Thursday, November 22, 2012

Barbeque Sesame Chicken Drumlets and Wings

I made this using my homemade barbeque sauce (recipe for the sauce can be found in the archives). I simply baked the chicken wings and drumlets- and then mixed it up with barbeque sauce and sesame seeds and then baked again for another 5 mins. Deliciously sticky and good.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a common meal back home- fragrant coconut rice, fried anchoves, fried egg, cucumbers and sambal- in this case, I made a prawn sambal.

For the rice:
1. Boil 2 cups of rice with 1 cup coconut milk and 2 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt and a pandan leaf if you have it.

For the prawn sambal:
8-10 dried chillies (soaked in hot water)
1/2 cup tamarind paste (use 1 tbs tamarind to dilute in half cup water)
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tbs sugar
prawns
1/2 tsp belachan
salt to taste

1. Blend dried chillies, onion, garlic and belachan.
2. Heat oil and fry the paste until oil rises to the top.
3. Add the prawns and cook.
4. Add sugar and salt to taste. If the mixture is too spicy, you can add more sugar.
5. Serve with coconut rice.

Other accompaniments:
Fried Anchovies
Fried Egg
Cucumbers
You can also add roasted peanuts

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wok Fried Noodles

So I said I wanted to re-invent the Japchae, and almost called this Paula's Re-invented Japchae but who was I kidding?- this bore no resemblance to Japchae. I woke up this morning wanting to make a delicious stir fry noodle packet for friends living here who are feeling a little homesick. I decided to incorporate Chinese and Thai elements to this noodle dish- the two cultures that I have been most influenced by in my cooking.

Ingredients:
5 cloves of garlic minced
8 shiitake mushrooms boiled and chopped
1 green chilli shredded
1 leek chopped
1/2 carrot sliced into sticks
1/2 packet of flat glass noodles
100 g small prawns
2 tbs soya sauce
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
juice of half a lime
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in wok and fry garlic until fragrant.
2. Add the chilli and shiitake mushrooms and continue frying.
3. Add the leeks and carrots.
4. Add prawns.
5. In the meantime, soak the glass noodles in warm water until softened and drain. Add to the wok and continue stir frying under high heat.
6. Add the condiments and stir fry for ten mins.
7. Add the lime juice at the end. Serve. (or pack, in my case :))