Homemade Cheong Fun

Cheong fun is the Chinese steamed rice roll filled with meat or seafood. You normally find them at yum cha restaurants. And its easy to make your own.

But during lockdown, you might not be able to go to your favorite yum cha place to enjoy them. You can enjoy them takeaway but it’s not the same and they are about $7-$10 for a plate of three. You can make a quite a bit at home with $10-$15 worth of ingredients

Recipe courtesy of My Mummy’s Cooking

You’ll need the rice flour that you can find in most Asian grocery stores plus meat (beef or pork) or seafood, some soy sauce, chives, and a steamer. You can buy the steamer in most Asian places if you don’t have one.

Homemade spring rolls

Homemade spring rolls can be fun to do but can be time consuming. This is a good stay at home idea. Here’s a recipe for pork

Video courtesy of HowToBasic

We did ours in the airfryer but you can deep fry yours in a wok.

All the ingredients we bought in the Asian grocery store. But the pork mince, vegetables, and seafood you can normally buy them at the supermarket. You can make pork, vegetarian, seafood spring rolls.

It normally costs about $8-$12 outside but if you make it at home you can make lots with all the ingredients and its about $20-$30 depending on what you buy.

Char siu buns

We love them when going outside for yum cha. But did you know that you can make your own? You just need the tapioca flour that you can buy at most Asian Grocery stores and you need the BBQ pork that you can buy at most Chinese restaurants.

Vidoe courtesy of Chinese Cooking Demystified.

You can make them small or big.

Now that we are at home for the foreseeable future, making your own is easy. We cannot go out to yum cha anymore for a little while.

Homemade Fish and chips

You can make them in the airfryer and we bought the Bird’s Eye chips from IGA.

You can batter your own fish and make your own potato chips if you like.

I got the recipe from the Phillips site as we made our own fish and chips using the airfryer

Homemade Fish and chips

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  • 200 g white fish fillet (tilapia, cod, pollack). We used the Birds Eye fish which was already battered
    1 egg
    300 g (red) potatoes
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    ½ tablespoon lemon juice
    Tortilla chips


  • Preheat the AirFryer to 180°C.
  • Grind the tortilla chips very fine in the food processor and transfer the ground tortilla chips to a plate. Beat the egg in a deep dish.
    Dip the pieces of fish into the egg one by one and roll the pieces of fish through the ground tortilla chips so that they are completely covered.
    Scrub the potatoes clean and cut them lengthwise into thin strips. Soak the potato strips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and then pat them dry with kitchen paper. Coat them with oil in a boil.
    Insert the separator in the AirFryer basket. Position the potato strips on one side and the pieces of fish on the other.
    Slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer to 12 minutes and fry the potatoes and the fish until they are crispy brown.

The Happy Apple

The Happy Apple is a grocery store in Union Road Ascot Vale where they sell lots of unique items that I cannot find in supermarkets.

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During these crazy weeks of Covid19 I have been making some small trips there to buy my snacks and drinks at the end of my runs. Exercise is an essential activity that can be done outside and the Government has allowed this. So I have been ramping up my marathon training this way.

Here I once bought a mango lassi and it was low fat and very nice. Other times I have bought a protein ice cream and orange juice made by the Happy Apple. This juice has no added sugar to it.

Do come by the Happy Apple when you can. Do support small business. They also have another store in Seddon for those that live out west.

Easy vegetarian frittata

This Frittata is perfect for four people and it includes potatoes and eggs. There is no meat in this and it can be a perfect side dish with meat. This recipe would be great for the Coles Cook with Heart campaign which aims to reduce the risk of heart disease.

This recipe was from Coles website as it was a part of the cooking challenge


  • 6 baby Red Royale or baby white potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (120g) frozen peas
  • 8 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 80g goat’s cheese, crumbled
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad



Heat a greased 20cm (base measurement) ovenproof non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add one-quarter of the potato. Cook for 1 min each side or until light golden and tender. Transfer to a plate. Repeat in 3 more batches with remaining potato.


