Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nyonya Acar Fish

Nyonya (Nyonya Mee Siam & Ayam Pongteh) and Acar (Aam ka Achaar & Penang Acar) and Fish (Indonesian Grilled Fish & Malaysian Fish Head Curry). Like a rhyme and rhythm especially for me and I just so somewhat love sour notes. Whichever and however, sourness is something I can't give up no matter what (Cambodian Sour Fish Soup) and this Nyonya Acar Fish? A splatter on our taste buds. In fact, can rekindle your appetite and of course you need a plate of rice. Nyonya Acar Fish made from the quintessential and like must have ingredients for Nyonya cooking or even for our other savory dishes, made ahead and stored in the fridge and the next course of action of course is tucking in during your daily meals.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Coffee Lane Cafe - Georgetown (Penang)

An impromptu visit to Penang, don't ask me why, what and how. Please don't. Its a long story I don't want to dwell upon. Gonna be rather complicated, I am sure won't make sense to you as well. So, skip, lets skip the reason to Penang, let me speak on this dining experience in Coffee Lane Cafe. Accompanied by my cousin, he, in fact is the one who suggested Coffee Lane Cafe he has visited, maybe, lets say two or three times. I of course was extremely keen, why not? Sounded like my kind of food love, we parked, oh god, parking is quite a thing in Georgetown. Blame it on the usual hustle and bustle, rapid development and Georgetown by itself is a major tourism parade and paradise. We managed, we parked, not really close, within a 5 minutes walking distance, prior to crossing the junction for the entry to Coffee Lane Cafe.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lemon Bars

Made once before but it headed to almost to disaster. Not to say couldn't be eaten, but I personally didn't like how the pictures of the previous lemon bars.  So, I deleted the recipe after leaving it uploaded in this space of mine for a year. Not at all regrettable because when I decided to make Lemon Bars again, I already knew it. Which and what ingredients and also keeping the oven temperature in control for the birth of these Lemon Bars. Lemons of course, tell me about it? Scent and their tanginess and tartness (Lemon Cashew Rice &  Baked Lemon Chicken). Oh my, I can feel my tongue being tickled right now, and pretty much lemons jiving and dancing well in savory and sweet pleasures (Lemon Cream Pie & Lemon Buttermilk Cake). Naturally then, do we have say anything else when these Lemon Bars are a concern? Oh-my-my. Simply the melting and crumbling moment. The moment you daintily bite in and the scent of lemon an ultimate dessert time (Nescafe Ice Cream, Classic Genoise, Mandarin Orange Cake, Saffron Poached Pears & Chocolate Cheesecake).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mixed Vegetable Soup

And so like they say, if you really can't conclude what to cook for the day (Moroccan Pea Soup, Kashmiri Vegetable SoupKenchin Jiru/Japanese Vegetable Soup, Moo Gook/Korean Radish Soup & Caldo Verde/Portuguese Potato Soup) and you also want to clear your fridge, plus the weather is chilling your bones, what else can be a new story in our kitchen? Wouldn't you agree it should potentially be a soup story? A soup as well (Thai Tomato SoupVegetarian Mulligatawny Soup & Chinese Tofu Soup), for also, like I have already said, for saving all the vegetables in the fridge before they permanently bid bye-bye? Such a waste right? Throwing away ingredients? As if you are throwing away money as well? Of course (Old Cucumber Soup, Burdock Root Soup, Winter Melon Soup & Turmeric Tomato Soup). Moreover, there's no leaps and bounds for a soup. By far, anything goes? Literally whatever, like for this Mixed Vegetable Soup. Of course, we must have aroma and scent for an Indian soup and we can't run far away from spices. All about worthiness. The worthiness of slurping or drenching Mixed Vegetable Soup over rice prior to finger and hand tucking in. I mean, nothing like our fingers leading the way when its an Indian soup in rice instead of soup being a starter (Pumpkin Soup, Creamy Mushroom Soup & Onion Soup). Oh, before I forget, vegetable stock and butter does mountain heaps of luxurious goodness in Mixed Vegetable Soup.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thai Fried Chicken

