Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fish Maw Chicken Soup

This is one of my family favourite clear soup, it is Fish Maw Chicken Soup...yummy! Simple to cook and it is nutritious. Fish Maw is nutritious, check the link here to read more about the fish maw and how to prepare the fish maw prior to cooking. The soup is very tasty as it has its original sweetness from the chicken, fishmaw, cabbages and carrots. I have added on abalone slices to make it more flavourful and it looks like a soup for the festive season - served during the Chinese Lunar New Year...wow!
Simply put all the below ingredients together in a pot of boiling water and cook it over slow fire to get the great tasty soup. Abalone slices will be added last when the soup is ready, boiling it too long will make it very tough.

All you need :
  • 2 pcs chicken breast meat or 2 big drumstick - chopped into pieces

  • some fish maw - soak and boiled before used

  • 1/4 cabbage

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 clove of garlic

  • some white peppercorns

  • salt to taste

  • abalone slices ** (optional)

Simple Process :

  • Boil 1.5 litre water and drop in the chicken, garlic, peppercorns, lower the heat to medium and let it boil for 25 mins

  • Add in the cabbage, carrots, fish maw and allow it to slow boil for the next 20 minutes

  • Add salt to taste and finally, add in the abalone slices and bring it to boil

  • Ready to serve

** Tips : To get a clear soup, always use slow fire to boil the soup

A Flavourful Fish Maw Chicken Soup.....

Have an Enjoyable and Happy Meal!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Red Wine Vermicelli

Wow...this is a real tasty bowl of "red wine vermicelli" or "ang chiu mee sua", which is greatly eaten among the hokkein clan in the chinese community. The chinese red wine is made from fermented pulut or sticky rice plus some herbs added on. I was given a bottle of this chinese red wine by a friend who specially made it for me. According to the old mother's tale, this "ang chiu" or red wine is very nutritious and good for the body.

I just cannot resist to make it into a hot chicken soup to eat with vermicelli aka mee-sua. It taste really, really good with fried shredded ginger and chopped spring onion as garnishing... I find it great to be able to cook at home as I find the Red Wine Mee Sua sold at stalls has lots of MSG in it....feeling real thirsty after a good gulp of the soup in the bowl.... :((

It is very simple to prepare and this is how it goes :

All you need:
  • 1/2 chicken - chopped into pieces
  • 2 pcs breast meat for the chicken stock
  • lots of ginger strips
  • 1 bowl of chinese red wine
  • 2 Tbs dark soy sauce
  • salt to taste

Simple Process :

  1. Boil 1.5 litre water with the 2 pcs breast meat over medium heat as chicken stock for 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  2. Heat the wok and saute the ginger till golden brown, dish out half and set aside
  3. With the balance ginger in the wok, drop in the chicken pieces and stir fry, add a little water and allow the chicken to simmer for next 15 minutes over low heat
  4. Next, when liquid is almost evaporated, add the 2 Tbs dark soy sauce, stir well and allow it to further simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Finally add the 1 bowl chinese red wine into the cooked chicken, give a quick stir and dish out and mixed into ready cooked chicken soup
  6. Blanched the dried vermicelli and just serve with the cooked red wine chicken and the chicken soup, garnished with chopped spring onion and fried shredded ginger...

Have a Good and Healthy Meal!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tomato Fried Rice

Beautiful and colorful fried rice...yes, it is Tomato Fried Rice. Simple, easy to cook and a healthy meal. Good blend of savoury and sour flavour, hmmm....good for the appetite. This recipe comes from one our son, they love tomato ketchup and was giving me the idea of cooking fried rice with tomato ketchup and with added fresh tomatoes to give the Fried Rice a real tomato taste. Well, alright, it taste wonderful, good try! As always, wishes granted by Lazy Mum...
All you need : Serve 4
  • 1.5 cups of rice - to steam and leave aside to cool before using or just use overnight cooked rice
  • some prawns / shrimps
  • 1 pc chicken breast meat - cut into cubes
  • 3 Tomato - diced it
  • 10 pc French beans - cut into small pieces
  • 1 big onion - chopped
  • 3/4 cup tomato ketchup

Simple Process :

