Showing posts with label Shallots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shallots. Show all posts

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mee Siam Kuah/Gravy (Vegetarian)

Anything is possible these days. Of course. I'm not in denial by the way that anything can be a matter even for food intake. In fact, considering that many are jumping into the back wagon of being a vegetarian, only god knows why, Indians on the whole we shouldn't speak about, there are many possibilities to a vegetarian meal these days. What about me, are you asking? Neh! Never have I thought of being a full blown vegetarian (Maggi Goreng Mamak & Mee Rebus Vegetarian). Of course every now and then, in fact every once a week, I am in the making. The making of a vegetarian meal (Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup & Mee Rojak Vegetarian) for my other half-half, and me, I can basically go with the flow. Out came this Mee Siam Kuah/Gravy Vegetarian on this particular Saturday from my kitchen and to our dining table. Mee Siam? I have already spoken about before (Nyonya Mee Siam, Singapore Mee Siam & Mee Siam)? I did. Mee Siam Vegetarian? Nothing is short coming or going. Still a delightful and really slurpy delicious, complete wholesome meal. Oh, for those of you who are anti-egg vegetarian, ditch egg aside and Mee Siam I think must have originated from Thailand? I don't know. You tell me please (Thapthim Krop, Tom Yum Noodle Soup & Siamese Laksa Lemak).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu! As far as I know, Mapo Tofu is Sichuan coming and calling dish. Most probably. Me and Sichuan dishes (Sichuan Chilli Prawns & Sichuan Noodle Soup)? In fact, Chinese food on the whole for the matter (Fried Prawn Wanton) and do I have speak about tofu? A favourite in my house. Always and forever. Any which way will do for tofu which comes in different made these days (Tofu Manchurian, Tofu Green Beans Stir Fry & Tofu Scambled Eggs). For Mapo Tofu, I actually opted for Japanese Tofu instead of the white ones. Why, are you asking me? No particular reason. I just thought I want to show you that you can make Mapo Tofu from Japanese egg tofu (Tofu Katsu) and this my version is a totality on it own. Basically different and outstanding due to me wanting to use my at home ingredients instead of? Why buy ingredients when you can make do with what you already have stocked up? Potentially. Mapo Tofu? Tad bit of spiciness, tad bit of saltiness, spring onion garnished and soft tofu (Chinese Tofu Soup, Spinach Tofu Stir Fry & Indian Tofu Curry).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jeera Aloo

Jeera Aloo, or Aloo Jeera Nava-K's style. Yes. Of course. I have my style to my cooking. Proud Nava K. Why not? After all, cooking is also about your own style right? Tell me about it. That's why, most probably you would noticed that my Jeera Aloo is different and a stand out amongst the rest. What is Jeera Aloo by the way if you still can't comprehend? Basically, potatoes stir fried alongside cumin (Jeera Rice) and of course, we need the spicy beat from chillies as well. Potatoes on the whole by the way, as I have repeated myself donkey times (Sukhi Aloo Sabzi, Tari Wale Aloo, Chilli Aloo, Dum Aloo & Aloo Gobi). Just mention potatoes and you yourself will know what I mean. So many dishes out of potatoes (Aloo Gosht, Navaratan Korma, Egg Potato Curry, Indian Potato Balls, Baked Cheesy Potatoes & Bonda).  What about Jeera Aloo? Simplicity and simplest. Loud aroma of cumin seeds, garam masala, coriander leaves and a dry style Jeera Aloo.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kerabu Taugeh

Kerabu? Remember those kerabu or Malaysian raw salads I have already shared with all you guys (Kerabu Kacang Botol, Kerabu Mangga & Kerabu Kaki Ayam)? Plus of course, the rest from this and that part of Asian Continent (Cambodian Green Mango SaladSri Lankan Carrot Salad & Asian Watermelon Salad) and me, the Indian who just so love our ulam, local herbs and Malaysian local produce for my cooking and eating pleasure (Nasi Ulam, Kacang Buncis Cili, Sambal Belimbing, Gado Gado & Nasi Dagang)? Tell me please and I will return willingly tell you on this Kerabu Taugeh, aka, Bean Sprouts Salad. Obviously, point blank said, you need beansprouts which you just need to break the brown bottom of them and then, if you asking me, just buy the kerisik (pan fried and pounded grated coconut). What's next? Quickly blanch bean sprouts (Bean Sprouts Omelette & Bean Sprouts Salted Fish) and tossed alongside kerisik, shallots, red chillies, coriander leaves, spring onion, lime juice, sugar and salt. Refreshing, crunchy, spicy, tangy and aromatic Kerabu Taugeh/Bean Sprouts Salad is ready. Go ahead everyone. Devour in.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mathi Achar

