Thursday, May 31, 2007

Stir-fried Chives With Chicken II

Stir-fried Chives With Chicken I


Stir-fried Chives With Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Because of an injured index finger, I have learnt a quick way to prepare chives. Instead of peeling every single stalk, I just plucked away the woody parts like you would do with asparagus when you choose not to peel them. And then cut them into required lengths. This saved a lot of time too, :)

Chives stir-fried with seasoned sliced chicken breast. Soaked julienned Chinese mushrooms may be added. May be I will try chives with oyster mushrooms or shimeji mushroom next time.

Fishball Soup


Fishball Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Bought a packet of bouncy ping pong ball sized fishballs and cooked them in chicken broth with vegetables and lastly spring onions added before serving.

YH said, “This soup is light and refreshing!" This soup is good with noodles too.

Stir-fried Cucumber With Silver Fish


Stir-fried Cucumber With Silver Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A simple dish of sliced cucumbers, the seedy centres were removed, stir-fried with silver fish, fish sauce, ajinomoto and pinch of sugar...try it. Make sure the cucumbers are not overcooked and remained crunchy.

Oyster Sauce Chicken II


Oyster Sauce Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A delectable dish of tender chicken cooked with flavourful sauce and a few chilli padi.

Oyster Sauce Chicken I


Oyster Sauce Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Chicken stir-fried with lots of garlic and ginger in oyster sauce flavoured with a light dose of fragrant sesame oil. The addition of chilli padi further spiced up the dish. If you like, add in canned button mushrooms.

YH has been active in making comments lately. He loved this dish.

Stewed Bean Curd Sticks II


Stewed Bean Curd Sticks
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Softened bean curd skin stewed with a few spices in chicken broth till tender. Very often sliced pork was added for extra flavour.

Softened Bean Curd Sticks I


Softened Bean Curd Sticks
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Spaghetti Sauce With Rice II


Spaghetti Sauce With Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Looks appealing, isn’t it?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Spaghetti Sauce With Rice I


Spaghetti Sauce With Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

With the leftover spaghetti sauce, suddenly I got an idea to make use of it in YH's lunch. I served it on rice topped with a soft boiled egg and then garnished it with English parsley and chilli flakes, which YH had requested. With this presentation before his eyes, he said, “Wow! It's so beautiful!” After finishing his lunch, with all smiles, he added on, “It resembles Bi Bim Bap, the Korean mixed vegetables on rice!”

Spaghetti In A Bowl


Spaghetti In A Bowl
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

YH's dinner...just like me, he ate this with chillie flakes too~ “Shiok!" That's what he said.

Spaghetti Sauce


Spaghetti Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is my favourite spaghetti meat sauce.

The tomatoes bought a week ago were left to ripen for use in this meat sauce. Ripe and firm ones are more flavourful and are always preferred. Today, I was able to get hold of some fresh English parsley from Cold Storage Supermarket to go with my spaghetti. There were some Italian parsley on sale too, but I am not familiar with it…those leaves look very much like Chinese parsley though.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sambal Blachan Kangkong II


Sambal Blachan Kangkong
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Spicy and yummy! Has this whetted your appetite?

Sambal Blachan Kangkong I


Sambal Blachan Kangkong
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sambal blachan kangkong or sambal blachan sweet potatoes leaves, once my father-in-law remarked that these leaves are poor men’s meal, but this veggie is really tasty even just fried with lots of chopped garlic, salt and a pinch of sugar. We would almost always order either one of them when eating out at “zhi char”. “Zhi char” is best described as coffeeshop eatery where home-style dishes are cooked to your order. There are four such eateries in Punggol 21.

A plate of sautéed kangkong from eateries always comes with small amount. Today, attracted to its freshness, I bought two bundles of Thai kangkong, at least a kilogram, from the supermarket. After discarding the roots and hard hollow “trunks”, I cooked this veggie with sambal blachan of course, as shown here, an amount that we ate to our hearts’ content :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Vegetables With Sweet Potato Vermicelli II

Vegetables With Sweet Potato Vermicelli I


Vegetables With Sweet Potato Vermicelli
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sweet potato vermicelli, as its name suggests is made from sweet potato flour. Today, I soaked a coil with water and then boiled till soft in water with salt and oil added, removed and plunged this in water to keep them separated till needed. This type of noodles is best served immediately after cooking. The strands lumped together easily!

