Monday, August 31, 2009

East Meets West Sandwich

Mee Koo kuih is a type of Chinese bread. It is used for praying. Our family bought some for the Hungry Gosh Festival last weekend. I brought home 2 of them, and I told hubby that I'm going to make him a special breakfast on Merdeka Day, hehe......

So, here it is. My version of East Meets West Sandwich. Unlike the bread that tastes a little bit salty, Mee Koo actually tastes a little bit sweet. It is a good ingredient to make sandwich with salty ingredients like ham and cheese. We like the taste very much. With a cup of hot chocolate drink, it's indeed a satisfying breakfast.

East Meets West Sandwich
Serves 2


2 pcs of Mee Koo kuih
2 pcs of chicken sandwich ham
2 Omega-3 egg
2 pcs of cheddar cheese
1 tbsp of cooking oil


1. Half the Mee Koo kuih horizontally. Steam it under high heat for 5 minutes. Leave it cool and remove its skin.
2. Pan-fry an egg and folded into half. Repeat for another egg.
3. Pan-fry the hams.
4. Arrange the ham, egg, and cheese in between the Mee Koo kuih.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Yam Rice 芋头饭

Yam rice is my hubby's favorite. However, delicious yam rice is hard to find nowadays. Mostly the yam rice that served at bak kut teh or yong tau foo stalls are lacked of ingredients and taste. Majority looks dark in color and just contain very few pieces of yam.

I love generous amount of ingredients in my yam rice. That's the benefit of cooking it myself. I just learned how to make the yam rice from my mum. This is my first time of making it, and it turned out perfectly great. :P Hurray!

Without Yong Tau Foo or Bak Kut Teh, the Yam rice tastes good on its own. It's a complete meal too. I like to serve it with homemade sambal belacan.

Yam Rice
Serves 4


2 cups of rice (washed and drained)
200 gm lean pork (cut into thin strips)
100 gm char siew (cut into thin strips)
20 gm of dried shrimp (washed and de-shelled)
6 dried mushrooms (soaked, removed stalk and cut into thin strips)
300gm yam (skinned, and cut into 1cm 3 cubes)
5 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
7 shallots (skinned and thinly sliced)
1 stalk of kai-lan (chopped)
water/chicken stock (adequate amount used to cook 2 cups of rice)
sunflower oil


2 tbsp of oyster sauce
5 tbsp of light soy sauce
1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
1 tbsp of sesame oil
dash of white pepper


1. Heat some oil in a wok, fry shallots till golden yellow. Add the garlic to saute till fragrant.

2. Pour in char siew, pork, mushroom and dried shrimps. Stir fry till you smell the aroma.

3. Add the yam cubes and rice to mix well.

4. Add seasonings and water. Bring it to a boil.

5. Pour everything into rice cooker, and cook.

6. Mean while, stir-fry kai-lan with some oyster sauce. Set aside.

7. Once cooked, serve it with the stir-fried kai-lan. It's best serve with home made sambal belacan.

Happy National Day to all Malaysian! "Satu Malaysia, Untuk Semua!"

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"I ♥ Your Blog" Award From Elinluv's Tidbits Corner

Thanks to Elin for the award. She dedicated 2 awards to me since July.

Ok, now is my turn to answer the questions.

1. What is your current obsession?
Home cooking

2. What are you wearing today?
Blouse and slacks

3. What’s for dinner?
Tonight will go for home cooked vegetarian

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
Cooking ingredients from Tesco

5. What are you listening to right now?

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Elin is a good mumsie who always prepare yummylisious food for her hubby & 2 piggies. She shares her secret recipes which suits my taste.

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
It'll be still Malaysia

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Jeans and lady T-shirts

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

10. Which language do you want to learn?
I think I should master my Japanese language before I move on to the other.

11. Who do you want to meet right now?
My old classmates

12. What is your favorite color?

13. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?

14. What is your dream job?
Err.......famous beautician, hair dresser?

15. What’s your favorite magazine?
Reader's Digest

16. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
Shopping for clothes

17. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
No idea

18. Who are your style icons?
No idea

19. Describe your personal style?
Just be myself

21. What are your favorite movies?
Oppss, I can't remember most of the names.

22. Give us three styling tips that always work for you?
Hair blowing, apply gel and form a style

23. Coffee or tea?

24. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
looking for a nice recipe and cook it out

25. What is the meaning of your name?

26. Which other blogs you love visiting?
food and personal blogs

27. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

28. Favorite Season?

29.Which is your dream destination?

