Sunday, February 23, 2014

Siew Yoke (Roast Pork Belly)

So, it must be in tandem right? When you have already had your hands-on in making Char Siu/Chinese Barbecue Pork, the next course of action must be Siew Yoke? Most probably. I think so. I actually felt that way too and I've been toying with the idea for a while until I was ready to take Siew Yoke by its Pork Belly. Aplenty recipes mind you and I must look up at the Chinese for their variants. Of course, after all, Siew Yoke is like a historical dish in the Chinese community and not amongst the Indians. Perhaps, just saying, I may be the first Indian, or there have already been other Indians, yet I did feel good I made Siew Yoke. My version. My own and of course the best people to check for recipes were my Chinese friends. Crispy cracking on the outside and soft tender biting moment inside, slightly sinfulness salty by limited the use of salt Siew Yoke, paired alongside a home-style chilli ginger dip/sauce.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meen Puttu

Meen Puttu, aka Fish Puttu. What is Meen Puttu? Meen Puttu is basically fish simmered alongside turmeric powder and salt, thereafter shredded/flaked and stir fry with the customary or must have Indian ingredients. Of course when we refer to Indian cooking (Indian Spiced Salmon & Indian Fish Curry), chillies, spices and curry leaves are part and parcel of our cooking, and for meen puttu, we add fresh grated coconut. Pretty much that is the food cooking lingo for Meen Puttu and if you are asking me, I must admit there are other varieties to this fish dish which, do I have repeat myself is a popularity amongst us Indians? Furthermore, sura or shark (Sura Meen Kuzhambu/Shark Curry) is usually the choice, but nothing should stop you from using any other firm fish and even for the Kerala (Tuna Thoran, Malabar Fish Curry & Kerala Fish Fry) or Sri Lankan style (Sri Lankan Coconut Gravy) Meen Puttu, the ingredients are more or less similar. For my version, I opted for tenggiri/Indian mackerel which by far you shouldn't discount against for the outcome of a crumbled and a role play of the favourite Indian tastes Meen Puttu (Tandoori Salmon, Fish Head Curry, Bengali Fish Curry & Meen Kulambu).  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Classic Genoise

Me and baking again? Honestly, I really don't know what got into me. But seemingly, I was still gamed for baking (Mandarin Orange Cake & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies). I guess sometimes we don't have answers to what we do or badly want to do? Supposely! Nevertheless, the dilemma or deciding fact couldn't be none more except which kinda cake and out of somewhere, in fact after referring to my own recipes and one shared by my friend, my baking enthusiasm spiralled towards Classic Genoise. Which requires further whisking of eggs and sugar once they have been whisked till slightly warm and foamy over double boiler (water boiling in the bottom pan, eggs and sugar in a bowl atop). A prerequisite crucial technic before gently folding cake flour and corn flour, and alternating between warm melted better for the outcome of such a really soft, crumbly and heaven taking you Classic Genoise (Traditional Butter Cake, Milo Cake & Sujee Cake).

Monday, February 10, 2014

Singaporean Mee Siam

When you have already achieved your mile stone to an ordinary simply fried Mee Siam, the next course of action must be crossing beyond the Malaysian boundary for heading to the neighbouring country. Singapore or Singapura where there is no limits to noodle dishes (Char Kway Teow, Prawn Curry Laksa & Chinese Vegetable Noodle Soup) and of course, Singaporean Mee Siam inclusive. Honestly, will you believe me if I say I have not stepped into Singapore ever? I have not pretty much and don't ask me why or why not. I myself can't conclude despite planning and making a couple of attempts, but nothing took place. Regardless, I quite know about their noodles dishes. Of course, from tv programs and listening to friends who have worked or visited Singapore. Henceforth, I didn't have much trouble in coining this Singporean Mee Siam or Mee Siam Singapura (Singapore Laksa) and tell me please, how far different can the ingredients be (Sarawak Laksa, Malaysian Fried Mee HoonLaksam Kelantan & Thai Fish Noodle Soup)? We still need the quintessential ingredients which by far, as far as I know, for this Thai origin and originality soupy noodle dish (Thai Mee Hoon Salad & Spicy Thai Noodles). Singapore Mee Siam. Perhaps not so close to other types of Mee Siam, yet its still rice noodles soaking in a spicy, aromatic, wondrous and tasty red hue gravy (Shrimp Pad Thai, Penang Curry Mee & Lamb Pho). 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mandarin Orange Cake

The heat is one and the heat ignited for baking (Oatmeal Raisin Cookies & Chinese Peanut Cookies). Not something I planned actually, but when you receive loads of mandarin oranges during Chinese New Year from your Chinese friends despite telling them enough is enough, yet they won't stop. Honestly, I am not sure if the giving is out of goodwill or as a clearing stock by dumping on us, or for them receiving bounds and bounds of prosperity. Beats me and we on the other hand, just can't refuse because this oranges giving is supposedly like we are receiving gold in return. Oh-god! Wish the oranges will churn into real gold, but dream on and if you continue to gobble down as many oranges, cold and cough will end up being your best friend. Thus, tell me when. What should we possibly do? Of course, we can't offend our Chinese friends by refusing, but potentially we can use some for the oranges for this Mandarin Orange Cake. Sounds logical, isn't it? Easy-preasy and without having to use the cake mixer (Traditional Butter Cake & Sujee Cake), all you got to do is mixing and gently incorporating all the ingredients. Eggles  Mandarin Orange Cake? Sincerely a soft appreciated bliss in our mouth (Eggless Orange Cheesecake & Lemon Buttermilk Cake).

