Sunday, December 17, 2023

【菠菜奶豆腐馅饼 】Palak Paneer Paratha



Paneer is a type of Indian Cottage cheese, a very good source of protein, and well loved food in India.

Paneer paratha is a type of bread stuffed with spiced Paneer, it is a good blend of protein and carbohydrate, a very famous breakfast choice! 

Today I used spinach to make the dough to make paneer Paratha, this palak paneer paratha has a richer taste and a pleasing color.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

【青椒炒鸡蛋】Quick Egg Stir-Fry with Peppers


Green peppers and eggs are common cooking ingredients at my home. If I am pressed for time, and wanting something quick, I will make something quick, this stir-fry is one of the dishes that I often made, it is quick, nutritious and delicious.

Monday, November 20, 2023

【豆角茄子】Eggplant Long Bean Stir-Fry



Stir-fried eggplant with long beans is a dish my mom made a lot when I was young, It goes well  porridge and rice. 

A dish I made often now when eggplants and long beans are in the market during summer.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

【紫薯燕麦粥】Purple Sweet Potato Oatmeal


In addition to making oatmeal for breakfast, old fashioned oats can also be used to make oatmeal muffins and oatmeal cookies.

Oats are also very delicious when make into Chinese sweet soup/dessert. Adding purple sweet potato gives the dish a very vibrant color, not to mentioned the rich nutrients that comes with it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

【乳酸菌气泡水】Yakult Soda/Sparkling Water



My son A likes Yakult drink, and I like sparkling water. This summer we found a way to enjoy what we like at once!

We mix Yakult drinks and sparkling water together and add ice cubes to it. It’s really yummy!

Saturday, November 11, 2023

【印式香辣油饼】Masala Poori (Fried spiced Flat bread )




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 roadside stalls in India, it is also something I make for hubby's birthday every year. 

This year on his birthday, instead of making the plain puris, I have made a variation of it with spices, it turned out really well and tasty.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Diwali Countdown - Gobi Mussallam 【莫卧儿烤全花椰菜】


Gobi Musallam is a derivation from the very famous Mughlai dish Chicken Musallam, the chicken is marinated and stuffed with eggs and can be served dry or with gravy. 'Musallam' means whole in Hindi, therefore, just as a whole chicken is cooked in Chicken Musallam, so is the Gobi Musallam. 

The gobi will first be roasted and topped with creamy gravy before baking again, it is a very appealing and tasty dish. Good for party and celebrations!

莫卧儿烤花菜【Gobi Musallam】 源于一道著名的莫卧儿王朝菜,【莫卧儿烤全鸡】- Chicken Musallam,这道烤全鸡是把鸡肉用香料腌制后进行烤制,非常的美味,有的食谱还会在鸡肚里塞上几颗水煮蛋一起烤制,也很美味。 


Sunday, October 22, 2023

Tofu Bhurji(Scrambled Tofu)【辣炒豆腐碎】


Tofu bhurji literally means scrambled tofu, a very good substitude to eggs for vegan and vegetarian. A very versatile side dish to go with rice and flat bread.


Friday, October 13, 2023

Maggie Goreng 【炒快熟面】

I used to like Mee Goreng Mamak more than this Maggie Goreng, as I stay longer overseas, where fresh oil noodle is hard to come by, Maggie goreng becomes a quick and favorable choice.

I could stir up this hearty meal under 20 minutes provided all the ingredients needed are in place (Which I always do). Seriously, what is not to love about this tweaked instant noodle?


只需所有原料都准备好,就可以在 20 分钟内炒出这个美味的炒面,真的太方便了。

Thursday, October 5, 2023

【燕麦芋头甜汤】Taro Oatmeal



In addition to making oatmeal for breakfast, old fashioned oats can also be used to make oatmeal muffins and oatmeal cookies.

