Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde! What is Caldo Verde? Caldo Verde is a popular soup in Portuguese cuisine and if I am not mistaken, firstly making its presence known in Northern Portugal. How do I know about Portuguese dishes? Well, we in Malaysia have been exposed to the influence of Portuguese cooking and food from back then, back then ages ago. Says it all I suppose? Me and my Portuguese dishes  (Egg VindalooDevilled Prawns, Pada Salt Fish Pickle & Chicken Devil Curry)?  Of course, I should also include the other types of soups I have invested my cooking time in? The various types, and my recipes, as usual, won't kill your money  and time (Thai Tomato SoupBurdock Root Soup, Tomato Spinach Soup, Onion Soup, Tom Yum Goong & Salted Fish Bone Soup). This my version of Caldo Verde? A vegetarian version (Lentil Vegetable Soup). Thick, creamy and luscious (Creamy Mushroom Soup) as an utter satisfaction, and the key central ingredients are potatoes (Vegan Potato Curry & Potato Egg Curry) and kale. Slurrrppp!! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chilli Chicken

This Chilli Chicken is joining the rest. The rest of the Chinese or Indo-Chinese style chicken recipes I have already shared (Chinese Black Vinegar Chicken). More or less right? Chinese or Indo-Chinese style cooking? How different or what can be different for the ingredients, maybe some changes here and there, otherwise, its soy sauce, garlic, ginger, dried chillies (Honey Chilli Chicken, Sesame ChickenSweet Chilli Chicken & Chinese Herbal Chicken Soup) or those other required or sort of we tend to reach out to ingredients. Other than that? You tell me. Now, lets get going to making this Chilli Chicken. Chicken (Salted Egg Chicken, Chicken Kebab, Chicken Chop, Baked Cornflakes Chicken) and chillies (Chilli Lime Fish, Sichuan Chilli Prawns, Crispy Chilli Fish & Chilli Clams) obviously are the main highlight and we are going to use chicken fillet or only the meat or flesh. Plus cashew nuts for crunch and bite, oh, I also decided to add potatoes and like I have already told you earlier, the rest of the Chinese ingredients like ginger, garlic, shallots and soy sauce (Cashew Masala Chicken, Curried Roast Chicken, Chicken Varuval & Baked Lemon Chicken).

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tofu Manchurian

Guys, if you are asking me about the history of Tofu Manchurian or even Manchuria, I really can't say much. But I sure know that Manchuria was the puppet state of the Empire of Japan in Northeast China and inner Mongolia, and Manchurian cuisine seemingly has taken a strong influence in India (Indian Tofu Curry). Why, how and what, please don't ask me. Yet I am aware that somehow Manchurian recipes (Chicken Kebab & Hakka Noodles) have been tweeted to the local tastes in India and one of the most prominent is definitely Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower Pakora) and I must include Tofu Manchurian as well. Regardless, my Tofu Manchurian is an outcome of my thinking, though I did refer to a couple of recipes which really confused me. Thus, to keep my Tofu Manchurian as my invention, I went ahead and cooked it as how we would appreciate a tofu dish to be (Tofu Green Beans Stir Fry, Tofu Scrambled Eggs & Spinach Tofu Stir Fry). Of course we must not discount spices and chillies for Manchurian dishes? Precisely the ingredients that were cooked alongside tofu and since I had some French beans, I added them as well. The outcome? This mouthwatering burst of Tofu Manchurian (Tofu Katsu & Chinese Tofu Soup).

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nasi Goreng Tom Yam (TomYam Fried Rice)

Guys, remember I have already told you that Fried Rice is already a trademark in my kitchen (Nasi Goreng Belacan Ikan Bilis)? That's right everyone and within the short span of time, I couldn't help but cook this Nasi Goreng Tom Yam. Not something utterly a new style because I have already showcased the other version to Tom Yam previously (Tom Yam Prawn Fried Rice)? Plus, the whole list of the rest of the fried rice. All sorts of styles cooked alongside different ingredients (Egg Fried Rice, Nasi Goreng Ikan Bilis, Lamb Fried Rice, Chinese Fried Rice & Malaysian Fried Rice) and looks like I have not pulled up the brakes yet. Still going strong with fried rice potentially (Cantonese Fried Rice, Kampung Fried Rice, Belacan Fried Rice & Anchovies Long Beans Fried Rice). Alright, let's get up, close and personal to today's fried rice. Nasi Goreng Tom Yam. Tom yam paste made from a stretch and cooked alongside rice, squids, prawns, long beans, fish sauce and kaffir lime leaves. Bang! The first spoonful I bet will pop wake your palates instantly. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bingka Pisang

