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Monday, November 10, 2014

Rice Cooker Chicken Rice 电饭煲蒜香鸡饭



The original recipe was posted on Wenxuecity years back as rice cooker chicken and immediately became a hit, as it is very easy to follow and is really tasty...

I was in India then and was fascinated by the recipe, as I could find all the ingredients easily, I later modified it a little and added rice, it immediately turned into a one pot meal, so simple and yum!

很多年前,文学城私房掀起了一阵电饭煲蒜香鸡热,当时是哪个聪明的姐妹发的食谱和做法我已经不记得了。

只记得当时我在印度,看见帖子惊为天人,因为材料简单印度也都找得到,所以就经常做,让我在无数个想家的夜晚能够吃上熟悉的味道,着实难忘。

后来我稍微调整了一下,做成电饭煲蒜香鸡饭,更简单,再弄一道沙拉或者炒菜,就是一顿丰富的午饭啦!

原食谱因为换过几个电脑已经丢失了。这会儿因为带孩子,做饭也越来越简单,突然想起这个曾经一度非常喜爱的电饭煲蒜香鸡饭。就把已经束之高阁的电饭煲取出来,做一顿电饭煲鸡饭就可以吃好几顿。实在要感谢发明这个做法的那位姐妹啊!又再一次解救没时间做饭的带娃的妈!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Banana Muffins



It has been a challenge to go shopping with A lately, not only his curiosity is at its height, he is also starting to have a lot of opinions and really enjoys putting things into my shopping cart, and will waste no time to protest if I take his choices out from the cart.

Result to that, our shopping trip always lasted much longer than anticipated, last week I had to make two big rounds in the supermarket to put back 3 bottles of hand wash soup ( yes, you heard it right, A wanted purple, red and orange colors!), the two rounds is to make sure he had enough distractions and long enough gap in between to let him forget about those items.

Together with those hand soups, some chips and lots of different types of candy, he also chooses a bunch of banana, which, I decided to keep and purchase while others go back to display isles. The only thing is that he realized that he didn't really want the banana once it was brought home.

As the bananas ripe fast and I have sometimes to spare today, I made 2 batches of banana muffins today, one with cocoa powder and one without.

Happy Diwali 2014 -- Besan Ladoo



The draft of this Besan Ladoo's recipe has been sitting in my draft folder since the Diwali day. I didn't had a chance to post it due to the festive season get together, followed by A under the weather and me got the nasty bug from him the day after. So here it is a little catch up on my post.

These yummy ladoos were made with homemade ghee and the residue from the making of Homemade Ghee, the residues gave the character of brown and white bits in the ladoos. It also gave the ladoos a slight twist in taste and texture, a true surprise and real yummy treat.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diwali Count down -- Gulab Jamun



With Diwali (the Indian festival of light) being tomorrow, I had gear up on preparation and made a few sweets today.

One of them is this Gulab Jamun. It is a very popular Indian/Pakistani/Nepali/Arabian sweet dish, most often eaten as a dessert, and usually eaten at festivals or major celebrations, such as marriages and Diwali.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Teriyaki Sauce & Teriyaki Chicken


Teriyaki Chicken was my all time favourite when I was an exchange student in Japan back in the 90s, my liking for it extended to everywhere I go, I kind of like subconsciously looking for the "wow" effect it got on me the first time I had it in Japan.... with no avail....

And guess what, the way I am with things and life... I made it at home!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vegetarian Roasted Duck Rice



Years back when I used to work in Jalan Ampang, KL, Malaysia. Among all the tall office buildings around Jalan Ampang, right opposite of my then office hides a small heritage Chinese temple. It is a very interesting scene to see white collars visiting the temple and do their prayers during lunch break or after working hours.

The temple also has a small canteen that sells delicious vegetarian/vegan meals. I loved their vegetarian wonton noodle and also the vegetarian chicken rice that they sell every Friday. Their Vegetarian roasted duck was also one dish to die for. Just like my hometown friend Stephanie said: " I don't mind being vegetarian eating this everyday!"

I was searching for recipe for this vegetarian roasted duck online and most of the recipes called for stuffing like mushrooms and shredded carrot. I liked that version too but it was not the ones that I really missed. I like my vegetarian roasted duck a little crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

So I decided to create my own version and this comes quite close to what I remembered! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chili Sauce for Hainanese Chicken Rice



This is the chili sauce I made to go with my Hainanese Chicken Rice and Vegetarian Duck Rice.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Adzuki Bean White Fungus Sweet Soup



I grow up eating red bean (Adzuki) soup as dessert/snack a lot. There are many ways to prepare this sweet soup, adding palm sugar, pandan/screwpine leaves, black glutinous rice are some of the variances.

