Sunday, March 31, 2013

Green Tea Lattee

Best Seafood Pasta

Horrible lighting in this picture, but best seafood pasta in LA~

Indonesian Chinese Mie Haka (Egg noodles)

Japanese Udon with Shrimp and Mochi Tempura

Lion's Head Meatball

Bought frozen from here

I would just then reheat it for about 40 minutes to 1 hour in a big pot along with cut up napa cabbage, a little bit of soy sauce and sesame oil... Yum.. I could eat this once a week

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Black Pepper Crab - Healthy Style

From here


1 kg (2.2 lbs) crab, cleaned and chopped into pieces
30 g (1 oz) black pepper, coarsely crushed
60 ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
100 g (2/3 cup) butter - I don't use this
100 g (2/3 cup) garlic, chopped
100 g (2/3 cup) shallots, chopped
60 ml (1/4 cup) oyster sauce
10 ml (2 tsp) light soya sauce
10 ml (2 tsp) dark soya sauce
20 ml (4 tsp) Chinese yellow wine
10 g (2 1/2 tsp) sugar or to taste
300 ml (1 1/4 cups) water
10 g (1 tbsp) cornstarch, or as necessary
sliced spring onions, sliced red chilli and chopped cilantro for garnish


Saute black pepper over moderate heat, remove and set aside.

Add oil in heated wok; add garlic and shallots and stir fry till fragrant. Add crab, stir fry over high heat; add black pepper, de-glaze with Chinese yellow wine.

Add water, followed by oyster sauce, both soya sauces and sugar.

Lower heat, cover with lid and let braise over moderate heat until crab is cooked through.

Adjust seasonings, thicken with cornstarch, transfer to plate. Topped with garnish, serve immediately.

Stir Fry Veggies - Real Food Daily Kitchen recipe

From this book

Claypot Chicken Rice Using Rice Cooker

From here

Recipe: Claypot Chicken Rice without Claypot


2 cups rice
1 skinless chicken breast & 2 chicken drumsticks
1 stalk scallion (chopped)
6 shitake mushrooms (soak in hot water for 30 minutes and cut into halves)
1 small piece salted fish (cut into small pieces) - I usually skip this because I don't have it ready at home
2 Chinese sausage (sliced) – optional

Seasoning for chicken:

2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon chicken boullion powder
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
5 dashes white pepper powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon Shaoxing cooking wine (or rice wine)
3 inches ginger (peel the skin and chop into thin strips)

Seasoning for rice:

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1 pinch of salt


Chop the chicken breast and chicken drumsticks into pieces.
Add the chicken seasoning ,ginger and mix well. Marinate for an hour in the fridge.
Rinse and clean the rice in a rice cooker as if you are making steamed rice after the chicken is marinated for an hour.
Add the rice seasoning and cooking oil into the rice and start cooking the rice.
At the same time, heat up a wok with some cooking oil. Add in the chicken and shitake mushrooms.
Quickly stir-fry the chicken until half-cooked. Add in the chopped scallions. Dish out and set aside.
Deep fry the salted fish and set aside.
Add the chicken into the rice cooker when the rice is almost dry (about 7-8 minutes) and continue to cook till rice is completely cooked. I usually add the ginger into the rice cooker too because I love giner.
Leave the rice cooker on “Stay Warm” for 15 – 20 mintues before serving.
Top the chicken rice with fried salted fish and serve immediately

Roman Style Chicken - Recipe from Giada

From here

Total Time: 1 hr 0 min
Prep 20 min
Cook 40 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy

4 skinless chicken breast halves, with ribs
2 skinless chicken thighs, with bones
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
3 ounces prosciutto, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. In a heavy, large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, cook the chicken until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Keeping the same pan over medium heat, add the peppers and prosciutto and cook until the peppers have browned and the prosciutto is crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes.

If serving immediately, add the capers and the parsley. Stir to combine and serve. If making ahead of time, transfer the chicken and sauce to a storage container, cool, and refrigerate. The next day, reheat the chicken to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the capers and the parsley and serve.

Per serving: Calories: 266; Total Fat 13 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 28 grams; Total carbohydrates: 8 grams; Sugar: 4 grams; Fiber 1.5 grams; Cholesterol: 76 milligrams; Sodium: 1,307 milligrams

My favorite vineyard in Los Olivos/ Santa Barbara

Demetria Estate in Los Olivos
6701 Foxen Canyon Road

Los Olivos, CA 93441

This is my most favorite vineyard in Los Olivos area. it's small, private, with live music on weekends and by appointment only. We brought our lunch and have a picnic on their table side tasting service. With a view like that..... who can beat it?

