Thursday, November 29, 2007

Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi IV


Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi IV
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The sight of fresh and plumb cabbages in the supermarket triggered me to look seriously for a Korean cabbage kimchi recipe…OK, found one! I thought making Korean cabbage kimchi is very difficult. It is not and finally I made my very first. In fact, the dried chilli flakes that I kept in the fridge were bought weeks ago from a Korean supermarket.

Shown here, kimchi at this stage is left at room temperature for 3 hours to speed up fermentation after which it was placed in a glass bottle and refrigerated. It can be kept up to 2 weeks in the fridge. It is a fresh salad if eaten immediately. I had tasted my homemade kimchi 11 hours later and it was good: flavourful and crunchy. Since I like the tanginess in kimchi, I served it with some fresh lime juice and more toasted sesame seeds.

Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi III


Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi III
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Spreading the pickling mixture over and in-between every leaf

Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi II


Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi II
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Pickling mixture: chilli flakes, shrimp paste, white radish, carrot, apple, sesame seeds, garlic, sugar and honey

Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi I


Making Korean Cabbage Kimchi I
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The salting process dehydrates the cabbage so that the vegetable stays crisp even after pickling.

Tandoori Chicken


Tandoori Chicken
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Bean Sprouts


Bean Sprouts
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Instead of using preserved radish and prawns, ER mixed in bean sprouts to stir-fry this radish cake combination. :D

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Onion And Ham Pancakes


Onion And Ham Pancakes
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Today, I tried a new taste with pancakes made with yeast dough, ham and spring onions. Um, quite nice~

Friday, November 23, 2007

Fried Radish Cake


Fried Radish Cake
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

ER made use of some remaining radish cake to cook this meal. Yummy! This was different from hawkers’…more ingredients were used to prepare the radish cake and no chopped preserved radish was added.

Homemade Fresh Juice


Fruit And Vegetable Juice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sister SD's and a friend's interest in drinking homemade fresh juices coupled with watching a TV interview of a professional on detoxicating the human body using fresh uncooked fruits and veggies for health has made an impact. I have begun browsing a booklet that was bought years ago. If my interest sustains, my family will benefit :)

Shown here are pure carrot and apple juices served with ice cubes.

Sardine Salad


Sardine Salad
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Onion salad spooned over canned sardines...a simple meal that is quick and easy to prepare.

Onion Salad


Onion Salad
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was made upon suggestion from ER. It can be a stand alone salad with thinly sliced shallots, tomatoes, chillies and enough of lime juice that gave it a tangy taste balanced with salt and sugar. Julienned cucumber will make a good addition.

Savoury Radish Cake


Savoury Radish Cake
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Though Rika had wanted to make this a fortnight ago, it did not materialize when no radishes were available during our supermarket trip.

Tuesday today, I used the radishes bought yesterday and made radish cake as ER too preferred to eat it than having these root vegetables in soup. All went well, the texture, flavour, fragrance were all in place except that I had made it a bit salty! I was out of sync with my sense of taste today! Minus the salty flaw, this homemade dim sum was really yummy yum!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Herbal Dom Drumsticks


Herbal Dom Drumsticks
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Altogether six Chinese herbs plus Dom and other seasonings were used to marinate the drumsticks before steaming. We couldn’t finish them in one meal. The leftover few were steamed again before consuming the next day. Given the extended time to soak in the herbal gravy had made the meat more “herbalicious” and flavourful!

Interested to read more about DOM? A drink called Singapore Sling is also featured here~ Log on to: Dom

Stir-fried Crabs


Stir-fried Crabs
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Meat Patties


Meat Patties
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Mixed Veggies In Creamy Coconut Gravy


Mixed Veggies In Creamy Coconut Gravy
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This is a less spicy version when compared to what I normally cooked...a last minute put together in a creamy coconut gravy. To facilitate the long beans to cook in a shorter time, I sautéed it with chopped garlic, sliced onions and curry powder for a while before adding in cabbage, carrots, eggplants, hot water and coconut cream. This was then brought to a boil with seasonings added and then let to simmer till the veggies were tender.

