Thursday, November 19, 2009

Will Be Back Soon..

Thank you for visiting my Blog. I have been busy of late and have not been updating my Blog.

Will be back once I have the time......... Happy browsing for those Recipes that you like and enjoy a good meal at home....

See you soon..

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gulai Assam Pedas

This is one of the nyonya sour-spicy curry fish and my grandmother called it Gulai Assam Pedas. A healthy curry with no oil added. I remembered when we were small, we would request for blanched vermicelli to eat with the curry soup and it taste so good, an alternative of "Assam Laksa". The important ingredient in this curry is the aromatic herb called "daun kesum", the fresh green leaves that is seen in the photo. The taste of this curry or gulai is a little sour and spicy and it is real appetizing, yummy!

All you need:
  • 1/2 kg small fish - ikan selar
  • 2 sprig of daun kesum
  • 10 shallots
  • 6 red chilly
  • 2 cm size galangal (lengkuas)
  • 4 lemon grass
  • 2 cm size dried shrimp paste (belacan)
  • 2 Tbs tamarind juice
  • salt to taste
Simple Process :

1. Ground the chilly, shallots, galangal, lemon grass into a paste
2. Put 1 litre of water in a pot and add the daun kesum, grounded paste and put to boil over medium heat
3. Once the soup smells aromatic, add in the tamarind juice, salt to taste, add in the fish
4. Boil over low heat till fish is cooked. If you wish to increase the sourness, just add in extra tamarind juice.

Wow! Super Appetizing, Enjoy your Meal!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Herbal Tau Pau (BeanCurd Roll)

This is a beautiful dish and we all love tau pau. Tau Pau or Beancurd Roll is very nutritious and I have this newly created simple recipe to go with steamed rice. The gravy are made up of boiled dongqui, red dates, dried longan, wolfberries and chinese mushroom. Wow, the extracts are very aromatic especially the dongqui (tongkui). Dongqui is a type of roots which is sweet and pungent and it helps in revitalising energy in our body, the chinese called it "blood tonic".

Lightly pan fried the Tau Pau before adding in the "tonic" gravy

All you Need:
  • a packet of beancurd roll - obtainable from Vegetarian grocery stall
  • 3 pcs dongqui
  • 10 red dates
  • 20 dried longan
  • some wolfberries
  • 4 chinese mushroom - soaked and cut into slices
Simple Process :

1. Lightly pan-fried the tau pau / beancurd roll till golden brown
2. Boil 1/2 cup water with dongqui, red dates, dried longan, wolfberries and mushroom over low heat till all the ingredients has soften
3. Pour the gravy and the boiled ingredients over the pan-fried beancurd roll
4. Ready to Serve with warm rice

Enjoy the great taste of the herbal tonic

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hand Made Chai Pau

This is another of my hubby's contribution. Great attempt and he successfully make dozens of delicious Pau for all of us. Hand made Pau taste so great as compared to machine made ones. It taste real good and the Pau is not sticky, unlike those "machine made" Pau. The filling of the Pau is made up of fried vegetables - shredded carrots and yambean aka bangkuang fried with lots of garlic.. Wow! Worth his effort as we enjoyed it very very much! Thanks Daddy... :))

All you need :

500 gms of plain flour
100 gms of shortening
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs instant yeast
1 cup warm water

The Process :

  • Sieve flour into large bowl, add salt
  • Mix warm water, sugar and instant yeast together in a bowl and rest for 5 mins
  • Next pour the mixture into the flour and mix it together
  • Add in the shortening and start to knead till it becomes a non stick dough
  • Next, rest the dough for 1 hour to double the size, cover with a cloth
  • Once the dough has doubled, re-knead it for 10 minutes
  • Roll the dough into lengthwise and cut into 40gms per piece size
  • Flatten it with a rolling pin then fill it with the filling of your choice
  • Shape it and lastly steam it for 15 mins and ready to serve

Have Fun and Enjoy Trying...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Spicy Beancurd Roll

Look at this plate of yummy spicy beancurd roll. We just love this beancurd roll, it taste good and nutritious. It is made up of layers of thick soft beancurd skin and it is tender when it is not cooked. What I did was pan fried it before serving with this wonderful sauce of mine.