Mathi Achar. Kerala Sardine Fish Achar or Kerala Sardine Fish Pickle. Says it all. Me and my love for fish achar (Nyonya Acar Fish) or even salted fish pickle (Pada Salt Fish Pickle & Salted Fish Pickle). And so, you think I would have had major kitchen struggle in making Mathi Achar? I don't think so because I have to some extent, mastered my cooking skills towards Kerala cuisine (Nadan Meen Curry, Fish Puttu, Tuna Thoran & Malabar Fish Curry & Kerala Fish Fry). Of course, I must admit I did refer to a couple of recipes, but at the end of it all, I decided I will stay true to my own Mathi Achar cooking invention and fish by themselves, do I have to repeat myself again and again (Fish Ball Noodle Soup, Malu Kirata/Sri Lankan Fish Coconut Stew, Indonesian Fish Balado, Mauritian Fish Curry & Ikan Masak Kicap)? Moreover, sardines are not only a popularity in Kerala, but here in Malaysia too. So, sardines they were. Masala enhanced fried sardines tipped into a spicy and full of utmost power packed vinaigrette. Oh-My! What a fish pleasure. Made ahead and having Mathi Achar as you wish whenever you yearn for, for your rice meals (Sardine Masak Lemak).

Monday, September 1, 2014

FIsh Ball Noodle Soup

Fish Ball Noodle Soup. No, no. Not market bought fish balls, but made from a scratch, home made fish balls. Yes. Indeed. I made fish balls for a change. Can you believe it? For someone like me who is, if not always, sometimes taking the door to ready made ingredients (Hong Kong Wonton Noodle Soup, Sichuan Noodle Soup &  Bee Hoon Soup), I actually did it for these fish balls in noodles and soup. Why, are you asking me? Well, what should I tell you? Maybe because I wanted fish broth (Cambodian Sour Fish Soup & Vietnamese Fish Soup) from the bones after carefully stripping away fish flesh (Yong Tau Foo) for fish balls. Not bad right? I know. In fact, we had a ball of a time over this Fish Ball Noodle Soup. Really bouncy and no smell soft fish balls, and as I have already told you, fish bones and skin simmered for extracting the broth (Nyonya Spicy Fish Noodle Soup, Salted Fish Bone SoupThai Fish Noodle Soup & Penang Assam Laksa). Next? Hand crafted and hand rolled fish balls cooked in the broth till they floated atop and together with the broth, generously poured over noodles, garnished with fried shallots and fried basil leaves atop just my invention at the spur of the moment from the basil leaves grown in my garden. Of course, you can use spring onion or even coriander leaves. Conclusively, Fish Ball Noodle Soup, wouldn't you agree is making your hungry right now and imagine, what a feeling when tucked in during and after rain has fallen down from the sky (Hokkien Hae Mee, Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup & Chinese Vegetable Noodle Soup)?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cambodian Green Mango Salad

Mango and salad? I already told you before right? I did (Kerabu Mango/Mango Salad). Maybe I could have repeated the same food story and mango I think like donkey times (Mango Cheesecake & Mango Mocktail)? Thus, mango is a favourite for all sort of dishes (Aam ki Achaar & Indian Mango Chutney)? If you are asking me, undeniably. But when salad is a concern on our dining table, most of the time it must be the Asian style. As long as salads packs our Asian and Malaysian customary tastes, oh-my, our meals will be truly a delight and we actually have salad as a side dish for our rice instead as a starter, nibbler or appetizer. That's how it has been for us for as long as I can recall and since I have already showcased mango in our Malaysian style, I decided I will take on the Cambodian side to a mango salad (Cambodian Sour Fish Soup). Pretty much not much of a difference in the ingredients. I mean, what can be different? Our Asian cooking is all about more or less the similar ingredients right? Of course (Kerabu Kacang Botol, Vegetable Raita, Asian Watermelon Salad & Shrimp Pad Thai Salad). Cambodian Green Mango Salad? Obviously, green mango, and then garlic, shallots, chillies, coriander leaves, sesame seeds, sugar, oil and of course, we must need salt for this vegetarian version Cambodian Green Mango Salad  (Mango Cucumber Salad, Penang Acar & Cucumber Yogurt Salad). 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Maggi Goreng Mamak

