If you have any question, please drop me an email (sonia9423@gmail.com) or Instagram @ sonianll

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Meals and Sunset at Gold Coast, Australia

This is my final update of my recent trip to Gold Coast Australia.

meals at Gold Coast

* This was a simple stir-fried mixed vegetables with roasted macadamia nuts that prepared by me.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crab catching cruise & Peter's fish market, Gold Coast Australia

I have to update all posts related to my recent trip to Gold Coast Australia before year 2010 is over. Here are two places we visited.

crab catching

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Malaysian Lemongrass fried chicken

IMG_5919 1

I was not too sure what is the best name shall i given to this fried chicken recipe. At last, I decided to call it as Malaysian Lemongrass fried chicken since I use all local herbs especially lemongrass and fresh turmeric are very common in Malaysia. This is my best deep fried chicken recipe, I like to serve this fried chicken in a party (in my son Lucas's 10th Birthday party), and my kids very often requested me to make this fried chicken for them.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Soymilk pudding with palm sugar syrup & minced ginger

Soymilk pudding with palm sugar syrup & minced ginger
I created this soymilk pudding after I have got the inspiration from a Japanese restaurant which served this delicious dessert. When my family members have their first bite of this pudding , they were saying " Wow , this is nice ! " and we fell in love with this delicious dessert!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chinese style of Nasi Lemak, with Hae Bee Shung (Spicy dried shrimps sambal)

Hae Bee Shung (Spicy dried shrimps sambal)

Why i give this nasi lemak with the name of Chinese style of nasi lemak? This is because this type of nasi lemak is selling by Chinese hawkers, i use to buy this nasi lemak for breakfast. They add Hae Bee Shung (Spicy dried shrimps sambal) instead the normal chili sambal.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Guava with prune tidbits

Guava and prune tidbit salad

I learnt this recipe from my friend who brought this snack/salad to one of potluck party held last time.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Old fashioned butter cake

Old fashioned butter cake

I have been missing action for few days, as my sister-in-law and her kids were visit us last week and also we went back to my hometown over the weekend. After few days of not updating my blog, I just feel lazy to get start to update a new post, hehehe..Anyway, I'm back in action now, but i can only post you this butter cake that i baked last 2 weeks ago as I did not cook or bake any new recipes over these few days.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Barley and beancurd dessert with Ginkgo白果腐竹薏米汤

This is our all time favourite dessert, a simple Chinese style of dessert which is full of nutritious.

Barley and beancurd dessert with Ginkgo

Monday, December 6, 2010

Orange and Lemongrass Souffle

Orange and Lemongrass Souffle

Yeah, finally I gotten the ramekins that I am looking to buy for long long time. Maybe some of you will wonder why so difficult for me to buy the ramekins, this is because where i living now is only a small town, and i can only get those basic baking tools and equipments.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gang dinner at Wong Poh Restaurant, and a Blogger meet up

1) Gang dinner at Wong Poh Restaurant

Recently I just had a dinner with my girl friends makan (eating) gang, we went to Wong Poh restaurant which serve the best Butter crabs in town.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Grilled Rosemary chicken

A simple grilled Rosemary chicken with mashed potato and salads for a light dinner when we have bored of keep eating the same Asian style of meals...

Grilled Rosemary chicken

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rosemary Focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia

I have been thinking to make Rosemary Focaccia long time ago, as I like those Western style of savoury bread e.g baguette,croissant, bagels & etc. But my family members prefer those Asian style of sweet and soft bread..So i have to halve the recipe when I baked this Rosemary Focaccia yesterday.

Monday, November 29, 2010

My entry to Wendy's sponge pancake giveaway

In order to support Wendy's latest sponge pancake giveaway, I have created two recipes and here are my submission:

1st Entry-Green Tea sponge pancake with red bean paste

My entry to Wendy's sponge pancake giveaway

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fragrant stir fried curry shrimps

Tasted this fragrant stir fried curry shrimps in one of the restaurant recently, i tried to cook this dish at home, very nice and full of curry aroma. If you would like to try this dish, please use small shrimps, it taste better this way.

Fragrant stir fried curry shrimps

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes, and meeting Jane

Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes

My daughter chosen this Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes from the cupcakes book given as a gift from Jane and she ask me to guide her to make her 1st cupcakes.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Steamed fermented soy bean chicken

Steamed fermented soy bean chicken

Here is a very simple home cook steamed tauchu (fermented soy bean) chicken dish that goes well with steam rice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dreamworld, Gold Coast Australia

I have to quickly post all the photos for my recent Gold Coast Australia trip (last two months ago) when my memory still fresh.....
I have forgotten which day we visited Dreamworld, but this fun place is a must visit place if you bring kids along..

Dreamworld, Gold Coast Australia

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stir fried chayote and beef

School holidays has been started, and I know i will have less time to update my blog and sorry for not often visit your blog during this period. You know, i just can't concentrate and sitting down there doing my own things, my kids just have too many requests...
Ya, back to dish that I going to post here, i saw this dish in a TV food show, a Vietnamese way of stir fry chayote. We like this dish, the chayote tasted sweet and crunchy, simply delicious.

