Monday, February 29, 2016

Warm Purple Salad ~ 暖紫沙拉


This warm salad with freshly pan-fried pork fillet can be on served on its own as light lunch.  Served with some lightly toasted garlic bread, it can double up as an evening meal.







There's no specific recipe for this simple warm salad but I append below what were the ingredients I put in to whip this up :-

Ingredients
  • pork fillet, cut and seasoned with some salt, pepper, sugar and light soya sauce
  • purple cabbage, sliced
  • Japanese cucumber, peeled and cut
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Olive oil + honey, mixed 
Method
  1. Pan fry the pork fillet till cooked and tender.
  2. In a warm salad bowl, mix in the cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes and a dash of salt.
  3. Toss in the pork fillet, mix well.
  4. Drizzle on the olive oil and honey mixture.
  5. Serve immediately.


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Banana Chocolate Cupcake ~ 香蕉巧克力蛋糕



These banana chocolate cupcakes are moist and delicious which are very suitable for tea or a party gathering.   Just mix the wet ingredients in a one bowl and the dry ingredients in another, mix them up and you're done.  Another plus point is that oil is used instead of butter.  Oil makes the cupcakes tender that stores well and also these cuppies can be refrigerated and still stay soft.










Recipe for Banana Chocolate Cupcakes ~  香蕉巧克力蛋糕

Ingredients

  • 150 gm plain flour
  • 100 gm caster sugar
  • 15 gm cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 150 gm mashed banana, without skin
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • raw sugar to sprinkle (optional)
Method
  1. Whisk together plain flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk egg, mashed banana, water, milk, oil and vanilla.  Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, stir.
  3. Line a muffin pan with paper liners, and use an ice cream scoop to pour the batter into the muffin cups, about 3/4 full.  Sprinkle on some raw sugar.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 20 to 25 mins. till skewer inserted comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan before removing onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Makes 12 cupcakes.



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Monday, February 22, 2016

Chinese New Year in Melbourne ~ 2016

Our first meal on the first day of the Lunar Chinese New Year was dumplings at  New Shanghai restaurant in the Emporium food court, away from the traditional vegetarian meal which we used to have all along.  Must admit that the food was delicious and the service  ...... Fast!

I was mesmerised with the interior decor of the restaurant, nostalgic of my younger days!

Shanghai stir fried noodles with pork and vegetable

New Shanghai Xiao Long Bao - Steamed pork dumplings
New Shanghai Pan fried pork buns (I love these, especially  the crispy underside)

Crispy tofu with salted egg yolk

And we were so surprised for while strolling along China town, chanced upon this filming in progress at the Chinatown Square... guess what?  It's part of Masterchef  2016 challenge between the Red and Gold teams.   After the contestants have finished cooking their food, the food will be sold to the public and whichever team garners the most sales will be declared the winner.




Does the gentleman in the right picture look familiar to you?  Yes, he's Gary Mehigan, one of the judges of the Masterchef series.   And the mysterious special guest is none other than Kylie Kwong, one of Australia's celebrity chefs.

And what's for dinner?  Home made 'Yee Sang/Low Sang/Yu Sheng/Lo Hei'.  What a mouthful....no worries, here's a short introduction of this special Chinese New Year dish which is unique in Malaysia and Singapore and only available during the fifteen days of the Lunar New Year.

According to Chinese legend, the goddess Nu Wa spent six days creating animals out of mud and on the seventh day she created humanity.  Thus Ren Ri or the seventh day is Day of Mankind and therefore birthday for everybody and hence a special dish comprising seven symbolic delicacies known as Yee Sang was created.

The dish, which is made up of shredded colourful vegetables and raw fish is usually served as an appetiser and everyone will toss the ingredients high in the air with their chopsticks, saying loudly auspicious wishes.  The significance of the 'prosperity toss' is to wish for abundant luck and happiness for all.


And what's in our dish?  Shredded white and purple cabbage, carrot, yellow and red capsicum, coriander and not forgetting the salmon, some were seared while some were raw, laced with lemon juice.  Drizzle on some olive oil  and sprinkle on some five spice powder.  As for the sauce, I mixed plum sauce with honey and a wee bit of water.  Toasted walnut crumbs, white sesame and the crunchy ribbon biscuits which were air flown from Malaysia added more crunch to the delicious 'Yee Sang', and healthy too :))




Tossing all the way to wish for
 Good Health, Good Luck and Prosperity to One and All!



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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Chinese New Year ~ 農曆新年 ~ 2016

Yum
Tis my first time celebrating Chinese New Year away from home and although it was a short break, I enjoyed myself tremendously in the company of loved ones.  And where did I go?...... Melbourne


Dragon Head in front of Eureka building, Southbank, Melbourne

Fireworks at Crown casino.

