Rose’s Kitchen

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 | 11 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

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

Pumpkin Noodle

Pumpkin Noodles


1 small Japanese pumpkin (300g)

300g flat yellow noodles

1 tbsp dried prawns

1 small tin button mushrooms

100g streaky pork

few bunches of bok choy

5-6 shallots, peeled and sliced

2 tbsp oil

1.5 litres water


1 chicken stock cube

salt and pepper to taste


2 red chillies, sliced

1 stalk chinese celery, cut into short lengths

1 stalk spring onion, cut into short lengths

Shallot crisps


1. Remove seeds from pumpkin, wash and cut into wedges. Wash bok choy and drain.

2. Soak dried shrimps for a while, drain and pound roughly. Cut streaky pork into thin slices.

3. Scald noodles with boiling water and drain.

4. Boil 1.5 litres water with 1 chicken stock cube.

5. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok and fry sliced shallots till golden brown. Remove fried shallots and set aside for garnishing.

6. Add dried prawns and fry till fragrant. Add streaky pork and fry for a while. Add pumpkin wedges and button mushrooms and stir-fry for another 5 minutes before adding to the boiling soup. Reduce heat and simmer till pumpkin is soft.

7. Add bok choy and noodles and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

8. Serve noodles garnished with spring onion, celery, sliced chilli and shallot crisps.

May 9, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 4 Comments

Hokkien Prawn Noodle


500g yellow noodles

200g beansprouts

200g kankong (water spinach)

500g large prawns

250g fillet of pork

2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp chopped garlic

Soup Stock:

500g rib bones

1 pig’s tail (optional)

2 pieces sugar cane

2.5 litres water

30g rock sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp light soya sauce

1 tbsp dark soya sauce

1 tsp pepper


20 shallots (sliced & fried till golden)

2-3 red chillies (cut into strips)

1 piece fried fish cake (cut into slices)


1.  Remove roots of  beansprouts, wash and drain.  Snap kankong into pieces and soak in salt water for 30 minutes.  Wash thoroughly and drain. 

2.  Heat wok with 2 tbsp oil and fry the chopped garlic till fragrant.  Add the whole prawns and fry with a little salt till they turn pink.  Remove and shell prawns, reserving the heads.

3.  Blanch pork bones and pig’s tail in hot water and rinse well.  Clean sugar cane and cut each into halves.

4.  Bring the 2.5 litres water to a boil and add the pork bones, pig’s tail and the sugar cane pieces.  Cover pot and simmer for 30 minutes until pig’s tail is tender.  Add the fillet pork and simmer for another 20 minutes till tender.   Remove tail and fillet pork and cut into serving pieces.

5.  Add the prawn heads to the stock and simmer for 10 more minutes.  Remove prawn heads and discard.  Add seasoning to taste.  

6.  To serve, scald noodles, beansprouts and kankong and place in individual bowls.  Top with big prawns, sliced fillet, pig’s tail, sliced fish cake and some soup stock.  Garnish with shallot crisps and sliced red chillies.

May 7, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 1 Comment

Penang Char Kway Teow


300g kway teow (flat rice noodles)

200g prawns (shelled)

50g chives (cut into 3cm lengths)

150g beansprouts

1 chinese sausage (sliced)

3 eggs

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

4 tbsp cooking oil

1-2 tbsp chilli paste


2 tsp light soya sauce

1 tsp dark soya sauce

a pinch of salt

a dash of pepper


1.  Heat 4 tbsp oil in wok until hot, add chopped garlic and fry until fragrant.  Turn up the heat and add the chilli paste (if used) and continue to fry until fragrant.

2.  Add prawns, chinese sausage slices and beansprouts and fry for a while.  Push all the fried ingredients to one side and add the kway teow (flat rice noodles) and stir-fry quickly for a few seconds.

3.  Add seasoning, sprinkle with a little water and stir in all the fried ingredients.  Push ingredients to the sides of the wok to create an empty space in the centre.  Add a tbsp of oil and crack in the eggs.  When the eggs start to set,  cover the eggs with the noodle mixture and stir-fry evenly.

