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The days of cooking at home continues, and for someone like me who grew up on an island, fish is always a very familiar ingredient on the table, and when you have fresh seafood, the best way to prepare them is almost always by steaming.

Today’s recipe involves a block of fresh garupa fish filet from one of the local grocery stores, and instead of just normal steaming, I’m adding a bit of a twist – with BRAND’S Essence of Chicken.

garupa steamed brands homecooked

I actually got the inspiration from this dish slightly more than ten years ago at Yap Yin & BKT restaurant in Seri Kembangan with their steamed haruan fish dish. The recreation for today is slightly different and simplified. Without further ado, here we go

Ingredients:

  • 1 block fresh garupa fish filet
  • 1 bottle BRAND’S Essence of Chicken
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 1/2 glove garlic, diced
  • some wolfberries
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • salt to taste

garupa steamed brands homecooked with brand's chicken essence

Instructions:

  • clean and dry fish, salt it lightly
  • placed ginger both above and under fish in steaming bowl
  • pour BRAND’S Essence of Chicken + soya sauce
  • steamed for 10-12 minutes (depending of fish thickness)
  • separately fry garlic till golden brown
  • use garlic & spring onion as garnish, serve while hot

The result is a dish that’s also full of nutrient and also yummy to eat. Try it!

Check out more simple recipe here.

When I was young, mom always made sure that there’ll be one soup dish in every meal. Usually it’s something like.. 1 meat, 1 vege, 1 soup, balanced diet, like it should be.

One of the easiest and fastest soup to cook would be bayam, a vegetable that can be obtained rather cheaply here in Malaysia. So here goes my simple recipe of the day – bayam soup with ikan bilis.

bayam soup homecooked

Ingredients:

  • a handful of ikan bilis  (dried anchovies)
  • a few bulb of garlic
  • some wolf-berry
  • bayam vegetable
  • 1.5 liter of water

Instructions:

  • Boil ikan bilis + garlic + wolf berry for 30 minutes
  • Add bayam for 1 minute
  • Add salt to taste, maybe some pepper
  • Ready to serve,  additionally you can also stir and egg or two prior to serving for extra protein

There are some recipes calling for discarding the anchovies, but I believe in not wasting perfectly fine food, especially since I bought these from Kota Kinabalu’s Filipino market, which is of pretty decent quality.

Check out more simple recipe here.

A week ago we bought three garupa fish for something like RM 25 from the Meru Pasar Malam nearby, and since we’re going to have to eat the same fish on three different occasions, it was an opportunity to try out different recipes.

I vaguely remember that we bought some fermented beans (tauchu) over CNY cos my brother had used it as a “secret ingredient” in his version of jiu hu char, so it was time to experiment on a version of garupa with tauchu dish.

raw ingredients - fish, tauchu, onion, garlic, ginger, chili padi
raw ingredients – fish, tauchu, onion, garlic, ginger, chili padi

Thankfully, the version I ended up cooking based on what we had in the pantry and fridge ended up rather delicious, so I’m penning it here for my own future reference. As always, you’re more than welcome to try it out yourself, and if you do, let me know how it turns out.

Ingredients:

  • one medium size garupa fish (siakap/barramundi should work too)
  • a couple of onions (sliced)
  • half a clove garlic (chopped)
  • an inch of ginger (strips)
  • 2 tablespoon of tauchu
  • 2-3 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • half a dozen chili padi, green or red

sautee everything minus the fish
sautee everything minus the fish

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil and then stir fry everything except the fish
  • once fragrant, add 1.5 cups of water
  • bring water to boil, then add fish
  • lower the heat, let simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness of fish)
  • serve while hot

simmer & steam for 10 minutes and you're done
simmer & steam for 10 minutes and you’re done

As fermented bean is already quite a salty product, salt is not needed in this cooking method. The result is a simple fish dish that brings out the natural taste of seafood while having a sauce base that’s flavorful with a bit of a kick. Goes really well with rice. Will not hesitate to use this recipe again.

Following the previous recipe on soya chicken dish made with Angel soya sauce and Angel Oyster sauce. I thought of trying out a recipe with their Sriracha hot chili sauce. I was browsing reddit just happened to came upon an entry on GifRecipes featuring roast chicken that uses sriracha sauce as seasoning, so I thought, why not try something similar?

So here is my roast chicken with Angel Sriracha hot chili sauce recipe.

Angel Sriracha hot chili sauce, chicken, and other ingredients
Angel Sriracha hot chili sauce, chicken, and other ingredients

Ingredients (main):

  • 4-5 tablespoon of Angel Sriracha hot chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoon equal portion of brown sugar
  • 2 chicken quarter (leg part)
  • 1 bulb of garlic (dice)
  • capsicum
  • 2 red onion
  • 100 gram shiitake mushroom (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoon of butter

Ingredients (sides):

  • 1 potato
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 slice of pumpkin
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

brown the chicken with butter on a hot frying pan
brown the chicken with butter on a hot frying pan

Cooking instructions (side):

  • cut the root vegetables into cubes and put in baking pan
  • add olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • heat up oven to 200 Celsius and bake for 35 mins

It’s good to start this first and put it in oven, take the additional 15 mins or so to prepare for the main dish and have everything in the oven done at the same time since the chicken will take some 20 minutes in the oven.

mix sriracha hot chili sauce with brown sugar to apply on chicken
mix sriracha hot chili sauce with brown sugar to apply on chicken

Cooking instructions (main dish):

  • heat up frying pan with butter
  • pan fry the chicken on all sides till skin is slightly brown, remove to oven pan
  • next, fry garlic, onion, capsicum, and mushroom
  • arrange everything in the oven pan
  • mix Angel sriracha hot chili sauce with brown sugar, carefully use the sauce to cover chicken
  • place everything in oven for 18-20 minutes at 200 Celsius

roast chicken with sriracha hot chili sauce & sides
roast chicken with sriracha hot chili sauce & sides

Mix all up in a plate and serve!

I found that Angel Sriracha hot chili sauce is probably slightly spicier than those I’ve had before, and that suits me just fine. With brown sugar and oven heat treatment, the sauce gave the roast chicken skin a pretty sweet and spicy note which compliments the meat very well. There’s no condiments on the side necessary at all for this dish. I’m glad that it worked out pretty well.

You can always modify the side dishes a little to suit your need for this dish, give it a try!

For more about the sauce, check out www.bidorkwongheng.com

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!