Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Belacan. Our Malaysian ingredient love of mine. Absolutely because? I am one person who? Strange right? The Indian who love belacan to every bit (Ikan Kembung Cabai Hijau & Kangkung Belacan). What about my other half-half? Long story cut short, he now doesn't mind when belacan is one of the ingredients for our Malaysian Malay cooking and so far so good. Belacan Fried Rice. One of the best amongst the rest of our Malay style fried rice which was not only a mouth winner formula for me, but for him as well. Belacan Fried Rice. Close your eyes and imagine your mouth leading the way.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Who said you can't? Who said you must made pho only from beef, pork or even chicken? Not me. After all? We all are not the lovers of the same meat (Penang Hokkien Mee & Home Made Curry Mee)? Like they say, one man's or woman's meat is another man's or woman's poison? We for a fact don't eat beef and option had to be lamb. Lamb Pho. Pretty much a similar cooking technic as for the millions of recipes. Make the broth, followed by pouring broth with mutton into the bowl of noodles, and crispy fried garlic, coriander leaves and spring onion garnished.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Penang famed Hokkien Mee. Actually, you know what? When I first visited Penang, it was quite a food confusing matter for me about Hokkien Mee. I always thought Hokkien Mee (Malaysian Fried Mee) is the wet and fried in soy sauce yellow thick noodles. Not until the bowl of noodles, ordered by my Penang cousin appeared on our table and then me being told that, Hokkien Mee in Penang is Prawn Mee, or Har Meen, or Mee Yoke. What a food discovery even for a Malaysian like me. Hokkien Mee. Noodles drenched or generously soaking in prawn broth. Prawn broth made from prawn shells and heads which definitely adds natural sweetness and quite a wondrous aroma in soup of Hokkien Mee. Pretty much broth/soup being the centrality for a tasty Hokkien Mee (Home Made Curry Mee) and then, we need the sambal dip and for assembling, let's just leave it open. Though generally, the ingredients are kangkung/water spinach, boiled eggs, fish cake, prawns and so do add bean sprouts as well (Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon).
Friday, November 26, 2010
Vegetarian Mutton. We have spoke about before (Vegetarian Mutton Varuval)? Yes we did. Can you recall (Vegetarian Mutton Peratal)? Today, its the same vegetarian mutton. Which vegetarian mutton? Vegetarian mutton made from mushroom stalks. In fact, I was told that this is the best amongst the rest. The rest of the mock vegetarian mutton. Careful. Mock meat on the whole is about artificial coloring and flavoring. Maybe soy meal maker is a better option and of course, I can include mushroom stalks vegetarian mutton. Vegetarian Mutton Curry. A no sweat dish. Meaning, a curry anyone who is just starting to cook can cook effortlessly without compromising on deliciousness. Prior fried vegetarian mutton tipped into a creamy and spicy curry (Masala Mutton Curry).
Thursday, November 25, 2010
What and what not about Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken? The what is, Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken is the confinement food. The Yin and Yang for keeping body warm during confinement. What not about Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken? Can't be regularly for people like me who is always on fire (Chick Kut Teh). In fact, people like me who can sweat for no apparent reason. Of course, once a while will not hurt. Especially when rain is or has massively lashed. My this version to Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken? Somewhat a twist and turn. Most probably? I added dried red chillies and some of ingredients listed below for elevating the taste to a different level. Otherwise? Its just like how Chinese (Chap Chai & Yam Basket) will make Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken. Tang, zang, spiciness, saltiness and tender moist chicken in broth.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Fried Crab Sticks. Both without a doubt are addictive, but if you are asking me, I think Fried Lotus Root/Chinese Arrowroot is more favorable. Why? I think because its original like me. Ori in the sense that, Lotus Root is the ori tuber from under the soil. Unlike imitation crab sticks and of course, I am always and forever who I am. 4 ingredients only for fried lotus chips. That's all. But, like I have already told you before, frying is quite a time consuming matter and if you are going to make fried lotus chips in big quantity, you better be prepared for standing and sweating in front of the heat from oil and heat, as in heat of flame. Start crunching people. I'm done. Okay bye!
Mutton Keema? We must have made, at least once or maybe hundreds over times? Pretty much. Otherwise? What am here for? Here''s to the recipe for this like a selling point mutton dish and mutton by itself for us Indians (Mutton Parathal, Masala Mutton Curry, Dalca and Mutton Kurma & Indian Mutton Meatball Soup)? No, no. I am saying anything. How do you save your time in making Mutton Keema. Buy minced mutton instead of doing the mincing yourself. Thereafter? Minced mutton cooked alongside potatoes and the customary Indian ingredients. Mutton Keema. Pow-Wow!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
A pot of always appreciated Indian Vegetable Curry. Always, I believe so. The easy way out as well? Easy? Exactly. No grinding or pounding of ingredients, and for curry paste, store bought curry powder. Furthermore, seemingly brinjals are a favourite for Indian vegetable curries on the whole? If you are asking me, its a big yes. Somehow brinjals jiving and simply in tandem in a spicy, sour and tangy vegetable curries like in this Indian Vegetable Curry (Pickled Vegetables & Vegetarian Mutton Varuval).
Thursday, November 11, 2010
For snacking anytime and of course, during festive seasons. Pretty much a popularity amongst the Chinese during Chinese New Year. However, you need to note that these are not the original crab sticks. They are actually, man-made crab sticks. How shall we call these crab sticks sold in packets? Can I say imitation crab sticks or artificial crab sticks? Right? And the other you should be aware about is, the time for slicing crab sticks into really thin pieces, and the time for frying. Otherwise, such an easy thing to crispy fried crab sticks. But crunching in after frying? Easy mouth motor. Absolutely.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Quite a spicy power house pickle. The Portuguese style Vegetable Pickle (Salt Fish Pickle). Where did the recipe fly from? From my Eurasian friend. She making vegetable pickle for Christmas and me of course, not only I dive in, I also bring back a bottle home. Anything special about this Vegetable Pickle? Don't know if I should say special, but I can assure you that its quite a stand out. Especially the green chillies which would have soaked in the vinaigrette as the days goes by. In fact even the rest of the vegetables, my favorite is still green chillies. Making Vegetable Pickle. Like getting ready for two days earlier, or maybe when the sun is alive and kicking for drying the vegetables. Thereafter, we get moving to making. Sliced, dried vegetables tipped into the simmering vinaigrette and then, a quick toss or turn, before switching off the heat. Once, cooled down, bottle up vegetable pickle and store in the fridge and? Of course, anytime you need a bit of this vegetable pickle for your rice meals. The choices to vegetables? Pretty much, I think you can consider other vegetables besides the ones I have listed below.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The one packet of vegetarian mutton? I am regretting why I bought such a big packet. I should have by right settled for the smaller packet. Then again? You have already bought and you might as well use it up. The next dish after Vegetarian Mutton Peratal? Obviously. This Vegetarian Mutton Varuval. Varuval. The dry and almost flaky style. Another simplicity in the simply form. Vegetarian mutton stir-fried with chillies, spices and curry leaves. Anything else I should say? Nope. I've zipped up my mouth already.
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