Roast Chicken Wings


Roast Chicken Wings
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Right before watching serials from Hongkong and Taiwan on TV, these frozen 3-joints wings were thawed, cleaned and marinated with spices and seasonings for 2 hours. They were then arranged in a greased and lined baking tray and roasted in the oven for an hour or till the skins were nicely brown.

Just steamed the leftover the next day if any, they remained just as good.

Roast Chicken Wings


Roast Chicken Wings
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Not ready yet, needs further browning in the oven.

Seaweed And Egg Soup


Seaweed And Egg Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The soup base was made from lightly fried silver fish with garlic which gave it a delectable taste and fragrance after simmering for 20 minutes. Softened and cleaned wakame seaweed was added to the soup and brought to a boil. Then, the marinated sliced pork and prawns were added in. Once the contents were boiling, spring onions were put in to enhance the flavour.

The eggs were steamed for few minutes till the outer egg whites were solid but still soft and the egg yolks were just done. In each individual bowl of soup, an egg was served with it. This wholesome soup was served with plain rice.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Pisang Tanduk / Horn Banana


Pisang Tanduk
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Pisang Tanduk /Horn Banana


Pisang Tanduk /Horn Banana
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Pisang danduk is one of the varieties of bananas used to made hot-off-the-wok Malay snack pisang goreng/fried banana fritters, which are sold at hawker centres. Malay snacks at Geylang Serai Market are said to be reasonable priced besides there is a large variety to choose from.

“This banana is not ripe yet, got to wait for a day or two.” the “uncle” at the wet market told me. Those greenish patches on the banana skin indicated it is unripe. The flesh has an appealing light peach colour and is firm and sweet when ripe.

In the compound of my childhood home, my father had grown a few varieties of banana trees, no pisang tanduk though. In those days, besides using the banana leaves as linings for trays and wrappings when making kueh, the leaves were used during the ironing of clothes. The hot iron, filled with burning charcoal, was first pressed on the leaf before use. Until today, I still wonder the logic behind this action. Anyway, the smell from the burnt leaves was, in fact, pleasant!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Salted Vegetable Soup


Salted Vegetable Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This soup, which we never get tired of, is delicious with plain rice or rice vermicelli. Both the salted vegetables and tomatoes added much flavour and tanginess to the tasty broth made from boiling spareribs. Whenever I have a poor appetite, having rice vermicelli in a bowl of this soup is so comforting~

Jambu Ayer / Water Apples / Rose Apples


Jambu Ayer / Water Apples / Rose Apples
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Jambu ayer fruits are mildly sweet, crunchy, and fibrous. When Rika saw these in the supermarket, she said excitingly, "I know how to eat these fruits, buy some!" She added on, "I ate them before; PP had shared them with me :)" She hates durians and will avoid fruits like dragon fruits, fresh lychee etcetera. She has just begun to eat some logan.

As for me, seeing these recalled the jambu ayer trees, among other fruit trees, that my father had planted in the family compound of my childhood home. They had just begun to produce fruits when we moved to the capital city of Malaysia, KL. Most probably, my relatives who are still living there are enjoying all the fruits of my father's labour now.

Have a look at lychee and longan here: Lychee and Longan

Fried Rice With Crispy Pork Floss


Fried Rice With Crispy Pork Floss
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This dish is a variant of fried rice I used to cook…a pretty delicious, simple one-in-all meal. The crispy pork floss added much flavour and it is yummy as a sandwich filling on buttered bread too.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Jam Drops


Jam Drops
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

When ER came home after work he noticed the cookies on the table and asked, "You baked walnut cookies? And baked with lard?" Later, Rika held up a small bottle and said, "Are these walnut cookies with pineapple jam?" "Of course they are not! These are jam drops, cookies made from Neil's recipe.” I said. Of course I further explained who Neil is. In fact, I have found another recipe that does not require desiccated coconut. But, still like this one! If you like to try out these cookies, click on the photo will take you to a link of the original recipe. You will notice a marked difference though; I had baked them to golden brown, the hues I like most.