Monday, January 27, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The last draw. The final draw before me telling myself I should possibly put a stop to making cookies because I wanted to sit back and rest prior to returning to work in another three days time. One more on my cookie card go, I made these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Relatively the easiest I must say and conclude compared to those cookies I already felt good making. After all, unless you try, you never know and knowledge thirsting on cookie making, if you are asking me is no lost. Basically because people can't con you and you won't like open your mouth when they blow their own trumpets to their cookie expertise and you can in return tell them you also know it (Semperit Cookies, Vanilla Butter Cookies, Suji Cookies, Nyonya Pineapple Tarts & Chinese Peanut Cookies). Where did the recipe come from for these Oatmeal Raisin Cookie?  From a particular popular site which I am definitely not telling because it hit the back and front sack of disaster. Yes guys, another disaster. Beats me though why people share recipes that won't work, but we still get carried away with the attached beautiful visuals right? We do. Anyway, once I mixed the ingredients, dough was so sticky until I couldn't possibly pinch and roll out into small balls. Instead of throwing the dough away, I added extra oats and a little more flour which logically did the job. Thereafter, me literally squatting in front of my oven  and simultaneously keeping my fingers crossed. Thank god, the first batch came out and happiness was the moment of truth. Crunchy and natural burst of sweetness from honey and raisin, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies truly delighted my cookie making day. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Semperit Cookies

My-my! Me and my baking. Still on-going.  Llike they say, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. True enough. I wouldn't keep quiet and I got down to making Semperit Cookies from the family group of Malay cookies. Nothing more did stop me and all went on well (Vanilla Butter Cookies, Cayenne Chocolate Cookies, Nyonya Pineapple Tarts & Chinese Peanut Cookies) until I had to pipe out the dough from the stringent and short tight tunnel like cookie mold. Oh-hack! Such a time consuming thing for ensuring that the long piece of dough didn't break in between and crumble and I also had make sure the size and shape were in balance with each other. What a killer go. In the end regardless, these buttery and vanilla scented Semperit Cookies were worthiness. I am sure you are agreeing and the more you will agree once you make. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Lamb Massaman Curry

Thai cooking and Thai cuisine for this lady? I quite know it all actually due to me and my cooking expertise and me having travelled around Thailand in a good bit. But I must confess I have never ever made Massaman Curry before. Of course there is always a first time and it all began by me peeping into a couple of recipe books and then, deciding on which ingredients will raise alongside each other in tandem for the big bold Thai profound tastes (Thai Tomato Soup, Thai Crispy Fish, Shrimp Pad Thai, Thai Yellow Curry, Thai Fish Noodle Soup, Thai Green Curry & Tom Yum Fried Rice). But considering that beef is generally the meat choice for Massaman Curry, I had to look for an alternative and lamb couldn't be by far the better or best. After all it's not mutton (Nepalese Mutton Curry), it has to be lamb for us (Lamb Spaghetti, Lamb Rogan Josh, Lamb Kofta Curry, Lamb Fried Rice, Malaysian Lamb Stew & Lamb Pho). Lamb Massaman Curry? A must try aromatic, peppery, spicy and delicious till its last drop, another from the Thai curry family tree.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Vanilla Butter Cookies

Cookies making still on the go! Seemed like I was enjoying every bit to making cookies, though I must tell you that standing and making can break your bones and legs. Unless of course you pull a stool or you prefer to sit on the floor. Of course the possibilities are there to sitting on the floor, but try getting up after like an hour. Quite a killer any which way mind you. The best I think is still standing, thank god, all those cookies I made were in small batches. Otherwise, I beg to differ what would have been the outcome to me (Suji Cookies, Cayenne Chocolate Cookies, Nyonya Pineapple Tarts & Chinese Peanut Cookies). Vanilla Butter Cookies I must mention are a simplicity in terms of making the dough and also rolling it bit by bit at the back of the fork. Nothing really tremendous, in fact quite a straightforward technic and when they are being baked, thereafter coming out of the oven, walla! The scent is just so beautiful to our senses. Vanilla Butter Cookies? Buttery and vanilla scented, demure and crumbling lusciously upon the first light bite. Oh, eggless as well. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Suji Cookies

Like a customary, must have, no matter what, do or die, Suji Cookies are a must for us Indians and made before Deepavali/The Festival Of Lights? If you are asking, its a big yes. I can't still remember sitting in a line, as though like in the factory and rolling, as well as putting the cherries atop the raw unbaked cookies before they going and coming out of the oven. Of course, over the many years, mum has given up and nothing much on my side as well. But Suji Cookies will forever be memorable. That's why once I completed my mission to Cayenne Chocolate Cookies, Nyonya Pineapple Cookies and Chinese Peanut Cookies, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Suji Cookies. Not a brain cracker anyway and pretty much ingredients easily available anywhere, these ghee scented and loaded tiny cute, pretty and attractive Suji Cookies are definitely crumbly and outside crusty sugar pops (Rava Laddu & Rava Kesari).

