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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sambal Eggplant and Shrimp



Sambal Shrimp is one of my all time favourites, I liked it so much that I can basically have it all the time! I also love the combination of sambal shrimp on top of brinjal, two of my favourites foods in one dish, it is such a rice magnet.

The brinjal is from my garden though, makes this dish all the more yummy!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Shallot oil & Fried Shallots


Shallot oil and fried Shallots are two essentials in many of the Malaysian and Singaporean dishes, it was a tradition brought forward from China generations ago by the Min Nan clan from Fujian province. It is so important that many families actually keep a bottle of this oil in the kitchen all the time.

The Taiwanese and Thai too use fried shallots in their cuisine, but they use more of the fried shallot itself and like it crunchy and crispy, thus the oil and fried shallots are stored separately to retain crispiness. We Malaysian used it more for its potent fragrance, thus it is almost always stored together with the oil.

I normally make this fried shallot and oil in small batches as I don't need big quantity in cooking. When I do need it in bulk though, I will slow fry it in wok. More often than not, I "fry" it using microwave, it is fast and easy, resulting in same if not better fried shallots!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pad Thai (Thai Fried Flat Rice noodle)


Pad Thai is a very common street food in Thailand especially in Bangkok, those hawkers who made this dish day in and day out did it with such a perfection, they managed to stir in right amount of char to the rather common ingredients of all Thai foods and make it tasted so unique and unforgettable!

I have tried Pad Thai in many restaurants here in the states and in Europe, I wouldn't hide my disappointment as it is often too oily and way too sweet! I stopped ordering from restaurant, when I crave for it, I just make it at home, since I almost always have the ingredients needed at home.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Edible Garden -- Homemade Pasta Sauce




We have been harvesting tomatoes galore lately, despite using it in all the dishes and salads I could think of. I still have plenty them sitting in the fridge. Since A likes pasta a lot, I decided to make a batch of homemade pasta sauce with homegrown tomatoes and herbs for him.

The taste of naturally ripened tomatoes is simply delectable, nothing shop-bought could match, not even the organic ones!

I am going to make some homemade pasta and pizza for my baby soon!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Japanese White Stew/日式蔬菜浓汤(クリームシチュ)



My son A will be 3 in few months, I can't believe how fast he grows into a toddler with a lot to say! This summer is one of the best as he is interested in learning differently kind of vegetables and fruits, we had so much fun planting and weeding together in the garden.

I also brought him for grocery shopping a lot nowadays and let him pick whatever vegetables that he like.We had much fun discussing different kind of foods and veggies before buying.

This stew was made in last winter after one of our shopping trip, he picked the frozen vegetables and I wanted him to have some protein so I added some organic chicken in the stew.

This soup is so warming and satisfying, one pot could serve the whole family well.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chili Leaves Egg Drop Soup



This summer we had our backyard cleaned and have someone built two raised bed for my vegetable garden. I had been composting all the waste from juicing into the soil I had the last few months, when I transferred the soil into my brand new raised bed I also added a couple of bags of organic soil. The results of good soil are really clear to see, my tomato plants are bearing fruits galore and we already harvest couple of cucumbers and peppers before mid of June, real early considering where we are.

My pepper plants really thrive well, it flowers a lot and bearing fruits already, its leaves are healthy and huge! I mean, really huge, as big as the size of my palm!

Chili leave is also a very good green to add on to cooking I harvest a bunch and made into this egg drop soup, it taste almost like spinach, only better.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rice Cooker Chicken Rice



The original recipe was posted on Wenxuecity years back as rice cooker chicken and immediately became a hit, as it is very easy to follow and is really tasty...

I was in India then and was fascinated by the recipe, as I could find all the ingredients easily, I later modified it a little and added rice, it immediately turned into a one pot meal, so simple and yum!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Banana Muffins



It has been a challenge to go shopping with A lately, not only his curiosity is at its height, he is also starting to have a lot of opinions and really enjoys putting things into my shopping cart, and will waste no time to protest if I take his choices out from the cart.

Result to that, our shopping trip always lasted much longer than anticipated, last week I had to make two big rounds in the supermarket to put back 3 bottles of hand wash soup ( yes, you heard it right, A wanted purple, red and orange colors!), the two rounds is to make sure he had enough distractions and long enough gap in between to let him forget about those items.

Together with those hand soups, some chips and lots of different types of candy, he also chooses a bunch of banana, which, I decided to keep and purchase while others go back to display isles. The only thing is that he realized that he didn't really want the banana once it was brought home.

As the bananas ripe fast and I have sometimes to spare today, I made 2 batches of banana muffins today, one with cocoa powder and one without.
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