Thursday, July 30, 2009

Apple Chicken Curry

This is similar to Japanese Apple flavour curry, but I did not use the ready mix paste of Japanese Apple curry, I was using the fresh apples to cook this curry. I can't really tasted the apple in this curry, but the curry taste was just so refreshing and have pure sweetness..




-To accompany with this curry, I bake some cauliflower with cheese, steal the idea from Mia, this was great too.









- Simple and yummy dinner


Apple curry recipe:-

- Pork or Chicken meat, cut into cube

- Fresh apple, cut into small cube

- Carrot, Potato, Big onion, cut into cube

- Garlic

- Own mix curry paste ( mix curry powder, chili powder and turmeric powder and water to form paste)

Steps:-

1) Saute garlic and onion until fragrant, add in meat, followed by apple, carrot and potato.

2) Add water, then add own mix curry paste.

3) Tasted with salt.

3) Cook and simmer for about 30mins.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rolled bread of bacon, hard boiled egg, cheese and herbs

Saw this bread from the "The naked chef" Jamie Oliver show, since it is so simple to bake, I give it a try in one of the "Bento" day for Lucas...


-Shape bread dough into long rectangle, along the middle of the bread, lay out the bacon, hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, basil and olive oil.






-Pull the dough over the filling so it forms what looks like a cannelloni shape. And bring one end round to the other so that they join up. Pinch and pat the two ends together firmly to form a doughnut-shaped loaf. Drizzle with olive oil and rosemary herbs..


- Bake at pre-heat oven at 180c for 30mins or until golden brown.



Basic bread dough recipe:-

300g bread flour
10g sugar
1/2tsp salt
1stp yeast
170g water
10g extra virgin olive oil

- knead and proof for 60mins

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Temple Club, Ho Chi Minh

For atmosphere alone, the Temple Club is a must-see in Ho Chi Minh. I love this place -the ambience is good - the remains of an old Chinese temple. The décor is upscale, so do for the prices but food is just okay..







-Foods that we ordered


Temple Club is located at:-
29-31 Ton That Thiep Street, Ho Chi Minh CityViet Nam+84 8 829 9244

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tomato Pork Ribs Noodle Soup

The other day saw this noodle soup from one of the TV show, as usual, use my six sense, I tried to cook this same Tomato Pork Ribs noodle soup, and using the Pho which I brought back from HCM.



-Prepare superior stock ( carrot, corn, cabbage, chicken bones)


-Braised Tomato Pork Ribs

- Place noodle in a bowl, pour in the superior stock and topped with braised Tomato Pork ribs (add some gravy as well), garnished with spring onion or any vegetables..


- Tasted sweet and little sour

**All family members enjoyed this noodle soup except my husband who said tomato pork ribs still best to eat together with rice, "alamak" and as usual, he seldom accept new taste...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

General Post Office, Ho Chi Minh

The French had left behind a wealth of architecture in HCM. The 2 most prominent French legacies have to be the General Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you happen to walk by Notre Dame Cathedral, then you should stopped by this Post Office, they are just side by side.






You can purchase postcard, writing and post it from here..It is a cool thing to be done in this very old post office.









Friday, July 24, 2009

Black soy bean milk, and like the pale green color

I like to use black soy bean to prepare soy bean milk drink, because black beans are a wonderful source of dietary fiber and are rich in antioxidants as well. Furthermore, I like the pale-green color..

- I can't captured the nice pale-green color using my camera.... also because it changed a bit to milk color after cooked.



-Remove the black bean skin and you will see very nice pale green beans



- Blend the beans, you will get very nice pale green soy milk

Simple recipe to share

Ingredients

  • 400g black soy bean (soaked overnight)
  • a couple of pandan leaves
  • 2.5 litres of water
  • Sugar to taste

Steps:-

1.Soak the black soy beans overnight in cold water. Drain and then rinse the beans well. Remove the black skin.

2. Place pale green bean in a blender. Add some water to cover the beans before blending them finely.

3. Pour blended bean into a large bowl or pot and add remaining water. Strain / Sieve the contents through a fine cloth.

4. Place sieved bean milk into a pot, add the pandan leaves and bring to boil very slowly. Ensure that you stir the milk regularly to prevent burning. Turn off the heat immediately upon boiling and allow to cool.

5. You can either choose to add the sugar whilst bringing the black soy bean to boil or prepare syrup (usually I will add few slices of ginger-remove wind) separately and add the syrup prior to drinking.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Strawberry Chiffon cake

After the 1st attempted of making Chiffon, I start love in baking Chiffon without any chemical substances, this was my 2nd attempted. I prefer to use fresh fruits for my Chiffon, so this time I use the fresh strawberry.

- I added chopped fresh strawberry, but noticed "air hole" near the chopped strawberry, is anyone out there could help to explain this and how to overcome this?


Recipe to share:-

(A)

95g egg yolks (about 5 eggs)

25g caster sugar

1 tsp honey

(B)

80g corn oil

120g strawberry puree (blend 100g fresh strawberry + 3tbsp of natural Yogurt)

20g water (when necessary)

(C)

95g cake flour

110g chopped fresh strawberry (optional)

(D)

240g egg whites (about 7 eggs)

110g caster sugar

15g corn flour

Steps:-

1. Cream ingredient (A) till change pale yellow colour.

2. Add in ingredient (B), corn oil first then add in strawberry puree and water, mix well.

3. Fold in ingredient (C) and mix till no lumps, set aside.

4. Beat egg whites in a clean large bowl until soft foam. Gradually add in sugar, one tablespoon at a time and finally add in corn flour. Mix well.

5. Gently fold in egg whites mixture into the egg yolk mixture,until well combined

6. Bake at preheated oven at 160c for 50 minutes (adjust when necessary, depend on what type of oven you use)


7. Up side down(Invert) the cooked cake immediately on a wire rack until it's completely cool before remove the cake from cake pan.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ben Tahn Market, Ho Chi Minh

Shopping shopping, this is all women's favorite place. This Ben Tahn market is similar like our Central Market KL here, but this place definitely have more things to buy and see.







- Accessories

- Bags


-Lacquer products


-Local coffee and tea




- Various kind of local candies





-Local fruits




- All kind of nuts





- Table clothes, clothes & etc







** You will be surprised that I did not buy any women things in this market, because I'm not really attracted to those traditional stuffs. I just bought some nuts, candies and tea leaves.
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