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Yearly Archives: 2012

Roasted Chicken au Naturel

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Every Sunday, we will have a Sunday Gourmet lunch and I decided to feed the family with Roasted Chicken with Steamed Jasmine Rice. It is quite similar to Singapore Chicken Rice. The differences View more

Golden Raisin Bread Souffle/Pudding

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Golden Raisins have always been my favorite fruit. I love to eat in any way…fresh or raw or cooked or pickled or dried. Recently, I went to an Indian Grocery store and got some dried golden raisins at a good price. I ate some of them and the rest I decided to cook them. So, the next day, I made this into a sweet dish.

Whole Wheat Biscotti with Almond

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Many of the biscotti are made up of cake flour or AP flour and hard to find in whole wheat. If you can, it is very expensive, so I decided to make my own. View more

Glossary of Peranakan Terms

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Glossary of Peranakan Terms
Acar Timun
Spicy pickled tube and root vegetables
Agar-agar
It is a refined seaweed used in making jelly
Air Kapor
Alkaline water or slaked lime solution
Air Mawar
Rose water made from rose petals
Aniseed
Known as Jintan Manis – it is the seed of the star anise, use as a spice
Assam Jawa
Tamarind pulp with water to produce juice
Assam Keping
Assam gelugor (Dried tamarind slices)
Assam Laksa
Rice noodles with spicy tamarind coconut broth
Ayam Pongteh
Chicken stew cooked with tauchu
Ayam buah keluah
Chicken cooked with a black nut called Pangium edule
Bawang Merah
Shallots (very small onions
Bah Chang
Glutinous rice & meat wrapped with bamboo leaves
Bak Poey
Pork skin
Bayam
Spinach (Yin Choy)
Belacan
Dried shrimp paste
Belimbing
Carambola
Bendi
Okra a.k.a. Ladies Fingers
Bihun
Vermicelli (Mai Fun/Bee Hoon)
Biji Kas Kas
Poppy seeds
Biji Lada Hitam
Black peppercorns
Biji Lada Putih
White peppercorns
Biji Sawi
Mustard seeds
Bijian
Sesame seeds (Mah Yow)
Bok Jee
Black fungus (Mok Yee)
Boccoli florets
Kai Lan Fah
Buah Gajus
Cashew nuts
Buah Keloh
Murungakai (Drumstick-a long pod stick, mainly used in Indian curries)
Buah Keluak
A black hard shell fruit filled with dark meat bears from a Pangium Edule
Buah Keras
Candlenuts – used as a thickening for curries
Buah Pala
Nutmeg
Buah Pelaga
Cardamom
Bunga Cengkeh
Cloves
Bunga Kantan
Ginger bud/flower
Bunga Lawang
Star anise – A star-shaped spice
Calamansi
Honey lime
Chap Chai
Mixed vegetable dish
Cili Hijau
Fresh green finger chilies
Cili Kering
Dried red chilies
Cili Merah
Fresh red finger chilies
Cili Padi
Bird’s eye chilies
Cincalok
Fermented baby shrimps
Cincau
Black glass jelly (Made from seaweeds
Cuka
Vinegar
Daging Kambing
Mutton – meat of goat/sheep
Daun Kadok
A special leaves from herbal tree
Daun Kari
Curry leaf (Karuvapillal)
Daun Kesom
Polygonum
Daun Ketumbar
Coriander leaf/cilantro (Wan Swee)
Daun Kuchai
Chives
Daun Kunyit
Turmeric leaves
Daun Limau Perut
Kaffir lime leaves
Daun Pandan
Screwpine leaves (Pandanus)
Daun Pegaga
Leaves of a herbal plant
Daun Pudina
Mint leaves
Daun Selasih
Basil leaves
Foo Chok
Dried beancurd stick
Foo Chok Pei
Dried beancurd sheet
Garam
Salt
Gor Heong Hoon
Five spice powder
Gula Batu
Rock sugar
Gula Melaka
Palm sugar
Gula Pasir
Granulated sugar
Halba
Fenugreek
Halia
Fresh ginger
Ikan Bawal
Pomfret
Ikan Bilis
Anchovies
Ikan Cencaru
Hardtail mackerel
Ikan Kembung
Mullet/Chubb mackerel
Ikan Kurau
Mulloway (Mah Yau Yee)
Ikan Parang
Sai Tou Yee
Ikan Pari
Stingray (Pou Yee)
Ikan Selar
Horse Mackerel
Ikan Sepat
Freshwater fish of the Gourami family
Ikan Tenggiri
Spanish Mackerel/Bonita
Ikan Tongkol
Tunny (Tuna like the Bluefin)
Itek Tim
Duck with salted vegetable soup
Jering
Pithecellobium Jiringu (Scientific name)
Jiew Hu Char
Shredded turnip with shredded cuttlefish salad
Jintan Manis
Fennel seed
Jintan Putih
Cumin
Kacang Botol
Four-angled bean
Kacang Panjang
Yard long beans
Kailan
Chinese broccoli
Kangkong
Water convolvulus
Kay Khar
Chicken feet
Kayu Manis
Cinnamon
Kelap Parut
Grated coconut
Kepah
Mussel (Lala
Kerang
Cockles
Kerisik
Dry fried grated coconut
Ketam
Crab
Ketumbar
Coriander
Kicap Cair
Light soy sauce
Kecap Pekat
Thick soy sauce
Kim Cham
Golden needles (Dried lily buds)
Kobis
Cabbage
Kunyit Basah
Fresh turmeric root
Lada Hitam
Black pepper
Lada Putih
White pepper
Lam Mee
Yellow rice noodle with shrimps gravy
Lengkuas
Galangal
Limau Kasturi
Honey lime
Lobak Merah
Carrot (Hoong Loh Bak)
Masak Belanda
Sliced pork and salted fish with tamarind juice
Masak Lemak
Vegetable stew in coconut milk
Masak Titik
Vegetable soup with watermelon/green papaya
Mee Siam
Rice noodles in spicy, sweet and sour gravy
Nasi Kunyit
Glutinous rice cooked with turmeric
Nasi Ulam
Rice cooked with herbs
Ngo Hiang
Five spice powder minced meat rolled up with beancurd sheet
Otak-otak
Grilled fish mousse
Peria
Bitter gourd (Foo Kwa)
Perut Ikan
Spicy fish stew
Petai
Parkia Sepciosa (Scientific name)
Pulut
Glutinous rice
Rebung
Bamboo shoots
Saffron
Koma-koma
Sardine
Baby pilchard
Sawi
Mustard green (Choy Sum/Chai Sim)
Se Bak
Marinated pork loin
Sengkuang
Yam Seng (Bangkuang/Star Kok)
Serai
Lemon-grass
Sohoon
Glass noodles/transparent noodles (Tanghoon)
Sotong Putih
Squid (Calamari)
Sotong Rendam
Cuttlefish
Tau Chngiu
Fermented soy bean paste
Tau Jee
Fermented red bean curd (Nam Yee)
Tau Joo
Fermented white bean curd (Foo Yee)
Taugeh
Bean sprouts
Taukngwa
Lightly fried bean curd cake
Tempe
Fermented soy bean cake
Tepung Atta
Atta flour (wholemeal flour)
Tepung Grandum
All-purpose flour
Tepung Jagung
Corn flour
Tepung Pulut
Glutinous rice flour
Tepung Sagu
Sago flour
Ter Thor T’ng
Pig’s stomach soup
Terigu
Wheat grains
Terong
Eggplants (Brinjal/Aubergine)
Tikus telinga
Cloud ear fungus
Tim Chok Pei
Dried sweet beancurd sheet
Timun
 Cucumber (Wong Kwa)
Ubi Kayu
Tapioca root
Ubi Keladi
Yam (Woo Tau)
Ubi Keledek
Sweet Potato
Ubi Kentang
Potato

