Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thai Fried Rice

Serves 2

1 Tbs oil
3 cups cooked rice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 egg
2 tsp sambal oelek
1 Tbs fish sauce
1 Tbs soy sauce
1/2 lime, to serve
Heat wok on high, pour in the oil and add garlic and sambal oelek. Stir quickly.
Add the rice and stir to mix. Sprinkle the fish sauce and soy sauce and stir to mix again.
Push the rice aside and make room for the egg. Add the egg and scramble the egg until the egg is all cooked.
Serve hot with a wedge of lime.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tofu Laksa

This is a basic, quick recipe that I use quite often when doing a laksa at home for myself.

Serves 2 (large serves)
  • 2 serves hokkein noodles
  • 2 serves vermicelli noodles
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 100g tofu, cut into squares
  • 185g jar Ayam Malaysian laksa paste (or any type of Laksa paste)
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1 440ml can coconut milk
  • 1 small can coconut cream (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh beansprouts
  • Fresh coriander leaves and stem/roots, chopped
  • 1 lime, to serve
  1. Place noodles in a large heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 4 to 5 minutes or until just tender. Using a fork, separate noodles. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat wok over medium-high heat. Add oil to wok and stir fry tofu until crispy on outside, remove and put aside.
  3. Cook laksa paste, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add coriander root/stem. Cook, stirring, for 30 secs or until softened. Stir in stock. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tofu. Stir fry for 30 secs. Stir in coconut milk and cream. Divide noodles between bowls. Ladle over stock mixture. Top with beansprouts and coriander leaves. Serve with lime halves.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chinese Plum Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles (of course!)

Some might serve this dish as the Plum Chicken alone, by just adding some extra vegetables and omitting the noodles. Some might serve it with rice, and others on top the noodles.

This is my first attempt at a Plum Chicken stir fry. As you may have guessed I am going stir fry it with noodles as well (what's new?). I'm not sure whether that might be going too far, as this is quite a sweet dish, and adding the noodles may be somewhat of a 'carb overload' for some, yet I'm still going to give it a crack.

I have browsed a few different websites to come up with my own version of Plum Chicken.

Marinating chicken.

Thicker pak choy, chopped.

Thinner, leafy parts of pak choy, divided from thicker stem.

My fav chopsticks at the moment...ceramic.

Stir frying the chicken.

Pak choy with sambal oelek.

Eggs added.

Chicken added.

Rest of pak choy....almost done!

Add the noodles and sauces and mix.

4 servings noodles of your choice
1 Tbs vegetable oil (sesame oil would have been preferable)
1 large chicken breast, thinly sliced
1 bunch pak choy
3 eggs, slightly whisked
sesame seeds, to serve

2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp ginger, minced
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs sweet chilli sauce

Stir Fry Sauce
1 tsp sambal oelek
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs sweet chilli sauce
1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
1/4 - 1/2 cup Asian-style plum sauce (eg. Ayam brand)

Place chicken in a glass or ceramic bowl, add marinade ingrediants and combine well. Marinate for no less than 30 minutes. Prepare noodles as per packet directions, set aside.

Heat wok or large frying pan, fry chicken until just browned, place on a plate and set aside. Add more oil to the wok, stir fry thicker ends of pak choy with sambal oelek for 1 minute. Push to one side of the wok and add eggs. Stir to create a rough omelette.

When eggs are almost set yet slightly runny, add chicken and rest of pak choy. Stir fry for 30 seconds, then add sauces and combine. Add noodles simply to heat through, serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Oodles of Noodles

I used the same Beef Teriyaki Noodle recipe as one of my last posts, except this time I added sambal oelek. The dish needed that extra kick!

Beef Teriyaki Noodles


Marinating beef strips.

Pak Choy.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.
       Serves 2.
  • 250g beef, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki marinade/sauce, plus 1/2 cup extra for stir-frying 
  • 440g fresh hokkien noodles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch pak choy, leaves and stems separated, roughly chopped
  1. Place beef in a shallow glass or ceramic dish. Add garlic and the 1/4 cup of teriyaki marinade/sauce. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Place noodles in a large, heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 2 minutes. Drain. Separate noodles.
  3. Heat a wok over high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil. Swirl to coat. Add the beef. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until sealed. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add larger stems of pak choy and remaining oil to wok. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until just tender. Return beef and juices to wok. Add noodles, pak choy leaves and remaining teriyaki marinade. Stir-fry for 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve.
  • For an extra heat kick you could add 1 red chilli.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

I'm not a big fan of cinnamon. Or apple. Or wasting food.
My attempt at eating at least an apple a day failed miserably last fortnight, and so did my supposed health kick. As a result, I had eight Granny Smith apples sitting in the fruit basket. I'm not even sure why I have a fruit basket, as I rarely eat fruit.

