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.
However, it was only in the UK, where I went for my undergraduate at the University of St. Andrews and my Masters of Business Administration at London Business School, that I fell in love with cooking. There, I took courses at Le Cordon Bleu & volunteered at a 3 Michelin star chef's food charity (Massimo Bottura/ Refettorio Felix.)
Before I went abroad, I couldn't even boil water! And 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!
When I cook Middle Eastern recipes, for example, I'm always left with a ton of some ingredient that ends up collecting mold in my pantry. I have lots of friends who have the same problem with 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.
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 Chinatown Soy Sauce Chicken (with rice)
- Easy 5-ingredients 12345 pork ribs Recipe
- 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 Seafood congee with shrimp/ prawn
- Dried Scallop congee (Cantonese rice porridge)
- Singapore wet mee siam recipe
- 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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