  1. Heat the wok with some oil and saute the chopped onions, add the chicken meat and prawns, stir fry till meat is cooked
  2. Add the french beans and give a few stir, add in the cooked rice
  3. Drop in the tomato ketchup, sprinkle of salt and give a good 10 minutes stir ensuring rice leaves no lumps and well absorbed with the tomato ketchup over medium heat
  4. Lastly add the diced tomatoes and stir mix well
  5. Ready to Serve

Enjoy a Simple n Healthy Meal!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Spicy Pan Noodle

Wow...look at this bowl of dried style wheat noodle or dried Pan Mee, it is so delicious and "versatile" - can eat it as non spicy or turn it into a spicy bowl of noodle within seconds. Hmmm... Yum! Yum!

The noodle is blanched and mixed with 1 Tbs shallots oil to keep it moist and to give an added flavour to the noodle. The toppings are 1 half boiled egg, meatballs or other choices like fried anchovies and meat plus some greens, in this case, I have used dried japanese-spinach and chopped spring onions. Simple to make and good to eat!

This is the dried pan noodle & dried japanese spinach used

To give a spicy taste to the dried pan noodle, just add 1 Tbs of this Crispy Prawns Chilly, obtainable from hypermarket or grocery store

This is a bowl of SPICY PAN NOODLE....wow! Yummy!
some called it "Ma Lat Pan Mee"

Have an Enjoyable Meal

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Japanese Pancake - Okono miyaki

This is a yummy and simple to make japanese pancake, it caught my interest when I was browsing thru U-Tube recently and found it interesting...lazy mum wants something new to serve. I notice there are many versions of making this Japanese pancake and as usual, I sort for the most easiest and simplest form. No worries, I have tested it out and I find this recipe taste good with a slight modification on the amount of eggs.

So, here it is... this is what I have produced and the kids mumbled "Hmmm...Nice". I simply described it as Taste wonderful. Pancake is just make up of batter mixed with chopped cabbage and lots of chopped spring onions plus any ingredients of your wish. I have added in slices of crab sticks as my choice.

Well, eventhough the shape is kind of odd but nevertheless it taste good ^ _ ^ hahaha. A friend of mine shared the recipe of making the sauce especially for this Japanese pancake, it blends so well...can you see the brownish red sauce which has been spread ontop of the pancake?
All you need : Make 7 pieces - about 10cm diameter size

  • 1.5 cup plain flour or 22ogms flour
  • 500ml water
  • 6 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 chopped cabbage
  • 6 stalks of chopped spring onions
  • 10 pc of crab stick

The Special Sauce for the Pancake

  • 3Tbs Worchestershire LP sauce
  • 3Tbs Tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 Tsp sugar

Simple Process :

  1. Put those ingredients marked *red* in a bowl and make it into a smooth batter.
  2. Leave it for an hour in the refrigerator
  3. Add in the chopped vegetables into the batter
  4. Use a non stick pan with a little oil and start frying the pancake, about 1 cm thickness
  5. Add in the slices of crab stick on top
  6. Turn over once the bottom of the pancake starts to get browned
  7. Turn over again when pancake is slightly brown,next spread the special sauce on top of the crab stick surface, dish it out and serve hot

Look at my creation!!

I noticed the Japanese had it together with noodles, so I re-create it as below...hmmm, we like it and enjoyed a good meal!

Served with steamed hotdogs and baked beans....mmmm!!

Have an Enjoyable Meal! :))

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fusion Pasta in Soup

This is truly yummy and for a change, it is Pasta cooked in local style...yeah, another Fusion food - Pasta in Soup. It is nice to "re-create" for a change. I got this simple to cook recipe from my good buddy's sister many years back when I attended his Hari Raya Open House and infact I have lost the recipe note, so its a little bit of self creation...anyway it taste yummy, though it may not taste the same as the original recipe...hahaha. Anyway, I am very happy as all at home appreciates this great taste meal :))
I describe this beautiful dish as having a good blended taste of local spices and aromatic lemon grass and I sum it as real appetizing... WoW!
All you need : Serve 4
  1. 3 small bowls of pasta - boiled to soften, set aside

