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Muah Chee 麻糍

Ingredients:

Glutinous rice flour 135g

tapioca flour 2 tbsp

water 220 ml

oil 2 tbsp

1, Mix everything in a big bowl. Whisk till very smooth.

2, pour the batter into a pan. Turn to low heat. Keep stirring, kneading and pressing for about 4 mins.

3, It will become a dough.

In another bowl, mix 50g ground peanut and 40g white sugar. Mix well.

Add Muah Chee dough into the ground peanut. Cut into small pieces and roll them to be covered with ground peanut.

 

青团 Qing Tuan (Sweet Green Rice Ball)

I love Qing Tuan. But I don’t know where to buy them in Singapore. I decided to make them by myself. Yet, another problem is I don’t know where to get 艾草 Ai Cao (Artemisia argyi, commonly known as silvery wormwood or Chinese mugwort). It’s one of the main ingredients to make the dough. So  I have to replace it with pandan, which is very common here in Singapore.

But the color is not as green as Ai Cao. I guess spinach would be a better choice.

Ingredients:

glutinous rice flour  180g

rice flour 20g

pandan leaves 20

water 1 cup

oil 10g

red bean paste 200g

1, In a big bowl, mix glutinous rice flour and rice flour.

2, Cut pandan leaves into small pieces. Put them into the blender with water and blend. Drain the water. Only keep 140g of the green water.

3, Heat green water in a pot. Turn off the heat when it’s about to boil.

4, Pour the hot green water into the flour mixture while stirring. Add in oil.

5, Knead it into a big dough ball.

6, Divide dough ball into smaller ones with each about 35g. Divide red bean paste into 10 smaller balls with 20g each.

7, Press the small dough balls into a thin and flat disc. Place the red bean paste into middle. And gently wrap it up.

8, Better put parchment paper under the Qing Tuan. And steam over hot water for 12 mins.

I really really love those green rice balls. Very delicious.

Homemade Simple Chedol

I was planning to make Chedol all by myself. Yet I couldn’t find mung bean flour at the supermarket. So I just bought the packed green pandan part, which made it a lot easier for me to prepare this famous dessert in Singapore & Malaysia.

Above are the main ingredients needed: coconut milk, cooked red kidney beans, green pandan part, gula malaka syrup.

Coconut milk: 200ml coconut & 1 pinch salt in a pot. Heat it and stir at the same time. Just turn off the heat when the coconut starts to bubble up. Cool Down.

Gula malaka syrup: 100g gula malaka, 50g water, 1 pinch salt. Put them in a pot. Heat it till gula malaka completely dissolved. Cool down.

Add ice cubes into a blender. and grind the ice.

In a bowl, Add in ice, coconut milk, green pandan part, red beans and top up with syrup.

Coconut Milk & Black Sticky Rice

1, Prepare 1 cup black sticky rice. Wash them clean and soak in water for overnight.

2, Put black sticky rice into a pot, add in 3 cups water. Also add in 1 pnadan leave knot (optional).

3, Bring to boil with high heat. Then turn to low heat and simmer with lid on for 40 mins. Remember to stir it occasionally. Add in more water if needed. Don’t get it burnt. After 40 mins, Black rice will absorb all the water. Discard the pandan leaf. Add in 2 tbsp sugar, mix well. Let it cool down.

4, Sauce part: Add 1 cup coconut milk into a pot, Also add in 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp salt. Keep stirring till sugar dissolves.

5. Put black sticky rice into a bowl, Top with coconut sauce.

Simple Banana Cake

Ingredients:

unsalted butter   80g

Granulated sugar  80g

Egg                     1

vanilla                      1/4 tsp

Flour        100g

Baking powder    3g

ripe banana                 2

 

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degree C.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a bowl till light.
  3. Mash bananas in another bowl.
  4. Beat egg into the butter mixture, Mix well.
  5. Add in vanilla, mashed banana and mix.
  6. Add in flour and baking powder, fold till just combined.
  7. Pour paste into baking pan.
  8. Into the oven and bake for 40-45mins. Check with toothpick.

Pandan Chicken

Today is my resting day. I was planning to make some dessert. That’s why I bought some fresh pandan leaves from supermarket. Yet, I checked my kitchen, there was 1 ingredient missing. So I decides to make pandan chicken instead.

1, To prepare marinade. 4 cloves of garlic, 3 red shallot, 1 small chunk ginger, 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp coconut milk. Put all of them into blender and blend into paste.

