Sunday, January 31, 2016

Homemade Natural Stock Powder -- Plaice Powder

I heard about this Plaice (dried flounder) the first time from a Hong Kong friend, she told me that before MSG was invented, the Cantonese rely on natural resources to season their dishes and soup, and this Plaice powder is one of the essential ones.It is the most important ingredients in Cantonese style Wonton and Wonton soup noodle.

I almost never used any MSG in my cooking, I treasure and appreciate the natural flavors of foods and its ingredients. I may have no MSG at home but I have always keep a bottle of this homemade plaice powder in my pantry. I used it in all the recipes that called for MSG and it is my go to stock powder, it could turn a pot of water into tasty stock in no time.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka is a a great starter to have for party, left over could be store in the fridge for 2-3 days and quickly turn into this yummy Chicken tikka masala, a good gravy dish to go with homemade naan!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hainanese Roasted Chicken Rice

When Malaysian or Singaporean cuisines is being discussed, it is inevitable that Hainanese Chicken rice will be mentioned.

Many of the Malaysian or Singaporean restaurant served steamed/Poached Chicken with Hainanese Chicken rice. In actual fact, there are two types of Chicken available in most Chicken rice stores, BBQ Chicken and Poached Chicken. The BBQ chicken is actually chicken that is marinated with Chinese five spice and salt and deep fried in oil to give it a crispy skin and very juicy meat.

Since it is hard to deep fry whole chicken at home, I made my roasted chicken the way it suggested, roasting in the oven. It turned out to be very palatable and very close to what I have missed!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Red Rice Vinesse Ribs (Ang Chow Ribs)

I made some red rice yeast wine for my confinement 4 years back and have couple of bottles of Red Rice Vinesse from the making. It is such a good natural coloring and seasoning, I had made several dishes using it and today I made red rice vinesse ribs for lunch, it is so delicious that it was almost not enough for me!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

【马来香辣炒米粉】Mee Siam (Malaysian Spicy Fried Rice Vermicelli)

Mee Siam 就字面翻译,是泰式炒米粉的意思,可是这炒米粉却只有马来西亚和新加坡比较多见。所以它真正的来历也是有点神秘的。
Mee Siam 有两种做法,一种是干炒,在马来西亚比较普遍。另一种是炒了米粉淋上香辣的酱汁,这种做法新加坡比较普遍。我今天做的是马来西亚的做法,好吃的喔!

Mee Siam literally means Siamese fried noodles, it always got me ponder how a Thai noodle became the common breakfast in Malaysia?

This noodle is normally serve dried in some parts of Malaysia, where in Singapore, they have a version of the same dish serving with spicy gravy, which I am yet to try.

As a Malaysian, and this noodle as one of my favourite breakfasts back home, here is my attempt to make this at home.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Oven Baked Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka is my favourite dish to make for party, all I need to do is marinate the chicken day before, and put it into oven 45 minutes before my guest arrive, it spares me plenty of time to prepare other dishes during the party day.

Not to mention it taste great. I could also turn the leftover it into Chicken tikka masala or butter chicken the next day!! Talking about time saving and versatility!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Andhra Style Mutton Curry

I love Andhra Pradesh dishes mainly because it is REALLY spicy. I still remember the first time I ordered Tandoori chicken in Hyderabad, it was burning hot and spicy, the spiciest tandoori chicken I ever had! But it was really good!

I made this Andhra style Mutton curry a few days ago, hubby said it is the best mutton curry he ever had!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

印巴美食(素)【豌豆饭】Matar Pulao (Snow Peas Fragrant Rice)



I make a lot of dishes that go well with rice at home, and I often thought serving white rice from rice cooker when I have guest is a little too boring. Thus, this beautiful,fragrant snow pea rice is often my choice to go on the dining table.

I love the contrast of colour, the light seasoning that will not overtake tastes of my main dishes, it could literally be made under 20 minutes!

