Sweet Chwee Kuih, sweet memories

I made my own Sweet Chwee Kuih today !

Yeah, in fact I have not had Chwee Kuih for a long, long time.  Was inspired to create this after someone shared Kenneth Goh’s recipe on facebook.

Chwee Kuih (Chui Kuih) is directly translated as ‘water cake’.  The main ingredients are rice flour and water hence Chwee Kuih literally means “water rice cake” and described as below in Wikipedia.

Chwee kueh (known also as chwee kwee or chwee kweh) (Chinese: 水粿; pinyin: shuǐguǒ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: chúi-kóe; literally: “water rice cake”) is a type of steamed rice cake, a cuisine of Singapore and Johor.

To make chwee kueh, rice flour and water are mixed together to form a slightly viscous mixture. They are then placed in small cup-shaped containers that look like saucers and steamed, forming a characteristic bowl-like shape when cooked. The rice cakes are topped with diced preserved radish and served with chilli sauce. Chwee kueh is a popular breakfast item in Singapore and Johor.

I love to cook but I am not good in following recipes to exact measurements.  Thanks to Kenneth Goh for the basic ingredients and I ‘agak agak’ (in Malay meaning ‘to guess or to estimate’) the recipe.  I used all purpose flour as a subsitute for tapioca flour (as I didn’t have any in my pantry) and was very pleased the ‘kuih’/cake turned out well.  Looks like my ‘agak agak’ method worked just as well.

I stirred the ‘chui kuih’/rice cake ingredients (see below) and microwave for 3 minutes.  Leave the ‘chui kuih’ to cool.

Rice cake

  • 1 cup of rice flour (粘米粉)
  • 1/2 cup of tapioca flour (木薯粉)
  • 2 cups of lukewarm water
  • Pinches of salt

Ingredients for stir fry

  • Rice cake from the above recipe
  • Sugar to taste (I added some palm sugar)
  • 1-2 tablespoon of sweet soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of preserved radish (or a large strip)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1-2 tablespoon of cooking oil

 

While waiting for the ‘chui kuih’ to cool, in a blender chop the garlic and radish together.  If you are using ready-made minced garlic and radish pieces, then you can skip this step.  I avoid using Chinese garlic (after reading about the bleach and chemicals in them) hence I do not buy imported minced garlic in jar. When the cake is cool, cut into small pieces and rub with oil.

In a hot wok, add the oil and fry the garlic and radish mixture till fragrance and then add the ‘chui kuih’.  Add sugar, sweet soy sauce and fry for 3-5 minutes.  Avoid over frying as that will make the ‘chui kuih’ hard.

Kenny’s method to microwave (instead of steaming) is magic.  You can have a delicious dish of ‘sweet chui kuih’ or ‘cha kuih’ (fried ricecake) in 10-15 minutes.

I eat them with toothpicks and that gives me sweet memories.  This is our hawker or street eats in Malaysia and years ago (in the 70s) they were sold for 50 cents a small packet.

Yummilicous !

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All sorts of fried rice

Wikipedia interpreted Fried rice (Chinese: 炒飯; pinyin: chǎo fàn) as a Chinese dish of steamed rice that has been stir-fried in a wok and, usually, mixed with other ingredients, such as eggs, vegetables, and meat, and as such, often served as a complete dish.

Yangzhou fried rice or Yeung Chow (Young Chow) fried rice  is a popular Chinese-style wok fried rice dish in many Chinese restaurants throughout the world.

Rice is the staple food in Asia and fried rice could have been created from leftover rice and other ingredients charred together.  Many popular varieties of fried rice have their own specific list of ingredients.  In Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, fried rice is known as Nasi Goreng which comes with fried egg and can be spicy or non spicy.  The Indonesian fried rice tends to be sweeter as sweet soya sauce is a key ingredient.