Bingka Pisang, our Malaysian banana cake. Different, not the same as those banana cakes or even other cakes baked in the Western countries (Milo CakeTraditional Butter Cake & Sujee Cake). In other words, our Malaysian banana cake is utterly a stand up by itself unique cake. Where did I pick up the recipe for Bingka Pisang? From my nutshell by reflecting back to back to my years when I was younger and when I used to make for my family. Baked in the round, just one switch and portable conventional oven. The oven by the way was like expensive purchase for a poor family like us. So, I really need to ensure I use it carefully because if it does not function anymore, there's no assurance we can afford to buy another. Of course now, it is a different story all together due to the quite a latest oven  (Eggless Orange Cheesecake) in my kitchen. Which by the way didn't fall from the sky, but saving and buying, and oven must be put to good use. Into the oven went the mixture for Bingka Pisang. A mix of mashed bananas, flour, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence. By right I should have added some coconut milk, but because I completely forgot to buy coconut, I made Bingka Pisang without coconut milk. Chewy, soft and somewhat dense, Bingka Pisang I must say is part and parcel of our kuih-muih/local delicacies (Malaysian Sago Pudding, Kuih Buah Melaka, Bubur Cha Cha, Bubur Kacang Hijau & Sago Gula Melaka) and a wondrous sugar delight and treat. Absolutely mouth lovable, wouldn't you agree? 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hu Tieu Nam Vang

Hu Tieu Nam Vang, aka Phnom Penh Noodle Soup. How do I know about this Cambodian Noodle Soup? Remember, I did my tour to Vietnam and Cambodia (Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap & Hanoi)? Though I didn't explore till Phnom Penh, but pretty much those Vietnamese and Cambodian food I tucked into did justice to my palates (Vietnamese Steamed Fish, Shrimp PhoVietnamese Fish Soup & Vietnamese Noodle Soup) and the noodles dishes in these two countries? Of course their origin must be highly regarded, yet, don't you think we do have the liberty to modifying and tweeting recipes without compromising on the much needed quintessential tastes (Ikan BaladoSingapore Laksa & Nyonya Lam Mee) no matter where they originate from? We can right? Depending on country specific ingredients and also, considering the type of meat we eat? Sure, why not? That's why I had to align and adjust Hu Tieu Nam Vang to our preference and like I have already told you before, pork and chicken are a taboo for my other half-half (Prawn Noodle Soup, Penang Assam Laksa & Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup)? So, between between seafood and lamb, I thought lamb should be a good run for Hu Tieu Nam Vang. My version of Hu Tieu Nam Vang? Lamb broth generously ladled over rice noodles assembled alongside crispy fried lamb, fresh herbs and beansprouts, paired with a dipping sauce made from chillies, garlic, soy sauce, sugar and lime.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Nasi Goreng Belacan Ikan Bilis (Shrimp Paste Anchovies Fried Rice)

Who can be a better expert when we speak about fried rice? Anybody you know or will you point to Nava K because her fried rice recipes are heavily trended in the visual world or in this precious space of her's? Fried rice and yours truly? Dang a millions times. Various types and various styles, mostly, in fact all of it her own style (Kampung Fried Rice, Chinese Fried Rice, Lamb Fried Rice & Malaysian Fried Rice) and the list goes on and on, on and on. Can you blame me? No, you shouldn't because even a simple home made fried rice won't you agree is far out hundred times better than eating out and when you can't figure out what to cook for the day? Of course and like I have already repeated myself before, anything goes for fried rice (Cantonese Fried Rice, Belacan Fried Rice, Anchovies Long Beans Fried Rice & Tom Yum Fried Rice). In fact even the basic staples will do a delightful food job for fried rice (Nasi Goreng Ikan Bilis). Today, its another style or maybe a composite of those common ingredients as per other fried rice recipes, I shall now go ahead and share this Nasi Goreng Belacan Ikan Bilis recipe with all of you. As the name of the recipe has already suggested, the ingredients are anchovies and sambal made from chilies and belacan, of course we need garlic and shallots, and for the veg, its long beans.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Palakura Pappu

