Jemput-Jemput pisang

Jemput-jemput pisang (Banana fritters) …. another Malay kueh (Malay snacks) that are popular and evergreen within our community. The original recipe do not use bicarbonate of soda and vanilla essence but these I made included the two ingredients. A recipe that was shared by a friend of mine and the addition of these two ingredients made the fritters fluff up and enhance the taste slightly.

I like both versions so at times I would alternate using the two recipes.

Jemput-Jemput Pisang … Yumss!!

Jemput-Jemput Pisang

Ingredients:
1 bunch of ripe bananas (the riper the better)
150 gm sugar (or more depends on your preference)
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp bicarbonate soda (add into the flour)
400 gm plain flour sieved (use less if you like the texture softer)
1 egg (optional)
1 pinch of salt
Cooking oil
Ice cream scoop (optional,, can always use other scoop)

Method:
– Mashed bananas.
– Add sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly.
– Add vanilla essence and egg. Mix thoroughly.
– Add flour bit by bit into the mixture till it reaches cake like batter consistency. Set aside for 15 mins.
– Heat oil in a wok or pot for deep frying.
– Scoop the batter using the scoop and fry at medium heat till it fluffs up and golden brown.
– Drain a paper towel and serve hot.

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Bol Kentang (Potato Ball in Tomato Soup)

Yesterday was the 3rd day of fasting and our menu for iftar (breaking fast)? It’s Bol Kentang which means potato ball. We pour tomato soup over the potato ball and garnish it with slices of cucumber. I cut down on a few ingredients today. For full dressing, actually the potato ball would be garnish with slices of salad, cucumber and green peas.

This dish is one of my favourite…. hmmm yumms!!

Bol Kentang (this photo is not mine, I actually forgot to take a photo yesterday hahaha…. but this is how our ball kentang looks like. Thanks to google image that I could find something similar)

Bol Kentang

Ingredients for potato ball
2 kg of potato – cut and fried and mashed

Filling for the potato:
100 g of minced meat
1 small garlic
1 slice of ginger

Blend the garlic and ginger together. Over a frying pan, fry the minced meat without using any oil, together with the blended ingredients. Season with a bit of salt and white pepper. Once the meat has cooked and there’s no longer any liquid in the pan, off the fire and leave it aside.

Take a handful of the mashed potato, clump them firmly and then make a whole in the middle to add 1/2 tbsp of the minced meat. Fold the potato over the meat firmly and nicely in a ball shape.

Once all the potato balls are done, dip them in beaten eggs and fry till golden brown.

These are the kentang balls before frying them with beaten eggs.

Ingredients for the soup:
200 g thinly sliced beef

Blended ingredients:
6 big onions
4 garlics
1 inch of ginger
1/2 tsp of white pepper corn
1/2 tsp of black pepper
(Blend all together)

1 big onion – sliced thinly
3-4 tbsp of tomato puree
1 fresh tomato – diced
1/4 cup of Chinese celery – chop
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 pcs of anise star
2-3 tbsp of sweet soy sauce (kicap manis)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2-3 liters of water
Salt and sugar to taste

Method for the soup
Heat oil in a big pot. saute the sliced onions together with the cinnamon stick and star anise. Once the onions has browned, add the blended ingredients and sliced beef. Fry for about 10 mins, stir occasionally.

Then add water to the pot. Add tomato puree, diced tomatoes and Chinese celery. Let the soup simmer till meat becomes tender.

After that, add the sweet soy sauce, salt and sugar to taste. Off the fire.

To serve:
Place a potato ball in a bowl, Pour the soup over it and garnish with sliced cucumber, salads, green peas and fried shallots.

Enjoy!

Kicap ayam tomato

This is my late mom’s recipe…. ‘Kicap ayam tomato’ = ‘Chicken in tomato and black soya sauce’.

Kicap Ayam Tomato

 

Today’s version I substitute the tomato puree with tomato sauce instead. I was too lazy to go down to the shop to buy the tomato puree. So the gravy did not thicken as it should be, nevertheless it tasted good and that’s what matters most 🙂

Also a few days ago, I was very happy to know that my 3rd nephew has learnt to cook this dish using this very recipe. It’s very heart warming to know that my late mother’s legacy in the area of cooking is alive and kicking in the younger generation. Obviously now we all can see that my 3rd nephew has quite a talent in the kitchen as well as housekeeping …. hahaha in fact I would say that he will surpass all of us soon or maybe has already done so 😉
I hope the nieces and perhaps one day my own girls will accomplish what he has done as well 🙂

this photo showed the dish cooked by my 3rd nephew 🙂

 

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken – cut into 12 parts, cut away the skin and fats, wash clean and put aside.
4 potatoes (or more) – cut into wedges
cinnamon – 2 cm
star anise – 2 pcs
1 small can of tomato puree or enough tomato sauce.
black soya sauce – 1 cup or slightly more
enough water to cover the chicken
salt to taste

1 green chili – sliced
1 red chili – sliced
2 onion – sliced roundly
1 fresh tomato – quartered or you can use 6-8 cherry tomatoes instead.