Oats are also very delicious when make into Chinese sweet soup/dessert. Adding taro gives very nice fragrant to the dish.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

【塔香广式烧肉】Thai Basil Stir Fry Cantonese Roast Pork



I have way too many Thai basil plant this year, I keep pulling them out to use in my dishes and I still have so many. But the weather is getting colder by the day, they won’t last for much longer, so you guys will be seeing a lot of Thai basil dishes from me before winter 😂 .

Monday, September 25, 2023

【蒜香奶豆腐咖喱】Lehsuni Paneer




Paneer is a very popular cooking ingredient in North India, and there are many ways to use it in dishes. 

It can be made with spinach to make Palak Paneer, or cook with some peas to make Matar Paneer, and also my son's favorite Paneer Makhanwala, there are just so many ways to use the ingredients and turned it into delicious dishes.

The Lehsuni Paneer I made today is a creamy restaurant style North Indian Curry recipe, it uses a bunch of garlic in the recipe and have a strong garlic flavor, making it unique and very delicious serving with flat bread.

If you like garlic, you ought to try this!

Sunday, September 24, 2023

【家常回锅肉】Home-style Twice-cooked pork



I have been on a business trip for more than a week, that many days of restaurant dining is all that I can handle. I was already craving for some hot steamed rice with home cook dishes for days.

Since I emptied the refrigerator before my trip, I went out to get some groceries after reaching home, the nearby Asian market has some fresh garlic chive on shelve and I hadn’t have fresh garlic chive for a long time. So I bought a bunch of garlic chive and some pork belly to make this twice cooked pork dish. This is one of my favourite Sichuan dishes, it really hit the spot and is precisely what I was looking for!

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Pedal Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Api【椰香鸡胗咖喱】

Masak lemak 按字面翻译是用椰浆烹制的咖喱菜,据说起源于马来西亚的森美兰州,是米南加保族的特色菜。 这道菜可以用各种食材烹制,如鸡肉 、鱼肉牛肉或各式海鲜。

其底料基本一样,用生鲜姜黄、朝天椒 以及其他香草和香料制作而成。 

这道菜也会被称为 masak lemak cili api (padi),cili api指的是在这道菜中使用的朝天椒,表示这道菜的主旋律为辣和椰香味。 

这款咖喱菜在马来西亚很受欢迎,通常搭配参巴酱、米饭和蔬菜沙拉 (ulam)一起吃。


Masak lemak is a type of curry dish in vibrant yellow color, tasting spicy and creamy at the same time. It is said to have originated from the state of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia, and is a specialty of the Minangkabau people. 

This curry is made with fresh turmeric, bird's eye chili, and other herbs and spices, it can be prepared with a variety of ingredients such as chicken, fish, beef or various types of seafood and vegetables. 

This dish is also known as masak lemak cili api (padi). The cili api/padi here refers to the chili peppers used in this dish, which is bird's eye chili, a type of chili pepper notable for its hot flavor. Which means that the main theme of this dish will be spicy aromatic.

This curry dish is very popular in Malaysia and is usually served with sambal, rice and fresh vegetables (ulam).

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Homemade Char Siu Sauce【自制叉烧酱】

I made Wonton Mee & My Special Gon Loh Sauce few days back with my homemade Chicken Char Siu, a variation of the Char Siu which is commonly made with pork.

This Char Siu Chicken turned out delicious and very good looking, the secret to the beautiful red color is my homemade Ang Chow, which is a very healthy alternative to food dye, those who have not tried it, should explore and see! Adding the plum sauce also gives the dish fruity flavor, which is very tasty.



Sunday, August 20, 2023

【韩式炸酱面】Jjajangmyeon (Noodles in black bean sauce)

Jjajangmyeon is actually a phonetic translation of Chinese words 炸酱面, this tells a lot about the origin of this dish. It is a popular Chinese dish with Korean touch, created by Chinese immigrants many decades ago in Korea. 

Those who watched K-drama should know what it is since it is a very common take out delivery dish in Korea, thus eating Jjajangmyeon is almost a sure scene in most of the K-Dramas! 




Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Cornflakes Chiwada 【印式花生玉米片小零食】

When I was living in India years back, I liked bringing some spicy snacks from the supermarket, one of them was similar to this peanut cornflakes snack that I make today.

Trader Joe's organic cornflakes is very suitable to make this snack, since it is low in sugar. I bought a box of it when I last shopped for my grocery and asked for some fresh curry leaves from my neighbor to make this delicious snack, it is such a good treat.


前几天在Trader Joe's 看见低糖版的有机玉米片,很适合拿来做这款零食,买一盒回家,再向隔壁邻居要来一点新鲜的咖喱叶,几分钟就做出好吃的小零食,真是太棒了。

Saturday, August 12, 2023

【印度路边摊咖喱鸡】Dhaba Style Chicken Curry



This roadside stall (Dhaba) curry is a common delicacy all over the northern part of India, it is believed to have its origin from the state of Punjab, India. Eating this dish at some local Dhaba (roadside stalls) is a big part of our road trip whenever we visited India.

Each of these stalls has its own method and secret ingredients making this dish, making the eating experience a unique adventure on its own. The ingredients for this dish are generally simple and whatever is available during the season, the preparation method is  also normally very simple. Which gives the dish a very simple, rustic flair. Making it all the more attractive.

Friday, August 11, 2023

【九层塔煎蛋】Thai Basil Omelette

I sprinkled some Thai basil seeds sometimes around spring and a bunch of the seedlings came out! 

I have been pulling some out to make dishes and still, I have plenty. So today, basil omelette it is. 

年初撒了一把泰式罗勒种子到门口,结果长了一堆好密集。 间了好几次苗,也吃了好几茬了,还有那么多。 今天就做个九层塔煎蛋吧!

Sunday, July 30, 2023

【胖大海炖梨】Malva Nut and Asian Pear Drink



A friend sent two boxes of Asian pears she picked during fruit thinning in her garden. They are small in size but very sweet nontheless. 

I used a few of them to make this refreshing drink, a good way to stay cool during this heatwave.

Monday, July 24, 2023

【芒果西米露】Mango & Sago Dessert



I bought two boxes of mangoes this summer, both are very sweet, I made this Mango and Sago dessert with it and it turned out well. The whole family likes very much. 

It is really a delicious dessert especially for hot summer like today.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Braised Pork Ribs with Potatoes 【土豆烧排骨】


I haven’t eaten pork ribs for a very long time, so I bought a box of of pork ribs from Costco and made this braised ribs today, a dish that I have been craving for a long time.The potatoes taste better than the ribs! :)

Thursday, July 20, 2023

【野苋菜马铃薯】Amaranth Potato Sabji




A bunch of wild amaranth has been growing in our front yard for years. I will pull some out to cook noodle soup each year. 

For some reason, the wild amaranth grew more each year, and I could eat at least several times each year during the summer season.

Today I harvested a handful of very tender wild amaranth to make this potato dish. It is very delicious with multigrain rotis. So thankful for this gift from our mother earth.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

【手撕口水鸡】Sichuan Mouth Watering Chicken





Costco's rotisserie chicken is known to be priced reasonably, thus is one item most members purchase while shopping at Costco. Unfortunately, in our family, we can never finish a whole chicken at a time, so we rarely buy this rotisserie chicken. 

I went shopping at Costco last week and brought one rotisserie chicken since we have not eaten one for a long time. As usual, we were left with more than half of chicken and no one wanted it again.

I suddenly remembered a saliva chicken dish made by a friend on FB before, so I used the leftover chicken to make this dish, it is so tasty, that I think next time when I shop at Costco, rotisserie chicken will be in order!

Sunday, July 9, 2023

【辣炒卤鸡胗】Stir Fry Chicken Gizzard With Pepper


Whenever I find chicken gizzards on sale at the supermarket, I will often buy two boxes to make braised chicken gizzards and keep them in the refrigerator. 

