Thursday, July 26, 2007

Red Snapper With Garlic Flakes


Red Snapper With Garlic Flakes
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Fish fillets picked by ER. Flaky and soft after cooking, love this...YH snacked on this for supper too~

This is the last post that I made this Thursday morning before travelling to KL, West Malaysia with Rika and her dad is not coming along for the 1st time.

Meat Patties And Veggies


Meat Patties And Veggies
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Stir-fried Mustard Green And Pak Choy


Stir-fried Mustard Green And Pak Choy
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Vegetables stir-fried with lots of garlic and slices of ginger. Chicken stock cube and fish sauce were used to season it. Try it...both seasonings complimented each other well.

Jade Noodle Dry / "Gan Lao Mian"


Jade Noodle Dry / "Gan Lao Mian"
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The noodles go well with spicy sambal blachan and roast meat / "char siew" gravy. While I cooked the noodles, ER seasoned and assembled this lunch himself.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Luo Han Gou Ginseng Chrysanthemum Tea I


Luo Han Gou Ginseng Chrysanthemum Tea
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This is something I have learnt on the spot during my shopping at a Chinese medical hall in Hougang. The shop assistant was really helpful and surprisingly he spoke a little Cantonese.

To brew this herbal tea: I have cracked the luo han guo, boiled it with ginseng roots in water for an hour, sweetened this content with rock sugar and then added chrysanthemum in to steep instead of boiling it.

This is the tip from the friendly shop assistant: Chrysanthemum should be added last and left to steep and not boiling it. Otherwise it would taste bitter.

Luo Han Gou Ginseng Chrysanthemum Tea II


Luo Han Gou Ginseng Chrysanthemum Tea
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Herbal tea with cooling properties...we certainly need this to balance the heatiness we felt after days of eating hot and spicy food and fried stuff. Moreover the weather here is hot.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Cherries


Cherries
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Among the lasts of sweet, crunchy and fleshy…ER offered me some after breakfast.

Sambal Blachan With Silver Fish + Recipe


Sambal Blachan With Silver Fish + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Here is the sambal blachan that ER cooked while I was busy preparing potatoes to go into the curry. Great assistant! He fried the potatoes too!

Very “sedap”...this sambal goes well with plain rice. By far this is the most satisfying tasty basic spicy hot sambal we ever cooked! While ER and I love every bit of it, this is too hot and spicy for YH.

These are the ingredients that made it so delectable: Shallots, garlic, fresh red chillies, dried chillies, roasted blachan, silver fish, salted bean paste, sugar, ajinomoto and water.

Rambutans From PS I


Rambutans From PS
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On Wednesday evening we had a durian feast at PS's home in Loyang, a short walk from Downtown East, near Pasir Ris HDB housing estate. Thanks to him, we had a bagful of rambutans to feast on too. He drove all the way up north and bought both fruits from a fruit farm in Johor, West Malaysia.

Rambutans From PS II


Rambutans From PS
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Peeled rambutans

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Curry Udon Dry


Curry Udon Dry
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My lunch

Friday, July 20, 2007

Masala Chicken I


Masala Chicken
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Chicken marinated and refrigerated overnight

Masala Chicken II


Masala Chicken
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Before adding tomato paste...too yellow or orangey for my liking and not the colour of the masala chicken I am familiar with.

Masala Chicken III


Masala Chicken
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After the addition of tomato paste...pleased with the colour and taste now and ready to be served.

Masala Chicken IV + Recipe


Masala Chicken + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A whole chicken was cut into seven large pieces, marinated with several ground spices and refrigerated. It was going to be our dinner on Wednesday BUT, PS called and invited us for a durian feast! So, this was left to marinate overnight and ended up on the table for our Thursday lunch instead.

During cooking, I noticed the taste and colour of turmeric was too overpowering, this was not what I wanted. I was thinking what was missing when compared with the masala chicken we had eaten in Little Indian. Could it be the result of not having enough of fresh tomatoes added? I had used one instead of three, that’s all I had in the fresh box. I had thought of tomato paste, the red hues and its taste should enhance this dish although it was not an ingredient in the recipe. Anyway, I went ahead and added 85 grams of it. The end result was great…I like the flavour and colour now!

From a glance, ER thought this was curry chicken and he asked, “How come the curry looks like tandoori chicken?” The presence of curry leaves had misled him, I think. On tasting, he pointed out that fresh coriander, mustard seeds and may be extra star anise should be used. We like this new dish although it tasted differently from what we accustomed to.

ER commented that it was not as salty as compared to what we ate in Little India and: This is better. YH was happy with the right amount of chillies used and hence not fiery hot. While at work, in the evening he called home to have some of it reserved for his supper. Yep, he truly had enjoyed eating it :)

The original recipe is available from here: Masala Chicken

Black Vinegar Pig Trotter + Recipe


Black Vinegar Pig Trotter + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Interested in cooking this? Log on here for the Recipe

Black Vinegar Pig Trotter


Black Vinegar Pig Trotter
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Black vinegar pig trotter is generally a confinement dish for mothers after child delivery. At such time usually cook in a substantial amount and serve over several days. Taste will improve greatly over time.