4.  Finally, add the chives and stir-fry for 20 seconds before dishing up.

Chilli Paste:

2 tbsp chilli paste

10 shallots

1/2 tsp salt

5-6 tbsp oil 


1.  Blend skinned shallots and mix with chilli paste.

2.  Heat oil in wok and fry the chilli paste over slow fire, stirring constantly until fragrant and until the oil separates from paste.  Season with a little salt.

April 25, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 5 Comments

Xing-Zhou Mee Fen

Xing Zhou Mee Furn


1 packet vermicelli

3 eggs, beaten

2 tbsp oil

2 tbsp chopped garlic

100g char siew (shredded)

100g prawns  (shelled) 

1/2 carrot (shredded)

1/2 big onion (shredded)

a handful beansprouts


2 rice bowls stock

1 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp light soya sauce

1 tbsp dark soya sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

a dash of pepper


2 red chillies (sliced)

2 stalks spring onions

a handful shredded lettuce


1.  Scald vermicelli with boiling water till softened and drain.  Blanch shelled prawns in boiling water and drain.  Cut spring onions into 2.5 cm lengths.

2.  Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok, add chopped garlic and fry until fragrant.   Add beaten eggs and fry for a while.  Add prawns, char siew, beansprouts, shredded carrot and onion.

3.  Add seasoning and the 2 bowls stock and bring to a boil.  Add vermicelli and continue to stir-fry till the gravy dries up.  (Adjust seasoning according to taste). 

4.  Dish up and garnish with sliced red chillies, chopped spring onions and shredded lettuce.

April 24, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 1 Comment

Foochow Fried Nien Kow


250g Nien Kow sticks

2 chinese sausages

200 g pork fillet

300g chinese cabbage

2 stalks leeks

1/2 carrot

8 dried shitake mushrooms

6 tbsp cooking oil

6 cloves garlic, chopped

few sprigs coriander leaves


1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp light soya sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp vetsin

a dash of pepper

water (about 2 cups)


1.  Soak Nien Kow in water for 24 hours to soften. Drain before use.

2.  Soak mushrooms in water till softened, squeeze out excess water and cut into strips.  Wash chinese cabbage leaves and cut into 2 cm widths.  Wash and slice leeks diagonally.  Skin and cut carrot into thin slices.

3.  Cut pork fillet and chinese sausages into thin slices.

4.  Heat 3 tbsp oil in wok and fry half the chopped garlic until fragrant.  Add the sliced pork, stir-fry very quickly over high heat, then add the sliced mushrooms and stir-fry for a while.  Add sausages, carrots, leeks and chinese cabbage.  Pour in some water and add seasoning according to taste.  When vegetables are done, remove from heat and set aside.

5.  Heat another 3 tbsp of oil in wok and fry the remaining chopped garlic until fragrant.  Add the Nien Kow sticks and 1 tbsp oyster sauce.  Keep frying and adding water until the Nien Kow is soft.  Add the cooked vegetables and pork and let simmer for another 5 minutes. 

6.  Transfer onto serving plate, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

March 3, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | Leave a comment

Fried Noodles


500g fresh flat yellow noodles

300g beansprouts

3-4 bunches bok choy

250g roasted pork belly

1/2 bowl preserved radish (chai por)

1/2 bowl dried prawns, ground

1 big onion, sliced

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tbsp chilli paste

4 tbsp cooking oil

1 bowl water


1 tbsp light soya sauce

1 tsp pepper


2 fresh red chillies, sliced

2 sprigs coriander leaves

Fried shallot crisps


1.  Wash chopped preserved radish in several changes of water and squeeze dry.  Wash dried prawns and grind fine.

2.  Wash bok choy and coriander leaves thoroughly to remove the dirt.  Rinse in salt water and drain.  Chop bok choy into 3 cm lengths.  Nip off the roots of beansprouts, wash and drain.

3.  Scald yellow noodles and drain in a colander.

4.  Heat 4 tbsp oil in a wok, saute the chopped garlic and preserved radish over medium heat till lightly browned.  Add chilli paste and ground dried prawns and fry till fragrant.

5.  Add sliced onions, beansprouts, roasted pork slices and 1 bowl water.  When the water boils, add in bok choy and scalded noodles.  Toss ingredients thoroughly, adding more water if necessary.  Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.  

6.  Transfer to a large serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves, sliced red chillies and fried shallot crisps.

