Monday, July 6, 2015

Smoked Chicken

Smoked chicken taste better than roast chicken.  The distinctive smoky flavor is to die for.  I used to roast chicken for WB but since I learnt how to smoke chicken using the wok, I have been making these smoked chicken for WB . I learned how to smoke in the wok from my cg leader when I helped her make smoke chicken drumsticks for some fund raising project.   Who say we stop learning once we are retired...hahaha for me it is still learning process till I take the last breath :p

I smoked some for him a week before we caught the flu bug. WB prefers his chicken to be  marinated with just black pepper and plenty of sea salt.  It is really addictive and WB is still craving for it ....ok I promised to make some again once we recover from this flu :)  This smoked chicken is a keeper for sure. Now I dont have to think what to cook for the coming Christmas....smoked chicken it will be :p

you need a piece of alumium foil to line the base of the wok
throw in some tea leaves ( puer or any type of tea leaves)
with some brown sugar...when the tea leaves and brown sugar get burnt,
 it gives out a distinctive smoky flavor which is absorbed into the chicken

smoke the steamed marinaded chicken  for 
20 mins till brown

the meat remains tender and juicy

love this method of smoking chicken

I can have these pieces of smoked chicken all to myself :p

.......aromatic and finger licking good smoked chicken
great for parties and I am sure you will woo your guests with 
this home smoked chicken

Smoked Chicken 

1 whole chicken - cut into 4 parts with skin on
2 tsp of ground black pepper
2 tsp of sea salt

1 piece of aluminium foil big enough to cover base of wok
4 tbsp of tea leaves - any choice will do
1 tbsp of brown sugar


Marinated chicken parts with black pepper and sea salt and leave to rest for at least a few hours. Steamed them in a boiling steamer until the chicken parts are cooked.

Prepare the wok for smoking process.  Place a piece of aluminium foil at the base of wok.  Throw in the tea leaves and brown sugar and mix evenly.  Place a rack  over the tea leaves mixture.  Place the steamed chicken parts on a bbq aluminium netting tray and place the tray on the rack .  Cover the wok with lid and set the stove fire on high.  Smoked the chicken parts for 20 mins until the chicken turned golden brown and has the distinctive smoky flavor.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stir Fry Fish Fillets With Wood Ear Fungus

After a bout of cough and something simple like this dish is most welcome.  Both WB and myself  were down with fever and cough for the past week.  Fever gone but the cough still persists ....I managed to whip up this stir fry fish fillets with wood ear fungus.  Eaten with a bowl ofplain hot porridge was truly heavenly :)  Taste so good and delicious.  Especially with homegrown spring onions.  After taking medication for a week, this dish definitely boost up our appetite.  Dont be sick...stay healthy and stay away from crowds ! We survived on plain porridge and pressure cooker really makes life much easier when one is sick  :) love my pressure cooker.

I love this simple stir fry with lots of wood ear fungus

Stir Fry Fish Fillets With  Wood Ear Fungus


300 gm fish fillets- red snapper ( your choice of fish )
2 cloves of garlic
an inch ginger - slice thinly
a bunch of spring onions - cut into 1" length
shredded carrots
2 pieces of wood ear fungus- soak till soft and cut into shreds
1 tbsp of olive oil

seasoning - mix seasoning ingredients together
light soy sauce
1 tsp of corn flour
1 tsp of chinese cooking wine
a pinch of sea salt
a dash of pepper * I leave this out coz of my cough
1/3 cup of water


Heat up wok and add in oil, throw in ginger and garlic and saute till fragrant. Add in wood ear fungus, carrots and fish fillets. Continue to stir fry till fish is cooked. Add in seasoning sauce and stir fry till  gravy thickens.  Add in spring onion after a quick stir fry, dish up and serve hot with plain porridge or hot rice.

Enjoy !

What I Do When I am Lazy To Cook

When I was first introduced to online first thought was... could I trust this website ? After all I will have to use my bank credit card so I was a bit sceptical about it. But after consulting WB, my hubby and partner in life, he told me it is perfectly alright to buy stuff online using the credit card as the bank will notify us whenever we purchase items from the internet.  With the green light from hubby, I bought some stuffs from ShopBack MY , an online shopping website that gives the best deal on some branded stuff from baby products to home products to food and beverages.  A e-commerce platform for best deals. And you know what...the most important thing not to be left out is this. They have this cashback campaign going on. Cashback is really just " getting back back" - that is when you spend online through ShopBack, you will receive a portion of your purchase back as cash!.  Isn't this a good deal. It will help save our wallet and help us save more when purchasing online. I am happy with ShopBack. It makes shopping so much easier.

You can check out all Ensogo offers and promotions  Ensogo is one of the top e-commerce platforms in Malaysia, which offers crazy discounts on selected items and services. They have daily offers, sweet bargains and more. Now I can purchase food and beverages coupons like Foodpanda, Rakuten, and many more.  Times when I am lazy to cook, I will check log in to ShopBack and get the best discounts and deals on food and beverages.  Hahaha you know I don't always cook at home. Sometimes I do close my kitchen and eat out or get food delivered to the doorstep from Foodpanda. I guess most of us would love to be delivered to our home...mmmmm yes!  I do look forward to being served at times :)   Do check it out at ShopBack for best deals whether it is home products to food and beverages. Early birds catches the worm !

So be the early bird and dont miss out the cash back deals !

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