2 杯 印度Basmati 香米 (也可以用泰国香米)
1/2 杯 冷冻豌豆 (Frozen Peas)
1 tbsp 黄油
1 tbsp 食油
1 片桂叶 (Bay Leaf)
1 段桂皮 (Cinnamon Stick)
2-3 只 丁香
1 tbsp 孜然 (Cumin Seed)
2 只 豆蔻籽 (Cardamom Pod)捣开 Optional
1-1.5 tsp 盐 (或适量)

Ingredients:(Yield 4-6)
2 Cup Basmati Rice (You could also use Thai Jasmine rice)
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 Bay Leaf
1 stick of Cinnamon
2-3 cloves
1 tbsp Cumin Seed
2 Cardamom Pod (Pounded) Optional
1-1.5 tsp Salt or to taste

1. 把米淘干净,如果用的是Basmati,泡十分钟。

2. 在一口厚重的锅里,把黄油和食油一起下锅,中火加热。把桂皮,桂叶,丁香和豆蔻籽下去煸炒,香味出来之后,加入孜然煸炒,看见孜然稍微弹跳的时候,把米沥干倒入,翻炒3-5分钟,至水份完全煮干,米粒开始变得透明为止。

3. 加入3 1/2 cup的水 (喜欢软一点的可以用 4 cup 减去一大匙的水)和盐,试试味道,可以稍微咸一些,因为米饭煮好了咸味会变淡。

4. 大火煮滚,然后转中火焖煮10分钟,再转小火焖5分钟。熄火,开盖,用饭勺把饭粒拌匀,均匀撒入冷冻豌豆,加盖继续焖5分钟。把豌豆和米饭拌匀,就好了。


1. Washed and soaked Basmati rice for 10 minutes,if Thai Jasmine rice being used, no soaking required.

2. In a heavy bottom cooker, heat up butter and vegetable oil at medium heat, add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom seeds, stir to bring out aroma of all spices, add cumin seeds, stir for 30-45 seconds, add drained rice and cook for few minutes until water evaporated and the rice look somewhat translucent.

3. Pour in 3 1/2 cups of water (for softer rice, use 4 cups minus 1 tbsp of water)season with salt,you could season it slightly saltier than what you may want it to be at this moment, as the rice get cooked, the saltiness will reduce.

4. Bring to boil, and turn the heat to medium, cook for 10 minutes, turn the heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.

5. Turn off the heat, and loosen the rice using a spatula or fork, sprinkle frozen peas evenly over rice, cover with lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. The remaining heat of rice will thaw and cook the peas nicely, at the same time retain the shiny green and sweetness of peas.

6. Mix the peas and rice together before serving. The rice should be fluffy and soft.

I made this to go with my signature Lemongrass Chicken ! They are the best combo!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rajasthani Kadhi (Spiced Yogurt Curry)

This Kadhi is my husband N's favourite food, whenever I am not in the mood to cook elaborate meal. I just need to stir up some Kadhi and make some rice, that would make his day just fine!

Pumpkin Pan Mee & Shape Pan Mee for Toddler

I wrote about how I was left with plenty of vegetables and a big butternut squash yesterday when I posted recipe of Butternut Squash Scallion Pancake.

I did steamed extra butternut squash to make this yummy Pan Mee (Pulled noodle) for lunch today, it tasted great and is more nutritious comparing the normal Pan Mee.

I also made a toddler version for my son A. I rolled the dough out into a thin layer and let him cut out different shapes using cookie cutters and cook the shapes the same way I would with the pulled noodle.

He loved to worked with the dough and ate a lot more by counting shapes!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Butternut Squash Scallion Pancake

My husband N was working from home over the Christmas & New Year holiday, so I had a chance to cook a lot more home cooked meals since we both preferred homecooked foods.

One day he suddenly came up with this idea to have a 3 days sugar detox. So off he goes with a shopping list with all the ingredients required for the plan. All were fine until he came back with a trunk full of groceries!

Mister got all the portions size wrong, the recipes called for 2 cups of butternut squash, he bought the whole butternut squash. The recipes called for 4 cups of broccoli, he bought two big heads of them, and many more other vegetables with doubled or tripled the portions needed.

Needless to say, my refrigerator was completely stuffed and I can't even complain for I don't want to be blame for not being supportive when my spouse trying to be healthy (for us, he said).

The guy did complete his sugar detox following the plan to the T, leaving me a fridge full of vegetables to use!

After multiple vegetable stews and casseroles, I finally decided to switch gear and make something Chinese.

I steamed up some butternut squash and made these Butternut Squash Scallion Pancake for dinner.

My son A loved it so much that he had two, doubled his ordinary portion for dinner!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Vegetable Makhanwala/ Vegetable Makhni

A friend of mine went to her Indian friend's house and had this dish, she love it so much and asked for the recipe from the host. But she failed to remember most of the ingredients and cooking process.

So she shot me an email asking for help, I so happened to have a very good Vegetable Makhanwala recipe, so here I am with my very own version.

