Taho Lemon Chilli Sauce – Made in Singapore

Now that I’m cooking again, I’m back to blogging about favourites in the kitchen, one of which is Taho’s Lemon Chilli Sauce (Made in Singapore).

I was introduced to this delicious chilli sauce when a Singaporean mum moved back home and she gave me LOADS OF STUFF including 2 sauces: another was a sambal and this, which we LOVE!

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How do I describe this sauce?

It’s something like the dipping sauce you’d get with a nice plate of Hainanese chicken rice, but thicker, richer and more pungent.

As you can see, the label itself shows that the lemon chilli sauce include garlic, ginger, red chillies and what look like limau kasturi (calamansi)? They’re marketing it as “lemon” 🙂 Whatever – it’s INCREDIBLE!

Ingredients.
Fresh Chilli, Chilli Padi,Garlic,Ginger,Lemon, Sodium Benzoate,Sugar,Salt.

How do you use it?

We’ve used it as a dipping sauce for home-cooked Hainanese chicken rice and also for any grilled meats. Yummy! You can try it out if you can get your hands on it.

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Shoh-jo-tai

From Winter Sonata and Autumn in my Heart drama series, K-pop is now EVERYWHERE.

My head is spinning with names of cool girl bands like T-ara, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, Brown Eyed Girls and Wonder Girls that I’m reminded of my teenage love for J-pop group, Shoh-jo-tai (少女隊).

Oh, how my friends and I loved their songs and music videos! My favourite is their live performances on the “Typhoon” tour.

Shoh-jo-tai is the forerunner of girl groups with their costume changes, which ranged from cute polka-dotted hairbands in “Graduation Love”, girlie prom dresses, striped suits to Boy George looks.

Their coolest outfits were probably a rocker-rapper look in black leather and a lot of bling complete with masonic rings from Joy Jewelers in “Ok, It’s good”.

Here are Miho, Reiko and Tomo singing “Starlight Memories” in the cute pink, blue and green dresses:

Remember “Fly to Me”? Sooooo cute! And “Yes, it’s my heart”. Sigh.

I wonder what the girls are doing now…I actually found a Facebook page with their photos and videos uploaded. Then, I found a website that focused on retro J-pop: the girls are Miho (Aida Miho), Reiko (Yasuhara Reiko), Tomo (Hikita Tomoko).

Gotta ask my Japanese friend if she was a one of their teenage fans too hahaha

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Sushi King

Did you know that we love Japanese food?

Yup, Hubs and I recall our dates at Japanese-style buffets in and about town.

We’d only stopped because we thought that our son had a shellfish allergy – he’d developed eczema as a newborn each time there were clams or scallops added to his porridge. However, it turned out that he is NOT allergic to shellfish.

Anyway, he’d been periodically given clams and scallops growing up in China without any incident that he’s grown to love clams and scallops ^_^

Whenever we go out for lunch on weekends, the kids will choose Sakae Sushi due to the cute bento sets for kids but one day, we decided to go for Sushi King.

Shishamo (Japanese smelt fish)

A fish lover, this is the grilled fish he’d order off any menu in a Japanese restaurant since he was 5 years old.

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Grilled with salt, the smelt fish comes piping hot – he’ll squeeze the lemon juice over and I’ll help him get the meat off the fish bones.

Salmon maki

A fan of salmon, he’ll also request for salmon maki. Hmm…is this a hoso-maki or a chu-maki?

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While he was tucking into his sushi, I chose this spicy cuttlefish as my appetizer 🙂 Thumbs up!

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I also ordered this sandwich-style sushi because I love nori (seaweed). Another delicious starter.

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All of our meals must include some vegetables and so I went for this “salad”, which unfortunately came with fake crabstick and mayo drizzled all over it. -_-

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My kids may have been Japanese in their previous lives because they

a) don’t like messy food and

b) different foods touching each other

Thus, I picked out the bits of zucchini that had no dressing and far away from the raw salmon for them.

Grilled mackerel bento (I think)

By then, our main meals had arrived and I realize how much SALMON there was in almost all the dishes.

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Sashimi and tempura set

For such a health-conscious nation, I’ve always been mystified by ‘tempura’ until a Japanese friend told me that it’s not a traditional Japanese food. Batter-dipped foods were actually Chinese and Western influences haha.


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Anyway, I forgot to include the bowl of udon my son had because he’d immediately started slurping the noodles as soon as it was set down in front of him 🙂

Maybe next time?

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