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When I was young, we made it a point to have a soup dish in every meal, in retrospect, I guess that’s a great way to have kids having enough liquid in our diet?

Anyway,  I remember that one of my favorites of such soup dishes were the salted fish bone tofu and pork soup.  So when I was at Kota Kinabalu not too long ago, I made it a point to get myself some good quality whole kurau salted fish that includes the boney bits.

So here’s the recipe I got from mom.

salted fish bone tofu

Ingredients:

  • salted fish bone (preferably ikan kurau)
  • a bulb of garlic, peeled
  • an inch of garlic, sliced
  • spring onion, cut into 2 inches length
  • pork slices, 300-500 gram
  • tofu, 2 blocks
  • 2 liter of water
  • 4-5 tablespoon cooking oil

Instructions:

  • soak fish bone for half an hour
  • fry garlic, ginger and fish bone till fragrant
  • add pork slices and brown the exterior
  • add water and bring to boil for at least half hour
  • add tofu for the last minute, add spring onion too

Comfort food for rainy days for sure!

I was raised in a place in Penang called Pepper Estate, essentially a small housing “kampung” with mostly “grade 3” houses arranged haphazardly along narrow and steep roads. What it does not have though, is pepper plant.

At my current place, perhaps to remind myself of my origin, we planted a peppercorn plant at the garden, and the little thing has grown over the years and start to bear fruits on quite a regular basis. Birds usually got the most of it, but when I’m fast enough, I get myself some too!

While we mostly have peppers in dried & powdered format, raw green peppercorn does have its use, especially in Thai cuisine. Today I’m going to share my first dish with this ingredient – Stir Fry Green Peppercorn Beef

green peppercorn beef stirfry

Ingredients:

  • 200 gram beef, thin slice
  • few stalks of spring onion
  • 1 red chili
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • cooking oil
  • a few stalks of raw green peppercorn, crush likely with pestle and mortar

home grown peppercorn

Instructions:

  • with some corn starch on the beef, marinate with rice wine, dark & normal soya sauce
  • fry the beef half way and set aside (just about 1+ minutes)
  • heat up oil and fry garlic and onion till fragrant
  • add peppercorn
  • add back beef and fry for another minute or so
  • finish off with green onion and red chili

Result is a pretty delicious and fresh tasting beef dish with a bit of a kick. Try it!

Check out more simple recipe here.

After almost a month of staying at home, the craving for curry finally prompted me to made one for myself. Initially I thought about using one of those pre-mix curry paste, but what’s the fun in that, right?

So here’s how you make curry chicken from scratch, a process that’s not exactly difficult, though it can be slightly more tedious than the usual simple recipes you see on this blog.

curry chicken homecooked

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 chicken, small, chopped to chunks
  • 3 stalks lemongrass
  • 4 red onions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • curry leaf
  • 1 box coconut milk
  • chili paste (or you can blend fresh chili + dried chili too)
  • 3-4 potato, parboiled (boil for around 10 mins, then remove skin)

Cooking Instructions:

  • lemongrass, ginger, onion, garlic, chopped n blend
  • fry with oil till fragrant, add cili paste
  • add chicken to fry for a few mins
  • add santan and simmer for half hour
  • add parboiled potato for 5 mins
  • decorate with mint.. Optional of course

To be perfectly honest, I was quite pleased with the result. The curry was thick, flavorful, and went really well with steamed rice. Try it yourself!

Came across some frozen halibut while shopping at the supermarket and thought I’d give it a try. This recipe should work for any white fish filet, or if you’re slightly adventurous, salmon may be fine too.

Here’s how I prepare this grilled halibut with soya sauce and honey.

grilled halibut homecooked

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece halibut
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 table spoon honey
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 table spoon soya sauce
  • 1 glove garlic, chopped finely
  • some pepper to taste
  • asparagus & mushroom as sides (or any other vege)

Cooking instructions:

  • Mix everything in a small bowl (except the fish obviously)
  • Apply some seasoning to the fish on both sides
  • Heat up pan till sizzling hot, put filet for 1-2 minutes on each side
  • Turn down heat to medium and cook for another 2-3 minutes each side, apply the sauce liberally while you’re at it
  • Asparagus & mushroom can be cooked at the same time
  • Once done, serve and dine while hot!

See, having fancy looking dishes served right at home doesn’t mean it must be complicated to prepare.

Check out more simple recipe here.

Here’s another simple soup that I like to make,  usually as a secondary dish to go with rice and maybe another meat/seafood dish. Another benefit with napa cabbage (or Chinese cabbage), is that you can keep it fresh in fridge for quite a number of days.

Here goes.

napa cabbage soup homecooked

Ingredients:

  • Napa cabbage (1/2)
  • a handful of ikan bilis (dried anchovies)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 6-8 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil in the pot and fry anchovies and garlic till fragrant (1-2 mins)
  • add water, bring to boil for 10 mins
  • add cabbage, then add eggs, scrambled, boil for 3-4 minutes
  • ready to serve!

Simple soup dish with plenty of fiber and some protein to boot.

Check out more simple recipe here.