Uncle’s Fried Noodles?–Mee Goreng Mamak (印度炒面)

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Mee Goreng Mamak or literally translated as Uncle’s Fried Noodles” is an Indian Muslim type of noodle dish commonly found in hawker centre in Singapore and Malaysia.  Mamak means uncle in the Tamil language. Indian being the third largest racial group in Singapore and Malaysia do have an important influence in the local cuisines. 

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For the benefits of readers, Per Wikipedia:

“The Malaysian Mamak are Tamil Muslims of Malaysian nationality, whose forefathers mostly migrated from South India to the Malay Peninsula and various locations in Southeast Asia centuries ago. They are regarded as part of the Malaysian Indian community. Indian Muslims are believed to have first arrived at Samudera (now Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia) in the early 10th century.  The word ‘Mamak’ is from the Tamil term for maternal uncle, or ‘maa-ma’. In the context of Singapore and Malaysia, it is used by children as an honorific to respectfully address adults such as shopkeepers.  Mamak stalls and Hindu stalls are alike except the Mamaks, who are Muslims, do not serve pork but serve beef, whereas Hindus serve neither beef nor pork. There are also similar stalls run by local Malays, also not to be confused with the Mamak.’ (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamak_stall)

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There are many Mee Goreng Mamak recipes in the internet but I found that this recipe is one of the easiest recipe but the taste is rather closed to what I have tasted in the outside stalls. But if you asked me if there is a standard taste of Mee Goreng Mamak, in my humble opinion, there is none as most stores will have some uniqueness in the condiments and side ingredients. This is understandable as this is a noodle dish that are full of flexibilities and is consistent with other stir fried noodles dish for Malay or Chinese. Every stall will have its uniqueness. 

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I have get this recipe from one of my Google Plus friends, Ms Azlin Bloor who is a Singaporean now residing in United Kingdom and is a rather high profile cookery teacher. I always have trust on her recipe consider her huge exposure in worldwide cuisines and being born and raised in Singapore. Family members like this noodle dish very much, possibly I have slightly tailored to suit my family’s taste buds by not putting too much chilli and use less of spices. You can do the same too. But if you want a more authentic one, follow the recipe closely and you will be able to tell if it is the same to the dish that you have tasted before.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from : LIN’S FOOD – MEE GORENG MAMAK INDIAN FRIED NOODLES

Servings: 4-6 adults

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  • 500 grams of yellow noodles (黄面)
  • Handfuls of beansprouts (depend on liking) (豆芽)
  • 2 small tomatoes (quartered) (番茄)
  • 2 small onions (chopped) (大葱)
  • Handful of chicken breast meat (thinly sliced) or minced beef (鸡胸肉 或牛肉碎)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten) (蛋)
  • 1 potato (boiled and cut into cubes) (马铃薯)
  • 1 small size dry bean curd (cut into small pieces) (豆干)
  • 3 tablespoons of cooking oil (食用油)
  • 1 tablespoons of minced shallots and garlics (蒜蓉)
  • 2 fish cakes (sliced) – optional (鱼饼)
  • Handful of prawns (de-shelled and de-veined) – optional (虾)
  • 1 green chilli or some bird eye chilli or red cut chilli – optional and not in picture (青辣椒/红辣椒/指天椒)

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  • 3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup (茄汁)
  • 3 tablespoons of chilli sauce or chilli paste (if you prefer spicier) (辣椒酱)
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce (酱油)
  • 1 tablespoon of light soya sauce (酱清)
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala/curry/turmeric powder (optional) – not in picture (黄姜粉)

For garnishing (optional not in picture)

  • Some cucumber slices (黄瓜片)
  • Some fresh coriander leaves or spring onion (芫茜或青葱)
  • Some lime or Calamansi  (cut into half) (酸柑)
  • Some deep fried shallots (油葱)
  • Some grounded peanut + sugar mixture (花生粉加糖)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Assemble all the ingredients that need to chopped or sliced. In a big frying pan, sauté the onion and minced garlic until fragrant. Add in turmeric or Garam Masala (if preferred). Add the chicken breast/minced beef, stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the dry bean curd, fish cakes and potato cubes.

