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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Homemade Salted Egg 自制咸蛋

The colour of the salted egg yolks as shown in this picture is the original colour of the yolks.  
I did not edit the colour of this picture ;)


I started my Salted Egg-periment on 14th October 2015 and ended on 21 December 2015. Don't worry, the actual brining days is about 20-30days only. Mine, took a little longer because.....


The first batch - one of the egg cracked on the 2nd day >.< 
So do check your eggs if there's any cracks, this step is crucial!



So I made another batch and wait again, but....



... the water turned mouldy. 
Probably it's before I did not boil the water.



These were the salted egg yolk from the mouldy batch. Looks good right? 


I discard everything...it's better be safe than sorry. 



This was the 3rd batch. This time, I boiled the salt water before brining.

(Picture 1 图一)






Thanks to Wahyuni for the tips. 3rd batch, it's a successful one! 


I'm glad that I can finalised my salted egg yolk recipe now and use it in my cooking. No need to worry about what it's made of . This was my first salted egg yolk dish...



Crispy Enoki Mushroom with Homemade Salted Egg 






Ingredients:

1 cup Sea Salt 盐 1 杯


3 cups Water 水 3 杯


1/2 Star Anise 八角 半粒


1/2 tbsp Shao Xing Wine 绍兴酒 半汤匙


4 Eggs (I used 4 chicken eggs for my egg-periment, the amount can be increased) 
鸡蛋/鸭蛋 4 粒 (可以加多几粒)



A glass container with lid. 玻璃瓶

Some egg holders/ small plates/ spoon. 小汤匙或其它餐具




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Method:

1. In a saucepan, cook salt, star anise and water. Bring to boil, simmer till the salt dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cooled completely.

先把水,盐和八角煮滚。待盐溶解后熄火,待凉。

2. While waiting for the salt water to cool, wash and dry the eggs. Make sure the eggs are not crack.

把蛋洗净,抹干。蛋不能有裂痕。

3. Stir in Shao Xing wine to the salt water.

把绍兴酒加入盐水,搅拌均匀。

4. Carefully place the eggs in the glass container. Pour in the salt water. The eggs may float, use some egg holder/ small plates/ spoon to hold it down the water level. Refer to picture 1.

把蛋放进玻璃瓶再加入盐水。这时候蛋会浮上来,可以用些餐具把蛋压下。看上面的图一。

5. Cover the container with a lid. Keep in a cool place and let it sit for 30 days. 

把玻璃瓶盖好。放在阴凉处30天即可。若喜欢我的食谱,可以LIKE和追随我的面书专页,不要错过最新食谱发布。

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Braised Chicken Wings with Chu Hou Paste 柱侯酱焖鸡翅


Chu Hou paste is one of the 'must have' sauce to standby in my fridge. I use it to stir fry mushrooms, pork, chicken and I especially like it with oxtail. You may check out some of my other recipes using this sauce if you have one and don't know what to do with it. :)

Click the below link for recipes and ideas:



Braised Oxtail & Carrot with Chu Hou Paste

Stir Fry Assorted Mushrooms with Chu Hou Paste





Ingredients:

12 Chicken Mid-Wings (or 500g of chicken drumsticks, cut into big chunks) 
鸡翅12只,或500克鸡腿(切小块)




Seasoning A: 腌料

1 tsp Sesame Oil 麻油 1茶匙

1/2 tsp Corn Flour 玉米粉 半茶匙

2 tsp Ginger Juice 姜汁 2茶匙

1 tsp Sugar 糖 1 茶匙

1 tsp Shao Xing Hua Tiao Wine 绍兴花雕酒 1茶匙

1/8 tsp Salt 盐 1/8 茶匙

2 tsp Soy Sauce 酱油 2 茶匙

Dash of White Pepper 白胡椒粉,少许



(B)

1 Large Potato (peeled, cut into cubes) 马铃薯 1 粒,切块

1 Medium Size Carrot (peeled, sliced) 胡萝卜 1条,切片

1 Red Onion (cut into chunks) 红葱 1粒,切块

3 tsp Minced Garlic/ 3 cloves of Garlic (if sliced) 蒜蓉 3 茶匙 或 蒜头3粒切片

1 1/2 tbsp Chu Hou Paste 柱侯酱 1 1/2 汤匙

Some Water 水,适量

Soy Sauce (optional, add to taste) 少许酱油调味

White Pepper (add to taste) 少许白胡椒粉调味



Spring Onion 青葱







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Method:


1. In a bowl, mix seasoning (A) to chicken. Cover with cling wrap, marinate overnight in the fridge.

把腌料A加入鸡翅,拌均匀,盖好。放进冰箱腌隔夜。

2. Heat oil in a skillet, add in potato and carrot. Stir fry until it's slightly brown, dish out. 

热油,把马铃薯和胡萝卜煎香。捞起备用。

3. Top up some oil, add in onion and garlic. Stir fry until fragrant, add in Chu Hou paste and chicken. Stir fry for a minute, add some water (just enough to cover the chicken, see the picture above). Bring to boil, cover and simmer until the potatoes are softened and the sauce is thicken. Add some soy sauce and white pepper to taste. 

