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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brinjal Softie

** New Photo Added - Sept 1 (brinjal with skin)**

Cool, look at this yummy simple and delicious brinjal dish. This is just another way of preparing this high in potassium fruit - Brinjal or Eggplant. It is simply cooking with fermented soya beans and minced meat and garnish with spring onion. I have removed the beautiful purple skin (as shown below, new photo with skin, post edited on 1 Sept) for easy digestion thus the colour of the dish may not be so appealing, but it just taste so good with steamed rice. Try it.. :))

All you need :
  • 2 long brinjal - peel the skin and cut into small strips
  • some minced meat
  • 2 Tbs fermented soy beans
  • 5 pips garlic - chopped
  • 1 sprig of spring onion
  • 1 Tbs cooking wine
  • 1 Tbs oyster sauce

Simple Process :
  • Heat the wok with a little oil, saute the garlic and fermented soy beans till aromatic
  • Add in the minced meat and stir fry till meat turns white
  • Add in the brinjal and a little water and allow it to simmer over low heat
  • Stir occasionally till brinjal has soften, add the oyster sauce and cooking wine
  • Stir well, add in the spring onion and ready to serve

Have a Happy Meal

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Butter Chicken

I love this easy to cook tasty recipe for Butter (Vegetarian) Chicken. We love the "buttery" flavor and creamy taste with a beautiful aroma from the curry leaves and dried chilly. This vegetarian chicken is made of soya bean protein powder + its seasoning.

This is the packet of vegetarian chicken which is obtainable from vegetarian grocery stores
All you need : 1 packet of the vegetarian chicken or chicken, 2 Tbs dark soya sauce, 2 Tbs butter, 50 ml evaporated milk, 1 sprig curry leaves, 5 dried chilly and 4 pips of chopped garlic.

Simple Process :
  • Heat the pan with a little oil and lightly fried the vegetarian chicken, dish out and drain
  • Heat the 2 Tbs butter and saute the chopped garlic, curry leaves and dried chilly till aromatic
  • Add in the lightly fried vegetarian chicken, evaporated milk and stir well
  • Allow it to simmer till gravy is almost absorbed, add in the dark soya sauce
  • Ready to Serve with steamed rice

Have a Happy n Healthy Meal

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tonic Vegetarian Chicken

Wow...look at this healthy vegetarian dish which I have created and I named it Tonic Vegetarian Chicken. The vegetarian chicken is made from layers of seasoned beancurd and obtainable from any vegetarian grocery. It is a simple dish and has good nutrition especially the gravy extracts from slices of the american gingseng, wolfberries and dried "yuk-chok".

The gravy consist of boiled american ginseng, wolfberries, dried yuk chok and black fungus or woodear mushroom. The american ginseng is able to energise our body and the wolfberries are good supplement for healthy eyes. Black fungus or woodear mushroom are supposedly able to cleanse the fats in our body system, helps to lower cholestrol.

I have boiled all the below over low fire with 1 bowl of water for 20 mins to get a good extract.
The vegetarian chicken piece is first steamed for 5 minutes and taken out to be cut into
small pieces. Once the boiled tonic are ready, just add 1 Tbs of cornflour to thicken the gravy, salt to taste and lastly pour the gravy on top.

Voila....the dish is now ready to be served
Delicious Tonic Vegetarian Chicken

Have a Healthy Meal!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lemon Turmeric Delight

Share with you this beautiful color and flavorful meat dish which I have created for my family. I called it Lemon Turmeric Delight, well it brings lots of joy when my loved ones tasted mummy's new creation... :)) Alright, Turmeric or Kunyit is extremely good for our health as it has lots of nutritional value in it and I uses it quite constantly in my kitchen as we just love the fresh aroma of it. I enjoy creating and here is to share, a simple to prepare delicious and healthy dish for those who wish to explore.... :))

It is simply marinating the meat with pounded fresh turmeric, galangal (lengkuas), lemon grass(serai), shallots and cooked together with kaffir leaves (daun limau perut) and lemon juice....ohhh, it taste heavenly!

The meat (lean pork or chicken meat) need to be marinated for at least 2-3 hours in order to get a great taste when cooked. When the marinating process is over, just heat the wok with a little oil and stir fry a while, add some water to simmer the meat. Add in the slices of kaffir leaves and a good squeeze of lemon juice (depending on the level of sour flavour you opt), allow it to simmer for next 35 minutes or till meat soften, keep the wok moist at all times.

Beautiful and healthy-licious dish!!

