Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lamb Burgers

So, we must agree it can't be curries, rice and side dishes (Shark Curry, Tapioca Stir Fry & Apple Cucumber Salad), or even soups or noodles daily (Vietnamese Fish Soup & Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup)? I think we did speak about this matter before, if I am not mistaken? Lamb Burger. What a drastic change in my house. Seldom we love to bite into burgers, not me though, but my other half-half is food fine even daily with anything decked into any kinda bread stuffs. He in fact, unlike me, is a bread worshiper. These lamb burgers definitely were his dinner food pride. All made from a stretch, except of course, oh-please, I can't be bothered with making burger buns. Instead, wholemeal burger buns I paid for at the bakery, filled with seasoned by dried herbs grilled lamb patties (Lamb Stew & Minced Lamb Potato Fried Rice), lotsa raw veggies and those available at home sauces atop. Feel free. Veggies and sauces as per availability in your house or whichever you prefer.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tapioca Stir Fry

The humble tapioca. Wouldn't you agree tapioca is a humble from under the ground root digging? If you are asking me, I must say humbleness of tapioca is forever for me. From those years when I was growing up and till this day. Energy giving and sustaining, but somehow forgotten until recently when I couldn't help picking up tapioca again at the hypermarket and the dish had be? Tapioca Stir Fry (Brinjal Stir Fry). My Indian me style of cooking, some anchovies added and those customary Indian ingredients as well (Aloo Gobi, Curried Ladies Fingers, Carrot Poriyal & Eggplant Tikka Masala). Never ever rule out Tapioca Stir Fry for Sambar and ever loved Egg Rasam or Sodhi

Friday, December 9, 2011

Apple Cucumber Salad

So, the worst struggle in this fast and catchy era I am assuming, is time struggle. Tell me about it. Time and none. Time which by far is the crucial crisis for literally everything, including cooking taking place in our kitchen (Kampung Fried Rice, Chinese Mixed Vegetable Stew, Beans Thoran & Mixed Vegetable Soup). I know. I am aware. I go through it daily. Nevertheless, my motto is still a home meal. One which I try my best not to compromise. Thus, how do I keep it going? How do I manage my time for home food? Well, if you know and you have mastered the art to keeping it simple in your kitchen, you are already your own winner (Bean Sprouts Salted Fish, Kailan Oyster Sauce & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish). Of course, every now and then, its worthiness to an elaborated dish (Aloo Gobi, Gado Gado & Chloe Masala). Otherwise? Take this Apple Cucumber Salad as an example. A healthy temptation. Easily put together. Right. Apple, cucumber, lettuce leaves, dried blackcurrant, olive oil, lemon juice, brown sugar and salt. Bang! Green is our food crunchiness and tastiness. Happy tucking in everyone. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Vietnamese Fish Soup

Let's even keep our food adventurous. Meaning? Let's venture to dishes from other parts of the world. Can't be all the time Malaysian food? Sometimes we want the change? If you are asking me, yes and why not, what not and since fish is a regularity in my house, I? (Grilled Salmon, Assam Fish Curry, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf, & Shark Curry). I decided to food venture outside my comfort zone and? Vietnames Fish Soup (Mutton Soup). Nothing a complicated matter,  trust me especially for soup making (Lamb Pho). Even this Vietnamese Fish Soup. Very easy. Simmer and you get a mixed bag of spiciness, tanginess, sweetness and saltiness.  

Friday, December 2, 2011

Eggplant Tikka Masala

Tik-tik-tikka masala? Spices and all thing nice Indian tastes. Where did I get the idea for this Eggplant Tikka Masala? Some looking back at some of my previous recipes (Carrot Poriyal, Egg Curry Masala, Red Cabbage Thoran & Dum Aloo), so on and so forth. A vegetarian version delight, of course even the mighty meat eaters can tuck in as well. Nothing no short of full bodied tangy and spiciness, and as you have noted, visually bright, colorfully appealing. Mostly made with pantry friendly ingredients, otherwise buy them if you don't have when you are out buying eggplant, and the rest is the history of cooking (Aloo Gobi, Vegetable Achar, Curried Ladies Fingers, Four Angled Beans Tempe, Dum Aloo, Valakkai Chips & Bitter Gourd Sambar). 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup

Vegetarianism? Nope. Not my topic. I have nothing much to say actually. In fact, I shouldn't because we are not full blown vegetarians (Carrot Poriyal, Kailan Oyster SauceCauliflower Curry, Gado Gado & Indian Tofu Curry). Of course, those of you who are born vegetarian or have embarked on a totality vegetarian journey, you are the best people to speak about why and what not about vegetarianism. We on the other hand are the every now and then vegetarians. Whenever we feel like. Not out of badly yearning for holiness or we are assured a place in heaven or what not. This Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup. Yes. I coined it.  Carrot, red onion and celery simmered for broth extraction and then given a new lease by enhancing the tastes. Prior to yellow noodles red capsicum and mustard green assembled, coriander leaves garnished and soup/broth/stock generously poured over. Enjoy your meal everyone (Curry Mee Vegetarian & Mee Rojak Vegetarian). Love you all. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sura Meen Kuzhambu (Shark Curry)

