Sunday, 14 December 2008

Thai Fish Cake

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/4 cup of thinly sliced dwaft beans
  • 500 grams white fish meat (cod, haddock, hake, etc) , minced or cut into chunks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste. (Here I used the ready mix paste. You can make your own too)

Method:

Cut the fish into small pieces and then grind it up in a food processor, or pound it in a mortar and pestle until it's a paste. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients (except the oil). For a more spicy taste, add a bit more red curry paste. Using your hands, knead the mixture until it’s sticky enough to mould it into a disc about 2 inches wide and ½ inch thick. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan at a medium or high heat. Add the fish cakes and fry until they are golden brown on both sides. Remove the fish cakes with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels. Serve with sweet chilli sauce

Zebra Cake

This cake recipe given to me by a friend about 10 years ago. I still remember the ingredients but cannot recall the measurement. Recently, I decided to research the web & I finally found what I'm looking for all this while. This is an interesting cake. Looking at the picure you may think that the stripe is difficult to make. They are not..... Just need a little bit of patient. Zebra cake is easy and fun to make, it’s beautiful and just irresistibly delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cupoil (corn or vegetable is fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

Method:

Pre heated the oven at 180 degree Celcius. Lightly grease a 9"non stick pan or a round silicon bakeware. If. If you don’t have non-stick baking pan, grease whatever pan you have then line it with parchment paper (baking paper).

In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar until the mixture is creamy and light in color. Add milk,oil and vanila essence, and continue beating until well blended.

In a separate bowl, combine and mix flour and baking powder. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat just until the batter is smooth and the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions. Keep one portion plain. Add cocoa powder into another and mix well.

The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan. Pour 1/4 cup of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan. Then pour 1/4 up of cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter. IMPORTANT! Do not stop and wait until the previous batter spreads - KEEP GOING! Do not spread the batter or tilt the pan to distribute the mixture. It will spread by itself and fill the pan gradually. Continue alternating the batters until you finish them. The pictures above will show you how the batter will look like when you have finish with all the batter.

Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Then leave the cake for another 10 minutes in the oven Do not open the oven door otherwise the cake will shrink and will not rise. To check if the cake is ready, insert a toothpick into the center. It should come out clean when ready. Remove from the oven.

Immediately run a small thin knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert the cake onto a cooking rack. Turn the cake back over and let cool.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Kung Poh Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 4 pieces of boneless chicken thigh
  • 4 tablespoons roasted cashew nuts
  • 10 dried red chilies (deseeded and cut into halves)
  • 1/2 onion, quartered & open up the petals
  • 1/2 carrot, sliced thinly
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 5 slices peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 gloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalk of spring onions, cut into 2 cm

For the chicken marination:

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Method:

Cut the chicken meat into cubes and marinate with the ingredients above for 30 minutes. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat up a wok with 2 tbsp cooking oil and stir-fry the marinated chicken until they are 3/4 cook. Dish out and set aside.

Clean the wok and add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cooking oil until it hot. Add in the ginger and garlic and do a quick stir before adding in the dried red chilies. Stir fry the dried red chilies until aromatic and they smell spicy, then add in the chicken meat.

Continue to stir for 2 minutes. Add in the sauce and stir continuously until the chicken meat is nicely coated with the sauce. Add in the onions and carrot. Mix well and add in the roasted cashew nuts & the spring onion.

Dish out and serve hot with steamed white rice.

Tau Sar Pheah (Tambun biscuits)

Have been longing to eat this tau sar pneah for a while but can't find time to do it. I have been keeping the recipes from Amy Beh site for a while. Since I am on 2 weeks off, decided to have a go. Well..... it turn out great, looks like those that I bought from Him Hiang when I come home for holiday to Penang.
Ingredients:
For the filling:
  • 250g mung beans, soaked for several hours and drained
  • 160g castor sugar
  • 2-21/2 tbsp fried shallots oil
  • 2 tbsp deep fried shallots crisps
  • 3/4 tsp salt

For the pastry:

water dough:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 60g vegetable oil
  • 80g water

oil dough:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 60g shortening/margarine

Egg glaze:

  • 1 egg york
  • 1 tbsp water
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

To prepare the filling: Steam the well drained mung beans until soft and cooked through. Blend in a food processor until fine.

Remove blended mung beans paste in a non stick wok and add in suga, salt, shallots oil and shallot crisps. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Keep stirring until the mixture is well combined. Remove and leave to cool completely.