Interestingly, I have come across one restaurant, introduced by my friend, KR actually, that sold it along with dim sum. Some hawker stalls offer it too.

AT home, it was the most talked about dish of the day, while most of us love it, however it may goes unappreciated by some who dislike its taste. Anyway, I had stewed a few eggs in the gravy and they turned out to be yummy. Regrettably, I have forgotten to take a photo of it.

Mangosteens


Mangosteens
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Believe it or not, mangosteen is said to be the best cooling fruit to eat after consuming durians which are “heaty” in nature.

Longan


Longan
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Langsat


Langsat
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Pisang Tanduk


Pisang Tanduk
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Requested photo taken from a fruit stall we patronized.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Stuffed Mushrooms


Stuffed Mushrooms
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Stuffed Eggplant And Mushrooms


Stuffed Eggplant And Mushrooms
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This Monday evening we had this dish for dinner as well as steamed mince with salted fish again since there was fried salted fish left over in the fridge.

Char Siew / BBQ Pork III


Char Siew / BBQ Pork
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Sunday dinner was a simple dish of homemade char siew served with rice and cucumbers.

Char Siew / BBQ Pork Rice II


Char Siew / BBQ Pork Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Homemade

Char Siew / BBQ Pork Rice I


Char Siew / BBQ Pork Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Though Rika was engrossed with playing game on Sunday evening, when this plate of char siew rice appeared before her eyes, she remarked, "Chao hao chi de lo!" That’s a high rating she always gives for homemade char siew which she likes for sure. She once said, “When we eat char siew, it must be homemade whenever possible."

Tuna Omelette + Recipe


Tuna Omelette + Recipe
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Eggs are versatile to use in cooking and definitely, omelettes do not have to be plain and dull. One could whip up a dish using eggs with preferred ingredients and would seldom go wrong :)

For an omelette of this size, you need four eggs to be beaten lightly with salt, pepper and pinch of ajinomoto. Next just add in either some tuna flakes, peeled chopped prawns, bacon, ham, leftover cooked chicken or even chopped meat of your choice along with sliced onions [Sautéed before use], chopped tomatoes and bell peppers, lots of spring onions or go solo with long beans, chives or sautéed potatoes alone etc. Pour this mixture in a heated frying pan with oil and cooked on both sides till the eggs mixture is set and golden. And lastly some hot chillies to spice it up if you like!

Omelettes are "shiok" when eaten with nasi lemak!

My Version:
Recipe:
Tuna omelette:

Ingredients:
4 eggs – slightly beaten
1 can tuna [180 g] - flaked
4 spring onions – chopped
Salt, pepper and pinch of ajinomoto

Char Siew / BBQ Pork


Char Siew / BBQ Pork
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sunday dinner was a simple dish of homemade char siew served with rice and cucumbers.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Stuffed Bean Puffs And Tofu


Stuffed Bean Puffs And Tofu
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Just as ER promised, he fried these smaller pieces of triangular stuffed tofu as well as stuffed bean puffs for me before braising in gravy.

During lunch, Rika asked, “Which is the stuffed tofu? They all look the same!" OK, with this question asked, I realized I had the same problem too trying to identify what she wanted... finally I told her, "The triangular shaped ones are tofu and the flat looking ones should be stuffed bean puffs."

I love to serve tofu dishes with lots of spring onions or Chinese parsley. Somehow, with so many things to shop for, including Rika’s, both garnishing vegetables had slipped my mind. With only two stalks of spring onions salvaged from the fresh box and added, they were hardly noticeable!

Vegetable Soup II


Vegetable Soup
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Vegetable Soup I


Vegetable Soup
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Delicious and nutritious soup in my new soup bowls :)...in use for the 1st time, Saturday, July 14~

Dinner


Dinner
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Nothing special, just the usual dishes I used to serve.

Lunch


Lunch
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“Lean” cuisine for the day BUT ER said, “Good, nice.” :)

Sambal Silver Fish II


Sambal Silver Fish
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Sambal Silver Fish I


Sambal Silver Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Chewy fried little fish cooked with mildly hot and spicy ingredients. Less work is involved when using silver fish in this dish, there isn’t a need to remove the innards and the skeletons :)

Click on this link if you would like to have the recipe: Sambal Ikan Bilis

While writing this entry, a tray of mustard chicken wings is baking in the oven for today’s potluck, Monday, July 16.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Steamed Mince With Salted Fish II


Steamed Mince With Salted Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Seen here is a childhood dish my elder sister used to cook that I have not been serving for some time because of the unavailability of that particular soft fragrant salted fish, namely "dan lou ham yu" in Cantonese, that goes with it. I had tried a variant with shoulder butt or streaky pork but still missed the original flavour!

OK...what I have here now is an inspiration from what we ate at Soup Restaurant on Sunday, in June 10 this year. It was a mince with a different type of salted fish that I mimicked this evening. Umm...theirs was a bit bland in taste without fresh chillies and julienned ginger. And just before the mince was done, I had sprinkled some black pepper on it...this had improved the taste with a little more steaming and standing it for a while before serving. For more punch, I had added some fiery hot chilli padi at a section of this dish, reserved for myself :) Likewise, I will do the same with my omelettes.

