May 27, 2008

Any-Old-How Cook goes Ga-Ga Over Potatoes

Posted in Food tagged , , , , , at 6:40 pm by myrlinn

I was happily chomping on potato chips at Long John Silver’s the other day (they were yummy) when it occurred to me that I really should talk about my weakness for anything potato. Mashed potato, potato chips, baked potato, potato salad. I love them all.

I could eat baked potato topped with a dash of butter, and lots of grated cheese every day! But, don’t worry, I don’t. And my favourite dishes to cook at home are rather more healthy.


One of my “specialties” is an Indian dish I learnt from my aunt. Don’t ask me what it’s really called. I don’t know. I call it:

Black Mustard Seed with Potato Fry


2 tbsp oil
1 tsp black mustard seed
1 large onion, sliced
1 tbsp turmeric powder
2 cooked potatoes, diced into large cubes


1. Heat oil, then add in mustard seeds.
2. When the mustard seeds stop popping, add large onions. Fry till light brown.
3. Finally, add in potato and turmeric powder, and fry till fragrant (approximately 5 minutes).
4. And just like that, you’re done!

I enjoy this potato dish served with boiled broccoli, but most people would probably serve this with rice and meat or fish dishes.


This Chinese dish I learnt from my mother, and it’s a dish that I’ve enjoyed since forever. And I never get tired of the combination of potatoes with the slightly sourish taste of tomatoes.

Pork Rib with Potato and Tomato Soup


300-400 gms pork ribs, chopped into chunks
2 medium potatoes, cut into chunks
3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 tsp crushed peppercorns (optional)
salt to taste


1. Put pork ribs, potatoes and tomatoes into a pot
2. Cover with water
3. Boil for 20-30 minutes
4. Add salt to taste
5. Lastly, add crushed peppercorns.

This soup makes a very good complement to deep-fried fish and rice. A simple, but satisfying meal.



  1. Guess who said,

    Hi Yen

    It’s been such a long while. I finally made it to your blog. Please forgive me. My home computer is finally in working condition. And since I’m on leave today, I decided to try the internet and ‘wandered’ into your blog.

    Very impressive layout. When I first ‘walked in’ into it, I wasn’t sure if it was your blog. Then when I saw the right panel with words like “Singapore’ and ‘Clay’ peppered over it, I knew it right away that it had to be your creation.

    I used to visit the library – occasionally. I hardly could concentrate as there were always people milling around and the coldness of the library often distracted me. It made me sleepy. I would lay my head down and try to steal naps in between. So I was one of the culprits but I napped – I did not sleep – I would have loved to, though!

    Oh, I’m sure you know who I am!

    Until then

    P/S : I would also add carrots to the pork rib soup. You may want to try with chicken, it is equally good.

    I like the mustard seed and potatoes idea – got to try it!

  2. myrlinn said,

    Yay! Your computer is finally working! Singapore and CLAY. You’re right – that would be a giveaway 🙂

    About the soup, I wanted to put in that you can substitute with chicken but I forgot! Thanks for pointing that out. We used to make that soup all the time with chicken. But now somehow I prefer pork ribs.

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