Loved their wines too! I am in love witht their chardonnay ..  a little sweet but good.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodle Recipe

From here

Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles
Serves 4 as part of a multi-course meal
  • 8 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 8 ounces smoked tofu, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces dried Chinese egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or salt to taste
  • 1 handful dry-roasted peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Chinese sesame paste or tahini
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black rice vinegar, or substitute good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chili oil (adjust according to your tolerance of spiciness)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
  1. Soak the shiitake mushrooms in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes, until softened. Drain the shiitakes and squeeze out the excess water. Finely chop them and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain the noodles, rinse under cold water, and drain again. Transfer the noodles to a serving dish.
  3. Prepare the sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the water, soy sauce, sesame paste, vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, sugar, and Sichuan pepper. Pour half of the sauce over the noodles and toss so the sauce is evenly distributed. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the base and sides. Add the garlic, ginger, and scallion whites and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chopped mushrooms and smoked tofu and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt if desired. Add the chinese rice wine/dry sherry here.
  5. Spoon the tofu and mushroom mixture over the noodles, sprinkle the chopped scallions greens and chopped peanuts on top, and serve.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sauteed Fried Tempeh (Sambal goreng tempe)


  • 1 lb tempe, cut small like matchsticks
  • 0.33 lbs dried salted fish
  • 0.45 lbs peanuts
  • 2 red chilli, take out seeds, sliced and sauteed in oil for a little bit
  • 1 tbs tamarind water (which I skipped)
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kecap manis/ sweet soy sauce

Ingredients for spices that you should put in a food chopper so all the spices turn smooth.

  • 6 shallots
  • 3 garlic
  • 5 red chilli
  • 1 inch galangal (which I replaced with giner)
  • 1 ts salt

Cara membuat sambel goreng tempe:

  1. Fry the tempeh, salted fish and peanuts separately. On the tempeh, you wan to deep fry it until it turns slightly brown.
  2. Leave only 3 tbs of frying oil, sauteed the spices above with tamarind water and sugar.
  3. Put in tempeh, salted fish and peanuts and mix all the ingridients. Add the sliced red chilli and sweet soy sauce.
This is not exactly the healthiest recipe. but oh so good! We used to have this at least once a week in Indonesia.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Chicken khao soi

From here


Khao Soi Paste

  • 4 large dried New Mexico or guajillo chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded
  • 2 medium shallots, halved
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro stems
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 14-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound Chinese egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) palm sugar or light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Sliced red onion, bean sprouts, cilantro sprigs, crispy fried onions or shallots, chili oil, and lime wedges (for serving)
  • Ingredient Info

    Dried chiles are available at Latin markets; Chinese egg noodles and chili oil are available at Asian markets. All can be found at many supermarkets.


Khao Soi Paste

  • Place chiles in a small heatproof bowl, add boiling water to cover, and let soak until softened, 25-30 minutes.
  • Drain chiles, reserving soaking liquid. Purée chiles, shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric, curry powder, and 2 tablespoons soaking liquid in a food processor, adding more soaking liquid by tablespoonfuls, if needed, until smooth.


  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add khao soi paste; cook, stirring constantly, until slightly darkened, 4-6 minutes. Add coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil; add chicken. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is fork-tender, 20-25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Let cool slightly; shred meat.
  • Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.
  • Add chicken, 3 tablespoons fish sauce, and sugar to soup. Season with salt or more fish sauce, if needed. Divide soup and noodles among bowls and serve with toppings.

Beef bourguignon ina garten way

From here but altered to my likings

Careful when lighting up the alcohol!

1 tablespoon good olive oil
8 ounces dry cured center cut applewood smoked bacon, diced
2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound carrots, sliced diagonally into 1-inch chunks
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
1/2 cup Cognac
1/2 of (750 ml.) bottle good dry red wine such as Cote du Rhone or Pinot Noir
1 can (2 cups) beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound frozen whole onions
1 pound fresh mushrooms stems discarded, caps thickly sliced
For serving:

Country bread or Sour Dough, toasted or grilled and rubbed with garlic clove

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, optional
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.

Dry the beef cubes with paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. In batches in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.

Toss the carrots, and onions, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.

Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.

To serve, toast the bread in the toaster or oven. Rub each slice on 1 side with a cut clove of garlic. For each serving, spoon the stew over a slice of bread and sprinkle with parsley.

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