Water dough: Put flour, salt, icing sugar and oil into a mixing bowl. Pour the water into the flour. Mix well to blend until dough is smooth. Leave a side to rest for 25-30 minutes. You may also use a food processor to mix the dough.

Oil dough: Combine flour & shortening and mix into a smooth dough. Set aside to rest for 25-30 minutes. Again you may want to process this with food processor.

Method:

Roll out both dough into a long sausage shapes and cut each into 35-38 equal size pieces. Roll out a pieceof water dough and wrap into a piece of oil dough. Roll out flat and roll uo into a swiss roll style. Repeat the rolling and the flattening of the piece of dough 3x. Do this for the rest.

Add a heaped teaspoonful of filling to the prepared pastry skin. Gather up the sides and roll into a ball. Place each ball into a lightly greased tray.

Brush the biscuits with egg glaze and bake in preheated oven at 160 degree Celcius (140 for fan assist oven) for 15-20 minutes.

Apple cake

Many thanks to Kit who provide me with apples from her own garden. Have baked several round of this cakes until my son told me to stop as he has enough of it. Well....not to waste those big lovely apples. The apples are baked on top of a butter cake, thenglazed with apricot jam. The cake can be served warm as dessert with whipped cream. Ingredients:
  • 180g buter
  • grated lemon rind of 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp gelatin
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam, strained

Method:

Grease 20cm springform tin or deep 20cm rund cake tin, cover base with paper, grease paper.

Beat butter, rnd and sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beat until combined. Transfer mixture to large bowl, stir in sifted flours and milk, spread into prepared pan.

Peel, quarter and core apples. Make lengthways cuts int rouned sides of apple quarters, cutting about three-quarters of the way through. Place quarters, rounded side up, around edge of cake. Bake cake in preheated oven at 180 degree Celcius ( 160 for fan assist oven) for about 1 hour. Stand for about 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack.

Heat water in pan, sprinkle over gelatine, stir, without boiling, until gelatine is dissolved, remove from heat, stir in jam. Brush jam mixture over top of hot cake, cool before cutting.

Fried Wanton

Fried wanton is the favourite finger food at any chinese party. I normally buy the skin from the oriental supermarket & freeze them in my freezer. If you are keen to make the skin yourself, here is the recipes:
Wanton Skin recipes:
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup water, approximately

Method:

Sift flour and salt into a bowl, add egg and enough waterto mix to a stiff dough. If the dough is too soft, add a little extra sifted flour for easier handling.

Roll the dough on a well floured surface until paper thin. Use sharp knife, trim edges to form 15"x15" square. Using a ruler, cut evenly into 3" square. If you prefer a round skin, stamp out with round cutter. Place the skin on baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth until ready to use.

Makes about 25-30 skins if square & about 20 if round.

For the filling:

  • 100g shelled prawns, minced
  • 200g minced pork or chicken meat
  • 50g water chestnuts, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped carrot
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onion

Seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp corn flour
Method:
Place one teaspoon of the filling in the centre of each wantan wrapper. Fold into small pouches. Seal the edges of each pouch with a bit of water.Heat enough oil in a wok until just hot. Put in wantan in batches and deep-fry until golden brown in colour. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve the crispy wantan with the dipping sauce. or sweet chilli sauce

Gyoza

Gyoza is a popular dumpling in Japanese cuisine. Gyoza originated in China, and it's said to have been introduced to Japan in late 17th century. Gyoza is cooked in various ways: deep-fried, boiled, steamed, or pan-fried. Boiled gyoza (sui-gyoza) is very soft and can be eaten hot or cold. Steamed gyoza (mushi-gyoza) is also soft and is eaten hot. Deep-fried gyoza (age-gyoza) can be finger food, so it's suitable for a potluck dish. The most common way to cook gyoza is pan-fried. Bottoms of gyoza dumplings should be brown and crunchy. Fillings for gyoza are also various. Different kinds of vegetables and meat can be used for fillings. The most popular fillings are ground pork, cabbage, and chives. Also, using mashed shrimp makes tasty gyoza called ebi-gyoza. You can even make vegetable gyoza without meat. Have fun creating your favorite gyoza. Gyoza wrappers are slightly thicker than wonton wrappers, and they are round in contrast that wonton wrappers are square. Here is the recipes to make the skin & also the pork filling recipes. Makes about 24-26 pieces of gyoza.
Ingredients:
For the skin:
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2/3 cups of boiling water
  • a pinch of salt

For the pork filling:

  • 175g of minced pork
  • 1 medium size carrot, only use half. Chopped finely
  • 3/4 cup of chopped cabbage
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

Method:

To make the skin: Sift the flour & salt in a bowl. Add in the boiling water. Use a fork to mix the mixture to look like crumbles. Then use hand & knead the dough well forn another 5 minutes. Rest the dought for 30 minutes.

