Went down to Raffles Place to run some errands and DH suggested to have duck rice at Circular Road which is popular lunch place for office workers. The stall is operated in one of the row of two-storey shop houses with pubs, cafes and eating places as neighbor.
30 October 2010
Nowadays I never use meat to boil soup. The herbs and vegetables give natural sweetness and enhance the flavor. Moreover the soup looks pristine.
Burdock is used to treat a host of ailments and also as "blood purifier" to clean the bloodstream of toxins, as a diuretic and also as a remedy for eczema, acne and psoriasis.
24 October 2010
Udon is wheat flour noodle popular in Japanese cuisine. In Japanese restaurants udon is served either as noodle soup in flavored broth or stir fry with cabbage and meat. I normally like to order a stir fry but often ended up in great thirst.
For my family I will fry up to six packets of udon as they enjoy eating. Boil the udon in boiling water till they come lose and pour into cold water to stop the cooking. Pour udon into coriander till water runs dry.
Ingredients : minced pork, vegetables, 1 big onion (sliced), garlic, 1 egg, fresh mushroom, mirin, terriyaki sauce, dark soya sauce and seasoning.
23 October 2010
Sushi rice is short grain rice. It is short and sticky and has a glossy sheen when cooked. When season with vinegar, mirin and salt it gives out a fruity scent. I like to eat pearl rice as they held their shape and had great texture.
I added in slices of lotus root and fresh mushrooms over the rice. Cover the pot for 5 mins before turning off the fire. Stir in 2 tablespoon Japanese soya sauce over the rice before serving
17 October 2010
Carrot, figs, lotus root, water chestnuts, winter melon, barley, red dates and corn
You may play around with different ingredients. I prefer to add in fresh sugar cane but it hard to come by and the best type is the purple cane.
16 October 2010
Nothing is better than having a leisure dinner with colleagues after a day's work. When one of our lunch partners is moving into her golden years, we celebrated for her in Zhou's Kitchen at Anchorage Point.
The only setback is that the dishes tend to arrive too fast.
We adjourned to another place for further "discussions" and desserts
15 October 2010
Plums on sale and bought too many back but were sour to consume much. With the leftover plums I baked them into crumbles for after meal.
Slice plums into thick slices. Mix in elderberry syrup and honey to the plums to your preferred sweetness. Fill up the ramekins with plums to the realm as the plums will shrink when bake. Sprinkle oats over the top of the plums evenly. Bake till plums are bubbling and aromatic.
10 October 2010
09 October 2010
Rain pattering down, the bamboo tree and orchids swaying & dancing to the direction to the wind in the backyard make the wet kitchen a cozy comfortable place to cook. Thinking of a warm meal in such cool weather after a hard day's work makes me raced against the rain & wind to prepare a hot meal. Chopping, cutting and washing, meal is ready in an hour's time.
02 October 2010
My great interest is watching Hong Kong TVB Cantonese serials. Whenever they are being broadcast on local channels I will not miss. However sometimes the broadcasting time coincides with my cooking or dinner time, and in order not to miss any parts of the show I will cook food that can be eaten conveniently in front of the box. Quiche is one for dinner here.
Pastry can be prepared ahead and put in the fridge till ready to use. For this vegetables quiche, I include 1 big onions, half a leek, preserved artichokes in brine, fresh mushrooms and 6 pieces of cheese tofu, slice in half. Mix all fillings together and season with salt, mirin and pepper.
01 October 2010
Whenever there is a new "tong sui" (sweet soup) shop we will definitely patronize as I like sweet dessert. There is a new dessert store at the basement of Tampines Lot 1 when my daughter and I came across while having lunch there.