Monday, October 24, 2011

Diwali Count Down -- Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)酥油/无水奶油制作

In India, many families buy a big jar of fresh milk every day and boil it at home, they will save the cream on top of milk and keep it in a jar. When the amount of cream in the jar reaches desired amount, the housewife will boil the cream in a heavy bottom pan or clay pot at low heat to slowly evaporate water content in the cream, the clarified liquid will be homemade ghee/clarified butter.

The same method is being used in many countries in the world to preserve clarified butter.

It is almost impossible to accumulate the amount of cream needed to make ghee at home nowadays, thanks to technology, we no longer need to pasteurize milk by boiling it at home.

But it doesn't mean that we can't make the lovely homemade ghee anymore...

Here is the workaround method.




Saturday, October 22, 2011

Scrambled Egg Curry

Egg is a perfect choice when I am busy or have no mood for anything required more than 30 minutes to cook. This simple egg curry is quick, and goes well with steamed rice... very satisfying!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tai Ping Mian (Birthday Misua with hard boiled eggs)

Mum used to make a big bowl of Mee Sua soup (fujianese thin noodle) on our birthday. As it was specially prepared for the birthday boy/girl. It became all the more precious and tasty.

It is my birthday today, and my mum told me to make a bowl of this noodle soup, as a sign of her love and blessing for me.

So I did....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Diwali Count Down -- Kaju Katli (Cashew Burfi)

It will be Diwali in less than 10 days, and I have been thinking of doing a Indian sweets series in celebration of this Diwali.

This is the first sweet in my list -- Kaju Katli, I have no met a person who doesn't like the taste of this sweets, even with my not so sweet Chinese taste buds, this charming sweet's nutty flavour won me over the very first time I tasted it!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Apam Balik

Apam balik is a pancake with southeast Asian flair. It has tasty fillings of sugar, peanuts and creamy sweet corn. This lovely pancake is normally found in night market (Pasar Malam) or morning market (Pasar Pagi), sold by small stalls with 3-4 copper pans lined up baking this yummy pancake slowly to perfection, each one has thin layer of crust, and creamy fillings.

I just couldn't resist a piece each time I passed by the stalls!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Black Sesame Oatmeal Rice Bread

The name of this bread is confusing enough, not to mentioned making it.... anyway, I planned this bread  initially to make use of the left over rice in my fridge before a long trip out for work.

Later on I found half a packet of sesame powder I bought earlier to make sesame porridge, I decided to bring my bread a notch healthier by adding that and some oat meal powder!

The rice in this recipe retain moist well, and make the bread very soft and fluffy!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Seri Muka 香兰糯米糕

Seri Muka is one very interesting Nyonya kuih. It is sweet and salty in taste, chewy and silky in texture, even the top and bottom colors shout contrast.

But it all worked out well with the blend of coconut milk, in typical South East Asian style : different, yet harmony.

娘惹糕点一般味道对比强。Seri Muka是其中一个较具有代表性的,上层的香兰卡士达甜香软糯,下层的糯米饭却咸香Q弹,就连颜色也是比较层次分明的。


Penang Hokkien Mee/Harmee 【槟城虾面】

I have tried a couple of Malaysian restaurants here in the states, and every time I ordered this Penang prawn mee, it disappoint me. It happened so many times that I had came to a conclusion that it is not possible to get what you miss out THERE...

So I decided to attempt this laborious dish at home. I started by patiently saving all prawn shells and heads every time I cook a prawn dish. I also sent out request to all my friends in NJ to save up their prawn head and shells for me!

As a result to our group effort.I manage to make this delicious prawn noodle for lunch today!



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Saffron Rice

Saffron is believed to have good medicinal properties since ancient time. The Chinese use it to help women regulating menstruation cycle, improve blood circulation, help remove blood clots/blue black.

It is also important to know that saffron is not advisable to use on pregnant lady and or during menstruation, as it could cause excessive bleeding, and possible miscarriage.

This saffron rice works well as a side dish to go with fish or any seafood, it could be prepared in under 20 minutes!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Big Pau 大包

The kind of steamed buns we have back in Malaysia are very different in taste compared to those we found in the Asian supermarket here.

Our "Pau" (Steamed buns) back home looks similar in shape, but the wrapping tasted much sweeter, almost like a sweet bread.

Since the Malaysian version is not available here, I decided to make it at home to satisfy my homesick taste buds!




Monday, October 3, 2011

Shredded Chicken and Chilli Stir Fry

I planted a cow horn chili plant last spring and it was obviously a late bloomer, it started flowering very much at the end of summer, and didn't gave me as many chili as I may wish for to make chili pickle.

It is also way too cold to make Indian pickle now, as it need long hours of sunshine to dry up chilies, one crucial factor in pickling process.

Anyways, one can never have too many chili at home,especially fresh crunchy green chili... I made it with good old shredded chicken breast, it's delicious and quick!
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