24 August 2014

BEAN CURD BAMBOO SHOOT


Soya sauce pork with eggs and fried bean-curd is a delectable dish to go with rice, especially when boiled for long hours till the pork is soft and melt in the mouth, and the bean-curd absorbed the flavor of the sauce.  With only the bean-curd left after all other ingredients had been consumed, I used the bean-curd to create another dish by stir frying with preserved bamboo shoots and chilly & pepper corns.

17 August 2014

HALIA

We celebrated our daughter's birthday by having brunch at the Raffles Hotel restaurant HALIA which offers European cuisine with Asian inspirations at affordable price.

A spacious restaurant with green environment and a collection of wood-carved tables.  Large French windows to let in an abundance of daylight. 



Open concept kitchen and bar for great show

Once seated a large basket of assorted bread, scones and pastries was offered served with clotted cream, butter and jam to go with



Hot and cold cinnamon infusions with orange syrup and mint berry mocktai

The Salmon pate ($16) was served in a glass jar topped by roast floret, tomato and cauliflower puree with vanilla. The texture of the pinkish salmon was smooth and served, and to be eaten, together with baguettes

The Oriental Pulled Duck ($18) is light and refreshing. The flavorful duck was served with soba , tossed in sesame oil, which gives a contrasting texture to the meat

Sous vide lamb rack ($49), done to tender medium-rare perfection, is accompanied by a delectable artichoke, green peas and arugula

Must try chilli crab pasta where the thick gravy covered every strain of pasta.  There was real crab meat

A grilled breakfast with poached eggs ($23) that comes with Italian pork sausage, sweetened bacon, portobello mushroom, vine tomato and toasted sourdough

Oriental dish of steamed tender halibut to go with Japanese sesame rice garnished with pickled cucumbers

Pork Square - compacted meatloaf crisply fried with poached eggs, stewed beans, spinach and diced vegetables

A lemon curd cake for birthday girl

16 August 2014

VEGETARIAN COUSCOUS


To eat healthily we occasionally replace rice with couscous.  Couscous are healthy whole grains and  is good for the body and helps with weight loss. Couscous gives a feeling of fullness, thus curbing hunger.  It is a specific cultural dish mainly found in Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean areas.  

Steam couscous till fluffy.  When cold add in whatever food or vegetables you fancy and it makes a healthy and balance meal.  For this meal I added in zucchini, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes and flaky salmon.

27 July 2014

BLOOD DETOXIFYING SOUP



With all the eating and drinking one needs to detox occasionally to maintain good health.  This soup helps to cleanse and enhance blood metabolism -

Shengdi (生 地)
Chuantaipian (川 太 片)
Baishao (白 芍)
Maidong (麦 冬)
Xuanshen (玄 参)
Haima - Seahorse (海 马)
Gancao (甘 草)

Simmer with meat for approximately 3 hours

20 July 2014

IRISH SODA BREAD

Baking bread is not my cup of tea.  I had tried numerous times but without success, either the dough did not rise or the bread is hard and when throw against the wall it can bounce back.  Time is needed to wait for proofing and rising of the dough which I lack the patience.  There are blogs that featured "no rise bread" which I tried and succeed. 

Ingredients : flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, butter, egg, buttermilk and dried fruits

Proofing and baking of the dough

Soda bread ready in 1 hour

It goes well with cream cheese and my apple blueberry jam

19 July 2014

APPLE BLUEBERRY JAM

What better way to turn old fruits into jam - apples with blueberries and some lemon juice 



Jam with lots of apple pulps

Thick gooey jam to spread onto light cake

13 July 2014

CENTURY EGGS

Delicious side dish.  Century eggs with a creamy consistency is mind blowing when mix with sesame sauce, mustard sauce together with preserved mustard seeds and chillies.


12 July 2014

YEE FU NOODLES

Yee Fu noodles are easy to cook.  Cook in boiling water till soft and drain dry.  Fry the vegetables (mushrooms, cabbage, chives, carrot, black fungus) with a can of "Lor Han Chia", seasons and add a bit of dark soya sauce.  Stir in the noddles and mix well.

The noodles have to use up immediately after purchase as they tend to go rancid easily if kept too long.

29 June 2014

NOTOGINSENG SOUP


A soup for women :  notoginseng / tian qi, codonopsis root / dang shen, lean meat, red dates and ginger

Notoginseng root revitalizes blood.  Codonopsis root nourishes heart.  Red dates replenish blood.  Ginger warms the body and stomach

Suitable for backaches, poor blood circulation, cold limbs and sleep disorders.  The soup is not suitable for pregnant women

22 June 2014

NEWTOWN THAI

There are many cheap eateries in New Town and we settled for Thai food.





The food portion serves in Australia are big and a lot.  We ordered a few dishes and shared  

Beef salad with fresh herbs and vegetables 

Fried fish cakes with sweet sour sauce

Traditional dish Phat Thai