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Spicy Steamed Corn


4 – Corn cobs

Spicy rub:

one 5 cm piece – Ginger
3 cloves – Garlic (minced)
2 tsp or to taste – Fresh red chili (chopped)
2 tsp – Green peppercorn (crushed)
2 Tbsp – Water


2 Tbsp – Fish sauce


  1. Remove husks and silk from cobs. Cut each cob into 3 or 4 pieces.
  2. Line a bamboo steamer with banana leaves or parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the spicy rub. Press mixture onto the corn cobs. Place the cobs in the steamer and cover the lid.
  4. Place the steamer over a wok or pot of boiling water. Steam for 20 minutes or until corn is tender.
  5. Drizzle fish sauce over the steamed corn and serve at once.

Bad Cholesterol Is Not As Bad As People Think

The so-called “bad cholesterol” – low-density lipoprotein, commonly called LDL – may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise.

Researcher says the study reveals that LDL is not the evil Darth Vader of health it has been made out to be in recent years and that new attitudes need to be adopted in regards to the substance. The study is published in the Journal of Gerontology.

Riechman and colleagues examined 52 adults from ages to 60 to 69 who were in generally good health but not physically active, and none of them were participating in a training program. The study showed that after fairly vigorous workouts, participants who had gained the most muscle mass also had the highest levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, a very unexpected result.

It shows that you do need a certain amount of LDL to gain more muscle mass. There’s no doubt you need both – the LDL and the HDL — and the truth is, it (cholesterol) is all good. You simply can’t remove all the ‘bad’ cholesterol from your body without serious problems occurring.

Cholesterol is found in all humans and is a type of fat around the body. A person’s total cholesterol level is comprised of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

LDL is almost always referred to as the “bad” cholesterol because it tends to build up in the walls of arteries, causing a slowing of the blood flow which often leads to heart disease and heart attacks.

HDL, usually called the “good cholesterol,” often helps remove cholesterol from arteries.


A Thai Mango Dessert


250 g white glutinous rice
1 pandang leaf
1½ cup coconut milk
3 tbsp sugar
3 mangoes
50 g palm sugar


  1. Soak rice for 4 to 5 hours. Drain.
  2. Tie pandang leaf into a knot. Place the rice and pandang leaf into a steamer. Steam 30 to 40 minutes until cooked.
  3. Mix the rice with 1/2 cup of coconut milk and sugar.
  4. Slowly simmer the remaining coconut milk in a pot until thicken. Set aside to cool.
  5. Dissolve palm sugar in hot water. Let syrup cool.
  6. Spoon rice into serving bowl. Pour thickened coconut milk and sugar syrup over rice. Add fresh mango pieces before serving.

Source: Hong Kong magazine