Monday, May 15, 2006

Stir-fried Kailan

Stir-fried Kailan
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Ever since I have learnt to cook this vegetable, which is seasonal, from China, just love to munch on these crunchy slices that I usually cook with meat and prawns. Remember though to remove the tough and fibrous skin before slicing them for use.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Flower Crabs With Hot & Sour Sauce

Today, ER and I actually wanted to cook curry flower crabs, but Rika suggested this version. Just like she said, "We have not eaten this dish for a long time." [She did not know they are flower crabs. She is not keen to eat them.]

This was due to her past experience of having a stomachache after eating flower crabs; Rika was reluctant to eat this at 1st! But, after a taste of the gravy, she exclaimed, "Very nice!" And finally with encouragement from ER and I, she ate one whole crab :)

We have yet to come across this dish from the eateries that we patronized. YH has suggested that the gravy would go well with other seafood :) and I agree with him!

Our favourite variations [Click on the photos to enlarge]:

Spicy Flower Crab Beehoon Black Pepper Crabs
From left to right: "Kam Hiong" Crabs, Flower Crab "Beehoon" and Black Pepper Crabs

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Fried "Nian Gao"

Fried "Nian Gao"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Fried sweet glutinous rice cake sandwiches.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Black Vinegar Trotter

Black Vinegar Pig Trotter
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

It is almost a forgotten dish in my family menu until a friend ordered a bowl of this during a “Dim Sum” lunch. The lingering taste has certainly induced me to cook my own :)

Having one serving is not enough for YH, he has been asking me to cook this again! For those who love this, the fragrance of the sesame oil with those flavourful, sweet and tangy tastes of this dish surely would whet one’s appetite further!

Black Vinegar Trotter/Ginger Trotter

1 pig trotter
1 bottle [375 ml]Chan Kong Thye black rice vinegar
400g young or old ginger - remove skin and wash
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 cup boiling water [may use more water if you like]
brown sugar to taste
3 hard-boiled eggs [optional] - shelled

1. Clean & remove hair from the pig's trotters. Cut into serving pieces and blench in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Remove and drain
2. Heat Sesame Seed Oil. Fry ginger until fragrant and put in the blenched pig trotters and stir-fried well for 5 minutes.
3. Put (2) into a claypot or stock pot. Add vinegar, water, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and leave to simmer for about 2 hours or until pig trotters become soft and tender.
4. Add shelled hard-boiled eggs [if used] 1/2 and hour before serving.

Log on here for more information: A classic recipe

Updates: I have just learnt today, Monday, September 11, 2006, ginger trotter is a Hakka dish :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fried Bean Sprouts With Fish Sauce

This is a dish that I picked up from my maternal home. Between, my eldest sister was my 1st teacher in cooking when I was a secondary student. I learnt a vegetable dish from her just before her marriage. From then on learning to cook with recipes is the norm.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Wonton Soup For Dinner

Wonton Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

While it is a norm to use “choy sam” or mustard leaves to cook wonton soup whether in eateries or most homes, I beg to be different :) I have tried wonton with spinach, watercress, chrysanthemum greens/"Tong Hao", spring onion and long cabbage. All variations turned out to be delectable~

Wonton With Different Greens [Click on the photos to enlarge]:
Spinach Dumpling Soup Watercress Soup Dumplings Soup With

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Fish No Chips

Fish No Chips
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was the "star" dish of the day! Lunch with a bunch of young friends on "Chap Goh Meh", the 15th day of Lunar New Year.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Fried "Wonton"

Fried "Wonton"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Crispy, yummy snacks and finger food!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Fried "BeeHoon"

Fried "BeeHoon"
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Rika’s version of fried “beehoon”, which will be topped with shredded omelette.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Pumpkin Soup For Lunch

Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This soup is smooth, flavourful and full of the natural goodness of pumpkin. Looking forward to have another round when Rika finishes her semester examination. Her pumpkin soup is simply great :)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This roast chicken turned out to be really tender and moist :) My guests enjoyed this!


Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Other home cooked meals with friends:
Dinner Dinner Seafood Dinner
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Glad to say, due to the long period of exposure to wholesome home cooking, inherited some of my mother's skills and coupled with further enhancement of adapting to established recipes, I am delighted to be able to concoct some recipes that I named: My version, which is bundled under "assortment of recipes" in this homepage :)

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