Chicken Lollipop with Sweet Chili Sauce (甜辣酱棒棒鸡)

This supposed to be one of my dishes for an upcoming cooking contest, but apparently it resembles a “clubbing” dish which commonly found in the menu of pubs and clubs. :D

Well, I still like it as my home cooked. It looks great on the plate and delicious to eat. Try it!

酒吧菜式,你要试一试吗?
美观又好吃。 More

Healthy Fried Chicken Winglets & Cranberry Sauce (无油炸鸡翼&蔓越莓酱)

Recipe in English and Chinese (中英食谱)

Festive Feasts Made Easy with Panasonic Cooking

I am sure most of the people are looking up to celebrate this vibrant fun-filled festival, home dinner parties and scrumptious lunch gathering are starting to pack our calendars. Here I have my easy-to-prepare festive recipe (modified from Panasonic Cooking) to help you get started.

Other than getting some easy recipes on hand, useful and functional equipment is the key to having your preparation and cooking jobs done much easier and quicker. My multi-functioning Cubie convection steam oven is one of those convenient kitchen appliances that I would recommend. Not only does it have the convection baking feature, I use it to steam, heat up food, and even do healthy frying. Yes, you do not need pot-full of oil to get your crispy food done now.

If you are new to this oven, let me guide you with this healthy fried chicken wing & cranberry sauce for the upcoming Christmas!

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Healthy fried chicken winglets will help you cut down calorie intake by half. Eat more

Tips: This chicken wings recipe is good with any baking equipments, but best prepared with this Panasonic Cubie Convection Steam Oven NU-SC100.

What I personally like it most is the steam function. I do not need to set up my pot and steam rack, or electrical steamer anymore, simply place whatever food eg frozen buns, dim sum, fish, meat, chicken, etc into my steam oven and turn on steaming function to get it heated or cooked.

And for the minimalist, you don’t have to own 3 separate appliances of conventional oven, steamer and air-fryer now. Spare your tiny kitchen from the cluttering with this compact Panasonic Cubie steam oven in place. Of course, this easy-to-operate oven let you have all the convenience in most modern cooking. Roasting, baking, steam/ steam bathing (Japanese cheesecake method), and healthy frying to be done easily.

Stay tuned. I have more recipes to share. Ask me, if you wish to hear more of my sincere opinions.

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Note: This is an advertorial post, but all the above opinions are expressed based on my personal cooking experience with the oven and on my own accord.

Aromatic Roast Chicken (香喷喷烤鸡)

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

The Recipe for Romance 浪漫之食谱

When Prince Harry and Markle got engaged over their chicken roasting night, haha.. roast chicken has instantly named “engagement chicken”, for a dream of romance.

Now that Christmas is just around the corner, let’s do this, for chicken or turkey, for Christmas party, or an engagement proposal night. May dream come true for every foodie, after having a roast chicken made with my recipe! :)

圣诞节大餐不一定要在外面才能享受到的。续英国哈利王子在烹调烤鸡的时候求婚成功,烤鸡更成为了追逐浪漫的代表性食物,“求婚鸡”。

在这里祝愿大家吃了用我食谱来做的烤鸡之后便能梦境成真!

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Prepare yourself for an intake of 400-600kcal. 就预备摄入400-600卡路里的热量吧。

Tips: Open the oven door slowly during the roasting process and stand back so the heat does not hit you in the face.

温馨贴士:烧烤的过程中慢慢打开烤箱门,别太靠近烤箱以免被攻上的热气弄伤。

MySpicy Burger Recipe (麦辣鸡腿汉堡)

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

Same same but different this time! 这次有不一样的一样哟!

Everyone loves fast food. It’s not easy to get one everywhere in the world. Why bothers to cook one? Well… I don’t know! Just because one of readers requested this, so I created mine, for her. I love my readers and friends! :)

Anyway, I find mine different from the popular’s. Mine is homemade. Decent, tasty and it’s home cooked…

每个人都爱吃随手可得的快餐。别忙了,就去买一个吧,干嘛非要煮呢?对,是为了实现我亲爱的读者的需求,这就做出我的辣椒鸡腿汉堡!我爱你们!

