Monday, July 27, 2020

Tapioca Dumpling with Pork Mince

Tapioca Dumpling with Pork minced

200 g tapioca pearls (small sago)

½ tsp salt

1 cup water


200 g pork mince or chicken mince

2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp coriander roots

1 tsp white peppercorns

2 shallots, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 ½ tbsp palm sugar

2 ½ tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp roasted peanuts, crushed


2 tbsp fried garlic


Coriander leaves

1.    Soak tapioca pearls in water with salt for about 30 minutes, drained and set aside.

2.    Grind the coriander root and garlic together by using a small mortar and pestle. Otherwise, mince the coriander roots and garlic.

3.    Heat oil in a fry pan, add the coriander root, shallot and garlic and stir until aromatic. Add the palm sugar and ground pepper, stir and mix well. Set aside.

4.    In a medium bowl, mix the paste mixture with the pork, add fish sauce and peanut and mix well.

5.    Take the pork mixture and shape it into meatballs. Roll tapioca pearls into a ball, press it to form a cup shape. Put the pork mixture in the middle and seal the tapioca cup over the filling. Repeat until all ingredients are used up.

6.    Place the dumplings on oiled baking paper or banana leaf, steam over high heat for about 10 minutes or until the tapioca pearls become clear and the pork mixture is cooked through. Let them cool down and dry up for about 5 minutes before transferring to a serving dish. Garnish with fried garlic.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Pho Bo- Beef noodle Soup

Beef Noodle Soup- Pho Bo
2 litres water
1.5 kg beef oxtail/bones
750 g beef flank/brisket

2 ½ cm fresh ginger, peeled and bruised
1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters
2 cloves garlic
1 (25 g) cassia bark/stick cinnamon
5 star anise
5 cloves
1 big black cardamon
1/8 teaspoon black peppercorns

3 litres water
1½ tablespoons salt or to taste
3 tablespoons fish sauce
25 g rock sugar or to taste

500 g fresh rice noodles
300 g raw beef sirloin, thinly sliced
100 g bean sprouts
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cups sweet basil leaves
2 spring onion, sliced to garnish

Chilli sauce
Hoi Sin sauce
2 red chillies, sliced
2 limes or lemons, cut into wedges
  • Discharge the fat part from the beef bones. Bring 2 litres water to the boil. Add in bones and flank. Blanch for a few minutes and drain.
  • Grill the ginger, onion and garlic until slightly burnt. Removed and set aside.
  • Dry-roast the cassia bark, star anise, cloves, black cardamon and peppercorns in a fry pan over low heat until it fragrant or about 3 minutes. Wrap the spices in a muslin bag and tie up tightly in a knot. Set aside.
  • Bring 3 litres of water to the boil. Add beef bones, flank, ginger, onion, garlic, spice bag, salt, fish sauce, and rock sugar. Turn the heat to low and let it boil for at least 3 hours (You may need to top up a bit of water if too dry). Skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Strain the stock and it is ready to use.
  • Bring a pot of water to the boil. Blanch the rice noodles in the boiling water until soft for a minute. Drain and transfer the noodles to few large bowls.
  • Place few sliced raw beef, sliced brisket/flank and onion on top of the noodles. Pour the hot soup into the bowl, garnish with bean sprouts, sweet basil leaves and spring onion.
  • Serve with small bowl of chilli sauce, hoi sin sauce, lemon wedge and chilli.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Old Style Char Siew

This time I cooked in the air fryer (200C) but you can cook in the oven. It will be quicker to cook in the air fryer. Turn over the meat once half way of cooking. This is not a very sweet Char Siew, if you like it sweet, please increase the quatity of Maltose.