But making this sweet soup with white fungus (銀耳)is something new to me, mom and I had this sweet soup made this way the first time sometimes ago at the Dharma Drum's Temple, it was part of the vegetarian feast they had over the Buddha's birthday celebration. 

We liked it instantly and thought the combination make a lot of sense, Adzuki bean being high in fiber and iron but slightly heat-y is well compensated with the cooling effect of white fungus, not only that, adding the white fungus make the soup that much more smooth and creamy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fish Tikka 印式碳烤鱼块



As I mentioned in my previous post , N brought back a big piece of salmon last weekend and I turned the thinner part of the salmon into Teriyaki Salmon Bento for A. 

The thicker part were marinated with yogurt and spices overnight and made into this yummy fish tikka.  

We turned the TV on and watch a good movie while enjoying the tikkas with beer and ice tea in the evening. 

上一个帖子说过俊爸给带回一大块的三文鱼,一小半我给俊宝做了照烧三文鱼,肉很厚的部分给切成麻将大块状,加上优格和香料腌上几个小时,另外还做了些烤鸡块,晚餐就边看电影边吃烤鱼和烤鸡。

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Toddler Meal -- Teriyaki Salmon Bento



I made Fish Tikka as afternoon snack yesterday over movie, the thicker cuts of the huge salmon fillet N bought were all made into Fish tikka and I turn the thinner cuts into this yummy salmon Teriyaki Bento for A, he had this for dinner and enjoyed it very much.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bharawan/Bhagarey Baigan (Stuffed Eggplant)



This is probably the best Eggplant dish I have ever tried, I like the taste and texture, every bit of it, and if you have never tasted this before, I said you should... really!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Penang (Assam) Laksa (With Fresh Sardines) 槟城/亚参叻沙



The first time I had this Penang laksa was when I was around 10, my grandparents brought us to Penang for a road trip. We visited the famous Kek Lok Si (极乐寺)and enjoyed this famous Penang laksa down hill before climbing up to the temple.

I have to be honest that my first encounter was pretty rough as I didn't quiet comprehend the spicy sourish soup base. As I grow older and Penang laksa started expanding their territories down south, I grow into liking this spicy fish soup noodle more. 

I loved the fact that it brought together so many fresh ingredients and gives such a rich experience to the taste buds.

我十岁的时候第一次跟着外公外婆到马来西亚北部的槟城游玩,当地一个很有名的景点是在山上的极乐寺(Kek Lok Si),山脚下有很多的小摊子摆卖手工艺品和小吃。其中一个摆在店铺旁边的小摊子每每只要一开档,前面就会排着长长的队伍,卖的就是这款槟城亚参叻沙。

这款叻沙用的汤底是鱼和许多香料熬成的,加上爽口的濑粉和清爽的配菜,丰富的味道和不同的口感是舌尖一场非常有趣的盛宴哦!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chicken Rendang (Malaysian Rendang Chicken Curry)



There are many types of curries in Malaysia, this Rendang Curry chicken is the signature "Dried" curry, the gravy of curry was simmered down to mere minimum, the tasty and creamy gravy coats each and every piece of the meat and gives a thick flavorful taste to the curry.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ikan Bakar Daun Pisang (Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf)



This grilled fish is one of the many dishes that one could find in the local market or hawker centers in Malaysia. There are many ways to prepared it, it could be grilled or shallow fried on hot plate, and could be marinate with so many different combination of spices and sauces.

Grilled fish is often served with a kind of sweet and sourish dipping sauce called Air Assam. A combination of many different tastes that make one's palate dances, it is truly a classic of Malaysian cuisine.

Piggy Mooncake ~~ Happy Mooncake Festival!



I was never a big fan of mooncake since young, it was way too sweet for my palate, but I learnt to make mooncake with a group of friends here in the States and we did made it a tad healthier than the shop bought version.

But this year all of us in the group were busy with kids' holiday activities so we did not manage to get together for the yearly event.

I had been wanting to make this piggy mooncake since I saw it on Anncoo's blog last year, I even made the golden syrup, but things happened one after another and I had to postponed my plan for couple of time.