Blended ingredients :
3 tbsp. of chili paste
1 tsp of ginger paste

Method:
Fry the blended ingredients together with cinnamon and anise star till fragrant.

Add in the chicken parts and potatoes. Add enough water to cover the chickens. Add in the tomato puree, black soya sauce and let it simmer till chicken and potatoes are cooked.

Then add in the sliced ingredients and salt to taste.

Off the fire once everything are cooked and taste good 🙂

Note: Optional to add su’un (tanghoon) which I like to do so.

Abuk-abuk Sago

This is an old skool kueh … Our Malay community loves this traditional dessert. A favourite of my late mother.  She used to cook this for us during our childhood days.

Today, my 3rd sis and her family came by and we had another ‘makan’ session together. For tea time, we made this Abuk-abuk Sago, satisfying my sister’s craving 😉

Ingredients :
300 g of sago pearls – washed and strained
2 pc of pandan leaves (pinescrew) – cut into small pieces
100 g grated white coconut (without the skin)
1 tsp salt
100 g coconut palm sugar (gula melaka)
10-12 pcs of banana leaves (cut into rectangles of 10 cm x 30 cm)

Method :
1) Boil water inside the steamer.
2) Put the pandan leaves inside the boiling water to give a fragrant smell.
3) Steam the grated coconut mix with some small pieces of the pandan leaves for about 10 minutes.
4) Then add and mix the sago pearls thoroughly with the steamed coconut and salt.
5) Fold the banana leaves into cone shape. Add one spoonful of the sago pearls mixture, followed by 1 tsp of gula melaka.
6) Then cover it again with another half spoonful of the sago pearls mixture.
7) Cover the cone and clip it closed by using a short bamboo stick. Do the same process until the mixture finish.

Steam all of it for about 10-15 minutes or until cook and ready to serve.

Hoon Kwe Jagung

Hoon Kwee Jagung … a type of dessert that used Hoon Kwe flour (mung bean flour) and corns. Traditionally in the Malay society we used to make using rice flour and we called it Nagasari … can either add banana or corn to it but now more people prefer to use the Hoon Kwe flour cos it tasted better and smoother in texture.

I made these few days ago since there was a balance of the Hoon Kwe flour in the house.

This dessert is easy and quick to cook.

Hoon Kwe Jagung

Ingredients A:
1 can of corn (whole kernel) – drained and rinse, put aside
250 ml coconut milk (I used Santan Kara and add a bit of water to make it to 250 ml)

Ingredients B:
450 ml water
175 gm of sugar
1 pandan leaf (screwpine leaf)
Boil these 3 ingredients and once sugar dissolved, off the fire and cool it.

Ingredients C:
200 ml water
120 g Hoon Kwe flour
Mix both together till flour dissolved.

Method:
In a pot, add the ingredient C. Then add ingredient B and the 250 ml coconut milk. Keep stirring and make sure to use a small fire. After 5 mins, add the corns.
Continue to stir till mixture has thickens. Off the fire and pour the mixture into either small bowls, jelly moulds, cut banana leaves or plastic. Cool and chill in the fridge before serving.

Note: if using banana leaves and plastic, cut into squares (dimension up to you) and pour the mixture before folding them nicely.

Serimuka Durian

I had a craving to eat this traditional Malay kueh last Saturday. Some called it Serimuka Durian and others with the name Puteri Salad Durian …. well whatever name they called it, most important, it is one of the tastiest kueh ever!

With luck, I saw durians on my way back home from work and so without delay I bought some and within 2 hours, this kueh (cake) was cooked and I was able to feast on it in the evening 😉

I cheated a bit, instead of using the normal glutinous rice, I used the balance of the Japanese rice which I used to make my kimbap. I did not want to waste it and luckily it turns out well. My husband even commented that he felt the rice tasted way better than the traditional glutinous rice.

Anyway, here’s the recipe 🙂

Ingredients for the bottom layer:
400 gm glutinous rice, wash and pour into a container suitable for steaming (best to use cake tin with size 9” or 10”)
Pour enough diluted coconut milk into the container with glutinous rice (coconut milk must be level as the glutinous rice)
A pinch of salt
1-2 pcs of screwpine leaves (tie in a knot)

Preparing the bottom layer:
Mix all these ingredients and steam for about 30 mins or till the glutinous rice is cooked.
Prepare another cake tin and grease it all over with a little oil.
Scoop the glutinous rice into the greased cake tin and pat down firmly (either using a spatula or towel with your hand) till the glutinous rice becomes compact.
Then pour the top layer over it and steam for about 40-45 mins or till cook.

Ingredients for the top layer:
2 cups of concentrated coconut milk (I just used KARA brand coconut milk)
1 cup of sugar
4 eggs (beat lightly)
4-5 pieces of durians (scoop out the pulps only)
3 tbsp full of plain flour
A pinch of salt

All these blend together and when the bottom layer is ready, pour the top layer and continue to steam for about 4-45 mins or till cook.