March 1, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | Leave a comment

Fried Mee Siam


1 packet vermicelli (bee hoon)

500g bean sprouts (taugeh)

100g chives (koo chai), cut into sections

2 pieces firm soya beancurd (tau kwa)

20 limes, squeeze for juice

6 eggs, beaten

10 tbsp cooking oil

Ingredients  to pound:

150g dried prawns, soaked

7 cloves garlic

20 shallots

7 tbsp preserved soya beans (taucheo)

1 tbsp belachan

3 tbsp chilli paste


2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vetsin


1.  Soak vermicelli in cold water for 1 hour.  Scald with boiling water and drain.

2.  Boil a pot of water, add a little oil.  When water is boiling, scald the taugeh and drain.

3.  Pound dried prawns, taucheo, garlic, shallots and belachan.  Add the chilli paste.

4.  Cut tau kwa into small strips and fry till slightly brown. 

5.  Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and fry into a large omelette.  Cut into shreds for garnishing.

6.  Heat up the 10 tbsp of oil and fry the pounded ingredients until fragrant.

7.  Add in the taugeh and stir-fry for a while.  Add in the vermicelli and seasoning.  Sprinkle with some water and  add lime juice.  Adjust seasoning according to taste.  Stir and toss till bee hoon is soft and cooked.

8.  Dish up and garnish with fried tau kwa strips, chinese chives and shredded egg omelette.

February 17, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 10 Comments

Brown Rice With Carrot Porridge


300g pig’s soft bones

1 cup brown rice

1 carrot

1 litre water

1 stalk spring onion, chopped

shredded ginger

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp cooking oil


1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sesame oil

a dash of pepper


1.  Wash unpolished rice and soak in water with 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp oil for 2 hours.  Drain.

2.  Blanch soft bones in boiling water.  Rinse and drain. 

3.  Bring 1 litre of water to a boil.  When water is boiling, add in the soft bones and brown rice and boil for 30 minutes.

4.  Add carrot pieces and continue to simmer until bones are tender and rice grains are broken and smooth.  Add seasoning to taste and stir well.

5.  To serve, sprinkle porridge with some chopped spring onions and shredded ginger.

February 9, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 1 Comment

Peanut And Oyster Porridge


11/2 cups new rice (heong mai)

150g dried oysters

100g raw peanuts

1 tbsp oil

3 litres water


1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp salt 

1/2 tsp pepper 


Fried vermicelli

Chopped spring onions

shredded ginger


1.  Wash and soak rice in water for 3 hours.  Drain and add in 1 tbsp oil and 1/4 tsp salt.  Mix well with hands to break up grains.

2.  Wash the dried oysters and peanuts and soak them separately in water for 1 hour.  Wash and drain.

3.  Bring 3 litres of  water to a boil in a large pot.  Pour in the rice, oysters and peanuts and stir well till the water comes back to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer rice for 1 hour or until peanuts are tender.  Keep stirring occasionally to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Add seasoning to taste.

4.  To serve, sprinkle porridge with some sliced ginger, chopped spring onions and some fried vermicelli.

February 8, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | Leave a comment

Cabbage Rice


200g roast belly pork

100g dried prawns

50g salt fish (ikan kurau)

5 chinese mushrooms

1 small cabbage, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

6 shallots, sliced

3 tbsp cooking oil

3 cups rice (using rice cooker cup)


1 tsp salt

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp pepper


Fried shallots

1 red chilli, sliced


1.  Soak dried prawns in water for 15 minutes.  Wash and drain. 

2.  Wash salted fish and slice thinly.

3.  Soak dried mushrooms in hot water for 15 minutes or until soft.  Rinse, squeeze dry and slice.

4.  Wash and prepare rice with usual amount of water.

5.  Heat wok with 3 tbsp oil until hot.  Add in the sliced shallots and fry till lightly brown.  Remove and drain on absorbent paper.