This year I decided to had to make it no matter what, so I did. The process wasn't easy as A was not well and I had to work through his screams and demands and had to leave the work bench couple of times in between. But I had a lot of fun and it was a great experience after all. The most important thing is that I manage to get it done 1 day before mooncake festival!

Here I am with my piggies and A to wish everybody Happy Mooncake Festival 2014!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Satay Ayam (Chicken Satay/Skewer)




I can't begin to tell how satay has been severely altered in many of the so-called Malaysian restaurants here in USA. Oh well, maybe I didn't go to the right restaurant. 

It is like a routine every year, especially in summer, I will received several requests asking for a authentic recipe for a Malaysian style satay, or skewer. 

I have been thinking to wait for my deck to get done and I will buy a charcoal grill to make this skewer, but then the project got delayed for a year. So no out door grill for now. 

I made this batch of satay using my table top oven, it turned out great and exactly the taste I remembered!

Kuah Kacang Satay (Peanut Dipping Sauce)



I made this Kuah kacang to go with my chicken satay and was so pleased with the result, it was so yummy that I ate the sauce with only the cucumber and onion as dinner!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Malaysia Mutton Curry



This Mutton curry is normally prepared during festive seasons and we will also make ROTI JALA (lacey crepe)to go with it.

We planned to go for a 2 nights outing this long weekend, the lodge that we have booked is pretty far from town. So we decided to bring some foods for lunch and dinner. This mutton curry is what I prepared to go with ghee rice.

I can't wait for our vacation to start!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sambal Telur (Egg Sambal)



Egg is well loved in my house and this simple yet super delicious Egg sambal is a very versatile dish, it goes well with fried noodle/rice noodle, fried rice as side dish, it even taste awesome with just plain rice!

I made this today to go with my long bean rice. So long bean rice with Egg sambal, dinner is served!

Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritter)




Fried banana is a very common snacks back home, a sweet childhood memory of mine. I would asked some money from grandpa during those hot afternoon and ran to the small Malay stall that sells fried banana and Cendul.

I would buy a packet of cold cendul and some fried bananas, walking home slowly and enjoy the hearty snack.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Toddler Meal -- Goldfish Breaded Fish Fingers



I have tried to avoid giving shop bought snacks to A with some exception like goldfish crackers, it is not that these crackers are any better than other stuff kids normally have.  

The only reason he gets this "treats" once in a while is because no matter how we try, he is going to eat some junk foods anyway. So savory ones is better than the sugar filled stuff. Besides, he starts liking goldfish as he gets it in the daycare for snack.

I saw this ingenious idea of making goldfish breaded chicken sometimes ago while searching for ideas to make A's food.  I have been wanting to introduce fish to his diet for sometimes. He definitely doesn't fancy salmon and have no interest in any type of steamed fish. 

So I came up with this idea to make goldfish breaded fish fingers, with the hope that his liking for goldfish will lure him into eating some fish. He did liked it and had 4 sticks at dinner!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vegetarian Sambal Tofu (Bean Curd)



This Sambal Tofu is a good example of "Trully Malaysia" food, tofu as Chinese traditional food, and sambal the Malay, and guess what? It is often served by the Indian! Simply love the combination.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simple Thai Vegetable Salad



This is one of the best salad to have in this pipping hot summer. Its sweet and sour taste makes it interesting, just make sure you chilled the vegetables for a while in the fridge before mixing.

This is all I needed for my lunch.

Stir-fried potato, eggplant and green pepper/Di San Xian(地三鲜)



This is a very traditional North Eastern Dish from China that I learnt from a friend. I made it for my family when I visited Malaysia the last time, to my surprise, everyone loved it! Including my brother who had never fancy vegetarian dishes!

I promise mum that I will write a recipe on this dish as soon as I reach home, and here it is!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Toddler Food -- Meatballs in Tomato Sauce



A started a new daycare last week, he protest every morning and got really worked up with the fact that he has to go to daycare everyday, this changes of his routine literally turn his life and mine upside down. He didn't sleep well, wakes up multiple times at night and nurses more than ever. 

But there aren't all that bad, his appetite increases after daycare and he eats more real foods now comparing pre-daycare time. And I have more time preparing his dinner before picking him up everyday!

