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One Dish Meals

Taiwan-Style Shredded Chicken Congee (台湾式鸡丝粥)

“Have a quick-fix dinner for you and your loved ones with my simple and delicious shredded chicken congee with dried scallops and (shredded) carrot recipe (干贝萝卜鸡丝粥)!”

I personally think cooking congee/ rice porridge is the easiet dish. Simple and quick to fix a warm and nutritious light meal.

This is not so simple shredded chicken congee, but added with dried scallops for better flavour. I was glad that carrots were also added to the cooking, not only making it a better balanced-diet dish, the overall taste was enhanced with natural sweetness yielded from the carrots. Shredded carrots, instead of adding it in pieces, made a better food presentation with its bright orangy scattering. It surely makes the food more appealing, not to mention that pleasant subtle taste of this congee. For one who does not like vegetables (carrots), this is the best way to have it! read more

Prawn Noodle Soup with Prime Ribs in Slow Cooker (排骨虾面汤)

“Prawn noodle soup with super tender pork ribs in slow cooker”

It has been years since I first made prawn noodle soup (see my homemade Prawn Noodle Soup recipe). It is so simple to cook and devour on your very own “home-taste” prawn noodles. Moreover, prawn noodles are definitely healthier choice than having curry laksa noodles.

This time, I cooked a slightly more ‘complicated’ version of prawn noodle soup, with pork ribs added, too. Steps remained, but the soup base was cooked with additional ingredients which makes the soup a special one. It was adapted from recipe of Ms. Yvonne Soh, which has been featured under Taste column of The Sunday Times last week (thanks). The mention of “using cloves, star anise and black peppercorn” in prawn noodle recipe caught my eyes. Never thought that these spices will go along with prawn flavoured broth, so I thought I should give it a try! read more

Homamade Hawaiian Pizza

“Easy recipe for pizza making from scratch”

Pizza making is fun and easy. Perhaps, we have much influence by Pizza Hut, I love pan pizza (thicker crust) than original Italian thin crust pizza. So, the first pizza I made here was also pan pizza. Pizza-making may look deceptively comlicated, but it’s not so, in fact. I had this thick crust pan pizza made from scratch, and it was pretty successful in term of its appearance and taste, even by a first timer, like me.

The toppings used in Hawaiian pizza pretty much presenting the tropical flavour as this tropical fruit, pineapple, is used in it (to make it more convenient, canned pineapple is good). Hence, Hawaiian is named for this pizza (even though it’s not a Hawaiian invention), to denote the warmness and hospitality of Hawaiian, I believed. It’s named after the tropical characteristic rather than referring to the taste of any locally flavoured topping of Hawaii, neither the ingredients that typically produced in Hawaii. If you are a buff of Pizza Hut (or other pizza restaurants), you’ll understand how does Hawaiian pizza like (smile). Yes, this is the popular Hawaiian Pizza! read more

Braised Seafood Mee Sua (焖海鲜面线)

“Get hooked on my seafood treats with crisped Mee Sua.”

Mee Sua, or you call it vermicelli, a Chinese noodle dish which you eat it especially during birthday to symbolise longevity. Mee sua simply means long noodle thread (面线). Usually, mee sua is made into very thin strand, and it’s brittle when cooked. The apperance of Mee Sua is normally in whitish colour, and to be sold in to a box of 5 – 6 bundles. This type of Mee Sua is good to make into soup noodle.

I did not use the usual whitish bundles in this recipe, in fact. I used the crisped (pre-fried) type. Never heard of it? I have first spotted this crisped version in the wet market, last Sunday when a lady was buying 2 packets of it at the same store. She recommended it to me over my hesitation with the noodle choices, and commented that this crisped Mee Sua gets softened quicker than crisped Ee-fu noodle, to shorten the braising time. It’s also easier to chew, especially for younger children. read more

Vegetables Fried Rice (Vegetarian Recipe)

“Healthy and Wholesome Vegetables Fried Rice as Vegetarian Meal. It’s Delicious!”

This year, Vesak Day coincides with Lunar First day of May. Raised as a Buddhism devoter, we had no reason not to take vegetarian for the day! Everyone in the family had to follow vegetarian diet on each and every Lunar 1st and 15th of the Lunar month since young. So, for this special occasion, I cooked fried rice, with assorted vegetables and vegetarian (mock) meat. I called it Vegetables fried rice. read more

Pork Congee (猪肉粥)

“Hearty congee (or called it porridge) meal that warms the heart of your loved ones”

Porridge wasn’t limited to only oatmeal or cereal in liquid. Chinese congee, savory thick rice porridge had been so well-liked by Asians for centuries.

I had fresh lettuce served with my congee. This was inspired by the congee meal I had in Hong Kong. I loved the idea of having fresh crunchy lettuce as it added different texture to this meaty congee meal, making a good balance. Good garnishing not just for decorating, it relishes the congee, too. Serve it nicely, and then, mix it all up before digging in, you’ll discover the pleasure of savouring such delicious and hearty Cantonese-style congee once in a while (smile). read more