Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Singapore Stew


Singapore Stew

I found this recipe years ago in a Sunset weeknight dinners article. I should say the original recipe because I have lost the original recipe and this is how I make it now and it's good. It can be served alone or over rice, brown basmati is particularly good here. Fish sauce is also a nice touch if you have it/can stand the smell of it.

Singapore Soup
20 ounces of lean ground turkey
1-2 teaspoons of Chinese five spice powder-to taste
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper

mix and make in to bite sized meat balls
pan fry in a cast iron skillet
remove as they become brown
when all the meatballs are cooked
deglaze the pan with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
reduce heat and pop the meatballs back in
simmer until for 5 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 can diced tomatoes - fresh if you have them will work
1 can baby corn drained and chopped
1 small bunch of bok choy cut into bite sized pieces
1 can of lite coconut milk
warm until the bok choy is wilted
serve with fresh basil

A note on fish sauce- I have trouble with fish sauce. When I was pregnant with boy #2 my husband played an April 1st prank on my oldest son by replacing his syrup with fish sauce and I put it on his waffles. He chowed down about 1/2 a waffle before realizing it wasn't syrup but some other nasty flavor. I took a big whiff and nearly threw up. My relationship with fish sauce has never really recovered from that deception. It's OK though my son got him back by putting Tabasco in his morning coffee. Then the husband retaliated by pouring worschestire sauce in his jello, which he made to eat in the middle of the night, on the sly. Yes, you can say that again, that is some funked up s*#t going on up here! Life with boys is never dull. Or quiet.


  1. Oh my YUM!

    Going to be making this in the future. That last picture looks so slurpishly good!

  2. That looks great. I wish I had someone to eat it with. My hubby is so picky.

  3. Oh this looks fantastic. I would love to try it. I had a similar experience with fish sauce and I wont go near it now..wish I could get over my anxiety about it.. wont go near blackberry brandy either.. too many.. too sick, not a good shot drink.

    anyway, this dish sounds right in so many ways!

  4. I was wondering what the issue was with fish sauce... I think it's one of the neatest sauces out there :)

    That sounds like a great stew, and so much fun to make. I may have to wait until the wee ones are older though, as neither of the wee ones would eat some ofthose ingredients!

  5. Always looks so yummy! You rock my gormet cook :). Muah


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