2, Prepare chicken. I use chicken legs. So I need to remove the bone first. You can just use boneless chicken leg or chicken breast. So the chicken is about 400 g. Cut them into smaller pieces. Similar to size of my half palm or even smaller. Because later they will be fried. If the chicken pieces are too big, it will be easily for them to get burnt while the inside still remains uncooked.

3, Put all the chicken into a big bowl. Add in marinade. Marinate for 2 hours.

4, Wash pandan leaves. Make them a knot and put the chicken inside the knot. Just make sure chicken stays inside the pandan leaves. You can pin it with toothpick if you want.

5, Deep fry them in oil with low medium heat, till the chicken turns beautifully golden brown color. Pandan leaves will also be crispy. And your kitchen will smell incredible. 🙂

Mango Sticky Rice

Finally I made one of my favorite dessert: mango sticky rice.

Ingredients:

Sticky rice 1 cup

coconut milk 2/3 cup

sugar 1/3 cup

salt 1/2 tsp

1, Wash sticky rice in water till water is completely clear. Soak them overnight.

2, Drain them and steam over hot water for about 30 mins.

3, When the sticky rice is about to be done, start to make the sauce.

4, Add coconut milk, sugar and salt into a pot. Turn to low heat, keep stirring till sugar is dissolved.

5, Put sticky rice into a big bowl, pour the sauce in. Stir slightly to mix them. Then cover the bowl and let it rest for about 20 mins. Rice will absorb the coconut sauce and flavor.

Fot topping:

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp rice flour

1 tbsp water.

Heat a pot, Add in coconut milk and salt. Stir a bit. Dissolve rice flour in water and pour into the pot. Stir to reduce till the thickness you like.

In a plate, arrange mango slices, sticky rice. And topping on the rice.

Very nice!

Cooking for Charlie

I have several more recipes for homemade dog food.

  1. boiled sweet potato with dog food.

My dog Charlie actually doesn’t like his dog food very much. My husband and I tried several different types of dog food: chicken flavor, lamb flavor, salmon flavor. All end the same, he might like it at the first, then he loses interest. When I put dog food in his bowl, he just watches everything and sits still. If I ask him to come over, he will come and sniff. Then he just walks away. So I try to add flavor with boiled sweet potato or  pumpkin. He loves it and finishes them all.

Bad thing is he may poo poo a lot.

2, Lamb macaroni

I put lamb bone in a big pot. Add in enough water. Bring to boil with high heat. Skim soup and remove the dirt and fat. Slow cook for 40 mins. There is also some lamb meat on the bone. So I use the soup to cook macaroni. He loves it.

3. Boiled egg with dog food.

Charlie loved boiled egg. I guess he loves all the food except dog food. 🙂

I don’t want to give him too much egg, so i usually boil 1 egg and eat half. Mash the rest half and mix with his dog food. And i only give very little egg white to Charlie.

4, Bland rice and chicken.

Charlie got diarrhea several days ago. I stop giving him dog food and his treat. Instead I cooked rice and chicken for him. It’s super simple. I bough minced chicken. Put minced chicken with rice in rice cooker and cook them together. Or I used boiled chicken breast, Tear it into small pieces and mix with rice. Charlie soon recovers from diarrhea.

Beef & Celery Stir-fry

This local celery is the very thin type. So I also cut beef into shreds.

1, marinate beef with a little light soy sauce and corn starch.

2, Heat a pan, add in 2 tsp oil. Turn to medium high heat.

3, Drop in the beef shreds and quickly stir fry till no more pinkish.

4, Take beef out and set aside for later use.

5, Add in a little extra oil, sautee 2 cloves chopped garlic till aromatic.

6, Add in chopped celery. Stir fry for 2 mins.

7, Put beef back into the pan. Drizzle in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce.

8, Stir fry evenly.

9, Season with salt and pepper.

Crispy Fried Chicken Wings

  1. Cut chicken wings 2 times on both sides.
  2. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, paprika powder, ground ginger and ground garlic (or garlic paste) over chicken wings. Mix by hands evenly and let them marinate for 2-3 hours.
  3. In a bowl, add in flour and starch, ration should be flour: starch = 5:1. Also add salt, black pepper to taste. To add more flavor to the chicken, I add in mixed herbs. You can just add in the herbs you like.
  4. Prepare a bowl of water.
  5. Roll chicken wing in the flour mixture first. Then dip in water quickly and roll in flour mixture again. Shake off the excessive.
  6. Heat oil. Test the temperate with chopsticks. If there are many bubbles around the chopsticks, the oil’s temperature is ok.
  7. Deep fry chicken wings till the flour shell is very hard. Then turn up the heat a bit. Fry chicken wings for the second time to get gold brown color and also to make them crispier.