Oh yes, ER helped to prepared the salted fish, fried in oil till crispy, in advance.

Have a look at salted fish drying out in the sun: Curing of salted fish

Steamed Mince With Salted Fish I


Steamed Mince With Salted Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Before steaming

Fried Salted Fish


Fried Salted Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

ER helped out and prepared this in advance :)

Some other salted fish dishes that I like to eat:
1. Salted fish head curry
2. Bean sprouts with salted fish

Braised Bean Puffs And Vegetables


Braised Bean Puffs And Vegetables
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Here is the soya bean puffs that I long to eat. This is a popular item from the soya product stall in our neighbourhood wet market. ER and I were early this morning and thus managed to buy some. Like I always did, cut them into smaller pieces and braised them with whole spices. It was served with a bed of fried broccoli and cucumber.

Do you know that blanching vegetables in boiling water will cause them lose much of the nutrients? Hence, stir-frying is a better method of cooking.

Hami Melon, China


Hami Melon, China
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sweet and juicy...it was a steal bought at S$3.95 each from my neighbourhood supermarket!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Satay Beehoon


Satay Beehoon
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Satay beehoon is actually blenched rice vermicelli served with sweet, spicy satay sauce. When you order satay beehoon from eateries, it is a plate of cooked rice vermicelli always garnished with kangkong, bean sprouts, slices of lean pork and liver, prawns, cuttlefish, cockles and soya been puffs and blanketed with satay sauce.

Though ER and I shopped for the ingredients in the wet market together, he was supposed to be the cook today. Well, during the preparation, I did part of it...I was hungry and wanted my lunch earlier...

Although it was our 1st attempt to cook satay beehoon at home upon ER’s suggestion. All went well except that we did not have as much of satay sauce as we like. We served it without prawns and cuttlefish too.

This afternoon, the excitement of trying out a new dish overwhelmed us. Thence, the series of photos in my photostream...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Golden Tofu Nuggets II


Golden Tofu Nuggets
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Golden Tofu Nuggets I


Golden Tofu Nuggets
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Seen here are golden tofu nuggets, a name coined by me. These delectable finger food munchies are made from eggs, minced meat and fish paste mixture with mashed tofu added. : My very own concoction. The shaping was done with two dessert spoons, a handy technique I have learnt from watching a TV programme long ago while I was still residing in Clementi HDB estate. In fact, cooking with mashed tofu is inspired by a recipe collected by my father.

These golden tofu nuggets whether cooked in soup with vegetables or braised in gravy are equally delicious.

Jumbo Hakka Niang Doufu II


Jumbo Hakka Niang Doufu
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This plate of niang doufu was really in jumbo size with the stuffing!

Sometimes, I do cut each square of bean curd into 4 triangles and ER prefers the smaller ones BUT, will take a longer time to prepare. Tonight, he said to me, “Cut them smaller next time and I will fry them for you~” Oh…with a volunteer at hand, that’s a different story :)

Jumbo Hakka Niang Doufu I


Jumbo Hakka Niang Doufu
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Durian


Durian
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The thorn-covered durian has a distinctive unique odour is nicknamed “King of fruits”. For those who love it, it is fragrant and absolutely second to none.

Today, ER and I made a 2nd trip to Punggol Plaza and we bought our first few durians this year. If only Rika was with us, she would hurry us to go home without any. She dislikes durian; it is one stinking fruit that has ill-effect on her… The strong odour is too overpowering and offensive to her if it is concentrated in an enclosed area.

Once a Taiwanese uncle remarked, “It needs courage to eat durians!”

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Chillies


Chillies
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Chillies, red chillies whether eaten fresh or used in my cooking, certainly an indispensable, essential ingredient!

Rambutans, Tropical Fruit


Rambutans, Tropical Fruit
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Looking at these hairy fruits once again induced me to think of the fruit trees that my father had grown in the compound of my childhood home in Malaysia. I did a silent count and we had at least nine rambutan trees that produced fruits of varied sizes and quality. One of them produced yellow skin rambutans. My father was good and could graft trees. With this skill, he thus helped some of our neighbours to have better fruit bearing trees.

When rambutans were in season, I as a teenager had invited classmates home to share them.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Chicken Patties


Chicken Patties
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Chicken patties, though similar in every way in preparation as pork patties, this was a trial. I would gladly substitute pork with chicken if my family likes this. Pork is red meat.

Meat, particularly red meat is commonly identified as a major source of dietary cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol is found only in foods of animal origin, and it is particularly high in egg yolks and organ meats.

Cutting back on red meat consumption and eating a diet low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in SOLUBLE fibre is one way to reduce levels of cholesterol in the body. Sources of SOLUBLE fibre include whole oats, barley, fruits, some vegetables and legumes etc.

Major food sources of insoluble fibre are found in whole grain breads, cereals, wheat bran and vegetables.

Prawn Paste Chicken Fillets + Recipe


Prawn Paste Chicken Fillets + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

If you would like to try this dish, click on the photo will link you to the recipe~

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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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