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Recipe: Homemade Ketchup

french fries and homemade spices ketchup

This is a recipe for homemade ketchup using fully ripened tomatoes. I hope you will like them 😀 Tips: (1) Please have your sterilized clean glass jar ready before making this. (2) If you don’t mind bumpy texture, you can omit the use of blender. (3) Each tomato differs in its acidity and sweetness. Please adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar to your taste. (4) You can also add chopped carrots or celery into the tomato mixture. Recipe: Homemade Ketchup Yield: About 1 cup Ingredients 1kg fully ripened tomatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic granules 3 tablespoon sherry vinegar … keep reading

Recipe: Chicken Quesadillas

Chicken Quesadilla

When I was still living in Yokohama, Japan, my colleagues and I would sometimes have supper together at T.G.I. Friday’s located just outside of Yokohama station. And one of my colleagues always ordered quesadillas. She loved it so much that she didn’t even glance at other dishes on the menu. In Hong Kong, I have a difficulty finding corn flour, but I’ve seen flour tortilla. With right ingredients, quesadillas is not hard to make at home Tips: (1) Some people add cherry tomatoes or fresh coriander to the chicken mixture. (2) This goes very well with guacamole. Enjoy your own arrangement! Recipe: Chicken … keep reading

Recipe: Tomato & Basil Bisque

Tomato & Basil Bisque

When I was living in Japan, I used to love making and eating rice balls (onigiri) using Japanese basil. So when I moved to Hong Kong, I missed them. But then I saw Thai basil being used popularly in restaurants in Hong Kong, and I saw Italian basil in a pot that was on sale at a nearby flower shop. Huurah! My sweet Italian basil, you are coming home with me. I’m going to make one of my favorite dish with you. Tomato & basil bisque. I have made this over and over. Many recipes use canned tomatoes, but I prefer using fresh … keep reading

Fish Tacos Recipe

fish tacos regency spices

Summer is already upon us, and the best way to enjoy is by eating yum food outside. Here’s our take on popular recipe that’s been doing the blog circuit lately: Fish Tacos. The recipe is in two parts: preparing the fish, and assembling the taco. While the ingredients list looks daunting, it’s really simple taken step by step. And at the end of the day you’re rewarded with creamy deep fried comfort food that at least looks mildly healthy and tastes the bomb! Recipe: Fish Tacos Servings: 4 Ingredients For the batter 1 cup all purpose flour 2 tablespoons corn … keep reading

Market update: Dried Onion


Dried Onion is a funny commodity. It’s one of the most popular spices, as it’s a staple of just about every cuisine, and produced in huge quantities all across the world. Yet, every time onion crop arrives, prices are all over the place. Onion farmers know their product is in demand, and so are unwilling to be the ones to start negotations. Buyers know when production is ongoing and harvesting has started, so they don’t want to start talks either. The rule is straightforward: he who starts the talks, has the worse side of the bargain. After the first big … keep reading

Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken

blackened chicken fettucine with spices

This one’s a good recipe to have some excitement in the kitchen while keeping the meal comfort food. It takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish, but you’ll be well rewarded with one of the best evolutions to a classic favourite. The Blackened Chicken is packed with a lot of spices, the creaminess and heat makes this dish super addictive! If you want to make your version less rich, substitute half the cream for milk… but when you’re a foodie, who cares about calories! Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken Serves: 4 Ingredients For the Alfredo Sauce – 3 … keep reading

Recipe: Coleslaw with celery seed yoghurt

coleslaw dill and celery

This yummy salad will pair great with burgers, fried snacks, grilled vegetables, sausages, or even as a snack to munch on alone. If you have the ingredients on hand, it can be put together in just 10 minutes, or less. Coleslaw is best served after chilled in the fridge for an hour, but eating immediately is still ok! Our Coleslaw recipe contains celery seeds and dill for an added light flavour and aroma. Recipe: Coleslaw with Celery Seed Yoghurt Servings: 4 Ingredients – 3/4 cup plain yogurt – 1/4 cup mayonnaise – 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar – 2 tablespoons … keep reading

Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

xacuti chicken curry spices goa

Food from Goa is not your usual indian fanfare of explosive spices. Owing to it’s portuguese heritage, much of the region’s cuisine is imbued with new sour-spicy and sweet flavours. It’s less about pure spice and deep warmth from garam masala. That said, Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) masala is a fiery curry base, paired with sweet cool coconut giving a delicious fresh portuguese-indian blend of flavour. Chicken Xacuti Ingredients 1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces 5 grams turmeric powder 1 tsp salt 2 inches of ginger 10 flakes garlic 1/2 bunch fresh coriander 5 green chillies 2 tsp oil 2 … keep reading

Recipe: Spicy Tomato Onion Chutney


This spicy tomato chutney is a great accompaniment to many South Indian favourites, such as Idli and Dosa. It’s also a great dip for crackers, samosas and breads, as well as a lovely fresh spread for use in sandwiches. It’s simple, quick, and only relies on very commonly used ingredients in Asian cooking! This chutney can also be refrigerated for several days and still taste great. Ingredients – 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil – 1 tsp black mustard seeds (5g) – 3-6 dried Kashmiri chillies based on taste – 1/8-1/4 tsp asafoetida powder – 10g of dried garlic flakes, or 6-8 … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Onion

Regency onion slices dehydrated

All values below are per 1 tsp (2.4g) of dried onion. Proximates Water 0.13g Energy 8kcal Protein 0.25g Total lipid (fat) 0.02g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.90g Fiber, total dietary 0.4g Sugars, total 0.16g Minerals Calcium, Ca 9mg Iron, Fe 0.09mg Magnesium, Mg 3mg Phosphorus, P 8mg Potassium, K 24mg Sodium, Na 2mg Zinc, Zn 0.10mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.6mg Thiamin 0.011mg Riboflavin 0.002mg Niacin 0.008mg Vitamin B-6 0.017mg Folate, DFE 2”g Vitamin B-12 0.00”g Vitamin A, RAE 0”g Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), 0.01mg Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0”g Vitamin D 0IU Vitamin K … keep reading