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Sauce & Condiments

Nyonya Recipe: Sambal Belacan (Blending Method) 娘惹食谱: 叁巴马来盏辣椒 (搅拌做法)

Post & Recipe in English and Chinese (中英食谱)

“It’s just so easy-peasy to make this versatile Sambal Belacan Chili, a family heirloom recipe from Nyonya Ah Ma. 就是这么轻易地做出娘惹阿嬷家传食谱的多用途叁巴马来盏辣椒。”

Using mortal and pestle to slowly grind the raw sambal ingredients into paste is certainly the most traditional and risk-proof way in making the most classical version out of its original state. However, blending it the quick and easy way is what most busy people like us need. I personally buy the idea of  blending, and think it’s great enough with the smooth and refine paste. :)

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Spicy Tomato Pasta with Tuna (Pork) Meatballs

“Restaurant standard pasta dish which can be served easily at home. To impress your loved ones, or visiting guests.”

Cooked this for my lunch meeting yesterday. Knowing that the cakes and desserts were the “highlight” of the session, we tried to keep our main course simple. Yup, made this meatball tomato pasta as part of my contributions to the potluck meal, I was glad that many of them enjoyed it pretty well!

Really nothing fanciful, my pasta dish was just one of the many versions. Of course, with a twist to adapt the pasta cooking as my own.

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Easy Homemade Blueberry Chia Seed Jam

“Authentic and guaranteed freshness. This awesome homemade blueberry jam will definitely blow you away!”

Yes, this is. This is the easiest way to make your own fruit jam. Nothing fanciful, instead. Just for the freshness and goodness here. You might wonder why sugar if it’s healthier homemade jam. Low pectin fruits like blueberries, need it. Yes, you could either add the store bought commercial pectin from baking supplies stores, or add sugar, to preserve the jam in a more natural way. I choose the later, but all, I used towards healthier version of sugar which is the black sugar.

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

“A side dish, that’s as good as a 1-dish meal!”

When come to Vietnamese food, the summer rolls are the sides which I would never missed. Yes, this is my favorite side dish in the Vietnamese cuisine. So much so that I would want to make my own so that I could have it anytime, even at home. And, I would eat summer rolls as a meal, sometimes. Why not, it has all the vegetables, meat, prawns and bee hoon in one! :)

Summer rolls are not difficult to make, but needed quite a bit of preparation work done. I wouldn’t mind, because I knew I would have the best spicy peanut sauce made by myself that I could adjust the taste best suited to my liking. You are right, the summer rolls would never complete without a nice dipping sauce.

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Cheesy Mashed Potato with Cream Sauce Gravy

“It’s a mashed potato well filled with gravy and delicious toppings.”

It looked like a mashed potato cake to me. It could be served as snack for tea, a side for dinner, and even a main for lunch. Homemade cheesy mashed potato is delicious.

I used the store-bought gravy pack which needed some assembly to be done. From Ikea food market. Yes, just to try out. It was tasty, indeed. (*Actual pic of the cream sauce pack was posted in my Instagram or FB page’s comment)

This recipe was created simply because I had leftover bacon and asparagus in my refrigerator. Hence, the making of mashed potato which I could think of at that point of time. So as to try the cream sauce, in this case.

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Spicy Ma Po Tofu with Sweet Corn (Spicy Soy Bean Paste Tofu)

“My easy-peasy one-dish-meal version of Mapo tofu”

Happened to chance upon a Japanese version of spicy bean paste at $2 Daiso store. Hence, made a dish with this instant paste and a block of silken tofu I had for quite some time as well as whatever was available in my refrigerator.

Simple and easy recipe I have created for tonight’s dinner. It was subtly tasted with just a hinge of spiciness from the bean paste. So, if you are a fan of super spicy dish, add chili oil to it.

Serves 3-4
Ingredients
1 block of silken tofu, large cubed
1 bowl of sweet corn kernel, pre-boiled to cook and soften (from 1 sweet corn)
150g of minced meat, seasoned with light soy sauce and sesame oil

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