Month: January 2016

mixed seafood dumpling

Prosperity Seafood Dumplings

How is everybody this new year? It’s the weekend again.  La Di Da … and welcoming February with open arms.  How time flies 😃. That also means, we are only a week away from Chinese New Year (CNY) where firecrackers and dragons come alive tung tung tung chiang 💥💥 “Gong Xi Fa Cai 🏮 and let’s welcome good luck and prosperity in the year of the Monkey”  If you are in Asia at this time, be sure to visit the regional towns to see and feel all the CNY rah rah festivities.  Inner cities will generally be quiet as Chinese families from around the globe return home for days and weeks of feasting and the much-needed bonding with families. I miss celebrating CNY with my family very very much.  Since moving to Melbourne, I haven’t been back to Malaysia to celebrate CNY.  I remembered that there were so much happiness, love and joy shared with my family and extended families in historic Malacca in Malaysia.  We played cards, mahjong, drink, talk and feast, feast, feast … through day and night.  While the men were comfortably seated in the living …

soy-roasted pumpkin seeds

Supernormal’s Soy-roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I am a cookbook addict.  So, naturally, bookshops are my sanctuary, whenever I have time to waste and a place I could spend hours and hours reading cookbook recipes LOL. “Reading cookbook recipes? How weird is that? Am I weird? At least I get to dream about food!”  Some of my favourite bookshops in Melbourne are Books for Cooks  (a quaint bookshop next to popular Victoria Market.  Everything in the shop from floor to ceiling spells cookbooks – old or new.  If you’re looking for any out of print books, this is the place to go to), Hill of Content (slightly more commercialised bookstore that sells a broad range of books – quiet and comfortable.  Only set back – no sofa) and lastly Dymocks (large bookstore with wide range of current-in-print books.  Often crowded but offset by comfy sofas).  So, out of my recent basketful of new purchases, there was Supernormal, a cookbook named after Andrew McConnell’s new Melbourne’s asian-inspired restaurant.  It was a simple, minimalistic-designed book with beautiful food shots, heartwarming stories and some of the restaurant’s favourite recipes. This salty sweet snack is …

tuna in chilli

Raw Tuna in Korean Chilli Sauce

Once a while, I crave for fresh raw seafood.  Whether it’s served in sashimi-style or lightly seared on the sides, they still taste good, in my opinion.  When I can’t find really really fresh seafood, I’d just buy off my neighbourhood sushi store.  Then refrigerate them so it’s chilled to the max before I devour them.  The feeling is glorious, just glorious. To make this dish, we need to buy the freshest, sashimi-quality tuna and consume it within the day. Fresh, sashimi-quality tuna is not a luxury that’s available at my fish monger all the time.  And when it does, I’ll make it a point to get it. For the sauce, well, gochujang is the spicy miso of Korean cooking, one of my favourite condiment to have on hand.  It is used in a wide range of Korean dishes, ranging from bibimbap to tteobokki, and also goes damn well with chicken (check out my Gochujang Roast Chicken recipe).  The flavour is concentrated and spicy.  Who doesn’t love a simple dish with great flavours, right.  What’s more, no cooking is required (serious!) and takes …

Fried chicken wing

Easy Weekday Fried Chicken Wing

“Nothing tastes better than easy, good ‘ol not so fancy sphancy crispy and light fried chicken wing.  So little ingredients, yet so flavoursome.  How did they do it?”      Before I write more, let me say that this is THE fried chicken recipe that you will keep going back to over and over and over again.  It’s really addictive especially the combination of flavours and aroma that jolts and excite your taste bud.  Plus with that chilli dip…mmmmm oh-somely delicious! Originated from South Vietnam and thanks to Nhut Hyunh’s cookbook Little Vietnam, I found this keeper of a recipe.  According to Nhut Hyunh, this recipe reminds him of an old lady in Vietnam who used to operate a street stall selling these crispy fried chicken wings.  He had gone back to the street many times but could not find the old lady so he tried to create the recipe based on memory and taste.  What a nice story 🙂 To make this, you’ll only need 6 marinade ingredients and I’m pretty sure most of them are available in …

Saute Green Beans with Crispy Bacon

Bacon, bacon, bacon.  I love the smell of bacon – reminds me of a hearty weekend breakfast meal. And while I love the smell of bacon,  I love that sizzling sound of bacon on a hot pan even more. Don’t you agree? This dish itself is a super super easy side dish to make and … quick.  It doesn’t require oil and any other seasoning aside from the basic salt and pepper.  Basically, the oil comes from the bacon itself and that’s what make this dish so aromatic and just hands down YUM! Saute Green Beans with Crispy Bacon Serves 2 Ingredients: 300 g green beans, heads & tails trimmed 100 g diced bacon 100 g onions, chopped salt, to taste freshly cracked black pepper, to taste Method: 1. Boil green beans in salt water for 8 – 10 minutes, or until crunchy tender.  Drain and immediately place in a large bowl of ice cold water (to stop the cooking process). 2. Heat up a pan over medium heat.  Sauté diced bacon until crispy golden.  During this process, …

pork and watermelon

Jamie Oliver’s Summer Pork Belly & Watermelon Salad

Happy New Year peeps!  Happy 2016 🎉🎉 I hope you had a fantabulous celebration with your friends and family.  I know I did :)) Every year, I made resolutions (oh yes, with an “s”) – some I’m able to keep but some, I’m not.  Since then, I’ve carry forward many resolutions that I can’t keep.  When I looked at my long (wishful) list of unfulfilled resolutions, I was dumbfounded and disappointed.  Have you ever felt that way before?  So, for 2016, I’ll start fresh with a clean piece of blank canvas and just keep to a realistic list of wishful thoughts.  Hopefully I’m able to keep them till end of this year. To celebrate the becoming of hot hot hot summer in Down Under, I’d like to kickstart 2016 with a delicious Jamie Oliver inspired Pork Belly & Watermelon Salad.  It is an extremely easy dish to prepare but yield extraordinary tastes.  Do you know that pork belly and watermelon are a match made in heaven? I didn’t…that is, not until now. “Pork belly and watermelon are like …