Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chicken Broth (Soup)

Chicken Broth (Soup)
Making Chicken Broth is very easy.
After making it, you just need to keep into individual
container, freeze it and when you wanted to use it, just need to thaw it.

 420g Chicken Carcass and 1 Whole Chicken Leg
260g Celery
230g Yellow Onion (my pantry short of Yellow Onion,
thus I used Red Onion)
220g Carrot
1/2 tbsp Black Peppercorn
4 liters Water

(Note : It is ok, if your ingredients are plus or minus (+-),
just ignore it, don't freak out.)

1) Wash the ingredients and cut into pieces. (sizes doesn't matter).
2) Heat up 1/2 cup of cooking oil and pan fried the chicken.
(I prefer this method because I found out that not much scum
appears while boiling. Choice is yours. If not, then skip this method.)
3) Add all the rest of those ingredients and stir for a few minutes.
4) Add all the water and black peppercorn and boil at high fire for
30 minutes.
5) Boil further at medium fire for another 1 1/2 hours. 
6) Strain with colander (I used colander and muslin cloth for smoother broth).

Note : No need to add salt because you will add salt later
in another dish when you are using this chicken broth.

4 containers of 500 ml (+-) for each containers.
Cool at room temperature and keep in the freezer
for later use.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Creamy Broccoli Soup
 Before my husband flown overseas, my dear daughter requested 
for this soup.  She loves all kind of soup.  Well, as her mother, 
I won't decline her request.  Embark my journey to buy those ingredients.
After cooking and calculating those ingredients bought, 
found out that it is indeed very cheap compare eating outside and
lastly all my ingredients are fresh.

Ingredients :-
400g Broccoli (cut into florets, stems peeled and chopped)
1 medium size Onion (roughly chopped)
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Flour
2 cups of Chicken Broth + 1 cup of Water
1/4 cup Cooking Cream
Salt and Pepper
Method :-
1) In a pot, melt butter over medium fire.
2) Add Onion and cook until softened.
3) Add flour, stir until combined (1 minute only).
4) Add Chicken Broth slowly and whisking constantly until the flour well combined.
(By doing this way, the flour won't be lump together)

 Method :
5) Add Broccoli and bring to simmer.  Cook the Broccoli until very tender.
6) Use hand held blender and blend until smooth.
7) Add cream and stir until combined.
(I found it is too creamy and added some boiling water. The choice is yours)
8) Season with salt and pepper.

 Upon seeing and tasting it, my daughter said
"Mum, you are the best".

After drinking all the soup and with her cheeky smile, she requested for 
Mushroom Soup.
Do I reply her "Am I your servant?....of course I did not replied her that."
In fact, this morning went to Market to buy some Mushrooms.
Will be making it tonight for her next day meal.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stir Fried Chicken With Char Choy

Stir Fried Chicken with Char Choy
My son came back for summer holiday last few weeks ago and
I only had the chance to cook for him last week due to our hectic
schedule accompanying him here and there.
He loves to eat Char Choy (Pickled Mustard Root) and cooking Char Choy
with Chicken will be his favourite.  You can cook Char Choy with
any meats and also for noodle.  Myself also love to eat it.
As usual, I will share with you this delicious recipe.

 1 Red Chilli (seeded and sliced)
Few stalks of Spring Onion (cut to thump length)
One pack of shredded Chay Choy* (soak with water for 30 minutes,
rinse and squeeze out the water)
2 pips of Garlic (minced)
3 pieces of Chicken whole leg (deboned and cut into pieces)

* Note : Some named it Char Choy or Pickled Mustard Root or
Szechuan Salted Vegetable or Szechuan Preserved Vegetables

Marinade - 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp light soya sauce, 2 tbsp cornstarch

Seasoning - 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tsp soya sauce, 1 tsp sugar

 Marinade the Chicken for 2 hours and fried until cooked.
Dish and drain.

 Heat up 2 tbsp Cooking Oil and saute Garlic until slightly brown.
Add Char Choy and stir fry for 1 minute.
Add Chili and stir fry for 1 minute.
Add Seasoning and stir fry for few seconds.

Note : If you feel that it is a bit dry, please add few tablespoons of hot water.

Add Fried Chicken and stir fry for few seconds.
Add Spring Onion and stir fry for 1 second.
Dish up and serve immediately.

I know you will think that it is a bit hassle to fry the chicken and then
cook it.  If you don't try it, you won't know that this dish is 
delicious, yummy and mouth watering.

My dear colleague, Stephanie cook it based on my manual instructions and 
she managed to cook it.  Her whole family finished eating it and 
her husband praised her for cooking a yummy dish.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stir Fried Dried Scallop with Cauliflower

Stir Fried Dried Scallop with
There is another dish Stir Fried Dried Scallop with Broccoli and Cauliflower.
The above dish same ingredients but without the broccoli.
Very simple to cook.

