Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sweet black chicken soup

I love when my family enjoys what I cook.  Who doesn't?

Soup has been a frequent dish on our table as it is simple, fast and good for everyone.  And I don't need to crack my head thinking what to cook for dinner most of the time. Anyhow, married to a Foochow man, I learn to love soups too. Never was a soup person growing up till I met and married my man.  *wink*

I experimented with many ingredients, and sometimes I got inspiration from my mum or recipe books etc. And the latest chicken soup I cooked was this simple black chicken with black bean and black dates soup. 

This soup is robust with sweetness from the black beans, black dates and wolfberries. And my children love it too.  They don't take the black chicken.  Next time I will substitute it with kampong chicken.

Black chicken with black beans and black dates soup

1 black chicken, cut into smaller pieces
10 black dates
handful of black beans, soaked and rinsed few times
1 garlic clove
Few slices of ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. wolfberries

1. Wash all the ingredients properly.  Blanch the black chicken before tossing into slow cooker.
2. Add water in the slow cooker and add all the ingredients except wolfberries and salt and pepper.
3. Cook for 2 1/2 hours.  Turn off the heat and add in wolfberries, salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Burger feast

Burgers for dinner!!  We don't get to do that often. *wink*

A stone throw away from MJC McD's drive through outlet (behind C L Khoon Electronics), this newly opened local burger outlet is worth checking out.

From their FB page

Opens from 5pm to 12 midnight daily, ANC Burger has awesome and worth-for-money burgers for everyone.

Last weekend, we had a take-away from this shop since we felt like having burgers for dinner. An awesome burger feast for everyone in the comfort of our home.

Everyone was famished and could not wait to attack the burgers so I simply (and quickly) took shots of each.

Beef Cheese burger

Hot Cow

Chick N Cheese burger

Hubby's BBQ Beef Bacon with egg

New York Frank

I liked the beef patties. Not dry and well seasoned. I had the Hot Cow which was spicy from its spicy sauce but I have to say mine tasted better than hubby's.

And I would much prefer my bun to be slightly toasted for that charred taste and crust. Overall, the burgers were nice.

Of course we got to balance our dinner with some greens. My homemade salad. *wink*

Sunday, October 16, 2016

What's for lunch??

I rarely cook lunch. But this week, I am super lazy to go out and buy lunch; and while I were recovering from my sore throat and cough, I resorted to cook lunches at home. The crazy weather did not helped either. So hot that I could feel myself burning.

It was on Tuesday that I made something different from what I would usually cook. No rice or noodle. We had spaghetti lunch instead!!

Spaghetti mushroom carbonara to be exact. It has been ages since I cooked spaghetti at home. And since my kids like spaghetti, I surprised them with this dish when they were back from school.

Everything was quick and non-hassle for me as I used this sauce. So much easier than cook the sauce from scratch. This carbonara sauce was pretty good too.

One good reason to cook at home is you can basically add anything to your dish. So for this carbonara, I added mushrooms and bacon strips to the creamy sauce. Mushrooms to enhance the mushroomy taste in the sauce and bacons for the texture.

My simple spaghetti mushroom carbonara

1 can of Prego mushroom carbonara
Spaghetti or any pasta of your preference
A handful of mushrooms
Half onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
3 strips bacon, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil
Buttered baguette
Fresh parsley, chopped
Fresh mints (for garnish)

1. Cook spaghetti in boiled salted water for 12 minutes before drain out.
2. In a hot pan, add in olive oil. Once hot, add in bacons. Saute for few minutes. Season with pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Add in mushrooms, garlic and onion into the pan. Saute for few minutes.
4. Toss in Prego sauce. Add about half cup of water to the sauce. Once simmer, lower the heat. Season with salt. Off the heat.
5. Prepare the spaghetti on a plate. Pour carbonara sauce on top.
6. Add chopped parsley on top of the sauce. Place buttered baguette at the side of the plate and garnish with fresh mint.

Dig in!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Waited long

It was a raining Sunday morning. Not feeling well myself; had a sore throat and headache that day.

Everyone woke up late that morning. And since we did not have much time left because we were already late for church service, we drove to this Wang Full, Ang Cheng Ho Road for a quick brekkie.

