Spicy Thai Style Japchae

Spicy Thai Style Japchae

I had a packet of Korean glass noodles (japchae) at home … it has been sitting in the kitchen for months … yeah! months hahaha

Today, I decided to try cooking the Japchae with a twist. I decided to try mixing it with Thai style sauce.

Unfortunately, since this is my first time trying it out, all ingredients are based on estimation. So what I’m typing out here will be just an estimation. For those who wish to try out, you will have to do it at your own preference as well.

Thai Style Japchae

250 g of Korean glass noodles (Japchae) – Boil in hot water till soft, drain and rinse with tap water. Drain and put aside.

Enough prawns,. sliced fishcakes etc (up to your preference). Blanched these before hand. Put aside. (Though I did not use any today, so mine was more of a vegetarian japchae)

1 green capsicum – sliced
1 yellow capsicum – sliced
2 tomatoes – deseed and sliced
1 yellow onion – sliced thinly
2-3 stalks of coriander leaves – chop.

Note: Optional, you can take just a bit of the stalks to add to the sauce later. (This is what I did)

Ingredients for the Thai style Japchae

For the sauce:
half a bowl of dried shrimps (soak in hot water first and once soften, drained)
5-6 garlics
5-6 bird’s eye chillies (more if you like it hotter)
3 pieces of palm sugar (gula melaka)
half cup of big green lime juice
half cup of fish sauce

Pound the dried shrimps, garlics, chilies, coriander stalks and palm sugar. Then add the lime juice and fish sauce.

Alternatively, you can add everything in a blender.

Finally, add all ingredients into the big bowl. Add the glass noodles on top of the other ingredients and pour the sauce over the noodles.

Ready to be serve.

Note: As you mix the Japchae, adjust the taste accordingly if needed.

Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins

What do I do when I discovered there were oranges in the fridge and chocolate chips as well? Ah hah!!! idea pops up and the mood is ON …. yeahh that’s right, the baking mood was triggered precisely at that moment and the outcome?

Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins!!! πŸ™‚

Ready to eat! …. Orange Chocolate Chips Muffins

Got this recipe from allrecipes

Turns out good and delicious! A recipe worth keeping indeed!

Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1 cup of chocolate chips (can have more if you prefer)
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice (freshly squeeze)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (or buttermilk)

Before baking in the oven….

Method:
– Preheat oven 170 degree C.

– In a medium bowl, mix flour, semisweet chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

– In a separate medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups.

– Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

General Tsao’s Chicken

General Tsao’s Chicken

A new recipe shared by a friend. The original recipe can be found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/91499/general-tsaos-chicken-ii/

It’s pretty easy to make and my eldest daugther love the chicken bites … she said ‘best chicken nuggets’ πŸ˜‰

I’ve no idea why this dish is called General Tsao’s Chicken but to me the dish is almost similar to Kung Pao Chicken. I made it spicier as my friend suggested by adding more chilli flakes in it. Definitely love the taste … its really goood!!

General Tsao’s Chicken

Heat 4 cups of vegetable oil
Beat 1 egg in a bowl
Sprinkle 1 tsp of salt
Sprinkle 1 tsp of sugar
Add a pinch of white pepper
Mix everything together
Add a little bit at a time, 1 cup of corn flour
Mix well and finally add the chicken cuts

Re-fry the chickens

Fry the chicken cuts till they float to the top
Take them out to cool
Then re-fry the chicken cuts till golden brown
Take them out and drain well on paper towel

The making of GT’s chickens

For the sauce:
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a small wok or large skillet
Add 3 tbsp of chopped onion leaves
Add 1 clover of chopped garlic
Add 6 dried whole chillies
Add 1 strip of orange zest
Cook and stir till garlic and chillies for about 5-7 mins
Add half a cup of sugar
1/4 of ground ginger
1 tbsp of vinegar
1/4 cup of soya sauce
2 tsp of sesame oil
2 tbsp of peanut oil
3 tbsp of chicken broth
Sprinkle chilli flakes (if you like them spicy)
Stir and bring the sauce to a boil
Then add 2 tbsp of corn starch to a 1/4 cup of water
Add it to the sauce and let it cook till the sauce thickens
Once thickens, off fire and add the chicken
Mix well and its ready to be served

Note: Adjust the taste to suit your palate if necessary. I did cos I actually add a bit more vinegar and add a bit of salt to it.

can easily eat them with white rice πŸ™‚

Mixed nuts Florentine Cookies

Mixed Nuts Florentine Cookies

I had the luxury of eating this wonderful nuts cookies last year during the Eid celebration and thanks to my niece for sharing this recipe which has now been in my keep as one of my favourite cookies πŸ™‚

The recipe itself is easy to do but the only thing I would grouch is the price of the florentine flour. It is not cheap …. for a 500g packet, it cost about $11. No wonder seller are selling it by grams.

The premix florentine flour

Anyway, since CNY is coming up soon, I had decided to bake this cookies for my department colleagues. I think I will also do this for the coming Eid celebration in June. Its cheaper to do on my own than buying from outside since it cost more to buy.

Here’s the recipe for the Florentine Cookies.

