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Friday, April 30, 2004

Char Grill Teriyaki Chicken with Onions over Japanese Medium-Grain Rice and Tom Yum Soup

The grill.

Our dinner

I bought a cast iron grill/griddle yesterday evening for fairly cheap at US7.00 and decided to break into it today.That is after drenching the device completely in oil, blasting it atop the stove to non-stick proof it of course.The chicken had a hint of smokiness which I found rather appealing to the tastebuds.Think along the lines of bbq chicken:)

Teriyaki marinade is made from scratch:-

2 and half tablespoons of light soy sauce
2 tablespoons of rice wine
3 tablespoons of mirin
1 tablespoon of minced ginger(i used a food processor for that)
1 lb chicken strips

Grill the marinated chicken strips and onions on cast iron till done.

I didn't add any egg or garnish for dinner but you are certainly welcome to do so.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 10:31 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Baked Sweet n Sour Fish with Silken Tofu

Sweet and sour marinade consists of one cup kikkoman sweet n sour sauce, one tablespoon minced garlic, 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon yeo's spicy chilli sauce, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 4 tablespoons shaoxing wine.Lightly dust fish with salt and ground black pepper.Place fish in baking tray then pour marinade over the fish.Pieces of silken tofu around the fish.Bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 25 minutes.Serve immediately.

I know it's pretty tasty because the husband ate 2 full bowls of rice today;)

Oh and they're selling for US11.00 per fish at a restaurant whereas i spent only US5.00 for making 2.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 11:41 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Green Curry Fish

Mae Ploy green curry paste is da bomb!No fuss delicious green curry is just a tub away i'll say!Ok I went to walmart for some grocery shopping today and got a US1.97 oval-shaped oven baking tray for some stove-top cooking.It stood up to my green curry cooking pretty well:):)

Green Curry Process:-

The usual shallots and cilantro on a heated deep tray till fragrant.

Vegetables, fish(tilapia), low fat milk together with mae ploy green curry paste are added next(one fish is saved for hub's lunch tomorrow).

Flip the fish and place some crabsticks around the tray

Finished dish

We also had vegetable and onion soup for dinner.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 12:11 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Asian Spicy Seafood Fried Rice

Ok i am not posting pictures of my dinner( assorted vegetable and potato soup,hot bean paste fish and japanese gohan aka rice)tonight...I assume you should all know how they look like by now=)Instead, I shall do a step by step on how to make spicy seafood fried rice since I am making it for hubby's lunch anyway=)

Fry minced garlic, chopped onions and a handful of cilantro in a heated wok.

Fry chinese sausages first, then an egg.After browning them, add in your baby octopus.

When octopus is almost done, your prawns goes in next.

Chinese cabbage.Stir fry till it's just wilted.

Toss cooked jasmine rice in together with some red chilli powder, ground black pepper and fish sauce.

In a lunch box for my husband's lunch tomorrow=)

Will touch on gohan making another time.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 2:45 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Monday, April 26, 2004

Pork Congee

Hubby wants a light lunch for tomorrow and i am cooking pork congee over the crockpot now.

Pork slices are marinated with light soy sauce, ground black pepper and sesame oil.Congee is made with one cup(180cc) of washed raw jasmine rice, equal amounts of water and chicken broth.One part rice:8 to 9 parts liquid.Salt to taste after congee is done.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 12:48 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Thai Red Curry Prawns/Baby Octopus/Chicken,Chai Tow Kway,Assorted Veg Soup

Hiya people!!I am glad it's saturday already...which means Min will be browsing at barnes &noble after dinner.Okay enough about me for now.I had more time to take pictures of my cooking process today...hopefully it will at the very least be fairly informative to you.Hub's also helping me wash the dishes now(yah why not just dump everything in the dishwasher right?heh heh) therefore giving me some opportunity to describe more narratively.