Have fun and enjoy a Happy Meal at home!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Achar Fish

Well another nyonya dish to showcase. I have learnt this dish from my mum, it is called Achar Hu or Achar Fish. It has a beautiful aroma of turmeric, garlic and ginger on fried fish. This dish taste good overnight as the fried fish has been well soaked with the fried ingredients like turmeric, ginger and garlic. To add a little color, chilly has been added. As all of us is aware that turmeric is a healthy stuff and it provide us wonders.

I just love the aroma of fresh turmeric, it is refreshing and gives the dish a beautiful color and flavour. This is a beautiful dish where we only get to eat during nyonya baba wedding luncheon during my childhood days. As for now, we can have it anytime so long as we know how to cook it or frequently we can order it at Nyonya Restaurant...though it can be a little commercialised the way it is cooked.

All you need :
  • small fish or fish cutlets
  • big piece fresh turmeric
  • big piece young ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 pc red chilly
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • salt n sugar to taste
Simple Process :
  • Fry the fish and set aside
  • Cut the turmeric, ginger, garlic into thin slices
  • Heat 1/2 cup oil and saute the ginger strips till golden brown, set aside
  • Using the same oil, saute the garlic till golden brown - set aside
  • Using the same oil, saute the turmeric till it is aromatic
  • Add the rice vinegar, salt, sugar to taste , allow it to cool
    * for health purposes, I have add a little water to the mixture as I do not use too much oil, the original recipe is without water added
  • Next pour it over the fried fish and garnish with the fried ginger and garlic, store for a few hours before serving

Have a Happy n Healthy Meal

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Oatmeal Butter Shrimp

Look at this aromatic vegetarian shrimp cooked with butter and oatmeal. The aromatic curry leaves produces a wonderful aroma to the dish. This vegetarian shrimp is made from soya bean protein, starch and its spices and can be found in any vegetarian grocery stores. It taste real delicious and be assured the kids would love it very much. Fast and easy to prepare too. It is not spicy at all, the dried chilly is to add extra aroma together with the fried curry leaves.

If you are not in favour of soya bean protein (vegetarian shrimp), then just use the fresh shrimp and cook it with the same recipe.

This is the vegetarian shrimp or some called it vege nuggets
label shows it consist of soya bean protein, starch + spices, salt, sugar

All you need :
  • packet of the vegetarian shrimp - defrost before use
  • 5 pieces of dried chilly - cut into 3cm length
  • 3 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 3 Tbs of butter
  • 3 Tbs of oatmeal
Simple Process :
  • Heat the pan with butter over medium heat and saute the dried chilly and curry leaves till aromatic
  • Add in the oatmeal and stir well before adding the vege shrimps and give it a good stir to coat it with the ingredients
  • Ready within 15 mins of cooking time

A real yummy dish...Enjoy your Meal

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mixed Vege Delight

I love this beautiful combination dish of broccoli, baby corn, sweet peas with straw mushroom and taukua (fried beancurd) strips in oyster sauce. Hmmm...Yummy as it is! A simple dish though, but taste great and goes well with steamed rice :)) Yeah, eat healthy!
All you need is to have some of each and stirfry with ginger slices and complete with oyster sauce before dishing it out for serving.

Simple Process :
  • Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2 mins and set aside
  • Heat the wok with a little oil and saute the ginger slices
  • Add in the beancurd, mushroom, baby corn and stir fry
  • Add a little water, simmer to allow the corn to soften a little, add in the broccoli and sweet peas
  • Lastly add 2 Tbs oyster sauce and stir well to mix
  • Ready to Serve...

Eat Healthy and Enjoy Your Meal!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Black Pepper Garlic Chicken

Look at this yummy black pepper garlic chicken. It taste real good and nice aroma of the black pepper, hmmmm, appetizing truly, and goes well with steamed rice. My kids just love the dish and it makes me real delighted to see everyone enjoying their dinner. I just make it real simple to cook by first, marinating the chicken with dashes of black pepper, a pinch of salt and dark soy sauce for 2-3 hours before cooking.
All you need :

  • 2 pcs chicken thigh - marinate with dashes of black pepper, salt and 1 Tbs dark soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic - chopped
  • 4 Tbs black pepper sauce
Simple Process :
  • Marinate the chicken for about 3 - 4 hours before cooking
  • Heat the wok with a little oil, saute the chopped garlic till aromatic
  • Add in the marinated chicken and stirfry till chicken turns white
  • Add 1/2 cup water and allow it to simmer over low heat for next 20 minutes
  • When chicken is almost cooked, add the black pepper sauce and allow it to coat well the chicken for another 3 minutes
  • Ready to Serve
Truly Yummy and have a happy meal!