Honestly, fried chicken is not a regularity in my house. Most of the time, fried chicken is trended when we have a gathering and also, when family pops by, though I do from time to time cook chicken when its a meal on my own (Chilli ChickenChicken KebabSesame Chicken & Sweet Chilli Chicken). Of course, like I have repeated donkey times (Sichuan Noodle Soup), my other half-half will not come any close to chicken and maybe that could be one of the reasons why fried chicken is like every now and then  when he is travelling (Tandoori Chicken, Baked Lemon Chicken, Curried Roast ChickenBaked Cornflakes Chicken & Spicy Chicken Wings) What was the occasion why I made a different style of fried chicken on this particular day? Family popped by and the kids in the family,  in fact, kids these days just so love fried chicken (Ayam Goreng Berempah). What is the supporting reason for making Thai Fried Chicken?  Pretty much I had stock of the Thai ingredients. You know me right? Me and my love for Thai cooking (Lamb Massaman Curry, Tom Yum Goong, Thai Vegetable Curry & Thai Green Fish Curry). Thai paste made, tipped into chicken and simmered to half cook chicken and then fried to utter crispy on the outside and soft tenderness inside, and aroma taking center stage of my kitchen

Monday, May 12, 2014

Steamed Pork With Salted Fish

Steamed Pork With Salted Fish! Trust me, a rapid explosion and burst of my or maybe even your forever appreciated and loved saltiness and spiciness in tender pork belly. Of course, pork belly and fats as well? Not really healthy, but I guess once a while would massively shake our health (Siew Yoke & Char Siu). Steamed Pork With Salted Fish is really so and very easy to make. Add all the ingredients in a steaming tray and steam, and you are done. My version I believe is somewhat unique and outstanding because I decided to go with my instinct and gut feeling on how I can further spiral and heighten Steamed Pork With Salted Fish to up and away, higher for a major revelation of tastes (Salted Fish Bone Soup, Salted Fish Bone Curry, Salted Egg Chicken, Dried Shrimp Sambal & Bean Sprouts Salted Fish).  Pork belly steamed alongside salted fish, chillies, soy sauce, ginger, and tamarind, garnished with coriander leaves. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mee Goreng Udang

Mee Goreng Udang, or prawn fried mee. The frying technic which by far is not a brain cracker, but when we speak about frying noodles on the whole, we must have all the ingredients on stand by and as close to us possibly. Otherwise? We may end up over-cooking the ingredients we have already put in the big wok and then, it can turn out to be a disaster or we ending up stressing ourselves, and let's not forget about sweating when frying. Of course. Ask me about sweating and I can go on and on (Malaysian Style Fried Mee Hoon, Hakka Noodles, Chow Mein & Hokkien Mee & Char Kway Teow). That's about it I think the cooking tips for Mee Goreng Udang which is definitely another one of our Malaysian food show stealer. Noodles fried alongside prawns (Hokkien Hae Mee, Shrimp Pad Thai & Shrimp Pho), cabbage, eggs, garlic, spring onion and soy sauce (Nyonya Mee Siam, Malaysian Sour Spicy Fish Soup Noodles, Mee Rebus, Laksam Kelantan & Malaysian Fried Mee).

Friday, April 25, 2014

Udupi Sambar

Sambar again? Indeed. Sambar again obviously. What's with sambar/Indian dal curry and my cooking story (Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal, Andra Sambar & Palakura Pappu)? In fact, its a story which will walk you down the memory lane, up the valley, down the hill and, back and forth, bouncing you in and out of my house and kitchen. Potentially. Until I am lost for words on what else should I say about sambar and most probably, its a similar Indian curry story in each and every Indian household (Drumstick Sambar, Mysore Sambar & Bitter Gourd Sambar). But due to making sambar as regularity as I have, I now had drawn a line between myself and sambar. Regardless, sambar making is still on the go and I don't think will stop until I receive the red light from my other half-half. Hopefully because I can't really and seriously digest sambar anymore (Fish Sambar, Tanni Saar, Sambar & Spinach Sambar). Where did the idea fall from for making Udupi Sambar? Just like that from the sky. I just plucked the name of this sambar and made my version. Udupi Sambar I bet will be a major explosive dal showcased Indian curry for all you sambar lovers (Mulligatawny Soup & Dhal Rice).

