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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mint Cucumber Juice 薄荷黄瓜汁

I rescued two cucumber plants from Walmart sometimes end of Summer, they were wilting and turning yellow and Walmart was pretty much giving up on them already.

I planted it at the edge of my raised bed against the backyard fence with a trellis, after days of carefully watering and feeding, the cucumber revived and flourished to two very healthy plants that yield good fruits.

Together with the Mint Syrup that I made using the mint leaves from my backyard, I made this refreshing and almost (the sugar, you see?) detoxifying drink. Just love it!


我把它们移植到后院菜园子的角落靠近篱笆的地方,勤浇水和施肥的几周之后,两棵黄瓜都满血复活了! 后来还给我结了好多的瓜。


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dried Yard-Long Bean braised Ribs 【豇豆干炖排骨】

The Asian dried their vegetables a lot around the end of summer/beginning of autumn--when the hours of sunshine are still long enough and air mostly cold and dry.

The dried vegetables will then be stored for consumption during the months when fresh vegetables are not readily available.

Dried Yard-long bean is one of the kind, drying the vegetables intensified the flavor of the vegetable and gives a completely different texture to it, which makes it very suitable for braising.

Dried Yard-long bean is especially good when braised with pork/ribs. This dish is so good that I ended up having another bowl of rice with it!




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mint Limeade & Mint Syrup 薄荷柠檬水& 薄荷糖浆

I have a mint plant in my backyard that has been with us for years, it survived a few winters and always managed to come back to flourish. I normally used the leaves to make Pudina chutney or garnish to dishes.

This year I started using fresh mint leaves to make mint syrup to be used in different drinks and desserts. It is so good that I made so many batches in the span of few weeks! My mint plant can hardly keep up with my demand!




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Minced pork for Gon Loh Fun (and more) 多用途干捞粉肉臊

Braised minced pork is a very versatile condiment in Malaysia.  It is vastly used in noodle dishes like Gon Lou Lai Fun and noodle soups.

It can also be used to make different kind of dishes like Potato and minced meat stew.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Taiwanese Braised Napa Cabbage 台式白菜卤

One of the side dishes that I enjoyed much during my visit to Taiwan was this Taiwanese Braised Cabbage. The Napa cabbage in this dish is so tender and sweet, goes well with steamed rice and braised pork.

The Asian supermarket near me is currently selling lots of Napa Cabbage as the season approaching fall. I brought one back to make this dish at home. I also find the fried pork rinds which is (in my opinion) essential to this dish as it soaked up most of the gravy and gives very nice chewy texture to the dish!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thai Lettuce Wraps 泰式生菜包

My husband N went to the gym last weekend and came home demanding high protein low carb lunch.  

I have some organic minced chicken breast and romaine lettuce in the fridge, so here it is, Thai Chicken lettuce wraps for lunch!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pineapple Chicken Satay & Pineapple Satay Sauce 黄梨沙爹/黄梨沙爹酱

I had the famous Kota Laksamana Pineapple Satay during my last visit to Malaysia, it was really nice as the pineapple sauce really adds not only flavor but a good refreshing touch to the skewers!

I created the recipe few weeks back when my friend invited us over for a BBQ at her house. The chicken marinated with some Pineapple turned out really tender and the sauce really compliments the satay, all the guests liked it very much.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Homemade Ginger Ale 姜汁汽水

I am not a big fan of soda with one exception-- Ginger ale. 

It was my go to during the pregnancy time to help ease the morning sickness, nausea. It is also my favourite way to chase away the summer heat. 

It takes only few minutes to make a glass of this refreshing cold drink at home, you can also adjust the taste and sugar level to your taste!



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