Showing posts with label Mushroom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mushroom. Show all posts

Monday, 25 November 2013

[The Entertainer app] One-For-One Deal Main Course @ The Disgruntled Chef

Located at 26B Dempsey Road, The Disgruntled Chef is a bar and restaurant which offers European dishes in a cosy environment that is away from the heart of the city. And while browsing through my Entertainer “1-for-1 main course” deals we decided to try their main courses where I called up to make reservation for their weekend brunch.

Before sharing our views at Disgruntled Chef, here is a quick run through of what I had mentioned in my previous post at Bedrock Bar And Grill on “How to use the Entertainer App”. This app is FREE to download from your mobile phone (available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry) and there is no charges to utilise their monthly deals too. But if you wants to enjoy the full version of the Entertainer App with more than 990buy one get one free” offers on food, travel and etc, you can purchase the Full App @ SG$57 (usual price SG$95) for a limited time of 40% offer price.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Braised Seafood Noodles

Hi, it's a brand new week again and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and not having any Monday blues today. By the time you read on this "scheduled" post, we were away for June school holidays vacation. And since it's Monday, I prepared this "one-pot dish" recipe which could be done in 10 minutes with some pre-preparation of the ingredients.

Braised Seafood Noodles is always one of my favourite noodles dish which sometime I would also cook a similar version using different type of noodles such as rice vermicelli, thick yellow noodles or Macaroni.


(Serves: 2-3 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

500g Flat Yellow Noodles
8-10 Medium Prawn, trimmed
150g Lean Meat, sliced
2 Fishcake, sliced
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Red Onion, sliced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Small Carrot, sliced
1/4 Portion of Chinese Cabbage, sliced
250ml Swanson Chicken Broth
1 Teaspoon Of Oyster Sauce, optional

1. Heat up frying pan with 1 teaspoon of oil (swirling around the pan). Slowly pour in beaten egg, swirl the pan and evenly spread out the egg mixture to fry the omelette.

2. When done, remove and set aside to cool before slicing it into thin strips. Using the pan and 1 teaspoon of oil, lightly fry both side of the fishcake till slightly brown. Remove and set aside.

3. Place flat yellow noodles in a big mixing bowl, pour boiling water to cover the noodles and at the same time use the chopstick to loosen up the noodles. (this is to get ride of the oil and yeast smell of the noodles)

4. Stand the noodles in hot water for about 2 minutes. Pour away the water and rinse it 2 - 3 times. Drain well and set aside.

5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil in the frying pan, saute onion, garlic, spring onion and carrot till fragrance. Add in marinated lean pork and give it a quick toss till almost cooked through.

6. Stir in Chinese Cabbage and continue to fry for another minute, pour in chicken broth and 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce.

7. Next add in prawns and cook till it changed colour, stir in the blanched flat yellow noodles, fish cake and let it braised for another minute or two.

8. Remove from heat, garnish noodles with fried shallot, cut chilli and some spring onion and coriander. Serve immediately.

Hope you like this quick and easy "one-pot dish" which would help to cut down some cooking time on busy weekdays dinner. And just a quick tip, prepare necessary ingredients the night before so that you would have ample time preparing this dish when you reached home. This dish is quite dry like those sold at Cze Char Stall, so if you prefer something soupy increase the chicken broth to 1 Litre plus another 500ml of hot water.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Homemade Pizza Using Perfect Italiano Cheese

March school holiday is going on this week so we have more rest and relax time to enjoy our breakfast and afternoon tea. And upon request from my kid, we have assorted pizza in different base such as "Thin or Thick Crust" using Pita Pocket, Wrap and normal sandwich bread.

And with a decent packet of Pizza or Mozzarella Cheese, you could also turn homemade pizza into something similar like restaurant serving which impressed your family or friends. Below we have 3 quick pizza ideas (with recipes) which I hope you would find it useful as a quick meal idea.

(using wholemeal wrap and Perfect Italiano Grated Mozzarella)

If you love "Thin Crust" pizza, I am sure you would love this! Just pick up any flavour / brand of wrap, despite whether it is plain, wholemeal or etc. Most important tip is to pre-bake the wrap for a minute or two (on both side) to get it slightly crisp before spreading the sauce and add on the toppings. In this way the base will remain crispy instead of soggy after baked and makes it an addictive finger food.

