Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mamak mee goreng

The mee goreng that I usually eat is cheap , easy to prepare , my taste buds love it and certainly unhealthy . Whenever I go to market I always give myself a good talking-to not to buy it . So far , I haven't had it for more than 2 weeks . Ha !

Mamak mee goreng is a Malaysian version of stir-fried yellow noodles , literally translated as Uncle's fried noodles . Mamak means uncle but it actually refers to the Indian Muslims who immigrated to Malaysia . This type of noodles is commonly found in hawker centre around Malaysia and Singapore . 

This is Gordon Ramsay's version , it may not be as authentic as the one you can have at some Mamak stalls but it was certainly pretty delicious ! Actually , the taste kinda reminds me of my fave instant mee goreng lol 

I've only made half of the recipe and regretted it *sigh* I should have done the whole kaboodle !

Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients , if you cook Asian food from time to time , I'm pretty sure most ingredients can be found in your kitchen . The actual cooking time is quiet fast , less than 15 minutes and you can have this fantastic and hearty one-pot  ( or wok ) meal on your table !  

Recipe adapted from Gordon's Great Escape : Southeast Asia , page 116 

Serve 4 

Sauce :

2 tablespoon chilli sauce
2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup 
2 tablespoon dark sweet soy sauce
2 tablespoon peanut oil 

* Combine all ingredients above into a bowl , mix well and set aside . 

Stir-fry :

2 tablespoon peanut oil 
2 cloves of garlic , peeled and finely minced
2 shallots , peeled and finely sliced
2 chicken breast , skinless and boneless , sliced or cut into bite-sized pieces 
1 potato , boiled , peeled and diced 
2 teaspoon curry powder
50 grams beansprouts or more , if prefer
500 grams fresh yellow noodles
2 squid , cleaned and cut into rings

Garnish :

2 stalk spring onions ,sliced
8 large poached shrimps/prawns , peeled and de-veined
2 red chillies , sliced
1 lime , cut into wedges
2 hard-boiled eggs , cut lengthwise into quarters

*  Heat the oil in a wok or a large pan , over medium-high heat , cook the garlic and shallots for 1 minute . Add in the chicken , potato and curry powder and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until chicken is browned and potato is crispy .

 *  Reduce the heat to medium and add the sauce into the pan and mix thoroughly , let sauce boils and reduce slightly . Add the beansprouts and noodles , stir-fry for 3-4 minutes , until noodles start to  crisp up in some places . Move the noodles at the side of the wok/pan and toss in the squid and continue to cook for a further 1-2 minutes then stir everything together until well combined . 

* Divide noodles into plates/bowls and add in the garnish , serve immediately  .

This post is linked to the bloghop event Cook like a Star , Gordon Ramsay is the featured chef . This event is organized by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids , Yen of Eat your Heart Out and Mich of Eat a Piece of Cake 


Also linked at Cook your Books event , organized by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mini cheese sausage bread rolls

I've made these cuties few days ago after more than a month of mooning over them . I've first seen Sonia's gorgeous mini rolls then Jeannie's . Fed up of buying the same bread over and over again , making something that I really want to eat seems a good idea at that time eventhough kneading bread dough in our tiny and stuffy kitchen was just insane ! I was sweating like a pig by the time I finished manhandling the dough but boy , after hours of waiting , it was so worth it

As with most of my baking foray , this one had a minor mishaps , instead of 45 grams of lard , I measured 65 grams ! As I was kneading it into the dough , some of the lard kept leaking out , the dough just can't absorbed it so I scraped some of it straight into the sink . Yeah , good thing that I stayed in the Hell's Kitchen instead of doing it in the dining room lol

Luckily , they turned out well and good . While these minis were still warm , the crust is a bit crispy , either the extra lard or the use of lard instead of butter is the reason . The tangzhong makes these rolls soft for days , okay , a day and a half this time , instead of my usual 3 days coz I can't stop eating it , hey , they're minis, okay ?! hee hee !  

I've used the recipe from Bread Doctor book , it's a sausage twist bread recipe but made mini rolls out of it . I didn't actually make 28 minis since I only had 16 sausages at that time and just found out this morning that I still have 4 sausages lurking inside the freezer ugh ! I've made the remaining dough ( 50 grams each ) into 5 braided rolls .

This is a great recipe if you're new into breadmaking , the dough is very easy to handle and simple enough to make . Just measure each ingredient correctly . Ha !  

