Sunday, 23 May 2010

Ramen Egg (Improved)


I blogged about ramen egg sometime ago and since then i have been trying to perfect it. i managed to get a very nice one today =) with almost runny yolk =)

this time i used a cold egg from the fridge and followed the same instructions but seeped for 4 mins. i may try 3.5 mins next time.

Ingredients:
1 Fresh Egg
1 tbsp each of shoyu, mirin, sake

Heat the shoyu, mirin, sake in the microwave for 30 secs and 30 secs (total one min la but break it up so it won't boil over...)

fill a pot with water and place it over the fire then carefully place a COLD (FROM THE FRIDGE) egg into the water. roll it around a little with a spoon while the water comes to a boil. this is to make sure that the yolk doesn't skew to one side. once the water boils, shut off the flame, cover and wait 4 mins (i used an hourglass)

take out the egg, cool it in tap water and carefully peel it.

place the egg and mixture into a plastic bag and fasten it (i recycled a bread clip ^^). Leave it for a few hours. I left mine for about 4 hours in the fridge.

when ready to serve, cut in half with a string


but one thing i have not been able to do is peel the egg beautifully. there's always one or two pieces stuck to the white and the egg is then not smooth >.<

so that's my next area for improvement! gambatte ne!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Adorable Ah Ma

We had Mothers' Day dinner at T3's Imperial treasures so Ah ma had to miss her favourite taiwanese drama series with theme song that goes, "I ask sky! i ask sky!..."

time: 6:53pm... ah ma sat quietly and looked a little uneasy...

FIL: you can watch channel 8 on your phone right?
me: ya... you want to watch?
FIL: your grandmother wants to watch her "love"!
me: oh, the i ask sky i ask sky show? ok...
FIL: that's why she is not talking... she misses the show...

so chris passes my phone to ah ma and once she got it, she was completely engrossed...


nothing could tear ah ma away from the screen... not scallops, fish maw, sea cucumber. here, you see ah ma holding her peking duck wrap with one hand while devouring the plot... peking duck can wait... plot cannot LOL


if you want to talk to her, sorry, wait for the commercials baby...

and the plot thickens... ah ma needs close-up view...



gwyneth: if my mum were here, she'd be sitting beside ah ma watching too...
me: ha? then when she goes overseas how?
gywn: miss lor!
me: but it wouldn't make a diff right? LOL
gywn: ya, 3 weeks later the plot is still at the same place HAHAHAHA
FIL: the plot is always the same! every once in a while they add in a new bad character... and then someone gets pregnant... haiz... always the same...

at about 8 pm, ah ma looked perplexed...

ah ma: *turns to gwyn's dad* zor ni oo gor mek kia? (why is there something on the screen?)
gwyn's dad: orh! ah ma! bor battery liu! (no battery already!)
gywn: ah ma toing gah bor battery! (ah ma watch until no battery!)

so funny... ah ma is like a kid... usually it's the kids who take their food from the table and sit in front of the TV to watch cartoon but here we have grandma totally hooked on this taiwanese drama...

hahaha...!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Ramen Eggs =D

read the improved version here

Don't you love those eggs in ramen with gooey yolks?? i tried making them and it turned out quite good! ^^

Ingredients:
1 Fresh Egg
1 tbsp each of shoyu, mirin, sake

Heat the shoyu, mirin, sake in the microwave for 30 secs and 30 secs (total one min la but break it up so it won't boil over...)

fill a pot with water and place it over the fire then carefully place a room-temperature egg into the water. roll it around a little with a spoon while the water comes to a boil. this is to make sure that the yolk doesn't skew to one side. once the water boils, shut off the flame, cover and wait 3 mins (i used an hourglass)

take out the egg, cool it in tap water and carefully peel it.

place the egg and mixture into a plastic bag and fasten it (i recycled a bread clip ^^). Leave it for a few hours. I left mine for about 4 hours in the fridge.


I guess you can cut it with a thread but i just pried it open with my chopsticks ^^ i had it with some udon soup.


Oishii!

next time i will try it with the packet of frozen sapporo ramen i bought!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Watercress Soup


Here's another very comforting soup... i like to add conpoy because it makes the soup very flavourful =)

Ingredients:
Chicken - half, skinned, cut into pieces, scalded in boiling water
watercress - half of the bunch you buy
red dates - 2
bitter and sweet chinese almonds - very small handful each
wolfberries - small handful
conpoy - 3, soak in hot water until soft, pour away water
water - 4 cups

bring to boil and simmer for 2 hours

*i use chicken because it's cheaper =P half a chicken costs $4+ if it's sakura, $3.50 if it's kampong but to get that same amount of loin ribs, it costs twice as much =( and we don't eat the meat one ma... only drink the soup so it's very wasteful. anyway, when i buy sakura chicken ($8.90 each) i need to buy ONE so i will separate the parts. breasts for soup, thighs and drums for cooking other dishes for eating.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Stewed Chicken in Wine


Very easy to make but tasty home-cooked fare =) learnt this while watching "3 dishes 1 soup" TV programme but modified it a little

ingredients:
chicken - half (the thighs and drums parts), skinned, cut into pieces
sesame oil - 1 tbsp
ginger - 6 to 8 slices
black fungus - 4, soaked til expanded, cut coarsely into strips
mushrooms - (shiitake, dried chinese, whatever), stalks removed, halved
chinese rice wine - enough to cover chicken (not hua tiao, just regular transparent type chinese rice wine for cooking)
marinate: light soy, dark soy - 1 tspn each
garnish - sprigs of cilantro

Marinate the chicken for at least 30 mins. scoop chicken meat out (i didn't use the remaining marinate in the bowl cos it might be too salty)

heat sesame oil in a claypot and fry giner slices til fragrant. add chicken meat and stir around. add black fungus and mushrooms. pour in wine til covered. stir a little and push mushrooms and fungus into spaces. bring to boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour

garnish with cilantro

this is what's left LOL