Sweet Potato Dessert


Sweet Potato Dessert
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

ER's new idea of eating boiled sweet potatoes with coconut cream. Remember the Thai dessert, boiled or steamed tapioca with coconut cream?

Japanese Udon With Mustard Greens


Japanese Udon With Mustard Greens
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From now I must remember: udon imported from Japan tastes better. I have been hearing complaints that one similar product from Korea that I often used has a sour taste.

Today I chose to use mustard greens, a good choice, to stir-fried udon, breaking away from the usual long cabbage. Pork, prawns and lots of julienned soaked Chinese mushrooms were still used. To enhance the taste, a dessert spoonful of lard was tossed in at the end of the cooking. This made udon more flavourful.

Monday, November 19, 2007

String Beans Omelette


String Beans Omelette
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Miso Soup


Miso Soup
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Chicken broth, water and Korean bean paste made the basic stock in this miso soup. Simple ingredients like king oyster mushrooms, boiled bamboo shoots and tofu were enough to make this soup tasty. Finally, it was garnished with some spring onions.

Stuffed Eggplant And Tomato Without Sauce

Stuffed Eggplant And Tomato With Sauce


Stuffed Eggplant And Tomato
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This week, I have been thinking of making fishballs, fishcakes and the dishes that I have been cooking with fish paste. And guess what? I dreamt about choosing “ikan tenggiri” at a wet market one night. Rather frustrated then because I could not get a fresh whole fish. I know it sounds funny.

On Thursday, while shopping for fish, I asked for “ikan tenggiri” but, the fishmonger told me he only had “tenggiri papan” and “tenggiri batang”. Anyway, I bought a chunk of either one of those fish to make fish paste.

A few brands of ready-to-use fish paste made from other types of fish are easily available from the supermarkets nowadays. I do use them sometimes.

Today [Friday], I did not cook these stuffed eggplants and tomatoes with gravy. Instead, ER not only helped to pan-fry these stuffed veggies, he came up with a sweet and sour sauce prepared with fresh tomatoes and tomato ketchup. Never have I thought of eating the stuffed veggies dipping in a sweet and sour sauce. Surprisingly, the sauce is a delicious condiment in today’s meal.

The common comment from YH goes: This is so siok! Rika ate some stuffed eggplants for supper after seeing her friend, WL, off at the airport~

“Shiok” is an exclamation or expression, which means extreme pleasure. “Shiok” is Singlish, which is a brand of English commonly spoken among Singaporeans.

Log on here for more examples of Singlish: Singlish Dictionary

Friday, November 16, 2007

Fried Drumsticks II + Recipe


Fried Drumsticks II + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The result from this 2nd attempt was much satisfying as ER remarked happily, “Ours is good enough~” The meat was much more delicious and not dried out! The skin tasted best, crispy while eaten hot.

I have written down what I did with a recipe today. Oh yes, the mixture of two types of flour was ER's idea. He fried the drumsticks too. He is now suggesting to me to add one more, sweet potato flour! I will try it out next time~

My version:
Fried Drumsticks:
Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 kg drumsticks [7 pieces]
8 Slices of ginger
3 stalks of spring onions – cut into shorter lengths
2 eggs – slightly beaten

Flour mixture: 1 cup self-raising flour and ¼ cup corn flour

Seasonings:
2 tsp sea salt
½ tsp sugar
½ tbsp wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
Pepper and ajinomoto to taste

Method:
1. Pierce the thickest parts of the drumsticks with a fork.
2 Marinate drumsticks with seasonings and let stand for 40 minutes.
3. Arrange half the ginger and spring onions on a metal plate, place the drumsticks on top of them and spread the remaining ginger and spring onion on top.
4. Steamed drumsticks for 20 minutes. Cool for awhile.
5. Lightly beat 2 eggs.
6. Dredge the drumsticks with flour mixture, *then the egg and once again with flour. [Repeat from *one more time if you like a thicker coating.]
7. Shallow-fry them in oil on a low flame till golden in colour.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Honeydew Sago Dessert