Pinch the dough about the size of 50p. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin into a thin flat sheet. Use a small bowl to cut the dough into a round shape. Continue with the rest of the dough.

For the filling: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Use a teaspoon & scoop the filling in the gyoza skin. Fold up the skin & pleat about 5 pleats along the skin as seen on the picture above. Set aside.

Heat a frying pan with 1 tbsp cooking oil. When the oil is hot, put in the ready gyoza & pan fry until the bottom is brown in a medium heat. Set aside. When all the gyoza has been fried leave all the fried gyoza in the pan & add in 3/4 cups of water. Let the gyoza simmer in the pan until the water is dry. Serve hot with dipping sauce or chilli saue.

Marbled chocolate muffins

Ingredients:
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking power
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 115g castor sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 250ml milk
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanila extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

Preheat the oven at 200 degree Celcius (180 if fan assist oven).

Grease a 12 cups muffin tin or line 13 paper cases. Sift together the flour, baking power and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar

Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl then beat in the milk, oil and vanila extract. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not over mix.

Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Sift the cocoa powder into one bowl and mix together. Using teaspoons, spoon the mixtures into the prepared muffin tin alternating the chocolate mixture and the plain mixture.

Bake in the preheate oven for about 20 minutes until well risen, golden brown and firm to touch.

Leave the muffin in the tin for 5 minutes then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Fried Udon


You can never have enough of noodles. There are many ways to fry noodles and all depends on your taste and style. I use chicken & vegetables for this recipes. You can replace the chicken with seafood if you wish.
Ingredients:
  • 2 packets of udon ( I used the Amoy brand)
  • 1 chopped garlic
  • 3 cups of cabbage, cut into bit pieces ( can add more if you like)
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, sliced and cut into matchstick lenghts
  • 3 spring onions, sliced slightly angle
  • 100g of chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs
For the sauce: Mix well all the sauces in the bowl
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 5 tbsp mirin
  • 3 tbsp sake ( optional)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
Method:
Boil a pot of water in and put in the udon. Let the udon in the water for about 3 minutes & drained. Set aside.
Put 3 tbsp cooking oil in a wok & heat the oil. Then add in the chopped garlic. Fry untill fragrant and add in the chicken. Fry till the chicken is cooked. Then add in the cabbage. Mix well & continue frying until the cabbage is soft. Add the udon and the sauce. Stir fry until the sauce has dried up. Then add in the carrots & mix well for another 3 minutes.
Put the noodles at the side of the wok. Break the eggs in the wok and scramble it up. Then push the noodles to cover the egg. Let the eggs cook for anothe minutes. Stir the noodles & mix well with the eggs. Put in the spring onions & dish out to serve.

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake

I have not been making this cheesecake for a while. Decided to have a go again recently when I invited my colleagues over for dinner. This cake is not as rich as the usual cheesecake. Ingredients: For the filling:
  • 100g dark chocolate with 75% cocoa solid
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 50g raisins
  • 110g chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • 200g fromage frais (8% fat)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g castor sugar

For the base:

  • 50 chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • 110g sweet oat biscuits
  • 40g butter, melted

For chocolate curls:

100g dark chocolate

Method:

Preheat the oven at 200 degree Celcius or 180 for fan assist oven.

To make the base: Crushed the biscuits in a poly bag with a rolling pin-not to finely. Put the crushed biscuits into a large bowl, then add the chopped nuts and melted butter and mix throughly before packing into the base of the cake tin pressing it very firmly all over. Place the tin in the oven and prebake the crust for 20 minutes. Then remove it and let it cool while preparing the filling. Reduce the oven temperature to 150 degree Celcius (130 if fan assist oven).

To make the filling: Place 1.5 cups of water into a saucepan, then out the pan on the heat. Meanwhile, break the chocolate ito small pieces and place into a basin. As soon as the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat and place the bowl on top until all the chocolates melts.

Spoon mascarpone and fromage frais into abowl and whisk them together until smooth. Then add the eggs and sugar and whisk well before adding the melted chocolate. Lightly fold the chocolate into the egg mixtre. Finally add the raisins and chopped nuts. Pour into a baking tin and bake for 11/4 hour. After that turn the ovenn heat off but leave the cheesecake inside for another 20 minutes.