汉堡里夹着一个自制的辣鸡排。好吃😋

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Method:
(1) Rinse and pat dry chicken thighs. Marinate with Seasoning (A) for at least 2 hours.

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MySpicy burger counts about 550kcal.
一份”麦”辣鸡腿汉堡的热量大概 550卡路里。

Tips: Add more chili powder and chili oil to increase the spiciness.
* The second frying process (quick fry) is to he done in less than a minute on high fire. Watch out the heat and do not burn the meat.

温馨提示:辣椒粉和辣油可照喜好调整。爱吃辣就加辣!
*鸡排回锅炸脆时,必须小心火候避免炸糊了。

Simple Rosemary Cajun Chicken Chop with Mashed Kudzu Root

“It’s our ritual to cook this chicken chop for Christmas, I would still add a twist to my already-good recipe.”

Chicken chop for this Christmas Eve was a little bit simpler and quicker to cook as I was out to run errand urgently the whole day. Only managed to fix the meal the last minute, I had to whip up our dinner within an hour. And, this is what I had here.

It was real quick and simple to cook this chicken chop, all I had to do was to get all the ingredients from supermarket first. Making mashed Kudzu root was my first attempt to create something new in place of potato.

Kudzu root or Japanese Arrowroot (粉葛), a starchy root vegetable, often used in Asian cooking, especially soup dishes. It is high in complex carbohydrates, and Kudzu helps in soothing and cooling to the digestive tract. By mashing boiled Kudzu root, it yields sticky soft texture, and it’s almost tasteless. It’s unique and palatable when made using my recipe. Let’s see..

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A serving of my chicken chop meal counts about 400kcal.

Enjoy!

Tips: Seasoning powders e.g. Cajun, all purpose, cayenne powder, are widely available in major supermarkets.

Light Papaya Soup

“It’s one of the best soups for health & diet watchers. Also great for all ages!”

All the ingredients used in this soup recipe were truly nutritious. Packed with high content of nutrients, and they were delicious to taste, too.

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Papaya, a fruit that contains not only high amount of antioxidant, but also an enzyme (papain) which helps digest protein. Snow fungus, nourishes your lungs and skin. Black-eyed beans as a kind of legumes. I did not need to highlight the rest of the familiar ingredients. Best thing, this super delicious soup was so flavourful with its natural sweetness from the papaya, we don’t need much of the seasoning here. A pinch of salt would be the limit to it.

Drink this soup and eat the ingredients on its own, or add some bee hoon to the soup, or simply compliment it with a plate of brown rice. It’s so much more fulfilling and healthy. Trust me, this is a super tasty and light soup dish. And, it’s great to feed the soup to your young ones, too.

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1 serving of my papaya soup with chicken breast counts less than 200kcal.

=&6=&: Suitable for children 8-month old onwards, do not add salt to the soup. It’s sweet and tasty in its natural way!

Tips: Peel or leave the papaya skin. With peeled papaya, it tends to disintegrate more easily if stirred too vigorously. If leave it unpeeled, make sure the skin is scrubbed and washed thoroughly.
* Unless you are using the fresh/ pre-soaked snow fungus, one large bulb of dried snow fungus will be more than enough even if you loved it so  much as it will expand once soaked in water.
* If chicken breast is not your favorite, use skinless drumsticks or thighs.
* It is not necessary to season the chicken meat for extended time in this recipe. Probably 5-10 minutes, if desired.
* Black-eyed beans are available in the dried goods sector of major supermarkets.

Love-Wings ‘比翼双飞’ (Air-Fried)

“Wing-to-wing for all couples in this Lunar New Year!”

If you are still thinking of chicken dish for the coming reunion dinner, but tired of fixing a whole chicken… Chicken wings could be ideal for the lunar new year celebration. Afterall, who doesn’t want to be wing-to-wing with your beloved spouse. Yes, having wings at your reunion dinner is to symbolize flying together, wing to wing like a pair of bird… Walking hand in hand with your loved one… Sweet. :)

Serves 2-3
Ingredients
6 pcs of large 3-joint chicken wings
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
2 tablespoons of Chinese braised sauce (or some brands called it Chinese Marinade sauce. In Chinese: 卤水汁), store-bought
1-2 tablespoons of XO sauce
1 tablespoon of Chu Hou paste (柱候酱)
1 teaspoon of coarse my grounded black pepper
1 heaping teaspoon of sugar

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 tablespoon of white sesame
2 tablespoons of honey

Plating use:
Cucumber slices

Method
(1) Clean and trim chicken wings. Pat dry after rinsing. Drizzle light soy sauce, XO sauce, Chu Hou paste, black pepper and sugar. Mix and coat well on every wing. Marinate for 2-3 hours.