I wanted to share this song with you "Anak" by Freddie Aguilar.
Anak is a Tagalog song written by Philippines Folk Singer Freddie Aguilar.
It was a finalist for the inaugural 1977 Metropop Song Festival held in Manila.
It became international hit and was translated into 26 languages.

My daughter and I love to listen to this song. Do enjoy it.

Lyrics in English Translation :-

The day you were born to this world
Your parents were full of joy
And their arms are your light

And your mother and father worries
and don't know what to do
Watches over you even in your sleep

And in the light, a sleepless night, 
your mother is still awake to prepare your milk

And in the morning you are in the laps
of your father, who is so joyful because of you

Now you are all grown up, you desire to be independent
Even if your parents forbid, they can't stop you

Isn't it you that changed a lot
Disobeyed them, remained stubborn
And you did not follow their advice

You did not took the time 
To think about all the things they have done for you

For you desire, only what is pleasurable
You just ignore them

And the days has past and you took a wrong turn in life
You are imprisoned in a horrible vice

And you first approach your dear crying mother
And asked "Child, what happened to you?"

And your eyes immediately shed tears
Without you noticing

Regretful and you realized that you were at fault. 

475g Cauliflower (clean and cut)
50g Dried Scallop (soak with hot water for 10 minutes and clean)

Clockwise :-
(1) Heat up 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and add minced Garlic and stir fry for one minute,
add Dried Scallop and stir fry for 2 minutes.
(2) Add Cauliflower and stir for another 1 minute.
(3) Add 1 cup of hot water and stir fry until the Cauliflower is cooked.
No need to add salt because the Dried Scallop is salty.
(4) Lastly add cut Spring Onion and stir fry for another minute.

Well, isn't it is easy to cook? 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stir Fried Hong Kong Choy Sum with Garlic

Stir Fried Hong Kong Choy Sum with Garlic
Love to eat this Hong Kong Choy Sum compare to our local Choy Sum.
Hong Hong Choy Sum has broader of stem compare to our local Choy Sum.

 One hand of Hong Kong Choy Sum (wash and clean)
4 cloves of Garlic (minced roughly)
Some Oyster Sauce

Heat up 2 tablespoons of Cooking Oil.
Add Garlic, once the side of the garlic getting brown,
add Hong Kong Choy Sum and stir fry until 3/4 cooked.
If it is a little bit dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water.
Lastly, add Oyster Sauce and stir fry until well cooked and combined.

Yummy - Delicious - Yummy
Eat it with hot piping rice.
Mark my word, you won't regret cooking this dish.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thai Chicken with Basil (Pad Kra Pao Gai)

Thai Chicken with Basil
(Pad Kra Pao Gai)
Well, within less than a month, I have cooked two Thai dishes. not because my family crazy in love to eat Thai food.

This dish is very simple to cook and inexpensive and don't know why 
some Thai restaurants are charging a bomb over it.
Some will tell me that it is ambiance, service, etc and lastly we just order, 
wait and eat only. LOL.

 Basically, the ingredients are very simple to get.

3 whole leg chicken (deboned and cut into small pieces)
6 Chillies
8 - 10 cloves of Garlic
1/2 handful (instead of handful - choice is yours) of Basil 

1 1/2 tablespoon of Oyster Sauce
1 tablespoon of Soya Sauce
1 teaspoon of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Dark Soya Sauce

Some sliced Cucumber and Tomato
Fried some Eggs

Isn't it is easy to cook?  Remember to slice some cucumber, tomato
and fried some eggs.  Now you have one simple delicious home
cooked meal.  When I uploaded the above photo in the WeChat,
my lovely niece immediately wanted to eat it.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Carrot Porridge with Salted Duck Egg

 I have posted a few recipes on porridge.
My family loves to eat porridge especially during this kind of hot
and humid weather.

Click below for the other recipes.

 1 cup of rice (wash a few times) and then marinade with 
1/2 tablespoon of Salt and 1 tablespoon of Cooking Oil for 30 minutes.
1 medium size Carrot and julienne.
2 Salted Duck Eggs (wash)**

** Show the above picture with left side before washing and
right side after washing

 After marinade the rice for 30 minutes, add 8 cups of water.
Add the rest of the ingredients i.e. Carrot and Salted Duck Eggs.

Cook at high fire and when it is boiled, turn the fire to medium
and cook until the texture to your liking.
(It will boiled out, remember to watch over the pot frequently,
unless you are using rice cooker or pressure cooker to cook.
It is a bit tricky if you are using fire to cook.)

 If you find the texture of your porridge a bit thick, add hot water
(not cold water) and stir until combined.

Take out the Salted Duck Eggs and cut it into halves.

Well, to some they will yuck on porridge, but just to let you know
that Chinese feels that eating porridge during hot weather cleanse
our intestines.  You can add Spring Onion, Fried Onion or
few drop of Sesame Oil to make the porridge more interesting.


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