60.

Silver fish rice

A handful of Silver fish
1 cup of rice (enough for two to three)
Dash of pepper
Sesame oil
Soy sauce


1. Wash the rice thoroughly.

2. Wash the silver fish with running water.

3. Marinate the silver fish with pepper, sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. I do not have the specific measurement; it’s all up to individual preference.

4. Cook the rice and when it is about to cook, add in the marinated silver fish.

5. Stir well and let it cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. Serve

This is a very simple chicken dish to prepare. All you need is Seah’s Herbal Emperor Chicken spice and a chicken, where both can be easily purchased from supermarket. Total Cost for Chicken and Seah's Spices are S$7.00.

Herbal Emperor Chicken

One chicken
Seah’s Herbal Emperor Spice


1. Wash the chicken and cut away all the fats.

2. Rub the chicken with Seah’s Herbal Emperor Spice.

3. Wrap the chicken with the aluminum foil provided.

4. Steam the chicken for approximately 2.5 hours.

This is a simple and nutritious dish which I happened to come across when doing marketing in NTUC Supermarket. The uncle was promoting mushrooms and he was frying this dish. I was thinking – since I love these two ingredients, why not, cooked this to participate in this blog event. Total cost for Eggs and Mushrooms are S$3.05.

Fried Egg with Mushroom

White button mushrooms
Minced garlic
Two eggs
Oyster sauce Soy sauce and pepper to taste


1. Season the egg with soy sauce and pepper to taste.

2. Fry the minced garlic till fragrant.

3. Fry the scramble egg.

4. Add in the mushrooms and season with oyster sauce.

5. Add in black pepper (optional) if you prefer to have a bit of more pepper taste. (I added black pepper from MacDonald ). Serve.

Soup is the easiest dish to prepare. All you need to do is put all the ingredients in and boil till the soup is tasty. I used a thermal cooker which saved me lots of time. I just need to prepare the ingredients, put it to cook over the stove till it boils and put into the thermal cooker and let it continue to cook. Total cost for soup ingredients such as radish, carrot, pork ribs, sweetcorn, wolfberries and sweet dates are S$4.80.

White Radish Soup

White radish
Sweet corn
Pork ribs
Sweet dates
Salt to taste


1. Wash and blanch the pork ribs.

2. Put all the ingredients into the pot and bring to boil. You may simmer it over stove for approximately 1 hour or put inside the thermal cooker and let it cook till ready to serve.

3. Add salt to taste and serve.


Thanks everyone for supporting this short-notice event and I hope we can still work together to pool as many budget meal ideas as possible to help each other with better budgeting and new recipe ideas. And I am also glad to learn so many new and creative dishes from each one of you who contributes to this event. Thank you so much. All you dishes are feature at Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page HERE and the dish who earns the most "LIKE(s)" will received a mystery gift.

Using "EGG" to make one of the dish

For April [$20 Budget Meal] event let's have a little cooking challenge by using the specific ingredient "EGG(s)" for one of the dish in your menu (eg: steam egg, fried omelette, scrambled egg and etc). And for those who wish to join us please refer to the submission details shown below. Look forward to receive your sharing of April Budget Meal menu soon. Cya.

~ Either "2 Dishes plus 1 Soup" or "1 Pot Dish" using a Maximum budget of $20.00 for 2 - 4 servings. If you are from overseas, you can also participate by converting to the appropriate currency value, (ie. US$15.00, RM$50.00, Rp $138,000 and etc)

~ If you do not have a blog, just send in the photos and recipe of your dishes and I will publish on your behalf in my blog, credited to you. (photos can be taken in any form using digital camera or hand phone)

~ Please do mention in your blog that you are sharing this post to “$20 Budget Meal” event and link it to this page so as to encourage more readers to contribute.

~ E-mail your "blog link" or "photos with recipe" to with a subject "Easter April $20 Budget Meal" in the following format:

Your Name:
URL of your post:
Name of your dishes + soup:
Estimate amount spent for each dish:
Attachment of your photo in your email (each photo, preferably 500kb or less).