(2) Preheat air fryer to 200deg Celsius for 10 minutes. Line aluminum foil on air fryer basket. Drizzle oil and place chicken wings in it. Air fry for 10 minutes. Do not discard the marinating sauce. Mix honey into the sauce and keep for later.

(3) Flip wings after 10 minutes of air frying. Drizzle honeyed sauce and white sesame. Air fry for another 10 minutes. Done. Transfer wings to large serving dish with bed of cucumber slices. Carefully lift up the aluminum foil which filled with hot sauce. Pour over the wings. Serve warm.

Don’t omit the cucumber slices. They are not there just to do the plating, but serve as sides which to be eaten together with the tasty sauce. Those underneath the chicken wings would have been steeped so well in the sauce and turn the cucumber slices into pickles.

One chicken wing with some cucumber pickles counts about 110kcal.

Tips: Chu Hou paste is similar but more than just fermented bean paste. It is available at major supermarkets eg NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage and some provision shops. Any brand.
* XO sauce is also a paste-like condiment. It’s also available at major supermarkets. This brand I used was from a Chinese soup restaurant, but you may get any brand of the shelves. Pictures are for your reference only. Not particular.
* Chinese braise sauce is available off the shelf at major supermarkets, too. All these bottled/ jarred sauces can be found at the Sauce and Condiments shelves.
* It’s ok if you do not have an air fryer. Oven bake with the temperature setting, or pan fry, or even grill the wings is perfectly fine.

Homemade Satay and Peanut Sauce Recipe

“Simple ingredients, for a good enough hawker treat at home.”

Satay, barbecued chicken on-stick, is one of the famous Singapore/ Malaysia hawker food that everybody loves!

I have always wanted to cook satay at home, but the extended peeling & chopping, blending and long simmering preparation put me off. Only until today, my satays are finally served on the dining table. We loved satay, but I was a little skeptical to eat too much of the store-bought. Papa pressed me to make some of my own instead.

Not that I make really great satay, probably wouldn’t beat the authentic Malay cooking, my recipes are good enough as a home cooked. And I did not use complicated recipes to cook my satay, just some simple and easy to get ingredients, I created this recipe of Satay!

Yes, for the fact that I used much simpler ingredients in my recipe, the satay peanut sauce, especially, was yummy. It was much likable by my family. :)

Well, I convinced myself that the long preparation was worthwhile. Everyone loves satays. So, come on, just don’t be lazy…… Go do it! Anyway, cook a large pot of sauce, store/ freeze a portion out for cooking another dishes eg satay bee hoon another days, why not… :)

Yields 12 – 14 large sticks of satay and 1 large pot of peanut sauce

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To serve, place satay and sides on plate. Scope peanut sauce into small serving bowl and top with pineapple paste.

A serving of 4 large satays with dipping of peanut sauce counts about 280kcal.

Tips: Brushing of honey on grilling satay has to be done last minute as it causes burnt on meat easily. You do not want your satays to be too burnt, especially to be eaten by children.
* For more a traditional satay marinade, you may add 1 teaspoon each of coriander powder, fennel seeds and cumin seeds. I did not as I do not wish to buy in large portion to use only little bit in a long time. :)
* Satay sauce may appear too dry, or dry out after long heating off. Since My recipe is catered for large portion cooking, I would suggest to just scope out required portion. Transfer into separate pot and simply add a little bit of hot water and simmer a little while before serving. Store the balance peanut sauce properly in refrigerator for up to a week.
* For kids sharing, you may want to omit chili powder, or add only sambal belacan into the sauce cooking at last stage.
* Coarsely grounded peanut is usually found at dry goods shelves whilst finely grounded peanut is sometimes placed at the baking supplies compartment. If those finely grounded peanut packets found are already mixed in sugar, no worries to use them. Simple reduce the amount in recipe you supposed are going to add in.