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Easter April $20 Budget Meal ~ Quick and Simple Meal

I've have been quite busy last month and missed out on the First Budget Meal hosted by Ellena of Cuisine Paradise. This event is to urge those who loves to prepare simple homecooked meal in order to accumulated more cooking ideas as well as sharing with each other on how to purchase ingredients with a minimum sum of budget given. Anyone in the world can join in this event, please hop over to Ellena's blog and check on the details if you are interested to join the May $20 Budget Meal.

Here is my submission for Easter April $20 Budget Meal using Egg as one of the main ingredient.

Menu for 2 Dishes 1 Soup S$14.65 (Serves 4)
Minced Pork Omelette - S$3.60
Steamed Tilapia - S$7.60
Fish Ball Spinach Soup - S$3.45

Minced Pork Omelette

200g Minced pork mix well with seasoning for 10 mins
1 Onion - chopped
4 Large beaten eggs with some pepper (*is 4 eggs not 3 as seen in the picture)
1 tbsp Garlic - chopped

1/2 tbsp  Dark soy sauce
1/2 tbsp Oyster sauce
1 tsp Light soy sauce
1/2 tsp Sugar
2 drop Sesame oil
1/2 tbsp cooking wine
dash of pepper
1/2 tbsp Corn flour
1 tbsp Water
1/2 tbsp Cooking oil
2 stalks Spring onion, cut finely

  • Heat up 1 tbsp oil and add chopped onion and chopped garlic saute until fragrant. Add in seasoned minced pork and stir fry until cooked, dish up.
  • Heat up some oil in a flat frying pan, add two scoops of beaten eggs and pan fry at low heat until half cooked. Add some minced pork on top and fold up omelette. Fry at low heat until both sides are golden brown. Dish up.
  • Use the same method to finish the remaining portion (I made four but you can make smaller portion).

Cost of ingredients:
Minced pork = S$2.40
4 Eggs = S$0.80
1 Onion = S$0.40

Steamed Tilapia
1 (400g) Fresh live fish (Tilapia) 
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Light soy sauce
a drop of sesame oil
2 tbsp water 
3 slices Ginger - shredded
some cut Chilli and Spring onion

  • Clean and wash fish, pat dry with kitchen paper and put fish on steaming plate.
  • Mix the seasoning in a small bowl, stir well and pour on to fish.
  • Sprinkle chilli and spring onion on top and steam at high heat for about 8-10 mins.
  • Serve immediately.

Cost of Ingredients:
Tilapia = S$5.90
Spring onion = S$0.70
Chilli/Ginger/Garlic =  S$1.00

Fish Ball Spinach Soup

400g Spinach (Hing Cai)
1 packet Fish ball
3-4 Garlic
60g Anchovies
1 sliced Ginger
1.5 litre Water

  • Wash anchovies and put it together with sliced ginger in a small muslin bag.
  • Bring a pot of 1.5 litre water together with the anchovies to boil and simmer at low heat for 30 mins.
  • Wash spinach (I only keep the leaves) and set aside.
  • When you're about to serve your meal,  remove the bag of anchovies, bring stock to boil again, add garlic, fish ball and spinach.
  • Wait until fish ball floats to the surface, then add salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp) and off heat.

Cost of Ingredients:
Spinach (Hing Cai) = S$1.30
Fish Ball (10 pcs) = S$1.35
60g Anchovies = S$0.80 

You can cook all these dishes almost at the same time (only prepare the stock first), put the fish in the steamer when you're about to finish making the omelette. Then heat up the stock and add fish balls and spinach.


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  1. What I love most about this set is that I can totally see myself eating it on any day of week! Delicious and simple homecook goodness :)

  2. All look very delicious, esp. the fish ball spinach soup!

  3. such great recipes! that soup is so unique...i have never had one like that and i am loving your omlette. anything mixed in eggs is a winner for me :D

  4. What a terrific meal for just $20! Definitely a healthy and delicious meal here, Ann. I love steaming fish the way you have done it here. It really brings out the freshness of the fish. Everything looks wonderful.

  5. They are all making me hungry. Great budget meals!!

  6. 不客气,有空一定要做给家里人吃哦。

  7. Kris, I always prefer to buy the fresh handmade fish balls only when I don't have the time to go to wet market then I'll get it at the supermarket. You can't get fishballs at Bangkok?

  8. Thanks Wiffy. I must learn from you because your food always looks so delicious :)

  9. Wow that's bang for your buck! I especially love steamed fish =)

  10. Wonderful dishes! Love the idea of minced pork omelet, so yummy!

  11. Wonderful dishes! Love the idea of minced pork omelet, so yummy!

  12. 老师,我超爱你的煎肉蛋,

  13. Thank you for dropping by :) Hope to see you often :))

  14. Good Penny, Hope to see you there soon :)

  15. Hmm...I love easy to make dishes and the minced pork omelet looks great! I need to try it!

  16. Even though the dishes are simple, they are really tasty. You certainly whipped up a banquet on such a budget $.

  17. Barbara @ Barbara BakesMay 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    The mince pork omelet looks like a must try.

  18. i like the fish dishes looks yummy

  19. I'm drooling over the minced pork omelette!!

  20. Asian cuisine is so simple, we don't even to put much to make a great dish.

  21. Interesting... I want to join this as well!

  22. Everything looks so delicious! I'm really impressed how you could prepare such a good meal with on 20$! Good for you!

  23. one can still sit dow and enjoy this kind of homely and heart meals very much. nice selection!

  24. Great budget meals...I specially the steamed tilapia and the the way, thanks for inviting me to the Easter party...sorry could not make it...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Anncoo ;-)

  25. I love the steamed tilapia, serve with chilli padi and I can eat a lot ^_^

  26. bakeinparis bakeinparisMay 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Good idea, a great combination that offers low budget and great taste. Now I miss Singapore fish balls already, Ann :-)

  27. You're welcome Ellena. I almost missed this posting again because my internet line is very very slow since last week. Still not stable...the line always up and down...very difficult to go blog visiting. So frustrating!

  28. Thanks Krystle. This is again my lazy method of cooking ;D

  29. 我觉得活鱼,最好是请蒸,加点调味料,葱和辣椒,就很美味啦。

  30. you really showcase how economical it is to cook at home - there's even a fresh large fish. I wish I can have such a sumptuous dinner everyday!

  31. I heart the Minced Pork Omelette. :)

  32. I love each and every one of these dishes. Those fish balls are ridiculously tempting.

  33. simple and good meal

  34. Yum...this looks wonderful. I like the idea of using eggs in the main course. I have some minced pork that I was going to make gyozas with tonight, maybe I do this instead! I've been busy too, looking forward to summer break already! :D

  35. Yuummm. i would love to have dinner at your house!

  36. Oh great!!! Thanks for the shout out and this wonderful quick and easy meal idea. I love the "Steamed Tilapia".... indeed all your dish is very healthy :) Thanks for supporting this budget meal event.

  37. Economical and delicious dishes for a steal! KUDOS to you Ann.

  38. 那条鱼我都用辣椒来蒸的,呵呵:)