Friday, June 28, 2013

Thai Tomato Soup

Thai again (Thai Lemonade)? Yes, ladies and gentlemen Thai again. What's with Thai cuisine and us? I actually don't know what to say. I am lost for words actually. Not something I usually plan for or like I am a Thai myself, but it seems whenever I enter my kitchen, somehow after taking a look at the ingredients I have and also the herbs growing in my garden, primarily the basil leaves, I tend to wear the Thai home chef hat (Thai Fish Noodle SoupThai Steamed Fish, Thai Green Fish Curry, Seafood Tom Yum Soup &Tom Yum Mee Hoon). On this particular day, considering that it has rained really heavily, all I could think of was a bowl of piping hot soup. Of course, soups and cold weather shouldn't be disputed right (Creamy Mushroom Soup, Burdock Root Soup, Onion Soup, Chicken Vegetable Soup, Fish Soup & Black Vinegar Chinese Chicken Soup) and soups by themselves? Like I have told you before, the list is endless. From the watery and runny soup, to the Indian soups (Corn Soup) and non-vegetarian to this thick meatless (Lentil Vegetable Soup & Tofu Soup) thick Thai Tomato Soup (Pumpkin Soup).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thai Lemonade

 
Can you believe it? I am actually featuring a drink recipe? The last two being Orange Sangria an Mango Mocktail and? What shall I say? My mint leaves were ready for plucking and I had the rest of the ingredients as well, including a packet of basil seeds. Basil seeds? I think they are a favourite for Thais ((Thai Crispy Fish, Tom Yum GoongTom Kha Gai & Thai Vegetable Curry) and their drinks? Are we right or we are doing the guessing game? I think we are right because my trip to Bangkok did expose me to basil seeds as well as basil leaves for Thai savory (Shrimp Pad Thai, Thai Carrot Soup & Spicy Thai Noodles) and sweet dishes. So, what else should I say? Thai Lemonade was the outcome and for keeping it sort of healthy, I decided that honey will be a better option compared to sugar and the rest of the ingredients, as you wish as per your taste measurement. Lemon (Baked Lemon Chicken), basil seeds, mint leaves, honey, mineral water and ice for Thai Lemonade. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Aloo Gosht

When you cook mutton with potatoes, you basically get this mutton dish known as Aloo Gosht. That's it guys and potatoes by far, can we say no to? You tell me. We definitely won't reject potatoes (Aloo Gobi, Dum Aloo & Chilli Aloo). God! A favourite of ours and its somehow like a habit potatoes must go into curries, wouldn't you agree? Mutton curry and potatoes? What say you? Nothing to say right? I know (Mutton Parathal, Masala Mutton CurryMutton Dalca, Mutton KurmaPepper Mutton CurryEasy Mutton Curry, Mutton Keema & Rogan Josh). Moreover, mutton by itself? What should I say? We Indians and our love for mutton goes back to millions of years ago and till this day, no festival is complete without a mutton dish or a special occasion can take place without mutton or at least once a month, mutton dish must be our food delight? Of course. For us personally (Shahi Mutton Curry, Mutton Varuval, Indian Mutton Meatball Soup & Mutton Soup). Right. Today ladies and gentlemen, I am featuring another, obviously a mutton dish? Aloo Gosht. Like I have already told you, mutton and potatoes and for a dry style, cooked with dried chillies and spices.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cantonese Yee Mee

Cantonese Yee Mee. Chinese style noodle dish. Another variety to Chinese style cooking (Teochew Steamed Fish, Sichuan Chilli Prawns & Cantonese Fried Rice) noodles. Trust me, Chinese and their noodle dishes. Oh-my! They sure have it and know it and there's abundance of varieties and also each to its own meaning. I certainly can't nail why and what are the significance of the noodles dishes, but I sure am aware that Chinese and they eat for prosperity, longevity, happiness and what not (Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup, Lam Mee & Chinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup). What about Cantonese Yee Mee, are you asking me? Well, I cant say much. Must be some sort of significance as well or its just the Chinese noodle dish pleasure (Penang Curry Mee, Penang Assam Laksa & Penang Mee Yoke).

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Penang Acar

Penang food? What should I say? I think the best will be saying nothing about Penang Food which of course has tremendously made its name and your truly too is not alien to Penang food. Can you still recall her Penang recipes (Penang Curry Mee, Penang Assam Laksa & Penang Mee Yoke). Of course, there are other recipes which can be trended in the category of Penang Food? More or less (Nyonya Lam MeeYong Tau Foo, Sambal Udang Petai, Nyonya Curry Laksa & Dried Shrimp Sambal)? Today, ladies and gentlemen, its this Penang Acar. Acar (Mango Chutney) or can be regarded as pickle. Now, if you are expecting a spectacular acar, I am certain you will be disappointed. In fact, I must stress that this is the easy and simplified acar. Obviously, showcasing the two central ingredients? Cucumber (Cucumber Yogurt Salad) and carrot (Carrot Soup & Carrot Poriyal)? And the rest of the ingredients  - by far, you must use vinegar, chillies, ginger, shallots, vinegar, sesame seeds, sugar and salt, and I added some cumin seeds for my twist to Penang Acar.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ca Hap Gung Hanh

Ca Hap Gung Hanh! What is Ca Hap Gung Hanh? Ca Hap Gung Hanh is, do I have to say anything more? I am sure you already know it after taking a look at this fish dish? Yep, Ca Hap Gung Hanh is a Vietnamese fish dish (Vietnamese Fish Soup & Lamb Pho). The steamed version. What's with me and trending another Vietnamese dish? Honestly guys, I am running out of ideas on what to do with fish (Unagi Kabayaki, Thai Crispy Fish & Crispy Chilli Fish) and so, I, what else should I say? I made this Ca Hap Gung Hanh and as I have already told you before, steaming actually is the easiest technic to cooking (Teochew Steamed Fish, Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish & Nyonya Steamed Fish), compared to the rest. Steaming means you add all the ingredients and basically, just steam. Precisely what I did for this dish. Of course, showcasing the essential Vietnamese ingredients (Chilli Lime Fish & Chilli Soy Fish) which by far are not very much different in tandem to Thai cuisine or even some of our Malaysian dishes (Bengali Yogurt Fish Curry & Indian Fish Curry).Ca Hap Gung Hanh? Gosh, I think you are salivating now?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Unagi Kabayaki

You know what foodies? If the front door is not the exit out of our house, there is always the back door in case. Similarly, when cooking is a concern, tell me, do we have to get it perfectly right and be as perfect as others or must our dish be alike, like theirs (Tofu Katsu, Kenchin Jiru  &  Simmered Daikon)? Not necessarily if you are asking me. Look, I wanted to make Unagi Kabayaki, but I don't think I will ever be able to hold the slippery eel, neither, can I bring myself to cleaning it. Thus, I took the other entrance. Call it the back door to (Japanese Eggplant Saute, Teppanyaki Salmon & Egg Fish Roll) Unagi Kabayaki. I actually bought frozen grilled unagi and basically, I gave it my twist for elevating it as my style to Unagi Kabayaki and instead of the sticky sauce atop, I paired it alongside my style Japanese style spicy, tangy and sweet sauce, also some thin strips of cucumber and spring onion. Invention? Wouldn't you agree and food proud moment according to how we prefer? Unless, you feel you should outrightly discount my, my style Unagi Kabayaki? Oh, of course, before I forget, we need a plate or bowl of rice for Unagi Kabayaki.

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