~ Monday, 25 April 2011, 2359 hours  and all entries will be compiled and posted on 30th April 2011.

Friday, 25 March 2011

[S$20 Budget Meal] Leek and Potato Soup, Grilled Chicken Cutlet and Green Apple Salad

Thinking of what to cook and what to buy is always one of my biggest problem while planning our weekly menu. Despite of all the tones of recipes, fresh ingredients and etc that can be easily access sometime I am still stuck with all these meal planning. And also due to the rise of food pricing it is very important to have a proper planning and try to utilise as much as possible on the specified budget to minimise wastage of food. In this post I will be sharing on how to plan a western set meal including soup of the day plus a quick and easy dessert to serve 2 - 3 with a total spending of S$14.25 (about US$11.50).

As some of you might know I seldom prepared western soup as I always have a mind set that it will be very troublesome and difficult to work with. But on the other hand I am actually a great fan of Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Pumpkin and Clam Chowder. So for this set meal I take up the courage to try making this short-cut version of Leek and Potato Soup(without cream).

Ingredients: (serves 2 - 3)
2 Stalks of Baby Leeks, thinly sliced
3 Cloves of Garlics, peeled and roughly chopped
10 - 15g Unsalted Butter
400ml Instant Chicken Stock
150ml Hot Water
250g Potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Thank God that I tried making this or else I won't know that this  Leek and Potato Soup can be so tasty and creamy even without adding any cream in it. And moreover it is so simple and easy to prepare with just a few basic ingredients.

1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add leeks and garlic, cook over low heat till soft and fragrance (about 5 minutes) before stirring it the potato chunks and cook for another 1 minute.

2. Pour in stock and hot water, bring the mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer gently until potatoes are soft and tender.

3. Turn off heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature before transferring it in the food blender. Or you can use a potato masher to mash up everything directly in the pot. (you can reserved a few potato chunks as garnish too)

4. If using food blender, pour the puree back into the same saucepan. Dilute the mixture with extra chicken stock or hot water accordingly to get the consistency that you preferred. Warm Through.

5. Ladle soup into serving bowls, season with freshly ground pepper and serve.

Total cost for this dish is about S$3.00 with breakdown shown below:-
Cost of Ingredients:
~ Leek and Potato = S$2.00
~ Instant Chicken Stock = S$1.00

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup on FoodistaCreamy Leek and Potato Soup

Garden Salad is always one of the best choice to pair with either grilled or deep-fried dish. Here while choosing between either salad or boiled vegetables such as broccoli, carrot and etc. I finally decided to choose our favourite Garden Salad with some extra granny smith wedges to pair with the grilled chicken cutlet.

Ingredients: (serves 2 - 3)
1 Packet of Ready-To-Eat Garden Salad with Sauce
1 Green Apple, cored and cut into thin wedges
1/4 Cup Sultanas

1. Wash apple with salt water, halved and cored before cutting it into thin wedges. (soak the apple wedges in salt water for about 15 seconds to retain it's colour)

2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, toss well and divide it onto serving plates.

3. Drizzle salad dressing only before serving.

Total cost for this dish is about S$4.40 with breakdown shown below:-
Cost of Ingredients:
~ 1 Packet of Baby Honey Salad from Cold Storage = S$3.60
~ 1 Green Apple = S$0.50
~ Sultanas = S$0.30

This Grilled Chicken Cutlet was rather something very quick and easy to prepare which requires minimum seasonings and cooking time. For this dish I did not prepare any drizzling sauce or gravy as I just want to keep everything simple and with it's original taste.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 Chicken Drumstick with thigh, bone removed

1 Teaspoon of Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon of Cooking Wine
1/2 Tablespoon of Light Soy Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon of Cornflour
Dash of Ground Pepper

1. Trim and remove excess fat from the chicken and marinate it with seasonings for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. (remove it from the fridge at least 5 minutes before cooking time thawed)