The sauce are made up of grounded fresh chilly, chopped ginger and onions, some fermented soya beans and to your taste tamarind juice. Wow! it is very appetizing and goes well with hot steamed rice.

Simple and Delicious....

All you need :
  • 3 fresh chilly - pounded
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 thumbsize young ginger
  • 1 Tbs fermented soya bean
  • 2 Tbs tamarind juice
  • a little sugar to taste
Simple Process :
1. Saute the the pounded chilly, chopped onion, ginger, fermented soya beans till fragrant
2. Add in the tamarind juice, a little sugar and bring to boil
3. Pour it over the lightly fried beancurd roll
4. Serve hot with steamed rice

Have a Healthy and Happy Meal!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Steamed Fish Cutlet

This is a piece of very fresh fish cutlet (ikan kurau) which cost me less than $15. it is meaty and sweet and I had it steamed with lots of chopped garlic and ginger and chinese cooking wine.... Emmmm, it is yummy! Cooking it at home means able to control the amount of oil used thus eat healthy. To keep the meat tender, just put in a ready steamer and steam for 15 mins and serve hot... Garnished with chopped spring onion.

Simple and healthy way of cooking....

Enjoy a happy and healthy meal at home..

Friday, September 25, 2009

Penang Law Mee (Noodle)

Wow...I am so happy to taste my own home made Penang Law Mee. A truly Penang delicacy which I missed very much. With a little exploration based on taste and remembering the beautiful aroma of the thick gravy and the braised meat and eggs, I can proudly say "I am almost there"... :)) Yummy and delicious!

All you need :
  • 400gms lean meat
  • 2 eggs - whisked
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 kg prawn shells (keep the prawns and use the shells)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbs dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp 5-spice powder
  • 5 Tbs tapioca flour

Simple Process:
  • Marinate the lean meat with dark soy sauce, salt and pepper for 2 hours before cooking
  • Braised the marinated meat over low fire with garlic and 5 spice powder added in together with 1 litre water over low heat for 1.5 hours or till meat is tender. Also, add in the hard boiled eggs to braised together.
  • Stir fry the prawn shell till shell turns red and boil it with 500 ml water for 20 minutes to extract the prawn stock. Separate the shells and the stock by sieve.
  • Set aside the cooked braised meat and eggs, use the meat stock to mix with the prawn stock
  • Bring the two stocks to a boil, stir in the tapioca flour to thicken the gravy for the noodles
  • Lastly, drip in the whisked egg into the thicken gravy and off the heat
  • Blanched the Noodle, beansprout and garnished it with the pieces of braised dark soy meat and eggs
  • Pour the thick gravy over the garnished noodle and serve with fried shallots

Enjoy a good home made Penang Law Mee...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Savoury Pulut - Sticky Rice

A yummy savoury glutinous or sticky rice aka pulut in our language. A beautiful contribution from my wonderful niece CKE - an authentic recipe from her mum. See, how well she has cooked this delicious dish for all of us, it is not too sticky and we just love the texture of the pulut. Bravo to her for sharing this recipe :))

The rice is soaked overnight before cooking. Drain the water and add some light and dark soy sauce to the rice. Steam the rice for 40 mins, sprinkle some water in between the steaming process to ensure pulut is soft and cooked.
For the ingredients to add to the steamed pulut - prepare thin slices of meat, thin slices chinese sausage, sliced black mushroom.
1. Saute the chopped onion and garlic till aromatic
2. Add in all the ingredients and stir fry
3. Add 1 Tbs oyster sauce, some dark soy sauce, pepper to the ingredients
4. Next, add in the steamed rice and stir fry till it is well mixed with the ingredients
5. Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve.

Enjoy a Delicious Savoury Pulut

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nasi Ulam Nyonya

This is a healthy plate of rice called Nasi Ulam *Nasi is Rice - Ulam is Raw vegetable* It is one of the Nyonya cuisine. The variety of leaves are grown in my little garden and I was so happy when it is time to harvest them to make into a good healthy meal for the family, they love it very much :)) All the leaves used has good nutritional values.

