We are a Singaporean-Straits-Chinese family, cozying between California and our native island Singapore! We recreate heritage recipes passed between family, friends and generations, and some of our own. Our flavors are mostly South-East Asian. Our recipes are easy to follow and we use only the basic utensils. Nothing fancy, just good food.

Recipe by Ginger and Cilantro


Lemongrass Ginger Patties

These patties are easy to make and keep well for a week in the fridge. Plum and ripe tomatoes add a shot of sweetness and juiciness.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 20 patties


  • 1/2 kg ground beef or ground pork
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder optional, add for extra spiciness
  • 3 tbsp lemongrass minced
  • 3 tbsp garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp ginger minced
  • ½ cup shallots minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup ripe tomatoes (optional) finely chopped


  • Place the meat in a bowl stir in turmeric and cayenne powder.
  • Pound (or use a food processoto combine the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, shallots and salt into a rough paste. Add tomatoes and mix.
  • Combine the paste and meat. Mix the ingredients together with a spoon or fingers and adding cornstarch.
  • Shape patties by making 1" balls and slightly flattening them. For free-form patties, prepare 2 tbsp of meat for each patty.
  • Add patties into heated oil on medium-high heat. Fry for 1 – 2 minutes in each side till golden.


Keep ingredients mostly dry before mixing and pounding to prevent patties from being too wet during frying. If it does happen, increase heat to allow liquid to evaporate during frying.