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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.

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.

Bento for Hubby (His First Day at Work)

My husband got a new job. YAY~!

And today is his first day to go to work. That also means we cannot have lunch together at home. Since I need to teach in the afternoon or evening, we cannot have dinner together either. He will have his lunch at canteen. So I decided to cook lunch and spare his part in a lunchbox. All he needs to do is to reheat it when he’s off work.

I cooked his favorite chicken teriyaki today. And with potato pancakes.

Chicken teriyaki is not that difficult. 3 main steps: 1. Sear the whole boneless chicken leg till tow sides turn golden brown. 2. Sauce part: 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp sweet cooking wine, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 2 tsp honey. Add in enough water covers chicken. 3. Boil for 15-20 mins and reduce the sauce with high heat.

Cut the chicken into strips. And pour the sauce over it. Rice will absorb the flavor.

Potato pancake:

2 medium potato,Β  (Peeled and shredded into thin strips. Boil in hot water for 1 min and drain)

1 cup flour

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup water

Mix them in a big bowl.

Scoop batter with a spoon and fry till golden and crispy.

I cut them into halves before placing them into the lunch box.

To let him have more veggies, I also add cucumber slices, cherry tomato and boiled baby corn.

My husband finished them all.

Chinese Style Pickled Cucmber

This kind of pickled cucumber is really a perfect choice to go with porridge. And it’s very easy to make too.

Because I didn’t want to make too many, I just used 2 medium cucmbers.

  1. Cut cucumbers into strips or any shape you like. But better not to be very thin.
  2. Put them in a bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 Tablespoon salt. Toss a bit. Leave them there for 30 mins.
  3. Drain the water. and dry them.
  4. In a bowl, add in 2 tablespoon light soy sauce, 2 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp honey, 3-5 crushed garlic cloves, and 2 spicy red chili. You can add more or less chili according to your preference.
  5. Put cucumber into a sterilized container. Then pour the sauce over them. Lid on. Put into the fridge. And you will have a crunchy sweet & spicy appetizer in several hours.

Homemade Spicy Cucumber

 

I really enjoy the scene of people eating in the TV show. Recently, I watched a Japanese TV drama, the main character loves spicy cucumber. Every time I watched him eating spicy cucumber, I was drooling. πŸ™‚ I went to supermarket yesterday to buy fresh cucumber and decided to make spicy cruncher by myself today.

Ingredients:

3 medium cucumber

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon garlic paste

1 tablespoon sugar

2 stalk spring onion (cut into slices)

1 tablespoon chili paste

1/2 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon white sesame (toasted)

1. Cut cucumber into slices or small chunks or any shape you like. Put them in a big bowl. Sprinkle salt over them. Set for 30 mins. A lot of water will come out and cucumber will become a little soft. Pour the water out and squeeze cucumbers by hand to let the water out. Then drain them.

2. In another big bowl, put all the rest ingredients in. Mix well.

3. Add all the detained cucumber into the sauce. Toss and mix well.

Look at that shiny reddish cucumber.

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If you want it to be less spicy, you can feel free to use less chili paste and chili powder.

This spicy cucumber is a good appetizer and also a good match with porridge.

You can store them in an air tight container and put into fridge for longer days.

Yum!

My First Try On Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a Malay dish. When I first came to Singapore, I tried it. But didn’t have any deep impressions on it. The specialty of it lies in rice, which is cooked with coconut milk. But when I had it before, rice was cold, so I couldn’t taste the fragrance of coconut milk.

The other day, I tried cooking rice with coconut milk, the rice turned out very nice. So I bought pandan leaves, lemon grass, sambal chili sauce and decided to cook my first nasi lemak.

Rice part:

1 cup rice ( I used the ones with some brown rice mixed in)

70 ml coconut milk

1 1/2 cup water

1 stalk pandan leave (make into a knot)

1 stalk lemon grass (pat lightly with knife)

1/2 tsp salt

Put all the ingredients above into rice cooker and press the cooking bottom. Trust me your kitchen will smell so so good.

For side dish, I chose to fry yellow strip fish (kuning) and chicken wings. Also served with peanuts, anchovies, egg and cucumber.

Place Yellow strip fish in a bowl, sprinkle salt and white pepper.

