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Thursday 29 August 2013


The other day, out of a sudden I craved so desperately wanted to eat a piece of cake.  Thought I could make a quick bake for a cheesecake.  So I look into my fridge, cream.  So I've to forget about baking a cheesecake as it was already 5pm and doesn't want to go out to just buy cream.  And another quick tinkle came to mind, what about brownies?  So go back to the fridge to search for all the ingredients, duh.....I run out of chocolate.  So I told myself forget all about baking a cake for that day.  So, no cakes to eat and instead I just grab a Copycat Famous Amos chocolate chips cookies to munch.

While searching in the web for brownies the other day, I have bookmarked two sites but I ended using the Joy Of Baking instead.

150g semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used VH semisweet dark chocolate)
113g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
15g cocoa powder
200g granulated white sugar  (I used 140g only)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
95g all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
125g  semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

* I add 50g of chopped walnuts 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and place the rack in the center of the oven. Butter (or spray with a nonstick cooking spray) an 8 inch (20 cm) square pan, and line the bottom of the pan with parchment or wax paper.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder and sugar . Next, whisk in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Finally, stir in the flour, salt and chocolate chips (if using).

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a little batter and a few moist clumps clinging to it. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve at room temperature or chilled. These freeze very well.

Makes 16 brownies. is indeed yummy!  And I love it.  I believe these brownies taste much 
  more delicious after its aged for a day or two!  But don't think it can last for that long.....

  Do give this a try if you feel like having brownies and add some nuts for some crunchy bite.

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Kampar Beef Brisket Noodles ( 金寶牛腩麺)

I love to eat beef.   Previously I very often used to take beef noodles for breakfast and would go for one particular beef noodle stall here in JB town but eversince that owner decided to close down his famous noodle shop, I can't find any good beef noodle here anymore.  One day I found out that there's another similar beef noodles stall in Kluang and it was run by that beef noodle's siblings.   And so, since I love their version of beef noodle, I go all the way to Kluang to have one bowl of beef noodle for breakfast and drive back home!

When you love to eat one particular food, you wouldn't mind to drive all the way there no matter how far it is, right?

While I loves to eat beef noodle, the funny thing is I hardly buy beef from the market and cook at home.  But now it has changed my view now eversince Wendy's and Alan  posted their Beef Brisket Noodle.  I remember I ate this Onn Kee's Beef Brisket Noodles since I am young (my dad's shop is just less than a 2 minute walk to the stall). 

(Sigh).....don't know why this MFF Perak month only come till now or else I can have and cook this long long time ago.....  hehehehe.....

Kampar Beef Brisket Noodles
Recipe copy from  Alan of Travelling-Foodies

Original recipe by WendyinKK of Table for 2....or more
600g beef brisket, tendons & tripe (stomach)
300g  daikon (choose the long slender type, fat ones lack in flavour), peel and cut into chunks
2 star anise
2 inches cinnamon stick
1 small piece of dried tangerine peel
10 pcs of white peppercorn, cracked
20g rock sugar, adjust to taste
Salt to taste
Spring onion, chopped

1. Bring 2.5 litres water to boil.
2. Put whole piece of brisket,  tendon and all the spices into the boiling water.
3. Add salt and seasonings with daikon after 3 hours and let it simmer for another hour or two (or until it is tender)
4. Fish out the brisket chunks and let it cool down. Slice it and put it back into the pot.
5. Serve the beef brisket soup with a sprinkling of spring onions.

Dry Tossed Noodles
Loosen single portion fresh egg noodles/fresh wantan noodles. Put the noodles in a noodle strainer. Cook in boiling water for 15 seconds. Rinse it under running tap water. Blanch it again for another 15-30 seconds depending on the thickness of noodles. Put noodles in a plate. Top with 1 Tbsp of renderings, some dark caramel sauce (or dark soy sauce), light soy sauce according to taste. Toss the noodles. Garnish with some blanched baby bok choy or mustard green.

Express Cha Siu renderings
100g of very fat pork belly (those that you won’t want to eat it as it is)
1 heaped Tbsp of sugar
1 Tbsp of light soy sauce

Slice the fat pork belly thinly. Put in into the wok with 1 Tbsp of oil and slowly fry until it is very slightly golden. Add in sugar and light soy sauce and cook the belly until it turns dry and dark. Discard the belly bits and retain the renderings.

As I still have some beef brisket left over, I make noodle soup instead of dried noodle the next morning for breakfast.

