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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.

Steamed Corn Flour Bun With Vegetables

I was intended to make steamed buns with vegetable fillings inside, called Cai Tuan Zi in Chinese. It turned out corn flour is really hard to deal with. So I changed it into my special way.

corn flour 230g

plain flour 20g

hot water 200 ml.

yeast 3 g

warm water 30g

  1. Mix corn flour and flour in a big bowl. Add in hot water while stirring. and cool down.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast water into the flour mixture. Knead into dough.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 mins.

filling

spinach 200g

medium carrot 1

thick glass noodles (boil in water till almost cooked)

black fungus.

Add in 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp sesame oil and my special ingredient Sichuan pepper oil (fry 1 tsp sichuan pepper in 2 tbsp oil till aromatic and discard the pepper corn)

Of course, you can choose meat as filling, which I think will be easier to deal with than vegetables, since minced meat can be rolled into small balls.

Divide dough into 12 small dough balls. Press them flat and add in filling, then close up. That’s my original plan. Yet I found corn flour is less sticky and cannot be closed up. So I mix dough with vegetable filling. And divide them into smaller balls. Roll them in corn flour and that’s how I made my cai tuan zi. 🙂

steam them over boiling water for 15 mins.

They taste better than I imagined. And sure they are healthy.

Soy Sauce Chicken Wings

This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes.

Ingredients:

chicken wings joint 6-8

cooking wine 1 tsp

light soy sauce  1 tbsp

dark soy sauce 2 tsp

sugar 1/2 tbsp  (you can reduce according to your taste)

ginger slice 2 or 3

water

  1. Mix light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar and cooking wine in a bowl.
  2. Add chicken wings in and marinate for 2 hours.
  3. Heat a pan, add in a little oil. Fry chicken wings till both sides turn golden brown.
  4. Pour in marinade, Stir fry a bit to let them fully mixed.
  5. Pour in enough water just covers all the chicken.
  6. Bring to boil with high heat. Then turn to low heat and simmer for 20-25 mins with lid on.
  7. lid off and turn up the heat to reduce the sauce.

Laksa Hot Pot

The other day, I got a laksa hot pot soup base from the cashier of supermarket. I wanted to have nice hot pot for a long time. And I have never tried laksa flavor before.

This is the soup base I got. It has 2 parts: powder and paste.

Meat and vegetables are the main ingredients for hot pot.

First, I wash and cut vegetables and meat. Then follow the instruction to get soup base ready.

Meat in first, then the seafood part, vegetables at last. But vegetables like potato, sweet potato and shiitake mushroom can be put in earlier.

Home Cooked Food for My Dog Charlie

My husband and I got this poodle Charlie last month. Ever since this little cutie came to our house, our life completely changed.

I feel so lucky to have such a little playful buddy as our family member.

Most time, Charlie has dog food which was bought from pet store. But sometimes, especially on some big occasion, I will cook for him.

Actually, cooking for dog is much easier than cooking for human, as there is no need to season or to make different flavor. Home cooked dog food has a very simple rule – boil.

Ingredients I use are always chicken breast, potato and carrot. Charlie is only 3 kg now. He was 1.5 kg when he first came. So Charlie has very little appetite. He can’t eat too much.

The very simple way to deal with ingredients is to chop everything into small dices. You can choose 1 vegetable and 1 meat. For example. I always chop chicken breast (about half of my palm size), 1/4 of a medium potato, or 1/4 of a medium carrot. You can adjust the ratio. Put them into a bowl, add in enough water covers everything. Bring to boil, then turn to low heat and simmer for 15 mins or till they are completely cooked.

There are 2 ways I used to cook for Charlie.

  1. Cook meat & vegetable and rice separately. Cos most time, I also need to cook for me and my husband. So Charlie’s meat & vegetable will be cooked in a small pot. After they are done, I will just add in 1-2 tbsp cooked rice from rice cooker. Mix them well. Cool down and give it to him.

2. Cook meat, vegetable and rice together. This way is much simpler. You just need to put everything into rice cooker. I usually cook 2 meals at one time for him. Then I can save the rest and keep in fridge. He will enjoy for the next meal. Food cooked this way is nicer since it will give rice more flavor.

Charlie  obviously like cooked food much more than dog food. He’s often distracted by the sound while he’s having dog food. He needs to go and check. But when he’s having home cooked food, he’s more concentrated and cannot wait to finish them all.

 

Pickled Cucumber

  1. Prepare cucumbers (mine about 250g). I used regular ones, you can also choose mini cucumber. Wash them clean. Trim two ends and cut into halves.
  2. Let them dry with flowing air till the surface is dry.
  3. In a sauce pan, add in 1/4 cup light soy sauce, vinegar 2 tbsp, sugar 1 tbsp.
  4. Bring to boil. Add in cucumber and boil for about 30 sec.
  5. Take cucumber out to cool down. Also let the marinade cool down.
  6. Arrange cucumber in an air-tight container. Pour in marinade.
  7. Put into fridge.

After 2 days, the flavor will go in.

Perfect choice for white porridge.

Mutton Stew

  1. Cut mutton (about 800g) into small pieces. Put all the mutton into a pot. Add in enough cod water to cover them. And bring to boil. Keep boiling for 3-5 mins.
  2. Drain the mutton and wash off all the dirt.
  3. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tbsp oil. Sautee 2 cloves of chopped garlic. Add all the mutton in. Stir fry for 2 mins.
  4. Add in a few curry leaves, and 1 tsp Garam masala. Stir fry evenly.
  5. Pour in 1/2 1 cup water and salt to taste.
  6. Transfer everything into pressure cooker. And cook under high pressure for 20 mins.
  7. Prepare 2 big potatoes and 1 medium carrot. Peel them and cut into small dice.
  8. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tbsp oil.
  9. Add in 4 cardamom pods, 2 bay leaves and 1 star anise. Fry to aromatic.
  10. Drop in 1/2 tsp chopped ginger and 1 tsp chopped garlic. Stir fry a bit.
  11. Add in chopped 2 green chilis 1 chopped onion. Season with salt. Keep stir frying till onion turn transparent and completely soft.
  12. Add in potato and carrot dices. Stir fry for 2 or 3 mins.
  13. Pour all the mutton with stock into the pan. Simmer with lid on for 10 mins.
  14. Add in 200 ml coconut milk. Stir evenly and simmer for another 5 mins.
  15. Season with 1 tsp Garam masala and salt.
  16. Garnish with curry leaves.