Palakura Pappu, aka Spinach Dal (Spinach Dal Curry), wouldn't you agree is forever the comfort dish? Especially for us Indians? Though, I must mention that sometimes I am so tired of palakura pappu because whenever you visit your relatives or Indian friends, you can pretty much expect this spinach dal dish as one of the dishes you will be tucking into whenever its a full course vegetarian meal (Vegetable KadhiNavratan Korma, Bitter Gourd Chips, Cauliflower PakoraIndian Style Mustard Greens, Tari Wale Aloo & Mor Rasam) during religious occasions? I know. Moreover, legumes are overall a favourite ingredient for Indian dishes (Chickpea Masala, Bitter Gourd Sambar, Dal Rice, Mulligatawny Soup & Mysore Sambar)? That's why, I don't cook palakura pappu as often as expected. In fact, I can off hand count the number of times I have made this dish and of course, each time I make, I try to vary the ingredients for another style instead of the same type over and over again. Thus, if you are expecting the mushy and mashed up kinda palakura pappu, I bet you will be disappointed. Instead, my version is, wouldn't you agree is rather stylish? Beautiful contrast between spinach (Spinach Tofu Stir Fry & Tomato Spinach Soup) and slightly still grainy dal in coconut milk and spices enhanced gravy and, the rest of the ingredients tempered in ghee.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuna Burgers

Ladies and gentlemen, today its gonna be a burger story (Mushroom Veggie Burger & Lamb Burgers). Burger made from canned tuna, mint leaves, egg, cornflour, of course we need the seasoning of salt and pepper, and instead of tucking these grilled tuna patties (Tuna Cutlets) into burger buns, I made do with bread slices (Fish Sandwich & Vegetarian Sandwich), neither am I someone who will go the extent of making burgers buns or even baking my own bread. Hence, pretty much store bought bread slices which were seating in my fridge (Baked Bread Rolls). A simplified recipe I must say and also grilled tuna patties, atop with salad leaves and cucumber slices, plus mayonnaise and yellow mustard sauce. Quite an invention, wouldn't you agree? My cooking and my style to making tuna burgers with ingredients I already had at home? Of course.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Ikan Balado

Guys, where is our recipe heading to today? Brace yourself because on our menu today is this Indonesian style spicy fish. Indonesian style fish? Oh-my-goodness. When we speak about Indonesian savory dishes on the whole, what comes to our mind? Of course chillies and sambal, wouldn't you agree? And I, as you know, have already been crowned as the sambal queen (Sambal Udang Petai) Whether its our Malaysian sambal or sambal from elsewhere, basically, its about spiciness of chillies and pretty much, how different can an Indonesian style sambal be? Don't you think it must trend really close or can be said as a close cousin of our Malaysian sambal or (Assam Curry Fish & Ikan Assam Pedas)? Almost the same ingredients, maybe a tiny bit of changes here and there, but overall, if you are asking me, major similarities are there.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Vegetable Kadhi

Vegetable Kadhi. What is vegetable kadhi? Vegetable Kadhi is basically a yogurt vegetable curry or stew. Of course, we need the rest of the must use spices (Drumstick Sambar & Pavakkai Puli Kulambu) for an Indian stew, wouldn't you agree? Right. After all, without spices, how can our Indian stews or curries be taste perfected? Vegetable Kadhi (Navaratan Korma) for your information can also be regarded as Mor Kuzhambu/Curry (Mor Kuzhambu) or even buttermilk curry. Yogurt (Creamy Avocado Yogurt DipMor Rasam, Bengali Yogurt Fish Curry & Cucumber Yogurt Salad) definitely is the central ingredient. Other than that, you can go ahead and use other suitable vegetables (Vegetable Biryani, Mulligatawny Soup, Tari Wale Aloo & Mushroom Soup) or maybe you like to opt for a plain kadhi and if you are asking me, you can adjust the amount of yogurt as per your wish or taste for the burst of natural sourness. Some people may even prefer to add some coconut milk, but that is something subjective to where Vegetable Kadhi originated from (Sodhi). Vegetable Kadhi? Thick, creamy, fab and simply splattering on your tastebuds yogurt vegetable stew.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Singapore Laksa

 
Before you say anything and before you compared my this Singapore Laksa to the rest, let me have my say please. I as usual, you know the usual me who love to tweet and modify recipes for heightening it to another, my own higher level? I think I told you before? Can't remember precisely in which recipe or recipes (Nyonya Lam Mee, Prawn Curry Laksa, Hakka Noodles & Nyonya Curry Laksa), but I am crystal clear that I have conveyed my message loud and clear. There's no best formula for cooking, in fact, our own formula I must say is the best? However, whichever or whatever, as long as you have picked up the basic cooking skills and also you know it on which ingredients can be amalgamated with another, you are on the right track (Prawn Noodle Soup, Sour Spicy Fish Noodle Soup, Spicy Thai Noodles, Vegetarian Noodle Soup & Mee Rojak). Hence, pretty much I think I have directly or indirectly told you why my Singapore Laksa is unique and utterly different? Of course. Regardless, nothing has been compromised in terms of tastes (Laksam Kelantan & Mee Rebus). I can definitely assure you that this my version of Singapore Laksa will put a broad food smile on your face (Mee Siam, Fried Mee, Hokkien Mee & Char Kway Teow). What did I do anyway? Well, I took my own ideas from my own recipes (Penang Curry Mee, Penang Mee Yoke & Penang Assam Laksa) and? The birth of this thick, creamy, aromatic, coconut milk and fish Singapore Laksa. Dang!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Sujee Cake

