Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Chilli Prawns and Sotongs

Making full use of the rempah I made, today I try out cooking prawns and squids using the rempah.  Even my daughter who still does not take too spicy food also said nice.  She even request me to cook the same dish again on the next day.


2.5 tbsp cooking oil
60g rempah
12 pcs Prawns, remove shells
2 sotongs, cut into ring
Abt 10g gula melaka, crush into small pieces
Salt to taste

1. Heat oil in wok.
2. Add rempah into wok and fry under medium low heat.  Keep on stirring.
3. Once the rempah start to be abit darken, add in gula melaka sugar. Add in prawns and sotong. Stir to mix well with the rempah.
5. Using med low heat, stir fry till cook. Add salt to taste.

Rendang Chicken

It is time to try out the rempah for Rendang Chicken.  I can said the rempah was really good.  The Rendang Chicken turn out so good.  I made this dish for our Valentine's Day dinner at home.

Recipe for Rempah:


2 big chicken thigh (cut into few parts)
2.5 tbsp cooking
80g rempah
60g coconut cream (Ayam Brand Tin Type)
3 Kaffir Leaves
30g Gula Melaka Sugar
Salt to taste

1. Heat oil in wok.
2. Add rempah into wok and fry under medium low heat.  Keep on stirring.
3. Once the rempah start to be abit darken, add in chicken parts. Stir to mix well with the rempah till chicken begin to brown.
4. Add in coconut cream, kaffir leaves and gula melaka sugar in and mix well with the chicken.
5. Using low heat, simmer the chicken about 25 mins without cover and keep stirring gently untill chicken is fully cook. Add salt to taste.

Friday, February 10, 2017


It was my first time cooking Rempah. I choose to use Alan Goh's blog recipe.  It was really challenging as I was not sure whether I will succeed in rempah making.  Everything went fine except grinding the dry chillies took a longer time. As the dried chillies used was not alot, grinding job made it abit difficult.  But once all the cooking finished, the rempah smell so nice.

Recipe adapted from:

10 red chilies, chopped coarsely
20 dried red chilies, soaked in hot water until soft
10 buah keras(Candlenut)
30 shallots, peeled and sliced
10 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
generous thumb length knob of ginger, sliced
generous thumb length knob of tumeric root, sliced
generous thumb length knob of galangal, sliced
8 stalks of lemongrass, lower 1/3 whitish portion only, sliced finely

1 cup cooking oil(for cooking stage)

1. Blend all the above ingredients except dried chillies. Then blend the dried chillies separately.
2. Pour oil into a heated wok.  Heat up the oil then pour the blended rempah paste in.
3. Using medium low heat, slow cook the paste till it turn to a nice red colour and glister, and when oil separate from the paste.
4. Off heat and let it cool completely before storing in container and let it chill in fridge or freezer.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Crispy Batter Nian Gao

I was goggling for Nian Gao Batter recipe and come across a website stating Crispy Batter Nian Gao. I decided to give it a try and it is indeed crispy.

Recipe adapted from:

Nian gao, 年糕
Yam (i did not use)
Kumara/ sweet potatoes( i did not use)

100g rice flour
50g potato/ tapioca starch
25g corn starch
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cooking oil
1/8 tsp salt
100 - 125ml cold water
1 tsp castor sugar ( I added sugar apart from the website)

1. Cut the nian gao into equal squares and thickness of about 1cm each. Set aside.
2.  To make the coating batter, add rice flour, potato/ tapioca starch, corn starch, cooking oil, salt and baking powder into a bowl. Mix it evenly.
3.  Then add in the egg and half portion of the water. Mix it well until it becomes a thick yet a little runny batter.
4. The batter should not be too thin until it is not able to coat the nian gao.
Add more water, little bit at a time, to the batter if needed.
5. Heat up pan with oil. Coat the nian gao with the batter and deep fry till golden brown.

Friday, December 9, 2016

French Crepes

Chance upon this recipe on a Facebook link.  As it require lemon juice which I do not have it on hand, I substitute with vanilla extract.  When I done with the cooking, I ganish with sliced banana, hershey chockate sauce and sprinkle icing sugar on it.  My daughter who is a dessert lover, love this crepe with banana so much.

Recipe adapted from

(Half recipe portion, yield abt 7-8 crepes)
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup milk
2 egg
1/2 cup flour
1.5 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sugar

1. Blend all ingredients using blender.
2. Heat pan with butter.
3. Scoop batter onto pan and spread batter round the pan.
4. Few second later, flip over to cook till both side slightly brown.
5. Serve with fruits, chocolate sauce of your choice.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Gonger Onion Sliced Pork 姜葱猪肉

As this dish was cook by agaration proportion of ingredients, I can only list down the ingredients I used.  Everytime I cook this, it always look different as it depend on how much dark soya sauce I drizzle in.

1 pack of pork fillet from NTUC, slice thinly
1/2 yellow onion, slice it
Ginger, slice it
Garlic, minced
Light soya sauce
Dark soya sauce
Chicken powder
Some water
Sesame oil
Spring onion

1. Marinate the sliced pork with light soya sauce, ginger slices, cornflour and sesame oil.
2. Heat wok and fry some ginger slice and garlic till fragrant.
3. Add in the marinated pork with the ginger slice and stir fry.
4. Add in yellow onion and stir fry till the pork almost cook. Add in chicken powder and dark soya sauce. Add some water in. Test taste it. You can adjust the taste to your preference by adding soya sauce.
5. Lastly add in some spring onion and off heat. 
6. Dish up and serve with rice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Steamed Tofu with Minced Meat

Another dish that my family like.  I am surprised my kids finished the Tofu as it is their first time eating Tofu. Thank you The Meatmen for your recipe.  I will definately cook this dish again.

Recipe adapted from:

1. 2 blocks Vitasoy organic sprouted tofu - Steam
2. 80g shelled prawns
3. 80g minced pork
4. 2 water chestnuts (peeled and chopped) - I omitted this.
5. 2 tbsp chopped spring onions and chilies - I omitted chillies.
6. 1 tbsp light soy sauce
7. 1 tsp sesame oil
8. 1 tsp hua tiao wine
9. ½ tsp white pepper
10. ½ tsp salt
11. 4 wolfberries (soaked)
12. 1 sprig spring onion


1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp hua tiao wine

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp sesame oil


1.Trim sides of 2 blocks of Vitasoy organic sprouted tofu - Steam

2.Cut each block into half lengthwise

3.Using a small spoon scoop a hole in the center of the tofu blocks

4.Mince 80g of shelled prawns

5. Add 80g minced pork, 2 water chestnuts (peeled and chopped) and 2 tbsp chopped spring onions chili mixture

6. Season with 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp hua tiao wine, ½ white pepper and ½ tsp salt

7. Mix well and add minced mixture to the top of the tofu

8. Add a soaked wolfberry on each tofu block

9. In a bowl mix 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp hua tiao wine, 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp oyster sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil

10. Mix well and drizzle over tofu

11. Steam for 8-10 mins

12. Cut spring onions into strands

13. Remove tofu from steamer

14. Garnish with spring onions