Honeydew Sago Dessert
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Happy to say the best ever cooked sago pearls prepared by ER went into this dessert which the whole family enjoyed. While the rest of my family used chilled UHT milk, I had made my own syrup with coconut cream to go with it…a more delicious and fragrant version. ER made the same thing for YH when he had his 2nd helping.

Honeydew Melon


Honeydew Melon
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Taiwanese Onion Pancakes / 葱油饼


Taiwanese Onion Pancakes / 葱油饼
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Taiwanese snack / 台湾小吃: This is our delicious new found snack that we enjoyed with coffee. These onion pancakes are made with a difference: using yeast dough and quite a substantial amount of sesame oil. I have learnt it from watching a Taiwanese cooking show that featured one of the cooking teachers, “AH Fang lao shi /阿芳老师” as she is fondly called by the host of the show. This particular snack is said to be a street food sold by an “old uncle/老伯” whose patrons were usually undergrads then.

Anyway, looking at this delicious snack being made and then eaten was enough to arouse my interest, to try it hands on. Besides the spring onions filling, I think other cooked vegetables will make it just as delectable. Most probably I will fill it up with sweet turnip filling next :)

Stir-fried Kailan Stems


Stir-fried Kailan Stems
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Kailan / Chinese kale is one of my favourite veggies, which is in season now.

Fruity Snow Fungus Dessert + Recipe


Fruity Snow Fungus Dessert + Recipe
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I cooked this sweet dessert after seeing this picture: Sweet Soup, the soup shown here looks different, brownish, because I have used 50 red dates [a lot more I guessed] and brown rock sugar which is more fragrant.

The boiled papaya has a hinge of taste of sweet potato when the dessert is served hot. Otherwise when chilled, it is refreshing like any “Qing Teng”. More significantly though, the fragrances of red dates and apricot seeds have assimilated into the soup, releasing a pleasant subtle taste. I have never like desserts made with apricot seeds BUT, I like this~

Here’s what I had put into this dessert:
Recipe:
Fruity Snow Fungus Dessert

Ingredients:
2 clumps of snow fungus - soak in warm water and divided into smaller florets
1 Chinese pear – peeled and cut into 8 pieces and removed cores
800 g papaya [almost ripe] – peeled, removed seeds and cut into bite size
2 tbsp apricot seeds - washed
50 small red dates – pitted and washed
Brown rock sugar to taste

Method:
1. In a pot, pour in 1.6 litres of water, add in red dates and apricot seeds, bring to a boil and then simmer for 40 minutes.
2. Add in snow fungus and simmer for another 20 minutes or till it is soft but crunchy.
3. Add in pears and papaya, bring the contents to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes or long if you like the fruits to be softer.
4. Sweetened the soup with brown rock sugar and make sure the rock sugar has dissolved. It's ready for serving.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rice Cake With Pasta Sauce


Rice Cake With Pasta Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Shown here is an unusual combination of lontong or compressed rice cakes top with leftover pasta sauce. ER and I ate this as part of our lunch. If you could not imagine what was the taste... it was not bad, quite delicious~

Herbal Chicken Soup


Herbal Chicken Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Rika chose to have this herbal soup when asked what her preference was on her birthday. To her, this is the most delicious among all the home cooked herbal soups. She ate this as supper after she returned from work.

This was the soup that my mother, Rika's grandma, used to double-boiled with pig’s heart instead when she came and stayed with us when ER was engaged with one of the overseas working trips. And it was a soup that Rika, a child then, always enjoyed sharing with her during supper. I have since substituted pig’s heart with chicken. I have added an extra ingredient, longans; this made the soup thicker and sweeter.

