Monday, March 13, 2017

Recipe: Curry Chicken


Voila!



Many Malaysian families have their own cookbook for curry chicken. The amount of each ingredient is adjustable, to personal liking.

This is the Malaysian Chinese curry chicken that we always missed and craved for : )
We like it this way, with lots of coconut milk in it, YUM YUM

Method:

  1. Marinate 1.2 kg chicken pieces with 30g curry powder. Set aside
  2. Peel and cut 850g potatoes into 3-4cm cubes. High-heat, deep fry for 20 min till slightly brown. Set aside
  3. Heat up a work with 2 tbsp of oil, add 1/2 onion (thinly sliced), 5 pcs curry leaves, 1 star anise, 1/4 cinnamon stick. High-heat, stir fry till fragrant +/- 4 mins
  4. Add chicken pieces, stir fry for 2 mins
  5. Add 650g water, 1 tomato (sliced into wedges), 55g curry powder. Bring to boil, cover and with low-heat simmer for 35 mins
  6. Add 500ml coconut milk, fried potatoes, 2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar. Bring to boil, cover and simmer another 15 mins, off heat. You may service now, but it will be nicer letting it sit for another 20 mins!














Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Happy Birthday to me...


Thanks for the cake darling! Big hug and muak muak!

and thank you, the great helpers for che che...kiss...kiss...

I am so touched with all the arrangements made, and receiving many presents too!

Love U, Always




Saturday, February 25, 2017

Recipe: Easy Imitation Shark Fin Soup 簡單碗仔翅



Thanks MamaCheung for sharing such a nice and easy recipe...muak! muak!

Recipe copied from http://mamacheungcooks.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/fake-shark-fin-soup-easy-recipe.html
材料Ingredients:
一百二十五克梅頭瘦肉,切成幼絲 125g shredded pork shoulder (used shredded chicken meat)
二十克浸了的木耳,切絲 20g soaked black fungus, shredded
三十克浸了的冬菇,切絲 30g soaked shiitake mushrooms, shredded
三十克浸了的粉絲,剪碎 30g soaked bean vermicelli, cut into short threads (used glass noodles)
一片薑,拍鬆 1 slice of ginger, lightly crushed
兩個紅蔥頭,拍鬆 2 shallots, lightly crushed
一湯匙紹興酒 1tbsp Shaoxing wine
一隻雞蛋加兩湯匙水,拂勻 1 egg in 2tbsp of water, mix well
三十克馬蹄粉加三湯匙清水撈勻 30g water chestnut powder in 3tbsp water (used corn starch)
一湯匙老抽 1tbsp dark soy sauce
一公升半清水 1.5L water
二百五十毫升清雞湯 250ml chicken stock (boil 2 chicken drumstick, 10 dried scallop for 1 hr. Shred chicken meat and scallop)
鹽 salt
胡椒粉 pepper
麻油 sesame oil
浙醋 red vinegar

Note: Can add some crab meat too

豬肉醃料 Pork marinade:
半茶匙幼鹽 1/2tsp salt
少許胡椒粉 some ground pepper
一茶匙生粉 1tsp potato starch
兩茶匙清水 2tsp water
少許麻油 some sesame oil

做法:
將肉絲用半茶匙幼鹽,少許胡椒粉,一茶匙生粉加兩茶匙清水和少許麻油撈勻醃。  爆香紅蔥頭和薑,然後灒酒,加水,轉大火,加清雞湯,煮三分鐘。取出紅蔥頭和薑,加入冬菇絲,煮四分鐘。加入粉絲,木耳絲,煮兩分鐘。將少許湯加入豬肉絲,令肉絲鬆開才放進鍋子裡。除去湯上的泡泡。加少許老抽,用來上色。將馬蹄粉水攪勻,然後漸漸加進鍋子裡,視乎濃杰度。將雞蛋拂勻,加兩湯匙水,令雞蛋滑身些。熄火,將蛋漿慢慢加進鍋子裡,令湯杰身。加胡椒粉,麻油,攪勻。【自家碗仔翅】完成了。吃前加少許浙醋。

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Recipe: Nyonya Pulut Tai Tai 娘惹咖椰糯米糕


Mamamia!