The braised chicken gizzards can be eaten directly, it can also be easily converted into quick stir fry dishes like this stir fry chicken gizzard with chili/green peppers.

Monday, July 3, 2023

【炒合菜】Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables and Egg



My aunt gave me a pot of Chinese Chive that she grew, the chives have been coming back every year. So every few weeks from the beginning of every spring, I will have a batch of Chinese Chive ready for cooking. 

Today I harvested a batch of the Chinese Chive, and happened to have some bean sprouts at home, so I made this stir-fried vegetables with eggs. It is used as filling for spring rolls in the Northern part of China, I liked it with rice too.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

【泰式南瓜布丁】Sankaya Faktung

I love all kinds of desserts in Thailand a lot, and this pumpkin pudding is one of them, as I also love pumpkin alot. 

I saw some small Japanese pumpkins (Kabocha) in an Asian supermarket couple of days back, it was perfect size for this dessert, so I bought a few and made this dessert. It is really delicious.


Monday, June 26, 2023

【潮州炸虾饼】Teow Chew Style Prawn Fritters

One of the famous supper choices in my hometown is this Chinese Style Prawn Fritters. The hawker selling this also sells fried tofu, fried fish cakes/balls and the likes.

To order a plate of fried goodies from the stall and dip into their special Sweet sauce and Chili sauce was one luxury thing to do as a kid. Probably one reason this snack still holds a very special place in my heart.

I have made this shrimp fritters with the mold before, today I have made another variation without mold and has less flour, it is tasting very good!




Saturday, June 24, 2023

Oatmeal Banana Muffins 【燕麦香蕉玛芬】

Summer holiday started and it has been raining for couple of days. Since we cant do much out door and the weather has been gloomy, I decided to bake a batch of this muffins for A's snack using the ingredients we have at home.

暑假开始了,却连续几天都在下雨。 周末没办法出门,我决定用家里的原料烤一批玛芬作为儿子的零食。这个周末就在家吃点零食,煲煲剧好了。

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Pillow Style Cantonese Style Dumplings 【五角广式咸肉粽】

It was Dumpling/Dragon Festival last week, it is a tradition at home to make some dumplings (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) during the season.

This year I started the festival with this Cantonese Style of Dumplings which have moong beans in it and tasted though different than the type of Bak Zhang that  I am used to and loved, it is still one  of my favourites.



Tuesday, June 20, 2023

【三角杂粮粽】Multigrain Dumplings



I have been planning to make this healthy and delicious rice dumpling for sometimes now. 
I always keeps a pantry- full of legumes and grains, this dumplings uses many of them and is so tasty and full of good nutrients and flavors!

Thursday, June 15, 2023

【米粉肉】Steamed Pork With Crushed Rice



I bought a very good piece of pork belly not long ago, I kept half of it and wanted to use it to make this Steamed pork with crushed rice.  I was caught up with work for a few days,  and didnt get to work on this dish until today. 

I am so glad I did and it tasted so delicious, and our family will have another Chinese New Year's dishes in the future!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

【仙草水】【仙草豆奶】Grass Jelly Drinks & Cincau Soya



前几天加拿大的野火导致纽约附近的雾霾都很严重, 这样的天气让人感觉很不舒服,刚好我前阵子买了罐仙草罐头,也做了些豆奶,今天就做一些清凉好喝的仙草水和马来西亚人喜欢的仙草豆奶喝。


The wildfires in Canada has caused severe haze at where we are. The air condition really made it hard to do much activities, I was having headache and scratchy throat all the time.

I just bought a can of Grass jelly not long ago and made some soy milk few days back. I decided to make some refreshing and delicious Grass jelly water and grass jelly soy milk that Malaysians like to drink to calm my throat.

These two drinks are very popular cold drinks among Malaysians. Usually sold at street stalls you must try it if you have a chance!

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Glutinous Millet Dumplings 【大黄米咸肉粽】

It will be Dumpling/Dragon Festival next week, it is a tradition at home to make some dumplings (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) during the season.

