Saturday, July 11, 2020

【泰式酱油炒粿条】Pad See Ew Recipe ผัดซีอิ้ว



这款泰式炒粿条是每次到泰国餐厅就会点的一道面食,比起 Pad Thai, 我更喜欢这款炒粿条。
可能因为它口味很像我思念的马来西亚槟城炒粿条吧!

I like to order this stir fried flat rice noodle at Thai restaurants, the taste of "charred" in this dish is very similar to my favorite Penang Char Kuay Teow, brings me right back to the humid street of South East Asia.

Monday, July 6, 2020

【薄荷冰粉】Mint Syrup Ice Jelly



冰粉和台湾有名的爱玉冰长得很像,也都是果籽加水搓出的果浆凝固成的。只不过两者用的果子是不同的植物,冰粉的原材料是一种教冰粉树、也叫假酸浆的植物的种子,它属于茄科,而爱玉则是用桑科榕属植物果子的种子做的。虽然是两种不一样的植物,做出来的凉粉口感却非常相似的哦!

几周前网购一些调料的时候发现同一个网站也卖冰粉粉,就买了几包打算天热的时候做冰粉吃。冰粉是中国南方夏天的一种小吃,冰凉爽滑,天热的时候吃着真的很舒服。

Ice jelly looks a lot like Aiyu Jelly, can also be served the same way. Though the texture and the way of preparation of these two jellies are very similar, and are both natural. They are both made from seeds of two very different plants.

Aiyu jelly is made from the gel from the seeds of the awkeotsang creeping fig found in Taiwan and East Asian countries of the same climates and latitudes, the plant belonged to the family of fig, where ice jelly is made from the seeds of Nicandra physalodes (Linn.) Gaertn, from the same family of Tomatillo.

I bought a few packets of ice jelly powder online few weeks back, since the weather is at the mid 90s F/30s C these days, I made this Ice Jelly for us as dessert, the whole family loved it very much!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

【爆浆脆酥球】Golgappa/Pani Puri




今天我们来做电影《摔跤吧,爸爸》里面女主爱吃的脆球饼,也是我家LD特别爱吃的一款点心。这种空心球,电影里叫 Golgappa,它还有另外一个名字叫 Pani Puri (पानी पूरी)Pani 的意思是水,指的应该是灌入的香料水;Puri 指的是炸好的空心小面球。这种小球球可是印度街头热卖的小吃,只要有街头小吃摊的地方,就有它。

它的吃法是在油炸的空心面球里塞入土豆泥或者煮软的豆子,放入一点的酸子沾酱薄荷沾酱再灌入辛辣的绿色香料水,一口放进嘴里咬破,口感味道特别丰富,是个很特别的味觉体验!

Years back, when I was still dating my husband, he brought me to a roadside stall in Delhi and brought 6 tiny puffs full of spice water and seasonings. That was my first encounter with this interesting snack called Golgappa/Pani puri.

When I popped the puff into my mouth the very first time, the burst of flavors and the combination of liquid and crunchiness of the fried puris is really a very unique experience.

Since there is no roadside stall selling this snack here in the United States, and the local Indian supermarkets are selling freshly made puri puffs for this snack, I have learnt to make it at home, and have since perfected the recipe.



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

【马齿苋菜馍】Purslane Steamed buns



去年夏天我在野外带了一株马齿苋回家栽到后院,收获了好几茬。今年开春后院又长出一大片密密麻麻的马齿苋,摘都摘不完,难怪马齿苋有个别名叫不死草呢!

今天摘一把比较肥美的马齿苋做了这个玉米面和白面两掺的菜馍馍,健康又好吃。多两周可以再做一批冻起来,冬天就有好吃健康的馍馍可以吃啦!

据百度百科记载:

“马齿苋含有丰富的二羟乙胺、苹果酸葡萄糖、钙、磷、铁以及维生素E、胡萝卜素、维生素B、维生素C等营养物质。马齿苋在营养上有一个突出的特点,它的ω—3脂肪酸含量高于任何植物。ω—3脂肪酸能抑制人体对胆固酸的吸收,降低血液胆固醇浓度,改善血管壁弹性,对防治心血管疾病很有利。”


I brought a bunch of purslane from the woods last year and threw the seeds at my backyard, it grew into few large plants and I harvest a couple of time to make purslane salad, I also sun-dried a batch to be used in winter time.