Method:

  1. Soak at least 6 hrs (a) 300g washed glutinous rice and (b) 100g washed glutinous rice + 1/4 tsp vinegar + 1 tsp blue coloring. Drain and set aside
  2. Mix 210ml coconut milk + 50ml water + 1 tsp salt. Set aside
  3. Cover pan with banana leaves (or line 4 pandan leaves), spread glutinous rice with blue rice side by side. Place 3, halved pandan leaves on top   
  4. With high-heat, steam the rice with 3/4 of coconut mixture for 20 mins.
  5. Pour the remaining coconut mixture, fluff and mix the rice a little. Steam for another 15 mins, discard pandan leaves
  6. Into a container, mix and compact the rice with a metal spoon (or cling wrap and press)
  7. Set aside to cool. Slice and serve with kaya!







Monday, February 13, 2017

Recipe: Panna Cotta, Italian Dessert


13 Feb 17, Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

Super yumMmm! Everybody wants more...slurp!

Recipe adapted from http://natashaskitchen.com/2015/10/31/panna-cotta-with-berry-sauce/


6 Feb 17, Choco Panna Cotta

It's summer! It's sunny! It's so cool...yum!

Recipe adapted from https://youtu.be/8uI5LHrwsTA

Monday, February 6, 2017

Year of the Rooster 2017


鸡年大吉! Gongxi Gongxi! 

Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you good health and lasting prosperity!















Friday, February 3, 2017

18th Wedding Anniversary


Dear Chian,

Thank you for being my partner, lover and friend. 

It's amazing how much we've gone through together...those sweet and difficult times must have had created opportunities and contributing to this stronger relationship...today. Thank you for being there!

Happy anniversary my love!





Friday, January 13, 2017

Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland


"Lamington National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. The area is renowned for its beautiful waterfalls and more than 160 kilometres of walking trails, including the 21.4 kilometre Border track, built in the late 1930’s and the Caves circuit which has views out over Coomera Valley..."

"World Heritage status was bestowed on Lamington in 1994 in recognition of its high biodiversity, and the fact it contains a living museum of the evolutionary steps taken in the development of Australia’s modern day flora. It now includes 20,200 hectares of varying forest types, from temperate Antarctic Beech forest high on the border ranges through the sub-tropical rainforests, to the dry eucalypt forest of the northern escarpment.


Lamington National Park provides food and shelter for a huge array of sub-tropical birdlife (over 160 species), reptiles, frogs, mammals and invertebrates."








Being 1000 metres above sea level, Lamington National Park is 5-8 degrees cooler than Brisbane, what a wonderful summer getaway!The valley view heading up was spectacular., a big WOW! It will be a lifetime memory. I tried to shoot as many photos, but they just can't tell all.

On the way up, we stopped in at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards. My first visit to a vineyard. This was new to us. I often wonder about grape vines... beautiful... beautiful views here!

Before checking in to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, we took our first walk, 'The Treetop Walk'., saying helloooo... reconnecting with the nature. It was a mere 800 metres walk. Good for warming up old muscles. Haha.

"The Tree Top Walk consists of 9 suspension bridges up to 16 metres above ground. Enjoy a bird’s eye view from a deck 30 metres above ground in a fig tree over the walkway..." 

Later, we made the second one. This time, much longer... longer than 4.6 km. A combination of Mick's Tower, Wishing Tree, Moran's Falls and The Lost Walk. Hahahaaa!! The Lost Walk was an extended one....we were a little lost after the Moran's Fall.

The entrance to begin our track was just a few seconds stepping down the room. Mick's observation tower (18 metres high) was our first stop. The walk along this sub-tropical rainforest was full of surprises and excitement spotting prawns, wallabies, birds and wild plants.  The natural swing brought extra fun and happiness to my little ones too.

Finally...and finally, these walking tracks led us to another spectacular lookout., the waterfalls at Moran's Falls! Amazing view!

...and now...let's breath...enjoy the clean, fresh air...and....continue our journey back to O'Reilly's.  No more vote for another walk. Enough.


Heading down the drive, Alpacas feeding was a bonus. Happy faces...once again. Needless to say...Priceless!


and on the way back home, we did pop in to Movie World and Wet'n'Wild for a few rides. THE END



























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