Recipe adapted from 65° Bread Doctor by Yvonne Chen , page 67 ( Translation by Fufu ) 

Makes 28 mini rolls ( about 2 1/2-inch each ) 

195 grams bread flour
90 grams cake flour
6 grams instant yeast 
30 grams sugar
12 grams milk powder
6 grams fine sea salt
60 grams egg , lightly beaten
65 grams water
75 grams Tangzhong
45 grams butter , cubed and slightly softened 

28 pieces cheese cocktail sausage
sesame seeds for topping

1 egg , beaten then strain ,  for egg wash

* In a mixing bowl , combine bread flour , cake , flour , yeast , sugar , milk powder and salt , use a whisk to mix everything together . Make a well in the center and add in the beaten egg , water and the Tangzhong , use hand or a wooden spoon to mix everything until it forms a shaggy dough . Turn dough into a work surface , knead for 3-4 minutes , shape dough into a disk and add butter on top , fold and continue to knead for 15 minutes ( depending on how rigorous you're kneading  ) or until dough is elastic and smooth or do the window pane test . Transfer to a lightly greased or floured mixing bowl , cover top with plastic wrap and let proof for an hour ( depending on the warmth of your kitchen ) or until dough tripled in size . 

* After the first proofing , tip dough into the work surface , knead for few seconds and divide dough into 28 pieces ,  form into a small balls , 20 grams each ( my final dough is 570 grams ) , cover and let rest for 10 minutes . Roll each piece of dough into a cigarette-like shape , about 6-inch length then use a rolling pin to flatten it and it should resemble roughly like a cone ( see image at the bottom ) . From the wider side , put sausage on top of the dough and roll it tightly , lightly press the edge to seal , transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap , continue with the rest of the dough . Let rest for another 45 minutes or until double in size . 

* Meanwhile , preheat over to 180°C . Gently brush top  of the rolls with egg wash then sprinkle sesame seeds on top . Bake for 16 minutes or until top is golden brown. 

* Take out from the oven , take photos immediately and start devouring them .  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Orange and ginger caramelized chicken wings

Another savoury dish , guys ! You just can't live by cookies alone , you know lol

Lemongrass is an essential herb in Vietnamese and Thai cooking . It's so versatile and has a great health benefits . As a culinary herb , its citrus-like flavor is a great addition to some Asian dishes . In this dish , it adds a subtle fresh flavor that goes really well with orange and ginger .

This is a Gordon Ramsay recipe , love him or hate him , he sure can cook and create fantastic Asian recipes ! I borrowed his book from the library and of course , I gravitate toward his chicken recipes . Chicken wings are cheap , just needs minimal cooking time and with right amount of seasonings , it'll certainly taste wonderful !

The flavor in this wings is a balance of sweet and spicy ( not hot ) , the caramelized sauce alone is worth making and can be use with fish , pork and beef .

Recipe adapted from Gordon's Great Escape : Southeast Asia , page 55

Serves 4 ( I've made half of the recipe , in green is my minor tweaks ) 

6-8 shallots , peeled and sliced
4 garlic cloves , peeled and sliced 
2 lemongrass stalk , trimmed and bashed
5 cm know of fresh ginger , peeled and julienned
zest and juice of 2 oranges
150 grams sugar 
160 ml water
2 tablespoons fish sauce 4 teaspoons
1 kg whole chicken wings 1 pound mid-joint wings
salt and ground black pepper

* Preheat oven to 180°C .

* In a mixing bowl , combine the chicken , salt and black pepper , mix together , set aside . 

* Heat oil in the pan , add shallots , garlic , lemongrass , ginger and orange zest , cook for 2-3 minutes , or until all ingredients have softened , Add the sugar , water , orange juice and fish sauce and stir to dissolve . Cook over medium-high heat or until the mixture has reduced and thickened . This should take about 3-4 minutes and the sauce should start turning syrupy . Remove from heat and transfer into a heat-proof bowl , set aside . 

* Wash the pan and heat it , add in oil when oil is hot , add chicken in batches , cook until both sides turn browned , about 3 minutes . Transfer chicken to an ovenproof dish and pour over the caramel sauce , mixing well to coat . Cook in the oven for 40-45 minutes I cooked mine for 30 minutes , turning the oven temperature to 220 °C after 25 minutes of cooking until golden brown and sticky , halfway through cooking , baste the chicken wings . 

* Remove chicken from the oven , let cool a bit and serve on its own , with beer or with steamed rice . 

This post is linked to the bloghop event Cook like a Star , organized by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids , Yen of Eat your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake . The Chef for the month of August is Gordon Ramsay .


Also linked with Cook your Books , hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours

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