Rose’s Kitchen

Cornflake Cookies



250g butter

200g light brown sugar

375g self-raising flour

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

150g mixed fruits

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp Brandy

about 100g crushed cornflakes


1.  Mix the dried fruits with 2 tbsp Brandy and leave to soak overnight.

2. Cream butter, sugar and salt until creamy. Add vanilla essence and lightly beaten eggs.

3.  Fold in sifted flour and mixed dried fruits and mix well.

4.  Using a spoon, scoop about a teaspoon of the cookie dough and drop it into the crushed cornflakes.  Roll into small balls and place them on baking tray lined with parchment paper.

5.  Bake in preheated oven at about 160 deg for about 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown.

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Cookies | 4 Comments

Crispy Prawn Rolls



300g dried prawns
5 buah keras (ground)
1 tbsp chilli paste
1/2 tsp belachan
5 rounded tbsp caster sugar
thinly sliced limau perut leaves
poh piah skin cut into 4 pieces
egg white for sealing the prawn rolls


1.  Clean dried prawns and remove grits. Place in a blender and grind till fine.
2.  Fry chilli paste, buah keras and belachan with a little oil till aromatic.
3.  Add ground dried prawns and keep on frying till crispy. Remove and add in 5 tbsp sugar and the sliced limau perut leaves and mix well.
4.  Place some prawn mixture on a piece of poh piah skin, roll up and seal with egg white.
5.  Deep fry till golden brown.  Drain on absorbent paper and when cool, store in an air-tight container.

January 1, 2011 Posted by | Cookies | 1 Comment

Spicy Cookies


150g Adam Cheese
250g butter
320g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp chillie powder
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 tin sunflower seeds
1 tsp salt
1 egg


1.  Grate cheese finely.
2.  Beat butter with sugar,egg, baking powder, salt, pepper powder and chilli powder.
3.  Add in cheese and sunflower seeds.
4.  Fold in sifted flour and mix well into a dough.
5.  Roll dough out and cut into desired shapes.
6.  Polish cookies with egg and bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for about 20 mins or until lightly brown.

December 31, 2010 Posted by | Cookies | 1 Comment

Sayor Lodeh

Sayoh Lodeh


300g long beans
300g cabbage
300g turnip
1 small chayote
1 red carrot
2 brinjals
4 pieces taukwa

2  stalks lemon grass
1 thumb-sized piece galangal

Spice Paste:
3 cloves garlic
10 shallots
5 buah keras
2.5cm ginger
2cm tumeric
50g dried prawns
50g dried anchovies
2 tsp belachan
2 tbsp chilli paste

1.5 litres water
500ml thick coconut milk
200ml evaporated milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 tsp salt

1.  Clean and cut vegetables into small pieces.
2.  Cut the taukwa to small triangles and deep fry till skin is a bit crispy.
3.  Blend all spice paste ingredients together and mix with the chilli paste.
4.  Heat oil in wok and fry blended spice paste till fragrant and set aside.
5.  Bring 1.5 litres water to a boil.  Add the crushed galangal, serai and all the vegetables.
6.  When vegetables are almost cooked, add the fried spice paste and mix well.
7.  Add the thick coconut milk and evaporated milk.  Season with salt according to taste.
8.  Lastly add in the fried taukwa.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Vegetables, Bean Curds and Eggs | 5 Comments

Tang Yuan In Ginger Syrup

Tang Yuan With Ginger Syrup


300g glutinous rice flour
300ml water
few drops of red food colouring
1 packet coloured tapioca flour cubes

Ginger Syrup:

1500ml water
4 screwpine leaves
100g ginger, peeled and smashed
200g raw cane sugar