To make the curls: Melt the chocolate as before, pour into a flat smooth surface. Leave chocolate to set at oom temperature. Use a cheese slicer or a sharp knife. Draw a long sharp knife at a slight angle across the surface of the chocolate, using a light sawing action. Allow the chocolate curls to become firm before handling. You can use shave chocolate instead of curls, as you can see from the picture as I was in a hurry.

Serve the cheesecake with sprinkle of cocoa powder & chocolate curls/shave. Serve it with creame fraiche or pouring cream

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Vegetarian Curry

Ingredients:
  • 100g dwarf beans
  • 200g cabbage, cut into 5cm squares
  • 200g potatoes, skin and cut into large cubes
  • 100g cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 150g carrots, cut into wedges
  • 1 brinjal (aubergine), cut into 1.5" ring & cut into quarter again
  • 2 tomatoes, quarter
  • 2 green chillies, seed and slit into half
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup of water

Ground spices (combined):

  • 11/2 tbsp fish curry powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp belacan (shrimp paste)
  • 2 cm pieces galangal
  • 4 shallots

  • 1 stalk lemon grass, smash
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

Seasoning:

  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste

Method:

Heat oil in a pot. Fry the garlic until fragrant. Add onions and fry till soft. Add lemongrass & curry leaves and ground ingredients. Fry until oil separates.

Pour in coconut milk and water and bring to a low boil.

Put in potoes and carrots. Bring to boil for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add seasoning.

Dish out and serve immediately.

Mint Chocolate Chips Muffin

Makes 12
Ingredients:
  • oil or butter for greasing
  • 280g plain white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 150g plain chocolate chips
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 25ml milk
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-2 drop of green food colouring; optional
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Metod:

Preheated oven to 200 degree Celcius. (If fan assist oven, reduce the heat to 180 degree Celcius). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with paper cases.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the caster sugar and chocolate chips.

Lightly beaten the eggs in a large jug then beat in the milk, oil and peppermint extract. Add in the colouring, if using, to colour the mixture a very subtle shade of green.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not over-mix.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until well risen and firm to touch.

Leave the muffin in the tin for 5 minutes then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Hot Pot Lamb Curry

Ingredients:
  • 400g-500g frrozen diced lamb, thawed

Cubed:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 potatoes

Marinade A:

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger juice
  • 1 tsp meat curry powder
  • 120ml coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil

Spices (B):

  • 2 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamon, smashed
  • 3 stalks curry leaves
  • 2 pansan leaves, shredded and knotted (optional)

Ground spices (C)-combined:

  • 5 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3cm galangal
  • 2 stalk lemon grass
  • 1 tsp grond black pepper
  • 4 tbsp meat curry powr
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder

Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
  • juice of 1 lime

Garnishing:

  • coriander leaves

Method:

Clean lamb pieces and marinate with ingredients (A) for 15-20 minutes.

Heat oil to saute spices inredients (B) until fragrant. Add sliced onion and fry until soft before adding the ground spices (C). Fry for 1-2 minutes then add in lamb and tomatoes.

Fry till heated through and pour in coconut milk. Bring to a low simmering boil. Halfway through cooking, add in potatoes and continue to cook until the meat is tender and the gravy turn thick. Season to taste.

Dush out to serve with garnishing.

Kurmah Chicken

For this recipe, you can buy the ready pack kurmah powder in oriental shop. However, if you can't find the ready pack, here is the recipes for making the homemade kurmah powder. You can make sufficient powder that can last you several cooking. Keep them in air tight container otherwise you will loose the aroma. Homemade Kurmah Powder
  • 600g coriander
  • 100g cumim
  • 100g aniseed
  • 100g black peppercorns
  • 100g dry turmeric
  • 20g cloves
  • 10g star anise
  • 20g cinnamon sticks
  • 3 nutmegs
  • 20g cardamoms

Method:

Dry roast the ingredients separately until fragrant, then set aside to cool. Grind all the ingredients in the coffee grinder or send it to the mill to be ground.

Ingredients:
  • 500g-600g chicken meat
  • 60g kurmah powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk (thick coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk add 1/2 cup of water (thin coconut milk)
  • oil for cooking
  • salt to taste

Spices A:

  • 7 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5cm ginger
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 7 almonds

Spices B:

  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 5 pieces of cardamon
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 medium onion, chopped

Method:

Heat oil in a cooking pan and fry spices B till golden brown. Put in chicken meat, salt to taste and the thin coconut milk. Stir fry for 10 minutes.

