Thursday, November 30, 2006

Stir-fried White Gourd


Stir-fried White Gourd
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The sliced white gourd was stir-fried with garlic, dried shrimps and seasoned with salt, pepper and ajinomto. Olive oil was used to cook this dish.

Notes:
It’s difficult to select perfect young white gourd. Some hard seeds are generally present when you cut them into round slices. The only way is to peel them off from the rounds before cutting them into strips.

Tom Yam Shrimps


Tom Yam Shrimps
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

These shelled and de-veined prawns were stir-fried with the ready-made bottled tom yam soup paste, a tbsp of lemon juice added and balanced the taste with some sugar.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Assam Prawns


Assam Prawns
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Deep-frying is the way to cook these prawns usually. But, I personally prefer them to be pan-fried in a little oil such that they are less oily and reduce oil wastage and cost as I do not re-use oil used for deep-frying.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Stuffed Chillies


Stuffed Chilies
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Leftover filling from the stuffed tofu made good in this dish. These stuffed chillies were lightly fried in oil. They were still raw at this point; the next step was to braise them in gravy or steamed for 10 minutes before consuming.

Stuffed Bell Peppers


Stuffed Bell Peppers
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Some of the remaining filling from the stuffed tofu was used in this dish. These pieces of bell peppers were lightly fried in oil and then steamed for 15 minutes. The taste was a little plain for me without gravy, but the rest of the family liked them.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Steamed Tofu


Steamed Tofu
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A healthy dish of choice...tofu stuffed with homemade fish paste, steamed and garnished with spring onions. I still have some fish paste and a mixture of fish paste and minced pork left…I think will make some stuffed chillies and stuffed bell peppers for dinner tomorrow.

Stuffed Tofu


Stuffed Tofu
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fluffy Egg Seaweed Soup


Fluffy Egg Seaweed Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Have a good soup stock, add in some soaked wakame seaweeds, long cabbage leaves, bring soup to a boil and add in golden mushrooms to blench, remove all the vegetables to a soup bowl.

Lightly beat 3 eggs with pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, pour in beaten eggs and cook till just done. They should be soft and fluffy, season to taste and serve this with the vegetables.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mixed Vegetables With Mushroom Scallop Sauce


Mixed Vegetables With Mushroom Scallop Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Rika's concoction of mushroom and scallops sauce has become the topping of my signature dish with various combo of vegetables, something I like to cook nowadays. This one-in-all dish is healthy and delicious~

The mushroom and scallop sauce is really versatile. It goes well with any mixed vegetable dish of your choice.

The ingredients used are found here: Recipe

Today, we spent most part of the afternoon shopping in advance in two supermarkets and preparing for a B-B-Q, which SL and Rika is organizing this Saturday. Lunch was taken at Costa Spice foodcourt in Sengkang. Dinner this evening was plain porridge, mixed vegetables with mushroom scallop sauce and spicy bean paste pork, which I made yesterday. In a hot day, plain porridge is always a good alternative for us.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Assam Fish


Assam Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Tamarind is widely used throughout Asia. It has an acquired common name “assam” which means “acid”. In cooking it combines well with sugar, chillies and other flavours. Tamarind slices and paste release a fruity acidic taste that makes this dish sour. Thus, sugar is added to balance it. This dish can be mild or a fiery hot one, just add in more chillies.

Tamarind is said to have medicinal uses. It cools the system and cleanses the blood. The pulp or paste is rich in vitamins and minerals, is used in Chinese medicine. The bark is said to treat asthma while the flowers are said to reduce blood pressure.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Garlic And Ginger Pomfret


Garlic And Ginger Pomfret
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Fried pomfret topped with chillies, crispy chopped garlic and julienne ginger and drizzled with some soy sauce.

Steamed Flower Crabs


Steamed Flower Crabs
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A simple dish of steamed crabs with garlic and ginger, a dash of pepper, salt and cooking wine.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Garlic Chicken Wings


Garlic Chicken Wings
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Just like any local, we love to eat chicken wings. They may be braised, stir-fried, baked, deep-fried and definitely a B-B-Q item.

ER remarked that the dish I cooked today resembled my mother’s salted chicken, which she usually cooked during the Chinese Festivals. She just cut up the boiled whole chicken into bite-size and then salt was rubbed in, this was left overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, the marinated chicken was stir-fried with lots of garlic. To us, though simple, this dish was tasty eaten with plain rice or porridge.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Friday, November 17, 2006

Tom Yam Prawns


Tom Yam Prawns
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Tom yam prawns, a suggested dish from Rika that was made from scratch. This was made simpler with a bottle of ready made tom yam paste which was bought during a promotion of Thai made sauces in our neighbourhood wet market last month.