2. Preheat grilled pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, fry the chicken skin side down on medium heat for about 8 minutes till golden brown before turning to another side. (you can sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on the chicken while grilling for extra taste and fragrance)

3. Continue to grill for another 8 - 10 minutes till chicken is cooked through.

Total cost for this dish is about S$3.80 with breakdown shown below:-
Cost of Ingredients:
~ 2 Chicken Drumstick with Thigh = S$3.80

If you prefer Western Food over Asia Dishes, I hope this 2 Dishes 1 Soup idea on our western set meal do give you some ideas on how to prepare your own budget food at home with a good and healthy planning. For example you can have a bowl of yummy homecook Leek and Potato soup for just a dollar each bowl and you are sure that all the ingredients used are freshly bought and prepared.

With this quick and easy set meal shown above, you will be surprised that it only cost a total of S$11.20 which even allows me to whip out another dessert with the balance amount left.

Ginkgo Barley with Beancurd Sheet (白果薏米腐竹糖水)

Since I only spent around S$11.00 for the above set meal with soup and main course, I decide to whip up a simple dessert which I saw from "Miss Tam Chiak" blog that she published recently (click HERE). This is a very easy to prepare dessert that cost approximately about S$3.00 which is great for cooling the body during this hot weather season.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
¼ Cup or 4 Tablespoons Of Pearl Barley(洋薏米)
1 Packet Of Ginkgo Nut(白果)
½ Packet Of Dessert Bean Curd Sheet(腐竹)
Cane/Rock Sugar To Taste
1.8 Litres Of Water
Few Pieces Of Pandan Leaves, wash and tied into knot
1 Egg, lightly beaten

And for this dessert, the key factor lies on the beancurd sheet which you must get the correct type for cooking desserts so that it does not required long hours of cooking time. These dessert beancurd sheet cooked in less than 15 minutes and the texture is rather smooth and silky compared to those used for making stew and soup.

1. Rinse barley in several changes of water until water runs clear. Set aside.

2. Bring about 1.8 litres of water to boil, low the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes together with the prepared barley and pandan leaves.

3. Meanwhile rinse the ginkgo nuts, drain well and using a toothpick to gently remove the germ out of the nuts which are bitter to taste.

4. Next marinated the ginkgo nuts with 1/2 tablespoon of castor sugar and set aside for later use.

5. Prepare some water in a big mixing bowl or pot, add in the lightly crashed beancurd sheet and soak it in water for about 10 minutes to remove the oil and discard those thick strips which does not soften  as it will affect the texture of the dessert. Drained well and set aside.

6. When the barley begins to soften and the water turns cloudy in colour, removed pandan leaves and add in the bean curd sheet and ginkgo nuts. Continue to simmer on low heat for another 15 minutes.

7. Lastly add in the sugar to taste according to your preference.

8. Turn off the heat and quickly stir-in beaten egg till well combined. Serve either warm or cold.

Total cost for this dish is about S$3.05 with breakdown shown below:-
Cost of Ingredients:
~ 1/2 Packet of Beancurd Sheet = S$1.10
~ 1 Packet of Gingko Nut = S$0.95
~ Barley = S$0.30
~ Pandan Leaves = S$0.20
~ Cane Sugar = S$0.30
~ Egg = S$0.20

Remember to join us on our [S$20 Budget Meal] Event, detail at HERE. Closing date, this Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 2359 Hours.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

[S$20 Budget Meal] Steamed Glutinous Rice Parcel, Stir-fry Spinach and Apple with Dual Fungus Soup

Remember our S$20 Budget Meal event (read more HERE). Here is another set of our quick and budget meal for the week with Steam Glutinous Rice Parcel, Stir-fry Spinach and Apple with Dual Fungus Soup. Even though sometime with a controlled budget, I am sure we still could make something simple into a presentable dish that makes cooking and dining a fun way to live with.

