Top 10 Recipes of 2013, 4th Blogiversary, and Giveaway

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

2013 has been an amazing year of growth for Roti n Rice. As she celebrates her 4th Blogiversary today, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your valued and continued support. I appreciate your visits day after day to read my ramblings and check out my recipes. Many thanks also for subscribing to my feed and for cheering me on at Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. THANK YOU!

I would also like to thank my dearest hubby, Ro-Ri San for his unconditional patience and support of my work, without which this blog will not be what it is today. He has spent many hours helping me with the props, photography, editing, taste testing, and critiquing of my recipes. Many of the beautiful dishes and props you see in the photographs are gifts from him. My two wonderful boys have also been amazingly patient and good natured with their mom for her endless photography sessions.

As the year comes to a close, I would like to line up my Top 10 Recipes of 2013. These are the most pinned, shared, and viewed recipes of 2013. As always, there are returning favorites and a few pleasant surprises…..

Simply click on the link or image to view recipe.

No. 10 – Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Curry, I was delighted that a curry made it to the list.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 9 – Coconut Candy, an old favorite updated with new pictures in August 2012. This picture is a personal favorite.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 8 – Jian Dui (Sesame Seed Balls), popular from the very beginning.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 7 – Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls) with Red Bean Paste Filling, the very heart of the Chinese Winter Solstice Festival.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 6 – Pineapple Banana Smoothie, a fantastic smoothie and a real surprise it made it to Top 10!

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 5 – Baked Eggs in Shredded Cheese and Potato Cups, a very tasty and fun recipe!

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 4 – Slow Cooker Honey Spare Ribs, a meat lover’s delight!

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 3 – Honey Castella, the top recipe for 2012 still holding strong. A very popular recipe in Southeast Asia.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

No. 2 – Baked Spicy Garlic Potato Wedges, when garlic met potato it was truly a match made in heaven.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

The No. 1 post for 2013 is Minnesota’s hometown dish – Chicken Wild Rice Soup – HIP HIP HOORAY! This dish is a Pinterest favorite with over 106,000 pins, close to 5,000 likes and shares on Facebook, and more than 120,000 pageviews here on the blog! Thank you so much for continuing to pin, like, share, view, comment, and try out this recipe.

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

As a small token of my appreciation for all who have visited, commented, and tried my recipes, I am giving away this much asked about Birkmann silicone cookie stamp. Similar cookie stamps are seen in these 2 posts – Shortbread Stamped Cookies and Peanut Butter Stamped Cookies. Everyone is eligible (world wide) to enter by leaving a comment on this post. A winner will be picked using a random generator on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. All the best!

Top 10 Recipes of 2013


Top 10 Recipes of 2013


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  1. says

    We would also like to thank you for faithfully maintaining Roti & Rice… I throughly enjoyed every blog post and always will…very inspiring:)

  2. Julia Tan says

    Happy 4th Birthday, Roti & Rice !! Would like to thank you so much for your delicious recipes shared to us… Looking forward to more great recipes from u in 2014
    ….Happy New Year 2014 !

    • Biren says

      I am glad to hear that you made the Chicken Wild Rice Soup and enjoyed it. Happy to share the recipe and Happy New Year!

  3. Hippomommy says

    Happy 4th anniversary and many more to come!!! Keep up the great work. I know sometimes some forget to appreciate the work you are doing. Just keep your head up and smile because your avid fans like me love your blogs and great recipes. It had expanded and improved my cooking. Thanks again.

    • Biren says

      Many thanks Hippomommy for your kind words and support always! I am very glad to hear my recipes have helped you expand and improve your cooking. To a more delicious New Year for you and your family!

  4. Imelda Go says

    Happy New Year! Ithank you for faithfully maintaing Roti &Rice. I always look forward to reading your post. Really interesting.

  5. says

    Congrats on your blog 4th birthday. Of all the top 10 dishes, I liked the most is the Chicken Wild Rice Soup. I have bookmarked this but still have yet to cook. Wishing u s Blessed New Year.

  6. Lisa says

    Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed yoru blog and the food you share! You have helped me pull my family out of the very DEEP rut we had been in food-wise! Looking forward to more great food in 2014!

  7. says

    Happy New year and congrats for such successful blogging! that beautiful cookie stamp might just be the thing to get me to blog a new post that has been a long time coming….all the best and may beautiful things shower down on you in 2014

  8. mixue says

    Happy New Year To You n Family. I love your blog. Thank you for the giveaway. I hope I can win this cookies cutter.

