Braised Chicken with Black Fungus

Ingredients (To marinate chicken):

  • Chicken (cut into pieces) 500gm
  • Oyster sauce 1 tbsp
  • Soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Sesame oil 2 tsp

Ingredients:

  • Sesame oil 30gm
  • Garlic (sliced) 5 cloves
  • Ginger (sliced) 50gm
  • Onion (cubed) 1 whole
  • Fresh black fungus or 200gm
  • Dried black fungus (soaked) 3 pcs
  • Spring onion
  • Coriander

Ingredients (sauces):

  • Soya sauce 3 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Dark soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Water 50ml
  • Corn flour 2 tsp (to be added at the last stage)

Method:

Step 1: Marinate chicken and keep chilled. (The longer the better but if time constraint, 15-20mins will do) Step 2:

  • Heat up sesame oil
  • Add in garlic and ginger, stir-fry until fragrant
  • Add in onion and continue to stir-fry for another 3-5mins until onion shows sign of soften (add some oil if needed)

Step 3:

  • Add in marinated chicken cook until almost well done.
  • Add in black fungus and pour in 3/4 of pre-mixed sauces except corn flour and continue to cook on medium/high heat.

Step 4:

  • Once the sauce is boiling, reduce to low heat and cover with lid and let it braise for 10-15mins.
  • You may adjust the taste by now, add soya sauce if needed or you may add dark soya sauce if prefer a more brownish texture.
  • Mix in corn flour to the remainder 1/4 pre-mixed sauce and increase to high heat, stir in to thicken the sauce.
  • Lastly, stir in spring onion and coriander and serve!

Spicy stir-fry fish (紅燒炒魚)

Ingredients (to marinate fish):

  • Grouper fish (cut into pieces) 600gm
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil 2 tsp
  • Pepper Pinch

Ingredients (to steam fish):

  • Ginger (sliced)
  • Spring onion ( bottom part)

Ingredients (to stir-fry):

  • Cooking oil 30gm
  • Garlic 8 cloves
  • Ginger (sliced) 12 slices
  • Onion (cubed) 1 whole
  • Lemon grass 2 stalks
  • Curry leaves 5 stalks
  • Tamarind slice 2 slices
  • Fresh red chilli (deseed) 2
  • Small red chilli (deseed) 5
  • Dried red chilli (deseed) 8
  • Spring Onion
  • Coriander

Ingredients (sauces):

  • Fermented bean paste 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Chinese wine (紹興酒) 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Water 50ml
  • Corn flour (for thickening) 1 tsp

Method:

Step 1: Marinate fish for minimum 15mins

Step 2: Place in sliced ginger and spring onion, steam marinated fish on small/medium fire for 5-8mins. This method helps to kill fishy smell, discard ginger, spring onion and steamed water and set aside.

Step 3:

  • Heat up oil
  • Stir-fry garlic, ginger and onions until fragrant

  • Add in lemon grass and curry leaves, continue to stir-fry for 2-3mins
  • Add in all chillis and continue to stir-fry on medium/high heat

Step 4:

  • Add in steamed fish and stir for another 1-2mins

  • Pour in half mixed sauces and cook on high heat

  • Mix in corn flour in the remainder sauces
  • Pour the remainder sauces for thickening purposes, stir on high heat for another 1mins
  • Add in spring onion and coriander and done!

Chinese style Stir-fry Kung Po Sliced Pork

Marinate Ingredients:

  • Pork (sliced) 200gm
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil 1 tsp

Stir-fry Ingredients:

  • Cooking oil 2 tbsp
  • Sliced garlic 3 – 5 cloves
  • Cubed onion 1 whole
  • Sliced ginger 6 – 8 slices
  • Capsicum (optional) Half
  • Dried Chilli 5 – 10 pcs
  • Spring Onion
  • Coriander

Sauces:

  • Soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Dark soya sauce 2 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Water 1 tbsp

Step1: Heat up oil, stir-fry sliced garlic and ginger until fragrance, add in cubed onions and capsicums and continue to stir-fry for another 2-3mins

Step 2: Add in marinated sliced pork, stir-fry until fully cooked, about 3-5mins.

Step 3: Add in dried chilli and sauces, continue to stir-fry until sliced pork is well coated. Taste it and adjust sauces accordingly.

Lastly, add in spring onions and coriander and stir for a while. Dish up and serve!

Tips:

  • Can substitute pork with chicken
  • Can add some corn flour to marinate the pork if you prefer smoother texture
  • To get thinner slice, slice the pork while is half frozen
  • I used pork fillet (梅肉) cause it is lean and soft, you may replace with half lean meat

Waffles with Oreo Cookies Crust

Ingredients  A:

  • Egg White                        2
  • Caster Sugar                    2 tbsp

Ingredients B:

  • All purpose flour            1 1/2 cups
  • Corn flour                        1/2 cup
  • Milk (Liquid)                   1 3/4 cups
  • Olive Oil                            1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder                4 tsp
  • Salt                                     1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract                 1/2 tsp
  • Egg Yolk                             2

Ingredients C:

  • Oreo Cookies Crust (can be purchased in baking shop)

Tips: May replace olive oil with butter if prefer buttery fragrance

* Yield 10-12 pieces, recipe adapted from    Lena Lai

Method:

Step 1: Beat ingredient A until soft peak

Step 2: Combined all ingredients B and mix well

Step 3: Stir in Ingredient C and mix well

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Step 4: Bake in waffle maker ( approximately 4 mins each round)

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F0900D56-351A-43DA-BC2E-46DB667763ECLet it cool on wired rack and serve it right away!

 

Inconspicuous role but never be forgotten…

Day in day out whenever I drive pass my guard house, they will never once fail to greet us and honestly I don’t even know their names…

They might seems unimportant and low in socioeconomic status but their passion and commitment towards their job can never be underestimated.

Their pride and seriousness towards their role can be seen through their exceptionally clean and non-wrinkled working attire. At times, their enthusiasm and positive attitude can outperform those who working in white collar working class.

Perhaps by putting aside social hierarchy status, they are well deserved more respect and less judgement from the society.

Little Helping Hands…

Recently Chloe and Alexis school have a fund raising program in support for the under privileged children in Sabah and being the typical Asian parents, the first reaction was like ~ another extra task for parents, what will be the easiest way or least effort to get the form filled or how to collect big sum of money so the kids will feel great and proud of their achievements…

When I paused for a moment and thought over it, should we repeat the history on how our parents used to help us on this kind of fund raising program or should we make changes instead…

Thus, I decided to put in a little more efforts by getting the girls to design their donation box and not forgotten the boxes were build and modified by my Mr. Fix It, their beloved daddy…

Secondly, getting the girls to be hands-on in baking some cookies as a token of appreciation in return to the donors and perhaps it will make us feel better of just going around for donation.

Thirdly, we are set to go…

We are really blessed and grateful to be surrounded by a wonderful neighborhood who are very supportive and generous in caring and giving back to the society.

This small action might seems insignificant in contributing to the society but I am glad to see Chloe leading her little sister in explaining and raising awareness around our neighborhood. I always enjoy and appreciate seeing them growing confidently in talking to people, their courages to speak up and not forgotten their honest and unsophisticated acts.

After all, the essence of this little act is not about the total amount collected but is the process and great moments of togetherness has again deposited great bonding and bring us closer as a family. Hope this little gesture able to induce compassion and kindness within them.

I might not be nurturing multi-talented kids but hope I am on the right track of nurturing loving and caring children.

Little helping hands, touching hearts, touching life’s…