Makhanwala literally means creamy in Hindi. This is thus an Indian version of creamy vegetable stew, it goes really well with Naan and Roti.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Caramel Kaya (Crock pot Version)

I made Pandan Flavor Seri Kaya couple of days ago and received multiple requests on simpler way/s to make this delicious Jam. Though I have say it in advance that Kaya made stirring on double boiler for long period of time turned out to be the best in texture and taste.

You can actually make kaya the short cut way with the help of technologies. All you need is a crockpot and a good blender!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nasi Lemak (Rice Cooked In Coconut Milk)

Many of my Malaysian friends asked me time after time about when will I post a Nasi Lemak recipe. 

I keep saying I will, and is still not posting any, reason is that I am too particular about my nasi lemak, especially the sambal that goes with it. 

I kept trying and tweaking until I made this one, one that I truly enjoyed and will definitely make it again and again.

Here it comes the nasi lemak that I simply LOVE!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Seri Kaya (Coconut Egg Jam)

Toast or steamed bread with butter and Kaya used to be THE breakfast back home,my aunt made great Kaya using Duck eggs it was so silky and tasty that I could still feel it in my mouth...

As I grew more homesick in winter and missing the warm nice weather at my homeland, I decided its time to make something special for breakfast !

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Poori Bhaji (Fried Flat bread with Potato Curry)

Poori was the very first Indian bread that caught my attention and fancy, it was from there that I venture into making different types of Indian Rotis and Parathas.

The potato curry that I made today is the standard serving with Puri in road side stalls in India, hubby's all time favourite!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Lemon Chicken

We make this lemon chicken every year during our Chinese New Year reunion dinner back home. It is a family recipes and the kids loved it. You could also use Chicken wings to make this, equally tasty.

Homemade schmaltz (Poultry Fat)

Schmaltz (also spelled schmalz or shmalz) is rendered (clarified) chicken or goose fat used for cooking or baking. It is healthy, delicious and extremely easy to make at home.

I know, I know, you must be screaming at the top of your lung now and said:"What? Healthy? Are you kidding me?"

NO, I am not.

Animal fat, of course, has bad reputations for years, but then, like most of the diet myths, it is simply a myth.There are enough research showing that Fat, including saturated fat, from healthy pastured animals does not cause cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, obesity or anything else.

In short, animal fats used sparingly, are much healthier than the highly processed vegetable seeds oil.

Our foreparents used animal fats for the longest time in cooking, lard makes some of the best pastries in human history and a typical Chinese noodle won't taste the same without it.

Check out this website about harmfulness of vegetable oil --

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gon Loh Lai Fun (with gon loh minced meat)

I liked my noodle serves dry (Gon Loh) and egg noodles was never my first choice many a time (if I was given choices). My absolute favourite is Gon Loh Loh Su Fun (a type of noodle made with tapioca and rice flour with the shape looks like rat's tail, thus the name "Loh Su Fun" which mean "Rat's noodle" in Cantonese.

My second favourite is Lai Fun which is also made from rice and tapioca flour, only that it is longer in shape and most likely to have higher ratio of tapioca flour than Lou Su Fun does.

With the sauce and minced meat in place, it is really just matter of minutes to whip up a bowl of hearty noodle!

Lobia (Black Eye Bean in Spicy Curry)

As a Chinese I grow up eating Black eye bean as dessert or snacks.

I learnt about nutrient value and different ways of preparing this beautiful little legume's when I was in India.

I now prepared this Spicy Curry pretty often at home, it goes well with flat bread and jeera rice.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Vegan Meringue Using Aquafaba

Aquafaba is admittedly the most important discovery in 2015!

Aquafaba, or chickpea/Bean brine, is the liquid from cooking beans being used as an egg substitute, it could function as an emulsifier, leavening agent, and foaming agent.

It was discovered by Vegan baker Goose Wohlt in February 2015 after seeing a short film by French chef Joël Roessel, where the latter showed how chickpea brine could be used in recipes much like egg whites. Goose later coined the term aquafaba ("bean liquid") to describe the liquid.

His discovery opened up multiple possibilities for the Vegan world to create recipes that called for Egg white -- food that traditionally was considered a goodbye for good for whoever chooses to turned to Veganism, such as Meringue, Macarons, Meringue lemon Pie and mousse.

I was elated to learn about this discovery from my vegan friend Pragnya. I also started working on it as soon as I have sometimes at hand! New year holidays it is!

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