Maggi Goreng Mamak. The number fried noodle selling. In fact, each time we head to the mamak stalls, its like a habit or food lingo we must call for a plate of Maggi Goreng Mamak. My knees too can wobble for this style. Quickly fried on the spot, there and then noodles (Mee Goreng Udang, Char Kway Teow, Anchovies Fried Mee Hoon & Malaysian Fried Mee). Maybe not always, yet, I do yearn for and I usually request for lotsa veggies in Maggi Goreng Mamak. Can be a satisfying mind you even when we make it in our kitchen and of course, without compromising on cleanliness and according to our taste (Nyonya Mee Siam, Malaysian Fried Mee Hoon & Hokkien Mee). Whichever and whatever ingredients we prefer, regardless, the essentials have to be Maggi instant noodle or noodles, chillies, soy sauce, and like I have already told you, throwing in lotsa vegetables.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cincalok Omelette

Pictures went bizzared. I make mistakes too, its not always golden rain for me. Aplenty mistakes made, I tried to redo them, I guess only so far I could do. As you have noticed, pictures to this Malaysian authentic egg dish I know didn't turn out good. Then again, no point spilling over spilled milk, I guess sometimes its not the pictures, but its the person who sincerely and genuinely share meaningful recipes, which will never fail you. In the sense that you can daringly replicate and you will be jolly good be fine. Okay. Egg is the story today (Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich, Egg Potato Salad, Egg Sodhi & Egg Chicken Vinegar), as well you need to get a bottle of cincalok (I've attached the picture). 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan (French Beans With Shrimp Paste)

Goreng-Goreng and our Malaysian goreng. Our goreng, especially if its a Malay style goreng must be a belacan goreng. What is belacan by the way (Sambal Belimbing Ikan BilisSambal Terasi, Belacan Fried Rice & Sambal Belacan Ikan)? Belacan is definitely an ingredient seller for me. In other words, I so love belacan which can be overwhelming for some people. I really can't understand or don't know why these people cannot digest the smell of belacan, but myself? No problem. Belacan naturally will kick in when added into our Malaysian savory dishes or for the matter, when you stir fry vegetables (Sweet Potato Leaves Belacan & Kangkung Belacan). Also, when we speak about stir frying on the whole primarily, its about quickly frying in a jiffy (Mee Goreng Udang). Similarly, that's how we do it for Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan (Kacang Buncis Tempeh Goreng). French beans, bilis/anchovies, home made belacan chili paste and of course, lime juice and a tiny bit of Gula Melaka for the spectacular savoury Malaysian tastes (Kerabu Kacang Botol, Sayur Lodeh & Taugeh Ikan Masin) in Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nyonya Acar Fish

Nyonya (Nyonya Mee Siam & Ayam Pongteh) and Acar (Aam ka Achaar & Penang Acar) and Fish (Indonesian Grilled Fish & Malaysian Fish Head Curry). Like a rhyme and rhythm especially for me and I just so somewhat love sour notes. Whichever and however, sourness is something I can't give up no matter what (Cambodian Sour Fish Soup) and this Nyonya Acar Fish? A splatter on our taste buds. In fact, can rekindle your appetite and of course you need a plate of rice. Nyonya Acar Fish made from the quintessential and like must have ingredients for Nyonya cooking or even for our other savory dishes, made ahead and stored in the fridge and the next course of action of course is tucking in during your daily meals.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Udupi Sambar

