Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bubur merah, bubur putih

This dessert is not unusual with Malay families in Singapore. Usually served at birthday parties or at a thanksgiving feast. My mom would make this dessert using the red color sugar but since I am unable to get any red color sugar here, I used the brown sugar. Many used the glutinous rice but others would use regular rice. The brown/red part is usually sweet and the white part is a little salty. My first time to make this delicious dessert. Wonderful.

1 cup glutinous rice, washed
2 pandan leaves (screwpines), knotted
1/2 cup coconut milk (used 1 cup regular 2%milk)
salt to taste
brown sugar or gula melaka

In a pot, cover glutinous rice with enough water and milk. Add the pandan leaves and salt to taste. Let it boil under a medium heat. Stir often to avoid the rice from sticking on the bottom of the pot. Once the rice has soften, from 1/3 of the amount of rice. Set it aside. The remaining 2/3, add the brown sugar and stir well. Add the white sugar is not sweet enough.
To serve,  scoop the brown glutinous rice first then drop a tablespoon of the white glutinous rice. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chicken with mushroom and mozzarella

Yesterday was a rush! I did not have the time to cook what I wanted for Iftar yesterday. So I browsed my recipe book and I found this simple and easy chicken recipe. Made some balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing to drizzle over the spinach and tomatoes..  I had this recipe for a long time in my recipe book but never thought of giving it a try. I'm glad I did last night... It was delicious.  Yummy!!!

4 pc (600g) chicken breast
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp flour for dusting
3 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, sliced
2 clove garlic, chopped
250g mushrooms (stems removed), sliced
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
150g mozzarella cheese, sliced to 5mm thickness (used shredded mozzarella)

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dust with flour and set aside. Preheat oven at 350F. Heat 1 tbsp butter. Fry onion and garlic till soft. Add mushroom, stir fry for 3mins or until soft. Remove and set aside. Same pan, heat remaining butter. Brown chicken for 4-5mins. Remove chicken and place in a baking tray. Pour stir-fried onions/mushrooms over chicken and sprinkle with herbs. Top with mozzarella slices. Bake for 15-20mins. 

Monday, August 09, 2010


August 9 is Singapore's National Day. I'll like to take this opportunity to wish Singapore a Happy 45th Burfday!!!! Being so far away, made me miss the place I called HOME and is always in my ♥ ♥heart♥ ♥. In the morning, I got a chance to watch the last part of the "LIVE" webcast and when the announcer said to the audiences to stand up for the National Anthem and Pledge, I actually stood up, sing the National Anthem and Pledge. Though I'm so far away but hey, I'm a Singaporean and I am proud of my country... ;)

Often, I would check out MamaFami's Fotopages for recipes. When I saw Mee Hailam Phalinn Ooi, it really looks good. Both MamaFami and Phalinn Ooi said it is easy and delicious. I just had to give it a try. Yes, indeed, it is delicious and easy. Thanks Phalinn Ooi and MamaFami for sharing the recipe. :))
yellow noodles or spaghetti (used dry chinese style noodles)
beef fillet-sliced thinly, boil for 5 mins & keep the stock (not used) 
chicken fillet-sliced (cubed, boiled and used the stock)
onion-thinly sliced
chicken cube
chilli powder (not used) 
oyster sauce 
sweet soya sauce
light soya sauce
tomato sauce (used tomato paste) 
vegetables (used cabbage and pre-cooked carrots)
fish ball (added) 
cornflour mixed with water-to thicken the gravy
vegetables oil for cooking 

Boil the noodles till soften. Drain and leave aside. Heat the oil in a wok and saute onion and garlic. Add the meat and fry for about 3 minutes. Add in the crushed chicken cube and chilli powder. Stir well. Pour the beef (chicken) stock. Add in oyster sauce, sweet soya sauce, light soya sauce and tomato sauce (paste). Stir well and let it boil. Add in eggs and vegetables. Pour in the cornflour mixture to thicken the gravy.
To serve : Put the noodles in a bowl, pour the gravy on top. Garnish with chopped spring onions and fried onions. 

Monday, August 02, 2010

Potato Balls Soup (Sup Berbola Kentang)

Hubby said to me "what took you so long to cook?? I'm hungry!!!" LoL!!!! It's not that I'm taking my own sweet time to cook dinner last night but there were so many steps to make this dish.... the fillings, potatoes, soup then frying the potatoes balls..

Although it took a little while more, its worth waiting. Simply delicious!!! I'm glad he waited for it as he had three servings of my potato balls in soup... hehehe.. 

The recipe is from Ms Adidah Anang that I copied from Suria website. However, I made some changes to it. 

A) 900g potatoes, peeled, cubed, boiled and mashed
    300g breadcrumbs
    2 eggs, beaten
    salt to taste

B) 300g ground beef
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 onion, cubed
    half of green pepper, cubed
    30g meat curry powder (BABA's)
    300g carrots, cubed
    300g corns
    300g peas
    salt and black pepper to taste

C) 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce, (Habhal's Sweet Soya Bean Sauce)
    1 tbsp tomato sauce
    1 onions, sliced thinly
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2cm ginger, minced
    spices (1 cinnamon stick, 2 green cardamon, 2 star anise, 3 whole cloves) (optional)
    5-6 cups water
    4 cubes beef or chicken stock (small)
    salt and black pepper to taste

cucumbers (sliced thinly or shredded)
chopped spring onions
chopped coriander
fried spring onion
spicy soy sauce

Heat large frying pan with some oil. Saute garlic, onion and green pepper until fragrant. Add ground beef and carrots. Add the meat curry powder and stir well. Last add the peas and corns. Season with salt and black pepper and mix well. Leave it aside to cool.

In a soup pot, saute the onion, garlic, ginger and spices in the oil until the onion is translucent, 5-10 minutes. Add water, sweet soy sauce, tomato sauce, black pepper and cubes beef stock. Add salt to taste if necessary. Cook in medium-low heat until boiling.

For the potato balls... Mix all the ingredients together. First, I took some mashed potatoes and flatten on my palm. Scooped some of the filling and put in the middle, then covered with another mashed potato. Shape into balls. Dipped in the beaten egg and fry in hot oil. Drained. 

Place fried potato balls in soup bowls and cover with boiling soup. Garnish with cucumber, spring onions, coriander and fried onions and spicy soy sauce. YUM-YUM!!!
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