  2. 2 chicken breast meat - cut into cubes

  3. 2 Tomatoes - cut into cubes

  4. some cabbage - cut into small pieces

  5. some button mushroom - cut into slices

  6. 1 Tbs chilly paste

  7. 5 shallots & 1 thumbsize shrimp paste (belacan) - grind together

  8. 1 Tbs meat curry powder

  9. 3 lemon grass - use end 6cm length

  10. 1/2 bowl milk

  11. toasted bread cubes - optional

Simple Process :

  1. Heat the wok with a little oil and saute * ingredients in red * till aromatic, add in the chicken meat

  2. Add 1.5 litre of water and allow it to simmer over low heat

  3. Add in the cut cabbage, tomatoes and lemon grass, button mushrooms and allow it to boil till cabbage becomes soften

  4. Lastly add in the milk and ready to serve with the boiled pasta

Enjoy a Nice Aromatic Fusion Pasta in Soup

Friday, June 19, 2009

4th Award Received for 2009

First and foremost, I am very delighted to receive this Award. This Award was given to me by Nath. Thank you Nath for sharing this beautiful award and indeed it is an honour to receive it.
As a standard rule, I take this opportunity to share this beautiful Award around with some of the Blogs which I enjoying following.

The rules for the awards are:1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.No objections to this one but it sounds funny that acceptance of the award is a must.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.Here you go :


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shrimp Fried Rice

Look at that, nice delicious Shrimps Fried Rice! Fried Rice is the most easy to prepare for a filling and complete meal for lunch or dinner. I have big and small shrimps in store, so this Fried Rice is simply made up of big, small shrimps, scrambled eggs (without milk version), chopped tomatoes and spring onions, garnished with slices of cucumbers. Simple isn't it? I normally steam the rice early in the morning, let it cool before turning it into fried rice.

All you need : Serve 4

  • 1.5 cups rice - can be cooked overnight or just steam it and allow it to cool before cooking
  • 200 gms small shelled shrimps
  • 16 big shrimps with shell
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tomatoes - diced
  • 2 sprigs spring onions - chopped
  • 5 pips garlic + 1 big onion - chopped
  • 2 Tbs fish sauce
  • 1 Tbs dark soy sauce

Simple Process :

  1. Heat a little oil in wok and drop the eggs and quickly stir it up, just like making "scrambled eggs" - set aside

  2. Using the same wok, add some oil and saute the chopped garlic and big onion till aromatic

  3. Add all the shrimps and stir well till shrimps turn pink, add in the diced tomatoes, cooked rice

  4. Add the fish sauce, dark soy sauce and give it a good stir to ensure the sauces are evenly covered the white rice. Add salt to taste.

  5. Keep stirring for the next 10 minutes over low heat

  6. Lastly, dropped in the spring onion, cooked "scrambled eggs" and give a finally stir

Enjoy a Good Meal of Fried Rice!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Malaysian Pancake with Creamy Corn

Look at this easy-prep chinese pancake. I used to enjoy eating plain chinese pancake when I was a kid, my dad has a good set of skills making his signature pancakes... wow, those were the days..fond memories.

This is simple as ABC and it makes a good breakfast or for tea time, my kids love it. To add color and extra flavour, I have the creamy corn as topping. Toppings can be of individual preferences, sometimes I just dropped few slices of bananas on top....it taste great too! :))

This is how I fry the pancake using a ring mould on a non stick pan, no oil is required. It is fast to cook....looks simple yeah! If you have no rings, just go "free-hand", use a small ladel and drop the batter in the pan, it works too...

All you need : makes 15 pieces
  • 1 cup flour + 1.5 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • pinch of salt / sugar
  • 1.5 Tbs oil
  • 1 can of creamy corn or 4 ripe bananas ** your choice
Simple Process :
  • Mix all the ingredients together and turn into a batter
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Fry the pancake on non stick pan over low heat. No oil is required.
  • When bubbles start breaking on the surface, lightly lift up the ring and flip the pancake over for a few seconds and turn back to add toppings accordingly
  • Ready for serving

Have Fun and Enjoy.....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TomYam Soup with Vermicelli

If you enjoy a bowl of sour flavour soup with vermicelli, then go for this easy to make Tom Yam Soup with vermicelli (TomYam Beehoon Soup) . If you cook it yourself you can control the level of sour and spicy flavor. Simply add more if you enjoy real spicy and sour stuff - just add in a few pieces of chilly padi (small green chilly) and to increase the sour taste, just add more tom yam paste or just add extra lime juice to it. I find this a taste good process though some may prefer the long process of grinding the "many fresh ingredients" to make their own tomyam paste...but not me :) lazy mum has some easy way out.