1.  Place the glutinous rice flour in a big bowl.  Add water bit by bit and knead until it forms a smooth dough. Divide dough into 2 portions.  Colour 1 portion of dough with the red food colouring and knead till the dough is evenly coloured.
2.  Divide both white and pink doughs into 1.5 cm portions and lightly roll them into balls between the palms. Set aside.
3.  Bring 1.5 litre water to a boil. Add the ginger and pandan leaves and boil for 10 to 15 minutes over medium heat.  Add sugar and boil till sugar dissolves, remove pandan leaves and ginger.
4.  In another pot, bring 1 litre of water to a boil.  Drop in the glutinous rice balls and let them boil till they float to the surface.  Transfer them with a slotted spoon into the ginger syrup.
5.  Drop the coloured tapioca flour cubes into the boiling water and boil till they float to the surface and are cooked through.  Remove and drop them into the ginger syrup.
6.  Ladle the glutinous rice balls and tapioca cubes together with the ginger syrup into bowls and serve.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 4 Comments

Pearly Beans With Chestnuts Soup


500g pork ribs
300g pearly beans
200g fresh chestnuts
2.5 litres water


1.  Separate pearly beans from pods.
2.  Parboil fresh chestnuts, remove skin and rinse.
3.  Scald pork ribs in boiling water and rinse well.
4.  Bring 2.5 litres of water to a boil.  When boiling, add in pork ribs and chestnuts. Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour.
5.  Add in pearly beans and simmer for another 20-30 mins.
6.  Add salt to taste.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Soups | 5 Comments

Pearly Beans With Sweet Corn Soup


300g pearly beans
500g pork ribs
1 sweet corn
8 red dates
2.5 litres water


1.  Separate beans from pods. Wash and drain.
2.  Scald pork ribs in boiling water and rinse well.
3.  Bring 2.5 litres of water to a boil.  When boiling, add in the pork ribs.  Lower heat and simmer pork ribs for one hour.
4.  Add in sweet corn, red dates and pearly beans.  Simmer for another half an hour.
5.  Add salt to taste.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Soups | 1 Comment

Huai Shan With Pork Ribs Soup


500g huai shan
500g pork ribs
8-10 red dates
1 tbsp medlar seeds
2.5 litres water
1 tsp salt


1.  Peel off skin from huai shan and cut into chunks.
2.  Remove stones from red dates and rinse.
3.  Scald pork ribs with boiling water and rinse well.
4.  Bring 2.5 litres of water to a boil.  When boiling add in the pork ribs and boil for 1 hour.
5.  Add red dates, huai shan and medlar seeds and simmer for another half an hour.
6.  Add tsp salt to taste.

December 5, 2009 Posted by | Soups | 3 Comments

Sweet Potato Soup


300g orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
300g Japanese sweet potatoes
50g dried longans
2500 ml water
120g rock sugar
3 pandan leaves, knotted
1 thumb-sized piece ginger


1.  Peel and cut sweet potatoes into chunks.  Wash and flatten ginger with the back of a cleaver.
2.  Place 2.5 litres of water in a pot together with the ginger and pandan leaves.  Bring to a boil.
3.  Add in the dried longans, sweet potatoes and rock sugar.  Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are just tender.
4.  Discard pandan leaves and serve.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 6 Comments

Huat Kueh II



300g plain flour
250g brown sugar
200ml thick coconut milk
50ml water
1 egg
1 tsp double action baking powder
5 pandan leaves


1.  Boil the brown sugar and 50ml water till sugar dissolves. Strain and leave to cool.
2.  Pound the pandan leaves and extract the juice.
3.  Mix the egg with the thick coconut milk and pandan juice.
4.  Mix the shifted flour with the cool sugar solution and mix well, then add in the thick coconut milk mixture.
5.  Dissolve the double action baking powder with 2 tbsp of hot water and add to the mixture.
6.  Pour mixture into small containers and steam immediately for about 20 minutes.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 10 Comments




10 eggs
600g sugar
500ml thick coconut milk
4 pandan leaves, knotted
a pinch of salt
a slice of ginger

