Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ikan Bilis (Anchovies) Mee Soup

Adding anchovies alone into the soup does not really give a strong flavour, as such I added some anchovies granules.  You can omit it if you don't feel like adding in.

Since we always have rice for lunch, I try to prepare a lighter meal for dinner and this was one of it.

2 tbsp anchovies
Yellow noodles/mee (as needed)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
10 fish balls
1 piece fish cake (sliced)
1 stalk onion leaves (shredded)
1 tsp anchovies granules
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 litre of water
salt to taste

  • When oil is heated, fry the garlic until crunchy and golden brown in colour. Remove and keep aside
  • In the same oil, fry the anchovies until brown in colour, after which pour 1/2 litre of water inside.
  • Add in the the granules and salt to taste.
  • Let it come to a boiling point.
  • Drain away the anchovies and pour back the soup in the pot.
To Serve
  • Into a serving bowl, add noodles, fish balls, fish cake slices, fried garlic and spring onions on top.
  • Pour the soup over and serve with a dipping sauce of sliced either birds eye chillies or red chillies with some soy sauce added inside.

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6 Coolest Nail Polish Trends!

Betsey McLain writes: What do pastels, metallic grays, and sleek nudes have in common? They're all part of the gorgeous and utterly fresh 2011 nail polish trends. Shades typically lighten up each spring, but instead of going sheer, this year's crop of pastels stays rich and creamy--think smooth purples, bright blues, and yummy peach-tinged pinks. Plus, the nude lacquers spotted at a plethora of spring shows (like Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, and Yigal Azrouel) are having their moment, and those looking for punched up hits of color won't be disappointed either: Bright, bold lacquers are making an appearance, and some optically intriguing shades of gun metal are popping up, too. So, get ready to totally transform your digits in 2011 with our ultimate guide to spring nail polishes—talk about a cheap thrill!

Back to Nature Nudes—Nude-as-naked nails look refreshingly demure, yet provocative. Make sure your polish comes in a high-gloss formula so you don't end up looking like you have mannequin hands.
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The Blues Clues—Whether it's Robin's Egg or Tiffany's Box, this pale blue shade has got "Spring" written all over it.
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Peachy-Keen Pink—Need a polish that'll make your tan shine? This is it, ladies.
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Lovely in Lavender—Purple nails are our secret weapon. Dusty purples, saturated lavenders, and shiny heliotropes look great with most skin tones.
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Gun-Metal Grays—Don't forget about those metallics! Give your digits the full metal treatment with pearlescent polishes. The future is now!
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