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!

【炸香蕉糕】Pisang Goreng (Banana Fritter)

前天看见超市摆着类似马来西亚炸香蕉用的香蕉 (Pisang Raja),忍不住买了一串回来,做马来西亚的小吃炸香蕉。



Fried banana is a very common snack back home, a sweet childhood memory of mine.

I would ask some money from grandpa during those hot afternoons 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 snacks.

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

素食好主意【叁巴豆腐】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

【泰式简易沙拉】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 very refreshing, just make sure you chilled the vegetables for a while in the fridge before mixing.

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!




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.






2 Potatoes

2 green chilies (seeded and shredded)

2 dried red chilies

10-15 Sichuan pepper

3 cloves of garlic (sliced)



1 1/2 tbsp black vinegar 

1 tbsp soy sauce



2 只土豆

2 只青椒 (我用了自己种的banana pepper)

2 根辣椒干

10-15 颗花椒

3 蒜瓣儿



1 1/2 大勺 黑醋 (也可用白醋)

1 大勺 酱油 (也可用盐)


1. Shred/cut potatoes into long strips, soak in cold water for 2-3 minutes, drain and wash 2 more times or until water runs clear。 this is to wash away excess starch of potatoes. Remove seeds of green chilies and sliced it into thin strips the same size as the potatoes. Chopped the garlic too.

2. Heat up 2 tbsp of oil, add the sichuan peppercorns and cook until fragrant, remove and discard. Place the dried chili pepper into the cooker and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the chili is fragrant too.

3. Turn the heat to high and add chopped garlic and shredded potatoes, stir quickly until the potato become a little translucent, season with vinegar and soy sauce. Add shredded green chilies before turning stove off. The potatoes and chilies should be still crunchy while serve.

1. 把土豆去皮擦丝或切丝,泡凉水里两三分钟,沥干,再泡大约2-3次,至水变得清澈为止。把青辣椒去蒂去种子切丝备用。蒜瓣儿切片备用。
2. 锅里热上3-4 tbsp的食油,加入花椒中火炸香取出丢弃,把辣椒干剪段,入油里炸香。
3. 把火转大加入蒜片和土豆丝快速翻炒至土豆有点透明,加入醋继续翻炒1-2分钟,然后加入酱油或盐调味。加入青椒丝翻炒至断生即可。

Friday, August 8, 2014

【马来红烧鸡胗】Pedal Ayam Masak Kicap (Chicken gizzard in soy sauce)

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.



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.