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Here’s a simple mushroom chicken with oyster sauce recipe that allows you to whip up a comfort dish within 15 minutes or so. Ingredients are pretty simple and straight forward, so is the cooking method, do disregard the cooking wine if you want to have it the halal way.

ingredients - chicken, oyster sauce, mushroom, garlic, ginger etc
ingredients – chicken, oyster sauce, mushroom, garlic, ginger etc

Ingredients (fit for 2 pax):

  • 3 tablespoon oyster sauce, 3 tablespoon cooking wine, mix in bowl
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • a handful of mushroom
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon cooking oil

always start with garlic and ginger
always start with garlic and ginger

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil and fry garlic & ginger till fragrant
  • add chicken and fry till surface is brown (a couple minutes usually)
  • add rest of the ingredients, stir fry
  • cover up for steaming action for 4-5 minutes
  • serve when hot!

end result is a plate of comfort food
end result is a plate of comfort food

This is a pretty simple recipe, and you can also substitute chicken with other white meat as well. I’d usually have this with some chili padi and soya sauce, but whatever rocks your boat!

While fusion food has gotten a bit of a bad rep over the years from many restaurants that came up with dishes that were neither here nor there, I still always applaud those who dare to imagine and come up with something different from the ordinary. Sometimes it is done by mixing ingredients from different parts of the world, other times by turning traditional recipes upside down. Either way, it is one way to ensure that culinary art does not stay stagnant and only look backwards.

glorious miso grilled hake steak with spicy mussel soup
glorious miso grilled hake steak with spicy mussel soup

Several days ago I received some fresh ingredients courtesy of the Zealand Trade Enterprises, and as part of the challenge, we were supposed to use them and come up with dishes worthy of sharing. Since cooking is one of my many hobbies, here goes!

For dinner last Friday, I decided to make grilled hake (or any cod, really)  with miso marinate & vege, while the wife came up with spicy mussle soup as a companion dish. Both seafood ingredients were New Zealand products.

Hake steak from New Zealand, miso as main marinate ingredient
Hake steak from New Zealand, miso as main marinate ingredient

I will be sharing the hake steak recipe here:

Ingredients:

  • Hake steak (or any white fish, such as cod) 250-300 gram per pax
  • asparagus & mushroom (sliced)
  • a few gloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil

Ingredients for marinate:

  • 2 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking sake
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

asparagus and mushroom as sides
asparagus and mushroom as sides

Cooking instructions (fish):

  • mix marinate in a bowl and apply generously on fish, let marinate for at least 15-30 minutes
  • heat up the oven to 175 C
  • pan fry the fish for 2-3 minutes
  • bake fish in oven for 10 minutes

fish: pan fry before oven, vege: sauteed
fish: pan fry before oven, vege: sauteed

Cooking instructions (vegetable):

  • heat up frying pan with cooking oil
  • fry garlic till fragrant
  • add mushroom & asparagus and saute for 2 minutes
  • add leftover marinate to the vege and continue to saute for another 2 minutes

Time your cooking of vegetable to coincide with the fish so that they’re both served hot. Enjoy!

spicy New Zealand mussel soup made by Haze Long
spicy New Zealand mussel soup made by Haze Long

Since we lack tomato puree or white wine, the spicy mussel soup involved the use of sake, ketchup, New Zealand mussels, and black magic. My wife made it, so I don’t think I’m qualified to know enough of the recipe to share it here.

Happy cooking! #

I remember one of the dishes I really like as a kid involving squid is the one with some sort of thick dark sauce mom made, so naturally when I discovered that we still had some squid in the fridge, I tried to replicate the dish at home. After a bit of exploring on the web, I think I finally nailed down a version that came up pretty good.

squid with dark soya sauce
squid with dark soya sauce

Here’s the simple stir fry squid with dark soya sauce recipe, give it a try if you love squid like most of us do!

To be honest, the recipe uses more than just dark soya sauce, naming is just for simplicity sake.

soya sauce, dark soya sauce, squid, garlic, ginger, salt, brown sugar, and pepper
soya sauce, dark soya sauce, squid, garlic, ginger, salt, brown sugar, and pepper

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 squids, cleaned (if you want to get fancy, stuff the head back into the body and “stitch it up with a toothpick”)
  • an inch of ginger, cut into strips
  • half a bulb of garlic, chopped in chunks
  • 2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • pepper to taste
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cooking oil

start with ginger, garlic, then the rest
start with ginger, garlic, then the rest

Cooking instructions:

  • marinate the squid with sugar, salt, dark soya sauce, soya sauce, and pepper for 30 minutes
  • heat up cooking oil
  • fry ginger for a 30 seconds, then add garlic until fragrant
  • add in squid in medium heat without pouring all the marinate
  • cook for 5-6 minutes, then add the rest of the marinate
  • serve while hot (add a bit of parsley for photo op!)

It is really a rather simple recipe, I hope you try it. Happy cooking!

Brinjal is one of my favorite fruit/vegetable (whatever you want to call it), and today I want to share with you a quick and simple way of preparing this all time favorite – fried brinjal Chinese style, with ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen pantry.

brinjal, dark soya sauce, sugar, mini bell pepper, garlic, pepper
brinjal, dark soya sauce, sugar, mini bell pepper, garlic, pepper

Ingredients:

  • one purple brinjal (chopped in bite size)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoon salt cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of pepper
  • small bell pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic, peeled and cut

this fry brinjal dish is done within 5 minutes
this fry brinjal dish is done within 5 minutes

Cooking instructions:

  • heat up frying pan and oil
  • put in garlic & miniature bell pepper, fry till fragrant
  • add brinjal, fry for a minute
  • add water, sugar, dark soya sauce
  • cover frying pan and let it steam for a couple minutes
  • add salt & pepper to taste
  • serve while hot

vege, fish and soup makes for a complete meal
vege, fish and soup makes for a complete meal

My main purpose penning this entry is so that I can refer to this when I want to re-create this dish in the future. Eat well and start cooking!

Today I want to share a very simple recipe, and with an ingredient that you can probably plant on your garden, or even in a pot on your balcony at home – basil!

Remember the home made ghetto sous vide solution? Well, we made more beef from the session than we can eat and kept them in fridge, so the natural thing to do for the next day was to use it to cook something instead of having cold steak, enter fried beef with basil.

beef with basil recipe
beef with basil recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 200 gram beef – thinly sliced (raw beef is fine too)
  • one bunch of basil leaves
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic, chopped
  • pepper
  • chili padi (optional)

3 types of greens from this pic were from our garden
3 types of greens from this pic were from our garden

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil and fry garlic till fragrant
  • throw beef and basil, stir, and then all other ingredients, stir for a couple minutes
  • the end

This is literally one of the simplest recipes, tastes great and goes really well with steamed rice. Have fun cooking, and get started on growing some of your own food! In the picture above, the radish, long bean, and basil were from our garden.

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