1.  Stir eggs and sugar together till sugar dissolves.
2.  Add half the amount of coconut milk with a pinch of salt to the egg mixture and stir well to mix.  Add the ginger and the pandan leaves.
3.  Heat mixture in double-boiler over a low heat.  Stir constantly with a wooden spoon till the sugar is completely dissolved.  Remove the ginger and pandan leaves and strain mixture.
3.  Add the other half amount of coconut milk and continue stirring till the mixture is thick and creamy.
4.  Wrap lid of double-boiler with a dry tea-towel, cover and steam kaya for 3 hrs over a moderate heat.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | Jellies and Jam | 4 Comments

Kueh Bakar


300g plain flour
300ml thick coconut milk
300ml water
250g caster sugar
50g ghee
8 pandan leaves
3 eggs


1.  Blend pandan leaves with 300ml water and strain out the pandan flavoured water.
2.  Cream the eggs with sugar till sugar dissolves.  Add in the thick coconut milk and pandan flavoured water.
3.  Fold in the flour and mix well. Strain the mixture.
4.  Melt the ghee in a 9 inches round tin.  Pour in the mixture.
5.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degress F for about an hour.
6.  Let kueh cool in tin before turning out.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Nonya Kueh | 9 Comments

Kueh Wajik


600g glutinous rice
250ml water
300ml thick coconut milk
150ml thin coconut milk
300g gula melaka
150g sugar
6 pandan leaves
a pinch of salt


1.  Wash the glutinous rice in several changes of water and soak overnight.
2.  Spread the drained glutinous rice in a steaming tray and steam the rice for 30 minutes.  Add 250ml water to the steamed rice and mix well.  Add the pandan leaves and steam for a further 30 minutes.  Gently fluff up rice and set aside.
3.  Bring the thin coconut milk, chopped gula melaka, sugar and pandan leaves to a boil.  Stir continuously over a low heat till the sugar dissolves.  Add in the thick coconut milk, stir well and strain solution.
4.  Add the steamed rice.  Cook over a low flame, stirring continuously till mixture thickens.
5.  Spread the cooked wajik on a tray lined with banana leaves.  Press down firmly and smoothen the surface.  Cool till it hardens slightly before cutting.

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Nonya Kueh | 7 Comments

Ban Chien Kueh

Rising Dough:

2 tsp dry yeast
180g plain flour
300ml water

Method: Mix dissolved yeast with the plain flour and water and leave to rise for 5 to 8 hrs.


450g plain flour
110 tapioca flour
90g sugar
500ml water
2 eggs
2 tsp alkaline water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1.  Sieve plain flour and tapioca flour together into a mixing bowl.
2.  Add in the sugar, bicarbonate of soda, alkaline water and eggs.
3.  Add water gradually and stir until combined then add risen dough and mix well. Cover and keep batter aside for 1-2 hours.
4.  Heat a brass mould or a non-stick pan. Pour a thin layer of batter onto heated, greased mould and spread batter to form a round thin pancake.  Sprinkle with a bit of sugar, cover and cook over medium low  heat until cooked. Sprinkle with coconut or peanut fillings, fold kueh over and remove from mould.

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 6 Comments

Huat Kueh



600g plain flour
500g light brown sugar
300g sweet potatoes
11/2 rice bowls water (450ml)
1 tbsp dried yeast
10 pandan leaves


1.  Remove skin of sweet potatoes, wash and cut into pieces. Boil with some water till cooked, drain and  mash till fine.
2.  Pound pandan leaves and extract the juice.
3.  Sift flour into a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar and mix thoroughly.
4.  Add the pandan juice and cooled, mashed sweet potatoes.
5.  Add in the water bit by bit till enough to form a thick batter.
6.  Dissolve the dried yeast in 2 tbsp lukewarm water, leave till foamy then mix with the batter.  Mix well, cover and leave to prove for 1 hour.
7.  Pour batter into  2-5″ round tins lined with banana leaves and steam over vigorously boiling water for 1 hour.

