Wednesday, December 28, 2022

【杂粮芋头糕】Multi grain Yam Cake/Orh Kuih



This was my all time favorite for breakfast and teatime. I never fail to get one from the Pasar Malam or morning market whenever I sees one. But the sad thing is, even in Malaysia, a good Yam cake is still hard to come by.

This version I made today is a healthier version using multigrain, it is healthier and tasted as good!

Monday, December 26, 2022

【西洋菜蜜】Watercress Honey Drink



I spent two months in Hong Kong sometimes ago and really enjoyed the food in Hong Kong. This watercress honey drink is a type of drink that many restaurants serve, very unique and refreshing.

Since it is not too hard to make it at home, I decided to make a pot of this drink for this winter day.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

【印式米豆煎饼】Dosa/Thosai (Idli/Dosa Batter recipe)



used to be my breakfast everyday for a long time when I first visited India, I find it very light and nutritious. I was also amazed by the way the batter  was prepared when I started preparing it at home, it is so natural and simple, yet the result is so intriguing.

Homemade idli/Dosa dough is so useful and could be made into different kind of snacks easily, the mix could be used for :Dosa,Uttapam, Besan Uttapam and Fried Idli.

Friday, November 4, 2022

【马来椰香烤鸡】Ayam Percik/Malaysian Grilled Spiced Chicken With Coconut Milk


You can find this grill chicken in almost all the night and morning market in Malaysia, it is often sold together with Satay. 

I like preparing this grilled chicken for BBQ and party here in the States, it could be prepared in advance and grilled to charred and done before serving. Very easy and well loved by guests.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

【龙眼冰粉】Ice Jelly with Longan


Ice jelly is a very refreshing snack/dessert in this hot weather, it goes well with my son's favourite canned fruit and it is easy to make too.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

【芒果虾仁沙拉】Mango Shrimps Salad

Som Tum is the most popular salad in Thailand, you can see stalls selling it at almost most corners of the streets in Thailand. There are many types of Som Tum in Thailand with various kind of ingredients and seasoning.

The recipe I make today is a tweak from Som Tum Thai, using mango in the season and shrimps. Since summer is already here and temperature become high especially in the afternoon. I am ready for a plate of fruity salad on this hot summer day!

青木瓜沙拉和青芒果沙拉 (Som Tum) 是两款泰国最具代表性的轻食,也是国外的泰国餐厅里必有的前菜。Som Tum 摊子更是在泰国的街头巷尾都找得到,Som Tum 在泰国的做法更多样化,有咸螃蟹Som Tum, 咸蛋Som Tum,臭鱼Som Tum等等。


Saturday, June 11, 2022

【油焖笋】Braised Bamboo Shoots


My friend sent me lots of bamboo shoots so I made this famous Shanghainese Braised Bamboo Shoots, tasted so good I had the whole plate on my own!

Monday, May 30, 2022

【眉豆肉粽】Bak Zhang with Black Eyed Peas



When I was young, my favorite dumpling was Bak Zhang. But as I grow older, I started appreciating dumplings with various kinds of pulses in it, this year I decided to make a type with chickpeas and it came out absolutely delish!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

【鹰嘴豆肉粽】Bak Zhang with Chickpeas



When I was young, my favorite dumpling was Bak Zhang. But as I grow older, I started appreciating dumplings with various kinds of pulses in it, this year I decided to make a type with chickpeas and it came out absolutely delish!

Monday, May 23, 2022

【覆盆子柠檬水】Raspberry Limeade


It has been more than 100 degrees over the weekends, since we didn't have much appetite for foods, I made a few cold drinks for us and chill.

Friday, May 20, 2022

【鱼豆腐】Fish Tofu/cake



Fish Tofu has no bean in it, it is made with fish paste and egg, it is called fish tofu because the look  resembles fried tofu.

I like using fish tofu in my hotpot, stir fry and noodle dishes. Though it is easily available in most Asian supermarket, it is also quite easy to make at home. It is easier when you can get fresh fish fillet from the market.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

【印式炸豆圈】Medu Vada/Vadai (Deep Fried Lentil Donuts)




When I was a student, there was this old Indian man who goes around selling deep fried snacks or"muruku" back home. He has a big wooden/glass box attached to the back of his bicycle, where you could find small compartments that filled with different kinds of savory tidbits.