Sambar again? Indeed. Sambar again obviously. What's with sambar/Indian dal curry and my cooking story (Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal, Andra Sambar & Palakura Pappu)? In fact, its a story which will walk you down the memory lane, up the valley, down the hill and, back and forth, bouncing you in and out of my house and kitchen. Potentially. Until I am lost for words on what else should I say about sambar and most probably, its a similar Indian curry story in each and every Indian household (Drumstick Sambar, Mysore Sambar & Bitter Gourd Sambar). But due to making sambar as regularity as I have, I now had drawn a line between myself and sambar. Regardless, sambar making is still on the go and I don't think will stop until I receive the red light from my other half-half. Hopefully because I can't really and seriously digest sambar anymore (Fish Sambar, Tanni Saar, Sambar & Spinach Sambar). Where did the idea fall from for making Udupi Sambar? Just like that from the sky. I just plucked the name of this sambar and made my version. Udupi Sambar I bet will be a major explosive dal showcased Indian curry for all you sambar lovers (Mulligatawny Soup & Dhal Rice).

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sukhi Aloo Sabzi

Potatoes! Tell me please? The kilos and kilos we buy most probably every week and any dish for the matter made from potatoes I think will be a total sell-out the moment it hits our dining table? If you are asking me, oh-yes. We just so love potatoes any which way they are cooked (Tari Wale Aloo/Vegan Potato Curry), plus I can go on and on and quote a whole string and list of potato dishes I have already shared with all of you, but off hand, these are the few I thought I will link (Fried Potato Balls, Dum Aloo, Chilli Aloo & Aloo Gobi) for the benefit of staying within the context of vegetarian dishes. What is Sukhi Aloo Sabzi by the way (Kashmiri Vegetable SoupTamatar ki Chutney, Aam ka Achaar, Shahi Gobi Baingan Bharta)? Obviously, a North Indian dry style potato dish which requires boiled potatoes stir fried alongside the ingredients listed below and my style is perhaps different. Usually I think green peas are not one of the ingredients? I on the other hand decided I will because, to each our own preferable ingredients instead of like blind leading the blind? Of course. Sukhi Aloo Sabzi? Your vegetarian and vegan side dish for a rice meal (Tomato Rice Pilaf & Hyderabadi Briyani) or how about tucking in alongside bread, chapati or tosa (Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal & Navratan Korma)?  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Asian Egg Mayonnaise Sandwiches

Sometimes, or maybe even every now and then, we should ditch our regular meals aside for a simply put together home style sandwiches. I however, honestly and sincerely, am not at all a bread person (Tomato Rice Pilaf). And despite me having had tried really hard, I somehow still can't swallow any, whichever type of bread made. Usually, a bread meal is prepared for my other half-half, which in return must be interpreted as, he and bread are best friends (Tuna BurgersMushroom Veggie Burger & Lamb Burgers). Then again, since I am not a fussy eater and when I am hungry anything goes, and when I have to prepare a meal after a tiring working day, let it even be bread. Furthermore, can you imagine how much of time I have to spent in the kitchen if I have to prepare a bread meal for my other half-half, followed by a meal for myself (Dried Shrimp Sambal SandwichFish Sandwich & Vegetarian Sandwich)?  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nyonya Mee Siam

Upgraded and updated. The simply fried Mee Siam heightened and enlivened to another style for the birth of Nyonya Mee Siam. Moreover, in between I also gave a good run to my cooking knowledge by making the gravy/kuah Singapore Mee Siam. Nyonya Mee Siam, aka Mee Siam Goreng personally for me, I think you know it. Me and my Nyonya cooking I picked up by lending my ears to my friends, watching cooking programs (Siamese Laksa Lemak) and of course, my own experience of testing and trying and making those Nyonya dishes. Also, when we speak about the Nyonya community, we have the Malacca Baba Nyonya and Penang Nyonya clan (Penang Acar, Penang Curry Mee & Penang Assam Laksa).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kerabu Kacang Botol