Monday, January 20, 2014

Moroccan Pea Soup

I wouldn't and couldn't stop. In fact, I don't want to. I want to put my hands to as many cuisines from throughout the globe. Most probably because of this burning desire within me for learning to cook and these days, you can sit in front of your laptop and learn. So simple and so easy to learning and also picking up the vital tips to cooking. Of course, you can't do it in a jiffy. Instead, you have to put your heart and soul in firstly searching for recipes and then whether you are apt for copying exactly or allowing your thinking to wonder for coining your own dishes. So far I have achieved quite a good bit. The types of dishes I have made (Mongolian Prawns & Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal) from my own initiative and I must also thank the virtual world because admittedly, the food research in the virtual world did help. Moreover, when soups are a concern, should I, must I blow my own trumpet (Cambodian Sour Fish Soup, Chinese Vegetable Soup, Kashmiri Vegetable SoupKorean Radish Soup & Japanese Lotus Root Soup)? No right right? Your reading action and reaction I think will unveil all of it?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cayenne Chocolate Cookies

Did I pull my brakes to making cookies? Notably, I didn't because after making Nyonya Pineapple Tarts and Chinese Peanut Cookies, I was in full force. What a force for a fact. The force which keep motivating me, moreover, since my other half-half is travelling, I didn't have to cook our regular meals and time of course was fully in my hand. But the question returned again. Which cookies should I be making? And because I am more of a spicy queen compared to sweetie pie, I ventured to making Cayenne Chocolate Cookies for which I had to buy a box of cocoa powder and thank god for the stock of cayenne pepper. In fact the bottle of cayenne pepper, wonder why I bought in the first place few months ago, like shouting and calling for the outcome of these eggless chocolaty, spicy sweet melting-me, melting you in the heart and mouth Cayenne Chocolate Cookies.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tapioca Poriyal (Stir fry)

What is poriyal? Anyone like to help me out here? Okay, alright, I don't think I can clearly hear you, so let me tell you how would I describe Poriyal. Basically, its a stir fry. That's it. Case close. Lets not talk about poriyal anymore, rather, lets get to the recipe of the day. Tapioca Poriyal (Stir fry). Remember my previous recipe which also showcased tapioca (Stir Fried Tapioca With Anchovies Turmeric). Period. Almost two and more years up the road, I actually bought tapioca/cassava/maravallikkilanku again. I know. Been some time right? I know. Actually, I hardly buy, I myself can't really tell you why, but I still remember how popular eating boiled tapioca alongside fresh grated coconut and palm/white sugar was such a thing during my growing up year. The other mum does, of course, is any kind of spicy tapioca dish.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nyonya Pineapple Tarts

The next draw after making Chinese Peanut Cookies? Not the ordinary rolled pineapple cookies, but these open face Nyonya Pineapple Tarts? Why Nyonya Pineapple Tarts? Maybe I should crown myself as a Nyonya home chef (Nyonya Hot And Sour Noodles In Fish Soup, Nyonya Steamed Fish, Nyonya Lam Mee, Sambal Sotong Petai & Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang)? A whole list mind you. In fact, almost spilling over list. This dish and that dish, and me learning to make Nyonya dishes by my own learning (Nyonya Fish Sambal, Chicken Vindaloo & Ayam Pongteh), I can go on and on and quote many more dishes. Including those few desserts (Kuih Buah Melaka, Bubur Cha Cha, Bubur Kacang Hijau & Sago Gula Melaka).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chinese Peanut Cookies

Cookies sharing in this space of mine? Unbelievable right? I know. In fact, I myself couldn't believe what got into me. Must be me instead of idling my time due to clearing my long pending annual leave before they are fortified and since I have already exhausted my money avenue for travelling, I decided to test my cookie making skills.. Better than gossiping or slyly stooping over people on social media right? Of course. Cookie making already decided upon, the next question was which it should be and the one that popped up in my mind for a start had to be Chinese Peanut Cookies. The soft crumbly and buttery in texture, always a favourite and making their appearance during Chinese New Year obviously. These days however Chinese Peanut Cookies are also a pride for other Malaysian festivals and us as one whole family during our growing up years making them as well. Henceforth, I sort of had a rough idea what should be ingredients. Regardless, I wasn't really sure and so, I decided to pinch the recipe from a prominent online website. All went on well until after making the dough. Thereafter I couldn't roll the cookies due to dough being so sticky and sort of a mess. Hell! Seemingly following the recipe exactly was a down fall and me later adding extra flour which by far sorted out the batter matter. Thank god. Chinese Peanut Cookie in the end coming out of my oven as the number one seller and fantastically attractive.

Chong Kok Kopitiam: Delightful Heritage Flavors

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