Little did I know that the purslane will return this year so much more than before... I had harvest it thrice since and the last batch that I brought home I used it to make this Steamed buns, very healthy and a great way to get more nutritions!


Purslane is best used for human consumption as a green vegetable rich in minerals and omega-3 fatty acids [20]. Omega-3 fatty acid is a precursor of a specific group of hormones. It may offer protection against cardiovascular disease, cancers, and a number of chronic diseases and conditions throughout the human life.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

【豆沙碱水粽】Kee Zhang/Alkaline Dumplings with Adzuki Bean Paste



Every year during the dragon boat festival (端午节), mom will make a lot of Nyonya and meat dumplings for us. 

But for prayer purpose, she would order some Kee Zhang/Alkaline Dumplings (碱水粽)from some ladies in town. Kee Zhang is normally much smaller in size, only about 1/3 of the normal dumplings. 

The dumplings have a very unique flavor and texture after adding alkaline water/lye water, the color of rice changes and take on a yellow hue, the alkaline water also makes the rice turned firmer and finally the taste of Alkalinity, a very distinctive, slick and pleasant feeling in the mouth, it is hard to explain, but a unique experience.

Since I have some Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste at home, I decided to make this Alkaline Dumplings with Adzuki bean Paste this year instead of the normal Kee Zhang

I really love the texture and color of this dumpling!

小时候每逢端午节妈妈都会裹上好多的咸肉粽娘惹粽,但拜拜用的碱水粽却总是向乡里的一些家庭主妇买的,碱水粽有股特别的碱水味,家里的小孩都不爱吃,所以一般会沾了甜味的香兰咖央,或焦糖咖央吃。

今年端午节我裹了好些肉粽和朋友们分享,冰箱里还有一大盒我自己熬制的红豆沙,裹粽子还剩下一些糯米和粽叶,就随手裹了两串的豆沙碱水粽,真是香甜美味,颜色也特别漂亮!

Friday, June 12, 2020

【花生肉粽】Bak Zhang with Peanuts



咸棕子里我最喜欢的就是烧肉粽了,小时候不会欣赏加了花生和豆子的肉粽,就喜欢糯米和多多馅料的烧肉粽。现在反而喜欢带有花生和各种豆子的粽子,人的口味真的会改变的呢!

今年裹了一批红豆肉粽和一批闽南烧肉粽后又做了这个花生肉粽,一样好吃。

When I was young, my favorite dumpling was Bak Zhang. But as I grow older, I started appreciating dumplings with various kinds of pulses in it, this year I decided to make a type with peanuts and it came out absolutely delish!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

【泰式芒果糯米饭】Thai Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)



夏天终于来了,超市里开始出现各种芒果,全都香甜美味。泰式芒果糯米饭是我们家每个夏天都要吃的甜点之一,前几天买的芒果熟度刚刚合适,今天的饭后甜点就是泰式芒果糯米饭啦!

Summer is finally here and so is mango season! A good time to make this classic Thai dessert khao niaow ma muang. It is the most famous of all Thai desserts, and is a must have for us every summer when mangoes are in season.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

【日式米汉堡】Japanese Rice Burger



多年前日本快餐连锁店摩斯汉堡(MOS burger)进军马来西亚,开业时我和几位同事一起去尝了他们家有名的米汉堡,一吃就爱上了米汉堡的味道。后来摩斯汉堡店选择了离开马来西亚市场,我也再没机会吃上我喜欢的米汉堡了。

前几天我做了日式汉堡肉当晚餐,第二天早上做了我想念的米汉堡当早餐,真是让人分外满足的一份早饭呢!

Years back the Japanese fast food chain MOS burger opened its stores in Malaysia, I went with my colleagues and fell in love with the Rice burger they served. Unfortunately the restaurants didn't do too well in Malaysia and they had to eventually pull all stores out from the market.

I made Japanese Hambugu Steak (ハンバーグ) few days back for dinner, and made this delicious Rice Burger with the remaining burger meat for brunch the next day. 

Just so that you know, This Rice Burger is actually the reason I made the Hambugu Steak! It really did taste like the signature rice burger of the MOS!
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