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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 for this dish as soon as I reach home, and here it is!


回乡的时候头一次做地三鲜给家人吃,迎来一片赞好之声。我还记得那天大弟弟从外边办事回来已经过了午饭时间,一直嚷嚷着肚子好饿,他盛了一大碗的白米饭,一边狼吞虎咽一边说:“哇,本来我打算在路上随便吃点东西果腹,后来想想姐姐在家,一定有好吃的,果然给我吃到很好吃的菜耶!”

我这弟弟本来最不爱吃素菜,对这地三鲜却是赞不绝口,晚餐还特别要求我再做一次,让因为工作没回家吃午饭的弟妹也尝尝。

我答应妈妈要做一个帖子把食谱记录下来,回美之后一直到最近才做了两次,照片又是分开两次照的。所以就变成有红辣椒也有绿辣椒的啦!

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) 马来红烧鸡胗



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.

这几个星期都还处在思念开斋节美食的情况中,去超市买菜的时候看见处理得很干净的鸡胗,就拿了一盒。

我好多年不怎么吃动物内脏了,但这道红烧鸡胗是我在家乡的时候很喜欢的一道菜,所以也好多年沒吃過這道菜了。回家我就做了這個紅燒雞胗。炒個菜,就著米飯吃得可香了!

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.
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