One of them is a little fried bean cake shaped like a mini donut, it is called "vadai", I love that stuff and did not know what it was made off until I moved to stay in India.

I was thrilled to learn that this snack is made of only legume, a snack higher in protein I presume. It goes very well with Coconut Chutney and can easily turn into Dahi Vada later.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

【南瓜鹹味龜粿】Pumpkin Salted Angku Kueh



The Angku kueh mold was given to me by mom, she bought it  when she traveled to Chaoshan, China many years ago. It took me more than ten years after bringing it to the United States to start making this Angku kueh. 

The reason why I hadn't made it for a long time is because I always wanted to make only the salty version of this Angku kueh, the type that I used to have as a child. 

There are many types of popular Angku kueh around in the market with sweet stuffing in it, but my favorite remains the salted-sweet and slightly powdery version of the stuffing type.

I had to try adjusting the flavor of the filling and the recipe of the skin several times in small batches before I finally came to this one today. 

The filling tasted delicious and the kueh skin was soft and Q, and the kueh stays soft to the next day.  I am truly happy with the result !

Thursday, April 21, 2022

印度面食之三【多层面饼】Plain Paratha - Type 3


抹上酥油分层做出不同形状煎的叫做Plain Paratha。裹入不同的馅料做成的馅饼叫做Stuffed Paratha,印度语里就根据馅的名称叫做xx Paratha Roti/chapati是不加油铁饼上烙成的,而Paratha则是煎制而成的,所以成品会香很多。


A couple of years back a lady posted a "Chapati" post on the website I frequent, it was all good, but the bread she posted was really a Paratha rather than Chapati, I tried to explain her the difference. To my surprised, she took it very defensively and told me that she can't be wrong, mainly because her neighbor, who is originally from Hyderabad was her teacher in this matter. Who am I to argue with an Indian origin, right?

After that episode I have been meaning to write about paratha and Chapati, my plan is to write about three different ways to make plain paratha. And here is the third type of plain paratha.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

【鸡蛋牛奶醪糟】Egg Milk with Fermented Glutinous Rice



I made fermented glutinous rice (Tapai Pulut) not long ago and used it to make Rice Huat Kueh, another dish I had in mind with the fermented glutinous rice is this Chinese dessert called Egg Milk with Fermented Glutinous Rice (鸡蛋牛奶醪糟).

I had this dessert the first time in a city in Northwest China, it was love at first try for me, I liked it so much that I had it almost everyday during my trip.

Now that I have learnt to make it at home, a bowl of this delicious and nutritious soup is such a great breakfast in the winter morning for me.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

【绿叁巴酱】Sambal Ijo (Indonesian Green Sambal)



不久前阿姨送来一大盒她自己种的墨西哥绿番茄 Tomatillos,刚好特别适合拿来做印尼的这款绿叁巴。我就做了一大盒放冰箱里慢慢吃。

A few years back I was on a one year project in Philadelphia, PA, so I used to visit the "Indonesian Town" near my office in Philly after work to buy packed foods for dinner. One of my favorite packet meals is Sambal Ijo Ayam (Green Sambal with Chicken), it is different than the normal red sambal yet very spicy and refreshing.

My aunt sent me a big box of Tomatillos that she planted during the summer time, it is perfect for this Sambal, so I made a big batch of Sambal Ijo with it. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

【摩摩喳喳】Bubur Cha Cha



I have made Bubur Cha Cha many times over the years, but failed to take pictures to write a recipe mainly because I normally made this sweet dish either for party or get together with friends, so I was always in a rush.

One day couple of weeks ago I realized I have all the ingredients needed for this Sweet dish at home, so I decided to make Bubus Cha Cha for snack time, and this time I can quietly enjoy this sweet dish without having to rush!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

【驴打滚】Glutinous Rice Rolls with Red Bean Paste


Years back mom went with me to a gathering, a friend of mine from Beijing made this dessert and brought with her, it was so tasty that my mother still thinks about it even today.