These cookies were crispy when still warm. After cooling, they are like shortbread. Yummy! For those who like them less sweet, just reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipe. ! I had almost used up the remaining pineapple jam leftover from CNY after baking these pineapple jam drops. This jam is also tasty with plain bread and plain crackers.

Between, I ate a few warm ones and my voice got hoarse! Even my friend MY noticed when I was on the phone with her. Well, drinking cups of water had helped, lucky, I did not get a sore throat :)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Braised Streaky Pork


Braised Streaky Pork
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Serve with plain rice or steamed plain buns…both meat and gravy are forever delicious! And the yummiest portion of streaky pork after braising? The skin and the layer of fat beneath it! Do consume in moderation though, being solid fat, it is high in cholesterol! My family only gets this treat once in awhile.

Between, Rika made soft-boiled eggs to go with this.

Double-Boiled Abalone Chicken Soup


Double-Boiled Abalone Chicken Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

To make this soup, ingredients were double-boiled for about 3 hours till a rich flavourful broth is obtained. The abalone was only added to the broth during the last 10 minutes of the cooking process or steamed separately for 10 minutes and no longer than this or else it will turn tough! It was sliced and served with the soup.

For this soup, I had found out only a particular variety of Japanese dried mushrooms bought from Guan Sang Company, a traditional shop located at North Canal Road near Chinatown, is good with it. The setback is: I could only recognize its packing and the only way out is to go back to the same shop or its outlets! Why so particular about this? You may ask… Well, I had tried two other types, which were also Japanese mushrooms, from different shops and they ruined the taste.

This soup is usually only served during the festivals, but for this time ER had asked for it weeks ago.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Mixed Veggies with Garlic Sauce


Mixed Veggies with Garlic Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Frozen green peas were thawed and blanched in boiling water in a pot, where salt and a little oil was added, together with diced carrots till just tender. These were removed and set aside. Next, cauliflower florets were blanched in the same water and drained. In a frying pan, sliced garlic was sautéed in some olive oil till fragrant and veggies were added to this. At this point, oyster sauce, chicken stock, pepper etc were added and stir-fried for a few minutes. Lastly the gravy was thickened with a little corn flour solution.

Sambal Four-angled Beans


Sambal Four-angled Beans
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Stumbled upon some four-angled bean plants growing along a fence in Pasir Ris while on the way to Pasir Ris Park in February 2006, I wanted to have the pictures taken but ER said later…definitely a missed opportunity! Just too bad, we did not walk past the same area again later. Have I insisted, insisted [with a hint of regret]…I would have pictures of these legumes, both the green and brown ones, a rare sight to me.

Those climbers surely have brought me back to memory lanes as a kid. We have these plants growing along the fence of my childhood home in West Malaysia! Back then, we would just select and pluck the young ones for cooking! That was a simple task I gladly did!

Read more on this vegetable? Please visit: Four-angled Beans

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tofu


Tofu
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Blenched tofu with garlic shallot sauce garnished with coriander leaves.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tuna Omelette


Tuna Omelette
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This fresh herb, spring onions, green onions or scallions as they are known is a common herb I love to use in soups, noodles, seafood, pancakes, stir-fried dishes etc. Lots of diced spring onions are used in this omelette. For variation, a diced onion may be added as an ingredient and reducing the amount of spring onions used.

"Kai Lan" Stir-fried With Chinese Mushrooms


"Kai Lan" Stir-fried With Chinese Mushrooms
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Oh, didn't notice the alphabet "H” until the photo is uploaded here :) I was happy eating this simple veggie dish. The mushroom stock, which added extra flavor, came from the hot water used to soak the dried Chinese mushroom.

Today, instead of chopping the garlic, I sliced them thinly. In this way, these flavourful bits will be easier to pick up and consumed instead of been left on the plate and thrown away at the end of a meal. I use lots of garlic in my cooking, especially love its characteristic hot, pungent, flavour that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking. We often have a dipping sauce of chopped garlic and sliced chillies in soya sauce.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Linguine And Vermicelli With Sauce

Fried Rice with Chinese Sausages

Asparagus


Asparagus
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

JenzHomeKitchen Welcome to my food blog, happy browsing and enjoy!

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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