  9. Yuexiong says

    Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary To Your Blog. I am trying my luck to win this for my wife to give her a surprise as I am sure she will love this. Thank you for sharing all your nice recipes.

  10. Choong Kon Yin says

    Hi Biren, this is my first time visiting your blog, thanks to Ann Low’s introduciton. Your stamped cookies look very lovely. I’m sure it’ll be just as fun to use the cookie stamps as well. I’ll be “seeing” more of you in your Facebook and email postings. Happy New Year.

  11. Rita Choo says

    Happy 4th Biogiversary & Happy New Year Roti & Rice and Biren! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes and maintaining Roti & Rice… Well done! I have tried many of your recipes and I have tried Jian Dui & Pineapple Banana Smoothie from the Top 10 Recipes and they are keepers! I will try the others and looking forward to more great recipes in 2014!

  12. says

    Hello Biren, I am a subscriber of your blog and I thank you for the wonderful recipes that you share. You have started 2014 with an anniversary giveaway. How I wish I can be a lucky winner of the cookie stamp and am looking forward to more exciting recipes. Thank you and wishing you a blessed New Year.

  13. betty says

    Happy New Year Roti n Rice n looking forward to your interesting recipes,thank you for sharing,keep up your Great Blog!

  14. JrLeader says

    I too, have pinned and shared the soup recipe. Gonna make a pot today rather than go out in all this white stuff …. Be safe and be warm in 2014 to all!!

  15. Marilyn says

    Just stumbled up on your site, pinned just about all of your Top 10 for 2013. Great recipes-can not wait to try them! Happy New Year!! and P.S– love the stamp too!

  16. VIVIAN TAN says

    Happy 4th anniversary to Roti and Rice blog and Happy New Year to you too. I knew your blog thru Anncoo Journal. I like your blog and I love the no. 9 pink coconut candy. It is hard to find the candy selling in the shop either Singapore or Malaysia.

  17. kim says

    I’m making the Chicken Wild Rice Soup today…I can’t wait to try it and it is the perfect day since we have a snow day:)!

  18. DongXing says

    Happy new year and happy 4th anniversary! Your blog is fantastic and has given me many many wonderful and successful dishes enjoyed by the entire family. Your blog is one which I go to all the time when I need inspiration. Thank you again for sharing all those recipes, they are much appreciated. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing many more recipes. Cheers!

    p/s. How is your dad? I hope he is recovering nicely.

    • Biren says

      Thank you DongXing for your support and kind words always. You are one of my very first followers and one who has actively promoted my blog…THANK YOU!

      My dad is doing much better. Many thanks for asking. Will give you more details when we get a chance to chat.

  19. Jeffnie says

    I love your blog and tried a few of your recipes. Even the friends I shared in Facebook…love your recipes. Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration Biren! May God bless you richly and abundantly this year.♥ :) Hugs!

  20. Nasifriet says

    Happy 4th Anniversary to Roti n Rice!! And wishing you many more blogiversaries!! Love your countdown on your Top 10 2013. I have tried your #10 and it was divine :-)

    And well done to your other half for all the lovely, gorgeous and mouthwatering photography. Well, as they say, “It takes 2 to tango” and you have definitely tango’d yourself to one of the best food blogs in such a short span of time! Great job, Biren!

  21. Shirley says

    Hi Biren!
    I am so happy to have encountered your blog via Fb! Many of your native recipes resemble Filipino food recipes with a twist. I love it!

    Thank you!

    • Alice Lim says

      Hi Biren,Happy 4th Annivisary to Roti N Rice!I am grad that i jus happen to get to yr blog while i was looking for Hup Toh Soh recipe.I fell inlove at first sight in yr blog with the simple n interesting recipes you ve posted,i dont knw if i stand a chance to win the stamp though i like it ver much but i am really glad that i found yr blog thats a WIN!!!…TQ

  22. Biren says

    ***************** This giveaway is now CLOSED. *****************
    ********** Winner will be announced in the next blog post. ***********

  23. Chang Oi Phin says

    Selamt Tahun Baru 2014 dari Malaysia,Biren. Noticed that you are still a malaysian at heart even though you are living in the US.Luv all your recipes.

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