Category Archives: Sauce & Condiments

Sauce & Condiments

Meat Tenderizer

“How to create tender bites of meat chops or tough cut steak?”

If your baked pork chops, grilled steaks or even fried chicken cutlets appeared too hard to chew, you need to tenderise them. Tenderizing is a process to break down fibers in tough meat to make it more springy and palatable for consumption.

There are two particular ways to tenderise slabs of meat. You may use the hammer-like meat tenderizer, or call it a meat mallet, to pound out the meat in order to soften its fibers making it tender. read more

Homemade Whipped Cream

“Simple Homemade Non-Dairy Whipped Cream for Topping and Filling”

Whipped cream is easy to make. You can have the whipped cream made, to use it as topping of cream cake, cold pie, fruit tart, and even fresh cut fruits.

A good quality whipped cream can be stored in the refrigerator for at least 2 days.

Most of the time, the more commonly used whipping cream is dairy, and heavy. Heavy whipping cream which contains about 40% of fat, required lesser whipping time than the light whipping cream. read more

Staple Food in My Kitchen

“The must-have food products in my kitchen/ refrigerator”

3 Jan 09 Genie: “Hi, really love your blog.. please keep on updating! can i request for a post on the “necessity” ingredients/things you will always buy and store in your kitchen/fridge?”

The above was a message from my reader, Genie. Her request of having a post on the staple food in my kitchen struck my mind. It’s time to stock-check my fridge and food storage cabinet!

Yes, I do have many things/ ingredients which have become my staple. As a seasoned cook at home, I just can’t “make food” without them (chuckling). read more

Chicken Stock Cube with No MSG?

“Chicken stock for better taste in your cooking”

Chicken stock is an aromatic substance to add to your cooking of soup, vegetables, meat and sauce. Chicken stock is made of actual chicken, vegetables and some other ingredients and spices.

Chicken stock in form of powder, stock cube and broth (liquid base) are widely available in most supermarket and sundry shops. Most of the chicken stocks contain additional MSG (Monosodium Glutamine). Hence, many of us have this perception that adding chicken stock is “no good”. However, don’t forget you can always get the NO MSG added type. Maggi Brand and Knorr Brand produce the no added MSG chicken stock cube which considered even better and healthier type. [Post Note: However, just realized from an article that there are still some hidden MSG from the yeast extract found in the chicken stock/ cube. Do consider this.] read more

Shao Hsing Hua Diao Wine (紹興花雕酒)

“Shao Hsing Hua Diao Wine, a condiment you’ll like adding to enhance the aroma and taste of your home cooking”

Shao Hsing Hua Diao Jiu (紹興花雕酒) – a type of rice wine originated from Shao Xing, China. It is mainly made of glutinous rice and wheat. Alcohol content by volume: 16% or less. Its name, Hua Diao describes the flowery carved pottery that stored the wine anciently, but the bottle has been mass produced commercially with simpler design in handy bottle, for convenience and more economical purposes. However, there are still many Hua Diao Wine selling in nice flowery carving designed pottery. Seriously, it does not matter how it is bottled to me, all I care is the quality of wine and its taste added to my cooking. read more

Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce

“Lea & Perrins’ sauce adds extra flavor to my meaty recipes”

Lea & Perrins’ worcestershire sauce was founded in year 1835, it was from Worcester.

The taste of this dark sauce made of vinegar with some special seasonings. It’s not so salty or sweet, but pleasant sourish taste.

My main use of this condiment is for meat and poultry recipes.

By adding drops of worcestershire sauce, it gives extra flavor to the dish expecially meaty one.

Instead of using oyster sauce and soy sauce to marinate your pork chops, try using just the worcestershier sauce. Some use it to marinate steaks as well. read more