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Malaysian Style Sambal Sandwich

Sambal and Malaysians. In fact sambal and even Indonesians? Remember, we did speak about this our sambal love previously (Sambal Goreng Terasi)? Not once I suppose, maybe repeated a couple of times (Dried Shrimp SambalSambal Udang)? We did and the other we spoke about as well was bread (Asian Egg Mayonnaise Sambal)?  Me of course am a number one sambal woman (Malaysian Fish Sambal) and I will proudly progress. How about sambal in bread (Sardine Rolls) and generously lathered atop home made chicken patty? Ohalalala yum! Malaysian Style Sambal Sandwich utterly and sincerely is Malaysian belonging and longing. Of course there have been other variances of sandwiches and even burgers I have shared before and let me quote just one instead flooding overdoing it (Tuna Burgers). Having said that, nothing can close to this Malaysian Style Sambal Sandwich (Malaysian Spicy Sour Fish Soup Noodles, Malaysian Style Fried Mee Hoon, Malaysian Chicken Chop, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry & Malaysian Lamb Stew). Power locking spiciness, soft and tender chicken patty, cheese slices and of course toasted bread. Sounds fabulous and I bet mouthwatering right (Malaysian Eggs Benedicts, Malaysian Chilli Crab, Malaysian Fried Mee & Malaysian Fried Rice)?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nescafe Ice Cream

Me and ice-cream making. Shocker right? I know. I myself couldn't believe it. No words to describe why I made ice-cream. Must be one of my mood swings. The right pendulum swing until I decided. Not just any ordinary ice-cream, but ice-cream made from my favourite coffee. Nescafe! I mean, I told myself. Why should I buy a specific brand of coffee just for making ice-cream when I already have stock of Nescafe. Always and forever ((Milo Cake With Milo Glaze). After all, there is no such a thing as you must bring out your money each time you make something and me of course, as always, believe in starting with whatever ingredients I have stocked up at home (Bingka Pisang/Malaysian Banana Cake, Poached Pears In Citrus Syrup & Pineapple Bread Pudding). Possibly? What else shall I say then? Perhaps, you like to help me out (Malaysian Sago Pudding, Thai Mango Sticky Rice & Bubur Cha Cha) or best will be getting down to making Nescafe Ice Cream. Like any other ice cream made without the ice cream maker and alongside the ingredients listed below, Nescafe Ice Cream sincerely and definitely is a home made chilled, creamy and not overly sweet pride (Watermelon Milk Sorbet). 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sukhi Aloo Sabzi

Potatoes! Tell me please? The kilos and kilos we buy most probably every week and any dish for the matter made from potatoes I think will be a total sell-out the moment it hits our dining table? If you are asking me, oh-yes. We just so love potatoes any which way they are cooked (Tari Wale Aloo/Vegan Potato Curry), plus I can go on and on and quote a whole string and list of potato dishes I have already shared with all of you, but off hand, these are the few I thought I will link (Fried Potato Balls, Dum Aloo, Chilli Aloo & Aloo Gobi) for the benefit of staying within the context of vegetarian dishes. What is Sukhi Aloo Sabzi by the way (Kashmiri Vegetable SoupTamatar ki Chutney, Aam ka Achaar, Shahi Gobi Baingan Bharta)? Obviously, a North Indian dry style potato dish which requires boiled potatoes stir fried alongside the ingredients listed below and my style is perhaps different. Usually I think green peas are not one of the ingredients? I on the other hand decided I will because, to each our own preferable ingredients instead of like blind leading the blind? Of course. Sukhi Aloo Sabzi? Your vegetarian and vegan side dish for a rice meal (Tomato Rice Pilaf & Hyderabadi Briyani) or how about tucking in alongside bread, chapati or tosa (Punjabi Sabut Moong Dal & Navratan Korma)?  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Asian Egg Mayonnaise Sandwiches