(Serves: 2  | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

  • 1 Piece of Wholemeal Wrap
  • 30g Of Shaved Ham, roughly tear
  • 100g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated
  • 2 Broccoli Florets, cut into smaller pieces
  • Some Cherry Tomato, halved
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
  • Garnish with dried parsley, chilli flakes, grated Parmesan cheese

1. Lightly baked the wrap on both side for about 2 - 3 minutes in an toaster oven (or pop it into a preheated 180 Degree Celsius oven) till slightly crisp.

2. Remove, spread a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce on the wrap. Top it with half the amount of the Mozzarella cheese.

3. Arrange shaved ham, broccoli and tomato on it then follow by another layer of Mozzarella cheese.

4. Pop the prepared pizza back into the toaster oven (or normal oven) and bake for another 5 minutes or till cheese melted and turn slightly golden brown in colour.

5. To serve, top with some garnishing of your choice and enjoy it while hot.

(using wholemeal bread and Perfect Italiano Grated Mozzarella)

For a quick breakfast idea, grab any type of sandwich bread you have at home. Spread it with some tomato base pasta sauce (or with any tomato or BBQ sauce that you have), add some Mozzarella cheese plus your favourite toppings (or anything you can find in your fridge) to create a delicious pizza toast like what we have done.  This recipe is very easy and it can be done within 5 - 10 minutes using whatever ingredients on hand to create a delicious pizza treat at anytime of the day.

(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

2 Slices of Wholemeal Bread
30g Of Shaved Ham, roughly tear
100g Perfect Italiano Mozzarella Grated
1 - 2 Brown Button Mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 - 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
Garnish with dried parsley, chilli flakes, grated Parmesan cheese

1. Lightly toast the wholemeal bread on both side for about 1 - 2 minutes in an toaster oven (or pop it into a preheated 180 Degree Celsius oven) till slightly crisp.

2. Remove, spread a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce then top it evenly with half the amount of the Mozzarella cheese.

3. Arrange shaved ham and mushroom on it then follow by another layer of Mozzarella cheese.

4. Pop the prepared pizza back into the toaster oven (or normal oven) and bake for another 3 minutes or till cheese melted and turn slightly golden brown in colour.

5. To serve, top with some garnishing of your choice and enjoy it while hot.

Short Video Clips on making Pizza Toast


(using pita pocket and Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus)

For a more satisfying treat that close to a "Thick Crust" pizza, you could get a packet of Pita Pocket which is available in the supermarket (bread section) that comes in either small or medium rounds. With that you could enjoy a mini pizza party for your family movie night using your favourite toppings like Hawaiian, Tuna, Seafood and etc.

(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

  • 4 Wholemeal Small Pita Pocket
  • 250g Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus Cheese
  • 1 Hardboiled Egg, halved
  • Some Tuna Mayo
  • 4 Fresh Prawns, Halved
  • Some Fresh Basil Leaves, thinly shredded
  • Some Cherry Tomato, halved
  • Some Ham And Capsicum, sliced
  • Some Fresh Pineapple, cubed
  • Some Tomato Base Pasta Sauce
  • Garnish with dried parsley, chilli flakes, grated Parmesan cheese

1.Lightly toast the pita pocket on both side for about 1 - 2 minutes in an toaster oven (or pop it into a preheated 180 Degree Celsius oven) till slightly crisp.

2. Remove, spread a thin layer of tomato pasta sauce then top it evenly with half the amount of the Pizza Plus cheese.

3. Top with your desire ingredients and follow the similar steps base on the recipes shown above.

Lastly I hope with these 3 quick pizza recipes it would somehow or rather inspired you to prepare more homecook food for the family which I believe it is not as difficult as what you think. Just start with something simple, like the Pizza Toast which requires only normal sandwich bread, cheese and ham.  I am sure you could do, remember to share your pizza photos with us over at our facebook page (HERE). Hope to see yours soon :)

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Homemade Crystal Yam Cake - 水晶芋头糕

I have seen many friends in my facebook list making either Radish Cake (萝卜糕) or Yam Cake (芋头糕) before and during Chinese Lunar New Year period. And usually these are the auspicious steamed cakes to be served to the visiting guests as compared those western cakes.  This year, my mum made a new version of Yam Cake using different types of flour combination which is different from what she always did.

