Thursday, April 17, 2014

Linguine With Mushroom Topped With Fried Salmon Skin

Dinner was simple last night.  Boiled linguine till al dente, drained off the water and mixed into the stir fry fresh mushroom. Throw in a pinch of herbed sea salt  for taste.  Added some chilli flakes and ground black pepper for some hotness.  Pan seared salmon , a squeeze of lemon on it and tada...dinner is ready in less than 40 minutes.  Yummilicous and we eat this facing the idiot box watching my favorite programme of the night...yea watching Angel's Revenge which I had recorded in the morning before going to work.  I love one dish meal for just this reason.  Each of us holding a plate of pasta and multi tasking away.  Chomping down the pasta and the eyes glued to the idiot box LOL!  

love one dish meal especially pasta like this...mmmm yummy

garnish with the fried  salmon skin 
and this pasta tasted so good that WB asked for second helping

Enjoy  !

Stir Fry Fresh Shiitake And Oyster Mushrooms With Sea Prawns

I am a fan of fresh mushrooms :p and most of my meals consists of kimchi and stir fry mushrooms :) WB always complain that I live on mushrooms alone LOL!  but I always cook a meat dish for him or our Piggies will think I bully their Daddy Boar :)  Today I am sharing another mushroom dish . This dish is flavorful because I added deep fried whole garlic the dish.  It gives a stronger garlicky taste in the gravy and the deep fried garlic melts in the mouth...mmmm I can tuck in all the fried garlic and WB surprisingly loves the fried garlic too. 

can you see the cloves of deep fried garlic in the dish
it just melts in the mouth...lovely. I think I will add more of deep fried garlic
in all my stir fry dishes :)

Stir Fry Fresh Shiitake And Oyster Mushrooms With Sea Prawns


250 gm fresh shiitake  - rinse and drain dry
250 gm fresh grey oyster mushrooms - rinse and drain dry
10 pieces of fresh sea prawns - shelled and devein - season with a pinch of sugar 
                                                and a dash of  light soy sauce
5 cloves of garlic - deep fried
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 slice of ginger
spring onions - cut into 1/2" inch length

thickening sauce - mix together till well combined
1 tsp of corn flour
1 tsp of oyster sauce
1 tsp of chinese cooking wine
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of water


Heat wok , add in a slice of ginger and saute till fragrant.  Add in the seasoned sea prawns and stir fry till it turns pink and cooked.  Add in the fresh mushrooms and continue to stir fry till soft and cooked.  Add in the deep fried garlic and thickening sauce and spring onions.  Once the gravy thickens, dish up and serve hot.

Enjoy !

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CG Dinner @ Sun Lee How Fook Restaurant ,Ipoh

This post is long overdue. Almost forgotten until I was about to format my thumbdrive :p and I saw this folder with restaurant dishes. I remembered we had a cell group dinner at Sun Lee How Fook , Jalan Kampar.  The CG normally celebrate the members birthday once every two months.  This dinner was held to celebrate two members birthday.  I can't remember whose it was... LOL!   Have a peep to see what else was ordered for that dinner.   Read on to see what you can ordered from this restaurant.  Most of the food there are tasty and delicious.  Prices are quite affordable though I would not say it is cheap either :p  The food we ordered came to about RM500 plus :)  I can't remember the name of the dishes but I know they are delicious..mmmm yummy !

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Homecooked Bak Kut Teh

The name ' Bak Kut Teh' is translated as ' meat bone tea '.  It consists of meat pork ribs simmered in herbs and spices ( star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic ) for hours.  I don't know they called it tea though there is no tea in the dish itself.  Additional ingredients such as offal, varieties of mushroom , pieces of dried tofu or fried tofu puffs are added to the dish.  WB bought a packet of A1 brand bak kut teh spice that comes in two sachets.  We used up the two sachets for one cooking.  It is so convenient to use ready packed bak kut teh spice.  All we need to add is required water, light and dark soy sauce and lots of garlic and of course the meat ribs and whatever ingredients we favor.  This is a versatile dish , you can add any meat you like.  I added coriander leaves for extra flavor.  Love this simple to prepare and delicious homecooked bak kut teh.   Oh, I added lots of tofu puffs and fried beancurd skin.  Serve this with piping hot rice and of course not to forget chopped bird eye's chillies and garlic sauce.  I can eat two bowls of rice at one sitting.

Bak Kut Teh


1 packet of ready packed Bak Kut Teh spice/herbs - I used A1 brand
1/2 kg meat ribs
* optional - offal of your choice
dried mushrooms - soak and cut of stems
tofu puffs
dried beancurd skin
coriander leaves - amount up to individual
light soya sauce
dark soy sauce
sea salt to taste
1 head garlic - crushed

enough water to cover the meat

Cook the  meat ribs and offals in hot boiling water for 10 mins.  Pour away the water. Drain off excess water.  

Put the  A1 satchets of  bak kut teh spices,  garlic, the parboiled meat, and water in a deep pot.  Put to boil under high heat for 30 mins.  Add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and mushrooms to the soup and simmered for another 1 hour under medium low heat.  When the meat is soft and tender, add in the tofu puffs, dried beancurd skin and coriander leaves and continue to simmer for another 20 mins. Add in salt to taste.  

Serve with piping hot rice.

Enjoy !

Benefits Of Apricot Kernels

I just came to know that apricot kernels are good for health.  Apricot seeds can be consumed raw or ground into a powder. It can be added to soups, vegetables, curries , fruit juice or cereal.  Apricot Kernels can be roasted for the oil and is used in salad dressings, cooking and facial lotions. We can get best apricot kernels from this website.  I have listed below some of the benefits of apricot kernels. 

Apricot Kernels Benefits:-

1. Skin Scrub - Gives a glowing complexion and renewed radiance.

2. Cancer - It contains Vitamin B17 that helps prevent cancer.  Apricot seed oil helps to kill cancer cells as bone cancer, skin cancer and cervical cancer.

3. Blood Pressure - Vitamin B17 helps maintain blood pressure and also lowers high blood pressure.

4. Arthritis - It helps to reduce arthritis symptoms and soothes and relief pain.

5. Colds and Flu - Helps maintain the immune system and strengthens the body's ability to fight infections such as colds and flu.

6. Cooking -  Apricot seed oil is used for cooking and flavouring of traditional Italian liquor and can also be used as salad oil that has many health benefits.

7.  Nourishes -  Natural apricot seed oil contains gamma linoleic acid that is useful to firm and tone your skin.  This also contains Vitamin A and E to soothe and slow down the aging process.  It has nourising properties and an anti-inflammatory effect to soothe eczema.

8. Cosmetics - Apricot seed oil contains high fatty acids, Vitamin E and A which is used to moisturize nourish dry and mature skin.  This oil is used in cosmetics like  soaps, creams and skin lotions. And the oil gets absorbed into the skin easily without leaving any oily residue.  This oil is used for massage and as a sunbathing oil. And this oil is use as a base with other aromatherapy oils.

9.  Hair Health - Used with other oils like Amla , coconut and olive to cure dry and flaky scalp. Helps restore shine to hair.

10.  Moisturizer - Used as a moisturizer for dry areas such as elbows, knees, feet and hands. Make the skin extra soft and smooth.

11. Night Oil - Mix it with any other essential oil that suits you and massage gently on skin. It helps moisturize dry skin.

Enjoy reading !

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