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 【海南鸡饭辣椒酱】

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 【紅豆銀耳湯】

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 smoother and creamy!



紅豆有很高的鐵質,維他命B和膳食纖維,而銀耳具有滋阴润肺、益气和血之功效, 實在是配搭相當合理而且好吃的糖水呢!

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.