It is school holiday! This means there will be more family meals to plan for, particularly if you and/or your spouse are working from home. If you are looking for more Singaporean home cooked food ideas to try, we have prepared 3 simple family meal recipes to cook at home for you!
3 Simple Family Meal Recipes To Cook At Home:
- Laksa Fried Rice
- Abalone Risotto
- Sesame Soy Japanese Soba with Salmon
These recipes are simple, tasty, and Singaporean-inspired. You can single-handedly prepare them for lunch or dinner easily or recruit the help of your kids. After all, cooking is a great activity to bond over and to teach them some important life skills too!
All of the ingredients for the recipes can be found on FairPrice Online and FairPrice stores which makes grocery shopping for these dishes super convenient. Have them delivered right to your doorstep or pick up the ingredients during your next grocery run!
Let’s begin with the first dish that is a delicious combination of two classic Singaporean dishes.
Laksa Fried Rice
With plenty of ingredients, our Laksa Fried Rice is so fragrant and rich in flavour, you don’t need any additional MSG or seasoning. Despite that, we are sure Uncle Roger would heartily approve of it because it 100% Asian and absolutely delicious.
Here are the ingredients you will need: Golden Chef 100% Organic Thai Hom Mali Fragrant Rice, Golden Chef Laksa paste, prawns, fried fish cake, fried taopok puff, laksa leaves, shallots, garlic, dried shrimps, and olive oil.
Start by washing the Golden Chef 100% Organic Thai Hom Mali Fragrant Rice.
We chose this rice because it is harvested from Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, which is renowned for producing the finest quality of Hom Mali Rice.
The rice is organic- free from synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers- and naturally cholesterol and sodium free. Hence, you can be sure that your family is eating safe and healthy rice with the Golden Chef brand.
Once washed, cook the rice in the rice cooker. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it up with a chopstick to break up the grains and set aside.
A universal fried rice tip is to leave the cooked rice in the fridge overnight before cooking the fried rice, but this step is not necessary!
All you have to do is simply add less water to the rice cooker before cooking. This will give you a “drier” rice texture that works just as well for fried rice.
To start cooking, we will prepare the liao or ingredients of the dish first.
In a bowl, add one tablespoon of Golden Chef Laksa Paste and the prawns together to marinate and set aside.
The Golden Chef Laksa Paste has the true authentic flavour of laksa packed into a packet. It is very well-seasoned and has coconut milk into the paste too!
Hence, you will not need to add any extra seasonings for this recipe while still getting that signature lemak or rich flavour of laksa. Yummy!
While the prawns are marinating in the delicious laksa paste, let’s start cooking.
Heat up your wok or pan (we don’t discriminate here!) with some olive oil and fry your eggs to your desired doneness. Set them aside.
In the same pan, add in the prawns and cook them on medium-low heat on both sides until cooked through. Set the cooked prawns aside.
Do take care not to overcook the prawns as that will give them a tougher texture.
Still using the same pan, add in the chopped shallots, garlic, dried shrimp, and Laksa leaves and cook until fragrant. These ingredients make the fried rice fragrant and add that tasty oomph.
Add in the rest of the Golden Chef Laksa Paste and fry it for two minutes before adding the chopped fish cake and taupok. Toss them evenly to coat well with the paste.
Lastly, add the cooked Golden Chef 100% Organic rice and toss well to mix.
Here is another fried rice tip: fry the rice until you see the grains “jumping” in the wok. The movement indicates that the rice is dry and fried to perfection!
Now you can plate and garnish your dish.
Scoop the rice onto a serving plate and add the egg and prawns. Top it off with some chopped laksa leaves for added fragrance and a touch of green.
We love how easy the dish is to cook and that you get two Singaporean favourites in one! Laksa Fried Rice is savoury with the rich flavour of laksa which complements the wok hey or smoky char of the fried rice.
To balance the meal, pair your Laksa Fried Rice with a glass of Life Red Sugar Cane and Water Chestnut. The drink is sweet and refreshing, not made from concentrate, this is an all-time favourite thirst-quencher and is best served chilled!
It is such an addictive and hearty meal, you and your family will enjoy cooking and eating it together!
The end of the year also indicates something else for your family- Christmas and New Year’s Eve! If you are planning to celebrate the festive season with a delicious home cooked meal at home, this Abalone Risotto is perfect for your menu.
Risotto is a luxury dish made more scrumptious with the umami flavour of abalone and irresistibility crispy bacon. The dish may sound daunting it is actually really easy to cook!
All you have to do is stir constantly to prevent it from getting burnt. Tip: the stirring is a good task to allocate to your kids or spouse!
