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Welcome to A Wok on the Wild Side.

Please join me in my adventures in the culinary world and all things gastronomic.

Food, travel, books, music and the arts are all close to my heart, not to mention my tastebuds!

I've enjoyed tasting and testing recipes since I was a child in primary school who insisted on helping Mum stir her cake batters and test her bread and butter puddings for afternoon tea.

Winners: CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil competition

Congratulations to the six lucky winners of the CocoEarth  Liquid Coconut Premium Oil competition. They are:

Rhondda Fahey

Cheryl Richter

MJ Grosvenor

Joe Mercieca

K Fitzgerald

Joseph Then

All six recipients were delighted to receive a bottle of CocoEarth coconut oil each.

MJ Grosvenor said she was already a dedicated user of it, as it results in the most delicious flavour in her food.

CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil

CocoEarth Liquid Coconut Premium Oil.

If you're a health-conscious consumer these days, and who isn't, check out this recently launched liquid coconut cooking oil, which promises a number of health benefits.

Read to the end and enter the exciting competition where you can win a bottle of CocoEarth's Liquid Coconut Premium Oil!

CocoEarth launches Australia’s first Liquid Coconut Premium Oil (LCPO).

“We are so excited to introduce such a versatile and unique product to the market,” CocoEarth's founder Neeraj Sharma said.

Mother's Day 2017

Mother's Day 2017

If your mother is an avid reader, here are some gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Hippy Days Arabian Nights

By Katherine Boland

Published by Wild Dingo Press

This memoir by artist Katherine Boland is a rollicking good read.

Katherine follows her heart and her dreams with gusto, not stopping to consider the "could haves" or the "should haves."

She arrived in Australia as a child with her family on the 10-pound Pom scheme.

Restaurant review - Good Chance Popiah

Restaurant review

Good Chance Popiah

New World Centre

1 Jalan Berseh #01-15

Singapore 209037

Tel 9622 9445

Open daily from 11.30am to 9.30pm

I first sampled the famous do-it-yourself popiah (spring rolls) at Good Chance Popiah a number of years ago and was pleased to find that the restaurant had opened a new branch at the New World Centre, during my recent visit to Singapore.

Recipe request for Roasted Cauliflower

My niece and fellow foodie Jong-Ee Kao was keen to try my roasted cauliflower recipe, so here it is.

Roasted cauliflower with lemon and mustard

adapted from Neil Perry's recipe

Serves 4

1 head cauliflower

2 tbsp plus ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp salt

½ tsp sugar

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice or to taste

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

1 tbsp salted baby capers, rinsed and drained

1 tbsp chopped flat parsley leaves

 

Put oven rack on the middle shelf and preheat to 220 degrees C.

Spicy saucy aubergine recipe

I was privileged to meet my facebook foodie friend Hee Heng, recently, in Melbourne.

We were introduced by my late brother in law Alan Chionh via facebook when Hee Heng started a new venture as restaurateur and head chef of Chuup restaurant, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

After an illustrious career, he cashed out of a business he owned and retired.

“Sharing my mom's family cooking was something I always wanted to do and my retirement gave me the time to pursue what I love to do.” he said.

Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

So, it's that time of the year for romantics to celebrate St Valentine's Day.

What to give your beloved, where to go for that romantic dinner and how much does a dozen long-stemmed roses cost?

Maybe I'm being unromantically practical, but sometimes a good back rub or foot massage, when your soul is as weary as your tired body, can be more meaningful than flowers and chocolates.

How about loading and unloading the dishwasher for a change or prepare a picnic by the beach or in the park while the babysitter minds the children?

Update cooking demo at Williams-Sonoma

Just a reminder that chef Frank Kun Fu of Bowl Bowl Sichuan in Collingwood will be doing another cooking demonstration at Williams-Sonoma at Chadstone shopping centre on Saturday, 28 January from noon.

Roll up for a front seat and watch Frank whip up some culinary magic.

There will be tastings, prizes and more.

Williams-Sonoma is on the lower ground floor near David Jones.

See you there!

 

 

Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017

Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017

The Year of the Fire Rooster will start on January 28, 2017 and last until February 15, 2018.

According to the Chinese zodiac, the rooster is the 10th animal in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs.

The Years of the Rooster are 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029...
The Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality.

For our ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant because it awakened people to get up and start to work.

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