He loves this meatballs so much that I was surprised, I initially made only 5 meatballs for him and thought to myself that if he could finished them all, that would be great. But then I can't be more wrong! He asked for more twice and ended up eating 11 pieces of meatballs with all the peas, carrot (I cut into star shapes which he really appreciate!) and vegetable. He had only a spoon of the rice but I was already out of the world.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thai basil turkey/chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่)



We used to lived near Malaysia-Thailand border for couple of years when I was a little kid, my family often go over to "the other side of border" for shopping and good foods.

This dish is one of our favourite dishes. It could be made with not just minced pork,  variations includes minced beef or chicken, I used turkey in my version, and still taste as amazing!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Stir Fry Shredded Potato 酸辣土豆丝



The Korean supermarket that I frequented is having a promotion on potatoes. It was way too good a deal to pass, so I bought a packet of it. Not until I started unpacking the potato that I realized how big a pack it is! 

Since I have loads of them at home,  I have been cooking potatoes gala in the past few days!

Stir fry shredded potato is pretty new to me, I thought it wasn't fully cooked the first time I had it! I wasn't used to potatoes being crunchy, I have always had my potatoes stewed or boiled, it is always soft and tender.

I developed the taste and started liking it after having it a couple of times. It goes especially well with porridge though.

我家附近的韩国超市前阵子土豆大促销,十磅的土豆才2.99美刀。我当时想都没想就拿了一包,结果回家打开包装才发现华丽丽好大一堆土豆啊!

当天下午看朋友的时候带了十几只土豆去,回家发现还有一推小山似的堆在那儿。于是我就开始了天天想怎么吃土豆的日子~~~

昨天弟弟说要喝粥,我就给做了这道酸辣土豆丝。说起土豆丝我不得不说我这个地道的南洋(南方)人一开始的认知是土豆必须是炖出来或炸出来或煮出来的,炒土豆丝我第一次吃还觉得这土豆怎么没炒熟哇!

后来还是我妈跟着我弟弟在纽西兰住了一段日子,弟弟的中国朋友给做了几次酸辣土豆丝,我妈喜欢上了,还学着做了好几次,土豆在我家才展开了被炒的命运。

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pedal Ayam Masak Kicap (Chicken gizzard in soy sauce)



I was at a Ramadhan-FB-pictures-lead-craving-for-Malaysian-foods phase for couple of weeks. That explains the frequent posting of Malaysian dishes here lately. Here today is yet another typical Malaysian dish, Chicken gizzard in soy sauce.

Chicken gizzard is not a common ingredients in my kitchen, mainly due to the reason that I have reduced eating organ meat for a long time. One day when I was shopping for grocery, I saw this cleaned and packed gizzard and thought to myself, it has been a long time since I have this. 

I bought one packet and made this pedal ayam masak kicap for lunch.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Radish Leaves Stir Fry (Mooli ke patte ki sabzi)



There is a small Indian grocery shop near where I live that I shop very frequently, I have a habit of picking up something whenever I pass by. As I shopped there often, the cashier became acquainted with me, we will sometimes have a little chitchat while she work through scanning the products.

One day I saw that they were carrying fresh radish with long bushy leaves. I took two and thinking of making radish paratha for breakfast and save the radish leaves to make stir fry that my mother in law once made when I visited India.

The cashier was so happy to see that I bought the radishes with the leaves, she told me that they cook the leaves in her village but here in the states many shopper removed the leaves and left it at the vegetable display isle, she finds it a waste and feel really bad about it. 

She asked how I would prepare the leaves, I told her my plan and she was all laughing and delighted. "That is how we make it back home!" she cried out loud.

I left the shop feeling good that I didn't waste edible stuff that mother earth produced, I proceed to go home and made this stir fry for lunch. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Toddler Meal -- Cashew Pesto Pasta


A become thinner by the day ever since he started walking, it gets worse in the summer as we spent so much time out door doing physical activities. He just burnt more energy than he consumed!

I had hard time getting him eat more, so the next best thing is to give him high calorie foods so that whatever he manage to eat will give him more energy and nutrients.

The other day when I was going through my pantry I saw this packet of cashew nuts that I keep basically for Indian sweets and cooking. Since I had some Fussili boiling on stove, I went out to my neighbor's backyard and harvest a bunch of sweet basil that he told me to feel free to use and made this cashew pesto Pasta, A had almost a full plate, which is a good sign.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lemongrass Tea



This summer I was hooked to a bottled lemongrass drink that sold mainly in health food stores, I had to get a bottle or two whenever I see it in the stores.