Add in spices A and the kurmah powder. Pour in the thick coconut milk and bring to boil.

Cook further over low heat until the gravy is thick.

Add mint leaved for decoration & serve hot.

Fish Moolie

Ingredients:
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3-4 green chillies, finely chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 600g fish fillets

Method:

Heat oil in a cooking pan, saute onion, garlic and ginger until onion is tender. Add in the turmeric powder and green chillies and saute for 1 minutes.

Add in the coconut milk. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.

Add fish fillets. Cook uncovered for 4 minutes or until fish is tender, turn fish once during cooking.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Dhall Curry (Lentil Curry)

Ingredients:
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 250g gram dal
  • 50g tamarind
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • some curry leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 green cardamon
  • 10cm cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tsp garlic puree
  • 3 tsp ginger puree
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 cups of lamb stock ( if you are lazy, boiled 3 cups of water & put in 11/2 cube of lamb stock. Boiled till the cube stock dissolved)

For seasoning:

  • 6 dried chillies(optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder

Method:

Wash and soaked the dhall for about 3-4 hours. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup of water for 1 hour, then pres out the juice, strain and set aside the tamarind water.

Heat 5 tbsp cooking oil in a large cooking pot and saute the onion for 5 minutes. Then add the cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, chopped green chillies, red chilli powder, the curry leaves, the garlic and the ginger puree. Stir to prevent the spices from sticking to the pot. Sprinkle over 3 tbsp water if necessary.

Add in the lamb stock and let the stock boiled. Add in the chopped tomatoes and the dhall. Add salt to taste and also add in the tamarind water. Let the dhall mixture boiled and then reduce to moderate heat. Cooked for 60-80 minutes or until tender. Liquidize to a creamy consistency.

Just before serving, season by heating 3 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the red chillies broken into two, if used, the garlic, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and garam masala powder. Fry for 10 seconds after the addition of the last ingredients. Add this seasoning to the curry and stir. Serve with nan or chapati or phrata bread.

Chocolate Dessert Muffins

Ingredients:
  • 225g plain flour
  • 55g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 115g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 250ml single cream
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 85g plain chocolate

For the sauce:

  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 25g butter
  • 50ml single cream

Mehod:

Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celcius. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with 12 paper cases.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Sir in the sugar

Lightly beaten the eggs in a large bowl then beat in the cream and oil. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not over-mix.

Break the chocolate evenly into 12 pieces. Scoop half of the mixture into the prepare muffin tin. Place a piece of chocolate in the centre of each then poon in the remaining mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until well risen and firm to touch.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir until blended then stir in the ceam and mix together. remove from the heat and stir until smooth.

Leave the muffins in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on serving plates. Serve warm with the chocolate sauce poured over the top of each muffin.

Strawberry muffins

Ingredients:
  • 150g strawberries, chopped into small pieces
  • 280g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 250ml single cream
  • 6 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml double cream
  • 12 small whole strawberries, to decorate

Method: Preheat oven to 200 degree Celcius. Grease 12 cup muffin tin or line with 12 paper cases. Sift together the flour,baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and chopped strawberries. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then beat in the single cream, oil and vanilla extract. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not over-mixed. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tin. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until well risen, golden brown and firm to touch. Leave the muffin in the tin for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool. Whick the double cream until stiff. When the muffins are cold, spread the cream on top of each then top with a strawberry.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Muar Chee

Mua Chee is a dessert or snack that is popular at street hawkers especially in Penang. You can make the mua chee dough by mixing glutinous rice flour and water. Once the dough is mixed, it is usually boiled or steamed till it is light and puffy. This dough is then tossed and cut up in a grounded up mixture of roasted peanuts and sugar as seen above. Ingredients:
  • 340g glutinous rice flour
  • 300ml water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp thick coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

  • 3 tbsp fragrant oil(oil fried with shallots)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp shallots crisps

Groundnut mixture (mix together):

  • 175g toated peanuts, pounded
  • 75g toasted sesame seeds
  • 250g granulated sugar

  • 3 tbsp cooked groundnut oil ( normal will do too)

Method:

Mix glutinous rice flour, sugar, coconut milk, oil and water in a microwable bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir well and cook on high for another minute. Stir well, it should be cooked but if you are having a lower wattage microwave you might have to cook another minute more. Add in the 2 tbsp of fragrant oil(cooking oil straight from the bottle will do - only no fragrance)Let the dough cool.