We got a number of good asian foodstuff(particularly pastes) at Lam's.Thailand's Mae Ploy curry pastes taste really authentic not to mention cheap!It should not cost more than US2.00 per small tub.My gosh!Please check it out on your next asian grocery store visit guys.I seriously find getting some off the shelf pre-made curry pastes way more cost-effective plus convenient than say..purchasing galangals,basils,kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and pounding it with a mortar and pestle.I checked out those individual spices today and boy were they expensive!

Thai Red Curry Prawns/Baby Octopus/Chicken
I sweated chopped shallots and a handful of cilantro in a large stockpot with some heated olive oil then added a couple of tablespoonsful of Mae Ploy red curry paste.Stir fried till fragrant.

Tossed a few pieces of cut up chicken(optional becos i had some laying in the fridge) and low fat milk.When chicken was almost done, i added some baby octopus and prawns.Allow all the ingredients to slowly simmer for a couple of minutes till fully cooked.

Chai Tow Kway

Coarsely chopped up turnip cakes and pickled radish in a bowl

I fried the minced garlic till fragrant

Added in turnip cakes and pickled radish.Broke up the cakes alittle bit.

Eggs and sambal gandaria

Red Curry, Chai Tow Kway(garnish with cilantro and sweet dark sauce) and Assorted Veg Soup(szechuan mustard, chinese cabbage,onions, gailan, eggs with canned chicken broth...made in crockpot which i found changed the colour of green leafy vegs:(..the soup tastes better than it looks)

It was a really good dinner!And we had plenty of leftovers for lunch so no lunch pics tomorrow

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 11:23 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Friday's dinner

I made less food for dinner tonight as hub's not working tomorrow.Well... actually he is but he'll be back early.

Veggie Soup and Stir Fry Pork with Green Beans

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 12:57 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Friday, April 23, 2004

Tonight's Dinner

I fiddled with my camera settings and the pictures ended up looking dark.Bleah.

Today, fresh steamed fish was lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, light soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, minced garlic and 3 pickled plums.It tasted really good.

Tom yam soup had water, kombu, small florets of cauliflower, mushrooms, black fungus, tom yum paste, hotdogs and beaten eggs simmered in a crockpot.Some cilantro was stirred in to give it extra punch.I am going to add ground beef later for hubby's lunch tomorrow.

Another photo edited for brightness

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 12:25 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Another typical dinner(Miso Soup, Mixed Veg & Tomatoes Omelette, Japanese Stew)

I tweaked the ingredients of miso soup and japanese stew a little bit for tonight's dinner.Hey my food pictures are starting to look the same lol!Posting the pic in case anyone still wants to see it=)

Miso Soup(refer to april 17th post too):-

One sheet of kombu
One litre water
One cut up small corn
Half cake of tofu
Small florets of cauliflower
Some napa cabbage
2 tablespoons soy bean paste

Japanese Stew:-

Dashi stock(miso soup prior to adding soy bean paste)
Ground beef
Light soy sauce
Rice wine

Serve with fluffy, high quality thai jasmine rice.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 11:24 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Garam Masala Vegetable Stew, Braised Fish, Steamed Eggs with Mixed Veggies

Nothing creative with tonight's dinner.Garam Masala stew has hotdogs in it.I used fat-free hotdogs from Oscar Meyer which made me poorer by US4.00.Man!This thing better be fat-free or I'll be really pissed!!Braised fish recipe is the same as steamed fish just different methods of cooking.I also added a couple of tablespoons fish sauce.Steamed eggs is a common dish in chinese homes so i won't go into that.

Edited to include braised/steamed fish recipe and steamed eggs recipe:

How to for braised fish:-
Lightly marinate cleaned/gutted fish with salt and ground black pepper.Spray hot skillet with fat-free olive oil and fry the ginger slices till fragrant.Add some water, fish sauce, bean paste, dark soy sauce and shaoxing/rice wine.Place your fish in gravy and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes max.

