Hi! My name is Zhen!
I'm from a small country, Singapore, most famous for being the setting of the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" and for being a food lover's paradise!
The food was so cheap and good, I couldn't even boil water till I went to the UK!!! (I was there for a total of 11 years, for my undergraduate at the University of St. Andrews (and, yes, I did see Prince William around town. We even took a class together!) and then my Masters of Business Administration at London Business School.)
In the UK, I fell in love with cooking for friends- like many Asians, food is my love language- and took courses at Le Cordon Bleu, volunteered at a 3 Michelin star chef's food charity (Massimo Bottura/ Refettorio Felix) and did lots more fun food-related stuff! (Which is how this blog came about.)
If you're wondering why you should be using a recipe from someone who couldn't boil water till she was 18, that's because "Expertise breeds ignorance." Sage words from my horse-riding instructor.
Because I still remember what it's like to fumble around the kitchen for the 1st time, my recipes are very detailed and written for people not familiar with Asian recipes! (Step-by-step photos and instructions are coming soon to every recipe.)
Life in UK
In UK, I had the opportunity to participate in a cooking demo by Samin Nosrat- whose cookbook Salt Fat Acid Heat is one of my absolute favourites- and try her cooking!
I even organised a supper club of my own to raise funds for UNICEF (#cookforsyria)- those were good times!
Volunteering at Luiz Hara's supper club was incredibly fun and rewarding. I bought 1 of his cookbooks, The Japanese Larder, and it's 1 of my faves. It shows people how to use Japanese ingredients in their everyday cooking which I think is such a fantastic idea!
I have lots of friends who have the same problem with not knowing how to use the rest of their Asian condiments. Hopefully, this blog helps to demystify some Asian ingredients, such as dried jujubes and black chicken.
I would love to help reduce the amount of food wasted in home kitchens, which is why I even have a section of recipes that feature leftovers.
- Before I had a food blog, I sold Korean beauty products so lucky me got to travel to Korea 8 times in 3 years. Hence, I have so many Korean recipes on this site, such as maesil-cheong (plum syrup) and an introduction to Korean side dishes (banchan.)
- My Father lived in Thailand for 20 years while I was growing up, so you'll see some Thai recipes here too, such as this pea eggplant curry.
- Before and after that, he lived in Philippines, which is why you get toyomansi on my blog!
- Both my Father & Grandfather were professional bakers. Hence, although I'm not precise enough to be 1 myself- much prefer cooking!- you will sometimes find baking recipes such as these Chinese Peanut Cookies on Greedygirlgourmet. (In fact, coming from a family of bakers, I had a Diploma from the American Institute of Baking before I had my undergraduate degree!)
I used to study French, and my French teacher called me a "gourmand" which I understood to be "Gourmet." Later, I found out it actually means "greedy"!
Authentic Asian and fusion recipes that are packed with flavor. (No flavor wimps here!) Along with detailed instructions, step-by-step photos (coming soon to all recipes) as well as information on the history and chemistry of some recipes. (I will try not to geek out too much!)
- Best Poached One Pot Soy Sauce Chicken
- 12345 Chinese Spare Ribs (5-ingredients)
- Taiwanese green onion pancake (Cong you bing)
- Osmanthus Jelly Recipe (Gui Hua Gao)
- Traditional Japanese Konjac Jelly with Fruits (vegan dessert) (GF)
- Lychee Jelly Recipe with Champange
- Easy Chinese Shrimp Congee
- Dried Scallop congee (Cantonese rice porridge)
- Singapore Mee Siam Recipe (with Soup)
- Starbucks hot matcha green tea latte recipe
Keep in touch
If you're interested in working together, or just a reader who would like to get in touch, feel free to drop me an email at greedygirlgourmet (at) gmail (dot) com
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