The love for fish just spirals over like nobody's business in my house. The love, supposedly, for consuming less meat and more of fish (Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish, Kerala Fish Fry, Tuna Cutlets, Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf & Nyonya Fish Sambal). Of course, the other love in an Indian household can't be none, can't be more, except Kuzhambu, aka curries (Fish Sambar, Bitter Gourd Prawn CurryPumpkin Salted Fish Curry, Crab Curry & Thai Green Fish Curry). Sura Meen Kuzhambu is I think a familiarity to Indians? No, no, I am not talking about the huge buggers swimming happily and aimlessly in the sea. I am actually talking about those small sharks which obviously is the core for this Sura Meen Kuzhambu (Shark Curry). Get them cleaned at the fish monger. Otherwise, shark will be quite a troubling and time taking thing in cleaning by yourself. What's next? Making this curry. Really, quite a basic type, nevertheless, aplenty garlic, if you are asking me, is the key to shark curries, particularly for this spicy, tangy and diviners Sura Meen Kuzhambu/(Shark Curry. Oh, before I forget, radish is the extra add-on. We love radish in fish curry (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry). Take care everyone. Bye for now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Malaysian Lamb Stew

Its, mostly Malaysian in my house (Potato Leaves Belacan, Chay Kway Teow, Kailan Oyster Sauce, Bean Sprouts Salted Fish, Gado Gado, Sambal Sotong & Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry) Malaysian food mostly, even when its other dishes from around the globe, I must tweet and localize as per our Malaysian love. Today, its Malaysian Lamb Stew. Somewhat similar to the millions of lamb stews from every and each part of the world, Malaysian Lamb Stew (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry) on the other hand is the produce of our local ingredients, except maybe Worcestershire Sauce? Additionally, due to our rough and tough local lamb cuts, I suggest you get the cooking help from your pressure cooker. Otherwise, nothing should go wrong for this rich and filling stew which you can make ahead, store in the fridge and warm up as and when needed, perhaps also you shouldn't discount dunking toast inside for further food pleasure wholesomeness (Lamb Fried Rice & Braised Chicken Feet). 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Leaves In Sambal Belacan

Pow-wow, prowless Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Leaves in Sambal Belacan. You still remember my Sambal Belacan & Kangkung Belacan? The love of this belacan queen ( Stingray Spicy Sauce & Nyonya Fish Sambal). I so, mind you, love the stink of belacan. Dang? Belacan is akin a seller ingredient for our local dishes, primarily when we speak about sambal/chilli based dishes (Stingray Sambal, Sambal Udang Kering Petai & Sambal Sotong). Stir fried obviously is one which you gotto do it in jiffy. Basically, stir frying quickly (Brinjal Anchovies Stir Fried, Four Angled Beans Stir Fry, Bean Sprouts Salted Fish & Carrot Poriyal). Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Leaves In Sambal Belacan, I must say is one of those appetizing Malaysian food splendidness. Imagine, the spicy, sweet and tangy burst of tastes (Sweet Chilli Chicken)? Get your plate of rice ready. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Carrot Poriyal

Carrots are at their best when you just crunch into them. As raw as they are. Why not. After all, its healthiness and packing aplenty major values? Wouldn't you agree? Sincerely. Then again, it can't be rawness daily. Carrots, believe me, are deliciousness when converted to an Indian style stir fried dish (Aloo Gobi, Brinjal Stir Fried & Beans Thoran). Take this Indian Carrot Poriyal as an example. A lovely side for teaming alongside other sides (Dum Aloo, Red Cabbage Thoran & Potato Balls). Of course, some gravies thrown in as well (Indian Vegetable Curry, Egg Rasam & Sodhi) and how about specifically made rice dishes instead of plain, boring white rice (Lemon Cashew Rice & Ghee Rice)? So, ladies and gentlemen, here is my version of Carrot Poriyal. Carrot stir fried alongside spices, fresh coconut and curry leaves. Tempting right? I know. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Char Kway Teow

