Month: January 2015

mushroom salad

Mushroom Salad with Yuzu Dressing

It’s been a while since I’ve had healthy salad for lunch as I’m not a ‘salad’ person, but more of a ‘meat’ person, if you know what I mean.  This recipe from Bon Appetit caught my eye because I love the 2 hero ingredients and that is mushroom and yuzu.  Not only that, I still have remaining 1/2 a bottle of yuzu juice sitting in the fridge, waiting to be enjoyed.  You can view my other yuzu recipe here. Good thing is, this salad is warm and juicy, so it’s really good for the soul.  But really, there is such a huge array and wonderful assortment of wild mushrooms  and nuts (if you’re not allergic to nuts) that you can add into the salad. For this recipe, I used king oyster mushroom because of their unique anise aroma, fresh shiitake mushrooms and enoki.  When lightly sautéed with neutral flavoured oil, these wonderful mushrooms let out such aromatic and rich flavour that you don’t even need any other seasoning. Mushroom Salad with Yuzu Dressing (adapted from Bon Appetit)  Serves …

CNY peanut cookies

Chinese Peanut Cookies (花生饼)

Chinese New Year (CNY) is the biggest event in a Chinese calendar.  The celebration takes 15 days where we gather with family and friends – paying our respect to the elders, feasting and playing card games, mahjong. According to tradition, a red packet (angpow) is also given to non-married people during this 15 days of celebration. I love CNY because it’s always full of life, colours and emotions. In 3 weeks time, the Chinese will bid farewell to Horse 马 year and welcome another year of prosperity and good health with the Goat 羊 year.  The Chinese believes that the Goat depicts a symbol of peace, auspicious and good luck.  If you are new to the Chinese zodiac, allow me to enlighten you more … The Chinese zodiac is a repeating 12 year cycle with each year symbolising an animal and its characters.  The 12 lucky animals that made it to this recognition are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.  There has also been many legends and stories on how these 12 animals are chosen.  I remembered my grandparents jokingly …

Honey lemon chicken wing

Honey Lemon Chicken Wings

Honey chicken and lemon chicken are 2 of the most popular dishes in chinese restaurants and takeouts – in Australia, that is.  The dishes are not difficult to recreate at home either.  Same chicken, different sauce.  If you love these dishes, why spend time to create 2 dishes when you can combine them into 1 finger-licking’ dish and enjoy them with guilty pleasure. I love them, period.  Sweet honey combined with tangy lemon are wonderful summer flavours.  When paired with chilled beer – this dish became a good lookin’ and finger lickin’ snack this summer.  The best way to enjoy it is of course, by deep frying the wings but if your family are a little more health conscious, baking them is fine too. If you’re hosting family and friends this beautiful Aussie summer, serve this hero dish and they’ll ask you for the recipe 🙂 Honey Lemon Chicken Wings (adapted from Dan Hong’s Mr Hong)  Serves 3 Ingredients: 15 chicken wings, remove wing tips, separate wings & drummettes 75ml shoaxing wine 1 1/4 tbsp sesame oil 1 1/2 tbsp salt 1 1/2 …

Poached chicken and soba noodles

Poached Chicken and Soba Noodle Salad with Soy Dressing

Since coming home, I’ve been trying to get back into a healthier lifestyle.  Having eaten lots of oily, fried and spicy BUT ultra ultra delicious foods in Kuala Lumpur, I need to give my body and mind a bit of a break. Wait! Did I just said that?  LOL 🙂  On top of it, I’ve also put on a massive MASSIVE 3 kilos – so I am feeling a wee bit over weight at the moment too 😦 How am I getting into my Chinese Cheongsam this Feb? Must eat healthy – oh well, at least some level of healthy food 🙂 HAHAHA I came across this recipe in my ‘almost-forgotten’ recipe collection.  Have you ever read a recipe and imagined it to be a boring dish with unattractive colors and boring flavours, especially when the hero ingredient is something that you don’t really like?  Yeah, this recipe features the breast part of the chicken which I have always disliked. BUT BUT BUT … After tasting this dish, I take back all my words!  The simple cooking naturally brings out the generosity of texture and …

Salmon carpaccio

Salmon Carpaccio with Lemon & Chilli

Coming home from a holiday really makes me lazy – basically I just want to sit around and not do anything.  But that didn’t last long because I went back to work within a day of coming home 😦 On the first day of work, my fingers were so stiff I could hardly type a sentence without any error.  Even body parts need a break! When I came home, my hubby further surprised me with a new oven – STOP – not new, but the same oven which looks like new.  He’d taken 2 days to clean the oven and made it look almost unrecognisably new.  And now, I can see ‘clearly’ through the oven glass door 🙂 Aah so sweet of him, don’t you think? So, in my absence, the refrigerator was very very empty and because my hubby didn’t do much grocery for the week, I opted for a simple and fresh lunch.  Summer brings so much versatility to any dishes because of the amount of fresh foods that we can enjoy like this dish – simple Salmon Carpaccio with Lemon …

Sweet sour mango slices

Sweet Sour Mango Slices. Oh, so addictive!

Hi everyone, I’m back, after a short break from the Burp! kitchen.  Oh and not forgetting, a big big Happy 2015 to everyone. My trip back to Malaysia was not just fulfilling to my soul and tummy – but also my luggage 🙂 You won’t believe the amount of goodies I got from Malaysia – 40 cookbooks, 2 full bags of baking tools and some super quality dried food – not too bad aye?  2015 will be an exciting year and I’m looking forward to spend more quality time in the kitchen and share all the wonderful experiences with you. It’s summertime and that translates to many good things but one of them is very obvious and that’s the arrival of mangoes! I heart heart heart mangoes.  There’s just so much flavourful things you can create with them – Eat them as it is, make them into desserts like mango pudding, sauce them with chicken or pork or simply pickle them. “These mangoes pickling should be called Vampire Pickled Mangoes – because the first bite gives you such a vampirish …