Min Chiang Kueh (Apam Pancakes/ 面煎粿/曼煎糕)

Ingredients:

Flour 1 cup

Baking soda 1/2 tsp

Instant Yeast 1/2 tsp

Sugar 2 tablespoon

Egg 1

Water 3/4 cup

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Then cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30-40 mins.

For the filling:

Pan-toasted white sesame 1/4 cup

ground peanut 1/2 cup

Sugar 20g

Mix them well in another bowl.

1, Heat a pan on stove. Grease it with oil. Scoop batter into the pan. tilt pan to spread the batter. Keep low heat. Cover the lid for 3-4 mins.

2, Sprinkle   ground peanut & sesame filling in it.

3, Cover the lid for another 2-3 mins.

4, Use a spatula to fold the pancake from one side to the other and press lightly.

I also made one with red bean paste filling.

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.

 

Kueh Dadar

I’m so obsessed with Malay dessert recently. Today I tried to make Kueh Dadar.

Ingredients:

pandan leaves 40g

water 100ml

flour 100g

coconut milk 250ml

oil 1/2 tbsp

salt

egg 1

gula malaka 100g

coconut flakes (grated coconut) 250g

water 1 1/2 tbsp

Padan leaves knot

1, Cut pandan leaves into small pieces. Put them into blender with water. Blend till smooth.

2, Strain them to get pandan water 100ml.

3, In a big bowl, add in flour, pandan water, coconut milk, egg, oil  and 1 pinch salt. Whisk till the batter becomes smooth. Set aside for later use.

4, In a pan, add in gula malaka (finely chopped), coconut flakes, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tbsp water, Also add in a pandan knot. Stir fry with low heat till they are fully mixed and turns brown color and moist.

5, Heat a pan, Brush it with oil. Use a ladle to scoop some batter and pour into the pan. Tilt the pan to spread the batter evenly.

6, Cook till the bottom side of crepe is done. and flip over to cook the other side for several more seconds.

7, Put the crepe on a plate. Add some coconut filling at one side. Wrap it by 3 sides and roll it to the other end.

Taste very nice!

Simple Yogurt Cake

Because all the ingredients I used are for 2 cakes. So please halve the ingredients if you only need to bake 1 cake.

Ingredients:

plain flour 330g

ground almond 60g

baking soda 2 tsp

baking powder 1 tsp

eggs 3 large ones

yogurt 360g

sugar 350g

vanilla 1 tsp

canola oil  1 cup

Preheat Oven to 180 Degree C.

1, Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, ground almond, baking soda, baking powder) in a big bowl.

2,In another bowl, beat in eggs. Whisk well.

3, Add in yogurt, mix well.

4,Add in sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir well before adding the new ingredient.

5, Add batter into the pan.

6, Into the oven for 40 mins. Remember to check with toothpick.

 

Chili Crab

Actually this dish is much simpler than it looks.

Ingredients:

mud crab 1 (mine is very small, about 300g)

garlic 5 cloves

red chili 6

dried red chili 3

shallot 4

ginger 3 slices

sugar 1 tbsp

salt 1/2 tsp

tomato sauce 2 tbsp

egg 1

water 1/2 cup hot

1, Make paste: put garlic, shallot, ginger, chili into blender. Blend till very fine paste.

2. Clean crab and cut into quarters. Dust crab with corn starch.

3, Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add in crab to fry a bit till red. Then set crab aside for later use.

4, Same pan, add in a little more oil. Fry the paste till aromatic.

5, Add in sugar, salt, and tomato sauce. Mix well.

6, Add in crab, give it a good stir.

7, Pour in hot water. Turn to low heat and simmer for 10 mins.

8, Beat 1 egg into a bowl. Add egg in while stirring.

9, Fry manto (steamed buns) till golden brown.

10, Garnish chili crab with cilantro and serve with fried manto.

Braised Pork with Water Bamboo Shoot

I don’t know the exact English name for this vegetable, cause it said water bamboo choot on the package. In Chinese, we call it 茭白 (jiao bai). And its texture is very similar to normal bamboo shoot.

1, Cut pork into cubes. Peel water bamboo shoot and also cut into chunks.

2, Heat a pan. Add in oil, sear the pork till slightly golden brown.

3, Add in water bamboo shoot, stir fry evenly for 2-3 mins.

4, Add in 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar. Stir fry a bit.

5, Pour in hot water enough to cover all the ingredients. Simmer with low heat for 20 mins.

6, Reduce the sauce by high heat.

7, Garnish with chopped spring onion.

Pig Ear & Cucumber Salad

Pig ear taste very crunchy because it’s full of soft bone. In China, Many people like to make pig ear salad.

  1. Put pig ear into a pot, Add in several ginger slices, 1 tbsp cooking wine and 1 tbsp light soy sauce. Bring to boil with high heat. Then simmer with low heat for about 30 mins. Or until chopsticks can easily poke it through.
  2. Soak in cold water and drain. Let it cool down and cut into slices.
  3. Use the knife to hit the cucumber to pat it a bit flat. And cut into small chunks. Add into pig ear slices.
  4. Chop 4 cloves of garlic and a little ginger. If you want it to be spicy, you can also add in chopped chili.
  5. Heat a pan, add in 1 tbsp oil. Saute garlic and ginger till aromatic. Add in 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar. Mix well.
  6. Pour sauce into the pig ear & cucumber. Give it a good stir.

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.

Beef Tripe & Black Fungus Salad

1, Boil a pot of water. Put in beef tripe for 1 min. Take them out and soak in cold water and drain.

2, Soak black fungus in water for about 3 mins. Remove the stem and tear into small pieces. Blanch black fungus in hot water for 3 mins. Soak in cold water and drain.

3, Put beef tribe and black fungus in a big bowl.

4, In a small bowl, add in 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp sugar and 1 pinch salt. Mix well.

5, Pour sauce into beef tribe and black fungus.

6, Sprinkle chopped garlic and spring onion over them. You can also add chili if you want it to be spicy.

7, Heat 2 tbsp oil in the pan till smoke hot.

8, Pour hot oil over garlic and spring onion.

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.

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