Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fried vegetarian tofu yam balls

1 medium size yam - peeled and thinly sliced
1 block of firm tofu - mashed
some finely chopped carrot
salt and pepper to taste
five spice powder to taste
vegetable oil for deep frying

Monday, August 8, 2016

Chicken Rice and Soup

For the chicken
1 chicken (butterflied and use half)
1 stalk green onions
half stalk lemongrass  bruised
2 slices ginger
3 cloves garlic

  1. Heat up water in a pressure cooker.  Put tripod stand inside the pot.  Place chicken in a metal plate and place on the trivet.  
  2. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on high for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and continue to leave pot on the stove for another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from stove and leave cover on for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove cover and when slightly cooled, rub salt and sesame oil all over chicken.
  6. Chopped into pieces and serve with rice and soup.
For the chicken stock
1 chicken bone (from the spine only)
2 pcs dang gui
1 small pc american gingseng (hua qi sheng)
1 tsp gan cao
half lemongrass - bruised

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Easy Apple Cake

recipe adapted from here
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1;4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups diced apples (abt 2 medium apples)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 quart vanilla for topping (optional)  

Pure Apple Cider

a cuppa a day keeps you healthy
 wild apples galore!
 A pot of liquid gold.....organic and fresh!
preferred apples (i use picked wild apples)
1 knob peeled ginger
sprinkle of cinnamon powder to taste

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fried Vegetarian Curry Puff

Making the pastry crust
2 cups Bob Mills pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter
10 tbsp cold water

4 medium sized potato - peeled and cut into small cubes
2 tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp masala powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 medium sized onion - peeled and diced
1 shallot - peeled and sliced
3 cloves garlic - peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste 
1 tbsp coconut oil

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Spicy Braised Chicken with Pumpkin

half chicken - chopped into pieces
1/3 medium sized pumpkin - cut into large cubes
1 packet roasted chestnuts
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp chopped galric
1 tsp chopped shallot
5 dried red chili or chili flakes to taste
2 bay  leaves
sprinkle of dried oregano and sage
salt and pepper to taste 
water for braising
cooking oil
chopped fresh parsley

Ants Climbing Tree ( 蚂蚁上树)

2 bundles dry vermecelli/glass noodles
1/3 lb ground pork
1 tbsp spicy fermented bean sauce
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
chopped green onion
1 cup water
cooking oil

Monday, August 1, 2016

Penne Rigate with Bacon Bits

1 cup penne rigate
some leftover bacon bits
sprinkle of dried parsley flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Vietnamese Braised Chicken (Ga Kho Gung)

recipe adapted from here
1/2 chicken - chopped into pieces (seasoned with some salt and pepper)
2-1/2 oz chinese brown sugar or about 1 plank size (chopped into pieces)
1/2 cup water + 2 tbsp water
1 medium sized knob ginger - peeled and chopped coarsely
1 large shallot - sliced
3 tbsp vietnamese fish sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste
salt to taste
3 tbsp coconut oil 

*if not making caramel sauce using brown sugar, replace with vietnamese caramel sauce or indonesian kecap manis.