There are all sorts of nasi goreng.  In fact another name of Nasi Goreng (fried rice) is Nasi Campur (translated as mixed rice).  You can create your own fried rice by mixing all sorts of ingredients such as prawns, eggs, chicken, beef, mixed veggies, peas, etc with rice and fried together till aromatic.  For flavouring, you could add curry powder, laksa powder, tom yum. chicken/beef stock, ikan bilis (dried anchovies), belacan (dried shrimp paste) to taste.

Is Nasi Goreng from Singapore?  Malaysia? Indonesia?

Indonesian Nasi Goreng can be differentiated by the use of sweet soya sauce but Nasi Goreng in Singapore and Malaysia are basically the same.

Check out below photos and click on the links for the respective recipes.

Photo credits to the originator of those links.

 

 

 

Sandringham Spices & More

Spring is here !

Sunny Saturday and we decided to visit the suburb of Sandringham, popular for its Indian restaurants, colourful mix of halaal butchers, Indian food and spices.

Surprisingly enough, we noticed that beyond Bollywood food and spices, Barber shops were bustling with men queuing up for haircuts!

Too bad we missed out the photos of Bollywood singles and barber shops.

 

If you are visiting Auckland and looking for something different, check out Eat Auckland and join the Sandringham Food and Spice Tour that introduces you to the best flavours Sandringham Village has to offer.

 

Rare – My one and only Toby

I was a cat lover till I decided to adopt a wee four-legged golden boy.  Years ago, I had dogs before but never made any effort to bond with them.

With Toby, it was different.  He came to me when he was around a month old.

He came from a litter of six pups, a cross of Staffordshire terrier and Labrador.  We got him from the local SPCA.

My Toby is a rare find.

He has the face of a Staffordshire terrier and the colour of a golden Labrador.  Sometimes, he barks for no reason.  He runs around in circles when he is bored.  For some reason (no idea why, probably his Staffordshire bred), he is weary of strangers especially when they come around the house.  He wants to be the boss but he is timid so he barks at the same time wagging his tail.

There were instances when he lunged at strangers and frightened the hell out of them getting me into trouble and frowned upon.  Although he doesn’t bite, his barks makes him look vicious.  However, if you are not fearful of him, a pat to him means you are a friend.

He is loyal and loving.   He loves to go for car rides and walks, loving them more than food.  He loves me and anyone who takes him for a walk or car ride.  He sleeps either in my flatmate’s room or mine.  He loves to go under the covers even on a summer night.

He loves toys and goes crazy with them.  His favourite game is ripping the squeaker off any stuffed toys.  When you walk into my house, you may think I have a baby in the house.

Yes, I do have a ‘baby’, only that baby is four-legged.  My baby turned 7 years old on 19 August 2016.  He was so thrilled to have a lick and a piece of his birthday cake !

Woof, woof, my cake is the same as what mummy had on her birthday too !   Yummy !

 

 

 

Weekend Fun

Happy weekend everyone.

Let’s make the most out of this weekend, have some laughs and fun.

Do the simple things, time out with friends or families.

Inject some fun into a lovely walk, jump for a photo shot.

Or if you are alone, go watch a comedy.

Life is only as good and as fun as you make it.

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Narrow Forest Tracks

Photos from our walk to Mangemangeroa Reserve.
A magnificent landscape of farmland, coastal native bush and stunning estuary views. The surrounding farmland gives you the chance to wander amongst grazing cattle. This walkway can be wet and muddy so best to explore the narrow forest tracks on a fine day. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

 

Carefree

Caressing my pillows

another night is here

resting my head, my body, soul

energized and relaxed

free from worries

rejuvenated, alive once more

enriched as we mellow with time

each day.

 

Carefree is the way to be.   Live and enjoy !

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Curry with a twist

I went through great length and (depth) to create curry for one last night.

Using my creativity for a dish between Malaysian Chicken Curry and Pumpkin Chicken and that was what I got.

Let’s name it Malaysian Pumpkin Chicken.  Yummilicious.

 

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