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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stir Fried Pumpkin Shoots with garlic 清炒南瓜苗

One Pumpkin plant came out from my dig-and-compost pile and flourish to a big plant not long after. For the whole 3-4 months that it was growing, it gave me plenty of flowers, just no fruit!

The growing season is coming to and end for the year and my pumpkin plant is still showing no sign of fruit. I decided to harvest the shoots instead. I will have to say, it is the best green vegetable I have had for the year!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Edamame in Rice Wine Brine 糟毛豆

I planted about 10 soy plants around summer and they all thrived and gave a pretty good yield of green beans, which is also the snack edamame that we normally have at Japanese restaurants.

I prepared the first 2 batches of my edamame with spices --> this way.

For the third batch, I wanted something different and marinated the cooked beans with Shanghainese wine brine, it infuses unique wine flavor to the beans and is such a good snack to go with a glass of cold drink!



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Taiwanese Mooncake (Mung and minced meat Fillings) 台式月饼【绿豆椪】

With Mid-autumn festival just around the corner, it is the time of the year again to enjoy the mid-autumn delicacy Mooncake. 

I made the cute piggy mooncake using the Cantonese mooncake recipe before. This year I decided to try something different and go all the way traditional to make the very old fashion Teochew "Orh-Nee" Mooncake and this Taiwanese Mooncake 绿豆椪. 

I used my minced pork for Gon Loh Fun as filling to this mooncake, it turned out to be the best match and tasting so good that I had to make two batches !


今年我想做点不同的月饼,就选择了传统的潮州(朥饼)月饼 和这款台式月饼绿豆椪。


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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Teochew Mooncake (With Yam and Pumpkin Fillings) 潮州芋头南瓜月饼

With Mid-autumn festival just around the corner, it is the time of the year again to enjoy the mid-autumn delicacy Mooncake. 

I made the cute piggy mooncake using the Cantonese mooncake recipe before. This year I decided to try something different and go all the way traditional to make this very old fashion Teochew "Orh-Nee" Mooncake. 

With pumpkin in the season, I even substitute the egg yolk with pumpkin paste filling, which to my great surprise, turned out to be super tasty and looks almost identical to egg yolk!A delightful surprise indeed!




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.


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