Ginger Wine Chicken


Ginger Wine Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

With a big chicken at hand, I had decided to divide it into two portions for different cooking. Half of it was cut into bite-size for cooking ginger wine chicken while the other portion was left whole for double-boiling herbal soup that Rika had requested. Nice options, one chicken for two dishes.

Garlicky Threadfin


Garlicky Threadfin
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

A dish well remembered from my maternal home although whole fish were used back then. This delectable dish is good with plain rice or porridge.

Stuffed Bean Puffs


Stuffed Bean Puffs
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Although I am reluctant to use pre-prepared fish paste sold in supermarkets, still it provides an instant and easy substitute when I need some for cooking. The one I bought looked more like gruel, nothing close to homemade BUT, it did make these stuffed bean puffs delectable.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Spaghetti And Roast Chicken Dinner II

Spaghetti And Roast Chicken Dinner I


Spaghetti And Roast Chicken Dinner
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Peppery Honey Chicken III: Interested in cooking this? Recipe is right here: Peppery Honey Chicken I

Steamboat And Roast Chicken Dinner With PG II


Steamboat And Roast Chicken Dinner With PG II
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Shown here is the roast mustard chicken.

Steamboat And Roast Chicken Dinner With PG I


Steamboat And Roast Chicken Dinner With PG I
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I was glad PG called ahead before she dropped by. ER and I managed to get almost all the foodstuffs for this meal.

Butter, Cheese And Kaya Toasts


Butter, Cheese And Kaya Toasts
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ER made this for breakfast

Dinner


Dinner
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We ate quite a lot of roast duck for lunch, so dinner was a lean affair with more fibre.

Stir-fried Pacific Clams


Stir-fried Pacific Clams
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Earlier this year during Chinese New Year, canned Pacific clams were rare. In fact, we couldn’t get any. Today, ER saw them at the supermarket and he bought a few cans. The clams I used today were too big, so I sliced them. I like them smaller.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Fried Rice Noodles / Mi Tai Mu


Fried Rice Noodles / Mi Tai Mu
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The main ingredients that went into this meal was kept simple, just rice noodles, prawns and cabbage. I added in one teaspoon of lard to further enhance its taste. Though lard is unhealthy BUT, it does wonders and improves taste greatly in noodles dishes if you do not already know!

Cabbage Fried Rice


Cabbage Fried Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Once again I am back to mixing Australian cal rose rice and Thai rice for our staple. The Thai Hom Mali fragrance rice seems to lose its taste, no longer the same as when I first bought it.

Today’s fried rice was rather different; I had used cabbage and ham to replace pork and spring onions. I left the shelled prawns whole too. Really, the dish came out pretty good. Moreover, cabbage provides fibre, that's good for health.

Breakfast


Breakfast
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Although ER did not butter the bread, these simple open sandwiches were tasty with cheese, boiled cheese sausages and prepared mustard.

Steamboat Dinner


Steamboat Dinner
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I am rather impatient whenever we sit down and have steamboat. The cooking is slow going.

During dinner, I made a suggestion of buying another electric hotplate that can fit my 20 cm pot. This had prompted both ER and Rika asking, “You are in a hurry meh?” And then they said, “We eat slowly mah~” "No, I am not, but I would prefer to have two pots...cooking will be faster and I like shorter intervals while waiting for different food to cook.' Rika added on, “The meatballs are rather big, make them smaller next time.” That’s true.

Anyway, this meal was good. And ER managed to cook the liver almost to perfection, tender and offered good bites!

Boiled Sweet Potatoes


Boiled Sweet Potatoes
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Whether cooked as a sweet dessert with longans or simply boiled, it's a snack that I can go on eating~

Preserved Radish Omelette


Preserved Radish Omelette
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sardines / Round Herrings


Sardines / Round Herrings
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Sardines cooked in sweet and sour sauce.

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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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