This is the tea that I love, love --


To my surprise,  A too likes the tea, one day he was having sore throat and we were out doing some grocery shopping, I bought a bottle of this tea and he asked to try it, I let him and he gulped down almost half bottle! His throat gets much better the next day.

Since he and I loved the tea so much, I made it at home and enjoyed the tea over one hot summer afternoon.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Khaman Dhokla (Gujarati Steamed Chickpea Cake)



Dhokla is a famous snack in India, originally from the State of Gujarat. It is high in protein, a very healthy and sumptuous looking snack. The texture so fluffy and soft that it literally melt in your mouth!

A good choice for afternoon snack or breakfast!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kangkung Belachan (Spicy Stir Fry Water Spinach)




Kangkung Belachan is a very typical Malay vegetable dish, It is something every Malaysian can't get enough with, it requires only fresh water spinach (Kangkung), some good old Sambal Belachan, a little more oil and quick stir on wok at high heat.

I had it with some nasi lemak and it was so fulfilling!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Malaysian Chicken Curry #2




N started traveling again for his job and I am trying to put A back into routine, with mom and brother visiting the last 3 months and N working from home the last few weeks. A's bedtime has been greatly affected, he was having so much fun playing with everybody that he fights his sleep every night until much later. It is really not to my liking, I am at the opinion that toddler should go to bed around the latest 8.00 pm, he has been pushing it to 9.30-10.00 pm almost every night!

I started putting him earlier to be the last two days, it was tough as he protest and will do everything he could to stay awake when I brought him into bed. I guess I just have to persist and keep trying!

So coming back to this curry that I am posting today. It has been long time since I last cook Malaysian Curry, the reason mainly due to that some of the essential ingredients, especially the fresh herbs are not easily available. Even if I do find them, they are scattered in different Asian supermarkets around town that I have to make various shopping trips to gathered them all.

One day last week I was browsing on the internet and bumped into a Malaysian blog post that explained if you simmered the curry powder slowly until the oil breaks, a very tasty curry can be produced with having to add so many types of fresh herbs! I mentally noted the cooking method and prepared the curry the next day.

It was indeed really delicious and taste even better the day after! 

Thank you Madam Azie of http://aziejaya.blogspot.com/ for this great idea!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toddler Food -- Apple Crepe



A just recovered from fever couple of days ago and yet to regain his appetite. He refused most of the foods I offered and will eat only fruits in the last few days. He looks a little better today and was playing like his normal self. So I decided to make something different with apple, hopefully the apple in this crepe will lure him into having few more bites.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tauhu Sumbat (Vegetable Stuffed Tofu)



It's the Ramadhan month again, my FB page was flooded with all the yummy foods my friends back home bought from the street and night market, it got me craving for the street foods back home so much that I decided to make this stuffed tofu at home today. It is my favourite street foods from Malay stalls and it goes so well with my homemade Thai Sweet Chili Sauce 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rajma (Curried Kidney Bean)




Rajma was the very first Indian food I learnt to cook, and remained one of my best dishes. The funniest thing is that I realised I have never made a post on it after all these years. Its about time.. no?

The secret to a good pot of Rajma (Kidney Bean Stew) is in the simmer, the longer you simmer it, the better it taste!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pickled Green Chillies(Chili Hijau Jeruk)



Mom went back to Malaysia the night before. I had to leave A with N when I sent mom to the airport as he was suffering sore throat and fever. On our drive to the airport, mom keeps on talking about how bad she felt leaving A when he is not well. It made me very emotional and felt equally bad for A as he has accustomed to a life style with grandma where they spent a lot of fun time out door walking and playing.

I was feeling terribly down after coming back from the airport, I was also exhausted from not having enough sleeps for days. A was cranky at night and was not able to sleep, one night I had to sit downstairs in the sofa holding him the whole night as he couldn't lie flat on bed to sleep and refused to leave me.

Having mom home for the pass few months was so much better and she took care of many things while I care for A, not having her around leave me feeling very sad and somewhat empty. I cried a couple of times at night and missing her so much already.

Yesterday when I was going through my fridge to find ingredients for dinner, I saw this green chilies that mom bought to make Stuffed Chilies earlier, it is still slightly more than half packet left. I decided to make this chili pickle that is known to accompany most Malaysian dishes.

Guess Wonton noodle the Malaysian style is going to show up in my dining table soon!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Coffee Ice cubes & Ice Coffee



My mom is a coffee lover and she craves for coffee most afternoon, so we sort of starting a routine of having afternoon coffee ever since she is here.