Can you believe it? I actually baked. Baking and yours truly? I think you know it. Not my forte. Neither do I have a burning desire, nor, like I have told you before, there are no takers for cakes or even desserts (Saffron Poached Pears, Honeydew Sago, Rava Kesari & Bubur Cha Cha) in my home. Not even me. Maybe every now and then, I craze, but that too is countable. Of course, the mood for baking (Marble CakeLemon Buttermilk Cake) does linger on my mind whenever I feel I want to break free from cooking the usual daily meals. On this day, I was so into baking (Baked Rice Pudding & Chocolate Tart) and specifically a Sujee Cake. Where did the recipe come from? Actually, to tell you the truth, I did refer to some recipes from my old recipe books (Cream Puffs) and of course, what is the virtual world for? Millions of recipes popping up the moment you search and seek online (Eggless Orange Cheesecake)? Still, somehow I am quite apprehensive when it comes to especially cake recipes from books and tell me about what can go wrong for online recipes. Thus, I actually was more convinced by this recipe handed over by my friend who does baking as her part time income. What I learned from her is that you need to soak sujee in milk for softening. Otherwise, sujee will remain grainy once cake is already baked. Made sense and I must admit its a crucial technic because, wouldn't you agree this Sujee Cake is really-really a baking show stealer? Cake sampled by colleagues and they couldn't agree more. So, guys, I will strongly suggest you grab this recipe of mine and I am really certain you will love this soft and melting in the mouth sweet non-sinful pleasure.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Malabar Fish Curry

Recipes can be tweeted, remember I have already told you? I told you that we can tweet the originality to recipes according to how we prefer them to be and of course, making do with ingredients from own country ground (Moroccan Chicken Stew, Thai Tomato Soup, Aloo Gosht, Tofu Katsu & Vietnamese Fish Soup)? Instead of buying or buying for the sake of buying or just because we badly want to trend in front or at the back of other people's recipes? Guys, stop doubting yourself and you must believe me(Chilli Soy Fish, Fish Sandwich, Fish Noodle Soup, Teppanyaki Salmon & Salted Fish Bone Curry). That's how it has been for me and my cooking, and I have not regretted, neither will I regret if I continue to do so. Thus, for this Malabar Fish Curry, of course, the must use ingredients are part of it and let's not forget about coconut milk (Thai Green Fish Curry).

Monday, July 1, 2013

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Guys, I think I am trying to achieve international status cooking style. I think so. God! I am actually going all over the world, but not as in being in different countries. What I am trying to say is that I am trying recipes of different kinds from, this and that part of the world. Of course, Malaysian dishes are part and parcel of my cooking style and when we speak about Malaysian food, its not just my own kind dishes (Indian Masala Chicken CurryChicken Curry Potatoes & Chicken Varuval), I must also include other races and religion food delight (Chicken Devil Curry, Ayam Masak Merah & Easy Chicken Kebab). Furthermore, didn't you notice my Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and the rest of the dishes from other parts of the world too (Thai Tomato SoupVietnamese Fish, Unagi Kabayaki & Bengali Fish Curry)? Of course, the list goes on and I can go on and on, so on and so forth, and quote other recipes as well (Egg Vindaloo, Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish, Egg Benedict, Prawn Cocktail, Rice Pilaf & Aloo Gosht). Much has already been spoken about, wouldn't you agree? Much has been unveiled on how far I have come and gone, and today, let's do this Moroccan Chicken Stew. As usual, let's work with the ingredients we already have in hand, maybe you need to get if not all, some of the ingredients? That too depends on you or you can look for the substitute in your kitchen as well. Moroccan Chicken Stew? Waking up your palates thick stew and succulent chicken deliciousness!

Chong Kok Kopitiam: Delightful Heritage Flavors

When my breakfast crew suggested heading to Klang's Chong Kok Kopitiam for another morning feast, I, being the enthusiastic foodie, read...