Friday, 30 March 2012

Chinese Cabbage and Lemongrass Pork Rib Soup

All these food was given by friends and neighbour. 
My neigbour Yu-J gave me some pork rib soup but I " modified" the soup by adding some Chinese cabbage and lemongrass .

Dinner Menu:
1. Chinese Cabbage and Lemongrass Pork Ribs Soup
2. Fruit : Loquat 
3. Dessert : Sweet Soup (  Tong shui ) - with Barley, Dried Longan,  Gingko , Lotus Seeds and White Fungus.

Loquat  枇杷

Tongshui  莲子龙眼糖水

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

White Radish Soup And Winged Beans

These are red, green and white radish that we can get from the supermarket here.
But white radish is more common than the other two so  I usually buy the white one.

The easiest way for me to make soup is to use "abalone sauce" or anchovies stock granules. Sometime the combination of both. 
The radish  soup was made at 7.30pm.
But the dinner was 45 minutes later in order to make the radish soft.

Dinner Menu :
1. Saute Winged Beans 四棱豆
2. Radish Soup with " Abalone Sauce"
3. Condiments - fried salted bean paste豆瓣酱, salted black beans豆豉,chilli padi, chopped onion and garlic + sugar

Some leftover radish soup would be a bowl of soup beehoon for my breakfast next day.
But somebody was looking for me and I was chatting with her for a while.
The soup had dried up and that's what you see now:)

Monday, 26 March 2012

Noodles And Popiah

Lunch with friends at a hawker centre , Bercham, Ipoh.
It is located just opposite Tesco Extra Ipoh.
But 4.00p.m was supposed to have tea break.
But those 3 women were still had not taken their lunch yet as they were having shopping spree in the supermarket during lunch time!

Lunch Menu :
1. Pork and Liver Soup Hor Fun ( for me) 
2. Claypot Noodles with Eggs
3. Popiah - wrapped vegetable with thin rice / flour sheet
4. Fried Pancake - crispy and salty
5. Ice Kacang with Gula Melaka
6. Ice Lemon Tea 

The hawker centre

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Ang Ku Kueh ( Red Tortoise Cake)

These Ang Ku Kueh ( Red Tortoise Cake,红龜粿 )are molded to a resemble tortoise shell ( traditionally are made by wood and you can find them in plastic nowadays).
The filling for these kueh ( cake) here is mung beans, grated coconut with gula melaka ( palm sugar,椰糖)and also crushed peanut.
But I my favourite ang ku kueh are those with mung bean and grated coconut with gula melaka.

Dessert of the Day :
1. (Green )Ang Ku Kueh - with grated coconut and gula melaka filling.
2. (Red) Ang Ku Kueh - with mung beans and crushed peanut. 

These ang ku kueh are not too sweet and the skin is soft . Thumbs up !

Chang Wang Cake Shop 钻旺西菓店
Add : 220, Jalan Bercham,
Taman Ria,
31400 , Ipoh

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Of Acar ( Pickled Vegetable) and Carrot Potato Soup

It's dinner time again.
It's another meal again.
Can you imagine that I didn't even need to cook any of these dishes here !

Dinner Menu :
1. Acar - Pickled Vegetables gave by my sister. It's a bit sweet but I added in some vinegar.
2. Fried Prawns - also from my sister. It tasted good ! 
3. Carrot and Potato Soup - from my neighbour , Yu-J.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Breakfast : Digestive Biscuits

I seldom take biscuits for breakfast as most of them are too sweet !
But these biscuit are the leftover of making cheesecake.

Breakfast Menu :
1. Three pieces of Digestive Biscuits 
2. 1 mug of sugarless coffee.

The prop : Fern from backyard.

Below : Edited photo by Lightroom software : " Direct Positive". 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Black Pepper Lamb Chop and HB Chicken Chop

My friend and I went to this Ola-Ola Cuisine for the second time as it is still opened between 2.00pm and 5pm when some of the restaurants are closed.
We had set lunch and the price is quite reasonable there.
They even serve some Chinese noodles such as fried beehoon and sandwiches.

Set Lunch Menu for Two :
1. Black Pepper Lamb Chop (RM16.90) for me - salad and potato.
2. HB Chicken Chop with Garlic Butter ( RM13.90)-salad and potato( My friend has forgotten about the taste of this chicken chop so I don't know what is this HB is stand for ?? :)
3. Potato Salad (RM7.90) - the taste was almost the same on our set lunch plates and we wouldn't order this if we knew about it earlier !
4. Both came with cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 of bread, fruit and drinks( coffee or tea).

Ola Ola Cuisine:
Add : 23, Jalan Medan Ipoh 10
Bandar Baru Medan
31400 Ipoh
Tel :05-546 7223
Mobile :012-4688 221

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Egg Sandwich

Sometimes I am lazy to cook.
Woman , who is always emotional and like to say " I have no mood to cook".

Lunch Menu:
1. Egg Sandwich with Cheddar Cheese Slice
2. Red Beans + Green Beans Sweet Soup
3. An Red Apple

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Minced Pork "Spaghetti Bolognese"

 I cooked this spaghetti for a pair of the little Chinese siblings that I had promised them earlier.
For these little siblings who don't take Spaghetti Bolognese with beef, I substituted beef with minced pork.  
This is my favourite "ratio" of ingredients for spaghetti sauce between carrot, celery, meat, onion and tomato after a few trials of cooking this spaghetti. 
I don't called this "Spaghetti Bolognese" since beef is not added.

Minced Pork "Spaghetti Bolognese"
 600g mince lean pork

Diced ingredients
300 g carrot
400 g celery 
400 g onion
600 g tomato ( chopped coarsely)
1 clove of garlic

120 g tomato sauce ( half bottle of 240g)
680 g Prego spaghetti sauce ( any of your favourite flavour )

1 cup of water
1/2 cup cooking oil

1. Fried chopped garlic with cooking oil.
2.+ onion , fry until fragrant ( not brown).
3.+ mince lean pork + carrot + tomato + water . Cover and simmer until carrot is soft.
4. + tomato sauce + Prego spaghetti sauce.
5. + seasoning - salt and pepper. 

Dinner Menu:
Minced Pork Spaghetti ( no parmesan cheese at home :)

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Banana Walnut Cake

The first choice of banana for making banana cake is "pisang emas" ( golden banana) in Malaysia.
It has a not too "wet" texture and it has the full-bodied smell of banana aroma. 
I will always look for this type of banana for making banana cake.

Banana Walnut Cake: ( 2 big loaves and 1 small loaf)

Butter / Margarine  300g
Castor sugar 150 g
Flour 330 g + 2 tsp baking powder + 1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda (sift)
6 eggs

mashed banana (300 g after peeling off the skin)
crushed walnut 100g

2 tbsp water + 1 small drop of banana essence ( even 1/8 tsp will be too much !)
1/4 tsp salt

1. Beat butter + sugar until fluffy and pale.
2. + Egg, one at a time and beat well.
3. + Flour + baking powder + bicarbonate of soda ( Stir with a spoon)
4. + Mashed banana + walnut. Stir well ( spoon).
5. + water + banana essence+ salt.

Oven  temperature and time of baking:
180 C ( lower heat) , for 1/2 hour.
Then , 160 C ( upper heat) , 10- 15 mins ( until golden in colour)

Breakfast Menu:

1. Banana Walnut Cake 
2. A Mug of Black Coffee without sugar

I added in 1 more spoon of water that day , hence the wetter texture. 
But , I won't do that again as my recipe is supposed 2 tbsp of water to be added.
And I was acting to be very clever to add one more spoon of water!
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