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 20 Comments

Alkaline Kueh


300g rice flour
1200ml water
1 tsp salt
3 tsp alkaline water

1.  Sieve rice flour into a mixing bowl.  Add in the salt, 600ml water and the alkaline water and mix well. Rest mixture for 10-15 mins before straining.
2.  Boil remaining 600ml water.  When boiled, pour the rice flour mixture into it and stir till thick.
3.  Line a 9 inches round tray with cellophane paper.  Pour the rice flour mixture into it and smoothen the surface with 2 tbsp water.  Steam over high heat for about 1/2 hour or till cooked.
4.  Cool kueh before cutting into serving pieces.  Serve with palm sugar syrup.

Palm Sugar Syrup:

300g gula melaka
150g caster sugar
150cc water
2 pandan leaves


1.  Boil the above ingredients together until thick.
2.  Remove pandan leaves and sieve.

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 8 Comments

Har Kow (Shrimp Dumplings) Recipe


  • 125 g Wheat starch
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon lard


  • 1/2 egg white
  • 300g Shelled shrimps
  • 30g bamboo shoots


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour

Pastry -

  • Sift the wheat starch and cornflour into mixing bowl, pour in the boiling water and stir vigorously into a paste.
  • Remove on to a table and allow to stand for 1 minute, then add the lard and knead into a soft dough.
  • Roll into a long strip and cut into 32 equal portions.

Filling -

  • Dice the shrimps.
  • Shred the bamboo shoots finely.
  • Place both filling ingredients into a bowl.
  • Add the egg white, salt, sugar and pepper and mix well.
  • Then add the cornflour and pound the mixture until firm.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

To complete -

  • Roll each portion of dough into a small round.
  • Place the filling on the round and wrap up with 6 pleats on each side, forming a bonnet-shaped dumpling.
  • Arrange the har kow in a greased steamer.
  • Steam over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Remove and serve hot.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | Dim Sum | | 11 Comments

Beef Hor Fun

Main Ingredients:

  • 150g beef fillet, trimmed and cut into thin slices
  • 350g fresh flat rice noodles (hor fun)
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce combined with 1 tbsp water
  • 100g mustard greens (sawi), trimmed 1 tbsp oil
  • A handful of bean sprouts
  • 1 stalk spring onion, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 3-4 thin slices young ginger

Seasoning (A)

  • 1 tsp old ginger juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp oil (to be added last)

Sauce (B) (combined)

  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
  • 5-6 tbsp water
  • 2-3 tsp corn flour

Marinate beef with (A) and set aside for 20–25 minutes.

Bring water to a boil in a wok, add in marinated beef and scald for 4-5 minutes. Drain the meat and leave aside.

Heat wok with 1 tablespoon oil and swirl the wok around so that the oil coats the pan well. Use the spatula to remove any excess oil, then add in the rice noodles. Fry the noodles briskly in the hot wok for 1–2 minutes. Add the combined soy sauce mixture and fry the noodles well. Dish out and place on a serving platter.

Heat a clean wok with 1 tablespoon oil and stir-fry mustard greens and beansprouts for 30–40 seconds. Remove and place around the noodles.

Reheat wok with a little oil and fry ginger slices until fragrant. Add in combined sauce ingredients (B). Return the pre-cooked beef and fry briskly. Add a dash of sesame oil and a little more oil to glaze the gravy. Pour the gravy and beef over the noodles and serve immediately.

I just had Beef Hor Fun for dinner today, so I thought I would look up the recipe and post it. One of my all-time favourites. I usually like to add extra sliced chilli and soy sauce. I like the starchy gravy and it is so important that the beef is tender. The ginger just goes so well with the Beef, I wish the Thai place I ordered from had it!