Add the peanut, sesame seeds and sugar mixture to the dough and using an oiled scissor, snip into smaller pieces and coat well with peanuts. (if not serving the whole portion, remove a small piece enough to eat, and put into the coating, then snip from there. Remove the coated dough for serving and leave the coating for the rest of the dough). Sprinkle with the shallots crisps.

Char Siew

"Char siew" literally means "fork burn/roast" after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire.
In Malaysia and Singapore, char siew rice is found in many Chinese stalls along with roasted duck and roasted pork. It is served with slices of char siew, cucumber, white rice and drenched in sweet gravy or drizzled with dark soy sauce. Char siew rice can also be found in Hainanese chicken rice stalls, where customers have a choice of having their char siew rice served with plain white rice or chicken-flavoured rice, and the same choice of garlic chilli and soy sauces
Ingredients:
  • 900g of pork tenderlion, make a few slits along the meat

(A): For marinade, mix together well

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Rose Wine ( Mei Kwai Low), can be omitted if cannot be obtain

(B): Mix together

  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 11/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • a pinch of red colouring

Method:

Season meat with (A) and mix well until it become sticky. Marinate for 3 hours or preferably overnight in the refrigerator. Add (B) to the well marinated meat just before roasting.

Place the strip of the meat on a rack and roast at 180 degree Celcius for 10 minutes. Turn over the meat and continue to roast for another 10 minutes or until the meat is well cooked. Slice the meat and serve.

Roast Pork ( Siew Yoke)

Chinese roast pork here refers to siew yoke (in cantonese) or sio bak (in hokkien). With a crispy crackling roasted skin and semi-tender meat, you can be assured of spoonfuls after spoonfuls of rice to go with it.
Ingredients:
  • 600g pork belly with skin on
  • 1/2 tsp salt

(A):

  • 3-4 pips garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • 2 pieces od red fremented beancurd ( tau jhuu or nam yee), well mashed.)*
  • 11/2 tsp Five Spice Powder (Ng Heong Fun)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

(B):

  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda

Method:

Clean the pork wekk and dab dry with kitchen paper. Make slits on the meat side of the pork and marinate with A.

Season the skin side with B. Then hang up to dry thoroughly for 4-5 hours. Use S hook that can be found in oriental shop. If not, put o wire rack with the meat side facing up.

Place the pork in a rack (the meat side up) and bake at 200 degree Celcius for 20 minutes. Take out from oven and prick the skin with a fork and brush with remaining ingredients (B). Bake the skin side at 235 degree Celcius for about 25 minutes or until the skin turns crisp.

Note:

* If you cannot find the red fremented beancurd, use the natural colour one.

After roasting, the chunk of meat will shrink to less than half its original size.

Nasi Briyani (Briyani Rice)

Originally from India, it is called Nasi Briyani in Malaysia and Singapore. Different cultures cook Briyani differently. "Nasi" in malay means rice. Nasi Biryani is usually served on special occasions, such as weddings and festivals. The rice are usually fry with ghee but for health reason, I am using normal cooking oil. Here is a simple Malaysian recipe for Nasi Briyani. Ingredients:
  • 500g basmati rice, wash and drain
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 big tomatoes, chopped
  • a handful of shredded coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Spices (A):

  • 5 cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, smashed
  • 2cm piece cinnamon stick

Fry in oil till crispy and set as side separately:

  • 15 shallots, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 3 tbsp of cashew nuts

For garnishing:

  • 3 tbsp of raisins

Method:

Heat oil or ghee in a pot and fry spices (a) on a medium heat until fragrant. Add rice and stir-fry well for about two to three minutes. Add in the water. Add in the salt. Pour in the yoghurt and mix well. Then add in the tomatoes, coriander leaves and the turmeric powder. Increase the heat to high and let the rice boil. Give it a good stir and reduce the heat againto medium. Let the rice boil for another 2 minutes & stir again.

Put on the cover & reduce the heat to the lowest. Simmer the rice for another 4-5 minutes. Off the heat & let the rice settle for another 5-10 minuted before serving as this will make the rice fluffy. If you serve the rice immediately after you switch off the heat, the rice will be very sticky.

When rice is cooked, dish out to serve with a sprinkling of shallots, cashew nuts, raisin and garlic.