Meanwhile, cook the peas in a medium saucepan of boiling water until tender. Drain well.


Lightly whisk the eggs in a medium bowl. Season.


Preheat grill on medium. Arrange half the potato over the base of the frying pan. Top with half the peas and half the goat’s cheese. Continue layering with the remaining potato, peas and goat’s cheese. Pour over the egg and gently swirl the pan to cover the potato mixture. Cook over medium heat for 6 mins or until almost set.


Cook under grill for 5 mins or until just set. Cut into wedges. Serve with salad leaves.

Why processed foods are bad for you

We talk about why processed foods are bad for you

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In the US and UK obesity is at all time high. Earlier this week I watched a new report about people in Melbourne’s low income suburbs buying all these junk food as the supermarkets price them pretty cheap. It is the same in 7/11. All the processed food are at the front of the store with all the fresh stuff at the back. The supermarkets want people to buy these foods now that we are in lockdown.

Processed foods are high in sugar, salt and fats. They are also high in calories and if you want to lose weight, you don’t need those empty calories. According to Mind Body Green they are bad for gut health. Every day we are bombarded at the supermarket with all these foods. The supermarkets place them at the front of the store so that people will buy them. These junk foods attract the people on low income because that’s all they can afford.

Yes we can’t change the environment. But we can change our attitude and buying habits. Like for example my flatmate buys all these crappy snacks but I just don’t eat them and instead buy my own. Avoid the junk food at the supermarket. Know what you want before you get there. Write a list if you have to.

We should try and eat more natural foods. We are deficient in fruits, vegetables and fish and seafood and whole grains. Its ok to have a little bit of processed food from time to time just as a treat but nothing more.

Homemade sticky rice

The Chinese Zongzi is the one that I mean. You have this at the Chinese Yum Cha. But now that the restaurants are closed due to Coronavirus, you can make it at home

This is a great winter dish. Here it takes a few hours to make and doesn’t cost much. You can make many of these to eat for when you come home late from work. You can freeze some of the pouches. It takes about half an hour to cook on the stove but you can relax whilst its cooking.

Here you’ll need the dried lotus leaves, rice, and other goods that you can get from your local Asian grocery store (note: they are classed as an essential good here in Australia and are open).

Here is a recipe from Happy Wok. This is the one that I use.

Australia’s Biggest morning tea with Coles Buttermilk scones

Australia’s Biggest Morning tea is on and it occurs every year. For the past few years this event has been at RMIT University and other places, but this year most people would be holding it virtual. This is due to the Coronavirus. It is run the Cancer Council and they aim to raise as much money as they can for their life saving operations.

This time I decided to suggest that people buy a packet of those Coles buttermilk scones and make it themselves at home. The packet of buttermilk scones costs about $4-$5 and they can make about 50 little ones. A scone is about 160 calories each, therefore a mini one is about 80 calories. Pair that with jam and cream and its about an extra 40-80 calories depending on how much cream you consume. The scones when freshly baked are yummy and moist. You just need to follow the packet directions.

Here is a traditional scone recipe if you don’t have a Coles near you.

Do sign up for the virtual morning tea here and you’ll be supporting the Cancer Council through this very tough time


Daiso is a Japanese department store and they are all over Melbourne. Almost everything here is $2.80. Well almost everything.

Their range changes from month to month but the categories of things they sell is the same.

You can buy your kitchenware and your grocery needs. Here they have a range of assorted items from Japan. I tried a milk tea and it was a little too earl grey for me. This tea reminds me of earl grey and Teh tarik. I have also tried their range of Japanese snacks and it was all good.

I have also bought their cute notebooks and kitchenware from here. No problems. One time I have bought a drink bottle and it lasted a while. I also buy headphones and a usb charger whilst there.

I think that during the Coronavirus times they will stay open purely because people need their homewares and foods as well as things for DIY.