From the photo above, you realize that the colour of this yam cake is slightly more translucent and Springy (QQ) texture which is similar to Agar Agar (a kind of Asian jelly).

Friday, 8 February 2013

{Mobile Post} Braised Duck With Sea Cucumber

Counting down......2 more days to Chinese Lunar New Year! Everyone is so excited and today (1 day before the eve of Lunar New Year) almost all the wet markets, supermarkets and etc will be operating on 24 hours for last minutes shopping. And you would be able to see big crowds of people around grabbing for food, ingredients, beverages and etc to store up for the approaching New Year feast.


Here I would be sharing our quick Braised Duck with Sea Cucumber recipe which you could easily get it done within 30 minutes. So if you have some extra roast duck or roast pork from the New Year feast, you could prepared this dish together with some sea cucumber, Chinese Cabbage, mushrooms and etc to make this delicious one pot dish.

(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 15 minutes  |  Cooking: 25 minutes)

1/2 Portion of Roast Duck, chopped into big slices
1/2 Portion of Chinese Cabbage (napa cabbage - 白菜)
2 Medium Soaked Sea Cucumber (海渗), thickly sliced
8 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, soaked till soften
3 Dried Scallops (干贝), soaked in hot water
3g Black Moss (发菜), soaked in water
, soaked in water 3 Dried Chilli (辣椒干)
4 Whole Shallot, skin removed
4 Garlic Cloves
Some Chestnuts (optional), skin removed
500ml Water / Chicken Broth

1 Tablespoon Abalone Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce

1. Preheat the frying pan with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil. Saute mushrooms, shallot, garlic, dried chilli, chestnut (if using) and scallops till fragrant.

2. Add in roast duck, give it a quick stir and let it cook for 30 seconds before adding sea cucumber and seasoning sauce. Stir well and dish up set aside.

3. Using the same pan, add in the cabbage and stir-fry for a minute before adding back the duck mixture.

4. Stir the mixture over medium heat until well combined, add water and bring it to boil over high heat.

5. When the mixture comes to boil, transfer it into a claypot (if your claypot is big enough to do the stir-fry from step 1, you can omit the frying pan) covered and allow to simmer over low heat for 20 minutes

6. Lastly stir in black moss (drained), splash of cooking wine and serve immediately.

This is one of my favourite one pot dish where I could have it with either steamed white rice or blanched noodles. And I always enjoy picking up each scoop like treasure hunt because I won't know what would end up in the bowl. But personally Roast Duck and Sea Cucumber are my favourite combine and I hope you would enjoy this dish too. For another version using Roast Pork and Fish Maw, you could refer to the recipe here.

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

{Fishy Dinner} Chinese Baked Fish Fillet And Baked Cheesy Salmon With Wasabi

Festive season is a great time to feast together with family and friends plus a bit of catch up and updates on each others progress. This Christmas season other than festive bakes I also have some quick dishes which you might be interested with.

In this post I am sharing two different "fish" dishes which you could cater for everyone in the family such as Chinese Baked Fish Fillet with oyster sauce and Baked Cheesy Salmon using Japanese mayonnaise and wasabi.


For something more Asian taste, this Chinese Baked Fish Fillet would be something easy that you could prepare and get ready in less than 30 minutes for an evening dinner to impress your guests. For the fillet you can use any firm white fish such as cod, haddock, or grouper which work well on this recipe.

(Serves: 1 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 15 - 20 minutes)

  • 1 Piece Grouper Fish Fillet (200g), skin intact
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Chinese Cooking Wine
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 2 Slices Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 Stalk of Spring Onion, cut into sections
  • 1 Red Chilli(optional), sliced
  • Served with Steamed Rice and Asian Greens

1. Preheat oven to 200 °C (degree Celsius). Arrange spring onion and some julienne ginger on a disposal baking tray and top with fish fillet.

2. Combine oyster sauce, cooking wine, sugar and sesame oil in a bowl and mix well.

3. Spoon sauce mixture over fish fillet, top with remaining ginger and chilli, cover with foil and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until fish is just cooked through.

4. Sprinkle some extra chopped spring onion and serve hot with steamed rice and Asian green.

~ Stir-fry baby bok choy and fresh shiitake mushrooms with some garlic and ginger then lightly season it with salt.


