Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Chinese New Year Lucky Bag 【福袋】



This lucky bag was made on the first day of Chinese New Year but I didn't had time to post the recipe. 

Since today it is still within the first month of Chinese lunar calender, I take the chance to post this recipe to wish all my readers the happiest and prosperous year of 2019/Year of Pig!

这个福袋是今年大年初一的时候做的。后来一直没有时间写食谱,趁今天还是农历正月,就写个福袋食谱祝福大家猪年顺利,福气满袋!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Steamed Fish With Ginger 【姜蓉蒸鱼】


Whole fish needs to be served in Chinese New Year reunion dinner as the Chinese word for fish "鱼“  has the same pronunciation and intonation is the same as 余 (yu) which carries the meaning of plenty or abundance in Chinese.

Thus serving whole fish is the Chinese way of wishing for prosperity and wealth abundant in the year to come!

我家乡那里吃团年饭时,都必须上一条全鱼,以表达年年有鱼(余)的期望。

虽然出国后我很少蒸全鱼,今年就蒸一条我在马来西亚时经常吃的姜茸蒸鱼,也希望往后我们家可以年年有余。


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pumpkin Steamed Cake 【红枣南瓜发糕】



A few pumpkin plants came from our compost last spring and grew into a very healthy plant that gave us handful of pumpkins. Though the yield is not large but the fruits are very sweet and tasty.

I made a  couple of dishes with my homegrown pumpkin and this Steamed Cake is one of that.

去年春天的时候我家前院的土里自己钻出几棵南瓜苗,间苗时我只留了一棵,后来长成好大一丛南瓜藤。可能前院的土壤不算特别肥沃,所以后来一共才结了5只南瓜。自己种的南瓜绿色无污染,味道特别甜美好吃。

今天取小半只做南瓜发糕,特别香甜美味。


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Sautéed whole Shrimps【油爆虾】



This Shanghainese Sauteed Whole shrimps is one of the dishes that I first learnt online,  I still remember the first time I made it for my family was during Chinese New Year years back.

In conjunction with Chinese New Year this year, I decided to write a post about this dish. It has been years though.


油爆虾是多年前在国外学习时在网上学的一道美食,当时的美食论坛基本只有文字食谱,还没有照片呢!

这道美食后来我毕业回马来西亚之后还在过年的时候给家人做过一次,这几天比较有空,就打算写几个年菜食谱,这道虾因此就上了我们家的餐桌啦~~

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hainanese Chicken Rice 【海南鸡饭】


It has been a long time since I have made this famous Malaysian dish Hainanese Chicken Rice. My friend brought me one free-range chicken from Chinatown in NYC few days ago, I decided to make Hainanese Chicken rice with it and share with her!

好久不做海南鸡饭了,前几天好友从纽约买了一只三黄鸡给我,新鲜的三黄鸡不做海南鸡饭就太浪费了,刚好也发现没完整地写过一个海南鸡饭的食谱,就趁这个机会也整理一下食谱吧!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jelebi 【印度油炸甜甜圈】



I have made a point to make one or two types of Indian sweets every year during the Diwali time in the past years. 

This year, it is Jelebi, a type of sweet similar to funnel cakes, it is just much smaller in size comparing to funnel cake.  It is made by deep-frying the batter in circular shapes and then soaked in sugar syrup until it is all coated with syrup. 

This sweet is particularly popular in the Northern part of Indian. it can be served warm or cold. 

过去十年间只要我工作不是特别忙碌,我都会在排灯节(Diwali)前自己做一两种印式甜点过节拜拜用。

今年排灯节前两天刚好我不上班,就做了这款比较复杂的油炸甜甜圈Jelebi。这款甜点材料其实很简单,却是非常难做的一个甜点,两天里我做了三次才算是比较满意了。它的难度在于熬制糖浆的温度和炸圈圈时的手势,完全的纯手艺要求呢!

这道甜点可以冷热两吃,各有各的风味。

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sirap Selasih【兰香子玫瑰饮】



One of my favorite drinks during the Ramadan month is this Sirap Selasih drink. This refreshing drink not only replenish sugar and liquid the body needed during the fasting month, the Holy basil seeds/Selasih/Sabja seeds added to it makes the drink very nutritious.

According to this website:

Sabja seeds, or basil seeds, are full of fibre content, which keeps your stomach fuller for longer time (reduces your appetite), further prevent overeating and unnecessary cravings. They are also a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that comes from high levels of omega-3 fatty acids present in the seeds. These acids help in stimulating the fat burning metabolism in the body. In fact, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, daily consumption of linolenic acid results in fat loss

. Besides this, basil seeds are low in calories and high in nutrients. A teaspoon of sabja seeds would not pack up more than two to four calories and will ensure that your body is loaded with vitamins and minerals - including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron along with vitamins A, B-complex, E and K - all of which are essential for weight management.

兰香子玫瑰饮是我家乡穆斯林斋戒月的时候最常见的饮料之一,它香甜解渴,又特别营养。

根据百度百科的记载:

兰香子,学名明列子,为唇型花科、罗勒属、一年生、芳香性亚灌木状、草本植物。原产于印度又名罗勒子、奇异子、南眉籽。当地土著称“达卡”从西元3500年前阿兹迪卡古文明已经开始种植食用,是一种带来健康及体力和耐力的食物。 兰香子可以作为饮料的种子,具有排毒、清热、健脾、养胃、减肥保健等功效。

兰香子是罗勒之成熟果实,其大小如芝麻,内含于果实中,颗粒饱满圆润,在东南亚曾一度被认为是稀有的草药。

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Loofah Egg Mee Sua 【絲瓜蛋酥麵線】



A parent from my son A's Chinese school gave me a seedling of loofah in spring. It took the plant a very long time to bloom and I almost thought that there will not be any harvest this year. 

The plant finally bloomed and bear fruits sometimes end of summer/beginning of fall. Homegrown loofah is so tender and tasty and I made so many different dishes with it. One of my favorite ways to cook loofah is this Mee Sua soup, quick, simple yet very hearty in this cold weather, a perfect way to use my last two loofah of the season!

春天种下的丝瓜在我左顾右盼几个月之后终于在夏末开花结果了, 自己种的丝瓜非常鲜嫩好吃。有天跟我妈聊天时她说丝瓜煮面线最好吃了,刚好冰箱里还存着收成的最后两根丝瓜,就拿来做了丝瓜蛋酥面线,今年的丝瓜收成就算完美收官了~~


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