The end result was a delicious dish. While ER missed this because he skipped dinner, both children loved this! The kaffir lime leaves infused a nice fragrance and personally, I simply love this refreshing smell of lime!

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Notes: Ingredients listed in the bottle of tom yam soup paste we bought consisted of garlic, shallots, chillies, blue ginger/lengkuas, sugar, salt and oil. But there were additional ingredients from the packet of tom yam soup ingredients bought from the supermarket, namely lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and limes. The later three certainly add extra fragrance and taste whether it is tom yam soup or not.

Green Radish Soup


Green Radish Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Green radish, qing luo bo in Mandarin, is a popular variety for soup cooking and native to North China. This variety is a hardy vegetable suitable for fall/winter crop. These roots are dark green-skinned with pale green flesh that are less hot, have a mild and crisp flavour. It is said to be good to add to salads or stir-fries too. I only used them in soup though.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Stir-fried Mustard Green


Stir-fried Mustard Green
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Minced pork and chopped prawns seasoned with salt, pepper, soy sauce, egg and corn flour were used to stir-fry with this vegetable using olive oil. Some fish sauce and ajinomoto were added to improve its flavour.

Fruity Pineapple Fish


Fruity Pineapple Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This dish has come about because I wanted to use up the ripe tomatoes that we bought from Little Indian and the leftover pineapple from last dinner. Usually we would finish the whole pineapple but last night we did not. I was delighted with the melt down of the tomatoes that rendered the sauce thick and the result was good.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sweet Potato Soup


Sweet Potato Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

One of our favourites, sweet potatoes boiled with longan pulp, pandan leaves and ginger and sweetened with rock sugar.

Sweet potato is a versatile, nutritious and economical food. This appetizing vegetable can be baked, boiled, fried, canned or frozen. It is a good source of fibre, rich in vitamins A and C and provides some iron and calcium for our daily requirement. For the most food value, choose sweet potatoes of a deep orange color. When buying sweet potatoes, select firm roots.

Longan pulp is warm and sweet. It is high in organic iron contend than grapes and spinach. It is a “qi” tonic that improves physical stamina and usually use with cooking other tonics. Said to nourish blood, calm the mind, improves concentration and memory, treat insomnia and dizziness.

Ginger is a spice that I always use in my cooking. Dried ginger is used as medicine and it’s hot. Fresh ones are warm, often used in cooking for its digestive power and as a home remedy of cold and to relieve menstrual pains. Said to dispel cold and pain in the abdomen, eliminate phlegm, control nausea and motion sickness. [I came across people who took ginger pills when they traveled overseas.]

Stuffed Beancurds


Stuffed Beancurds
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The stuffing for this batch was a mixture of minced pork, shelled prawns, eggs and seasonings. Next time I will cook this dish in curry gravy instead and may be with hard-boiled eggs included.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Stuffed Eggplants And Mushrooms


Stuffed Eggplants And Mushrooms
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Wondering what’s for dinner today while browsing, updating my flickr pages and my blogs. Came across the photos of stuffed mushrooms and that’s it, time to make them again.

While the yeast dough was still proving, Rika and I went to the foodcourt for lunch. She was happy to see the presence of a particular cook at the Indian stall was back. She said, “The food he made taste best!” We shopped at the supermarket too, picked up a box of Japanese green tea, some groceries and two eggplants to be stuffed too. It was my 1st to have stuffed eggplants braised with stuffed mushrooms though. Anyway, not a bad combination and the flavours turned out to be balanced and tasty.

Rika revealed that a certain café made its own green teabags with popped rice. This made me recalled a Taiwanese friend used uncooked rice fried without oil instead.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Braised Potatoes


Braised Potatoes
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Peeled and sliced potatoes sautéed with chopped garlic and mince in olive oil and then braised in water and sauces.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Stir-fried Vegetables


Stir-fried Vegetables
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

When ER and Rika saw the way the carrot was cut, they both had the same remark. “Be careful when you cut it!” Anyway, I liked the way it enhanced the appearance of this dish~

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Rika's Birthday Cake


Rika's Birthday Cake
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Early this morning Rika was asked if she could smell anything. She "sniffed" the air but her sinus kept her away from all the fragrance that filled the house. Luckily her taste buds have yet to fail and there she began to dig in to the plate with white chocolate and rose essence sauce and ferrero.