My family simply adores soup irregardless of those quick and easy canned soup, double-boiled herbal soup or any combination of ingredients that I could thought of. But usually my boy will request for his favourite ABC soup because he loves the natural sweet and sour taste of the soup with lot of sweetcorn and potatoes.


Ingredients: (Serves 4)
5 Medium Size Apple
8 - 10 Big Red Dates
2 - 3 Cluster of Black Fungus
1/2 Cluster of White Fungus
1 Piece of Dried Tangerine Peel, soaked till soften
* 1/2 Piece of Candied Tangerine
350g Lean Pork
1500ml Hot Water

1. Soaked apples in warm water for 2 - 3 minutes, give it a good rub, rinse and cut into 6 - 8 wedges per apple depending on it's size.

2. Soak the dried tangerine peel in water till soften, use a small spoon scrapped out the white pith from the peel to prevent bitterness.

3. Blanched the lean pork in boiling water, rinse well and get ready a soup pot with 1.5 litres of water.

4. When the water boils, add in all the ingredients and let it simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes before low the heat and let it simmer for about an hour or so till the fungus are soften and soup is flavourful. OR

5. Add in all ingredients except apples and let the mixture simmer for about 30 - 40 minutes before adding the apples and continue to simmer for another 15 - 20 minutes till the soup is flavour and fragrance.

~ As I am using those whole piece, round type of white fungus, I used only half portion for this recipe.

~ For this recipe I add in extra 1/2 pieces of candied tangerine to enhance the taste of the soup.

As most of the readers know, I love to cook soup using different kinds of ingredient and my biggest challenge was the "Double-Boiled Durian Chicken Soup - 榴莲炖鸡汤" which I have made last year. Since I saw some really good and cheap apples in the market, I decided to make this "Apple with Dual Fungus Soup" which cost about S$6.50 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ 5 Apples = S$2.00
~ Red Dates = S$0.50
~ White and Black Fungus + Dried Tangerine Peel = S$1.00
~ Lean Pork = S$3.00

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March (March 2011) hosted by Jess @ Bakericious.

There are a few types of Asian Spinach available in the supermarkets such as Round Leaves, Long Leaves, Purple Leaves and etc. According to the vegetable seller(s) in the wet market usually different type of spinach is used for different purpose like stir-fry or soup. But despite of all the different varieties, our favourite is still the Round Leaves Spinach.


Ingredients: (Serves 2)
1 Packet of Round Leave Spinach(苋菜)
15g Dried Whitebaits(银鱼), rinse and drain
1 Tablespoon Oil
3 Cloves of Garlic, skin removed
1 Small Chili, sliced
1/2 Teaspoon Chicken Stock Powder/Dash of salt

1. Trim the spinach into leaves and stems, soak it in water for 5 - 10 minutes, rinse twice to get ride of the sand and dirt.

2. Heat up oil in a flying pan, add in whitebaits and fry over low heat till golden brown, remove and set a side.

3. Using the same frying pan, add in garlic cloves, chili and saute till fragrance before adding in the drained vegetables.

4. Give the vegetables a quick stir together with chicken stock powder and stir-fry till leave wilted and cooked. Remove

5. Sprinkle fried whitebaits on top and serve.

This can also be a changeable dish where you can either do a stir-fry or soup version according to your preference.  Total cost for this dish is about S$1.40 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ 1 Packets of Round Leaves Spinach = S$0.70
~ 15g Dried Whitebaits = S$0.70

Using of dried lotus leaves to wrap and steam this glutinous rice adds-on an extra traditional taste and fragrance to this dish.


Ingredients: (Serves 2)
2 Debone Chicken Drumstick with Thigh, cut into bite sizes
250g Glutinous Rice, soaked overnight
3 Fresh Shittake Mushroom, cut into slices
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Stalk of Spring Onion, sliced
2 Pieces of Dried Lotus Leave

1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Cooking Wine
1/2 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Five Spice Powder
3 Cloves of Garlic, lightly pound
Dash of Pepper

The reason to cook and soak the dried lotus leave is to make is soft and easier for wrapping as well as cleaning purpose.