Mixed Nuts Florentine Cookies

Ingredients:
200 g Florentine flour
100 g sliced almonds
100 g pumpkin seeds
100 g sunflower seeds
a pinch of fine salt

20-30 pcs of alumium mould
Note: I prefer to use ths method cos its easier to peel off the cookies and it looks nice in round shape, but you could do it other ways, just google the internet and you can see other methods.

Mix all ingredients together

Method:
– Bake the nuts separately in the oven for about 4 mins at 150 degree C.
– Pour the florentine flour into a big bowl and add the pinch of salt. Mix thorougly.
– After the nuts are cool, add them to the flour and mix well.
– Up the oven temperature to 160 degree C.
– Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into the aluminium mould, spread them firmly and place the moulds into the baking tray.
– Bake for about 8-10 mins (depending on your oven), until it looks golden brown (not too brown alright)
– Take off from the oven and let it cool for about 2-3 mins before pushing it out from the moulds.

Using the alumium round moulds … I find it easy to use this method

Note:
1. You have to be vigilant while making these cookies as they cook very fast.
2. To peel from the mould, just turn the mould upside down onto your palm and using your other hand, press the back based of the mould.

Cool the cookes and keep them in an airtight container.

Crunchy and yummy … πŸ™‚

 

Seafood Japchae

I was not feeling well a few days ago, and after seeing the doctor and resting at home for the day, I decided to cook Seafood Japchae (Korean style glass noodles) for dinner. A simple dish that’s easy to cook and mild in taste (not spicy at all). You canΒ cook it either with seafoods such as prawns, mussels, octopus orΒ slicedΒ fish. You could also substitute seafoods items withΒ either beef or chicken bulgogi. This simple glass noodle dish named as Japchae is one of my favourite Korean foods πŸ™‚

Seafood Japchae

Japchae

Ingredients:
2 pkts of glass noodles
1 cup of prawns (or other seafoods of your choice)
3 garlic – minced
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 yellow bell pepper
3 stalks of green onions – cut into 2 inches lengthwise
1/2 big onion – sliced thinly
1 bunch of spinach
1/2 carrot – julienne

Part of the ingredients

Sauce:
1/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of light soy sauce
1 tbsp of sesame oil
* mix all these together and put aside.

Method:
1. Blanched the spinach after washing them thoroughly. Tossed and squeeze out excess water and then cut the spinach about 2 inches lengthwise.
2. Soak tanghoon in very warm water for about 10 mins or till soft. Drain dry.
3. In a small pan, add a bit of oil and stir fry the garlic and onions. Then add the prawn. Season with salt and pepper. Once the prawn is cook, scoop out and put aside.
4. Using the same pan, add a bit of oil, stir fry the carrots, bell peppers and spinach separately. Each time season with salt and pepper to taste. Put aside.
5. In a big bowl, add the tanghoon and the other ingredients. Pour the sauce and using a glove, mix all these together. Usually at this point, I would taste and see if I need to add anymore salt/pepper to adjust the taste.
6. Scoop the japchae into serving plates. Serve either while its warm or cold.

Minced Beef Stew

Today, the R mood (rajin) overshot a bit …. hahaha…
For brunch, I baked homemade Artisan Bread and ate it with minced beef stew which I cooked early this morning.

The bread I made last night, after proofing for 2 hours, I put it into the fridge and before I began to cook the stew, I took out the dough and knead them, and then proof them again … after which they went into the oven. The recipe for the bread can be found here.

So today, fresh homemade bread and stew awaits us πŸ™‚

The beef stew with the bread

I love the stew, easy to cook and tasty too! Would have made it more spicy but if I did so then my youngest daughter will not be able to eat it and so… “shrug” … more important it still tasted good πŸ™‚

Minced Beef Stew

Ingredients:
600 g minced beef
3 big potatoes – cut into small pieces
1 carrot – cut into small pieces
2 stalks of celery – chopped thinly
1 stalk coriander leaves – chopped
3 green chillies – sliced (add more if you want it more spicy)
4 onions – diced
4 garlics – chopped finely
1 tsp of Oregano leaves
2 tbsp of chili powder
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 big fresh tomato – diced
2-3 tsp cumin powder
1 cup of tomato sauce
salt, pepper and sugar to taste
2 cups of water
2 tbsp of cornflour (add a bit of water to mix)
a little bit of oil

Method:
– In a medium pot, add a little bit of oil.
– Add in the minced beef, stir fry for about 5 mins.
– Add in the onions and garlics. Keep stirring for another 5-8 mins.
– Add in all the other ingredients except for cornflour.
– Let the stew simmer till potatoes and carrots are cooked.
– Once the carrots and potatoes are soft, add the cornflour. Stir well.
– Taste the stew and do any adjustment to the taste as required. At this point, sometimes I would add either more tomato sauce or salt and pepper etc.
– Off fire and serve hot with either bread or rice.

