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It’s been a while since I posted any home cooked dishes. So here’s one, a simple garlic fried rice with seafood recipe.

This is something that you can prepare in less than half an hour, garlic fried rice is a pretty classic Japanese dish, I just add some seafood to kick it up a notch a bit. While traditionally they also use spring onion, I replaced it with red onion due to availability and that worked out well to add that crunchiness and freshness element to the dish.

garlic fried rice with prawns and scallops
garlic fried rice with prawns and scallops

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup of rice for 2 person
  • 2 large eggs
  • prawns (you can also add squid or other seafood)
  • scallops(optional)
  • 2-3 bulb of garlic, chopped or cut in slices
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of soya sauce, some salt & pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoon of cooking oil

ingredients - garlic, onion, rice, prawns, scallops
ingredients – garlic, onion, rice, prawns, scallops

Cooking instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil
  • fry garlic till a shade before golden brown, remove and set aside
  • using the same oil, fry prawns (with a dash of salt), then remove and set aside
  • sear scallops with shells on, then remove and set aside

the key is to fry the garlic, seafood, and rice separately
the key is to fry the garlic, seafood, and rice separately

Cooking instructions part 2:

  • with the same oil, fry eggs till 80% cooked
  • add rice, and stir for a minute
  • add soya sauce, salt, and some pepper
  • add garlic and continue to stir for another minute
  • add garlic and prawns, stir for another minute
  • serve while hot (arrange your scallops with best of your artistic ability)

start with the egg, then rice, onion, then everything
start with the egg, then rice, onion, then everything

The key to this dish is to have the garlic and seafood fried separately. This allows better control and ensures that each ingredients are cooked properly since they have different cooking time. Try it!

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It’s time for another recipe sharing session. This time it’s seafood – fried prawns with soya sauce, a simple to prepare and yet pretty luxurious dish (just because prawns are so expensive these days).

I had some prawns in hand thanks for mom who actually works in a market, and since I ran out of asam to make my favorite nyonya style sam prawn, I went online to look for something simple to prepare, and landed on this fried prawns with soya sauce recipe from Babe KL. I know Babe KL & Capt’n Hook personally and was sure that her recipe wouldn’t go wrong.

trim off all sharp edges, add pepper, salt, corn starch
trim off all sharp edges, add pepper, salt, corn starch

Anyway, here are the ingredients you need:

  • big prawns, I had XL prawns, bigger the better
  • 1 bulb garlic – chopped
  • 2 inches ginger – cut into stripes
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • a couple stalks of spring onion
  • cooking oil

cook the prawns and place it aside
cook the prawns and place it aside

Prawn preparation steps:

  • trim off the all appendages of the prawns with a scissor
  • clean and pad dry the prawns with paper towels
  • marinate prawn with salt, pepper, and cover with corn starch
  • heat up some cooking oil and fry prawns till reddish (2-3 minutes)
  • set prawns aside

ginger, then garlic, then prawns, and all the sauces, finally spring onion
ginger, then garlic, then prawns, and all the sauces, finally spring onion

Remaining steps:
  • heat up oil (or just use the remaining from frying prawns)
  • fry ginger for a minute, then add garlic (because it takes longer to cook ginger)
  • when garlic & ginger starts to turn golden, add in the prawns
  • add worchestershire sauce, soya sauce, and dark soya sauce
  • stir fry till fragrant
  • add green onion and stir a little more just prior to serving

there you go, classic fried prawns with soya sauce
there you go, classic fried prawns with soya sauce

So there, the dish really turned out pretty well, I actually wished that we had put in even more garlic & ginger cos they really brought out the taste of the prawns and went well with rice. For those who likes it a little sweeter, feel free to add a teaspoon of sugar too.

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It’s been too long since the last recipe was posted on this blog, so here goes.

This soya sauce chicken dish was first made by Haze off a recipe she obtained online, it turned out pretty good but I thought there were something lacking, so after giving it a bit of thought I came up with this version that took a cue from the tau eu bak recipe.

cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic
cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic

The ingredients are pretty similar to the tau eu bak – your usual suspects of Chinese/Nyonya cooking. I use chicken wings as the meat, but you can substitute this with any part of chicken, and I have reasonable confidence that it’ll work well with duck too.

  • 1-2 star anise
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • half a bulb of garlic
  • 2 slices of ginger (more if you’re cooking duck)
  • half a cup of soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
  • sugar to taste (1-2 teaspoon)
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 4 chicken wings

1 part soya sauce, 3 part water
1 part soya sauce, 3 part water

The cooking instruction is about as simple as you can get:

  • bring water and soya sauce to boil (1 part soya sauce, 3 part water)
  • add chicken, star anise, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves
  • let simmer for 30 minutes
  • add sugar and dark soya sauce
  • simmer for another 5 minutes or till sauce thickens
  • serve while hot

simmer for 30 mins, add sugar and a dash of dark soya sauce
simmer for 30 mins, add sugar and a dash of dark soya sauce

The difference between this and the “original” recipe was the addition of dark soya sauce, this thickens the sauce quite a bit and adds a bit of complexity that sugar can’t bring out.

This is a very easy dish to cook and best enjoy with steamed rice. Happy cooking!

soya sauce chicken wings, le slurps
soya sauce chicken wings, le slurps

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We need garlic in stir fry vegetable, in steamed fish, with soya sauce as garnish, in marinated lamb, etc etc.

Peeling and dicing garlic though, is a chore that I personally don’t enjoy, and doubt many of you do. It is one pre-cooking preparation that I want to get over with as fast as possible, and I think after months of intense cooking, I have found the fastest steps, so here goes!

4 steps in dicing garlic

Peel & dice garlic in just 4 steps!

  • take the whole bulb of garlic, and chop off the root portion with a cleaver
  • using the same cleaver, press individual bulbs till it deformed slightly
  • the previous step loosen the skin, now you can peel them off easily
  • chop away!

Here you go, now you have enough garlic for probably anything you want to cook for the day!

Cheers and happy cooking!

A few weeks ago, my younger brother drop by my place when he was in KL for some convention/seminar/boring events some weeks ago to give me a 3 packets of happiness tightly sealed in plastic bags, and a big cylindrical can of this strange looking snack that looks like very tiny potato chips.

Romulo's garlic chips with chili
say hello to my younger brother!

The generic pack of pork rind tasted just as good as any that I’ve had, super crunchy, slightly salty, and absolutely addictive. Since I had 3 packs, I gave one away to Kim my fellow #porkgang member. It is also her birthday today so I guess that packet of pork is now considered her be-earliered birthday present. 😛

For the uninformed, pork rind (or pork cracklings, scratchings, check wiki entry) is basically deep fried cured pork skin. It’s the best snack any Atkin diet followers could get, and contrary to popular misconception, pork rind actually contains more protein and less fat (since it’s deep fried to crunchy) than your usual chips!

Suan, Gareth, Kim, and Ringo
Suanie, Gareth, Kim, and Ringo noming away

While pork rind was already one of my favorite snacks of all time, I didn’t know a thing about this little chips – Romulo’s garlic chips with chili!

It’s basically very thinly sliced garlic that’s marinated with a good dosage of chili, deep fried, and sprinkled with more spices and chili powder when done (based on pure speculation).

The end product is spicy, extremely fragrant, and absolutely vampire proof. If you find this anywhere around here, let me know, or if you’re going to pinoyland anytime soon…. get some for me! (and suan too, read her post!)

Mine is running out, I’m gonna miss the garlic chips. Might even need to make some myself once the kitchen is done. Warghhhhh!