I’m back to my usual routine of cooking and gyming, after a very awesome and blessed ‘break’ the past month… 3 weeks of my daddy here, and 1 week on holiday @ Vegas. I’m now refreshed and recharged for my journey of cooking and wifely duties. haha
Karen, my neighbour, was very sweet to bless me with a Rasa Malaysia cookbook, knowing that I always use recipes from the blog. In this posting, I have already made 2 dishes from that book (Char Siew and Sio Ba a.k.a crispy pork)! Some of the recipes are the same, while there are others which seem to have been refined from the blog. E.g. on the blog, she says to char the char siew over the stove fire/bbq fire; in the book, she says to broil it. And the broiling gave a much nicer ‘char’!
1st try making tempura from scratch and it was much easier than I expected! Another time, we tried making it with a tempura batter, and it didn’t adhere to the food very well. This Rasa Malaysia recipe adheres to the food very well, and making it from scratch means that I don’t have to specially buy an additional item for my pantry. This is going into my recipe box!
Hubby has been going on about how his colleague’s wife made very nice sio ba. So I took the unintentional hint, and decided to try making it too! It was only a 50% success, unfortunately. The skin was not crisped evenly. Hubby had a discussion with his colleagues and concluded that it’s because I didn’t poke the skin enough! haha. The marinate for the bottom part of the meat was nice though.
Made this very simple beef dish from Rasa Malaysia. Minimal preparation and ingredients, and no marinating time required… a good dish when I’m lazy!
The Rasa Malaysia recipe called for pork belly… But considering that we just took in that much belly the day before, I used chicken instead. Verdict: YUMMY! And easy to make! Tastes like the bulgogi back home! hubby was disappointed that it wasn’t going to be in his dinnerbox.
My second attempt at cereal something (when I first came, I tried making cereal prawns.. which didn’t quite work out too well). Thanks to Kimbery and my daddy, I now have the correct Nestum oats!!! And I loved how this dish turned out!
This recipe was adapted from the Cereal Prawns recipe in the ‘No More Failed Recipes – Zi Char’ book.
- 3 Chicken breast, sliced
- 1 Chili padi, chopped
- some curry leaves
- Nestum oats
- Corn flour
- Coat chicken breast slices with corn flour and fry till almost golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels.
- Melt some butter in pan, add nestum oats, and fry over low heat till golden brown and crispy.
- Melt some butter in pan and fry chili padi, curry leaves. Add salt and sugar to taste. Add chicken pieces and stir to combine. Add oats to coat well.