Thursday, 10 January 2008

Fried Squid with Oyster Sauce

This is a dish I experimented to prepare for the girls. All this while, the squid dish I serve the girls is squid coated with batter (will share the recipe one of these days..) I'm glad that they love this one too... because it is easier to prepare than the other squid dish they love ;D

First is to marinate the cut squid with turmeric powder & salt. Put aside.

Next is to stir-fry the squid together with cut onions. Once the onions tender, add in oyster sauce. Stir & cover. Let simmer for a couple of minutes.

No more salt added as the oyster sauce is already salty itself. Give this simple recipe a try.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Chicken Rice

Here is my family's favourite menu. It is really easy to cook, perhaps the preparation would take some time. This chinese cuisine might differ from others. But to me, this one is the best as it was the chicken rice my mother used to prepare for my siblings & I when we were kids. First is to marinate the chicken. There are many ways to prepare the chicken. Some prefer to roast, bbq or even steam... but I prefer my chicken fried. The chicken marinated with turmeric powder, salt & honey.

Put aside the marinated chicken. Next is to get the soup (chicken stock) ready. Saute some sliced shallot, garlic & ginger. Once golden & fragrant, add in chicken carcass. Stir for a few minutes & pour in water. Let simmer. Add salt to taste.

While waiting for the soup to boil, we can prepare the rice. First is to heat butter or margarine on a pan. Put in sliced garlic & ginger, with a 2 cm cinnamon stick & a couple of cloves. Saute until golden.

Transfer the ingredients from the pan into a rice cooker. Join in the rice & stir together with the sauted garlic, ginger & spices.

Next is to add in the soup prepared earlier. The measurement is 1 : 2 that is a cup of rice, 2 cups of soup. Put in pandan leaves for the aroma & a little bit of salt. Cover the rice cooker & wait.

Now take out the marinated chicken. Deep fry the chicken.

For the chilly sauce, blend fresh chillies with some garlic. Cook in a pan with half cup of water. Next add in ketchup, sugar & salt.

My soy sauce is rather simple. I simply use the sweet soy sauce which I get in the supermarket & add a half cup of the soup.

Now the chicken rice is ready to be eaten. Do not forget the vegetables. Cucumber, lettuce & tomato, served raw with the sauce prepared.

Wardah indulging in her favourite food.

Sup Tulang

It has been quite awhile I have not prepared this dish. HB though how much he loves it, advised not to serve this menu that often. "Tulang" is bone & attached to the bone isof course the fats which makes this soup superlicious.

This is one of the easiest meal to prepare. Lucky me I own a pressure cooker that makes the cooking period shorter. The key ingredient to this soup is the "sup bunjut". Inside the "bunjut" is some spices that I am not really sure of.

First is to put the meat, ribs, bones & water in a pressure cooker for half an hour as to make it tender. If you do not own a pressure cooker, boil the meat in a pot for 2 hours or more.

Once tender, add the "bunjut", 2-3cm of ginger & 2 -3 cloves of garlic (both slightly pounded). Pour in water if necessary. Simmer until boil & add salt to taste.

Serve with fried sliced shallot & chinese coriander.