I am submitting this to Malaysian Food Fest Perak Month hosted by

Monday 26 August 2013

Kampar Lor Mai Fan (Savoury Sticky Rice with crunchy peanuts & roast meat)

There are so many recipes that I have bookmarked I wanted to try out but sometimes when I am not in the mood to cook, I have to tell myself it is better not to do it at all.  I wanted to eat this "Lor Mai Fan" so desperately and have been eyeing it since Wendy of Table for 2...or more posted her Lor Mai Fan 3 weeks ago.  

One failure I made is the roasted char siew.....duh.....I made it in a jiffy as I was not prepare to cook this lor mai fan at all that day.  I took out the meat from the fridge and prepare to marinated it.  I didn't marinate it for long and just go ahead to bake it.  Call that impatient and resulted the meat wasn't nice to eat at all.

But nevertheless, the glutinous rice is so yummy and fragrant.  I like it.  Of all the food I have during my childhood time in Kampar, this is the food, Lor Mai Fan that I don't prefer to put the curry sauce in it.  There was a time, many many years ago, I was back to Kampar for a visit, and went to buy the lor mai fan near the market, the seller just go ahead to add the curry sauce to my lor mai fan........oh.....I don't know, I just don't like to eat with the curry sauce in.

Kampar Lor Mai Fan 
Recipe sourced from Wendy of Table for 2....or more 

300g glutinous rice (sticky rice)
1 tbsp dried shrimp, soaked and chopped finely
2 shallots, minced
1 garlic, minced
1 tbsp premium oyster sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dark caramel sauce (I used ABC Sweet Sauce)
Salt, if needed
Some boiling water


½ cup fried peanuts
Red roasted char siew
Chopped spring onions


Soak the sticky rice for at least 1 hour.  Drain.  Prepare your steaming vessel.

Heat wok/frying pan with 1-2 tbsp oil.  Add in the minced shallots and garlic.  Lightly sauté till light brown, add in the chopped dried shrimp.  Fry till the shallots golden brown and the dried shrimp fragrant.  Add in the rice and the seasonings.  Stir to thoroughly coat.  Keep tossing till the rice a little sticky.  (Taste the rice and add salt if you require).

Dish up to a steaming plate and level it.  Pour in sufficient boiling water to slightly above the surface of the rice.

Steam on high heat for about 20-30 minutes till the rice is cooked.

Let the rice cool and fluff with your chopsticks.

Serve the rice with fried peanuts, sliced char siew and spring onions.
(You can drench the sticky rice with curry sauce, if you like). 

Red Roasted Char Siew 
200g lean pork, cut into 1cm long strips
40gm sugar
20gm light soy sauce
Pinch of salt
½ tbsp rose wine
Few drops of red colouring

Mix everything together and marinate overnight or at least 4 hours.
Place the meat on a baking tray with grease proof paper and bake at 200C until it is cooked.

If you want to cook the curry sauce, please go to Wendy's site.



The fragrant glutinous rice can be just eaten as its own even without the char siew but I like it with the fried peanuts..... just like the crunchy taste with the rice!

I am submitting this to Malaysian Food Fest  Perak month hosted by

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Kopitiam Buns With Curry Chicken & Potato

Eversince Sonia posted her Kopitiam Milk Buns I been seeing alot of bloggers baking along with this Milk Buns.  In fact, I can say that this Milk Buns is so easy to make and it stay soft till the next day too.

Sonia has indicated that the Overnight Sponge Dough can be made and keep it in the fridge upto one week and you can use it whenever you feel like baking the buns.  

I made this Curry Chicken & Potato buns the other day thinking that I wanted to give this a miss of posting it to my blog, but I wanted it to share to my sister in Auckland so that she can give this delicious buns a try too.  

Chicken & Potatoes Curry Milk Buns
recipe source from Sonia of NasiLemakLover
*makes 11 buns

Chicken & Potatoes Curry
3 potatoes, small cubed
200g chicken breast, small cubed
2 sprig curry leaves
½ onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
3 shallots, chopped finely
Mix to form a paste
1 and 1/2tbsp curry powder (meat type)
1/2 tbsp red chili powder (I didn't add this)
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
4 tbsp water


Heat oil in a wok, sauté onion, garlic and shallots till aroma.
Add in curry paste & curry leaves, stir till fragrance. Add in chicken and potatoes, mix well.
Add in enough water to cover the chicken and potatoes, cook over low medium heat till potatoes tendered. Set aside to cool.

To prepare Chicken & Potatoes Curry buns

Overnight sponge dough
215g high protein flour
125g full cream milk (cold)
2g instant yeast (1/2 tsp)

Mix all ingredients till a rough dough, cover with cling film and store in the fridge for overnight.

