Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coconut konnyaku jelly


One of the key ingredients of   Konnyaku,   a traditional Japanese health food is flour derived from a taro/yam plant.  This is mixed with calcium hydroxide or calcium oxide extracted from eggshells.  This yam plant known as konjac, Devil's tongue  or elephant yam is grown in the mountains of  Japan and also in Indonesia.
Konnyaku is a very low calorie food, virtually zero as it contains 97% water and 3% fibre  in the form of a viscous substance called glucomannan.  It  has traces of protein, starch, calcium and also rich in vitamin C.
Although low in calorie, it's  high in fibre, non-fat and is good for weight reduction as it's very filling.  It also helps in the cleansing of toxin in the intestines, normalises the cholesterol and sugar level and prevents high blood pressure.
Konnyaku on its own tastes rather bland.  It is gelatinous, firm and chewy and takes on the flavour of whatever it's cooked in.
A word of caution 
Jelly products containing konnayku may pose choking hazards as they can get stuck in the throats. Thus it's not suitable  to serve this to children below 4 years of age and to the elderly.  It is highly recommended therefore, to cut the jelly into smaller pieces and chewed properly before swallowing.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Double boiled fish bladder and spare ribs soup


To combat the hot, dry and humid weather, I made this  'Double Boiled fish bladder and spare ribs soup'.  Fish bladder or swim bladder or ' yue piu' in Cantonese looks similar to fish maw/'far kau' in shape, colour and texture.  But 'yue piu' is often sold deepfried, hence it needs to be soaked before cooking.  Of course, there's also the price factor.  'Yue piu' is definitely far more cheaper than fish maw and can be considered as a poor man's treat of fish maw.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Long beans chicken noodles

Long beans chicken noodles

Being too lazy to cook a proper dinner, I made these noodles and dumped in whatever greens, meat I can lay my hands on.   The greens happen to be long beans and the meat, chicken.

Long beans aka 'Dau Gok' in Cantonese are yardlong beans also known as bora.  This climbing vine is subtropical/tropical and widely grown in the warmer parts of South East Asia and southern China.  They're at their best when picked for consumption before they mature fully.  These beans are low in fat, are a good source of protein, vitamin A and C and also have a significant amount of iron, phosphorous, manganese and magnesium.  A major health benefit is their ability to lower cholesterol due to its high fibre content.  What are other ways to cook these long beans?

They're commonly used  for stir-fries in Chinese cuisine, cut into shorter sections to cook savoury rice,  fry them in an omelette or toss them  into your fried rice.  In Malaysian cuisine, they're often stir-fried with chillies and shrimp paste aka sambal belacan.  They are also a popular ingredient in most vegetable curries  and can double up in cooked salads aka kerabu, as well.  In short, long beans are indeed very versatile.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Cornflake raisin slice

Cornflake raisin slice

Itching for a snack?  Ahhh.... think these crispy cornflake slices are just what you need to satisfy your craving along with a hot cup of coffee, tea or even a glass of  milk.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sea coconut with snow fungus sweet soup


This cooling and refreshing dessert soup is what we need to cool down our system in this current hot, humid, hazy weather........'Sea coconut with snow fungus sweet soup'.  This 'tong sui' or 'leong sui' is easy to prepare and also tastes fabulous both taken warm or chilled.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Steamed sponge cake ~ Take 2


I made this using the same recipe as my previous post of  'Steamed sponge cake' but this time added in black sesame seeds to lend an extra flavour.  I was very pleased with the result as the cake was soft, not too sweet and tasted good with a slight sweet aroma of sesame.  I can never resist steamed sponge cake as it's light, oil free and the best part is that I can have more without much hesitation!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Spare ribs in sour plum sauce


This spare ribs dish is indeed appetising because of its sauce .....sweet and sour with a slight tinge of chilli.  It's not fiery hot and I think kids will be able to enjoy it too.  As for me and my family members, we'll certainly need to top up our bowls with more rice to mop up the sauce.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Banana Blueberry Upside Down Cake


I made this  'Banana Blueberry Upside Down Cake'  based on the recipe of my previous post of  Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  Prior to that I've also tried baking this cake with peaches and I find that they all are delicious in their own way as each of them have a fruity flavour of their own.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Fish fillet with ginger & scallions


We never failed to order  this dish whenever we eat out for the simple reason that I've never maked this at home.  All the while I was under the impression that whipping up this dish is a challenge as I was afraid that the fish fillet will disintegrate upon being flipped by the 'spatula'.  I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case when I finally attempted it. 

The tip lies in the way how the fish fillet is sliced.  After deboning the fish, the fillet is long (according to the length of the fish), then cut it to say 2.1/2 inches portions.  Then slice the portions against the grain of the fillet.  This way the fillet will not be crumbly ........ and it worked!

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