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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Chai Buey 菜尾 (Sourish Spicy Vegetables Soup/Stew)



The name Chai Buey literally means 'leftovers', in many Malaysian Chinese household, this is one of the essential part of the any celebrations especially Chinese new year, after days of cooking and eating big (meat) meals for celebration, all we and our stomach want is probably just a simple easy to digest dish.

This dish is also a very clever way to use leftover meat dishes, the main ingredient used in this dish is Assam keping--"Garcinia Cambogia", a potent ingredient that gave the dish its distinctive sourish taste. Assam Keping/Garcinia Cambogia is also used to aid digestion and weight control in the west, you can find it in capsule forms too.

By the sound of it, you can already feel that this dish is not only delicious, it also gives our overworked digest system a much needed break during the weeks long of celebration.

Preparing it is also easy and laborless, it is just a matter of adding all the leftover meat dishes and vegetables into a big pot and simmer until everything is tender and flavor well blended. The Assam keping and dried chillies came in to give it a sourish and spicy kick. Since the leftover dishes added may be different every time every household, we can safely say that this dish could turn out slightly different every time it is made!

Which is another reason why it is so enticing!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Toddler Meal -- Mini Turkey Bagel Burger



This homemade Mini Turkey Bagel Burger is low in fat, healthy and delicious!
Serve it with apple "fries" to make it a wholesome and yummy meal for toddler.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mee Kari/Curry Mee



Being out of Malaysia means a good bowl of curry mee is hard to comeby, even back home though, it is getting harder to find good curry mee around. Too many hawker owners either taking shortcuts in preparing the broth or using inferior ingredients to prepare the dish.

I received multiple requests for the recipe for this dish over the years and made too many rainchecks that I am starting to feel guilty.

It took me sometimes to finally work on it for gathering ingredients itself takes quite a bit of time, the actual cooking process too is no brisk walk, it is tedious and lengthy.

But it was so well worth it when I finally got to sit down to enjoy a bowl of this delicious dish, craving fixed and recipe recorded. Sigh of relief!!

Nasi Goreng Pattaya (Pattaya Fried Rice)



This fried rice dish is a very common dish one could find in almost all of the Malay food stalls in Malaysia.

It is basically fried rice wrapped in thin omelette, a very elegant presentation that brought this simple dish to a complete new level!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Toddler Meal -- 3 minutes Microwave Milo Cake



This infamous milo cake has gone viral on our Malaysian in USA group on FB. I made this for AS over the weekend with a little twist of my own.

This cake is so easy that even my 3 year old can do it. (With mommy's assistant of course). I let him measure out the ingredients and do all the stirring work, it was a fun filled math and cooking lessons and great family activity, not to mention yummy and quick!

Steamed Lobak (Radish) Cake



Steamed radish cake (lobak kuih) is something I never missed when I go for chinese dim sum. 

It is also not very difficult to make it at home though, you can also turn it into fried lobak kuih, a good breakfast choice I dare say.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Chinese Style BBQ Chicken Wings



I like to create my own version of BBQ sauce using the sauces available at home, hubby called it the Chinese BBQ, it is very tasty even my toddler can eat three at a time!

This easy BBQ chicken wings is our all time favorite, easy to make and a good company to a good movie!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Baigan Ka Bharta (Mashed Roasted Eggplant)- Recipe 2



One of my very good friend sent 2 large brinjal/eggplants she harvest last week, the sweet taste and mushy texture of this large eggplant are just perfect for the mashed eggplant recipe I wanted to try for quiet sometimes, this recipe require lesser ingredients and taste better, well...really suite my taste butt !

Tamarind Chutney (Imli ki Chutney)



This sweet chutney is an essential condiment for many snacks in India, it is normally used as a dip or in some cases, as dressing with other types of sauces to make flavorful Chaats.

It can quiet easily made at home and could be stored in airtight container for months.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Toddler Meal -- Homemade Flaxseed Turkey Nuggets





My son AS is all about shapes and play dough recently, he will try to make out shapes of his foods and will eat a lot more if he recognises shapes in his food. He has also started getting more interested in chicken dishes as nuggets being one of them.

I have been wanting to try making something healthier than frozen nuggets for sometimes. Since work is a little relax these days, I made these yummy (and hopefully healthy) turkey nuggets for dinner. 

It turned out really juicy and tasty, AS had fun sorting out shapes and eating!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Microwave Version Of Sambal Belachan




The traditional way of making Sambal Belachan are normally simmering slowly over slow to medium heat until it is fragrance. Those who lives oversea know this is definitely not meant for the western kind of kitchen... the smell of cooking could linger for hours, if not days...

My solution for this is normally to cook my sambal at the backyard during summer time with a electric cooker. For winter,  I tried this microwave version, and it works too!

Spicy Chicken Feet Stew - Chinese style



This is something my hubby STILL find it hard to believe when I eat.

Well.... as stubborn as I could be, and a hardcore Chinese food eater...I just can't help but making it once in a while, when the man of the house is out of sight or out of station...I would make a big pot of it and keep chewing it whole day long!
This particular recipe is tried and tested, and is well love by some of my friends.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sweet Sauce a.k.a Tim Cheong


I love Chee Cheong Fun (Chinese Rice Noodle Roll) is my favourite breakfast, though I can find pretty decent Cheong Fun in the local Asian supermarket, the sauces provided is the Hong Kong sweet soy sauce which is not the same as what I am used to since young.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chinese Steamed Bun -- Shang Yuk Pau (生肉包)




I have been craving for Malaysian Shang Yuk Pau for a long time now. This is my 3rd attempts on this pau and is by far the best and I had two immediately when it was out of the steamer!

Homemade Yellow Noodles (Alkaline Noodles)



When I first came to the United States, I was so glad to see the yellow noodles/oil noodles available in the Asian supermarket. Not until I started using them for my Malaysian dishes that I see the difference. It lack the unique pungent taste that the noodles back home carries and it is also much less springy which in my opinion is a huge turn off in gon loh (dry) and stir fry dishes, making the dishes somewhat less attractive with soggy looking noodles.

I planned to make curry mee yesterday and figured that I have all the ingredients needed at home but yellow noodles. Since I have sometimes at hand before dinner, I decided to make this alkaline noodles at home.

And man, am I glad! My curry mee turned out to be better than ever!
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