How to for steamed fish:-
Lightly marinate cleaned/gutted fish with salt and ground black pepper.Rub liberal amounts of beanpaste(spicy or normal is fine tho' i normally use spicy), light soy sauce and shaoxing/rice wine.Put ginger and tomatoes slices on top of the fish.Steam for 20 minutes max.

How to for steamed eggs:-
Beat 3 eggs in a bowl and pour in some water/broth.Season the mixture with light soy sauce, salt, pepper.Add in whatever meats or veggies you like.Minced pork, minced beef, mixed veggies, hotdogs etc are good examples.Steam in rice cooker till done.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 11:06 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Our Clean Simple Dinner

It's one of those days again people.I am having yet another cycle( one of my many cycles) of insomnia.Feeling exhausted and slightly cranky, i decided to throw together some ingredients and call that dinner.Why not just order takeouts you may ask?I'm not sure probably has to do with a combination of my nearest chinese restaurant serving below-average food and us prefering homeprepared meals.I hope i don't come across as being picky about food or a food snob.Really I am not.My last kongpao chicken takeout dinner from the above mentioned restaurant had blood in it.Raw poultry is definitely not acceptable.

Assorted Soup has ham choy, pickled plums, tomatoes, potatoes, napa cabbage, tofu, lightly marinate beef meat balls, crabsticks, eggs, wedged onions in a thick chicken broth.

An overview Min and hubby's simple dinner tonight.I will say this is fairly typical of chinese homecooking.Please correct me if i am wrong:)Sidetrack: I always make extra food for hub's lunch the next day.Am trying to cut down burgers and fries in our diet.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 11:59 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Monday, April 19, 2004

Thai Style Spicy & Tangy Chicken

Before I left for my road trip, I casually mentioned(well maybe not that casual..I was practically screaming on my foodblog lol) I was going to make assam(tamarind) fish.Well, I regretfully didn't have the time to gather my assam fish ingredients that week so i kinda had to abolish the idea.

Today, Hubs and I dropped by another oriental store( named Manila) downtown to purchase some ingredients for tonight's dinner.On the spur of the moment, i decided that i would cook thai style spicy & tangy chicken instead because getting a good size fish in my state is virtually impossible if not pricey as there're no nearby oceans.I know, how sad.Anyway, we scored gai choy, red onion, white onion, cilantro and 2 rice bowls there.Each rice bowl costed US0.99 tax inclusive.I wonder if i had gotten a great deal.We couldn't find fresh chillies but i stored a bottle of sambal olek( a blend of red chillies,salt,vinegar,sugar) in my fridge so it was all good=)

I sweated one diced red onion, white onion and cilantro on a heated wok with some olive oil and added a couple of tablespoonsful of the sambal olek.Stir fried until the spices were fragrant.Put in half a cut up chicken and sliced eggplant.Browned the chicken, then poured in enough lowfat milk to cover the ingredients.Allowed the chicken in spicy gravy to simmer over medium heat for a good half an hour or so.Then 3 tablespoons of fish sauce.Added in some tamarind and sugar.Served the chicken dish with white fluffy jasmine rice.[My husband enjoyed the dish a lot.]

We also had a stir fry gaichoy dish on top of that.I wanted something light and clean to balance out the chicken dish.

No picture of our entire meal today sorry.

Made a nice fulfilling salad last night and a tuna and cheese sandwich(toasted bread) for lunch today.Hubs assembled ham, tuna and cheese sandwich(?weird but i think that tasted rather good).Salad recipe can be found a few posts back.Goodnight=)

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 12:11 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Oyako Don(Chicken and Egg Donburi) for saturday lunch OIISHII!!

First off, I made dinner last night but didn't post pics of it as I had done a similar entry before(it was steamed fish and stir-fry kailan).I figured nobody wanted to see another boring post of it=)

Yesterday, hubby and myself went to an exclusively japanese oriental grocery store downtown called New Tokyo Market thereabouts.The food selection was miniscule and everything prepackaged.Not fresh ingredients we were hoping for(they had interesting magazines albeit pricey there though).Feeling rather disappointed, we drove back to our usual oriental market(Lam's) which was just a couple of minutes away and made some good japanese purchases there.