However our choice was wrong because it wasn't quick. We waited pretty long for our breakfast although just few tables occupied. It was raining and cold that morning; not many customers. Around 3 or 4 tables occupied only. However we waited long for our food to come. They sure take their sweet time preparing the food. 

Hubby wanted laksa that morning so he got his dose of Sarawak laksa and braised chicken feet here. His food came first.

On the other hand, kids and I settled for the kolo mee stall. I were tempted for laksa but got to take care of my delicate throat.

The kids had kolo mee with char siew while I went for the special kolo kuay teow.

The auntie was so generous with ingredients. I couldn't even see my kuay teow. And I loved that she added those fried shallots other than spring onion on top and it did give that added fragrant and flavour. Delicious and satisfying. So the long wait? Worth it I guess.

After our long breakfast we went to our church. Almost 20 minutes late but at least we were there. *wink*

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Take your pick

Learnt about this new coffee shop from a friend via fb. A new shop that opens this month.

31 31 Cafe is in the same row with "Yes" Cafe, the new shoplots before Biaramas office in Jln Datuk Tawi Sli. In this new commercial area itself has 2 big food courts and businesses were so good. Don't know what's good here as they are always full with patrons.

My first time been to this area and one thing I concluded was the parking. Maybe it was a holiday and I were caught in a long queue. However, we were happy that I managed to find a nice parking spot right in front of the shop.

A new shop so no tax charged to the drink (yet).

My girl ordered the breakfast set (Set B) for RM9.90. Her style of breakfast.

Breakfast set

Nothing much to it but it was nicely presented. I personally think the egg was slightly overcooked. The yolk was not runny at all when she broke into it. Anyway she never into egg yolk so she hardly touch it.

The dim sum stall was what I came here for. Special opening promotion from 1st to 3rd October. Buy 4, free 1. All steamers are priced at RM5.00 each.

It was the last day of promotion so I did not want to miss it. Not many choices though but good enough for me to take my pick.

Stuffed beancurd skin

Siew mai

Har kaw

Braised pork rib

Piggy buns

Overall the dim sum was alright. I personally prefer the little cute pig but if only the custard was creamier, it would be perfect.

The cafe was clean and packed. As they said "new toilet". To me, it is just another new place to eat. Like others, nothing new and fancy. Food are all the same.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Weekend Menu #82 : scallop & seaweed soup

We suddenly have load of dried scallops and seaweed  when hubby bought some back from his Sabah trip last month.

I simply love this simple yet nourishing and warm soup that I cooked for the family last weekend. Hubby loves scallops and seaweed.

This wasn't the ordinary seaweed that you normally use in soup. I was also surprised to see such seaweed. Look like corals on the ocean bed. Anyway, I soaked and washed it before cooking to soften it.

Seaweed, soaked, rinsed and cut into smaller strips
Dried scallops, washed
1 egg
Salt and sesame oil

1. Add in dried scallops and seaweed into a pot of water. Once boiled, lower the fire and let it simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Add in salt and sesame oil to taste.
3. Add in wolfberries and let it simmer for a minute before add in 1 egg.
4. Use fork to stir to form egg flower. Off the fire. Serve warm.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Breakfast in mei mei

Last Saturday, I had a breakfast date with my mei mei (little sister). It has been a while since we met up and had breakfast together. 

Actually kids and I went to visit my sil and her baby that morning and then I invited my sis for a breakfast in Chong Lin Park, Simpang Tiga. We hardly venture to this area so I were not familiar with what's good and what's not.

Not feeling too adventurous, we decided to have our breakfast in Mei Mei Food Court. It is the same row with MD Motor. I have been there twice for laksa but that was many years ago.

Unfortunately the laksa ran out fast that morning so we had to settle for other stalls instead.

I liked the frothy teh c peng served here. Very nice and thick.

RM7 mixed soup with noodle

My sis settled for the noodle with mixed soup which was good to her liking. The kids had kolo mee which was nice too. Not too oily and over seasoned.

RM3.50 kolo mee

As for me, I had a very hearty breakfast. Did not expect my nasi lemak to be that big in portion. And it came with a huge drumstick. Anyway I skipped lunch that day.

RM7 nasi lemak with fried chicken

We should do this breakfast date more often, sis. *wink*