Nasi Harisa

Nasi Harisa aka Carrots rice. This easy to cook rice is one of our family favourite. The rice goes really well with Ayam Masak Merah (Spicy Red Chickens dish).

For this year’s Eid celebration, I cooked this rice together with Ayam Masak Merah Brunei (Brunei’s Spicy Red Chickens), Black Pepper Beef and Pineapple/Cucumber Salsa.

The recipe below is for 10 pax.

Ingredients:

1kg basmati rice – (measure water to the level of the rice and add in 100 ml more)
3 large onions – sliced thinly
500 g of shredded carrots (I used about 3 carrots)
1 stick of cinnamon
4 star anise
8 cardamoms
salt to taste
Enough oil for sauteing

Blended ingredients A:
1 tsp fennel seeds
3 cm ginger
10 garlics

Blended ingredients B:
2-3 sprigs coriander stems/roots, washed, cleaned and blended with 5 green chillies

For garnishing:
Fried shallots
Coriander leaves.

Method:-
– Wash the rice clean. Drained and then mix with the shredded carrots. Put aside.
– I use rice cooker to cook the rice, so on the electronic rice cooker and pour a little oil (enough to saute the sliced onions).
– Once oil is hot, add the sliced onions and saute for a few minutes till onions are soft.
– Add in cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamoms and blended ingredients A. Stir well.
– Next add in blended ingredients B. Fry all these till fragrant (tumis hingga garing atau terbit minyak)
– Then add in water and salt. Close the lid to leave it to boil. Check on it after 5 mins or more.
– Once it has started to boil, add in rice & carrots mixture, stir and close the lid again.
– Let the rice cooker do the rest of the cooking.
– When the rice cooker is done, open the lid and sprinkle the fried shallots and coriander leaves on top. It’s now ready to be serve.

Pau Sambal – Revisited

i have not made these ‘pau’ (spicy anchovies buns) for over a year. The other day my eldest mentioned her cravings for it and I made them yesterday. Within less than 15 mins…. All gone! 🙂

Alhamdulillah … during the iftar (breaking fast) time, the family members simply love them as do I cos this is also my favourite snack and this recipe has been with me for a long time 😉

Recipe can be found here.

Bingka Durian

There was plenty of durians left at home and so today I made Bingka Durian, a Malay type of cake. Instead of baking it in a cake tin, I used the muffin tray but sadly as I was multi-tasking I overlook the time and the Bingka Durian were a bit burnt at the top …. still taste wise it turns out still delicious and so that’s a relief.

Phew!! 🙂

Bingka Durian

Ingredients : 

2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
3 eggs
1 cup of concentrated coconut milk
2 1/4 cup of water
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of butter
1 1/2 cup of fresh durian pulp
A bit of yellow colouring
A bit of sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

– Heat the oven at 190 degree C.
– Blend all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds.
– Pour the blended mixture into a cake tin (do make sure to grease the tin with a bit of butter first)
– Add more durian pulp on top of the mixture (this is optional but I like to do this)
– Sprinkle some sesame seeds.
– Bake for about an hour or till the top is golden brown (how long really depends on your oven).

Note : Make sure the bingka is really cool before cutting it. Good to serve the bingka as desserts or for tea time with a good cup of tea.

Harum Manis

I was supposed to meet up with a cousin today but we had to postpone the meet-up and so with nowhere to go, it’s to the kitchen I hop to! hehee ….

Today’s menu for the family is Dalcha Ayam (Chicken cooked with lentils) and for dessert, I made these “Harum Manis”, which means “Sweet Fragrance”. Harum Manis is a Malay kueh which requires steaming. This is my first attempt at making Harum Manis and alhamdulillah the bite-size kueh turned out well. My youngest favourite it seems … she has been going in and out of the kitchen with the kueh in her hands and so it looks like the kueh won’t last till evening 😉

Harum Manis

Recipe from Chef Mastura’s book, “Ignite the flame”.

Ingredients A:
300 gm gula melaka (palm sugar)
350 ml water

Ingredients B:
350 gm plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
3 eggs
180 gm castor sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Ingredients C:
1 tbsp vanilla essence
50 gm melted butter

Ingredients D:
6-8 pcs of banana

Method:
– Boil ingredients A, strain and leave it aside to cool.
– In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and sugar till thick (Ingredients B), add the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well.
– Pour in ingredients A and ingredients C into the mixing bowl. Mix well.
– Pour into the moulds (3/4 full), (greased the mould with a bit of oil beforehand, I used olive oil)
– Add in sliced bananas (1-2 pcs) on top of the batter and steam them for about 20 minutes.

This kueh is also good for afternoon teas, so can serve the Harum Manis with either coffee or tea.

Note : if you find the batter a bit thick, you can add 1-2 tbsp of water to dilute it. I find that when I do this, the kueh is much more softer.