500 g pork belly (skinless, strip) or pork shoulder
Char Siew mixture (in a small bowl):
25-30 g fermented red beancurd/Nam Yu
1/2 tbsp Nam Yu water/sauce (in the same jar)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsps Maltose/Malt sugar or more
3/4 tsp five spices powder
1 1 /2 tbsps Shaoxing wine or rose wine
Marinate the pork with the Char Siew mixture overnight. Bake it in the preheat oven at 200C for about 20 minutes. Turn over the other side and continue to cook for another 10-20 minutes or until cooked (It depends on how thick the meat is).
Keep the remaining mixture sauce in the small pot and bring it to the boil until absorbed and thick. Pour the sauce on top of the Char Siew.

Simple Keow Teow Soup

Simple Keow Teow Soup

I often cook a quick Keow Teow noodles soup at home if I have leftover noodles. So, few days ago, I cooked this dish with kids. It is a very simple dish. I made only 2 portions because I only had 1/2 pack of noodles left.
I boiled about 430g chicken breast in 1.5 L water, 2 tsp salt, a bit of pepper and 4 instant cuttlefish nuggets. Boiled the noodles in a separate pot until just soft. Kids helped to chop 2 cloves of garlic and spring onions. Sarah fried the garlic to make garlic oil. Peeled or sliced the cooked chicken breast...tatata...our breakfast is ready. Have a nice day everyone and keep safe!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Black Pepper Pork Ribs

1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) pork ribs, cut into pieces
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon whole black pepper
4 tablespoons sugar or palm sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons fish sauce

Place the garlic and black pepper in a mortar, and use a pestle to grind to paste. Add sugar, salt and fish sauce into the mortar and mix well. 

Marinate pork rips with the garlic and black pepper mixed sauce for 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 

Preheat the grill on 220C. Grill the ribs 20 minutes or until cooked through or cook in the air fryer. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hokkien Char (Fried yellow noodles)

Hokkien Char- This is our simple way of cooking Hokkien noodles (yellow noodles) without lard. It is simple and delicious! hope you like it too!

2 tbsps vegetables oil
2 cloves garlic
5-6 prawns - preferred skin-on
500 g yellow noodles
150 g choi sim or more

Soy mixture (mix in a bowl):
2-3 tbsps dark soy sauce
2-3 tbsps oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp raw sugar or to taste
A bit of black ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt (optinal)
2 cups water

Heat the oil in a wok or big fry-pan and stir fry the garlic until lightly brown. Add prawn cook for 1 minute, or until coloured. Add noodle and stir fry for 1 minute. Pour the soy mixture and let it boil for 5 minutes.

Add choi sim into the noodle, stirring couple of times. Cover the wok with lid on and let it boil for another 5 minutes or thicken. Serve hot.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Thai Grilled Fish Wrap in Leaves- Miang Pla Pao

Miang Pla Pao

Hello especially for all from Europe and Australia that used to attend the classes, I hope you all are cooking delicious food in your kitchen. Today, I am going to post something that many asked me to teach before but normally I would said no. The reason is it takes time to prepare, hmmm...actually not, it needs time for resting the dough. But I can show you a simple video how to make it and you can do it at your home. So, what it is? It is roti canai!! Happy cooking. Enjoy the video. 

                                       Round roti, egg with onion roti and square roti. 

                                                               Making roti canai

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Homemade crispy Pork

My little girl loves crispy pork very much. It is our regular meal at home, she never tired of it. It is not difficult to cook at all. You need to have patient to wait for couple of day. Good food always need time to process. Hope you will like it. Happy cooking!

A quick video of cooking crispy pork

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Bean sprouts challenge week

Last week was a bean sprouts week. Why I said that? Because it was my first time to make green bean sprouts by myself and turn out they over grown. One cup of green beans turned out massive bean sprouts. Thus, I had to cook whatever dishes that I could think of using bean sprouts. Of course I missed out some ingredients especially the Khmer Laksa that show on the middle top picture, it almost just laksa soup with bean sprouts. What a bean sprouts week, don't you think? 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Chocolate birthday cake for hubby

I made a birthday cake for hubby few days ago. I felt a safe to have homemade cake during the pandemic. It turned out nice and delicious. I used our garden produces to decorate the topping. I was happy with the result.