Friday, November 29, 2013

Thai Ginger Chicken [kai pad king]

An easy and tasty Thai chicken dish.   Very appetising with rice.  The gravy is slightly salty from the fish sauce and the sweetness is from the yellow onions.  Overall, the ingredients blend well with each other.  It's an easy dish to prepare and serve as a One Dish Meal with steaming hot rice.
This dish was cooked at my MIL's place and the wok pan belongs to my hubby's nephew.   Look at the condition - this wok is not 'loved' by its' owner, hahaha!  I bought a 'wok brush' for him.  Hopefully the wok is going to have a clean look soon.
original recipe from Thai Food Recipes with some modifications
[serves 4]
6 to 8 chicken wings - cut [or other meaty parts of the chicken - about 500gm]
1 yellow onion - peeled and cut wedges
100 gm fresh mushrooms
1 red chilli - cut diagonally
50 gm ginger - cut thin slices
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 spring onion - cut 1 inch length
1 tbsp cooking oil
some water enough to cook chicken
4 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp sugar
  1. Heat oil in wok, saute ginger and garlic until aromatic. Add in the chicken pieces.  Fry until nearly cooked.
  2. Add in the seasoning.  Continue frying until the gravy is bubbly. 
  3. Add some water to cook chicken until tender and gravy is reduced.
  4. Add in all the remaining ingredients.  Give it a good stir to mix well.
  5. Serve immediately with rice.
Notes: Visit this site for its' Nutritional Facts [here]
I'm  linking this to Asian Food Fest - November 2013 Thailand 
hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Fried Fish with Tamarind Sauce [Thai Food - Pla Rad Prik]

Never really convince myself that Thai food is quite easy to cook and appetising until I tried several Thai dishes for the Asian Food Fest event.  This is another lovely fish recipe that is worth preparing instead of the usual Fried Fish with Tau Cheong [Chien Chuan Hu] or Sweet Sour Fried Fish.
My niece asked whether I'm cooking the same fish dish the next day.  Usually, she is afraid of cut chillies but this time I saw her scooping up all the sauce.
Here I used Spanish Mackerel fish blocks and doubled the sauce portion as we needed more sauce to go with rice.   This sauce should be good for fried prawns or tofu.  The sauce is tasty, sweet, sourish and spicy.  Very appetising with rice.
original recipe from Thai Food Recipe with some modifications
[serves 4]
4 slices of Spanish Mackerel [about 400-500 gm] or any meaty fish
150 ml tamarind juice [from 1 tbsp tamarind pulp]
Sauce Ingredients
2-3 tbsp chopped shallots
2-3 tbsp chopped garlic
5 small chillies - cut small pieces
3 sprigs of coriander - chopped
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce
1-2 tsp oil

  1. Fry fish until golden brown and crispy.  Place on serving platter.
  2. Heat oil in wok, saute chopped garlic and shallots until aromatic.
  3. Add in chillies and tamarind juice. Bring to boil,add in sugar and fish sauce [should be like the consistency of maple syrup].
  4. Taste to adjust seasoning [according to your desire].  Add coriander leaves.
  5. Pour sauce over fried fish.  Serve immediately.
TIP from Thai Food Recipe which I like : For more crispiness of the fish, just only put fried fish in the oven on 180 degrees C for 10 minutes.  Then pour the prepared sauce over before serving.
Notes: Visit this site for its' Nutritional Facts [here]
hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thai Food Moo Ma-Nao [Boiled Pork With Lime, Garlic and Chilli Sauce]

I just can't resist this kind of dish, that is savoury, sourish, spicy and sweet.  Best of all, no frying at all.  Also like the idea of adding Chinese kale.  Was lucky to get it [not too big size] at the wet market today as I intend to prepare a smaller portion.  Also used the blanching the vegetable and meat as stock for my vegetable soup.
Should have prepared the full portion cos' it was awesome.
original recipe from Thai Food Recipe
[serves 3]
300 gm pork tenderlion - thinly sliced 
1 stem Chinese kale - peel the skin and cut slantwise [can use Kailan stems]
some cherry tomatoes - for garnishing [optional]
Lime, Garlic and Chilli Sauce - combine together
2 tbsp minced garlic
5-10 chillies - chopped [I used 2-3 small red chilli]
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves [keep some leaves for garnishing]
1 tbsp each light soy sauce and sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
3-5 tbsp lime juice [I used calamansi lime juice]

1.   Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Taste to adjust according to your preference.
2.    Bring small water to boil, add in kale to cook.  Dish out onto serving plate.
3.   Use the same water, add in the sliced meat.  Scald until cooked through.  Dish out onto cooked kale.
4.    Pour sauce over cooked ingredients, garnish with coriander leaves.
5.    Serve with rice.

Notes: Visit this site for its' Nutritional Facts [here]
I'm linking this to Asian Food Fest - November 2013 Thailand 
hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Crispy Salty Chicken

I think this is rather similar to the Taiwanese Fried Crispy Chicken. This version is not sweet as Taiwanese version. Very fragrant and tasty cos' of the salt and spices.  You can make the seasoning yourself or substitute it with the Taiwanese pepper salt [I bought a bottle from Taiwan for RM3.00].
Should be a nice finger food that is welcome by many children.
[serves 4]
original recipe by Alan Kok from Yum Yum magazine No. 48]
300 gm chicken breast meat - skin removed, cut thin strips
enough oil for deep frying
1 tsp ginger juice
1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder
1 tbsp each cornflour and plain flour
dash of pepper and sesame oil
1/2 egg
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp 5 spice powder
  1. Mix marinade with chicken and marinate for at least an hour.
  2. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.  Dish out on serving platter and sprinkle ready bought pepper salt.  Serve. OR
  3. Heat a clean wok, stir fry salt over low heat until hot.  Add in the remaining ingredients.  Mix well.  Add in fried chicken.   Stir well.  Dish out to serve.
Notes: Visit this site for its' Nutritional Facts [here]
I'm linking this post to Cook Your Books Event #6
 hosted by Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Fat-Free Chocolate Chiffon Cake

This is my first time baking a chiffon cake without any fats [oil].  The cake rose beautifully and of course there are cracks, perhaps I have used a wrong size [18 cm] chiffon pan.  The recipe calls for a 22 cm pan.   Anyway, this chiffon cake is very spongy, soft and moist.  It's worth baking this if you are trying to cut down on fats in your diet, hehehe!
Ingredients for Egg Yolk Mixture- [use 22 cm tube pan]
original recipe from Yum Yum Magazine No. 81
[makes 14 pieces]
5 egg yolks [used large eggs]
70 gm cake flour sifted with 1/4 tsp baking soda
30 gm cocoa powder mix with 100 ml hot water until dissolve
  • Whisk egg yolks with cocoa mixture and flour until well combined and smooth.  Set aside while you whisk the egg  white.  Preheat oven at 180 degrees C.

Ingredients for Egg White Mixture
5 egg white
80 gm sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • Whisk egg white until frothy then add in cream of tartar.    Continue whisking until foamy then gradually add in sugar.  Whisk until stiff peaks formed.
  • Fold in 1/3 portion of meringue into egg yolk mixture.  Mix until well incorporated.  Then fold mixture into balance meringue,  Mix well.   
  • Pour  batter into 9" tube pan. Shake a little and tap pan on table top several times to release trapped air .
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 35-40 minutes.  
  • Invert pan immediately after baking to cool cake.
  • Use a thin spatula to run around the pan.
  • Remove cake from pan, then use a serrated knife to slice cake before serving.

Notes: Visit this site for its Nutritional Facts [here]
I'm linking this post to Cook Your Books Event #6
 hosted by Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours
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