To avoid having to throw out these surprisingly sweet and juicy apples, I made Cinnamon Apple Muffins, purely for the purpose of giving to friends, taking into work for work colleagues, Friday staff morning tea, etc. However....once these came out of the oven and I had a taste, I wasn't too keen on sharing them. They were so yummy!!! Moist, soft and perfectly baked. I even enjoyed the cinnamon - it honestly brought the apple out. This was definitely an apple-packed muffin!! So much better tasting than a store-bought Apple Muffin.
Being a huge fan of the site, I actually found this recipe at

Due to certain elements (my own tastes, and having no baking soda), I modified the recipe slightly:
  • Instead of 2 cups of plain flour, I used 1 cup plain flour and 1 cup self-raising flour to compensate for the 'AWOL' baking soda.
  • I omitted the raisins, as I don't really like them, adding one more apple instead to make up the bulk.
  • The original recipe required a cooking time of 20 minutes. In total, the muffins took approximately 30 minutes in my particular fan-forced oven. Possibly because I used more apple.

I decided to use my dormant MixMaster for the first time, which I inherited from my Mum. I honestly didn't see this method saving me anymore time than mixing the ingredients myself using a bowl and spoon. It also created slightly more washing up.

The MixMaster guide.

Apple, plus all dry, sifted ingredients combined.

After adding the wet mixture, this is the result. Not too thick, which is what the original recipe asked for.

Straight out of the oven.

SO moist!!!

  • Oil spray, for greasing
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 medium (about 500g) Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, chopped
  • 125g butter or margarine, melted, cooled
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 185mls (3/4 cup) milk
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare your ingredients. You will need 12 medium (125mls/ 1/2 cup) muffin pans. If you aren't using non-stick pans, brush the pans with the melted butter or margarine to lightly grease.
  2. Sift the flour and cinnamon together into a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar and apples until well combined.
  3. Whisk together the butter or margarine, eggs and milk until well combined. Blending the wet ingredients before adding them to the apple/flour mixture makes it easier to evenly combine the two.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a large metal spoon until just combined. It is important that the ingredients are only just combined. If the mixture is over-mixed, the cooked muffins will have a tough texture.
  5. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin pans.
  6. Bake the muffins in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden and cooked through. When cooked, remove from oven and stand for 5 minutes in the muffin tray before turning onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 day.
  • Freezing: Individually wrap the cooled muffins in plastic wrap or foil and then place them in batches in sealed freezer bags. Freeze for up to I month.
  • Defrosting: Thaw at room temperature still in their bags. To defrost in the microwave, remove the plastic wrap or foil and place the muffins directly onto the microwave turntable. Cook, uncovered, for 45 seconds for 2 muffins, 1 minute for 4, or 1 1/2 minutes for 6 on Defrost/350watts/30%. Then stand for 1 minute to allow muffins to finish defrosting.


Yep, noodles again. This recipe wasn't so much a recipe...more of a mixture of my favourite stir-fry ingredients thrown together. This was much like a Char Kway Teow crossed with a Drunken Noodles recipe:

Vegetable Oil
Sliced chicken breast
Organic Tofu
Sliced onion
Choy Sum
Soy Sauce
Fish Sauce
Kecap Manis
Sesame Seeds, for garnish

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cream of Celery Soup

I've never tried, or even cooked, Cream of Celery Soup. Considering I'm going through a 'left-overs' phase at the moment, I thought I'd give the recipe a go. My fridge was full of unused celery.

Belief it or not, this tasted absolutely beautiful, and perfectly seasoned. Would be in my Top Five Fav Soups for sure, along with Vietnamese Beef Pho and Chinese Chicken & Corn Soup .

After 5 minutes of gentle cooking.

After adding stock, cream, milk and bay leaves.

Blended and ready to freeze.

Cream of Celery Soup

1 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 celery head, chopped
2 small potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 onions, chopped
700 ml vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
350 ml low-fat milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Melt oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the celery, potatoes and onion and cook gently for 5 minutes.
2. Pour the stock and milk  into the pan, add the bay leaves. Season. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaves.
3. Cool slightly. Using a ladle, lift the vegetables into a blender with some of the cooking liquid. Whizz to a purée, and do this in two batches.
Ladle into warm bowls and grind a little more pepper over the top. Scatter with some crumbled blue cheese, if you like.
5.  Alternatively, freeze after cooling.

Lazy Dinner

For a quick and easy dinner soup, and for under $3.00, you can't go past the Trident Hot & Spicy Thai Noodle Soup. That's if you like it hot. I add quite a lot of water to this packet mix and  I feel quite full afterwards.
If you try this, you may notice that the 'rice noodles' come in the form of flat, opaque squares. Do not be alarmed, as these soften and curl up once the mixture is prepared and boiled.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Creamy Salmon Pasta

One of my regulars.

Oil, onion, butter and garlic.

Salmon fillets, cooked and shredded.


Salmon added.

Capers added.

Finished product.