I got a bag of very good organic coffee from BJ's the other day, when it is brewing, the kitchen smells like a coffee house. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mooli Paratha (Radish Pancake)



Mooli paratha is another type of paratha well loved by Indian. I make this mooli paratha quiet frequently for breakfast at home.

I also modify the recipe a little to make it less oily and healthier. Thus this is a lot less in calorie compared to the famous potato and cheese/paneer Paratha.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Plain Paratha (Pan-Fried Indian Flatbread) - Type 2




Couple of years back a lady posted a "Chapati" post on the website I frequent, it was all good but the bread she posted was really a Paratha rather than Chapati, I tried to explained her the difference. To my surprised, she took it very defensively and told me that she can't be wrong mainly because her neighbor, who is originally from Hyderabad was her teacher in this matter. Who am I to argue with an Indian origin, right?

After that episode I have been meaning to write about paratha and chapati, my plan is to write about three different ways to make plain paratha. And here is the first one.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Steamed Yam Cake/Orh Kuih



This was my all time favourate for breakfast and teatime. I never fail to get one from the Pasar malam or morning market whenever I sees one. But the sad thing is, even in Malaysia, a good Yam cake is still hard to come by.

This version I made didn't call for dark soy sauce, it is whitish in color. The one we normally had back home is brown in color, their taste are similar, with or without dark soy sauce.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pumpkin Rice 南瓜饭



My mum used to make this Pumpkin rice back home, there are similar dishes made with yam, Chinese mustard (Gai Choy) and long bean.

It is prepared almost like Spanish Paella, the rice is cooked together with ingredients and seasoning in a pot/wok, and later simmer to perfection.

Its simply irresistible as the tastes of yam, meat and other ingredients were all well blend into rice, every spoon of it is a charm! All you need is another bowl of soup, and that is! A great dinner already!

咸饭是我們家乡老人常做的一个饭食,比較常做的咸飯有菜豆饭,芥菜饭,芋头饭和南瓜饭等等。

就是把蔬菜类食材加上香菇,虾米,葱蒜和五花肉焖好,再炖一锅汤,就能美美地喂饱一家子。

很方便,又美味喔!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Plain Paratha (Pan-Fried Indian Flatbread) - Type 1



Couple of years back a lady posted a "Chapati" post on the website I frequent, it was all good but the bread she posted was really a Paratha rather than Chapati, I tried to explained her the difference. To my surprised, she took it very defensively and told me that she can't be wrong mainly because her neighbor, who is originally from Hyderabad was her teacher in this matter. Who am I to argue with an Indian origin, right?

After that episode I have been meaning to write about paratha and chapati, my plan is to write about three different ways to make plain paratha. And here is the first one.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Thai Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang ไก่ย่าง)



Remember the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce I made back in March? I used it for everything I could think of but what it is truly meant to be. In Thailand, this sauce is to be consumed with grill chicken (Gai Yang ไก่ย่าง) and only the grill chicken. 

They taste best together, the sweet and sourness in the sauce balance the spiciness and pungent taste of cilantro in the chicken, it is simply irresistible!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Baked Cassava Cake (Bingka Ubi)



Cassava is the equivalent of potato at where I came from, it could be used in many different dishes,  this sweet tasty cake is one of them. There are many ways to prepare this delicious cake, it is normally prepared as a steam dish as oven is not a very common cookware in SEA, it could also be wrapped in fresh Banana leaves and steam it.

I personally like to prepare mine in the oven as it gives a beautiful crunchy looks to it.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Black Locust Blossom Pancake (槐花餅)



My friend LR whatsapp me last week asking if I know a edible flower called "Huai Hua" (槐花), a black locust blossom that is widely eaten in some part of China. He told me these blossoms are everywhere in this season near where I stayed and it could be eaten raw in salad or made into different kind of dishes. 

He also invited me to go pick some of these flowers from the nearby woods with him over the weekend.
The thought of finding edible wild plants fascinate me, I immediately jump on the bandwagon and brought mom with me. We had so much fun enjoying the fragrant of flowers and the fresh air, we even ate the flower raw there, these blossom smell a little like Jasmine and tasted sweet and crunchy. 

I made the flower we collected into pancake today and it is tasting really yummy!

Here is the portrait of these beautifully yummy flowers.


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