Konbu or Kelp(US2.09) for making soup stock

Fermented Soy Bean Paste(US2.99) a humongous packet for making Miso Soup

2 pieces of washed konbu placed in 1 liter water to simmer NOT BOILING.About 45 minutes or so later, mix in 2 tablespoonsful of soy bean paste for miso soup.I added small florets of cauliflower and tofu in it.

How to for the chicken:-

one chicken breast(sliced,lightly marinated with salt, black pepper, light soy sauce) and one white onion were browned in a hot skillet sprayed with PAM, before pouring in some soup stock(ie prior to adding the soy bean paste).Allow the entire contents to slowly simmer.Then 2 tablespoonsful of mirin(jap sweet cooking wine), 2 tablespoonsful of rice wine and 2 tablespoonsful of light soy sauce.Cornstarch to thicken the mixture.Serve.
Slightly sweet and salty.Very delicious.

Some rice at the bottom of the donburi bowl, chicken and onion stir fry in the middle, crack an egg at the top.Garnish with parsley.I ODed on the parsley*blush*

Miso Soup middle of this picture in the white bowl.In japanese restaurants, they serve miso soup in smaller individual bowl per person but i was feeling real lazy today:p Apparently, miso has many healthy benefits like improving blood circulating, reducing high blood pressure etc.I will definitely be preparing more of this broth for my husband.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 7:13 AM | 0 has delicate hands

Friday, April 16, 2004

More previous cooking adventures;christmas eve dinner last year

Sweet n Sour Prawns

1 pound prawns/shrimp(marinate with salt,pepper,3 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbspful chinese cooking wine)
5 to 6 tbspful of sweet sour sauce(Lachoy brand from walmart)
3 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp chilli sauce
1 egg

How to:
Lightly brown minced garlic.Cook marinated prawns for abt 3 mins.Add sweet sour sauce,ketchup,chilli sauce and 1 beaten egg.Stir fry till done.

Roast Chicken

Sprinkle salt, ground black pepper and abt 5tbsp of dark soy sauce on half a cleaned chicken.Coat chicken liberally with honey and 5 spice powder.Baked in a 375F oven for about 45 mins.

Sambal Baked Fish

Sprinkle salt, ground black pepper, juice of 3 limes, a little sugar and abt 4 tbspful of sambal on 2 catfish fillet.Add half a sliced onion on top.Baked in a 375F oven for abt 20 to 30 mins.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 3:39 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Just reached home and am feeling pretty exhausted as we were on the road about 12hrs daily for the last couple of days(trying to see as much with the least possible time).I wouldn't recommend anyone do that at this time of the year's too dangerous. I will probably take the next few days to rest, tidy up my place a bit and squeeze some home-cooking in between.Ok as for what we ate during the trip...we had a good asian dinner at las vegas taiwanese restaurant, an average japanese express lunch at denver,burger king's fire-grilled chicken whopper at santa fe(NM) tasted really good and numerous subway sandwiches.Hmmm nothing too exciting.

Final note:- Will definitely post pics if i manage to whip up an excitingly different dish.Most days i just prefer to have light dishes or meals:)

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 2:20 PM | 0 has delicate hands

Saturday, April 10, 2004

A pic of last night's salad taken today.Very substantial I must say.

If you have to prepare your salad in advance let's say for a party, seasoned salt should be added shortly before serving.Salt pulls water from your lettuce and potatoes(osmosis) and makes your tossed salad soggy.

PS. This foodblog will probably not be updated with homecooked meals till April 18th.I'm going on a roadtrip.. a trip that we've not really started planning.Yeap hence we'll be drafting our route today and tomorrow..leaving on sunday hopefully.But do check back this blog after 18th.

min fumbled with chopsticks @ 1:27 AM | 0 has delicate hands