Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bento Dinner

I recently made a bento dinner. It included Ginger Pork, Fried Fish Cake, stir fried cabbage with tomato and mixed Japanese vege. I bought the fish cake and the mixed vege from a local Japanese market. The ginger pork is really easy dish and is my husband's favorite.

Ginger Pork Recipe:
Thin slices of Pork (Shabu shabu cut)
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tbsp cooking oil

Marinate the pork with soy sauce and grated fresh ginger (include the ginger juice). Cook the marinated pork in hot oil.

Stir-fried cabbage Recipe:
Chopped Garlic
Diced tomatoes

Cut cabbage into 1 inch slices. Heat garlic in hot oil. Add cabbage and stir-fry. Add tomatoes when the cabbage is almost done and salt to taste.

Mixed Japanese Vege Recipe:
1 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of sake
1 tbsp of mirin
1 bag of mixed Japanese vege (includes lotus roots, carrots, taro, shitake mushroom)

In a pot, bring water to boil and add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Halibut in Tomato-Shiitake Broth

This was a recipe from the Best of Cooking Light Special Edition book. I tried it for the first time. It was super easy to make and delicious!

8 ounces uncooked udon noodles
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp bottled minced garlic
1 1/2 cup bottled clam juice
2 tsp red curry paste
4 cups of thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps
2/3 cup canned diced tomatoes undrained
1/4 tsp curshed red pepper
4 halibut filets
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/8 tsp salt

1. Cook noodles according to package directions.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, cook until tender. Add clam and curry paste, stirring with a whisk. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, and pepper; bring to a simmer. Add fish; sprinkle with basil and salt. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve over noodles. 4 servings.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Prawn Mee

prawn mee, originally uploaded by cloey17_98.

I've been saving up prawn heads for about six months now. To make more room in the freezer, I decided to thaw out the prawn heads and pork bones to make prawn mee. To be honest, I've never been a big fan of prawn mee, and it's been years since I had any.

Last week, on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, Tony was treated to a home-cooked prawn mee meal. And since then, I've been craving a piping hot bowl of prawn noodles. I used Rasa Malaysia's recipe, but added dark soy sauce, salt, fish sauce, and sugar to the soup. It was quite yummy, but extremely tedious. Not sure if I have the stamina to make it again.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


We recently bought a family-size bag of frozen pratha, but only bought one can of curry (which was promptly used up). The solution to leftover pratha? An easy, delicious murtabuk. I have to admit, I've never really had this before. But I came across this recipe on Teczcape . This is not authentic coz we used ground beef instead of mutton. My husband says it's just like Indian tacos!

IMG_4342, originally uploaded by cloey17_98.

1/2 chopped onions
1/2 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 beaten egg
4 frozen pratha

Fry chopped onions until transluscent. Add ground beef, curry powder, and tumeric. Add beaten egg and fry until cooked. Set aside. Heat up prata, spoon the ground beef mixture on one side, and fold. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy 2008!

I can't believe how time has flown by! Sorry I haven't posted anything for awhile. I've been a bit busy with the new baby.
I haven't stop cooking but just haven't had time to post them. Hopefully between Rae and I, we will keep this blog going.