Stir fried chayote and beef

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ayam Rendang (Rendang chicken)

Yesterday I noticed that the usual Malay stalls in the wet market selling more herbs than usual, they also selling those daun palas (palm leaves) and coconut leaves for ketupat. I just realized that Hari Raya Haji just around the corner as Malay need all these ingredients to cook Rendang and ketupat. I also take this opportunity to buy some fresh herbs to cook my favourite Ayam Rendang (Rendang chicken) and also learnt how to prepare ketupat daun palas ( palm leaves glutinous rice cake) from a Malay makcik (auntie).

Ayam Rendang

Monday, November 15, 2010

Desmond's graduation day

My little son Desmond was graduated last Sat, just like to share with you some of the photos taken at the graduation concert day and keep the sweet memory in my blog here.

Desmond's graduation day

his teacher make up for him...
Desmond's graduation day

he even asked me the put colours spray on his hair..
Desmond's graduation day

waiting for his turn to perform
Desmond's graduation day

perform on the stage
Desmond's graduation day

I'm ready to go primary school lo...
Desmond's graduation  day

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tupperware Tiffin contest - Don't Call Me Chef

When Ivy Soon (The  Hungry Caterpillar) from Star Publications told me there is a tiffin contest-Don't Call Me Chef organized by Star Publications in collaboration with Tupperware who will be giving away some good prizes. She wish i can join this contest since I cooking a lot. I immediate called to my mom and asked her to search for me the only tiffin carrier (we call as " Kei Chan " in Hokkien ) left in my family. This tiffin carrier has been around 50 years in my family since my grandmother's time.


I believe this old fashion tiffin carrier will definitely bring me some good luck, so I actually thinking to join this contest.

I also like to extend this invitation to my fellow Malaysian bloggers and readers, I wish your could also participate this contest and bring the tiffin lunch back into your lives and same time to support re-use and re-cycle campaign (No plastic bag) which organized by local Governements here.

Write up by Ivy Soon of Don' Call Me Chef:-

LONG before there were plastic bags and disposable containers, tiffin carriers were used to store and carry food. Tiffin carriers are stackable, multi-tiered containers that are looped to a handle with latches on the side. The separate containers allowed for the different dishes to be stored separately, and it usually even comes with a plate.

Originally from India, it was invented as the carry-all for workers to pack their lunch to take to the office.
In Mumbai, India, there is a highly efficient service that delivers tiffin lunches to office workers and schoolchildren. Dabbawallas (meaning one who carries a box) collect tiffin boxes from homes, and deliver them to offices, and then return them to the respective homes.
Tiffin carriers are also used here, and elsewhere in Asia. They are usually made of stainless steel, or enamel.
Tiffin carriers are suitable for packing Asian meals, as we can keep our rice, curry or soup, and other dishes separately. We also use them for noodles, packing the noodles, garnishings and gravy in different containers. These tiffin carriers are not only functional but environmentally friendly as well.
Inspired by the tiffin carrier, Tupperware is launching its BYO (Bring Your Own) TaPau multi-tiered containers, which are designed to hold our favourite soup-based noodles and rice dishes. As with all Tupperware Brands products, it is made made from safe, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and microwaveable materials and do not release harmful chemicals to food or liquid contents. The BYO TaPau Set also reduces plastic waste and garbage. It is toxin-free, and is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags, styrofoam boxes and disposable containers.

In conjunction with the launch of this product, Don't Call Me Chef will be celebrating the tiffin carrier in our next issue. We'd like you to join us, and share your favourite tiffin lunch recipes.

Tupperware is giving away a RM1,000 hamper of its products, including the BYO TaPau containers, to the senders of the three best entries. We'll also be featuring the winning recipes in next month's Don't Call Me Chef.

All you have to do is:
Share with us your tiffin carrier stories; they could be anything from your memories of tiffin lunches, or a favourite dish you packed for school or the office.

Share your recipes with us.

Cook the dishes and snap a clear photograph (it must be high-resolution and at least 1,000KB) of the meal in a tiffin carrier/bento/container (but without the product name being visible).

E-mail us at dontcallmechef
@gmail.com or snail mail your entries to us at:
Don't Call Me Chef
c/o StarTwo
Star Publications (M) Bhd
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
46350 Petaling Jaya

Closing date: Nov 21

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pau (Chinese steamed buns)

I have finally found a perfect pau (Chinese steamed buns) skin recipe, soft and fluffy and a bit chewy, this is a type of pau skin suits to my preference, I will use this pau skin recipe again and again. Actually I just done pandan kaya , thinking to make Kaya pau tomorrow which is my son Desmond favourite's pau.