It taste so wonderful as the leaves used has a beautiful fresh aroma. The finely cut leaves are made up of turmeric leave, wild betel leave aka daun kaduk, peppermint leave, kaffir leaves, lemon grass and together with the fresh turmeric. I have not yet master the skill of fine cutting of the leaves as compared to my wonderful mum and grandma.

Extract of photos below are taken from the google image for reference.

With the all the finely cut leaves, it is then mixed with pounded fried salted fish and pounded fried grated coconut (kerisik), fine slices of shallots and dash of pepper. This is then mixed with the hot rice.

This plate shows the ingredients already well mixed with the rice, just before eating

Enjoy a good and healthy meal!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Coke Chicken

This dish surprisingly turns up to be yummy. A friend of mine tasted this menu for CocaCola Chicken in a restaurant and she was describing it to me, so I thought why not, let me re-create it and see how it taste like...well, we enjoyed it very much... yeah! It is simple and easy to prepare, just marinate it for few hours and just cook it...that's it :))

It is a blend of sweet-savoury and lemon taste....yum-yum taste great!

All you need :
  • 1/2 chicken
  • 1 bottle coke
  • 1 lemon - extract juice
  • some chopped ginger and garlic
  • 1 Tbs dark soy sauce

Simple Process :

1. Marinate the chicken with 3/4 bottle coke and lemon juice for 3 - 4 hours
2. Heat the wok with a little oil and saute the chopped ginger and garlic till fragrant
3. Pick up pieces of chicken and put it into the wok, stir fry till chicken turns white, keep the liquid aside
4. Add the dark soy sauce and mix well, put in the left over liquid and allow the chicken to simmer over med heat till the gravy thickens.
5. Serve hot

Have a Happy Meal

Friday, September 11, 2009

Broccoli with Pumpkin Sauce

Look at this yummy nutritious pumpkin sauce which I have made to spread on the beancurd and broccoli...nice color combination yeah! I have this dish created out of left over small amount of vegetables found in my refrigerator, so I thought, why waste it, do something then... Here comes the great rich taste pumpkin sauce... Pumpkin has a rich source of vitamins and definitely it gives us lots of benefit if consumed well.

All you need :
  • some broccoli
  • 1/4 pc pumpkin
  • 1 pkt of seaweed beancurd
  • 30 ml milk
  • salt to taste

Simple Process :

1. Steam the pumpkin for 10 mins and blend it, set aside
2. Blanched lightly the broccoli and set aside
3. Steam the seaweed beancurd for 5 mins
4. Lay the broccoli and seaweed beancurd on a plate
5. Heat the blended pumpkin, add the milk, salt to taste and bring to a boil
6. Pour the pumpkin sauce over the broccoli and seaweed beancurd
7. Serve well with steamed rice

Enjoy a Nutritious Meal!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Baked Aromatic Chicken

Look at this very "sexy" delicious aromatic baked chicken for the family. A friend of mine shared this beautiful recipe with me not long ago and she is absolutely right, the baked chicken taste so-ooo good, words just cannot describe how good it taste, you got to try baking it. The meat is so tender and moist and yum yum... :)) And of course it is healthy to eat!

I used to baked the chicken with salt rubbed all over its body together with screwpine leaves (pandan leaves) but without the lemon grass (serai), and I just realised by adding the lemon grass together makes a lot of difference! (ie. provided you like the smell of the fresh lemon grass)

Simple Process :

  • Clean and drain dry the whole chicken which has been slit at the centre
  • Rub salt all over including inside the walls of the chicken
  • Put about 10 screw pine leaves and 10 lemon grass on the aluminium foil papper
  • Let the chicken sit on top of the herbs
  • Wrap it up nicely with the aluminium foil paper and put in the baking tray
  • Bake at 200 degrees C for 60mins

Have Fun and Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chicken with Sesame Seed Oil

A beautiful set meal for the family.....voila! There are days, a lazy mum like me trying to juggle my time for the day and still ensuring a good meal for the family. So, here goes a set meal - it's steamed rice with chicken stir-fry with young ginger in sesame seed oil. Wow, it's so aromatic and taste real good. I have add on butter- grilled french beans to make a complete meal.