Moist Chocolate Cake

My family loves this chocolate cake as it is moist & not crumbly. Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup water

Method:

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking powder. Set aside.

Dissolve the coffee with hot water. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well. Beat in the coffee and vanilla essence. Gently fold in the flour mixture alternating with water. Start and end with the flour mixture. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan. Bake at 175 degree Celcius ( 150 degree Celcius if you oven is fan assist oven) for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Pie Tee



































Ingredients:

Pie Tee Shells

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 190ml water

Filling:

  • 300g yam beans, shredded
  • 50g carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp dried prawns, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chopped shallot

Seasoning:

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • Chilli sauce dip

Chilli sauce dip:

  • 3 red chillies
  • 3 bird’s eye chillies
  • 1 calamansi lime, seeds removed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Method:

Pie Tee Shells

Put sifted flours into a small mixing bowl. Add egg and salt and pour in water gradually to make a smooth and runny batter. Strain the batter to remove any lumps. Leave aside to stand for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a deep saucepan. Heat the pie tee mould in the hot oil for 1–2 minutes. Remove the hot pie tee mould and dip into the batter. Then dip the mould back into the hot oil and keep it there until pie tee is golden brown. Loosen the pie tee gradually until it slips away from the mould. Remove the pie tee cases and drain well on absorbent paper towels. When cool, store in an airtight container to retain crispiness.

Filling

Heat oil in a wok and fry garlic, shallot and dried prawns until fragrant. Add yam beans, carrot and seasoning. Stir and cook, tossing the vegetables well until almost dry. Dish up and cool completely. Serve pie tee shells with the filling topped with a little chilli sauce and some chopped spring onion.

Kuih Bahulu






Kueh bahulu is a perennial favourite among Malaysians of all ages. It's soft and slightly dry texture goes very well with black coffee. Kueh bahulu comes in different shapes, but the popular ones are the goldfish and the button (see picture right).


Ingredients:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 100gm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 100gm plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Method:

Sieve wheat and tapioca flour together with baking powder. Whisk the eggs and sugar until stiff and pale in colour. Add the vanilla essence. Fold in sifted flour in 3 batches with the egg batter.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease the mould (to prevent the bahulu from sticking) and spoon in batter. Do not fill to the top. Bake bahulu for about 10 minutes.

Alternatively, you can bake bahulu the traditional way – using charcoal fire. You have to place the hot coals on top of and under the mould.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Japanese cotton cheesecake



I always been craving for the fluffy Miki Ojisan Cheesecake which can be found in Sogo. Well… I made one of such cake a weekend ago. The colour of the cheesecake is nice and it is moist, cotton-soft and fluffy.



Ingredients:
  • 160g cream cheese
  • 25 g butter
  • 120g milk
  • 40g plain flour
  • 30g corn flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tar tar
  • 120g sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

Preheat the oven at 160 degrees Celsius. Melt the butter, cream cheese, and milk on a double boiler, leave to cool. Once cool, add in both the flours and mix till well combine. Then add in the egg yolks and lemon juice and mix till well blended.

In a separate clean bowl, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Slowly add in the sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form, and the mixture is glossy.

Slowly fold in the egg white batter into the egg yolk mixture, 1/3 at a time, until incorporated. Pour into an 8 inch springform tin and bake in a waterbath for 40-45 min or until cooked when inserted with a skewer. Remove from the mould immediately to prevent the cake from sinking. Mixed the apricot jam with a bit of water and warmed it in the microwave. Brush the apricot jam all over the top of the cheesecake to give it a glossy finish.

Chicken in tomato & butter gravy


















Ingredients:
  • 500g -600g chicken breast; cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tbsp tandori paste
  • 200ml fresh cream
  • 150g butter
  • 2 handful of cashew nuts; add water & blend into paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 handful fresh coriander leaves; chopped

Tomato gravy:

  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp garam masala

Method:

Marinate chicken pieces with the tandori paste over night and cook in oven for 30 minutes at 180 degree C. This makes the chicken tender and allow it to absorb the tandori flavour.

In a pot, heat 3 tbsp oil & add in the onions. Fry till soft and add in the chopped tomatoes. Add in the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric and garam masala. Mix well & let it boil for about 2 minutes. Put in a blender & blend well.

Saute the tomato gravy in butter. Add in the chicken, cashew nut paste, fresh cream, chopped coriander and saute well.