Taco cups

Taco cups
This easy to make taco cups are simply delicious!!! I made them today and serve them to my eldest daugther and her friend who had came over to our house to work on their school project. The girls simply raved about the taco cups … Lala, my daughter’s friend even asked for the recipe πŸ™‚

A BIG Thank You to all those peeps out there who had shared this recipe over FB…. πŸ™‚

these disappeared in a flash …. the kids could not get enough of them! πŸ™‚
I had tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my taste though hehee …

Here’s my version of the taco cups:

Taco Cups

300 g minced beef
1/2 grteen capcisum – diced
2 big tomatoes – diced
2 stalks of coriander leaves – sliced thinly
2 red chillies – sliced thinly
2 slices of cheese
1 packet of tortillas (I used Mission brand tortillas)

Seasoning:
2 tsp of Chilli powder (more if you like it hotter)
2 tsp of Cumin powder
2 tsp of Garllic powder
a dash or two of dried oregano leaves
black pepper powder to taste
salt to taste

the fillings ….
Method:
– Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
– In a large skillet, brown the minced beef. Season with all the seasoning. Off fire and transfer to a big bowl.
– After the beef has cool enough, add the other ingredients such as tomatoes, capsicum, chillies and coriander leaves. Mix well.
– Cut flour tortillas into a square shape and cut further into 4 smaller equally sized square pieces.
– Grease muffin tin with a bit of olive oil or cooking spray.
– Line each muffin cup with a tortilla sheet.
– Add 1 tbsp of the taco filling. Top with a small bit size of cheese.
– Then add another layer of the tortilla sheet, press down and add 1 tbsp of filling and cheese.
– Lightly brush the top edges of the tortilla with olive oil.
– Bake 18-20 mins until golden brown.

Note : Best to serve while its still warm (cos that’s when the side crust are still crunchy)

Oats and Bananas Breakfast Cookies

The whole house smells good … hmm … yumss!!! I simply love the smell of oats and bananas that’s coming out from the oven right now. Alhamdulillah, it’s really great to be at home and be able to do a bit of baking πŸ˜‰

Oats and Bananas cookies

I am now in the midst of baking the “breakfast cookies” shared by “Spend with Pennies”. It’s suppose to be a healthy breakfast cookies but I choose to bake it for a teatime instead πŸ˜‰

I opt out of using choc chips since I do not have them in the house. The cookies are the kind that is soft and since no sugar are added, thus, they are not sweet yet I like the taste … thanks to the bananas, raisins and oats.

A BIG PLUS point is that this recipe is so simple.

Mix all the ingredients together….

Breakfast cookies

3 bananas – mashed
2 cups – quick cooking oats
1/3 cup applesauce
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or any other nuts
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


Method:
– Preheat oven to 190 degree C.
– Mix all ingredients in a large bow till well combined.
– Place a tablespoon of the mixture onto a parchment lined pan (or you can just use non-stick baking pan) and gently press with a fork.
– Bake for about 15-18 mins or until lightly browned.
– Cool completely.

Pesto Chicken and Veggies

Today, my eldest daughter is the chef of the day!

Right after school just now, she went to Cold Storage and bought ingredients to cook this dish, Pesto Chicken and Veggies.

She did this on her own initiatives and I am always happy to see any of my daughters doing so πŸ™‚

So looks like I shall enjoy my dinner very much cos it’s being cook by someone else πŸ˜‰

Pesto Chicken and Veggies

This is the dish … (she sent me a photo via watsapps just now). She could not find asparagus and so substitute it with capsicum. Looks good and according to my gal, it tasted good too!

I can’t wait to eat it! πŸ™‚

Pesto Chicken & Veggies

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, sliced into strips
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained of oil, chopped
1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed, cut in half, if large
1/4 cup basil pesto
1 cup cherry tomatoes, yellow and red, halved

Method:
Heat a large skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, add sliced chicken thighs, season chicken generously with salt, add half of chopped sun-dried tomatoes – and cook everything on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping a couple of times, until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove the chicken and sun-dried from the skillet, leaving oil in.

Add asparagus (ends trimmed), seasoned generously with salt, remaining half of sun-dried tomatoes, and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus cooked through. Remove asparagus to serving plate.

Add chicken back to the skillet, add pesto, stir to coat on low-medium heat until chicken is reheated, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add halved cherry tomatoes, mix with the pesto and the chicken. Add chicken and tomatoes to the serving plate with asparagus.

(source: Pinterest)

No crust quiche

No Crust Quiche

I baked these no crust quiche early dawn before getting ready for work. Hubby loves them and so do my colleagues πŸ™‚

It’s a very easy recipe and depending on your quiche mold, you can easily get about 8 pieces, based on the recipe below.

No Crust Quiche


Ingredients:
2 chicken sausages – diced
1 big onion – diced
1/2 red capsicum – diced
1/2 green capsicum – diced
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp of milk
6 eggs
1 cup cheddar cheese – grated coarsely
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper

Method:
– Preheat oven at 200 degree C.
– In a saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onions, capsicums and sausages for about 3-4 mins. Off fire and let it cool slightly.
– In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk and cheddar cheese and the sauteed ingredients.
– Add the salt and black pepper and mix well.
– Spoon the mixture into muffin cups or quiches molds
– Bake till cook for about 10-15 mins in the oven.

Note: I baked my quiches using aluminium molds but if using muffin cups or molds, do grease them a bit before adding the mixture.