Our reunion dinner at Pacific Seafood BBQ House, Toorak Road, South Yarra.


Braised Lobster noodles, big portion, very delicious.
 The lobster was very fresh and the dish was very well done.



Waiter in action!


Braised pork knuckle.   Meat was tender and tasty as well.



Garlicky  Kai Lan 
Braised mushrooms with Broccoli, also tasty but I find that the sauce is a wee bit too thick.

And to round off our reunion dinner, we headed for dessert at Stokers in South Melbourne


Pancake Suzette
 pancakes with orange zest, butter and orange segments, drizzled with flaming Grand Marnier.



Monkey Business ~  What a co-incidence to usher in the Year of the Monkey!
Pancakes with mashed bananas, cinnamon mix and nutella.


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Honey Balsamic Chicken ~葡萄醋蜜蜂鸡


This is a family-friendly recipe, bursting with flavour from the tangy balsamic vinegar, honey, spiked with garlic and garnished with lightly toasted almond nibs.   Serve this with plain white rice or bread to absorb the delicious sauce......Yum!



Honey Balsamic Chicken

葡萄醋蜜

Ingredients
3 whole leg of chicken, approx. 700 gm
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp light soya sauce
1.1/2 Tbsp honey
4 pips of minced garlic
1 tsp cornstarch to thicken
Lightly toasted almond nibs (optional)
Sea salt to taste

Method
Marinate the chicken with the Balsamic vinegar, soya sauce, honey and garlic
for a few hours or preferably overnight
Heat some oil in a non-stick pan
Place the marinated chicken pieces on the pan, without the sauce
Cook thoroughly till tender
Add in the sauce that has  been mixed with the cornstarch
Fine tune to taste
Dish out and sprinkle on some almond nibs, serve immediately



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Monday, February 8, 2016

Chinese New Year Greetings ~ 2016 ~ 猴年大吉



Wishing You and Your Family
A Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

恭贺新禧,万事如意。
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lemon Grass Tea ~ 香檬草茶


Lemongrass tea is a soothing and comforting beverage, which can be enjoyed especially after a heavy meal.  It helps to treat indigestion, constipation, heartburn and diarrhea and its high potassium content also helps lower and regulate blood pressure.  This herbal tea is refreshing and delicious hot or cold, with or without any sweetener.




Lemongrass Tea ~ 香檬草茶

Ingredients

6 stalks of lemongrass
6 cups water
6 Tbsp sugar or more
Lime
Honey (optional)

Method

Discard the green upper part of the lemongrass
Smash the lemongrass using a hammer or meat tenderizer
Boil the water and once boiling, throw in the lemongrass
Simmer for 30 mins. on low flame
Discard the lemongrass and add sugar to taste, mix well
Squeeze in some lime juice, mix well
Serve this tea, hot or cold.

Note

Omit sugar if you intend to add honey
You can also add in some ginger slices and pandan leaves
to boil together with the lemongrass


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Salted egg yolk cookies ~ 咸蛋黄酥饼 ~ CNY 2016


Salted egg yolk recipes are getting very popular these days.  There are salted egg yolk with crabs, salted egg yolk with chicken, salted egg yolk with bittergourd and salted egg yolk bun, just to name a few.  Being the inquisitive me, I tried baking the salted egg yolk cookies just to taste what's it like.   It's quite difficult to describe the taste, it's neither totally sweet nor totally savoury, it's a blend of both which makes it unique, yet delicious.


I like the small bits of salted egg yolk in the dough.  I let the dough rest in the refrigerator for more than 2 hours and it was more pliable to handle.



Recipe for Salted Egg Cookies (adapted from 'here')  ~  咸蛋黄酥饼

Ingredients

  • 85 gm butter
  • 40 gm caster sugar
  • 2 salted egg yolks, steamed for 5 mins and mashed while still hot
  • 125 gm plain flour
  • 10 gm cornflour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • a pinch of salt
  • Sesame seeds to sprinkle

Method
  1. Sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder
  2. Cream butter, sugar and pinch of salt till light and fluffy
  3. Fold in the sifted flour and add in the mashed egg yolks.
  4. Using a spatula, gather the crumbs to form a soft dough.
  5. Wrap with cling wrap and chill in the fridge for about 30 mins. or more.
  6. In between 2 sheets of plastic, roll out dough to 5 mm thick and cut out the cookies with cookie cutters.
  7. Brush the cookies with egg yolk wash and sprinkle on some sesame seeds.
  8. Bake cookies in a preheated oven @ 175 to 180 deg. C, for about 10 to 12 mins. till golden brown.
  9. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely before storing them in an airtight cookie jar.
  10. Yield :  34 cookies



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