Asian Empanadas

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After spending almost two weeks in Astoria, NY, a multi-cultural neighborhood with different ethnic groups and feeling like living in Singapore with a few exceptions. View more

Pork and Asparagus with Sambal

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This dish was part of the menu which I prepared at Sam’s birthday party. I always love asparagus and thought it might be flavorsome with Sambal Udang. View more

Malaysian Sambal with Shrimps

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This is one of my great find in the United States. It is also one of the key ingredient in most of the Malaysian/Singaporean/Perenakan Cuisine. Most of all, it make cooking hot and spicy dish as easy and quick in no time. View more

Stuffed Tofu Puffs with Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce

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This is a very special Singaporean & Malaysian snacks and commonly available at any local markets or food courts. These Stuffed Tofu Puffs are my husband’s favorite and he can eat a fairly large amount. In Southeast Asian countries these tofu puffs are larger than the ones in United States. View more

Fried Soba Noodle (Buckwheat Noodle) with Shrimp

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A few weeks ago, I invited a student to our Arkansas home for lunch. He came from Vietnam and has not tasted much of other Asian Cuisine. I had introduced to him many other Cuisines beside Vietnamese food. So, I decided to cook this special dish, one of my husband’s very favorite, Buckwheat Noodles. During the lunch, he told me that the texture of the noodles is very rough but very interesting. It is a very healthy kind than any rice or flour noodles. If you have not eaten this kind of noodles, give it a try and you might change your way of eating noodles. View more

Five Spice Honey Chicken

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This is a very unique dish because of the spices and honey. In the beginning I thought it might be View more