1. Rinse and soak the glutinous rice over night or at least 6 hours prior cooking time. (this will help to cut down the steaming time of the glutinous)

2. Marinate the chicken with seasonings for at least an hour or more in the refrigerator.

3. Pre-heat a small frying pan, saute minced garlic with 1/2 tablespoon of oil till fragrance then add in the mushroom. Cook till mushroom is soft and absorb the flavour from the garlic. Remove and set aside.

4. Drain the glutinous rice well, transfer to a big mixing bowl, add in cooked mushroom and seasoned chicken, stir till mixture is well-mixed and set aside while preparing the lotus leaves.

5.To prepare the lotus leave, bring a big pot of water to boil and immerse the leaves in the water and cook for about 1 minute or till leave is slightly soft. Remove and soak in water for another 1 minute before use.

6. Drain the leave well. Fold it into half to get a fan shape, lay a sheet of baking paper on it, spoon half portion of the rice mixture on top and fold the sides of the baking papers to form a rectangle parcel. (refer to the 3 photos on the top row)

7. Next place the rice parcel near the edge of the lotus leaves and repeat the same folding procedure to wrap up another layer for the rice parcel.

8. Place the wrapped parcel in steaming with boiling water and steam it over medium heat for about 45 minutes to an hour. (open one of the rice parcel to check after 45 minutes to test the softness of the rice)

~ You can buy dried lotus leaves from major Chinese Medical Hall or grocery stalls from the traditional wet market.

Lovely rice parcel that serves individual with extra topping such as chopped spring onion and dried shallot to enhance the flavour. For another version and taste, perhaps I shall replace chicken with pork belly and add in an extra salted egg yolk to lift up the taste of this dish. Total cost for this dish is about S$6.10 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ 2 Debone Chicken Drumstick with Thigh = S$3.60
~ 250g Glutinous Rice = S$0.80
~ 3 Fresh Shittake Mushroom = S$0.60
~ Garlic and Spring Onion = S$0.30
~ 2 Pieces of Dried Lotus Leave = S$0.80

Steamed Glutinous Rice Parcel on FoodistaSteamed Glutinous Rice Parcel

With a total of S$14.00 we have a great dinner that consists of 1 Rice dish, 1 Vegetable and 1 Soup which can feed a family of 3 - 4. I am sure this quick and easy dishes will bring smiles and satisfaction to both you and your family members. So perhaps you can drop down the ideas of buy S$3 Chicken/Duck Rice, Laksa, Fishball Noodles etc but starts your own planning today with some quick and budget meal for the family too.

Closing Date: Sunday, 27 March 2011, 2359 Hours.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

[Blog Event] 2 Dishes plus 1 Soup

Recently we have come out a blog event on $20.00 Budget Meal with aim to encourage those who loves to prepare simple homecooked meal to share with us their meal planning and budget tips. We hope to take this opportunity to learn from each other on how to plan and prepare some quick and easy nutritious dishes even with minimum sum of budget given.

So far I have a few responds and enquires from readers but I do hope to see more supporter(s) for this event if you/your helper do prepared a budget meal smilar to this post. For example below shows the 2  Dishes plus 1 Soup menu which I spent a total of S$19.20 to prepare and serves 4.


Ingredients: (serves 4)
1 Small Bitter Gourd(苦瓜), about 150g
1/2 Tablespoon Dried Shrimps, soaked till soften
2 Eggs
3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
50ml Hot Water

1 Teaspoon Chicken Stock Powder
Dash of Light Soy Sauce

1. Remove seeds from the bitter gourd and slice it thinly before rubbing it with with 1 teaspoon of salt. Rinse well with water and set side to drain.

2. Preheat a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, saute dried shrimp(pound lightly before use) until fragrant, add in garlic and continue to fry for another 10 seconds before adding in the drained bitter gourd.