Put chicken wings in a big bowl, add in 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp whit pepper, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon rice flour and 50 ml coconut milk. Mix well and marinate for a little while.

1. Heat a lot oil in the frying pan or pot. Add in dried anchovies, fry till golden brown. Dish them out. Fry peanuts till aromatic and brownish.

2. Fry yellow strip fish with low heat. Dry the fish before frying. Be careful of the hot oil. Frying fish till bone is also crispy. (My husband loves crispy fried yellow strip fish).

3. Last fry chicken wings. Also use low heat. Fry chicken till golden brown.

Spread a banana leaf over the plate. Place rice in the middle.

Around rice, place fried fish,

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fried chicken wings,

peanuts, anchovies,

boiled (or fried ) egg, cucumber slices and don’t forget the sambal chili sauce.

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Serve hot. That’s also very important.

Here is the first nasi lemak I cooked. My husband was astonished when I brought the plate in front of him. He loves it very very much. He said it’s the best nasi lemak he ever had. πŸ™‚

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I also love it. Now I finally realize why nasi lemak is a popular dish here in Singapore. Rice is very rich, full of coconut fragrance. I just can’t stop having it. I also very like sambal chili sauce. It’s very different from Chinese mala chili sauce. It tastes a bit sweet and its spicy is perfect. I also ate all the sambal chili sauce on the plate. πŸ™‚

Dark Brasied Chicken Leg


Ingredient:

Boneless chicken leg

Light soy sauce 1 tsp

Dark soy sauce 1.5 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp

Salt 1/4 tsp

Hot water 4 tsp
1. Heat the pan. Put in the chicken with skin side down. 

2. Flip it over when the skin side turns golden brown. And fry the other side till golden brown too.

3. Take the chicken out and cut into smaller pieces. Pour the chicken oil in the pan out.

4. Heat the pan and put chicken pieces back in the pan again. Stir fry for a minute or two.

5. Add in light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. Stir fry till each chicken pieces is coated with sauce.

6. Add in around 4 tsp hot water. Turn to medium or low heat. Cover the lid. Braise for a while till the water reduces to little.

7. Turn to high height. Keep stir frying at the same time to make sauce condensed. Then turn off the stove and dish out.


I served it with cucumber slices. My husband loves it very much.

Kung Pao Chicken Without Peanuts


Ingredients:

Chicken (cut into small dices. Marinated with a little salt, cooking wine, light soy sauce and cornstarch)

Carrot & cucumber ( both chopped into small dices)

Oil

Pixian bean sauce

Sugar
Because my husband doesn’t like peanuts, so I didn’t use peanuts here. There are peanuts in authentic Kung Pao Chicken.

1. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in chicken bits. Stir fry till chicken turns white in color. The take them out.

2. Put carrot bits in and stir fry for around 2 mins. Then add in cucumber bits. Stir fry for another min. And take them out too.

3. Add 1 tsp Pixian bean sauce in the pan. ( Pixian bean sauce is commonly used in Sichuan dishes. It is spicy and salty. If you don’t want it to be very spicy, you can use less). Stir fry till the oil turns red.

4. Add in chicken together with carrot and cucumber. Stir fry evenly.

5. Add in 1 tsp sugar. Quick stir fry evenly. 

Scrambled Egg With Cucumber And Black Fungus


My husband loves eggs, and I love vegetables. Black fungus is said that can help clean waste in Hunan body. So I think it’s a healthy dish and also a dish makes both of us happy.

1. Make scrambled egg. And take them out.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in cucumber slices and stir fry till they get a little done.

3. Add in black fungus. Stir fry for another 1 minute or two.

4. Add scrambled egg into the pan with a little salt. Quick Stir fry evenly.

A Quick Dish – Penne Salad

1. Get penne cooked first.

2. Chop a cucumber into thin slices.

3. Half boiled egg: Put egg and cold water in a pot. Don’t put the lid on. Heat the pot until many big bubbles appear at the bottom. Then turn off the stove and remove the pot. Cover the pot with lid for two minutes. Then take the egg out and put it into cold water.

4. Mix the penne with cucumber slices, half boiled egg, and salad cream.

The penne salad is done.