30: Which is your favorite international cuisine ?

31.Your favorite kitchen tool?
A good wok

32. Which kitchen tool or equipment, you have wanted for a long time?

My Question
Have you ever bake your own pizza? What flavor?

The Rules

Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

I would love to pass this "I ♥ Your Blog" award to:

More Than Words
Duckie's Food Blog
Selby's Food Corner
My Love. My Food
Buzzing With Food
and of course not to forget......
Elinluv's Tidbits Corner

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chicken & Cheese Paratha Wraps

The other day after our shopping at Queensbay Mall, we dropped by the Hot & Roll stall to buy a Paratha wrap for supper. I took a bite in order to discover the fillings for their Chicken & Cheese Paratha Wrap. Then I made up my mind to make a similar wraps at home. Although this is a kind of finger food, but we have it as our dinner. Save me lots of time to think of what to cook. Hubby is more than happy for this type of dinner. :)

Chicken & Cheese Paratha Wraps
5 wraps


5 pcs of Paratha bread
4 pcs of ham
half of yellow onion, chopped
4 pcs cheddar cheese, cut into strips
8 leaves of butter head, julienne
thousand island sauce
1 tbsp cooking oil


1. Heat a non stick pan. Pan fry both side of frozen Paratha bread. Repeat for all 5 pieces.

2. Heat a tbsp of oil in the same pan. Pan fry both side of ham. Repeat for all 4 pieces of hams. Leave it cool and cut into wide strips.

3. Put a Paratha bread on a flat surface. Arrange the ham, cheddar cheese, chopped onion, julienne butter head on the Paratha bread. Drizzle some thousand island sauce. Fold the Paratha bread into half and then fold into quarter.

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Short Break

Hi all, I'll take a short break from blogging and blog hopping until next week.

I was just blogged about grandma-in-law's recipe on stir-fried vermicelli in tomato sauce, but now she is no longer with us. She passed away on Wednesday evening. She could eat, story telling and walk just like usual before she suddenly felt weak.

Grandma, don't worry about us. Just rest in peace.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Stir-Fried Vermicelli With Tomato Sauce

Grandma-in-law used to prepare this dish for our breakfast when we traveled back to in law's place. She stopped cooking since a year ago. She's now 89 years old, wow! Before she retired, she passed on the recipe to me. :-)

I did't follow exactly what grandma-in-law did. In fact, I apply some shortcuts. For example, she used to fry egg, leave it cool, cut it into strips and used it for garnishing. But for me, I just make scrambled eggs to stir-fry with vermicelli. Either way, the noodles tastes good especially with the condiments of tomato ketchup.

Stir-Fried Vermicelli With Tomato Sauce
Serves 2


Vermicelli, adequate amount for 2, soaked and drained
3 Omega 3 eggs
3 clove of garlic, chopped finely
12 prawns, shelled and de-veined
some cabbage, julienne
a handful of bean sprout
sunflower oil


2 & 1/2 tbsp tomato sauce
2 & 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp chili paste


1 stalk of scallion, chopped
some crispy fried shallot


1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok, add the eggs and scramble the eggs until cooked. Dish out and set aside.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in the wok and saute garlic until fragrant. Add the prawns, cabbage, bean sprout and stir fry.

3. Add seasoning. Stir fry for half a minute.

4. Pour in some water and bring to boil. Stir in vermicelli and mix well.

5. Add scrambled egg and stir fry well.

6. Serve on plate, garnish with fried shallots and scallion.

This dish is submitted to Presto Pasta Night #127. Katie is the host of the week.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Savoury Pumpkin Rice

During the time when I first started a job in Kulim Hi-Tech park, I stayed with my eldest sister in Butterworth. My sister cooked dinner almost every weekdays. One of the "one pot dish" that she cooked was the pumpkin rice. I didn't get the recipe from her, cuz I wanted to cook it my own way, which is the most convenient for me. Based on the photo above, you'll know I have succeeded in my first attempt. :P I will cook this dish more frequently in future.


