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Welcome to A Wok on the Wild Side.

Please join me in my adventures in the culinary world and all things gastronomic.

Food, travel, books, music and the arts are all close to my heart, not to mention my tastebuds!

I've enjoyed tasting and testing recipes since I was a child in primary school who insisted on helping Mum stir her cake batters and test her bread and butter puddings for afternoon tea.

Mother's Day 2019

Mother's Day 2019

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love," said Edward Chapin, whose mother loved him dearly.

When I think of my Mum, memories of an idyllic childhood caress me like the cool sea breezes of the beach she brought me to when I was a child growing up in Singapore.

If Mum said we were going to Marine Parade that afternoon I would wolf down my lunch, complete my homework speedily and look for my spade and bucket.

Foolproof roast pork belly

If you're looking for a delicious meal at Easter, and I don't mean chocolate eggs, try this delicious recipe from Australian Pork.

Foolproof roast pork belly

1kg Australian pork belly

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp flaked salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Remove roast from the packaging and pat dry with paper towel.

    With a small sharp knife, deeply score the rind at 1cm intervals, being careful to not cut into the meat.

    Chinese New Year 2019

    Year of the Pig

    There are many myths and legends about the year of the pig.

    One of the myths said that the pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called all the animals for an important meeting.

    Eleven animals arrived for the meeting and just as the Emperor was about to end the meeting, an oink and a squeal announced the arrival of the pig.

    It seemed that the "lazy pig" had become hungry on the way and stopped for a feast, after which he promptly fell asleep and so was the last animal to arrive at the meeting.

    Father's Day 2018

    Father's Day 2018

    This Father's Day, why not serve him breakfast in bed with this scrumptious recipe from Australian Pork?

    Maple glazed egg and bacon brioche

      4 eggs, at room temperature

      2 tbsp maple syrup

      1 tsp Dijon mustard

      6 rindless Australian bacon rashers, halved

      1/3 cup store-bought hollandaise sauce

      4 thick slices brioche bread, toasted

      50g baby spinach leaves

      Bastille Day 2018

      Bastille Day 2018

      Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on the July 14 every year.

      In French, it is formally called la Fête nationale, The National Celebration.

      The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fete de la Federation, which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790.

      Celebrations are held throughout France.

      Book reviews

      Book reviews

      101 Things to do instead of worrying about the World

      By Felicity Brightside

      Published by Faber

      Do you feel like not getting out of bed sometimes?

      With political pandemonium, nuclear apocalypse, climate change, dementia, the dangers of sitting down, traffic jams and more, worrying about the world has become a national pastime for some.

      Hey, how about thinking positive for a change?

      Review - Pierrick Boyer Patisserie Cafe

      Pierrick Boyer Cafe Patisserie

      It is only fitting that chef/owner Pierrick Boyer of Pierrick Boyer Cafe Patisserie in Prahran was trained in Versailles, home of queen Marie Antoinette of France, who was rumoured to have said, "Let them eat cake."

      I had sampled Pierrick's exquisite cakes and pastries when he worked in Melbourne city and was delighted when he opened his new cafe just across the road from Prahran Market.

      Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show 2018

      Gourmets, rejoice!

      At the Good Food & Wine Show this weekend, you can enjoy a fabulous time with friendsand fellow foodies, discovering new foods, wines and the latest products to hit the market.

      Awaken your tastebuds with samplings from a myriad local and international exhibitors and find new recipe ideas from some of Australia’s best chefs.

      Visit the Princess Cruises Theatre and check out what double trouble means.

      Recipe for Southern Fried Okra

      I had heard of Felix Heng's cooking long before I met him.

      He was a good friend and classmate of my beloved late brother in law, Alan and it was Alan who taught him how to draw when they were in primary school.

      A peranakan (Straits Chinese), Felix enjoys everything cultural and culinary.

      His Singaporean creations and cakes brought a lot of comfort when Alan was suffering from his illness.

      Felix has generously shared a recipe with us.

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