6.  In the same oil, add in the chopped garlic and fry till  golden brown.  Add in the dried prawns and salted fish and stir-fry for 1 minute.  Add in sliced mushrooms, cabbage and seasoning.  Stir-fry for a while.  Add roast belly pork and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

7.  Transfer all the fried ingredients to an electric rice cooker.  Mix well with the rice and leave to cook until done. 

8.  To serve,  sprinkle rice with shallot crisps and sliced chilli.  Add a dash of pepper.

February 7, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 1 Comment

Mee Siam

Mee Siam


500g rice vermicelli  (soak in boiling water for 1 minute)

500g bean sprouts 

5 hard boiled eggs (shelled & quartered)

2 stalks koo chai (chives), cut into small pieces

4 pieces taupok, cut into small pieces

Ingredients A:

2 tbsp chilli paste

5 cloves garlic (minced)

250g shallots (finely sliced)

2 tbsp tau cheo ( lightly pounded)

1 tbsp blachan

3 tbsp dried prawns (soaked and pounded)

1 rice bowl cooking oil

11/2 rice bowls water

2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp vetsin


1.  Heat oil in wok and fry pounded dried prawns for a while then add in rest of ingredients A and fry till fragrant. Remove 3 tbsp of paste with some oil and set aside for gravy. Add in water and bring to the boil.  Add in bean sprouts and fry for a while, push to one side of wok and add in rice vermicelli and seasoning ingredients and stir fry over high heat till gravy is absorbed.  Reduce the heat and stir fry till rice vermicelli is slightly dry and fluffy.

Ingredients for gravy:

8 tbsp taucheo (preserved soya beans)

2 onions, slice thinly

a slice of lengkuas (crushed)

2 walnut-sized assam

8 cups water

6 tbsp sugar

pounded peanuts

3 tbsp of  fried chillie paste


1.  Knead assam with water and strain out the assam water.  Wash taucheo and drain.

2. Boil assam water with lengkuas, sliced onion, taucheo and the 3 tbsp of fried chilli paste.  Simmer for half an hour, then add pounded peanuts and salt and sugar to taste.

4.  To serve – Put some rice vermicelli into a serving bowl and spoon some assam gravy over it.  Garnish with sliced hard boiled eggs, some chives, taupok and lime.

January 11, 2007 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 2 Comments

Mee Rebus Jawa

Mee Rebus Jawa


1 kg yellow noodles (scalded)

500 g beansprout (scalded)


sliced green chillies

6 hard boiled eggs

4 pieces fried beancurd

fried sliced shallots

chopped spring onions and celery

Ingredients for gravy:

1 cup fermented bean paste (washed and drained)

1 cup dried shrimps (geragau)

1 cup peanuts

6 buah keras

1 piece blachan (toasted and pounded)

1 cup water

4 tbsp flour

1/2 cup cooking oil

Ingredients to ground:

1 inch ginger

1 inch blue ginger (lengkuas)

5 cloves garlic

2 stalks lemon grass (serai)

30 shallots

20 dried red chillies

Method for gravy:

1) Fry peanuts and buah keras in a little oil and blend together with fermented bean paste, dried shrimps and blachan.

2) Heat 1/2 cup cooking oil and fry grounded ingredients until aromatic and well cooked.

3) Add in blended ingredients from (1) and fry for a few minutes more.

4) Add in 80 oz water or stock and let it boil.

5) Thicken stock with 1 cup water mixed with 4 tbsp flour and stir until gravy is thick (dilute according to thickness).

6) Add salt and sugar to taste.

To serve:

Mix scalded noodles with some beansprouts and pour some gravy over it.  Garnish with egg slices, sliced green chillies, a cut lime, some taupok and fried shallots.  Add a dash of black soya sauce.

November 25, 2006 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 5 Comments

Nasi Lemak


5 cups Basmatic rice

5 cups water

1 cup thick coconut milk

2 stalks lemon grass (crushed)

4 slices ginger

2 shallots (smashed)

4 to 5 pandan leaves (knotted)

1 Tbsp butter

1 1/2 tsp salt


1. Wash and drain rice and put into rice cooker.

2. Add in the 5 cups of water and 1 cup of thick coconut milk and salt and stir well.

3. Add ginger slices, shallots, lemon grass and pandan leaves.

4. Leave to cook in rice cooker, when steam starts appearing in rice cooker steam vent, add in butter and give rice a quick stir once. Cover and leave to cook till done.

5. Fluff up rice when ready and serve with  sliced cucumber, fried chicken, fried fish, egg omelette and sambal chilli (see cat. pickles & dip)

April 5, 2006 Posted by | Rice and Noodles | 5 Comments