I always start my dumpling season with Cantonese Style dumplings, to share with my Cantonese friends, this year I decided to make some Glutinous Millet Dumplings, making it somewhat Diabetes friendly. 

Millets are an excellent source of fiber and contain a number of important nutrients. They score 52.7 on the glycemic index (GI), which is a medium value and lower than the value for maize, refined wheat flour, and rice. 


它的血糖指数 (GI) 得分为 52.7,处于中等值,低于玉米、精制小麦粉和大米的值,所以这款粽子糖尿病患者也能适量吃一点哦!

Thursday, June 8, 2023

【豆渣丹贝】Okara Tempeh


传统的做法是把煮熟脱皮的大豆加入根黴属(Rhizopus spp.)真菌,用香蕉叶包裹,室温(30C/85F)左右发酵36-48个小时,成白色饼状豆制品.可以用来烹调成多种不同的美食,是天然的肉类代替品。


真是营养好吃的食品,和豆腐/纳豆齐名喔!在欧美,丹贝也越来越受素食者的欢迎,一般的健康食品专卖店如 Whole food/Trader Joes 都有售卖丹贝或丹贝制作的素食品,也越来越多人开始自己在家制作丹贝罗!

前两天做了香浓好喝的豆浆,剩下的豆渣拿来做了丹贝。豆渣丹贝发酵很快, 大概24小时就发酵好了,做好的丹贝口感很绵密,味道非常好,真是变废成宝呢!

Tempeh/Tempe is a fermented soy bean product originally from Indonesia. It is traditionally made with cooked soy bean (shelled) naturally cultured/fermented with Rhizopus spp. wrapped in banana leaves,  and leave it under Indonesia/Malaysia's tropic weather (30C/85F)for 36-48 hours. 

A white colour cake will form, and can be use to cook many delicious dishes, it is often used as meat analogue in some recipes too. It has gained more and more fame amongst vegetarian/vegan, so much so that people do start making it at home!

Today I tried making tempeh with Chickpeas and it turned out to be softer and equally tasty comparing to the Soy bean version!

I made some soy milk at home two days back, and used the pulp/Okara to make tempeh. Okara tempeh ferments very quickly, and takes only little more than 24 hours to ferment. 

The Okara tempeh has a soft texture and tasting really good. It is really a good way to turn waste into treasure!

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Homemade Soy Milk 【自制豆浆/豆奶】

I started a budget for our grocery spending in May just to have a better understanding of how much we actually spend for grocery a month, with inflation and the current economy, it is crucial to be conscious about finances.

I also started a plan to utilize most of the stock we have in pantry before buying more stuff. With that said, I have been making homemade milk (soy, almond milk mostly) for my breakfast. Homemade soy milk is so smooth and creamy that it even gives me some bean curds!



Friday, June 2, 2023

Home-made Chickpea Tempeh/Tempe 【鹰嘴豆丹贝】



传统的做法是把煮熟脱皮的大豆加入根黴属(Rhizopus spp.)真菌,用香蕉叶包裹,室温(30C/85F)左右发酵36-48个小时,成白色饼状豆制品.可以用来烹调成多种不同的美食,是天然的肉类代替品。


真是营养好吃的食品,和豆腐/纳豆齐名喔!在欧美,丹贝也越来越受素食者的欢迎,一般的健康食品专卖店如 Whole food/Trader Joes 都有售卖丹贝或丹贝制作的素食品,也越来越多人开始自己在家制作丹贝罗!


Tempeh/Tempe is a fermented soy bean product originally from Indonesia. It is traditionally made with cooked soy bean (shelled) naturally cultured/fermented with Rhizopus spp. wrapped in banana leaves,  and leave it under Indonesia/Malaysia's tropic weather (30C/85F)for 36-48 hours. 

A white colour cake will form, and can be use to cook many delicious dishes, it is often used as meat analogue in some recipes too.

