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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!

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Yet another day of cooking at home, and today let’s look at one of my childhood favorites – salted vege soup with tofu and pork slices, one of the simplest traditional Chinese soup to prepare, and yet wholesome and fit for those rainy days.

salted vege soup homecooked

Ingredients:

  • salted vege (I used pickled mustard green, you can use others too)
  • soft tofu
  • pork slices
  • tomato

Instructions:

  • soak salted vege for 30 minutes in water, remove after
  • boil salted vege, tomato, and pork slices in low heat for at least 30 minutes
  • add tofu in the last minute or two
  • season with salt (if it’s still not salty enough) and pepper

Now isn’t that simple?

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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.

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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!

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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.