Sunday, February 27, 2022

【黄豆炖猪蹄】Soybean Trotter Stew



Pork Trotter and soybean are both believed to be good in winter, a stew made from the two should keep you warm and hydrated at the same time. 

It is often my go to when I am on low carb mood.

Friday, February 25, 2022

【控肉/炕肉饭】Kong Bah P'ng



I bought a box of real good pork belly last week, I was so excited that I told mom about it. She told me the best way to use a good block of pork belly is to make Taiwanese Kong Bah. 

I couldn't agree more and putting it to work the moment I had a break from my busy work schedule! I added some five spiced bean curd and hard boiled eggs into the stew, both turned out superb!

Monday, February 21, 2022

【番薯芋头炸年糕】Fried Nian Gao With Yam and Sweet Potato



I had only planned to make Adzuki Nian Gao this year for the Chinese New Year Celebration, but I have been craving for this fried Nian Gao for such a long time that I ended up making another Nian Gao the traditional way.

The crust recipe of this fried Nian Gao has been fine tuned for years, this batch of crust turned out the best and the Nian Gao stays crispy hours after it was fried, it just hit the spot and just brought me right back home to those afternoon times, sharing this snack with my beloved family.

Note: The crust recipe is also perfect for Fried Banana, Fried Yam and Sweet Potato.

【石灰水】Limewater/Air Kapur







Limewater is used in many Malaysian dishes to help retain shape of fruits/vegetables during cooking process, it is also the secret ingredient in making the batter for fry foods batter that stays crispy for a long time.

Some people back in Malaysia add Slaked lime (Kapur Sirih) or Calcium hydroxide into frying batter to achieve the crispy effect, I personally like to use limewater in my batter since it is colorless and odorless and doesn't change the ratio and consistency of my batter at all.

Making limewater at home is really straight forward and simple, as long as you can get hold of the main ingredient - - Slaked Lime, sometimes also called Pickling lime, Kapur Sirih in Malay, Nam Pboon Sai   น้ำปูนใส in Thai, "Cal" in Spanish.

Slaked Lime is the main ingredients in the Paan/betel chewing practice, so you can easily find this ingredient at any shops that sells Paan/Betel nuts. 

(Hint : Try a traditional Indian grocery shop, Hispanic grocery store or Thai/Vietnamese Grocery stores. Just make sure you purchase food grade lime, not the one for construction use, which may consist lead.)

Sunday, February 20, 2022

【自制酒酿】Fermented Glutinous Rice



Fermented Glutinous Rice, or jiu niang (酒酿), has several other names depending on which part of China one is from, it is also called Sweet Rice Wine, 甜米酒 (tian mi jiu) 醪糟 (lao zao,米酒 (mi jiu), 甜酒 (tian jiu), 糯米酒 (nuo mi jiu), and 江米酒 (jiang mi jiu). 

It is made with glutinous rice (also called sticky rice, or sweet rice), fermented with distiller’s yeast, it is believed to be very good for women, especially after childbirth, during the confinement period.

I liked using it in several sweet dishes such as Sweet Osmanthus Jiuniang TangYuan, its culinary possibility doesn't end at sweet dishes, it could also be used as a rising agent for buns and cakes. Which I will introduced whenever I have a chance.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

虎年大吉【萌虎小馒头】Tiger Buns For The Year of Tiger



These cute buns were made the day before CNY with the thought of sending them to some friends to wish them a prosperous and happy Chinese New Year.

The final product came out slightly different than I initially planned, better, I would like to think... 

DS loves the buns so much that he requested to have one at breakfast on the CNY day. 
He "liked it very much, and is delighted that he finally gets to eat a tiger!" He said.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

【炮竹虾】Firecracker Shrimp


These firecracker shrimps were made on the first day of Chinese New Year, beside being right for the occasion, it is also tastes amazing! The family enjoyed it as a starter for our CNY dinner.