3. Fry for a another 10 seconds, add in powder chicken stock, water and let it simmer for 2 minutes.

4. Lastly crack in eggs, give it a quick stir and simmer till the mixture became thicken.

5. Add in dash of light soy sauce, stir, dish up and serve.

Bitter Gourd (苦瓜) being rich in all the essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A, B1, B2, C and Iron. It can also be use to treat complications such as hypertension, eye complications if consume regularly. For this quick and nutritious dish it cost around S$2.10 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ Bitter Gourd = S$1.00
~ Egg = S$0.40
~ Dried Shrimp and Garlic  = S$0.70


Ingredients: (serves 4)
400g of Kurau Fish(马友鱼), tail portion
150g of Preserved Salted Vegetable, cut into slices
2 Fresh Shittake Mushroom, thinly slice
1 - 2 Stalks of Spring Onion, cut into sections
3 Slices of Ginger, cut into thin strips
1 Chili, seed removed and cut into slices

1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Cooking Wine

1. Clean and remove any scales from the fish, rinse and pat dry using kitchen paper towel. Set aside.

2. Rinse salted vegetables under tap water, drain well and cut into slices. Put 1/3 portion of it on steaming plate together with some ginger and spring onion before placing the fish on top.

3. Top fish with the rest of the ingredients and drizzle with seasonings.

4. When the pot of water comes to boil, steamed fish over medium high heat for about 12 - 15 minute till the fish is cooked through.(you can test using a fork to flake the fish meat after 12 minutes to check)

5. To serve, drizzle some extra sesame oil and dash of pepper on it and spoon some sauce at the bottom of the fish to moist the fillet and enhance the taste.

  Out of the 3 dishes, this steamed fish is consider to be the most expensive as the Kurau Fish cost around S$3.00per 100g. Total cost for this dish is about S$14.40 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ Kurau Fish Tail = S$12.90
~ Salted Vegetable = S$0.60
~ Mushroom = S$0.40
~ Chili and Spring onion = S$0.50


Ingredients: (serves 4)
1 Box of Silken Tofu, cut into small cubes
50g Minced Pork
1 Tablespoon of Black Moss, soaked in water till soft
1 Shallot, finely chopped
2 Slices of Ginger, optional
1.2 Litres Hot Water
1/2 Chicken Stock Cube
1 Tablespoon Cornflour Solution
Some chopped Spring Onion

1. Rinse the beancurd and cut into small cubes. Rinse the soften black moss and cut into shorter lengths.

2. Marinate mince pork with 1.5 teaspoon light soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1.5 teaspoon cornflour and dash of pepper. Stir well and set aside.

3. Heat up 1/2 tablespoon of oil in soup pot, add in chopped shallot, ginger and saute it till fragrant.

4. Add in minced pork, press and stir with a spatula to break the pork into bits.

5. Pour in water and let it simmer for about 5 minutes before adding the stock cube, beancurd and black moss.

6. When the mixture comes to boil again, stir in some cornflour solution(mix 1 tablespoon cornflour with 1/2 tablespoon water) to thicken the soup.

7. To serve, top with ground pepper and chopping spring onion or coriander.

This quick and easy soup is done in less than 15 minutes of cooking time which you can prepared while steaming the fish so that you do not need to reheat it before serving. Total cost for this dish is about S$2.70 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ Silken Tofu = S$0.90
~ Minced Meat = S$1.00
~ Black Moss = S$0.50
~ Shallot and Spring onion = S$0.30

For more read up or ideas on how to submit your homecooked dish for this event, you can also refer to these 2 submission below:- or follow the link HERE. Hope to see your entry soon, closing date EXTEND to next Sunday, 27 March 2011, 2359 Hours.

SINGAPORE: with total costs of S$19.50

2 Dishes, 1 Soup (两菜一汤 ) by WaiFong of Fong's Kitchen Journal

BANGKOK: with total cost of THB 340 or S$14.30

2 Dishes plus 1 Soup by Amy of  Mothering Corner

Closing Date: Sunday, 27 March 2011, 2359 Hours.