Tag Archives: Lunch

Recipe: Beef in Hoisin Sauce

So it was pacham Monday in our home the other day because we only have are the beef strips and potato. You see, one of the many challenges of being the CEO of the household is to decide what to cook and serve each and every single day. I have this cook book from Mama Sita’s for reference as well as some Yummy magazines, however, with limitations such as missing ingredients and fear of buying it from the market when it is scorching hot outside, I had to improvise. Presenting, pacham ulam: beef in hoisin sauce!



  • 1/2 kl beef strips
  • 3 small potatoes (cut in strips)
  • 1 small bell pepper (cut in strips)
  • ginger (cut in strips but could be minced if you don’t want to mistake it for potatoes), onion and garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • A few sprinkle of worcestershire sauce


  1. Mix the beef, cornstarch, and salt on a bowl until blended well.
  2. Heat pan with oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger until the onion is light in color.
  3. Add the beef mixture and mix. Add soy sauce and put the cover on for 10 minutes.
  4. Once the beef is half cooked, add the bell pepper and hoisin sauce and cover again for 5 minutes.
  5. Add potatoes and add water if you find the dish too thick (because of the cornstarch) and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the potatoes have cooked.
  7. Serve with a smile 🙂

Recipe: Battered Octopus

I love cooking. If I only had unlimited budget and supply of ingredients, I might just consider staying home and cook for a living. This is of course, a wishful thinking as we have a lot of payables to consider, plus, there is only me to do eveything (we have a yaya, but her focus of course, is Geoff).

According to a popular saying, the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That goes without saying, and I am happy to know that Babe is my number 1 fan with my cooking. I have my mom to thank for the knowledge and of course, the Internet. Today, I cooked battered octopus and stir fried pumpkin and string beans. Here is another lunch idea that anybody can use or try at home:

Battered Octopus

What you need:

  • Octopus
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Salt

What to do:

  1. Pour water on a pot and add salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, slowly lower down octopus. Cook for 20-30 minutes, depending if it’s already tender.
  3. While waiting for the octopus to be tender, combine flour, egg, and milk. Put a pinch of salt to taste.
  4. Once octopus meat is done, cut into desired shape/ portions then dip in batter.
  5. Deep fry until golden brown.

Stir-Fried Pumpkin and String Beans

What you need:

  • Pumpkin
  • String beans
  • Onion
  • Garlic

What/How to do:

  1. Heat pan and drizzle with oil.
  2. Saute garlic and onion until onion is clear in color.
  3. Add pumpkin and pour a little amount of water.
  4. When pumpkin is soft, add the string beans. Mix well.
  5. Turn off heat and keep the pan covered so that the string beans will cook some more.

How to make the octopus dip:

  • Mix mayo, honey, a pinch of sage and turmeric.
  • Serve everything with a steaming cup of rice and a smile. 🙂