Thursday, 30 May 2019

Tomato and tofu soup

This is another super easy soup to prepare. You can sprinkle some chopped parsley or spring onions to add taste and improve the presentation

Ingredients

1 tomato
1 pack soft tofu
1 chicken stock cube



Wash and cut the tomato into wedges





Cut the tofu into bite size pieces







Prepare the soup and put in the tomato and tofu
Season with salt and pepper
Dish up and serve

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Air fried dried anchovies (Ikan bilis in Malay) 鳀科


In South East Asian cuisine, we tend to use dried anchovies rather than the pickled ones. They are normally fried in oil until crispy and can be served as it is or cooked with sambal, as a garnish or stir fried with vegetables or used in soup. It is fantastic cooked with peanuts and chilli and eaten with beer. It can be ground into powder and added to children’s porridge.

Anchovies are small, common forage fishes which are full of nutrients such as iron, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium (present in the bones). It is ideal for people who are lactose intolerant.  



Ingredients

It is best to use medium to big sized anchovies as small ones will fall through the basket. Remove the heads and intestines otherwise the anchovies will be bitter.




Dried anchovies are very salty therefore soak them for about 5 mins and rinse thoroughly to reduce the salt content.




Drain off the excess water





Spread out on absorbent paper and pat dry.






If you like, add a little to the anchovies but I prefer it without the oil




Set the air fryer to cook for 6 mins. Give it 1 min to heat up the fryer so that the food will not stick to the basket.




Put in the anchovies and start the cooking process.





Give it a couple of shakes every couple of mins to ensure that the anchovies are evenly browned





Transfer to an air tight container for use later. Let it cool down before covering it.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Stir fried French beans with minced meat


This is another favourite dish of the children and old folks in my house. It is a good accompaniment with white congee. Also suitable during confinement.

Green beans are very delicious with a crunchy texture and great flavour. Some of the health benefits of green beans include reduced risk of heart disease and colon cancer as well as improved regulation of diabetes. They also provide a big boost to the immune system, the health of the eyes and bones, while regulating the digestive processes. They have also been shown to reduce the risk of birth defects for pregnant women. Green beans can cause allergic reactions involving rash and itching in some people. It also contain oxalic acid may crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people.  
Ingredients
1 bundle French beans
Minced pork or chicken
Chopped garlic
Cooking oil
A little sesame oil
Salt and pepper



Marinate the meat with:
½ tsp soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
½ tsp cornflour
Salt and pepper


Mix thoroughly and set aside






Remove the strings from the sides of the beans.
Slice the beans into bite size pieces






Heat the oil and sauté the garlic until slightly brown. 






Add the minced meat and stir until it changes colour. 






Add the beans and mix thoroughly.
Add a little water at a time to prevent the beans from burning



Cover and simmer on low fire until the beans are tender






Dish up and serve

Sunday, 10 March 2019

White bitter gourd (白苦瓜) omelette

Finally i have got my act together after sorting out my pc and camera. So here is the first post for the year.
White bitter gourd is more commonly found in Taiwan compared to green bitter gourd. It is less bitter, and the children are willing to eat it when fried as an omelette.

Ingredients



1 medium sized white bitter gourd
2 eggs



Halve the bitter gourd and remove the seeds
Slice thinly






Add 1 tsp salt and mix thoroughly
Leave for 10 minutes





Rinse off the salt






Drain off the water





Crack the eggs into a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Beat slightly with a fork and set aside



Put a little oil in the wok.
Add some chopped garlic and fry until fragrant





Add the bitter gourd and stir until cooked






Pour in the beaten eggs.
Tip the pan around until the eggs completely covers the bitter gourd





When the bottom is brown, turn it over to brown the other side
Break it up into bite size pieces





Dish up and serve

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Pita bread with curry puff filling

I love curry puffs especially the filling but sometimes I am too lazy to make the pastry so here I am using pita bread instead. This dish is great for a quick lunch or snack. You can freeze any leftover filling to use another day.

Ingredients
200 grams chicken breast meat
1 medium size onion
4 potatoes
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp chilli powder




Mince the chicken breasts coarsely







Finely dice the onions and potatoes  






Heat 2 tbsp oil in the wok over medium heat.
Sauté the onions for about 2 minutes or until soft and golden





Add the minced chicken and stir until the colour changes






Add 2 tbsp meat curry powder and mix thoroughly
Alternately, you can fry the curry paste first and then add the chicken
Add 100 ml water to prevent it burning





Add the potatoes and mix thoroughly
Add salt according to your taste






Cover and cook till the potatoes have softened and the curry is almost dry






Turn off the fire and let it cool down








1 packet pita bread






Heat up the fry pan
Put in the pita bread and brown it





Cut the pita bread into 2 pieces






Open up the pita bread and fill with the stuffing







Add some finely sliced lettuce if desired
Serve immediately