Review: Asian One-Dish Meals by Lee Geok Boi

Reviewer: Belinda Ho

This cookbook was such a godsend for our family when our domestic helper returned to her hometown for her vacation! With the wide range of easy to follow Chinese, Malay, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Indian, Indonesian and even Middle Eastern idiot-proof recipes with accompanying vibrant and mouth watering food pictures that never failed to whet our appetite, I was inspired to conquer my fear of our kitchen to bring simple but exciting and tasty, new dishes to our dining table and for my family to experience a wide spectrum of cuisines across the world, all in the comfort of our own home.

The very detailed but simple step by step recipes made marketing, preparation and cooking such a breeze. Ingredients for the recipes were easily sourced from just about any grocer or market, while sauces and ingredients were easily interchangeable between the various recipes.

I loved how the recipes not only included the estimated preparation time needed to whip up the dishes, but also how the recipes very thoughtfully included recommendations and tips for how the dishes could be better prepared and presented, with very useful tips on substitute ingredients for the various ingredients required.

With the amazing spread of quick and easy multi cultural one dish meals from light and healthy salads, soups and finger food to more substantial noodle and rice dishes, this cookbook provided lifesaver recipes for nourishing meals for the whole family from little children to the elderly and served as a one stop cookbook for the family. If I could only choose one cookbook for 9789814398381

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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