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This is my version of bacon French toast, one that led me to buy a loaf of bread after not having any for more than two months since the start of MCO (movement controlled operation) thanks to Covid-19 pandemic (this description may come helpful years later).

There are many French toasts recipes, this one is mine.

bacon french toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of bread
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon of butter
  • 2-3 pieces of bacon
  • 1 piece of cheese

Instructions:

  • put the egg in a bowl, beat & mix with butter
  • pan fry bacon
  • when you have enough oil released from bacon, fry bread after dipping in egg+butter
  • place bacon on bread once crispy
  • place cheese at the end
  • eat while hot! Green bits are optional

Happy eating!

I am a fan of kuih teow soup, and often said that it is a Penang hawker dish that is under represented in Klang Valley, taking a backseat to the more popular char kuih teow, prawn mee, and laksa alike. So yah, during this MCO period, I do start to miss having it, hence I made it a point to re-create a version of my own the other day with some leftover pork bone radish soup that I had the other day.

Here’s how you can do yours too with this simple recipe.

home made kuih teow soup

Ingredients:

  • soup stock (I used leftover pork base radish soup, you can use chicken soup too)
  • pork belly meat (chicken/duck are good too)
  • kuih teow
  • spring onion
  • bean sprouts
  • beef ball/ fish ball
  • cili padi and soya sauce as condiment

Instructions:

  • cook the meat in soup stock till soft
  • remove and cut into bite size
  • add kuih teow in soup and cook for a minute or two
  • add bean sprouts
  • serve with spring onion on top
  • a dash of garlic oil and lard would work well  here too (I didn’t have)

This turned out to be quite wholesome and comforting, perfect for warming up the tummy.

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!