March 20, 2008 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 10 Comments

Seafood or Pork Shumai (Siew Mai)


I always wanted to learn how to make Shumai (my favourite Dim Sum dish!) – I found one in “Joy of Cooking”:

Makes 32 dumplings

Put together into a large bowl and mix well:

  • 1 pound sea bass or other mild white fish fillets, finely chopped, or a combination of fish, shrimp, and scallops, finely chopped, or ground pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger (about a 2-inch piece)
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced scallion
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • salt and Black Pepper to taste

Have ready:
32 round wonton wrappers

Place a wonton wrapper on a work surface and place 1 tablespoon filling in the center. Pick the wrapper up so that it partially surrounds the filling, pleating the edges of the wrapper so that it resembles a cup, the filing should be exposed at the top and level with the wrapper. Tap the dumpling against the work surface to flatten the bottom. Place on a plate and repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. Place half the dumplings, without touching each other, in an oiled steamer basket. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large pot, put the basket on top, cover, and cook 10 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through. Remove to a plate and keep warm. Cook the remaining dumplings in the same way. Serve hot with:

  • Soy sauce
  • Thai Hot sauce
  • Chilli Sauce

March 18, 2008 Posted by | Asian Cuisine | 3 Comments

Kueh Sarlat

Kueh Sarlat

Ingredients for Pulut:

600g glutinous rice

300ml thin coconut milk

150ml thick coconut milk

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 pandan leaves


1.  Wash and soak glutinous rice overnight.  Drain and place rice in a steaming tray, top with pandan leaves and steam over high heat for 15 minutes.

2.  Add 300ml thin coconut milk  to steamed rice, mix well and steam for another 10 minutes.  Add the thick coconut milk, mix well then sprinkle rice with some blue colouring and steam for a further 5 minutes. 

3.  Line the bottom of a 28 cm round tray with banana leaf.  Transfer steamed rice to tray and press rice down firmly with a piece of banana leaf  or a plastic spatula.  Steam tray of glutinous rice over boiling water for 15 minutes before adding the custard topping. 

Custard Topping:

10 eggs

450g castor sugar

500ml thick coconut milk

6 level tbsp plain flour

1 level tbsp rice flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp pandan juice

1 tsp apple green colouring


1.  Stir eggs with sugar till sugar dissolves and strain into a double boiler. 

2.  Sift rice flour and plain flour into a big bowl, add coconut milk gradually and mix to a smooth batter then strain into the egg mixture.  Add salt, pandan juice and green colouring and stir well.

3.  Stir mixture over a pot of boiling water till it coats the back of a wooden spoon.  Pour custard onto steamed glutinous rice, cover and steam over moderately high heat for 15 minutes.

4.  Reduce heat to low and continue to steam for another 1/2 hour or till a small stick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the custard.  Remove and place tray on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting.

October 4, 2007 Posted by | Nonya Kueh | 12 Comments

Red Bean With Sago Porridge

Ingred Red Bean With Sago PorridgeRed Bean With Sago Porridge


250g red beans

100g sago, soaked

200g rock sugar

2 pieces dried tangerine peel

2 pandan leaves, knotted

2.5 litres water


1.  Wash red beans in several changes of water and remove any grit that rises to the surface.  Rinse and drain.  Rinse tangerine peel briefly.

2.  Bring 2.5 litres of water to a boil.  Add the red beans, pandan leaves and tangerine peel and boil over high heat for 15 minutes.  Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour till beans are softened.  Remove half of beans and blend till fine.  Pour blended bean paste back into pot.

3.  Add rock sugar and continue to simmer over low heat for another 1/2 hour.  Add sago and boil until sago turns translucent.   

August 21, 2007 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 4 Comments

Homemade Fish Ball Soup

Ingredients for Making Fish Balls:

1 Spanish Mackeral (about 600gm)

Solution A: 1 tbsp water + 1/2 tsp salt

Solution B:

100ml water

1 tsp salt

a dash of pepper

1 tbsp cornflour


1.  Clean fish, wipe dry and fillet with a sharp knife.

2.  Scrape out the flesh from the skin and bones with a metal spoon.

3.  Place the fish flesh on a wooden chopping board.  Pound the fish flesh with the back of a chopper until very fine, adding the salt solution A, a little at a time.

