Monday, November 26, 2012

Salted Egg Prawns

Star Q

Last Saturday was my missus' nephew's wedding.  Actually, I had been travelling to and fro for three days from my place to my missus's sister's house for the wedding preparations.  It was rather tiring, mainly the driving part.  But all the effort was worth it, because (at least to me!) everything went like clock-work!  My contribution may have not been very big, but like what one of my sister-in-laws said: a contribution will complete the preparation, now matter how small it may be!

Well, one of my small contributions to the wedding was to prepare the bride and bridegroom's feast, where the food is usually garnished and decorated (and special) unlike the ones served for the guests! One of the dishes that my missus and I helped to prepare was the Salted Egg Prawns.  It went down quite well with the special guests (and the relatives!)   I had actually tried it out at home before preparing it for the wedding; this recipe which I have adapted after skimming through a Chinese magazine!

The recipe below is for the one I prepared at my own home (picture above)

  • 300 g large prawns
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 5 dried chilies, cut into strips
  • 2 tbs apple juice
  • 2 cooked salted egg yolks, crumbled
  • 2 tsp chicken stock granules
  • 1/2 cup panco breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil

Mix the prawns with the cornflour and then fry until cooked in some hot vegetable oil.  Once cooked, set aside.  Leave about two tbs of the oil in the wok.  Saute the shallots and dried chilies.  Once the shallots turn translucent, stir in the garlic and ginger until aromatic.  Next, add the crumbled salted egg yolks.  When the mixture becomes foamy, stir in the fried prawns.  Add in the apple juice and the chicken granules.  Wait until any signs of moisture has evaporated before adding the breadcrumbs.  Give the dish a few thorough stir, and dish out to serve!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wedding Gift

Star Q

It's the holidays and wedding bells are chiming everywhere almost every week.  Since these first two weeks of holiday will see me busy attending weddings or involved in one wedding preparation one way or another, this entry is going to be a short one! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Prawn Fritters/Cekodok Udang

Star Q

Once in a while, it is good to have something fried for breakfast.  It beats having the bland and tasteless (I'm being redundant here!) mug of instant oats that I have every morning.  It feels good to munch on something savory and at the same time dipping the food into some sweet chili sauce!  Yumm!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Not-So-Red Velvet Cake!

Star Q

This is my second attempt at making this cake, all be cause my first daughter requested for it.  I always wonder why the intense desire for this cake because I personally cannot pin-point the difference (from any other ordinary butter cake) Actually, the first time I made it was in cupcakes form; that was out of sheer curiosity!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Another No-Bother Order!

Star Q

It's great doing things for fun especially when it comes to cooking!  I remember reading some words of wisdom that sounds something like this : 'If you love your work, you will never work all your life!'  Well, cooking is not exactly my livelihood, but I must say I love doing it!

Bruschetta Kita!

Star Q

It's Saturday morning and I was at the morning market with my youngest girl.  It's only the two of us today because the missus has gone spend the night at her sister's place.  She will be part of the 'rombongan merisik' for her nephew.  I couldn't attend because I have a baking class (baking class? haha!)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Simple Roast Chicken for Potluck!

Star Q

This morning we had another potluck session in our staff room.  In fact potlucks have become like a trend here in our room, that every time we want to have one, it becomes almost like an event; everyone planning what to bring!