Sesame seed oil is very aromatic and it has good nutritious value too. It is normally served for chinese ethnic mommies during their post-natal (1 month confinement days)

All you need : * half chicken - chopped into pieces * slices of young ginger * 1 clove chopped garlic * 3 Tbs Sesame seed oil

Simple Process :
1. Heat the wok with the sesame seed oil and saute the chopped garlic and ginger slices till aromatic
2. Add the chicken and stir well till chicken turns white, add 1/2 cup water, salt to taste, to add a little color, add in 1 Tbs light soy sauce
3. Simmer over low heat till chicken is cooked
4. Serve hot with steamed rice

Enjoy a simple delicious set meal!

Monday, August 31, 2009

5 Spice Pork Chop

A taste good and smell good recipe for pork chop. Pork Chop can be tough with it's not managed right. I did not use any meat tenderizer instead I have used my mum's method to ensure the meat is not tough when cooked by simply "pounding" it with the back of the chopper till the grains of the meat are loosen up. To add flavour to the pork chop, I marinate the meat with 5 Spice Powder aka "ngoh hiang hoon" which is a beautiful Aromatic Spice together with dark soy sauce, sprinkle of sugar and salt and a little cornflour for 2 hours before cooking.

All you need :
  • 6 pieces slices of pork chop
  • 1/2 Tbs 5 Spice Powder
  • 2 Tbs dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs cornflour
  • a little sugar n salt

Simple Process :
  • Marinate the meat with all the above for 2 hours or more
  • Drip dry the marinated meat, heat the wok with some oil and lightly fry the meat on both sides
  • Once that is done, add in the remainder marinated sauce on to the meat, allow the meat to simmer over low heat for the next 20 - 25 minutes or till meat is tender and gravy has thicken.

Have a Wonderful Meal at home!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shrimp Roll in TomYam Sauce

A simple and fast to prepare dish for the family. It is Shrimp Roll (vegetarian) in Tomyam sauce. We enjoy eating this vegetarian shrimp roll which is made of beancurd skin wrapped with shreds of yambean (bangkuang) and carrots. It is easily obtainable from hypermarket or any vegetarian grocery stores. An added variety to the day to day meal at home. The tomyam sauce gives the lightly fried "shrimp roll" a great taste and because of the savoury-sour flavor, it really boost the appetite of everyone. Goes well with steam rice...yummy!

This is a packet of the vegetarian shrimp roll

All you need :
a packet of the vegetarian shrimp roll, 1 onion, 2 Tbs tomyam sauce, some green lettuce

Simple Process :
1. Heat the wok with a little oil, lightly browned the vege shrimp roll
2. Saute the onion slices in a litte oil till fragrant, add the tomyam sauce, some water and bring it to a boil
3. Pour the sauce on top of the shrimp roll that has been laid on the green lettuce
4. Ready to Serve

Happy Trying!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pai-Kut n Potato Set Meal

Look at this simple and delicious set meal which I called it Pai-Kut n Potato Set Meal. I love preparing this especially for days when I have a busy schedule. It can be Pai-Kut (pork ribs) or chicken using the same method of cooking. I have lots of gravy to pour over the steamed rice, coupled with some pieces of fresh carrots and green lettuce and the kids love it very much. I just love this simple recipe which I have learned from my grandma n mum. A good blend of ingredients like the garlic, ginger and fermented soy beans are all chopped together and stir fry with the meat, allow it to simmer till meat is tender, sum up with some cooking wine and it's ready to serve. Simple to prepare and great tasty gravy :))

All you need:
  • 800gms of pork ribs or 1/2 chicken
  • 5 potatoes - cut into half
  • 1 clove garlic - chopped
  • 1 med size young ginger - chopped
  • 3 Tbs fermented soy beans - minced
  • 2 Tbs cooking wine - optional
  • 1 Tbs dark soy sauce - optional (not use in this presentation)
Simple Process :
  • Heat the wok with a little oil and saute the chopped ingredients till aromatic
  • Add in the pork ribs (lightly blanched to remove excess fats before cooking)
  • Stir fry to mix well with the ingredients, add the potatoes and 1 bowl of water and allow it to simmer over low heat for next 40 to 45 minutes or till meat is tender
  • When meat is tender and gravy has almost thicken, add in the cooking wine, stir and ready to serve

Have a Happy n Appetizing Meal