4.  Place the fish paste in a big bowl, stir in one direction under very sticky, adding Solution B while stirring.

5.  Take handfuls of the fish paste and throw it against the sides of the bowl till the paste becomes springy.

6.  Grease hands and fingers with a little oil.  Take a lump of fish paste and gently squeeze paste out between thumb and index finger to form small balls. 

7.  Scoop out the balls of fish paste with a spoon and drop them into a bowl of  water salted with 1 tsp salt.  Leave fish balls to soak in salt water for 1/2 hour. 

Ingredients For Soup:

Bones and skin of fish

Fish balls

1500ml water 

1 small head Iceburg lettuce

1 stalk spring onion, shredded

1 tbsp preserved radish ‘tong choi’


1 tsp salt

2 tsp light soya sauce


1.  Pan-fry the fish bones and skin till golden brown.

2.  Bring 1500ml water to a boil, add the fried fish bones and skin and simmer over low heat for 1 hour. 

3.  Strain the fish stock into a pot and bring to a boil.  When boiling, add the fish balls and cook over a slow fire till they float to the top.  Add seasoning to taste. 

4.  Add ‘tong choi’ and shredded lettuce.  Sprinkle with shredded spring onions.

August 13, 2007 Posted by | Soups | 39 Comments

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Ingredients For Chicken:

1 chicken (about 1.8 kg)

1 large piece of ginger, smashed

3 cloves garlic

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp sesame oil

1/2 tbsp light soya sauce


1.  Wash chicken and remove excess fat.  Stuff chicken with salt, ginger and garlic.

2.  Fill a deep pot with water making sure water level  is enough to immerse chicken.  Bring to a boil, and when boiling put in chicken and cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes till chicken is cooked.

3.  Remove chicken and drain liquid from the body cavity.  Retain chicken stock for cooking rice and soup.  Scoop out oil from stock and use for making chilli sauce.

4.  Add 2 tbsp salt to a big pot of water.  Dip chicken in and soak till it has cooled down.  Drain and brush with 1 tbsp sesame oil mixed with 1/2 tbsp light soya sauce. 

5.  Chop chicken into bite-size pieces and serve garnished with sliced cucumber, tomatoes and coriander leaves.

Ingredients For Chicken Rice:

600gm fragrant rice

700ml chicken stock

5 cloves garlic, minced

8 shallots, minced

1 small piece ginger, smashed

4 pandan leaves, knotted

4 tbsp corn oil

1 tsp salt


1.  Wash rice, drain in a colander and leave to stand for 10 minutes.

2.  Heat 4 tbsp corn oil over high heat in a wok.  Add minced shallots and garlic, ginger and pandan leaves and fry till fragrant.

3.  Add rice grains and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes.  Transfer to a rice cooker and add chicken stock and salt.  When rice is cooked, remove ginger and pandan leaves. 

Ingredients For Chilli Sauce:

10 fresh red chillies

6 cloves garlic

5 shallots

2.5 cm piece young ginger

chicken oil

juice of 10 limes

2 tbsp vinegar

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp salt


1.  Blend chillies with garlics, shallots and ginger.  Add vinegar, lime juice and chicken oil.  Add salt and sugar to taste.

August 12, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 36 Comments

Hum Cheem Peang

Hum Cheem Peang

Ingredients for Yeast Dough:

450gm plain flour

250ml water


1.  Sift flour onto table, add water gradually and knead into a smooth dough taking about 20 minutes.

2.  Place dough  into an oiled container, cover with  a piece of damp cloth and put on the container lid.

3.  Set aside for 48 hours for dough to ferment.  (Dough will take a longer or shorter time to ferment depending on weather conditions).  The dough is ready for use when it turns sourish.

Ingredients for Five-Spice Doughnuts:

450gm prepared yeast dough

250g sugar 

375gm plain flour

125ml water

1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp alkaline water

Filling Ingredients:

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp five-spice powder

a little water for brushing


1.  Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in 125ml water and add to yeast dough.  Add sugar and alkaline water and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.