Sometimes, or maybe even every now and then, we should ditch our regular meals aside for a simply put together home style sandwiches. I however, honestly and sincerely, am not at all a bread person (Tomato Rice Pilaf). And despite me having had tried really hard, I somehow still can't swallow any, whichever type of bread made. Usually, a bread meal is prepared for my other half-half, which in return must be interpreted as, he and bread are best friends (Tuna BurgersMushroom Veggie Burger & Lamb Burgers). Then again, since I am not a fussy eater and when I am hungry anything goes, and when I have to prepare a meal after a tiring working day, let it even be bread. Furthermore, can you imagine how much of time I have to spent in the kitchen if I have to prepare a bread meal for my other half-half, followed by a meal for myself (Dried Shrimp Sambal SandwichFish Sandwich & Vegetarian Sandwich)?  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nyonya Mee Siam

Upgraded and updated. The simply fried Mee Siam heightened and enlivened to another style for the birth of Nyonya Mee Siam. Moreover, in between I also gave a good run to my cooking knowledge by making the gravy/kuah Singapore Mee Siam. Nyonya Mee Siam, aka Mee Siam Goreng personally for me, I think you know it. Me and my Nyonya cooking I picked up by lending my ears to my friends, watching cooking programs (Siamese Laksa Lemak) and of course, my own experience of testing and trying and making those Nyonya dishes. Also, when we speak about the Nyonya community, we have the Malacca Baba Nyonya and Penang Nyonya clan (Penang Acar, Penang Curry Mee & Penang Assam Laksa).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kerabu Kacang Botol

Kerabu Kacang Botol. Kerabu by the way is our Malaysian salad (Kerabu Mangga) and can be a raw salad as well and, kacang botol is actually winged beans or four angled beans (Angled Beans Tempe). Of course, without a doubt, rawness of kacang botol is forever a pleasure, eaten alongside Sambal Terasi, the other is making this kerabu. An authentic and put together by Nava K. Yes please. I actually coined Kerabu Kacang Botol and also the rest of the types (Shrimp Pad Thai Salad, Thai Mee Hoon KerabuChicken Feet Kerabu). In fact, there are also the variants to just vegetables, or fruits or both in one salads (Mango Cucumber Salad, Apple Cucumber Salad & Cucumber Yogurt Salad). So much for kerabu or salad, let's get to making Kerabu Kacang Botol. Tossing. Tossing of sliced winged beans, lemongrass, coriander leaves, shallots, chillies, and fresh grated coconut, and seasoned with lime juice and salt. Refreshing (Nasi Pudina), crunchy, fresh and our absolute Malaysian Kerabu Kacang Botol (Gado Gado & Kacang Buncis Tempeh).

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nadan Meen Curry

Back and forth, to and fro, bouncing here and there, finally, after like thinking again and again, I decided it will be a fish curry from the land of Kerala and known as Nadan Meen/Fish Curry (Meen PuttuMalabar Fish Curry, Tuna Thoran & Kerala Fish Fry). Thank god I decided. Otherwise, I would have most probably taken the easy way out by making a similar fish curry like before. Which by far would have been still be accepted in my house (Fish Head Curry, Salted Fish Bone CurryMeen Muringgaka Kulambu & Assam Fish Curry). Then again, don't we long for a change, even when its our food tucking in? Of course, if you are asking me. Moreover, I too like the cooking challenge in inventing new dishes for like automatically upgrading my food knowledge (Burmese Fish BiryaniMauritian Fish Curry & Bengali Fish Curry) and pretty much Kerala cuisine is quite a familiarly to me (Tapioca Stir FryCabbage Thoran & Beans Thoran).  Nadan Meen Curry. Canned sardine, brinjal, coconut milk, tamarind juice and the power house of made from a scratch masala paste.

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