添加一些油,把红葱和蒜爆香。加入柱侯酱和鸡翅,炒香。加少许水,盖上,焖至马铃薯软。收汁,加入酱油和白胡椒粉调味。





4. Garnish with spring onion and serve warm with steamed rice. If you like my recipe, click hereLIKE and FOLLOW my facebook page to receive more recipe updates. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Giant M&M Cookies 巨无霸M&M饼干



Before you proceed to read this blog, I must warn you. These cookies are super addictive! They are chewy, slightly crunchy at the sides and they taste heavenly! Indeed they are sweet...once you start with a bite, you can hardly stop! 

That's what we (my son and I) experienced the past 2 days. I made 18 palm size huge cookies and 10 were gone on the next day. Where are the remaining 8 cookies? ......I hide it....lol... 


Ingredients: (yield 18 palm size cookies)



(A)

260g Flour 面粉260克

1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda  小苏打 1  1/4 小匙

1/4 tsp Salt 盐 1/4 小匙



(B)

170g Unsalted Butter (softened) 牛油 170克

130g Castor Sugar 糖 130克

140g Brown Sugar 黄糖 140克

1 Large Yolk 蛋黄 1 粒

1 Large Egg 鸡蛋 1 粒

1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract 香草精 1.5小匙



Some M&M candies or Smarties  m&m 巧克力糖适量
(I use banana flavour M&M candies that I brought back from Australia)





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Method:

1. Mix (A) in a bowl, set aside.
将(A)搅拌均匀。

2. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Gradually add in eggs and continue to beat until well combined.
将牛油和糖搅拌至奶色,慢慢加入鸡蛋。

3. Beat in vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
加入香草精,搅拌均匀。

4. Gradually add in flour mixture and beat until just combined. 
加入面粉,搅拌均匀。

5. Scoop the batter and place on a lined baking tray. Topped with candies and bake in a preheated oven 180'C (or 160'C with fan) for 13-15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown.
用汤匙把面团分别放在烤盘上,放些M&M巧克力糖在上面,放进预热了的烤箱,烤180度13-15分钟。

6. Remove from oven, let it rest for 5 minutes before transfer the cookies to the cooling rack.
烘烤好后,将烤盘拿出,待五分钟后把饼干放在架子上待凉。即可享用。

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Strawberry Pancakes 简易草莓松饼




The first time I made this was about a year ago at my mom's house. Cooking this for my son and nephew for afternoon snack. Strawberry pancakes made using strawberry milk. 

Guess who's brilliant idea was that? Well, actually we never thought of that at first. We were all back to my mom's house for holiday and my sister wanted to learn how to make pancakes from scratch. She asked me for a live demo but there's no milk at my mom's place. So happened that my boy brought his favourite Meiji strawberry milk over and I thought of substitute the plain milk with strawberry milk. :D Hmm...this is something new to us (my sis and me) but both kids loves it so much and from that day onwards, whenever I have strawberry milk at home, I'd make strawberry flavoured pancakes for my boy. ;)


Here's the list of ingredients used:


I served this with freeze-dried strawberries. It's sweet, so I omit sugar in the pancakes batter ;)




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1 cup Meiji Strawberry Milk

1 Egg 

1 cup All Purpose Flour

Pinch of Salt

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Easy Homemade Applesauce 自制苹果酱



This, reminds me of the GERBER baby puree that I used to feed my son when he was small. He never like it, when he was a baby or even now...lol....always, I'm the one who finished his jar of baby food, yes I admit like baby food! Especially the GERBER pear & banana puree, it's yummy! :P

Initially I made this for baking muffin. Well, actually I just want to use up the apples that no one wants to eat! But, I was busy during school holiday, I don't see the chance of me baking anything now unless night baking again... So this applesauce will probably ended up in my breakfast. I topped it on my cheesy baguette toast, it taste so good. Yeah...seriously, I think I should just keep it for my breakfast ;)


Ingredients:




5 Small Apples (or 3 large apples, washed, peeled, core and sliced)
苹果,五粒(小)或三粒(大),洗干净,去皮,切片

1/2 cup Water
半杯水

1 Cinnamon Stick 
桂皮1条

1/4 cup Brown Sugar (optional, can be reduced for less sweet applesauce)
黄糖1/4杯 (喜欢少甜的可以减少糖的份量)

*If making for baby, omit the cinnamon stick and sugar*
如果做给宝宝吃,不用放糖和桂皮





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Method:


1. Add apple, water and cinnamon stick in a sauce pan, bring to boil. 
将苹果,水和桂皮放进锅里,煮沸。

2. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
调小火,盖上,文火煮十分钟。

3. Add brown sugar, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. The apples should be softened, with very little water left in the saucepan. Refer to the above picture.
加入黄糖,继续煮十分钟。

4. Remove from heat. Discard the cinnamon stick. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender/ food processor, blend until smooth.
苹果软了后,水的份量很少的。离火。待凉五分钟后搅拌成泥。

5. Let it cooled completely, store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.
待凉后,放进冰箱。若喜欢我的食谱,可以LIKE和追随我的面书专页,不要错过最新食谱发布。

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Crispy Curry Flavoured Chicken Nuggets 香脆咖喱鸡块







We went to Perth for family vacation few weeks back. During our trip there, most of the food we had were deep fried or grilled. This was the chicken breast nuggets that I ordered for my son that I personally like it.