Pau (Chinese steamed buns)

Pau (Chinese steamed buns)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Special Terikayi Pork Ribs

Special Terikayi Pork Ribs

Sweet and sour pork ribs is a very common dish in Chinese family, but some time I feel boring keep cooking the same kind of sweet and sour. Thus I play with the sauces that I have in my kitchen and came out with this very fragrant Teriyaki sauce of pork ribs dish, and the taste is very similar to honey sauce pork ribs that serve in outside Chinese restaurants. Feel free to try it out !!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fairy cupcakes

This is the 2nd cupcakes that I baked just now, the request was from my son Desmond. The 1st cupcake that i baked from the cupcakes recipe book (given by Jane) was a Marble Chocolate cupcakes. But this fairy cupcake is not my cup of tea but kids like it as they like the icing frosting.

Fairy cupcakes

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Braised Mushroom Meat Sauce 香菇肉燥

Braised Mushroom Meat Sauce

This is also another Chinese dish that every Chinese mom know how to cook this.

Braised Mushroom Meat Sauce

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chicken and potato stew

This is one of the chicken dish that well received by my family members and also every Chinese mother know how to cook this dish. My version is super simple with just two ingredients (chicken and potato) and two main seasonings (light soy sauce and dark soy sauce).

Chicken & Potato stew

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pandan butter cake, using homemade pandan paste

IMG_4990 1

I like pandan (screwpine) butter cake, but I don't like to add store bought pandan paste as they are too fragrant and artificial. Until I found that we can make pandan paste at home, i immediate bookmarked this recipe but just have time to try out last week. I like the natural green from the pandan paste and the cake smell so good.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Meringue Ghosts

My son Desmond said he wants to move to USA next time as Malaysia here did not celebrate Happy Halloween (he saw a lot of cartoon show on Halloween). I'm speechless !! In order for him to feel the celebration of Happy Halloween, I made this meringue ghost for him just now, hoping that he is not moving to USA the next time, hahaha...

Halloween Meringue Ghosts

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Butter rice

My daughter with few of her girl friends plan to have potluck party at school on every Thu, everyone need to bring one type of food from home and they will share among them. My daugter requested me to cook "butter rice" for today's party...

Butter rice

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Steamed tofu with scallops

This is a very simple tofu fish, but very flavourful with added the scallops.

Steamed tofu with scallops

Monday, October 25, 2010

Banana cream pie

My daughter and I were attracted by this yummy banana cream pie when both of us enjoyed a TV food show. I immediately google for the recipe and prepared this dessert straight away...

banana ice cream pie

This was my 1st time did a pie with bake blind, i use red bean as this is the only bean i have.
banana ice cream pie

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Whale watch, Gold Coast Australia

There are a number of whale watching cruise operators in Gold Coast but we decided to go with the one operated by Sea World because they provide better package price when we take Sea World fun park and Whale watch combo package.

This is supposed what we should see- Humpback Whales' tail..this is awesome right?

Whale watch, Gold Coast Australia

Friday, October 22, 2010

Homemade sweet garlic chilli dipping sauce

My Malay friend taught me this simple sweet garlic chilli dipping sauce to go with anchovies fritters. This chilli sauce is suitable for dipping the savoury snacks, fried spring rolls, steamed savoury cakes, sausages or etc.

Homemade sweet garlic chili dipping sauce

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Anchovies savoury fritters / Cekodok (Cucur) ikan bilis

One of the reader commented in my recent post that she find it really interesting that Malaysians add anchovies to nearly everything. Yes, she is right, Malaysian like to eat anchovies, example for me, I add anchovies to this savoury fritters, noodles soup, fried rice , sambal and etc.
Cekodok (Cucur) or savoury fritter is one of the Malaysian favourite snack serve for tea time. Almost everyone knows how to make this yummy tea time snacks, because it is easy!

Cekodok (Cucur) Ikan Bilis / anchovies savoury fritters

Cekodok (Cucur) Ikan Bilis / anchovies savoury fritters

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I was busy last weekend as my elder sister (who just lost her beloved husband) and her kids came over and stayed in my house. Finally she managed to buy a house nearby where i stay now, so it is convenient for me to take care her and kids. After several days of not baking, I tell myself I must bake something today. I just made my 1st madeleines just now using the silicone moulds which I bought from Daiso store recently (after meeting with Jane).



Friday, October 15, 2010

Fish fillets Mee Hoon soup (rice vermicelli noodle soup) 鱼肉米粉

I like to eat the famous Seremban‘s Fish Head Mee Hoon soup, as the soup is spicy (the spiciness came from liberal use of pepper) and little creamy by adding evaporated milk, which I couldn’t find in any other type of noodles soup. I tried to cook this noodle soup recently but replaced fish head (not my kid’s favorite) with fish fillets instead.

Fish fillet Mee Hoon soup (rice vermicelli noodle soup) 鱼肉米粉

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Potato and green bean fried rice

This is not my recipe but belong to my husband, his is good in preparing this yummy fried rice. Anyway, this time i have no choice to cook this fried rice on behalf of him since he was rushing to attend a last minute meeting.

Potato and green bean fried rice

Potato and green bean fried rice

Monday, October 11, 2010

Marble Chocolate Cupcakes

This is a very quick, simple and delicious marble chocolate cupcakes, and you will probably find that you already have most of the ingredients needed to make them..feel free to try out.

Marble Chocolate Cupcakes

Marble Chocolate Cupcakes

Blog Widget by LinkWithin