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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nasi Minyak / Malaysian Ghee Rice 马来油饭

Nasi minyak is synonymous with wedding for most Malay back home, it is one of the main dishes served at the wedding reception. I used to look forward to a Malay wedding to enjoy the feast when I was young. 

Malay wedding reception is a true spirit of "Gotong royong" (Communal work), most people in the village (Kampung) gathered together to share the tasks of cooking/preparing for a reception. 

Every village/kampung has its own team of cooks for such occasion, in other word, every village has their own specialty that passes down generation after generation.

I made Nasi minyak last weekend for a gathering to go with my Malaysian mutton curry, Ayam Goreng Berempah and Achar Timun, everyone enjoys it very much, it was a perfect meal!


马来西亚的乡村(Kampung)有个很特别的文化叫“Gotong royong"。 就是村子里的人集合在一起同心协力地去做一件事的意思。村里的婚宴一般都是村民们集合一起共同完成的,每个村子都有自己的婚宴团队,专门负责婚宴注释和安排。换句话说,每个村子的婚宴美食都是很独特的哦!

周末我们请朋友一家和他们来探亲的父母吃饭,我做了马来羊肉咖喱马来香料炸鸡 和 凉拌黄瓜,大家都很喜欢,连小孩都很喜欢颜色好看的这道米饭哦!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lotus Leaf Rice (Hor Yip Fan) 荷叶糯米饭

This Lotus Leaf Rice is a very common dish served at Chinese wedding dinner back home. It is normally served last to ensure all the guests are well fed. 

It is a very thoughtful arrangement and I always love the taste and fragrance derive from lotus leave.


Corn Milk 玉米汁

Sweet,juicy local grown corn is one of the benefits of living in NJ, we loved it grilled, buttered or steamed. Last week the local farmers market had a promotion on sweet corn, I brought a big bag of it and make this very refreshing corn milk.

My son A is a corn lover. He fell for this corn milk instantly, he said : " I like it mommy!"

夏天是甜玉米盛产的季节, 非常甜美多汁。上周我家附近的农夫市场促销玉米,我买了一大包,回来用几根做了这款玉米汁,冰箱里冰起来喝。俊宝很爱吃玉米,对这款玉米汁也赞不绝口哦!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nasi Lemak Kukus (Steamed Coconut Rice) 椰浆饭

With many of my fellow Malaysian friends showing their Ramadan feast on facebook the last couple of weeks, I started craving for nasi lemak to no end. Nasi lemak used to be my breakfast back home for years. I especially loved the small packets of Nasi Lemak wrapped in Banana leaves sold by street hawkers, it is simple, authentic and full of flavors. 

My love for nasi lemak probably was responsible for my weight and cholesterol level then, but then, it was totally worth it!!

I had to make this nasi lemak for lunch this weekend, I could wait no longer. This steaming method really works great and my nasi lemak turned out just the way I liked it! The only thing I am missing here is a fresh banana leave!

P/s:Original recipe was written on 7/26/2014, updated with photographs.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Salmon braised Mushroom 三文魚燴雙菇

I made some steamboat for dinner few days ago and was left with some fresh mushrooms. I made this mushrooms fish dish, very delicious.


Natural Blue Soda 梦幻蝶豆花饮料

I made Blue Chai using the butterfly pea flower not long ago, the color of the drink is so beautiful that I can't stop looking at it. 

I then freeze some of the unsweetened blue chai in ice cube box and use it today to serve with soda, it makes the soda looks so dreamy and beautiful.

A good idea to serve over party!




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dum Aloo(Roasted Potatoes in Creamy Gravy) 腰果土豆咖喱

I have been a little lazy lately, not working out as much as I should. It has got to do with my poor sleeping pattern. So I was really looking forward to the long weekend so that I could get some much needed rest.

As planned,this weekend was a quiet one, our dear friend A came from NYC and spent the afternoon with us on Saturday, we had fun chit chatting and went out for a good Indian dinner at a nearby restaurant. Sunday was rainy again so we decided to stay in and enjoyed a few movies at home.

N had requested potato curry sometimes ago, since I have been wanting to blog on Dum Aloo for a long time, I made this yummy dish for lunch, it is really creamy and delicious!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Spinach Pan Mee 菠菜板面

I planted some Amaranthus last year during the summer, but the yield was low, I did not uproot the plants and let it die on its own. Little did I know that Amaranthus is so hardy that it survived the winter and came out on its own again this year, only stronger.

It gave me palm size leaves that look amazing, though I have not planted much this year, my Amaranthus did give me a chance to enjoy home grown vegetable! I harvest some to make this Pan Mee today, which I made the dough using spinach, I liked that the red Amaranth makes the soup a little pinkish in color, beautiful and full of nutrients!

去年夏天的时候我种了一批红/绿苋菜但长得都不好,后来我就没收成,让它自生自灭了。今年播种期家里一堆事情,所以就休耕了。谁知不久前苋菜自己钻了出来,长得还特别好,叶子都成巴掌大了。 摘一盆煮一锅菠菜汁做的板面,吃得营养又满足,真是老天送我的礼物呢!

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