Friday, 14 August 2015

Savoury Vegetarian Rice 斋饭

  Savoury Vegetarian Rice 斋饭

Recipe source :  Doris @ Sumptuous Flavours

I adapted my recipe for long bean rice to make a vegetarian version of it.  

I cooked this to share with my fellow practitioners in a meditation group who are mostly vegetarians. We meet at least once a week and after group practice we share the different varieties of  food others have brought along as well. We enjoy the pot-luck and the camaraderie among friends.

My friends enjoyed this vegetarian rice and said it is very fragrant. I thought I would post it here to share as well.


500g rice
4 stalks of snake beans or long beans, cut into small pieces
100g mushrooms, soaked until soft and cut into small cubes
1 carrot, cut into small cubes
2 tsp salt
4 tsp vegetarian oyster sauce 
4 tbsp cooking oil
900ml water

 Carrots and snake beans

Marinated mushrooms cubes


1.  Marinate mushrooms with 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp soy sauce and 1 tbsp cooking oil. Set aside for later use.
2.  Wash rice and drain dry.
3.  Heat wok with 4 tbsp cooking oil until very hot.
4.  Add in the marinated mushrooms and stir-fry over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. 
5.  Add in snake beans and carrot. Stir-fry well.
6.  Add in rice and fry briskly for 1 minute to mix everything evenly.
7.  Scoop out all ingredients and transfer them into the inner pot of an electrical  rice cooker.
8.  Add in salt, oyster sauce and water. 
9.  Auto -cook until done. 
10.  Use a pair of wooden chopsticks to fluff out the rice grains.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Bamboo Leaf Vegetarian Dumpling 素粽子

Bamboo Leaf Vegetarian Dumpling 素粽子

Recipe source :  Doris Choo @ Sumptuous Flavours

We had just celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival few weeks back. As usual,  I made Bak Chang or savoury bamboo leaf dumplings with meat and an assortment of ingredients.  Sometimes I make alkaline dumplings with red bean paste  fillings. My family likes the spicy dumplings with dried shrimps sambal. I still have some bamboo leaves left over and I thought of trying to make some vegetarian dumplings which I have never attempted before. 

The ingredients used and the method of making these vegetarian dumplings is the same as making my previous batches of savoury dumplings except that I omitted using meat and salted egg yolks. I used gingko nuts instead. I love to eat gingko nuts and the yellowish color of the gingko nuts make the dumplings look more colourful.

Ingredients for Glutinous Rice

500g glutinous rice
2 tsp salt
1 Chinese soup spoon cooking oil
1/2 tsp five-spice powder
1/2 tsp salt

1.  Wash glutinous rice and soaked in water overnight. 
2.  Next morning, drain away the water using a colander
3.  Then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Set aside.


100g, dried shitake mushrooms
3 tsp sugar
1/4 Chinese soup spoon soy sauce
1 Chinese soup spoon shao shing wine (optional )
1 1/2 Chinese soup spoon cooking oil

1.  Soak mushrooms in water until soft. 
2.  Slice the mushrooms and mix in all the ingredients to marinate for 5 hours or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
3.  Pan-fry the marinated mushrooms over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. 
4.  Remove and leave to cool. Set aside.


75g dried chestnuts

1.  Soak chestnuts overnight. 
2.  Then boil chestnuts in water with 1/4 tsp lye water until soft. Take one between your fore finger and thumb and squeeze. If it breaks then it is ready.
3.  Remove the brownish membranes from the ridges of the chestnuts with a toothpick.

Black-eyed beans

75g black-eyed beans

1.  Soak in water overnight.
2.  Then boil in water with 1 tsp salt until soft.

Split mung beans

100g split mung beans

1.  Soak in water overnight.
2.  Drain away the water.  Boil the mung beans with 1 1/2 tsp salt and 2 tsp sugar till soft.
3.  Drain dry. Set aside.

 Fresh gingko nuts

2 pre-packed packets, about 200g

1.  Cut into halves and remove the embryo as it is very bitter.
2.  Wash and drain. Then add in 1 tsp sugar.

Wrapping the dumpling

Please refer to my previous post Savoury Bamboo Leaf Dumpling for a step-by-step guide on wrapping the bamboo leaf dumplings. 

Makes 11 dumplings

Boiling the dumplings

1.  Bring 5 litres of water to a boil. Add in 3 tbsp salt to the boiling water.
2.  Put all the wrapped dumplings into the boiling water.
3.  Boil for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
4.  Drain away the water.


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Grilled Honey Chicken

Grilled Honey Chicken

Recipe source :  The Star Newspaper :  Cook's Nook ( Amy Beh )

Given a choice, I would not choose chicken white meat as I had been "conditioned" to think white meat is tough and coarse, even though the health conscious would most certainly opt for white meat rather than drumsticks which are considered "fatty". However, during one of our office lunches, I asked my friends to order on my behalf as I would be joining them later. When my order arrived, I was served a plate of grilled white meat with an assortment of vegetables and fries. That platter looked very appetising and very soon I forgot all about my misconception about white meat because the chicken was not tough at all and very tasty.

Well, that platter of white meat certainly changed my view! So, when I browsed through my scrap book of recipes and came across this lovely recipe on grilled honey chicken, I wanted to try it out. 

This is great! Everything tastes wonderful!


350g chicken fillet
1 can pineapple rings
2 tomatoes, cut into halves


1 1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp French mustard
1 tbsp olive oil


1.  Combine all the marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add chicken fillet in the marinade and set aside for several hours in the refrigerator.
2.  Brush a grill pan lightly with oil and grill the marinated chicken for 8 to 9 minutes on each side or until the meat is cooked. ( Alternatively, grill in a preheated oven at 220 degree C for about 10 minutes on each side or until the meat is cooked ).
3.  Grill the pineapple rings and tomatoes halves until just soft. ( I used the left-over marinade to brush the pineapples and tomatoes before grilling ).
4.  Serve the grilled chicken meat with grilled pineapple rings and tomatoes halves. 

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.


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 )


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


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. 

I am linking this post to Cook-Your-Book #24
Hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours


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. 


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



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.

I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up ( March 2015 - Banana )

This event is hosted by Faeez  ( BitterSweet Spicy )
Organised by Zoe ( Bake For Happy Kids )

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!


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


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

I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up


The theme for March 2015 is Banana

Hosted by BitterSweetSpicy

I am linking this post to Cook-Your-Book #21


Hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours

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.


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


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. 

I am linking this post to Little Thumbs Up


The theme for March 2015 is Banana

Hosted by BitterSweetSpicy

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