Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
To tell you the truth, I can count the number of chutneys I have already shared. In fact, there's only the other, the Indian Mango Chutney, though tomatoes are a must for most of my savory dishes produced in my kitchen. Tomatoes (Thai Tomato Soup)? They just so complete our dishes for the burst of tanginess and sweetness (Tomato Rice), don't they? Of course (Turmeric Tomato Soup & Tomato Spinach Soup) and if you are asking me. I sometimes even do away with lime juice or even tamarind juice if the tomatoes I use can produce the same result. Having said that, there's no assurance all those tomatoes we buy can pack up tanginess? Henceforth, tasting is crucial for balancing the tastes to tanginess and sourness (Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu & Navaratan Korma) and you got to do the same as well for this North Indian Tomato Chutney, known as Tamatar ki Chutney, which by far can be an accompaniment for anything for the matter (Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip). Of course, for us, tangy and absolutely inviting and vibrantly attractive Tamatar ki Chutney was our side dish for our rice meal. Wow!
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Asam Laksa, I walked to Kek Lok Si Temple (also known as Temple of Supreme Bliss). The largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia, perched against a hill slope. Before walking further, I stopped at the "Pond of Longevity" to see the hundreds of tortoises set free by the devotees.
Monday, August 12, 2013
In case, just in case you are wondering what is Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa, of course we Malaysians don't need any explaining, but to the rest of you, I must mentioned that Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa (Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Rendang Ayam & Sambal Serai Ayam) is known as Chicken Cooked Three Flavours, or even Chicken Three Tastes.Three flavours or three tastes (Ikan Asam Pedas)? Obviously, we Malaysian love spiciness, sourness and sweetness as one in a dish and specifically today, its in ayam or chicken. Of course, if you are asking me, there are hundreds of recipes for Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa and to each I suppose their best known style of cooking and ingredients too. How about my style to making Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa? I think its a totality of a different kinda and unique too. Why? If you take a look at the ingredients, I am sure you can understand why and I also didn't want to stick to the traditional type of Ayam Masak Merah. The common and as if we must follow the standard guideline to the ingredients (Sesame Chicken & Honey Chilli Chicken). I don't know about you, but I have never been comfortable with conforming to ingredients others opt for, as well as cooking technic because, like I always tell you, cooking begins with the ingredients we already have at home and we should set our own benchmark against our own cooking instead of comparing with others (Chicken Curry Potato, Butter Chicken, Chicken Varuval, Chicken Kebab, Masala Chicken Curry & Chicken Stew). I am sure you are agreeing? Alright guys, grab this recipe of mine to a Malaysian style spicy, sweet and sour Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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 Vindaloo, Devilled 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 Soup, Burdock 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
Friday, August 2, 2013
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
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, our Malaysian banana cake. Different, not the same as those banana cakes or even other cakes baked in the Western countries (Milo Cake, Traditional 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, 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 Pho, Vietnamese 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 Balado, Singapore 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
Friday, July 19, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
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.
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