Wednesday, June 22, 2005

recipe is: Braised Mushrooms


20 shiitake mushrooms (if using dried ones, soak for 2 hours first)

40 gms of inoki mushrooms

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and lightly crushed

4 cm knob of ginger, skinned and lightly crushed

2 tablespoon of oyster sauce/vegetarian oyster sauce

3 tablespoon of chinese cooking wine

1 teaspoon of concentrated chicken stock (0ptional)

1 tablespoon of light soya sauce

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoon of sugar

300 ml of water/vegetable broth

3 tablespoon of cooking oil


heat the oil in a saucepan, turn down the heat and gently fry the garlic and ginger for 3 minutes

take the saucepan off the heat and add the shiitake mushrooms, stir with a spoon to evenly coat in the oil

return to heat and add the 300 ml of water, turn up the heat and bring to a boil.

add the oyster sauce, sugar, chicken stock and light soya sauce and turn the heat down to a simmer

simmer for 45 minutes, topping up with water, adding to just cover mushrooms

add the inoki mushrooms and salt, simmer for another 10 minutes

serve with white rice...yum

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

recipe is: Spaghetti and Mushrooms

this is a dish i concocted one day when i just wanted a light, meatless spaghetti dish.


725 gms spaghetti boiled to just undercooked

12 shiitake mushrooms, sliced (if using dried ones, soak for 2 hours first)

2 cans straw mushrooms, cut into halves

1 can abalone mushrooms, diagonally sliced thinly

1 can button mushrooms, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons oyster sauce/vegetarian oyster sauce

6 tablespoons chinese cooking wine (can be substituted with 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar)

1 tablespoon concentrated chicken stock/vegetable stock

1 tablespoon roughly grounded blackpepper

4 teaspoon salt

6 bay leaves

6 drops/half a teaspoon sesame oil

16 cloves of garlic, skin peeled

300 ml hot water

6 tablespoon of olive oil


boil the spaghetti in 1 table spoon of salt water until just undercooked (best to do this just before stir frying in the mushroom mix)

in a pan (use a bigger pan as the spaghetti will be added to this later), heat the olive oil, add the garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt and fry til golden

add all the mushrooms, bay leaves, black pepper and fry for another 5 minutes

in a bowl, mix the 300 ml of hot water with the oyster sauce, cooking wine, chicken stock, sesame oil and 2 teaspoon of salt, stir to mix well and add to pan of mushroom

cook for another 2 minutes and add the cooked spaghetti , mix well and stir fry for another 3 minutes

serves 6

Sunday, June 12, 2005

recipe is: Baked pasta with potato


300 gms potatoes, peeled, cubed and boiled to just cooked, not mushy

300 gms pasta, either spiral or shell pasta, boiled to al dentè

400 ml whipping cream

1 beef stock cube crumbled

3 rashers beef bacon, chopped and fried til crisp

1 can button mushrooms, thinly sliced

200 gms cheddar cheese, grated


preheat oven to 175℃

Pour the cream into a small saucepan, add the crumbled beef stock cube and gently bring to a simmer. take off the flame

lightly grease a baking bowl with olive oil.

put in the boiled potatoes, cooked pasta, fried beef bacon and mix thoroughly. add 100 gms cheese into cream mixture, stir and pour onto contents in baking bowl.

cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

sprinkle the remaining 100 gms of cheese on top and bake for another 5 minutes.

recipe is: Sinfully Rich Potato Salad

this is a recipe that i've simply come up with one day and became a huge hit with all my friends. for the weight watchers and cholesterol control buddies, you might wanna give this a skip.


1 kg potatoes, peeled, cubed boiled to just cooked, not til mushy

1 pkt french onion dip powder/mix

1 carton 200ml whipping cream

4 eggs hard boiled, peeled and cut into eights

salt and pepper


pour the cream into a small saucepan and gently simmer, stirring as to not let it burn

add the french onion dip/mix, salt and pepper to taste

stir the mixture thoroughly, take it off the flame

put the potatoes and eggs into a mixing or salad bowl, pour the cream mixture and mix thoroughly. add salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

recipe is: Lazy Man's Sambal

this is very simple sambal made with very few ingredients but tastes heavenly. it was passed down to me by my mother-in-law. i just tweaked it a bit.


12 red chillies (add a few dried chillies if prefer it to be spicier)

5 big onions

3 pips garlic

1.5 heaped tablespoon tamarind pulp (added to 170 ml of water and strained)

150 gms ikan bilis (small dried anchovies)

salt and sugar to taste

6 tablespoon of oil


Cut the chillies in to 3 segments each

Peel and cut the onions into large chunks

Peel garlic

Throw chillies, onions and garlic into blender and blend just for a little while, we want chunky bits, not a paste

Heat 4 table spoon of oil to a medium flame and fry the ikan bilis for 5-8 minutes

Dish up ikan bilis and discard the oil

Heat 2 tablespoon of oil on small flame and fry the chillies, onions and garlic for 8 minutes. Turn up the flame to medium and add in the ikan bilis and fry for another 8 minutes.

Add the strained tamarind juice

Add salt and sugar to taste

Stir fry for another 5 mins

Serve with hot white rice or bread.