Seaweed Omelette

A very simple homely dish. Anyone who can fry an egg can make this.

It’s better to have more eggs, but I’m cooking this for just one person, so I had to make do with just 2 eggs. To this, I would add some pepper, some soy sauce and beat up the mixture.

The seaweed omelette will not taste like a seaweed omelette if there’s too little seaweed, but dried seaweed will soak up the egg and make it look dry. No rule of thumb here. Just add an appropriate amount based on intuition.

Frying the onions separately allows them to cook at a higher temperature and bring out the fragrance of the onions. At least that’s my theory. I don’t like to put the chopped onion into the egg.

There won’t be much egg left after you’ve put in the dried seaweed. If you’re cooking for the family, use more eggs. The rest is as simple as ABC.

© Chan Joon Yee

Prawn Sauce Chicken – Baked

Do you like prawn sauce chicken 虾酱鸡? It’s a dish that can be readily ordered at any zer cha stall. However, most of the 虾酱鸡 at busy zer cha stalls out there disappoint me. Since it’s such an easy dish to make, why not try it myself? I can make it healthier and tastier.

First, the chicken wings are marinated with prawn sauce seasoning. It comes in a packet and you just sprinkle accordingly. Intuition or 6th sense will tell you how much to add. If you’re doing it for the first time, you may be shocked that the chicken doesn’t look brown after seasoning. Well, there’s quite a bit of flour in the mix. That’s why.

Next, line your baking tray with aluminium foil and turn on the heat. I like to bake at maximum setting for 25mins or until intuition or 6th sense tell me that it’s done. Keep baking until the aroma of the prawn sauce fills the kitchen. That may not be a reliable guide, but again when cooking, always use your 6th sense and common sense.

And here’s the finished product. All cooked in existing chicken fat. Not a single drop of oil was added.

Tastes much better than what you may need to pay for at your neighbourhood zer cha stall. And if it’s a Sunday evening, the waiting time may be just about the same too.

© Chan Joon Yee

Tandoori Chicken


This tandoori chicken, served at a hotel in Lumbini, was the best tandoori chicken I’ve ever had. Southern Nepal is some distance from the Himalayas and the variety of ingredients greatly exceed that in the mountains in the north.