Monday, December 8, 2014

No Knead Bread Loaf 免揉面包

My last bread making was back in December 2011. Time flies, the bread machine is abandoned for almost 3 years. After reading the news on Penang Health Department found rat droppings, human hair, houseflies at one of the Penang bakery shop, I've decided to make my own bread. Let's warm up with a simple recipe  -  no knead bread.

I found that the bread texture is rough and it tastes a bit dry. I'm keen to experiment some other method the next. Hopefully I can discover a dough that works for soft and springy bread to my liking.

No Knead Bread Loaf 免揉面包

60 g melted butter
300 g bread flour
150 g water at room temperature
5 g yeast
50 g sugar
4 tbsp milk powder
1 egg at room temperature
Some raisins

1. Add all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. Mix up all the ingredients.
3. Cover it up with cling wrap and leave the dough in the fridge for overnight .
4. Take out the dough from the fridge. You can observe the dough is doubled up in size. Leave aside till it warm up to room temperature.
5. Transfer the dough into Tesco brand bread maker and bake under menu 12. You can bake in the oven too (170/180 deg C for 35-40 minutes).
6. Remove the bread from the bread maker/oven, and cool it on a rack before cutting into slices.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Crispy Anchovies In Spicy, Sweet and Sour Sauce

This anchovies dish is a courtesy of my mum. It is absolutely an appetizing dish that attracts my palate. I can eat it on its own or to serve it with rice. You can cook this in larger portion and store it in air-tight container to be consumed for the next few days. Enjoy!

250gm anchovies
200ml water
Cooking oil

(A) To grind:
1 ½ bulb of garlic, peeled
7 red chili, seeded
7-8 bird’s eye chili

(B) To juice:
6 calamansi
½ lemon

Sugar, salt or light soy sauce to taste

1. Grind ingredients (A) into paste using mortal and pestle. Set aside.
2. Juice the ingredient (B). Set aside.
3. Rinse the anchovies in running water, drain and pat dry with kitchen tissue
4. Heat up oil in a wok, deep fry anchovies into golden yellow. Drain the oil, and rest the anchovies on kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.
5. In the same wok, heat up some oil to sauté the grounded garlic and chili paste.
6. Pour in water and leave it simmers for a while. Add in the juice to mix well.
7. Add sugar, salt or light sauces to taste. Simmers the sauce till thickening and off the flame.
8. Toss in the anchovies to coat with the sauce.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Prawns and Veggie Tortilla Wrap

Tortilla wrap is my favorite bento lunch. This version of tortilla wrap takes longer time to prepare compared to the Chickenand Veggie Tortilla Wrap that I shared earlier. I get what I gave. I spend more time in the cooking and preparation, and I got the better taste tortilla wraps.

Prawns and Veggie Tortilla Wrap 
Yields for 2 to 3


3 tortillas
3 eggs
1/2 tomato, sliced
1/2 Japanese cucumber, sliced
1 stalk of spring onion, chopped
1 small onion, diced thinly, soak in cold water and drained
prawns, shelled, steamed and sliced into 2
Cooking oil

1. Crack an egg in a bowl. Add a tbsp of chopped spring onion. Beaten it with a fork.
2. Heat up a pan or wok with some cooking oil. Pan fry the egg. When it is almost cooked at the bottom side, top it with a Tortilla. Leave for a few seconds and flip to fry the other side. You’ll get the egg and tortilla stick together. Dish out.
3. Repeat step 1 and 2 to prepare the other 2 sheets of “egg-tortilla”.
4. Allocate a sheet of “egg-tortilla” on a chop board with egg facing up. Spread a layer of Mayonnaise on the egg surface. Top up all the ingredients – tomato and cucumber slices, prawns, onions at the bottom area of the tortilla sheet. Roll it up tightly and cut into two.
5. Repeat step 4 to get the rest of tortilla wraps done.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Baked Paprika Chicken with Philips Electric Pressure Cooker

Little Inbox bought a Philips electric pressure cooker last July. So far, it contributes a lot in cooking. It is worth the value if you consider it as a heavy duty kitchen aid.

This dish was cooked to experiment the texture of the baked free-range chicken from the electric pressure cooker. We know that free-range chicken need longer time to cook due to its firmer texture. Based on my previous experiment, an oven baked free-range chicken tends to be dryer and harder. With electric pressure cooker, you won’t face this problem. What you’ll get a baked free range chicken that is juicy, tender and oil-less compared to normal farming chicken.

Baked Paprika Chicken with Philips Pressure Cooker
Serves 2

Half of a free-range chicken, cleaned

1 tsp Paprika
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp light soy sauce
½ tbsp oyster sauce
Dashes of pepper
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated

1.Pad dry the chicken after cleaning.
2.Make tiny holes over the chicken with fork.
3.Mix up all the ingredients listed under marinades.
4.Marinate the chicken for overnight in fridge.
5.Take out the chicken from the fridge at least half hour before cooking.
6.Put the chicken in the pressure cooker pot with skin facing up (together with the marinades).
7.Close the pressure cooker lid.
8.Adjust the valve to baking mode.
9.Select “chicken” under the baking mode and press the start button.
10. When it is done, wait till the pressure is released before removing the lid.
11. Turn the chicken with skin facing down. Close the lid and keep warm for 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fried Angel Hair

My daughter loves noodle. For example, she likes rice flour noodle (mee suah) and vermicelli (bee hoon). I try to discover more kids recipes to please her palate. This fried Angel Hair is whipped up for that purpose. Not only the kids need a healthy diet, the adults gain the benefits too. She likes the noodle. But she eats pretty slow since she is learning to chew her food. Her teething is still in progress. 

I just wonder if kids have problem to digest the angel hair since it is made of Durum wheat? 
By the way, this recipe is modified from the Fried Noodle with Minced Pork and Fungus

Fried Angel Hair with Minced Pork and Fungus 碎肉木耳炒面
Serves 4

4 servings of angel hair, cooked per the instruction on the packaging (remark: salt is added to the hot boiling water)
200g minced pork 5 stalks of chives, cut into 1.5” length
a few florets of black fungus, soaked, drained and cut into strips
5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 onion, peeled and chopped
3 Shiitake mushroom, soaked, drained and cut into strips
cooking oil
water (retained from the angel hair boiling process)

Seasonings (Mix-up):
1.5 tbsp of dark soy sauce
1 tbsp of oyster sauce light soy sauce to taste
dashes of white pepper powder
150ml water

1. Heat up oil in a wok.
2. Add minced pork and leave it to fry for a while before stirring. Fry and get the minced pork separated.
3. Add onion sauté for a few minutes, stir in garlic to sauté till fragrant.
4. Add mushroom and black fungus. Stir-fry for few minutes.
5. Toss in angel hair. Add seasoning to mix well. Stir-fry for a few minutes. Add more water if needed.
6. Add chives to mix well with the noodle. Stir-fry for another 1 minute before done.


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