Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dinner - Double-boiled Chicken Fish Maw White Fungus Soup


Dinner - Double-boiled Chicken Fish Maw White Fungus Soup
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

An evergreen and among the favourite soups that I like to serve~

Dinner - Stir-fried Cabbage with Black Fungus


Dinner - Stir-fried Cabbage with Black Fungus
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a simple dish: soaked some dried black fungus and dried lily flowers separately in water till softened. Washed cabbage and fungus and cut them into bite-sizes, then stir-fried these vegetables with lots of chopped garlic, few slices of ginger and seasonings in olive oil till tender. Use a little chicken broth to keep moist if necessary.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Fried Mee Siam


Fried Mee Siam
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

The 1st ever fried mee siam, spicy and tangy in taste, I had cooked. Pretty yummy~

This should be a nonya dish, Peranakan cuisine, which I may have done different. I had this in a neighbour's party long ago~

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Steamed Scallops - After


Steamed Scallops
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

When ER and I were heading to Hong Lim Park, the sundry shop we walked past attracted me. At 1st we were looking at other dried shell fish that can be used in soups, but, when another shop assistant spoke to me while I was looking at dried scallops from China and Japan, I was interested in the baby ones. They appeared so fresh and inviting, so I bought some, which is really affordable, just a fraction of the cost of the Japanese varieties. Another plus point is that they are less fishy and salty now.

The above dish is adopted from my mother’s steamed white baits, a dish I have not eaten for years because those little whole fish is high in cholesterol. Today, I had used dried scallops from Qingdao that were so fresh and not so dehydrated and of the right tenderness, so I did not soak them before steaming. If the variety you have is dried and hard then it is good to soften them by soaking in hot water before cooking. If you do this step, don’t throw away the stock, reserve it for other uses. This dish is so appetizing and really great with plain rice or plain porridge~

Prawns with Egg Sauce II


Prawns with Egg Sauce II
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

During my 1st trial with prawns with egg sauce, I left the shells intact. As I had run out of white vinegar, I used Zhejiang vinegar, the type we eat with "jiaozi" instead. Today, the prawns were shelled for convenient eating. The white rice vinegar made the egg sauce more delectable. The leftover that was chilled tasted even better. ER said it is good to serve this as a cool dish which I agree too.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Sardine Fish Salad


Sardine Fish Salad
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This was my quick fix of cold dish for dinner. Sliced red chillies, lime peel and peeled rose shallots were marinated in sugar, salt and lime juice for at least half an hour. This was ladled over a can of sardine fish sitting pretty in my new plate.

Stir-fried Baby Chinese Spinach


Stir-fried Baby Chinese Spinach
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Almost an hour was spent just on peeling, plucking and washing two bundles of this veggie! Every bit of the effort is worthwhile as this is really a nice one to tuck in. This leafy veggie is tasty in soup too~

Steamed Fish


Steamed Fish
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Our evergreen dish, the ingredients used are almost always the same on any fish that is steamed.

Meat and Fish Patties


Meat and Fish Patties
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Whenever I made patties, be it with pure fish or mince or like this one: meat and fish, I would certainly cook the last few with chopped chillies especially for myself :) It is a healthier choice than eating them with bottled chilli sauce.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Dipping Sauce


Dipping Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is an evergreen good dipping sauce with lots of ginger, chillies etc that satisfies our palates. A yummy accompaniment to have whether we are serving steamboat, patties steamed mince and all types of dumplings or seafood or meat soups!

Prawns with Egg Sauce


Prawns with Egg Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

YH has been suggesting cooking fish with sweet and sour hot egg sauce. Today without fish, I tried it with prawns, still it is yummy~

Lunch with Jessie - Garlic Chicken


Lunch with Jessie - Garlic Chicken
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is my 1st try of garlic chicken using the deboned thighs, which turned out to be just as good as any cut~ while I was doing pan-frying, Jessie and I were chatting. She said something that's really encouraging about my cooking :)

With my guests arriving in just two hours, I managed to share a meal of mixed vegetables and spaghetti with scallops besides this.

Minced Char Siew Noodles


Minced Char Siew Noodles
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

It was tasty noodles (sheng mian) mixed with homemade char siew and its sauce garnished with spring onions for that extra flavour~ Yum!

Although I discourage the use of raw onions on cooked food, but really, to get that enhanced taste, it's so irresistible. Take care though to wash spring onion under running tap water several times before using the raw!

Char Siew Fried Rice


Char Siew Fried Rice
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

This is a good way to use up left over rice. And what's added to make it delicious? I had used my homemade char siew, chopped dried shrimps that had enhanced the taste very much, slight beaten eggs and lastly chopped cabbage. This meal was delicious~

Noodles with Mince and Mushroom


Noodles with Mince and Mushroom
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

I bought a packet of "sheng mian" as ER wished. Unlike the cooked yellow noodles from the wet market stall, these noodles are in raw stage, which needed to be cooked in rapid boiling oiled and salted water before use.

Today I have made a minced pork mushroom sauce to serve with it. Blenched "choy sum" or mustard greens eaten with it, thus offered a healthier meal.

Tofu with Mushroom Sauce


Tofu with Mushroom Sauce
Originally uploaded by Food Trails.

Beside using dried mushrooms for the sauce, with chopped shrimps added, this is the yummiest silken tofu I cooked so far~

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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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