Voila....a nice home cook Tom Yam Soup with Vermicelli. Find my recipe on simple steps to prepare the beautiful flavour sour soup - Tom Yam , a Thai Speciality.

Happy Cooking!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lotus Roots Soup

A nice beautiful soup for a hot weather. Well, this is Lotus Roots Soup and you can cook it with either Chicken Meat or Pork Ribs, it's your choice as both taste just as good too. Lotus Roots has good nutritious value , as extracted in my earlier post...check it out! It is so easy to prepare, just dropped in all the ingredients in a pot of water and boil over low heat for an hour and a half and it is ready to serve.

To make this soup, these are the ingredients you required : Some chicken meat or pork ribs, 2 long lotus roots - cut into slices, a handful of dates, 1 piece of dried squid - cut into small pieces to add extra aroma to the soup, salt to taste.

Put all into the pot filled with 1.5 litre water and cook till lotus roots soften. It should take about 1.5 hours cooking over low heat.

Enjoy a hot bowl of nutritious soup

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Greens Croissant

Being Asian we eat mostly rice or noodles most of the time and as for today it is going to be something light. Yep, something fast, simple to prepare and healthy, ah ah, that's Lazy Mum... Got this fresh croissant from the bakery and decided to have vegetable filling by simply frying the shredded yam bean and carrots with dried shrimps or you can use fresh shrimps chopped into pieces, yeah, it is a nice wonderful vegetables filling, kind of fusion...hahaha.. No Tuna, No Egg Mayo to go with...

All you need for the filling : for 6 croissants
  • 1 yam bean (bangkuang) - shredded
  • 2 carrots - shredded
  • some dried shrimps or some chopped fresh shrimps
  • 1 big onion - chopped
  • salt to taste
  • some green lettuce to garnish

Simple Process :

  1. Heat the wok with a little oil, saute the chopped onion and dried shrimps till aromatic
  2. Add in the shredded yam bean and carrots and stir mix, add salt to taste
  3. Add some water, simmer over medium heat and cook for next 20 minutes till most of the water has been absorbed and keep it a little moist.
Just fill the croissant with the fried vegetable........Beautiful!

Have a Healthy n Enjoyable Meal!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Seafood Curry Noodle

I do miss a good bowl of curry mee or curry noodle once a while...so, it is time to cook this dish and pamper my tummy...hahaha. In the central region, most of the hawker stalls serve curry mee with curry chicken but I was yearning for some other toppings so I thought, why not, let me get my own favourite topping - seafood! Cooking at home means I have full control of the amount of coconut milk to be used as my stomach could not agree with too much coconut milk... The toppings added are prawns, pieces of fish - stingray, fried beancurd (taufo pok), taugeh and some leafy greens. My kids love to have hard boiled eggs, so that's a request. The soup is pretty simple and easy to prepare too. The soup will appear "chilly red color" once you add a spoonful of the cooked chilly paste into the soup... Did you see a spoonful of the cooked chilly paste besides the lime in the bowl? Just add more chilly paste if you wish the curry mee to be real "hot"...

So look at this beautiful bowl of Seafood Curry Mee.. There are various cooking version of curry mee and I fancy Penang style, as the soup is not too thick, less coconut milk and it consist of simple toppings like cockles (see ham) and cuttlefish, fried taufo pok and beansprout (taugeh) and a nice cooked chilly paste to go with...yum, yum, yum!

Here you are...Lazy Mum's version of Curry Mee .....

All you need : Serve 5

Making the Curry Soup

2 pcs of chicken breast meat

Blend together 3 big onion, 3 stalks lemon grass (serai), thumbsize shrimp paste (belacan)

Add 3 Tbs corriander powder (ketumbar), 4 Tbs chilly paste

2 boxes of 200 ml Coconut Milk (add extra if you want it creamy)

Simple Process : Boil the chicken breast in 2.5 L water . Next, mix the blended paste with the corriander powder and chilly paste and saute with some oil till aromatic, then just add the sauted mixture into the chicken stock, add a little salt and boil over low heat for next 30 minutes. Half way through, add the fried beancurd (taufo pok), prawns, fish into the soup. Lastly, add the coconut milk and bring to boil. Soup is Ready. Dish out the prawns and fish and set aside.