2.  Add sifted flour and knead well.  Sprinkle top with some flour and cover with a piece of damp cloth.  Set aside to proof for one hour or longer.

3.  Sprinkle some flour on table top.  Roll out dough into a rectangular sheet.

4.  Sprinkle some five-spice powder and salt over dough.  Dip brush in some water and brush over mixture lightly.

5.  Roll dough up like swiss roll and cut into 2.5 cm slices.  Flatten each piece into a thin round shape with a wooden roller.

6.  Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.  Drain off excess oil on absorbent paper.

August 11, 2007 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 29 Comments

Kueh Pie Tee Recipe

Kueh Pie TeeKueh Pie Tee mould

85g plain flour
150 ml water
1 dessertsp melted butter
a pinch of salt
a dash of ground pepper
1 egg

1. Sift flour with salt and pepper.
2. Slowly mix in the water and melted butter and mix well into a smooth batter. Sieve batter and let stand for 1 hour before use.
3. Heat oil in a small deep pot for deep-frying.
4. Dip a medium-sized pie tee mould into the boiling oil, remove it and dip mould into the batter covering only about 3/4 length of the mould.
5. Deep fry the pie tee cases in the hot oil until set. Shake off the pie tee case from the mould and fry until light brown in colour.
6. Drain pie tee cases on absorbent paper and cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.
7. To serve, put a small piece of lettuce into a pie tee case. Add a tbsp of filling and top with coriander leaves, prawn, crab meat, egg shreds, sliced red chilli and pounded peanuts.
8. Serve with chilli sauce.

Ingredients for Fillings:
1 medium-sized turnip
1 small carrot, shredded
2 cloves garlic, ground
1 shallot, ground
1 tsp taucheo
1/2 tsp vetsin
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

1. Peel carrot and turnip and cut into thin strips.
2. Heat 2 tbsp oil and fry the ground garlic and shallots. Add taucheo and stir-fry until fragrant.
3. Add shredded carrot and turnip and fry well, adding a little water. Simmer over low heat until cooked. Add seasoning and adjust according to taste.

3 eggs
6 tbsp water
a pinch of salt
2 tbsp oil

1 crab (boiled, shelled and shredded)
300g shrimps (boiled and shelled)
butter lettuce
coriander leaves
shredded red chillies
pounded roasted peanuts

1. Beat eggs with water and a pinch of salt. Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan and fry beaten eggs to egg sheet and slice fine.

Chilliies Sauce:
20 fresh chillies, ground
2 cloves garlic, ground
Juice of 4 limes
1 tbsp sugar
salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together and add salt and sugar to taste.

July 23, 2007 Posted by | Desserts and Snacks | 34 Comments

Kai Choy Soup

Ingred Kai Choy SoupKai Choy Soup


500g Kai Choy (Leaf Mustard)

500g pork ribs

8 red dates, stoned

3 dried scallops

2 litres water


1 tsp salt

1 tsp light soya sauce


1.  Soak red dates till softened, wash and drain.  Wash dried scallops.

2.  Wash and cut leaf mustard into 3 sections.

3.  Blanch pork ribs in boiling water, wash and drain.

4.  Bring 2 litres of water to a boil.  Add pork ribs, red dates and dried scallops.  Cover pot and boil over high heat for 15 minutes. 

5.  Add leaf mustard, lower heat and simmer soup for 1 hour.  Add seasoning to taste.

July 17, 2007 Posted by | Soups | 1 Comment

Ayam Penyet


6 large chicken legs, deboned

2 stalks lemon grass, crushed

2 bay leaves (daun salam)

1 tbsp coriander seeds (ketumbar)

1/2 tsp ground cumin (jintan manis)

2 tbsp thick coconut milk

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp cooking oil

Ingredients to grind:

120g lengkuas, peeled and sliced

1 red chilli, seeded

2 cm knob tumeric

4 slices ginger

3 cloves garlic

3 candlenuts (bush keras)


1.  Fry coriander seeds over slow fire till fragrant then grind coarsely.

2.  Wash chicken and drain well.  Prick chicken all over with a fork.

3.  In a mixing bowl, combine ground spices with ground cumin, coriander, salt, sugar, coconut milk and crushed serai.  Add chicken and mix thoroughly.  Leave to marinade for 30 minutes.