It has gained more and more fame amongst vegetarian/vegan, so much so that people do start making it at home!

Today I tried making tempeh with Chickpeas and it turned out to be softer and equally tasty comparing to the Soy bean version!

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

【印尼碎碎鸡】Ayam Penyet




Nasi Ayam Penyet is my absolute favourite Indonesian dish, which is second to none. It has all the Southeast Asian elements that I liked. Spicy and savory, together with my favorite fried tofu and tempeh, and a refreshing salad on the side. It is a complete satisfying meal to the taste buds and the stomach.

I usually get my Ayam Penyet fix from an Indonesian supermarket half an hour away from home. It just so happens that I have a lovely fan from a China cooking app that has been asking me to write a recipe on Ayam Penyet for almost a year now. 

Since I just made a batch of Tempeh this week, it is a good time to make this Ayam Penyet since the side is ready. And a good chance to crossout one of my to do list.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

【奶油马铃薯浓汤】Cream of Potato Soup




I made some garlic butter spread not long ago, it makes delicious garlic bread, goes well with creamy soup and is the best brunch over the weekend!

Tuesday, May 23, 2023


I love tempeh as a side dish for rice dishes and have been making tempeh at home pretty frequently. I normally make my tempeh in  zipped lock bags or clean plastic bags. 
I have been wanting to make my tempeh wrapping in banana leaves, as banana leaves contain polyphenol compounds, as contained in tea leaves. Due to the polyphenols, banana leaves produce a distinctive taste and aroma in tempeh.
Besides, I am all for a much more environmental friendly options any time!

Sunday, May 21, 2023

【玉米面豆沙包】Corn Meal Adzuki Bean Paste Steamed Buns

我经常在家里做红豆包,是个很方便的早点和点心,自己做的也可以按喜好调整甜度,没有买来的齁甜, 今天做的这款豆沙包面皮加了玉米面,成品带有玉米香,更好吃!

I make Adzuki bean steamed buns a lot for breakfast, I liked that it is healthy and I could make it less sweet compared to the shop bought version, today I make a batch adding Corn Meal to the Skin dough, it turned out to be so fragrance and a lot more nutritious for sure.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Steamed Kaya (Steamed Coconut Egg Jam) 【蒸法咖椰/椰子酱】

I have made several kaya recipes with different methods, some takes longer time than others. One of the recipes even require standing in front of the stove and stir for hours.

The kaya I made today is made by the steaming method. It turned out legitimate, and I am loving the end result.


My other Kaya Recipes/其他咖椰食谱:

Seri Kaya (Coconut Egg Jam) 【咖央/椰子酱】

Caramel Kaya (Crock pot Version) 【慢炖锅版咖椰】

Pumpkin Kaya(Pumpkin Coconut Jam / Vegan Kaya )【南瓜椰子酱 】

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Ayam masak merah & Nasi tomato 【马来红炒鸡块&番茄香饭】

Ayam masak merah ('red-cooked chicken' in Malay) is a Malaysian chicken dish, cooked in spicy red chili sauce. It is often paired with tomato rice – a type of savory rice cooked with tomato paste, milk, dried spices. The duo is in my opinion, the best combo and hits the spot whenever I crave for some Malaysian dishes.

I made a batch of Homemade Tomato Paste last year with the last harvest of the tomatoes from my backyard.  I use it to make both the Ayam Masak Merah and Tomato rice and it turned out so well. You can also use the shop bought tomato paste, it will taste just as good, I promise.

Ayam masak merah(马来语中的“红炒鸡块”)是一款用辣椒酱烹制的鸡肉料理,和番茄焖饭搭配食用。在我看来,这个组合是我想吃马来美食时的最佳选择,香辣又饱腹,感觉就像回到家乡了一样。

去年秋末我把我家后院最后收获的西红柿用来做了几瓶番茄酱。 今天用它来制作 Ayam Masak Merah 和番茄焖饭,效果非常好。 你也可以用市售的番茄酱,味道差别不会太大。