Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Mixed Vegetables Tofu

  Mixed Vegetables Tofu


Recipe source : Adapted from Maggi's advertisement from Pearl Magazine


The original recipe uses Maggi's 5-spice chicken-mix. I did not have have that spice mix handy at home so I just substituted the 5-spice mix with my own seasoning ingredients. It turned out fine. 

The hot chilli padi spiced up the sauce and lent a fiery flavour to the bland tofu. I like the crunchy bite of the french beans. It was very appetising to eat this with hot steaming rice. 

This is wholesome home-cooked vegetarian fare. Tasty and nutritious.

Ingredients


1 block soft tofu, cut into pieces
100g french beans, diced
2 dried mushrooms, soaked and diced
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1 tbsp cooking oil
3 chilli padi, sliced                      ( original recipe used capsicum )


Seasoning


1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
a dash of pepper

Mix the seasoning with 1 cup of water.


Cornflour Solution

1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water
 

Method

1.  Heat wok until hot and fry the chopped garlic in hot oil.
2.  Add in mushrooms and french beans. Fry for about 1 minute.
3.  Add in seasoning together with the water. Add in the tofu pieces. Allow to simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.
4.  Thicken with cornflour solution. 




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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Kuih Kodok ( Mashed Banana Fritters )

Kuih Kodok ( Mashed Banana Fritters )


Recipe source :  Amy Beh

Kuih kodok is among the favourite choices during tea-breaks at my office. For RM1-00 we can get eight pieces of kuih kodok. They are literally "hot" favourites as people queue up to wait as the vendor keeps stirring and frying the kuih kodok in her big wok.

They are cheap and tasty. However, it gives me a pure sense of satisfaction and accomplishment each time I am able to make some tasty tidbits on my own, with reasonable success. 

Ingredients


150g (net weight) ripe bananas
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
5 tbsp self-raising flour
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp Quaker oats
A pinch of bicarbonate of soda

Enough oil to fry the banana fritters

 

Method


1.  Mash banana with a fork.
2.  Mix in all the ingredients to combine into a batter.
3.  Heat wok with enough oil on medium heat.
4.  Spoon 1 tsp of batter into hot oil and fry until golden.
5.  Remove and drain on several layers of kitchen towels.





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Monday, 9 March 2015

Banana Platter

Banana Platter


Recipe source :  Y3K Magazine, Issue 56 9/10 - 2010

 

I was thumbing through my cookbooks and magazines when I came across this recipe. This was just perfect for me today since I happened to have the required ingredients in my refrigerator and I was alone at home this afternoon.

I made this lovely fruit platter for a light lunch since both my hubby and son were out and I do not have to cook for them. I am fully aware that there is an advertisement advising us to steer clear of bananas because they are fattening. Well, to my way of thinking, the banana belongs to the fruit family, so it is okay by my own standards! Furthermore, since I am not actually watching my calories, I am free to eat bananas.

On the contrary, bananas are rich in potassium and they contain pyridoxine (vitamin B6) which helps to fight stress.

So whenever you feel the blues, make yourself a banana platter!


Ingredients


1 banana , peeled and cut into pieces
4 segments of an orange, remove membrane and cut into pieces
1 red apple, cut into pieces
10g raisins


Method


1. Place all the cut fruits and raisins into a dessert bowl or cups.
2. Enjoy!



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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes


Recipe source :  The Malaysian Cookbook

Bananas grow abundantly in Malaysia. We have a wide selection of bananas to choose from. Almost all varieties are tasty. 

My favourite is "pisang mas" and I shall use them to make banana pancakes for breakfast today.

Ingredients


2 eggs, beat until light
20g sugar
120g self-raising flour
1/ tsp salt
2/3 cup coconut milk
5 bananas, mashed
margarine or cooking oil, optional


Method


1.  Mix together beaten egg, sugar, self-raising flour, salt and coconut milk to form a batter. Mix well.
2.  Heat a non-stick frying pan until hot.
3.  Add margarine or cooking oil to non-stick frying pan (optional).
4.  Pour in 2 tbsp of batter and turn frying pan so that the batter is spread out evenly.
5.  Fry until brown on both sides.
6.  Dish up and serve with banana slices. 






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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Stir-fried Lotus Root With Julienned Cuttlefish 炒莲藕

Stir-fried Lotus Root With Julienned Cuttlefish 炒莲藕


Recipe source :  Adapted from Amy Beh

We love to order stir-fried lotus root when we eat out at a particular "tai-pai tong". That's because this dish is that particular outlet's specialty. 

Amy Beh's version is slightly different as this recipe uses nam-yee, a fermented red bean curd with a distinct flavour, whereas the "tai-pai tong's flavour was very light.