4.  Grease base of cooking pot with some cooking oil.  Arrange chicken in pot, add crushed bay leaves.  Cover pot and cook over moderate heat for 8 minutes.  Turn chicken over, cover pot and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or until almost dry.  Remove chicken and drain off excess liquid.

5.  Grill or roast chicken on high heat, 250 deg C until golden brown on both sides.

July 6, 2007 Posted by | Poultry | 20 Comments

Claypot Chicken Rice

Claypot Chicken Rice


2 cups rice (300g)

2 cups water (350ml)

2 chicken drumsticks (300g)

5 dried Shitake mushrooms

2 dried Chinese sausages

2 stalks mustard greens

50g salted fish

Marinade for Chicken:

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp dark soya sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tbsp ginger juice

1 tbsp Chinese rice wine

a dash of pepper

1 tsp cornflour


1.  Soak mushrooms in warm water till softened.  Cut off  stalks,  drain and squeeze dry.

2.  Wash sausages and cut each into 6 to 8 pieces.  Wash vegetables and cut into pieces.

3.  Fry salted fish in a little oil till crispy and crumble into small pieces.

4.  Wash and cut chicken drumsticks into pieces.  Mix with marinade and salted fish and set aside for 30 minutes.

5.  Wash rice, drain and put into the claypot with the water and 1 tbsp of Maggi concentrated chicken stock.  Bring to the boil over high heat.  When steam holes appear on rice, add the chicken, mushrooms and sausages.

6.  Cover claypot  and continue to cook over low heat for another 15 to 20 minutes till chicken is cooked.

7.  Add vegetables on top, cover and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.

8.  Mix well before serving and drizzle some dark soya sauce over the rice. 

July 5, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 5 Comments

Carrot Walnut Cake


2 cups plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

11/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp salt

2 cups castor sugar

1 cup cornoil

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups finely grated carrot

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup crushed pineapple (optional)


1.  Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C.

2.  Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.

3.  Add sugar, cornoil and beaten eggs and mix well.

4.  Add grated carrots, chopped walnuts and pineapples and blend thoroughly.

5.  Pour into a greased 25cm x 25cm  square tin or 2 loaf pans.

6.  Bake at 180 deg C for 40 to 45 minutes, or until done.  Cool cake in pans a few minutes before turning out on a wire rack.  When thoroughly cooled, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

250g cream cheese

125g butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

400g icing sugar


1.  Cream butter with cream cheese and vanilla essence until light.

2.  Gradually add icing sugar and blend until of spreading consistency.

June 2, 2007 Posted by | Cakes | 1 Comment

Waxed Meat (Lap Yoke)


600g streaky pork

4 pieces raffia string


75ml sweet black soya sauce

75ml black soya sauce

11/2 tbsp salt

2 tsp sugar

1 tbsp ‘Golden Flower’ Chinese wine

1/4 tsp saltpeter

2 tsp warm water


1.  Cut streaky pork into 4 pieces, each about 1 cm thick.  Prick meat all over with a fork.

2.  Bring a pot of water to a boil,  add the four pieces of meat and scald them.

3.  Remove and place meat in a pot.  Add saltpeter which has been dissolved in warm water and rest of seasoning.  Mix well and use a heavy object to press the meat for 12 hours.

4.  Poke a hole through one end of each piece of meat and tie with a raffia string.  Hang to dry in the sun for 4-5 days.

June 1, 2007 Posted by | Meat | 8 Comments


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