1 cup of rice (washed and soaked for 4 hours)
180 lean pork (cut into thin strips)
20 gm of dried shrimp (washed and de-shelled) Little Inbox: Don't be surprise, I used to deshell the dried shrimps
2 dried mushrooms (soaked, removed stalk and cut into thin strips)
300gm pumpkin (skinned, seeded, and cut into small cubes)
4 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
7 shallots (skinned and thinly sliced)
1 stalk of scallion (chopped)
chicken stock (adequate amount used to cook 1 cup of rice)
sunflower oil

Marinate the meat, mushroom and dried shrimps with:

1 tbsp of light soy sauce
1 tsp of sesame oil
dash of white pepper

leave it in the fridge for 4 hours


1 tbsp of oyster sauce
3 tbsp of light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp of dark soy sauce


1. Heat enough oil in a wok, fry shallots till golden brown and set aside.

2. Leave about 3 tbsp of oil in the wok, and saute garlic till fragrant. Pour in the marinated ingredients and stir fry till fragrant.

3. Add the pumpkin and rice to mix well.

4. Add seasonings and chicken stock. Bring it to a boil.

5. Pour everything into rice cooker. Set the rice cooker to slow cook mode, and cook it for 1 hour. If you are using the normal rice cooker, just cook it like normal.

6. Once cooked, serve it with scallions and fried shallots.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Harvest In Cafe @ Irrawady Road

It's been a very long time since our last trip to town. One evening, I decided to pamper myself to eat out rather than cooking at home. I need a break too occasionally. So, we stepped into the Harvest In Cafe located at Irrawaddy Road. This cafe has been highly recommended by Mr Auditor. He said the Western food there is cheap and delicious. It is situated at the corner lot, the junction between Irrawaddy Road and Chow Thye Road.

For the dinner, you'll just have to add RM4.90 to get a set meal with drinks, soup of the day and dessert. Of course we opted for it! He had a cup of peach tea, and I chose ice lemon tea.

Soup of the day that served with bun and butter. It's some sort like onion soup with lots of vegetable cubes.

My main course, the Bombay Chicken. The grilled boneless chicken thigh in Bambay sauce, a kind of fragrant spicy sauce. It was served on the bed of potato wedges, and some boiled veggies. I quite like the dish.

Despite a variety of fish, beef, lamb and pasta, hubby opted for chicken. His choice - Honey Mustard Chicken that served with mixed veggies and butter rice. It's best served with the mustard sauce, a very flavorful grilled chicken set.

Last but not least we had a small piece of cheese cake and a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream to end the scrumptious dinner.

Overall, the dining environment is cozy. It has a simple interior design with black, white and grey color tone. The food is flavorful with reasonable price. We just spend RM37.60 for the dinner. No service charge and government tax! If you are small eater like me, the set meal is quite fulfilling, otherwise you'll find the serving portion is rather small. That's what hubby mumbled to me. Haiz........

Address: 10, Irrawaddy Road, 10050, Penang.

Tel: 04-2261718

Operating hours: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm (closed on Sundays and dinner on Tuesday)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Prawn Noodles In Clear Soup

People usually have some ad-hoc task to do while working, but I have a sudden crave for something during working hours. Like last Wednesday afternoon, I was dying for prawn noodles. So, I immediately "IM" hubby to go to the seaside nearby to buy some medium sized fresh prawns directly from fisherman. I'm fortunate enough to have a work from home hubby to carry out the special orders for me. :) Not too bad right? Eventually I'm the one who prepare delicious meal for him. Ok, let's back to prawn noodles recipe. This is a simple and yet satisfying meal. We just spend less than RM8 to savor 2 bowls of prawn noodles with 12 medium prawns each.

Prawns Noodle in Clear Soup
serves 2


2 pcs of organic wheat noodles
250gm medium size prawns (I have 24 prawns in total)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
some choy sum flower
3 tbsp of sun flower oil


1 tbsp of oyster sauce
2 tbsp of light soy sauce
salt to taste (optional)


1. Peel off the shells from prawn, except the head and tail. Cut off the 2 antenna from each prawns. Get all the prawns de-veined and washed.

2. To prepare the noodle, just add the organic noodle (x2 pcs) to salted boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Then, rinse in fresh water and pour onto bowls.

3. Heat some oil in a wok. Saute garlic till fragrant. Stir in the prawns and saute till the prawns are half cooked. Add the seasoning and continue to stir fry for a while.

4. Add 2 x 3/4 bowl of water. The bowl size is the one that you will use it to serve prawn noodles afterwards.

5. Leave the soup to boil. Add a pinch of salt to taste.

6. Add in choy sum. Pour the soup over the noodles.

7. Serve hot with bird's eye chili.

This dish is submitted to Presto Pasta Night that hosted by Ruth.


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