Sarawak Tomato Kuay Teow

In my hometown Kuching, Sarawak (in Malaysia) the “Tomato Kuay Teow” is a very common hawker styled food sold in almost every “kopitiam” aka coffee shops in town. Do not be fooled by the term “coffee shop” it is actually the term we use to describe local styled “simple” restaurants where you get freshly cooked food at the cheapest prices. Tomato Kuay Teow is a very common late night supper takeaway dish for me back in my childhood days. Our culture was used to late night eating and the kopitiams are still very much active after 10pm. After all, it’s … Continue reading Sarawak Tomato Kuay Teow

Ayam Pansoh Tagine Recipe

Again going back to my roots, as you may or may not know I am born to a Chinese father and Iban mother. Tomorrow (1st June) is a hugely celebrated Gawai Festival (Harvest Festival) by local “Dayak” natives in my home state Sarawak, Malaysia. The Iban tribe is one of the main Dayak group of natives and I am proud to be half Iban. Every year, people in Sarawak celebrate Gawai by visiting friends and relatives, drinking lots of tuak (Sarawak Rice Wine), eating lots of amazing local traditional dishes and just partying all night long. This dish is a … Continue reading Ayam Pansoh Tagine Recipe

Ayam Masak Kicap

This dish made me cry. Not because of its simplicity, but because it brought back so many childhood memories. I miss my parents back home in Malaysia. This dish was one of our staple chicken dishes that we would have at home all the time. It was probably one of the first dishes my dad ever taught our house maid to cook for us kids back in the days. It is wholesome, and so delicious, and satisfying, and this is my version of “Ayam Masak Kicap” aka Soy Cooked Chicken with a very slight twist in serving suggestion. My dad would … Continue reading Ayam Masak Kicap

Peanut Satay & Chilli Chicken with Green Beans

Cooking for two doesn’t have to be fancy. However, you shouldn’t compromise on the delicious factor and the fulfilling factor. I always need to be fully satisfied with my meals – whether it’s a light or moderate or heavy meal, it just needs to have that “YUM” factor. This dish is definitely one of them! Ingredients: 3-4 chicken thigh fillets, sliced into bite-sized pieces 1 tsp chilli paste 150g peanuts, roughly crushed 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tsp caster sugar 2 tbsp canola oil 2 tbsp crunchy / light peanut butter 1/4 cup full cream milk Salt and pepper … Continue reading Peanut Satay & Chilli Chicken with Green Beans

Easy Chicken Mignon Recipe

It sure feels good to be back in the kitchen! I’m sure you’re all familiar with the “Fillet Mignon” but I’ve decided that chicken goes just as good with bacon wrapped all around it! Here is a really simple recipe for your weeknight dinner meal, very easy to prepare and almost hassle free! Ingredients: 2 chicken thigh fillets 2 slices of middle bacon 1/2 red capsicum, chopped 1/2 green capsicum, chopped 1/2 cup shredded cheese 1/2 cup bbq sauce Method: Marinate the chicken thigh fillets in bbq sauce, preferably overnight. The next day, compact the fillets as much as you … Continue reading Easy Chicken Mignon Recipe

Moroccan Chicken Kebabs and Pasta Salad

Well, say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011… or to be precise, today is actually 1/1/11 which is kinda cool. I hope everyone had a lovely New Year’s Eve celebration whether you decided to party it up or just enjoy quiet company at home. Hubby and I enjoyed a lovely quiet BBQ at a friend’s place. There were just 6 of us but we really enjoyed the great company and great food and great cocktails and the boys started off the New Year by enjoying the wonderful outdoor spa but the women aka wives were too tired so we went … Continue reading Moroccan Chicken Kebabs and Pasta Salad

Spicy Chicken Tagine & Ferrero Centerpiece!

I know I’ve just literally come back from a holiday just days ago, and I should be tired and couldn’t be bothered to cook especially after feasting on too much good food for 10 days while we were away – but surprisingly my new tagine has been motivating me. As for my other chores, yes I have been slacking and really cannot be bothered cleaning and washing. But that’s another story. Tonight I decided to cook a Spicy Chicken Tagine. The chicken pieces were marinated with garlic, chilli, lemon, paprika, turmeric, cumin and coriander and salt and pepper to taste … Continue reading Spicy Chicken Tagine & Ferrero Centerpiece!

Satay Boxing Chicken & "Thanksmas" Dinner Party

“Boxing Chicken” is a common dish served at dinner banquets in Malaysia. It is basically a marinated chicken wing with the meat pushed off the bone and up the end to form a “boxing glove” effect… thus the name. This is my version of the Boxing Chicken. Ingredients: 1kg chicken drumettes, pushed up. Satay sauce Breadcrumbs Peanut oil for deep frying Method: Marinate the chicken in satay sauce, refrigerate overnight. The next day, coat the marinated chicken in breadcrumbs and deep fry in hot peanut oil for a few minutes, just until it is browning. Place the fried chicken on … Continue reading Satay Boxing Chicken & "Thanksmas" Dinner Party

Classic Chicken Kiev

Remember the Garlic Butter I made from this previous recipe? Well if you get your hands on some chicken breast fillets and use a rolling pin to completely flatten them, and then place a stick of that garlic butter on the chicken before rolling it and folding the flatten chicken edges on its sides (and then refrigerating the chicken for at least 30 minutes). Then, beat 2 eggs and 2 tbsp of milk together, and then coat chicken in plain flour, dip in egg mixture, coat with breadcrumbs, and then dip in egg mixture again and coat with breadcrumbs again … Continue reading Classic Chicken Kiev

Garlic Chicken and Avocado Salad

I will tell you what’s amazing. At one side of the world, YOU, yes YOU! Could have struggled to wake up this morning because it is still dark. It is so cold you wish you didn’t have to get out of bed. When you come home from work, you long for something comforting and a hot bowl of soup.. and a warm dessert… and a hot cup of tea afterwards. BUT on my side of the world, aka Australia… when I get up in the morning, the sun’s already been up a few hours. Well, sort of. I have already … Continue reading Garlic Chicken and Avocado Salad