Making nuggets from scratch is nothing new to me. I have years of experience making delicious nuggets lol... but this version that we had in Perth, inspired me to modify my old recipe to achieve a better and yummier nuggets. It's the coating that I did the copycat, but I don't deep fry, this time I pan fried the nuggets. Added some spices to add the flavours to the chicken breast. This is the taste that you won't get in any western restaurant ;) Son gave me 2 thumbs up, he likes it so much! :)




For plain chicken nuggets recipe, click here.





Ingredients:

Cooking method: Pan-fry, Air-fry, Bake, Deep fry with oil.



Boneless Chicken Breast/ Thigh (Cut into finger food chunks) 

Egg (Beaten)

Garlic Salt 

Self Raising Flour



Crumbs mixture:

Rice Crumbs (can be sub with bread crumbs) + Curry Powder + Turmeric Powder + Raw Sesame Seeds (mix well)




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Method:

1. Dry chicken chunks with kitchen towel. Season with garlic salt. Toss with self raising flour.

2. Dip chicken chunks into the egg until it's completely covered with egg.

3. Dip chicken chunks into rice crumbs mixture until it's completely covered with bread crumbs. 

4. Optional: Repeat step 2 and step 3 for thicker crust.




Air-fry with Tefal Actifry:

5. Grease fryer's pan with olive oil. Place chicken chunks and gently press to flatten. Repeat the same steps for all the chicken chunks.

6. Spray a little olive oil on the chicken chunks. 

7. Air fry for 8 minutes or until cook through. 

Pan-fry in a frying pan:

8. Heat oil in a frying pan. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until cook through, golden and crisp. 

*Do not over-cooked the chicken to remain the moist in the chicken. 







Tips to make the chicken breast more tender for the little one to munch:

1. Before adding anything, add some corn flour to the chicken breast, leave it for 30minutes. 

2. Rinse the chicken, pat dry with kitchen towel, then cut into chunks.

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Red Fermented Bean Curd aka Nam Yu Fried Chicken (air fry/ deep fry recipe) 南乳炸鸡(气炸/油炸)

Coated with Corn Flour
Photo updated 14 March 2017

I love anything cooked with Nam Yu (南乳, aka red fermented bean curd). I braised pork ribs with Nam Yuair-fried pork belly with Nam Yu and many more. This Nam Yu Fried Chicken is one of my favourite. Succulent and flavourful. This recipe that I'm sharing here can be used for air fried or deep frying in hot oil. 


Coated with crispy crumbs - tapioca flour + bread crumbs.
Photo taken in year 2015.

Most people deep fry chicken in hot oil. That's the most straight forward method, just coat with batter and throw into the hot oil.

I have an air fryer, so I normally go for the healthier and less oily version. To make batter for air frying is a challenge because most batter doesn't coat well after air fried. I have tried different method to coat the chicken - with tapioca flour, bread crumbs and corn flour. Out of all these, I find that corn flour gives a better texture and crispiness. 

Coated with corn flour.
Photo updated 14 March 2017.





Lightly coated with tapioca flour.
Photo taken in 2015.



Ingredients: 材料


10 Small Chicken Drumsticks/ Chicken Wings/ Winglets 十只鸡腿(小)/鸡翼/鸡翅膀



Marinate with: 调味料

2 tsp Corn Flour 玉米粉/ 粟粉 2小匙

1 tbsp Mashed Garlic 蒜蓉 1 汤匙

1 cube of Nam Yu (red fermented bean curd) 南乳1块

1 tbsp Nam Yu Sauce 南乳汁1汤匙

1/2 tbsp Ginger Juice 姜汁半汤匙

1 tbsp Sugar 糖 1汤匙

1 tbsp Oyster Sauce 蚝油 1 汤匙

1 tbsp Shao Xing Hua Tiao Wine 绍兴花雕酒 1 汤匙

1/4 tsp Salt 盐 1/4 小匙

1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce 酱油 半汤匙





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Some extra corn flour for coating. About 4-5 tbsp to make a thick batter before frying. 
玉米粉/粟粉 适量


Method:

1. Add all marinates ingredients in a bowl. Mix well, cover and let marinate at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. 
将鸡肉洗净抹干,加入所有调味料,放进冰箱腌至少6小时。







2. Remove from refrigerator. Return to room temperature. Add some corn flour to make a thick batter.
回室温。加入适量的玉米粉/粟粉,大概4-5汤匙。



3. Place the chicken on the air fryer pan. I pour all the batter in to make crispy crumbs to sprinkle on rice (optional).
把鸡肉放进气炸锅里。




4. Air fry for 15-20 minutes. Cooking time depends on the size and thickness of the chicken. If you do not have an air fryer, deep fry in hot oil until cook through.
气炸 18-20分钟或油炸至熟。若喜欢我的食谱,可以LIKE和追随我的面书专页,不要错过最新食谱发布。

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