Both are lip-smacking good!

Ingredients


15g dried cuttlefish shreds
100g lotus root, cut into thin slices (use local lotus roots which are smaller in size and more succulent, whereas the China variety which is larger is not suitable for stir-frying)
75g snow peas
80g gingko nuts ( original recipe used carrot slices )
5g dried snow fungus, soaked until soft and shredded into small pieces  ( my own addition )
3 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp chopped garlic


Sauce Ingredients


1 tbsp abalone sauce
1/2 cube nam yee, mashed with 1 tsp shao hsing wine
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp water


Method


1.  Bring a pot of water with 1/2 tsp salt, sugar and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and 1 tsp oil to a boil. Put in snow peas. Boil 30 seconds. Remove and immerse in cold water for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2.  Blanch lotus roots separately in another pot of boiling water with 1/2 tsp vinegar added to it for 1 minute. Remove and immerse in cold water for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3.  Heat oil in a wok and lightly brown cuttlefish shreds until crispy. Drain and set aside.
4.  Remove oil, leaving 1 tbsp oil in wok. Saute chopped garlic until slightly brown. Add in blanched vegetables, gingko nuts and snow fungus. Stir-fry for 1 minute, then add in sauce ingredients.
5.  Return the pre-fried cuttlefish shreds to the wok. Toss briefly until sauce is well combined.
6.  Dish out and serve immediately.







Friday, 20 February 2015

Wong Tai Mee (King's Noodles) 皇帝面

Wong Tai Mee (King's Noodles) 皇帝面


Recipe source :  Doris Choo @ Sumptuous Flavours

Wong Tai Mee literally translates into King's noodles. They are dried egg noodles folded conveniently into a ball. I said it is very convenient because I  always estimate each ball of this wong tai mee for one person. 

 Dried wong tai mee

I stocked up on a fair amount of dried foodstuff including this dried wong tai mee in advance for the festive season knowing most eateries are closed during the first few days of the Chinese New Year.

I cooked this for brunch since everybody woke up late.

Ingredients


4 dried wong tai mee
2 shallots, sliced
20g dried shrimps
100g fresh shrimps, remove shells and tails
150g minced pork ( add 1 tsp soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil and a dash of pepper to marinate )
100g mustard green, or choy sam ( cut into lengths of 3 cm )
150g bean sprouts
5 tbsp cooking oil


Seasoning ingredients


1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 Chinese rice bowls water


Method


1.  Bring half a pot of water to the boil. When boiling add in the egg noodles and boil for 3 minutes or according to instructions on the package. Drain away the boiling water and rinse noodles with running water. Drain well and set aside.
2.  Heat wok until very hot. Add in 1 tbsp of the cooking oil and stir fry the bean sprouts for 1 minute. Dish up and set aside.
3.  In the same wok, add the remaining 4 tbsp cooking oil. Saute sliced shallots until lightly brown. Add in minced pork and stir-fry until the minced pork is broken into smaller pieces. Push this aside and add in dried shrimps and fresh shrimps. Continue to fry and add in mustard greens. Mix everything together and add sauce ingredients. Allow this to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
4.  Add in the par-boiled egg noodles. Use a pair of wooden chopsticks to toss the noodles to ensure they are well coated with sauce. Continue to toss and mix until noodles are dry.
5.  Dish up and serve with cut chilli padi in soy sauce.




Serve this with cut chilli padi in soy sauce. Yummy !!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mung Bean Soup 绿豆汤

  Mung Bean Soup 绿豆汤


Recipe source :  Doris Choo @ Sumptuous Flavours

Mung bean soup or mung bean porridge is a dessert most of us grew up with. A popular Malaysian fare which bring sweet comfort to warm our tummies during breakfast, supper and even popularly served at buffet in local hotels.

It is easy to boil but there are so many variations to its preparations, which usually is according to ethnic or community preference. Some like adding coconut milk or santan to enhance and enrich the flavour. I added sago pearls to thicken and smoothen its consistency.

I prepared this soup for breakfast on the first day of the Chinese New Year to go with Supreme Soy Sauce Fried Noodles because we need to observe a vegetarian diet on the first half day of the Lunar Chinese New Year.


Ingredients


100g mung beans
3 pandan (screw-pine) leaves
1/2 cup sago pearls
1300 ml water, or use more water if you prefer the consistency to be watery
100g to 150g sugar,  or according to taste preference


Method


1.  Wash mung beans thoroughly.
2.  Add in water and pandan leaves and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower heat and continue to simmer until the beans start to break down. Then add in sago pearls and continue to simmer until the consistency is porridge-like. 
3.  Add sugar last. Stir to mix well.




Sweet dessert which is popular and brings comfort to many of us

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