Making the Chilly Paste (optional)
  • 5 Tbs chilly paste
  • 1 clove garlic - grounded

Simple Process

  • Heat some oil and saute the chilly paste together with the grounded garlic till aromatic or till the chilly oil floats on top of the chilly paste

How to Serve a bowl of Curry Mee
  • Blanched the fresh yellow noodle or vermicelli
  • Blanched the beansprout and green leafy vege
  • Add the cooked prawns and fish
  • Pour the hot curry soup onto the bowl
  • Add 1 spoonful of cooked chilly paste (optional)
  • Lime is optional

Wow! Yummy and Delicious! * _ *

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yummy Pizza

I called it Yummy home make "speedy" pizza ^ _ ^ !! Yes anyone can do it too, simple and no fuss at all. Sure, it taste better than the frozen ones from the hypermarket. This speedy pizza takes only 8 minutes to bake at 220 degC. Good for those who are like me - enjoy no fuss cooking and do not have the passion to bake...hahaha

Well, not all of us have the talent n passion to bake and I have to admit I am one of those... I cannot even make a perfect dough... :( Nevertheless, I never felt deprived as I love exploring for new ways of doing things and still able to enjoy to eat some good stuff made in my kitchen...hehehe.. Truly I am a lazy mum, I prefer no-fuss cooking but would cook something good, healthy n yummy for the family. My big boys and big daddy review on this pizza are : "It's nice mum, taste good, something different.." :)) LoL

Simple Process :
I use Pita as the base. Pita are good healthy stuff, I have tried using plain pita, garlic pita and found both are just as good. As for the filling, it is a free choice of tuna + button mushroom + tomato cubes or ham + crabstick + button mushroom and generously spread cheese on the pita itself and on top of the toppings. I use the tomato paste similar to my recipe for spaghetti sauce or you can just get a bottle of tomato paste from the hypermarket. I prefer my homemake sauce as I can manage the sour flavour. Anyway, you can always cook more and store the balance in the freezer, just thaw it as and when you want to make pizza.

The below pizza has been cut into 4 pieces before serving....easy for the kids to handle..

ENJOY a good and healthy Home Pizza.....

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Double Decker Egg Ham Sandwich

Once a while it is fun to go for something simple and fast to prepare. I have this double decker toasts (3 pieces to go with 1 mouth bite...hahaha ) sandwiched with a layer of ham, a layer of omelette and garnished with pieces of lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes...... Great and good to eat... It is good for lazy mum when she needs to rush for an appointment. ^ _ *
Occasionally, my boys will prepare Instant Mushroom soup or Miso Soup to complete their lunch meal. Wow! That's a beautiful delicious lunch for the day........

Have a good and happy Meal..

Monday, June 1, 2009

"Siu Mai" - Meat Dumpling

Voila...this is my hubby's contribution, a tasty delicious "siu mai" or meat dumpling. It was his first attempt after watching AFC a few weeks ago and surprisingly it turn up beautifully. Wow...praises from the kids and mummy... Look at it.... it is beautifully wrapped with wanton skin and the meat filling is great. Thanks Daddy...you are marvellous!

The meat and prawns are minced and added to chopped water chestnut and spring onion with added salt, pepper and 1 Tbs cornflour. Yes, so simple as that. Using the round wanton skin, 1 Tbs spoon of filling is put in the centre of the wanton skin and the skin is carefully pulled upwards and ensuring the filling stays in the centre, just like the photo below...yep, a little skill is needed here. Once it is ready, it is put into the steamer to steam for 15 minutes.. :)) Ready to Eat!

So what do you require :

  • 300gms minced meat
  • 200 gms prawns - to minced
  • 8 water chestnuts - chopped
  • some chopped spring onions
  • salt n pepper - to taste
  • 1 Tbs cornflour

Mixed all the above and put the filling into the wanton skin....that's it, Simple and Yummy!

Enjoy this beautiful Siu Mai with your family