Saturday, July 28, 2007

Asam Laksa @ Laksa Asam @ Laksa Penang

This dish is very popular in Malaysia, err..Penang to be precise. What is laksa? Laksa is rice noodle. I've always loved Laksa Penang. I just enjoy its fish and sour taste and of course..extra hot! Hehehe....here's a recipe on how to make Laksa Penang that I want to share. I took this recipe from here.






LAKSA PENANG @ASAM LAKSA @ LAKSA ASAM

1 bungkus laksa basah (white rice noodle,you can substitute with instant rice noodle, boil till tender with lots of water, and then drained)
timun (cucumber, shredded),
nenas (pineapple,cut into small cubes)
cili merah hiris (red chilly,thinly sliced)
daun pudina (mint leaves)
bawang besar (onion,thinly sliced)
telur rebus (hard boiled egg, quatered)

4 ekor ikan kembung (rebus dengan 5 hingga 7 keping asam keping). ambil isi sahaja. jangan blend atau racik. just pecah2kan kasar2. simpan stock ikan untuk kuah (500g mackerel, boil with 5-7 pieces of dried tamarind,seperate the flesh from the bone and just break the flesh with fork )

cili kering blender (dried chilly,soaked in hot water and blend into paste)

A Ingredient (to be crushed)
10 - 15 biji cili api (bird chilly, but if you're not a hot person...you can just ommit this)
5 - 6 bawang kecil (shallots)
3 garlic
sedikit lengkuas (an inch of galangal)
sedikit halia (an inch of ginger)
belacan (a table spoon of shrimp paste)

1 serai - ketuk je (lemon grass, bruised)
1 bunga kantan belah 4
daun kesum (laksa leaves)
senggengam asam jawa buat jus (tamrind paste)
5 keping asam keping (dried tamarind)
4 sudu makan otak udang (shrimp paste)
garam secukup rasa (salt to taste)

Method (laksa sauce):
1. masukkan bahan tumbuk dan cili blender dalam stok ikan
2. masukkan serai ketuk, bunga kantan, daun kesum, air asam jawa, asam keping & otak udang
3. nak lebih sedap masukkan hirisan nenas
4. last sekali baru masuk isi ikan. isi ikan jangan masak terlalu lama sebab nanti keras
5. sedia dihidangkan

laksa ni paling senang buat. tak sampai sejam dah siap. kuah laksa yang sedap apabila dah bermalam sebab rasa masam akan mesra.

How to eat Laksa Penang?

- in a bowl, put it the rice noodle .
- followed by the shredded cucumber, pineapple, chilly, mint leaves , onion and egg.
- scoop in the laksa kuah (laksa sauce) into the bowl .Ready to eat. Nyum..nyum!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My Mom's Stir Fry Squid

I'd like to share this recipe that I've been enjoying since I was young. It's not that complicated and it only use a few ingredients . Besides squid you can also use chicken or beef . This stir fry squid is best served with steamed white rice.




My Mom's Stir Fry Squid

Ingredients :

200g squid (cleaned and cut about your index finger size)
3 shallots - crushed
1 garlic - crushed
1 inch ginger - crushed
some turmeric powder (for colourand flavour)
salt to taste
sugar to taste
3 table spoon cooking oil
1 onion (slice into ring)

Method :

-In a pestle & mortar (or in a food prosessor) crushed the shallots, garlic, ginger and turmeric with a pinch of salt.

- mix the squid and the shallots mixture together.
- heat the wok and then put in the squid into the wok on medium heat and add in some water and sugar . Keep strirring until some of the liquid evaporates.

-when you see some of the liquid has evaporated...add in the oil and turn the heat to HIGH. At this stage you need to keep stirring and this only takes a few minutes....add in the onion rings and stirr well for about a minute and turn off the heat.

-The squid is ready to be sreved.




note : you may add some sliced carrots or beans , brocoli or cauliflower into this dish. Just tossed them into the wok after you add in the oil.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Cheesy Meat Bun

I have found this recipe a couple of months ago and I found it very intersting but I never put a lot of effort to try it until last Monday. Since I have all the ingredients so Idecided to give it a go...at last! And as delicious the photo looks so does the taste.....yummy! I really recommend you to try this bun recipe......all you need is a strong hands to knead the dough but if you have a mixer or a bread maker..it's much much easier.....I'm sure you're gonna love it...because so do my kids and my husband.




CHEESY MEAT BUN (original recipe of Noor Masri, Cari Forum)

Dough
Ingredients :

200g strong white bread flour
3.5 g instant dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons oil

125ml lukewarm water
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon dry oregano



Method :

1. Mix flour, yeast, salt, chilli powder, dry oregano in a mixing bowl.
2. Make a hole in the middle and pour in oil and water. Knead.
3. If the dough is still dry, add a bit more water. Knead for about 10 minutes, till a soft, smooth and eastic dough is formed.
4. Make into a big ball and place in a big bowl greased with a bit of oil. Cover with a clean plastic bag and leave to prove for 1 1/2 to 2 hours till dough doubles it's size.
5. Roll about 1.5 cm thick.

6. Spread the filling on top and sprinkle some mozarella cheese. Roll like making a swiss roll. Cut into 6
equal pieces and arrange in a round baking tray. Leave space for proving.
7. Cover the tray with a plastic bag and let it prove for about 1 hour.
8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for 30 - 40 minutes till golden brown.

Filling
Ingredients
:

250g minced meat
1/2 onion ~ diced finely
1/2 tablespoon kurma powder
1 tablespoon oil
salt to taste


130g mozarella cheese

Method :


1. Heat oil in a wok and put in onion and saute till transparent.
2. Add in kurma powder and stir well.
3. Add in minced meat. Break any lumps, keep it on heat until all the liquid evaporates.
4. Turn off the stove.
5. Let it cool. Ready to use.