Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Fried first

A simple recipe that I would like to share with you. 

Stir fried meat mince with sliced potatoes. Everyone's favourite. 

I would slice the washed potatoes and then sprinkle salt to them. After that, I would fry them in hot oil. My kids would steal few slices most of the time, before I managed to stop them from eating all. 


Ingredients:
Minced  meat, marinated with light soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and pepper
4 potatoes, washed and sliced
Salt and pepper
4 tbsp water
Chopped spring onion for garnish
Cooking oil

Methods:
1. In hot oil, fry the sliced potatoes by batch. Drain the oil.
2. In a pan, heat up fee tbsp cooking oil. Then add in the minced meat and break it with spatula. Then add in the fried potatoes and mix all together.
3. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. 
4. Dish out and garnish with chopped spring onion. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Missed it


It has been a long time since we came here for breakfast. Sin Lian Shin, Green Road!!


Kuching people would know this old, famous kolo mee shop. Business was as good as before but more tapau orders as we saw packs of kolo mee on the table when hubby and I were there last Sunday. People ordered takeaway more, some still cautious and try to be safe during this challenging time. However all tables are occupied and everyone was patient waiting for their noodle.

Used to have 2 kolo mee stalls doing the cooking on weekends but last Sunday, only one stall was opened so we had to wait quite long for our breakfast.

I couldn't remember the last time I was here, maybe last year. Been there few times when I worked at my dad's shop 2 years ago. I walked over with my dad for brunch. Or on the way to church, we did patronised the shop few times. But that was ages ago.


My usual drink on Sunday, teh c peng. How I missed it!!

Our food came after almost an hour of ordering. I know, a long wait but we didn't mind. Not so hungry, so we didn't mind the wait.

Kolo mee!! Tasty as before. That old-school taste.  We also had its kiaw th'ng (dumplings soup).


And we  finished our food under 15 minutes!! Must be the tummy was rumbling by the time the food came, more people came in to tapau and dine in and the warm morning sun and temperature. 

By the time we were home, it was after 10am!! The kids were having the kolo mee for brunch! 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Dumpling

It is that time of the year again. Dumpling  festival or Dragon Boat Festival.


Actual date is today but we pre-ordered Nyonya chang from a friend's mum last week. 100 pieces (RM2.50 each). Collected last Wednesday and my man delivered 40 dumplings to my dad's shop and sis' house the next day. 

Some for hubby's friends and the rest, we keep and eat at home.

In the past, we ordered from our friend and the mum only takes order on this special festival. No longer young so she hardly make many or frequently.


Her bak chang still tastes good. Soft glutinous rice and tasty meat filling, all for RM2.50 each. Not so big, so I could take 2 dumplings at one time.


Everyone enjoyed them a lot.

We were having dumplings for the past week and still, we have some to enjoy today.

A friend gave us some Hakka chang and I heated them up for breakfast.


I liked them, filled with peanuts and salted egg yolk other than meats, dried prawns and mushrooms. Brought back some of my childhood memories. ^^

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!! 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Yesterday

It was Father's Day yesterday.

Initially I planned to cook lamb chop for the daddy but he last minute told me he was avoiding red meat for time being. Doctor advice, upon his body and blood test. Everything pretty alright except he has fatty liver. Need to avoid fried, oily and red meat.

So I had to change my menu and plan for a healthier alternative. Anyway, this was what I cooked for Father's Day dinner.


We had pork rib peanut and lotus seed soup, teriyaki sauce fish, grilled chicken wings, stir-fried garlic lettuce and fried salted fish. All was hubby's favourite dishes.

Grilled fish with Teriyaki sauce

Used up this fish that hubby caught in his previous fishing trip. I also heated up leftover soup from previous dinner.



For the kids, I cooked this grilled chicken wings that I marinated in the morning. I used flip pan for my chicken wings recipe. Easy and tasty.


Grilled chicken wings using flip pan

Ingredients:
7 chicken wings
2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
Few dashes of white pepper
Cooking oil

Methods:
1. Marinate the chicken wings with all the ingredients except cooking oil for few hours or at least an hour before cooking.
2. Heat up the flip pan. Add about 1 tbsp cooking oil to the pan, coat thepan evenly with oil.
3. Once hot, add in the chicken wings, without the marinade. Close the flip pan.
4. Cook for about 10 minutes under low heat before flipping over and cook for another 10 minutes. Dish out! 

Friday, June 19, 2020

That day came

On the day that they announced the RMCO period and some businesses are allowed to open, I was excited and happy. Made list of what to do when that day came. 

Schools are to remain close especially primary schools. All 3 kids are still staying at home, with online classes, school works and tuition on weekdays.

Zoom for tuition

One of to-do things during RMCO was to visit the hair salon. Together with my boys, we went to our usual hair salon on Monday.

During MCO, we did trimmed the boys' hair once at home. Not good work if you ask me but better than nothing. We aren't a good barber. For our 1st RMCO salon trip, RM50 for hair cut for 3 of us.

After hair cut

I also sent my car for a wash. Did not clean it for the past 3 months!! Not that dirty, hardly drive it anywhere.

Few important stuff in my list are to bring Jamie for his overdue eczema follow-up (plan to go next week), schedule my mammogram appointment and service my car.  Maybe next month.  One thing at a time. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Simple and easy

Soft tofu. Who love it?? 

My man currently crazy about anything tofu and he recently bought a pack of miso paste from online shopping site. 


So over the weekend, he prepared miso soup for lunch and dinner. 


Simple and easy, just boiled a pot of water then added the miso paste and ingredients (soft tofu and seaweed) once boiled. Let it simmer and a tasty miso soup is ready!! 

Second dish that I wanted to share with you is this mince pork with soft tofu. Very flavourful dish. 


Ingredients:
Soft tofu, cut into cubes
Minced pork, marinated with oyster sauce, pepper, light soy sauce, sesame oil
Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp taucheo/salted soya bean
Cornstarch - 1/2 tbsp cornstarch with 1 tbsp water
Chopped spring onion/celery leaves

A: 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

Methods:
1. Heat up cooking oil in pan. Add in garlic, and taucheo, stir fry for few seconds.
2. Add marinated meat and saute until no longer pink. Break the meat to bits.
3. Add in seasoning A. Bring to simmer.
4. Gently add soft tofu, avoid breaking it. Simmer for 3 minutes before add in cornstarch mix. Cook for a minute then dish out. Garnish with spring onion or celery leaves. 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Eat and shop

Last Saturday, my man and I went to this coffee shop for breakfast. It was around 8am and the place wasn't that packed. 


They followed the SOP by recording our body temperature, taking our details and have the tables arranged more than a metre apart. 

The last time we were here was last month where no dine-in was allowed then. We bought kolo mee home to enjoy back then. This round, we ate there after many months.

I ordered kolo kway teow from the kolo mee stall.


Hubby went for the kolo mee. He prefers the straight thread kolo mee than the curly type. 

We also shared this plate of prawns chee cheong fun. One of the best in Kuching! 


After our breakfast, we walked over to Emart hypermarket for grocery shopping. One of my shopping mission was to buy ice-cream!! 


I was longing to try its macadamia salted caramel flavour and finally I tasted it. 


Conclusion?? A tinge of saltiness plus the rich chocolate flavour. The sweetness lingered after that. My curiosity was satisfied.