Wednesday 30 August 2006

Hakka Khau Yoke(Yam With Pork Belly)

I had heard a lot of good comments and feedbacks on this dish, so I thought just give it a try since my hubby is also a Hakka. To him, this is the 1st time trying out this special Hakka dish. Even though both my in-laws are Hakka, but they had never cooked this dish at home before.

Saw a few recipes in the net, but finally decided to try the recipe from Food Heaven(Lillian Chan). Since she did not mention some of the sauce measuring quantity, I also don't really know whether my version of the Khau Yoke is the correct taste. But overall, the red fermented beancurd taste is strong, maybe I had added too much of it... But for those who is interested, you can take a look at both the recipes. Another one is from Waitakere Redneck's Kitchen.Posted by Picasa

Meme - 5 Things To Eat Before You Die

I had being tag by one of my blog pal, Angie( who I consider to be a bread making expert who loves to explore and bake different kinds of bread). This Meme is rather interesting, as you see you can only choose to eat 5 things before you die so it's rather hard to sacrifice one another. But after struggler here and there, I managed to make up my mind on these:

1. Teochew Yam Paste With Gingko Nut
This is one of my favourite childhood dessert during Chinese New Year or Special Occasion. My late dad used to cook this for reunion dinner dessert and I really love it very much. Since now that he is not around I really miss his style of Yam Paste very much.

2. D24 Durian
Yup! It's Durian again... I guess most of the singaporean like me loves to eat durian. Especially those good grade durian which you just need a few seeds to stop your cravings. I love those with yellow flesh type...and it's really yummy to eat with steam white rice too....

3. Chicken Rice
This is one of the favourite rice for both me and my son. We will eat it at least once or twice a week. I really loves the fragrant of the rice, I know one friend who eats chicken rice for at least 3 to 4 times a week.

4. Satay
I love this Malay BBQ dish which come with a special peanut dipping sauce that will make you wanted to have more and more serving. We love the mutton satay from Satay Club which is tender and juicy.

5. Japanese Tempura Set
I love Japanese cuisine and my most favourite dish is this crispy deep-fry prawns and mixed vegetable with either rice or noodle.

Ok.. Now I shall pass the line to Suyin(The journey of a girl who loves to cook), Jingle and Lilian.

Tuesday 29 August 2006

Corn Muffins

Corn Muffins!!! Yup.... This corn muffin include cornmeal and frozen fresh corns... so it's really CORN CRAZY!!!! For those who love Kenny Rogers's corn muffins.... You are indeed luck.... One of my blog friend Evan had share with us her recipe on Corn Muffins(click link for more details & recipe) which she did a searched over the net.

Monday 28 August 2006

Vietnamese-Style Fried Fish With Lemon Grass

This is a popular dish in South Vietnamese Seaside resorts. You can use either fillet fillets or whole fish for this dish and the seasoning goes well with Salmon Fillets too....

As from the name of this dish, you will know the main spice ingredient used will be Lemon grass. Lemon grass is widely used as an herb in Asian (particularly Thai, Lao, Sri Lankan, Khmer and Vietnamese) and Caribbean cooking. It has a lemon flavour and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. The stalk itself is too hard to be eaten, except for the soft inner part. However, it can be finely sliced and added to recipes. It may also be bruised and added whole as this releases the aromatic oils from the juice sacs in the stalk.

For this dish, I bought a Yellow Croaker(黄花鱼) which is mainly used for steaming. But it do fixed well in this pan-fried dish and the meat is very tender and fine.

1 Medium Size Fish or Fish Fillet, about 250g
2 Stalks Lemon Grass Thinly Sliced, white parts only
3 Cloves Garlic, lightly pound
4-5 Shallots, peeled and sliced
1 Large Red Chilli or 2 Small Thai Chillies, deseeded and sliced
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
3 Tablespoons Oil
1/4 Green Lime

1. Clean, wash and pat dry the fish. Cut shallow, diagonal slits on both sides of the fish body and place on a large plate.
2. Using a mortar or food processor, pound or blend the lemon grass, garlic, shallots, chilli and sugar to a paste.
3. Add fish sauce and season to taste. Stuffed some of the paste into the stomach of the fish then rub the remaining on both side of the fish and let it marinate for about 1 hour or more.
4. Pour the oil in a large non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Place fish in the pan, cover fried for 1 minutes until skin slightly brown then remove cover and turn to the other side for another 1 minute.
5. Reduce heat to low and carefully turn fish over to cook for another 2 minutes on each other until the skin is golden and crisp and fish is cooked through.
6. Dish and place on plate. Drizzle the pan oil over the fish and square some lime juice over it and serve immediately with rice.Posted by Picasa

Notes: You can used any kind of fish to your preference, Cod Fish works well with this too.