:) She has taken her 1st mouthful...soft, moist and spongy~ She remarked, "Umm chocolate and rose essence worked so well."

More images of the birthday cake:
Chocolate Chiffon Cake Rika's Birthday Cake Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Double-boiled Herbal Chicken Soup


Double-boiled Herbal Chicken Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Chicken double-boiled with 5 types of Chinese herbs. It is a light and clear soup, not heaty at all, most suitable for the young and old and during hot and humid days, in my personal opinion.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Monday, November 06, 2006

Fish In Ginger Sauce


Fish In Ginger Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A nutritious dish that is easy to prepare since I have made extra ginger sauce. Fish is white meat and also known as brain food.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Fried Chicken Wings


Fried Chicken Wings
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A last minute request from Rika...so ER and I walked to a nearby supermarket and bought a packet of chicken wings and some young ginger to make a dipping sauce to satisfy her.

Ginger Sauce:
Ginger Sauce

A newfound recipe from the cookbook we bought last week and Rika wanted it as a dip to go with the fried chicken wings.

This is a handy sauce; it can be used in other chicken and fish dishes too.

Beef Rendang


Beef Rendang
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I have read through 3 rendang recipes and I still used the first two and merged them into one. The third Nonya rendang recipe included the use of curry powder, cinnamon and cardamoms. I used these spices in my meat curries too. Hence, I chose the merged recipe for I wanted a different taste for the beef rendang. For the first time today, I used kaffir lime leaves in my cooking. They released a nice flavour to the rendang. If kaffir lime leaves are not available, just substitute it with half a tablespoonful of limejuice. Kaffir lime leaves are also used in Thai cuisine.

YH remarked that the rendang was really fragrant and looked different in colour from the eateries. I told him, it was due to turmeric used in this dish. A non-spicy food fan, I was surprised he asked for more rendang gravy!

Stir-Fried Veggetables With XO Sauce


Stir-Fried Veggetables With XO Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The extra XO sauce that Rika made for fried rice went into this veggie dish. XO sauce is available commercially, but Rika preferred to make her own by following a recipe from our newly acquired cookbook.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pan-fried Pork Loin


Pan-fried Pork Loin
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a quick, simple and easy dish to cook. The best result is obtained if the meat is left marinating overnight in the fridge.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Friday, November 03, 2006

Mushroom Stir-fried With Leek Flowers


Mushroom Stir-fried With Leek Flowers
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Besides garlic and leek, we love to eat leek flowers as well. They taste best if the thin membrane of each stalk is removed before use. Generally dried mushrooms are soaked in hot water for half and hour before use.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Vegetable Curry With Snake Gourd


Vegetable Curry With Snake Gourd
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

After an appointment at the Outram precinct and a prayer at GuanYin Tang located at waterloo Street, ER and I walked all the way to Little India yesterday.

This curry was cooked from vegetables bought from the grocery stalls there. For the first time I have included snake gourd and drumsticks in my vegetable curry. In fact, I had spoken to two Singaporean Indians on how to use both these vegetables. Uniquely, cooked snake gourd had cross-taste of green brinjal and cucumber, ER said. While the taste of drumsticks was mediocre to us, we liked the snake gourd. Too bad though, Rika was not game enough to try both the new additions! Next time I would want to include a type of peas too.

Snake gourd belongs to the cucumber family and is native to India. It is high in dietary fibre, which is good for the colon and also rich in calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron and Vitamins A, B and C. Similar to cucumber; it provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection. It is said to have protective properties for the heart too.

Besides using snake gourd in curry, it can be added to soup, stir-fried and stuffed. For a version of vegetarian dish, stuff them with mashed potatoes, chopped chillies, shallots and flavoured with a pinch of turmeric powder, dipped in rice batter and fried.

Click here for the preparation directions: Recipe

Spinach With Mushroom Scallop Sauce


Spinach With Mushroom Scallop Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

For this dish, I did it with Rika's instructions with a little mistake. The water used to soak mushrooms was used in the sauce. The mushroom scallop sauce was good except she commented that I shouldn't have added pieces of ginger to the stir-fried spinach. Ginger altered the taste of spinach a bit, she said.

Anyway, we had a simple, healthy and refreshing lunch of spinach with mushroom scallops sauce eaten with plain porridge.

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