Garnish with a touch of fresh cream and chopped coriander

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Opor Ayam (Opor Chicken)






















Ingredients:
  • 6-7 chicken drumstick/chicken bite size pieces
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 1 stalk lemon grass, bruised
  • 3-4 lime leaves (limau purut leaves)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp sugar

pound very finely together:

  • 3-4 red chillies
  • 5 sliced galangal (lengkuas)
  • 3 sliced ginger
  • 4 candle nuts (buah keras)
  • 6 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic

add in:

  • 4 tsps corainder powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup of water

Method:

Over high fire, heat the wok until hot. Pour in 4 tbsp cooking oil, lower fire to a medium heat. Add in the pounded spices and lemongrass. Stir for 2 minutes, add in 5 tbsp coconut milk and simmer for another 2 minutes. Stir continuously for a smooth gravy.

Add in the chicken, the remaining coconut milk and stir fry for another 5 minutes. Finally add in the water, sugar, salt and lime leaves. Bring to boil and then simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is tender. Serve with hot white rice.

Steamed Sago with coconut






















Ingredients:
  • 250g sago, washed and soaked in water for an hour and drained
  • 200g grated young coconut
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 120g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pandan paste or 1 tbsp pandan juice
  • few drops of red colouring
  • banana leaf, cut into 9" round and lighty greased

Method:

Boil water in steamer over a high heat.

Combine sago, sugar, salt and coconut. Divide into 3 equal portions. Mix one portion with pandan paste or juice, the other with red colouring, leaving one portion plain.

Line the base of a 9" round cake tin with the greased banana leaf. Spread the red sago mixture evenly in the tin and press lightly with a spatula. Place the cake tin in the steamer and steam for 15 minutes until sago is transparent. Add the layer of plain sago to the steamed sago and steam again for nother 15 minutes until the sago is tranparent. Repeat the process with the green portion.

When cooked, remove the tin from the steamer and cool cake completely before cutting into diamond shapes.

Monday, 17 March 2008

Singapore Fried Noodles























Ingredients:
  • 375g rice vermicelli (meehoon), soaked
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • some char siew, sliced (optional)
  • 150g diced chicken meat
  • 150g raw prawns (optional)
  • 8 medium size button mushroom, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 150g bean sprouts
Mixed well:
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup of tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
Method:
Soaked the rice vermicelli in water until soft (at least for about 30 minutes) and drain well.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil and scramble the beaten eggs, remove and reserve a side.
Heat the remaining oil, fry the garlic until fragrant. Add in the chicken meat & fry until cook. If you use prawns add in the prawns & stir quickly as you do not want to overcook the prawns.
Add in the noodles & the mixture & stir to ensure that the noodles & the mixture is well coated. Add in the mushroom & also the onions. Cook until the noodles has absorbed all the mixture and then add in the scramble eggs. Mix well. Then add in the bean sprouts and for another 3 minutes.
Dish out and serve.

Chocolate Ripple Cake






















Ingredients:


  • 185g butter
  • 11/4 cups castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 11/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup milk, extra

Method:

Grease a 20cm baba/angel pan

Cream butter and suga in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beat until combine. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in half the sifted flours and half the milk, then stir in the remaining flours and milk.

Blend cocoa powder with extra milk, stir until smooth with 2 tbsp of the cake mixture. Fold chocolate mixture lightly through cake mixture o give rippled effect. Spoon into prepared pan, smooth top slightly.

Bake in pre heated oven for about 40 minutes at about 170 degress Celsius. For convection oven the heat should be at about 190-200 degrees Celsius. Turn to the wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Sago Gula Melaka





















This is a very easy & delicious dessert/pudding.

Ingredients:
  • 2.5 liter of water
  • 200g pearl sago, rinsed & drained
  • 250g gula melaka
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 big can of coconut milk (about 400ml)
  • a pinch of salt

Method:

Bring 2.5 liter of water to boil in a big pot. Gradually stir in the sago so that it does not clump. Return to a boil, reduce heat to low. Sook until the sago turns translucent, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. Drain the sago in a strainer and run over cold water to wash away the starch. Pour the sago into a mould or 4-5 individual mould & refrigerated overnight.

Break the gula melaka into small pieces. Put into a bowl & add in 1/3 cup of water. Put into the microwave for about 1-2 minutes each time until the gula melaka dissolved. Strain through a sieve to remove grit.

Pout the coconut milk into a bowl & add in a pich of salt. Put inthe microwave for 1 minutes.

Unmould the pudding, serve with coconut milk and the gula melaka syrup separately for each person to pur over their serving