To prepare basic dough
1 quantity of above overnight sponge dough
90g high protein flour
30g egg (1/2 large egg)
4g instant yeast (1 tsp)
3g fine salt (1/2 tsp)
60g sugar
45g butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp milk (cold)

Pandan leaves
Curry leaves
Egg wash – balance half egg (from the basic dough) + 1tbsp milk


Tear the overnight sponge dough into pieces and add all ingredients except butter in a mixing bowl, knead till smooth dough.
Add in the butter and knead until dough is smooth, shinning and elastic.

Cover with cling film and set aside to proof till double in size.

Punch down the dough to expel air, divide into 50g portions and mould into round balls, rest for 10mins.

Flatten the dough ball into a round disc, spoon filling in the middle, wrap and seal. Roll in ball shape and gently press to form a disc shape. Place on a baking tray. Let it proof for another 45mins.

Wrap each bun with pandan leaf that secured with toothpick. Egg wash the top of the buns, and place a piece of curry leaf on top.

Bake at pre-heated oven at 180C for 15mins.

                            This bun is one day old ~ it still stay soft in texture!  And I can still smell
                            the pandan aroma too....
                             Wonder what I should make filling next time round?  

Thursday 1 August 2013

Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice

I was borne in Kampar Perak.  And if you might have known of this small town Kampar, though it is just a small tiny town, but it has many many famous and well known food and delicacies.  

When I am still a little girl, my grandma and mum used to buy those yummy food at the stalls at the wet market.  To name a few of these goodies food that I used to indulge in are "Lou See Fun", "Fun Jai" (never had this eversince my family and I left Kampar in the 80's), "Chee Cheong Fun in curry sauce" (oh, this is my favourite....  and I remember the first time my Johorean brother-in-law had this, he is so stunned that chee cheong fun drizzle with curry sauce!"), Claypot Chicken Rice, Chicken Biscuits, "See Hum Dan Fun",  oh....there are so many and even the desserts like agar agar and cakes like "Kai Dan Koh" are so yummy!  (Apologise that I had to mentioned all these food in Cantonese).

Many years ago, I remember there was a time I was craving to eat Claypot Chicken Rice, and I had this for 3 consecutive nights.  Oh, that was the time I bought it at the food stalls. 

Today I like to share with you one of my favourite dish from my hometown and that is Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice.

Kampar Claypot Chicken Rice 
Recipe adapted from "Scrumptious Rice & Porridge"

Ingredients A
210g raw rice
1 tsp olive oil
260g water
¼ pc chicken
1 piece Chinese Sausage (washed with hot water and slice it slant)

Chicken marinade
30g ginger (Scraped and chopped)
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp sugar
1 tsp oyster sauce
A dash dark soy sauce
½ tbsp Shao-Xing wine
A dash pepper powder
1 tsp starch
A dash sesame oil

½ tbsp fried onion oil 
1 to 2 tbsp Fragrant Cooked Soy Sauce (see below for ingredients)
 A dash rice wine
Some chopped spring onion

Fragrant Cooked Soy Sauce  (Do this sauce first)
40g oil
½ pc big onion (cut to 3 portions)
2 stalks white part spring onion (pat)
40g ginger (pat)
1 tbsp Shao Xing Wine
1 tbsp oyster sauce
120g water
½ tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp light soy sauce
3 tsp dark soy sauce
½ tsp pepper powder
20g sesame oil

Method to do the Fragrant Cooked Soy Sauce
Heat 40g oil in wok, add big onion, white part of spring onion, ginger and fry till fragrant, sizzle Shao xine wine, oyster sauce and fry for a moment.  Add water and remaining Seasonings, bring to boil.
Reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Wash rice, soak in water for 60 minutes.  (I didn’t do this part).  Drain thoroughly.  Mix with olive oil.  Put aside at least 1 hour.  (I didn’t do this part too.)

Clean and cut chicken into bite size pieces.  Season with Chicken marinade for 30 minutes.


Put rice and 260g of water into claypot, cover with lid and cook over high heat until boiling when water almost dried up and small holes start appearing.

Open lid, arrange chicken pieces and sausage on the rice,  cover with lid and cook over low heat for 12 minutes.  Turn off heat, keep warm for 5 to 10 minutes.  Turn claypot every few minutes while it simmers at low heat.

Add Seasonings accordingly to your taste before serving, mix thorough and serve with chopped spring onion.

                         This is the Special Fragrant Soy Sauce..... to drizzle to the Claypot rice

Would you agree that one pot dish is so convenient and less pot and plates to wash up?

I am submitting this post Malaysian Food Fest Perak month hosted by 
WendyinKK of Table for Two....or more