Whereas for a western treat, you might wish to consider this Baked Cheesy Salmon with Wasabi. For me, I am a salmon lover and I love to eat it either raw, grilled or baked. And my favourite way of cooking salmon is to top it with lots of shredded cheese and Japanese mayonnaise because after baking it would have a tasty cheesy crust on top plus a moist and juicy fillet below.

(Serves: 1  | Preparation: 5 minutes   | Cooking: 15 - 20 minutes)

  • 1 Salmon Fillet (200g), bones removed
  • 2 Tablespoons Japanese Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Wasabi Paste
  • Rind of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Some Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Serve with French Beans and Cherry Tomato

1. Preheat oven to 200 °C (degree Celsius). Arrange salmon on a disposal baking tray, top with generous amount of mayonnaise mixture (combine Japanese mayonnaise, wasabi and lemon rind till well-mixed).

2. Evenly top it with shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper on it.

3. Bake prepared salmon in an preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes or till salmon is cooked to your preference.

4. Serve hot with some french bean, cherry tomato and steamed rice.

With dishes like this you can play around with the ingredients and side dishes to cater for everyone's preference and the best thing is you can bake these two dishes together in the oven but just keep an easy on the salmon as you don't wish to over baked it. And as for the sides, you could add in some Cream Soup (recipes) or Salad (recipes) to make it a complete meal too.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

{Homegrown} Baked Oyster Mushroom Vs Sauteed Oyster Mushroom

Since early August when we first got hold of our mushroom logs we were very excited about having home grown mushrooms at home. Without any experience we started to follow instructions given from "Myceliapolis - Mushroom City" (more details; website and facebook) as well as useful posts from members to grow our very first "Oyster Mushroom" and "Black Fungus".

As we are still very new with this hobby, our first "fruiting" did not really turn out well and we have to scrap off all the "pinheads" and regrow before we managed to enjoy the "fruits" of our labour shown below. If you are interested about our home grown mushroom, you can read more on the mushroom post here.


Oyster Mushroom (平菇) is named after its flat shape which resembling an oyster shell. These large mushrooms are cream in colour is frequently used in Asian cuisine for adding into soup or stir-fry with meat and other accompany vegetables. These mushrooms are a good source of niacin and it also supply folate and dietary fibre.

Here I used olive oil, ground pepper and some chili flakes to bake the mushroom to retain it's flavour as well as crunch.

(Serves: 1 | Preparation: 2 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

50g Oyster Mushroom (homegrown)
Drizzle of Olive Oil
1/4 Teaspoon of Dried Chilli Flakes/Paprika
Pinch of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Salt to taste, optional

1. Clean and wipe mushroom with a damp paper towel. Lay them on a baking tray.

2. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some chilli fakes and ground black pepper before baked/grilled it in oven toaster for about 5 - 8 minutes or till slight brown in colour.

3. Remove and serve.

As you might know although Oyster mushroom is not juicy just like regular mushrooms, but the flavor is irresistible! For a quick dish, just dissolve a dollar of butter in the frying pan, saute minced garlic till fragrant, add in mushroom and give it a quick toss, season it with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Super yummy!

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Chicken With Mushroom & Cordyceps Militaris Soup

Blogging world is full of excitement and fun where flow of inspirations are always being circulated around through all kinds of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and etc. Recently while I am on holiday mood and feel so "lost" on what to prepare for our daily meals, I managed to pick up some really good ideas from friends' photos over at instagram. And without hesitate I tried this Cordyceps Militaris Soup shared by Julia, Aromacookery photo (link here).

Although this was not my first time using Cordyceps Militaris in soup but after seeing Julia's post, I decided to try out her version by adding in some dried shiitake mushrooms to enhance the taste of this nourishing soup.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bibimbap ( 비빔밥)

Bibimbap(비빔밥) which means "mixed rice" is a healthy and hearty everyday dish that consists of steamed rice, vegetables and meat. And before the rice is placed in the bowl, the bottom of the bowl is coated with sesame oil making the layer of the rice forms a crispy crust at the bottom(a bit similar to our Asian Claypot Rice) while the dish is often serve with a dollop of gochujang.


There are a few common of vegetables used in Bibimbap such as julienne cucumber or zucchini, mushrooms, soy bean sprouts, carrots, spinach and etc. And if for health reason or personal preference, beef can often be substituted with chicken or seafood too.