Monday, March 28, 2022

马来西亚【辣椒板面】Chili Pan Mee


这个周末下雨,不想出门就做了好吃的虾干辣椒粉, 泼点热油就是辣椒板面的辣子啦!

Almost everybody I met raved about this Pan Mee back home several years ago, Chili Pan Mee shops spring all over KL like mushrooms, I tried this Pan Mee twice and liked the idea very much, it has all the "Ohm" factors that Malaysian liked, spicy, umami with the fragrance of fried shallot. Topped with a beloved half boiled egg. 

It is just irresistible!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

【虾干辣椒粉】Dried Shrimp Chili Powder



A few years back I brought two bottles of "Namprik Narok" (which means spicy like hell.) made in Thailand back to the USA. I used it in some of my cooking and liked the spiciness and umami taste a lot. 

The two bottles didn't last me too long and since replenishing from homeland won't be possible due to the pandemic, I did what I thought is the next best thing, I recreate this chili powder at home.

Friday, March 25, 2022

【麻酱糖饼】Sesame Sugar Pancake


I made Beijing Traditional Pastry -- Sugar Puff not long ago and made a mental note to make this Sesame sugar pancake that I also liked. 

I used lesser brown sugar in my pancake, it still tasted very good though!

Monday, March 21, 2022

【芝麻海苔脆饼】Sesame Seaweed Crisps

这款脆饼其实是春节期间做的,当时做了炮竹虾还剩下大半包的春卷皮,刚好家里有寿司紫菜(Yaki Sushi Nori),就做了这款家乡常见的年饼。真是满满年味的小零食呀!

I made Firecracker shrimps for Chinese New Year and was left with more than half a packet of spring roll wrappers, since I also have some Yaki Sushi Nori (Roasted Seaweed) that I bought to make sushi at home. I decided to make this common CNY snacks that I used to have since young. 

It is such a tasty snack that I can't stop eating!

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

【鸡蛋三文治】Egg Salad Sandwich


My son's school hours are long, he gets home around 4 pm, often very hungry, so I always make sure there are some snacks to tie him over until dinner time. 

This egg salad sandwich is often my go to, and one of my son's favorites. 

Friday, March 11, 2022

【酒酿米发糕】Tapai Rice Huat Kueh



These rice cakes were made using fermented glutinous rice (酒酿)as rising agent, it was made from whole grain rice.

The batter took around 12 hours to ferment naturally at room temperature. There is nothing not to love about this Huat Kueh, it is 100% natural, made the way foods were made hundreds of years ago.

To me, it is almost like a batch of art work, made possible only by ancient wisdoms passed down to us by our ancestors.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

【萝卜排骨汤】Pork Rib Radish Soup

Pork rib and radish soup is a type of soup that I make a lot at home, especially in the winter months, it is hearty and helps to keep the body warm.


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

【荷叶包】附刈包食谱 Lotus Leaf Buns and Kuah Pau

前几天做了一锅控肉/炕肉, 家里有控肉怎么可以不做刈包呢?于是趁把孩子送上校车后还有三个小时才上班开会的空挡,我做了几个荷叶包。


One thing leads to another, when you have the Kong Bah at home, you need to make lotus leaf buns~~

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.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

【红豆年糕】Adzuki Bean Nian Gao



It is the time of the year again to celebrate Chinese New Year. Since I am not able to make the trip back home (again) due to the pandemic, I decided to make a few Chinese New Year dishes to celebrate here in the States.

This year, instead of the traditional Niao Gao that I normally made for CNY, I opted for this Adzuki Bean Nian Gao this year, somewhat healthier, and something different.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

KEREPEK BAWANG (Onion Chips) 【洋葱螺旋饼】


When I was young, I used to snack on this Onion crackers that I bought from stores, and thought that this snack can only be made by factories or bakeries. 

Until one year it was Eid so my classmate and I visited a teacher, we were served a super crunchy and tasty onion crackers, I loved it so much that I asked my teacher where did sher bought it from.

When I was told that it was homemade by the teacher herself... I was amazed and truly impressed. 

It has been more than 25 years since and I have not been able to buy this Kerepek from any stores where I now lived. I decided to try making it at home, it turned out so good that I could not stop snacking on it!