Sincerely I wonder. I wonder why for years we have been reminded that women must learn to cook? Is it some sort of a cultural thingy? How about the men? What? They only eat whereas we women are the ones who must slog in the kitchen? I really don't know. You tell me. Years and years of being drilled that I must learn to cook, from as young as I was, seemingly is the cause of confusion. Especially, don't you think in Indian households? But why? I can understand back then marriage story whereby men worked and women were the home keepers. Not anymore. We work as well and we contribute money package as well. So then (Home Made Curry Mee, Malaysian Fried Mee, Hokkien Mee, Curry Chicken Noodles & Bee Hoon Soup)? Duh! Alright. Weekend food when I am struggling with time. Fried noodles. Either the dry style (Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon & Mee Siam) or soupy version (Penang Mee Yoke, Penang Assam Laksa, Mee Rebus, Curry Mee, Laksam Kelantan & Mee Rojak) Char Kway Teow is? Malaysian famed street noodle. Broad rice noodles/kway teow interestingly fried alongside bean sprouts, eggs, cockles, fish balls, seasoned with dark sauce and light sauce.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Braised Chicken Feet

Chinese food delightfulness and this Indian lady? Oh-yes please. We have already bonded and we will mind you, remain forever as best friends (Fried Lotus Root Chips, Fried Shrimp Wantons, Salted Egg Chicken, Chinese Fried Rice & Chinese Prawn Fritters). Now and forever and for the longest time. Anything Chinese goes for me. Simple, easy-preasy and even lazily put together dishes (Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish) or more elaborated ones (Chinese Chicken Meatball Soup, Chicken Wanton Soup, Sesame Chicken & Sweet Chilli Chicken) and today, according to my cooking technic, it is a time taking cooking. Especially for ensuring chicken feet is cooked to its tenderness. Chicken Feet? Remember, I have already told you before (Chicken Feet Kerabu/Salad)? So, lemme get to the recipe instead of dwelling on chicken, which part, which you fancy, so on and so forth (Baked Cornflakes Chicken). Super moist, super succulent chicken soaking in tadbit bit of gravy/sauce, made with the quintessential Chinese ingredients (Chick Kut Teh, Chap Chai/Mixed Vegetable Stew & Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken).    

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thai Green Fish Curry

I decided to go green. In fact, I have already. Green, the nature loved shade and green is also said as "green, green, greedy pig. Haha! What a punchy waking up intro, wouldn't you agree? Let's forget about greediness, but we will still hail nature being green and instead of fish for other styles (Chilli Soy Fish, Grilled Sambal Stuffed Fish, Stingray Spicy Sauce & Tuna Cutlets), its a Thai style Green Fish Curry. Thai? Of course. Thais are the best people for producing green curries.They know it all. They have been doing it for years and Thai cuisine is much loved throughout the world for their big, bold and lighting up a food glow on your tongue, mouth, throat and tummy. How do we make this Thai Green Fish Curry. We will make the green curry paste and though generally fish is tipped into the later made green curry (Asam Fish Curry, Indian Chicken Curry, Bengali Yogurt Fish Curry, Fish Sambar & Kerala Fish Curry), I fried the fish pieces alongside the ingredients listed under "for the fish" (Tuna Cutlet & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish). While fish is being fried, we shall get down to making the curry and once done, fish is tipped inside. Tickling appetizing creamy, spicy and aromatic green curry, soaking up crispy on the outside and tender melt inside fried fish . Bye guys. Got to go. Time is biting into my schedule. See you next time.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Baked Cornflakes Chicken

After all the many years behind the road, when you invest in an oven, don't you think we should start baking? Utterly. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of investing in a new kitchen equipment. Don't you think so? I reckon. All these while, I have been the over the stove portable grilling pan person (Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf & Grilled Salmon). So, oven investment seemingly has brought a broad smile on my face. Nevertheless, I must also say that we Malaysians, unless you are baking enthusiast, we generally prefer on fire under our pots and pans cooking. Anyway, I am not regretting. Never know, it may spiral me to start seriously baking? Early to throw words though and mind you, I have already started and here is the latest from my oven. Baked Cornflakes Chicken (Grilled Chicken Wings). Any part will do (Sesame Chicken & Sweet Chilli Chicken), of course, I love the sinful wings (Chicken Feet Kerabu/Salad), but remember, as far as I know, baking is healthier compared to frying (Fried Shrimp Wanton). Dried herbs I already had went into this baked cornflakes chicken, of course you have the liberty to to other herbs, fresh or dried. Crispy, yummy and mouth crunching pop-ohlalala Baked Cornflakes Chicken, paired alongside sweet potatoes, optional. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Indian Potato Balls

Potatoes? We can't get enough, can we? I know. I think I have already told you before (Dum Aloo)? Love of ours for potatoes undeniably is undivided right (Gado Gado, Chilli Aloo, Bonda  & Aloo Gobi)?  I know and I bet you are agreeing. Today, its potatoes for these fried, crispy on the outside and soft bite inside absolutely (Sardine Rolls, Fried Shrimp Wanton & Tuna Cutlets) mouth watering Indian Potato Balls, paired alongside mint sauce.

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