Kerabu Kacang Botol. Kerabu by the way is our Malaysian salad (Kerabu Mangga) and can be a raw salad as well and, kacang botol is actually winged beans or four angled beans (Angled Beans Tempe). Of course, without a doubt, rawness of kacang botol is forever a pleasure, eaten alongside Sambal Terasi, the other is making this kerabu. An authentic and put together by Nava K. Yes please. I actually coined Kerabu Kacang Botol and also the rest of the types (Shrimp Pad Thai Salad, Thai Mee Hoon KerabuChicken Feet Kerabu). In fact, there are also the variants to just vegetables, or fruits or both in one salads (Mango Cucumber Salad, Apple Cucumber Salad & Cucumber Yogurt Salad). So much for kerabu or salad, let's get to making Kerabu Kacang Botol. Tossing. Tossing of sliced winged beans, lemongrass, coriander leaves, shallots, chillies, and fresh grated coconut, and seasoned with lime juice and salt. Refreshing (Nasi Pudina), crunchy, fresh and our absolute Malaysian Kerabu Kacang Botol (Gado Gado & Kacang Buncis Tempeh).

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hokkien Hae Mee

Sometimes, don't we have the tendency to cook the same dishes again and again? In fact, if you are asking me about our daily meals, we usually repeat the dishes. Of course, the practically to cooking. I mean, how many new dishes do we actually initiate in a month or even every forth night considering our crisis for time and maybe because we have a certain liking for a specific dish? Mind you, its the same cooking story in my house as well regardless of the fact that since I started this space of mine, I have been exploring a whole lot of new dishes (Singapore Mee Siam, Siamese Laksa Lemak, Malaysian Fried Mee Hoon & Chinese Vegetable Noodle Soup). Not because I want to impress all of you, but for my own cooking pride and also I want to improvise on the dishes I have cooked before. Take this Hokkien Hae Mee as an example. Made before (Penang Mee Yoke) and I guess there's always such as thing as another round of another style or version.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Medu Vada

Me making snacks? Are you kidding me? Since when? Maybe those years back then or maybe every once a blue moon (Tea EggsBonda, Sardine Rolls & Baked Cheesy Potatoes) and I must prior ahead right now confess that I didn't make these Medu Vada. No, no. Me not the vada or vadai making food hero (Rice Vadai). Honestly, I can'be bothered. What a waste of my time to making vada just for the two of us and how much can each of us possibly eat? Unless we are from the land of giant? These medu vada were actually made by my aunt and me pinching the recipe, as well clicking the pictures when I popped by to her house. What a coincidence. She making vada and me without thinking twice doing the necessarily like I have already told you. The main open secret to making vada, our Indian soft and puffy savory snack?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ayam Pongteh

Me and my Nyonya cooking. Guess there is no end and if you are asking me, I don't think I will put a bracket to Malacca or Penang calling and coming Nyonya dishes. We did speak about Nyonya cuisine in quite a length previously (Chicken Vindaloo, Kuih Buah MelakaPenang Assam Laksa) and in other recipes as well? Henceforth, lets just put a stop to speaking further on the same thing over and over again (Devil's Curry, Dried Shrimp Sambal, Masak Lemak Ikan Asin Nenas & Nyonya Lam Mee) instead of getting to the gist of this Ayam Pongteh. What is Ayam Pongteh or Pongteh Chicken? Basically, chicken cooked alongside potatoes, taucheo/fermented soy paste, chilies, vinegar and other kitchen friendly user ingredients, and for the end result of broad and wide burst of spiciness, saltiness and and nuttiness (Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa, Chilli ChickenAyam Goreng Berempah, Ayam Masak Merah & Chicken Devil Curry).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Chicken Vindaloo

Don't you think this Chicken Vindaloo should join the rest of the Portuguese/Eurasian and most probably even those Nyonya dishes I have already shared with all of you (Devil's CurryChicken Devil Curry, Devilled Prawns & Pada Salt Fish Pickle)? If you are asking me, I am definitely not in denial and let me reassure you that Chicken Vindaloo must be listed alongside. Spices and herbs are the central ingredients for Portuguese/Eurasian and Nyonya dishes and we must also consider the Penang Nyonya (Penang Acar & Penang Curry Mee) clan as in Malacca, though I can't conclude on the rest two. Regardless, when we speak about cuisines from any of these clans, we must expect the big, bold and profound tastes.

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