Here are the ingredients you will need: Golden Chef Australian Baby Abalone (8pcs), Golden Chef Abalone Sauce, Arborio rice, white wine, hot water, onion, black pepper, parmesan cheese, unsalted butter, bacon bits, fresh parsley, and olive oil.
We opted for Golden Chef Australian Baby Abalone (8pcs) and Golden Chef Abalone Sauce because the abalone flavour is tasty and strong. The baby abalones are extremely tender and succulent and they instantly upgrade your dish from home cooked to restaurant quality.
We really love the fragrance of the Abalone sauce which helps to enhance the dish. You can also use it in place of oyster sauce for stir frying vegetables too!
Before we start cooking the risotto, prepare the broth first.
Mix your hot water with the Golden Chef Abalone sauce in a measuring cup and set aside.
Risotto recipes traditionally use chicken or other kinds of stock as the broth. But since we are making abalone risotto, using the abalone sauce for the broth will ensure that the dish is rich with abalone flavour!
Next, dice two abalones into one cm cubes and set them aside.
For the remaining abalones, heat some olive oil in a pan on medium heat and pan sear them until lightly browned. Set them aside.
Now, we are going to start cooking the risotto. From here, remember to keep stirring the ingredients constantly so prevent the food from getting burnt!
In the same pan, add the chopping onion and cook until soft and translucent then season with black pepper.
Add the Arborio rice to the pan and mix well before adding the white wine. Keep mixing evenly with a spatula.
Once the liquid in the pan has almost dried up, add 100ml of broth and continue stirring.
You will have to repeat this step multiple times until the rice has puffed up and is cooked through. Taste the rice to check its doneness before adding more broth to cook further.
Once the rice is cooked, add in the diced abalones and mix well for two minutes before turning off the heat. Take note that the risotto should be wetter than your desired consistency as the cheese and butter will further thicken it.
Now that the heat is off, add the cheese and give a good mix before adding and mixing in the butter.
To garnish the risotto, generously sprinkle the bacon bits and place the pan seared abalones on top. Then top it off with some chopped parsley for your finishing touch.
We think the Abalone Risotto looks like something you can get at a five-star restaurant! It is creamy, bursting with the umami flavour of baby abalones, and so tasty.
To complete your meal, pair it with Life Lemon Tea with reduced sugar.
The zesty citrus goodness is made with tea leaves from Sri Lanka and it is a perfect companion to the richness of the risotto as its lemon fragrance cleanses your palate and leaves you ready for the next bite.
Sesame Soy Japanese Soba with Salmon
If you are looking for a quick and healthy meal to throw together, this Japanese inspired recipe is for you. Japanese food is known for being delicious and healthy, all of which our Sesame Soy Japanese Soba with Salmon lives up to.
What we love best about this recipe is that it is the easiest of out the three we have for you. Thus, it will be perfectly safe and fun for your little ones to help you out in the kitchen!
Here are the ingredients that you will need: green tea soba noodles, salmon, Golden Chef Sesame Soy Dressing, frozen edamame, red radish, salt, black pepper, soya sauce, and white sesame seeds.
Cold Japanese soba noodles are traditionally dipped or tossed with soy sauce for flavour before eating. To make this dish tastier, we chose Golden Chef Sesame Soy Dressing to flavour our noodles.
Made in Japan, this unique dressing can rarely be found in other supermarkets. It is savoury and slightly tangy flavour that whets the appetite with a lovely sesame fragrance. These attributes make the dressing perfect for flavouring soba noodles, salads, and even spaghetti!
Begin with cooking the salmon first. We chose salmon for this dish because salmon is one of the healthier fishes. It is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids which is good for your skin and brain!
Sprinkle salt and black pepper on the salmon and rub in the granules.
Heat some olive oil in a pan and add in the salmon, skin side down. Let the salmon cook on medium heat for about three minutes or until half cooked through before flipping it over. Cook for another two minutes then set aside.
Cook the soba noodles in boiling water, as per the instructions on the packaging.
Once they are cooked, place them in ice water to stop the cooking process and to cool them down. Drain them and place in a bowl.
Add the Golden Chef Sesame Soy Dressing, soya sauce, and radish to the noodles and toss well to coat.
Plate the noodles with the salmon, and edamame before sprinkling sesame seeds on top and your meal is done!
To complete the Japanese experience, pair your meal with Life Japanese Green Tea. Also made in Japan, this green tea contains no sugar and it is certified with a Healthier Choice symbol. We find the earthy flavour of the green tea to be refreshing and it matches well with soba noodles.
The Sesame Soy Japanese Soba with Salmon is such a simple and wholesome recipe that you can easily make for lunch or dinner. We especially love the tanginess of the dressing as it makes the noodles so appetizing!
Get the recipes here!