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The Delicious Appreciations of Pick Yin

Not exactly predictable.
Has enough brains for codes
(but can be completely clueless on other more important matters).
Likes her Joe (and her man?) black, her chocolate dark and her food spicy.
“Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu.” — Seneca

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Friday, October 03, 2014


Baked Cod with Tomatoes

Minced Meat Noodles

These days I find myself relearning the basics.
Using fewer ingredients, keeping things simple.

Chinese Fried Rice with Crispy Fried Egg


Sardine Melt

As the world goes on to demand much and more, I try not to forget how to choose fresh fish at the market, how to fillet it, make the best of its briny flesh and extract flavor from every last bits of its bones. I fry an egg, make it crispy around the edges and toss my favorite soy sauce with thin noodles. When I come home hungry with nothing else but cold rice, all a Chinese really needs is a wok and some spring onion.

Roast Chicken

Poached Eggs, Sourdough, Blood Orange Sauce

Double Chocolate Layer Cake

Often we confuse simple as easy, laborious as difficult.

We say simple is boring and complicated is creative. Let's think of something new, do an interpretation of this. The fundamentals are forgotten. How our ancestors farmed, cooked and ate discounted as traditional, not quite enough for our (seemingly) evolved palates.

Spanish Mackerel

Hakka Yong Tau Fu

Hakka Yong Tau Fu

In almost every culture, our prior generations have created things that worked. Dishes passed on to us that make us feel almost broken should we be deprived of them for just a short time. The French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, they didn't have much. They didn't need much to create the best things with flavors and textures which has come to haunt us for our lifetime and those of our children if we're smart enough to preserve these gems.

Vietnamese Grilled Fish Noodle Salad

We, what have we created?

3 Comments on Simplicity

Such a great statement! This will be my future check point in personal growth as I learn more about cooking everyday. Simplicity is the ultimate "zen" mindset. It is when you dedicate all your effort and care into making something so essential, that adding or taking away one more thing will ruin the balance.

Posted by Blogger ah yng, at Oct 7, 2014, 1:54:00 AM  

Great posts. did you mind if i re-publish this post at my blog? i'll wait your permission before i publish it, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous Azzahra Nazwa, at Oct 15, 2014, 5:22:00 PM  

Azzahra Nazwa: Thank you. Yes, go ahead!

Posted by Blogger PickYin, at Oct 16, 2014, 8:32:00 AM  

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