(Serves: 2          | Preparation: 15 minutes          | Cooking: 15 - 20 minutes)

2 Serving Portions of Cooked White Rice
4 Medium Fresh Shiitake Mushrooms, cut into thin slices
60g Bean Sprout
1 Small Carrot, julienne
1 Small Zucchini, julienne
100g Spinach, blanched
Some Cabbage Kimchi, optional
2 Eggs
3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

Drizzling Sauce:
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
Pinch of Salt

To Serve:
Gochujang/Bibimbap Paste
1 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seeds
Extra Sesame Oil

1. Fill a medium saucepan or pot with water and bring to boil. Blanch the spinach for about 1 minute, drain, rinse with cold water and squeeze out any excess liquid.

2. Roughly cut spinach into section and add in half of the drizzling sauce and mix well. Set aside.

3. Repeat the same produce as above with the bean sprouts.

4. Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a small frying pan/saucepan, saute the zucchini with some chopped garlic till zucchini soften. Remove and set aside.

5. Repeat the step with carrot and mushrooms, keeping them separate.

6. Using individual heatproof casserole dish, grease inside lightly with some sesame oil, add 1 portion of the rice and place over high heat for 3 minutes to sear the rice.

7. At the meantime, prepare the pan and fry the sunny-side up egg.

8. To serve, remove casserole from heat, place egg in the center and arrange the prepared vegetables alternatively around the egg. Sprinkle with extra sesame seeds and sesame oil, serve immediately with some gochujang paste on the side.

~ If you have time, prepared all the side vegetables ahead in the morning and keep them in the fridge so that you would be able to get the dish ready in 10 minutes during lunch or dinner.

Often a raw/fried egg together with sliced meat (usually beef) are the two commonly additions to Bibimbap but for my version, I have adapted most of the common ingredients except meat which I have left out for this recipe. To start the meal, just give the mixture a few stirs to combine the ingredients and enjoy.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Rainbow Omelette using Happy Call Pan

Thinking of what to cook for this week or even tonight? What about this quick and easy "Rainbow Omelette" which consists of Eggs, Tomato, Enoki Mushroom, Carrot and Onion. Eggs are one of the nutritional ingredient which has 11 different vitamins and minerals, high quality protein, healthy fats (including omega-3) and important antioxidants. Other than their nutritional value, eggs are tasty, convenient and versatile to be use in creating a balance and healthy dish for the family.

(using Happy Call Pan)

My little boy loves egg and in order to create more egg dishes and add in extra ingredients to make it more nutritious, I often cook this "rainbow omelette" with similar ingredients to make it a tasty and colourful dish. For us, we simply loves this dish which is vibrant in colours as well as the layers of texture and from the soft and silky egg to chewy enoki mushrooms.

This dish is done perfectly in less than 10 minutes using my beloved Happy Call Pan which cooks my daily dishes in a hassle free and efficient way. And I specially delicate this dish to Joyce, my best friend as she is a "super" fan of Egg and Mushrooms!

(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

3 Eggs, 55g each
1 Small Carrot, shredded
1 - 2 Tomato, seed removed and diced
1 Small Brown Onion, thinly sliced
2 Stalks Spring Onion, thinly sliced 1 Packet of Enoki Mushroom, trim off the root portion
1 Red Chilli(optional), thinly sliced

1. Add 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in the Happy Call Pan(HCP), saute onion for about 1 minutes till sightly soften.

2. Toss in diced tomato and shredded carrot, cover the pan and cook for another 1 minute.

3. Meantime, whisk eggs together with enkoi mushrooms and 3/4 of the chopped spring onion till well mixed.

4. Open the HCP cover, evenly pour the egg mixture onto the onion mixture, swirl the pan so that all the egg mixture goes round the pan.

5. Cover, and cook for about 2 minutes on low heat till the omelette set, flip the pan over and cook for another 1 - 2 minutes till done.

6. Flip the pan over again. Using spatula divide the omeltte into portion and garnish with remaining spring onion, sliced chilli and serve immediately.

With fresh ingredients and simple recipes I am sure everyone is able to whip up any quick and healthy dish for yourself or your family. And in order to support the project on using fresh ingredients or get to know more about this event, remember to support the "Food Revolution Day" which would be held on 19th May 2012 at The Lawn.


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