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  • Add in the yellow noodles and stir fry until well mixed. If the yellow noodles is too dry, add about 1/4 cup of water. Add the tomatoes, prawns, tomato ketchup, chilli sauce or paste, freshly cut green/red chilli (if any). Stir fry until well combined (about 2-3 minutes)

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  • Add in the beaten egg, sugar and salt to taste, followed by the beans sprout. Stir fry until the beaten eggs dries up. Off the heat and transfer to the serving plate.

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  • Garnish with lime or calamansi cut into halve,  sliced cucumber, sliced tomatoes, additional tomato ketchup or chilli sauce. Dust sparingly with deep fried onion, some coriander leaves or spring onion. Grounded peanut can be sprinkle on top of the noodled dish if desired.

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CONCLUSION

Hope you like the post today. Not a difficult recipe but feel free to tailor to suit your family’s taste buds. This served as a reference and as mentioned before, every stall will have its uniqueness. Lastly, I have to thank Mos. Azlin Bloor for sharing this simple recipe with awesome taste.

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Have a nice day. Cheers.

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Rich Man’s Butter Cake?–Ferrero Rocher Butter Cake or Hazelnut Butter Cake or Oreo Butter Cake (金莎牛油蛋糕)

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UPDATED POST ON 2/11/2015

I have not doing justice to this recipe because of the picture. Today, i have decided to prepare a cake and took a new set of pictures. Minor changes in the recipe and I have blended the chocolate until very fine . The recipe has already been tested by many readers and most are happy with it. 

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INTRODUCTION

This is a simple butter pound cake to “get rid” of the idle chocolate sitting in my kitchen shelf. I have decided to prepare this because I have one box of almost expired Ferrero Roche. It is a nice cake resembling the texture of walnut cake and if you analyse the content of Ferrero Roche, you will know that it is basically made up of chocolate, waffle and a hazelnut. Blending and incorporate into a butter cake has transformed it into a hazelnut butter cake.

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There is no reason for reader to buy Ferrero Rocher just to prepare this cake. If you don’t have any leftover Ferrero Rocher. you can always substitute it with hazelnut of the same quantity or Oreo biscuit and come out with an Oreo butter cake or hazelnut butte cake.

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Trust me, the recipe is ultra simple using very easy to remember traditional pound cake recipe without odd numbers for the ingredients. It uses the simplest creaming approach and hence yields a rather rugged traditional type of butter cake. When you take a bite, you have a mouthful of hazelnut bits and melted chocolate for you to enjoy it. It is moister than most butter cake because melted chocolate smoothen the texture of the cake. It definitely goes well with a cup of coffee or tea.

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It is rather difficult to take picture for this nice cake due to its dark chocolate colour, rugged texture and delicious crumbs dropping here and there.. Therefore, pardon me if I am unable to convince you the recipe via pictures but trust me, it is definitely worth a try.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare an 8” square baking tin

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  • 250 grams of Ferrero Rocher or hazelnut or Oreo biscuits
  • 200 grams of castor sugar
  • 275 grams of self raising flour
  • 250 grams of butter
  • 20 grams of condensed milk (not in picture)
  • 5 eggs
  • 50 grams of fresh milk

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Lightly grease or line an 8” square baking tin with parchment paper and pre-heat the oven to 170  degree Celsius.

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  • Place the Ferrero Rocher/hazelnut/Oreo biscuits in a food processor. Blend it until fine. Set aside for later use.

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  • Cream the butter and sugar in a big whisking bowl until light, pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Beat until well mixed, Scrap the bottom of the mixing bowl to ensure that there are no unmixed eggs settled at the bottom of the mixing bowl. Add about 200 grams of the Ferrero Rocher crumbs and use the slowest speed to stir until well mixed. The remaining 50 grams of the crumbs will be used as cake toppings but that is optional depend on individual likings.

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  • Sift in 1/3 of the flour and add 1/3 of the milk, use a spatula to fold in the flour and milk as quickly as possible. Repeat the same for the remaining 2/3 of the flour and milk.  Transfer the batter to the baking tin. Level and sprinkle with the remaining Ferrero Rocher crumbs.

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  • Bake in the oven for 170 degree Celsius for for the first 20 minutes and reduce to 160 degree Celsius for another 30 minutes. At the 4o minutes mark, test if the cake is done by performing a skewer test (meaning inserting a skewer in a few positions of the cake and come out clean). Note that since the topping is chocolate crumbs, it can get burn rather easily. If there are signs of burnt, off the top heat. If at the end of the suggested timing, the cake is still uncooked, extend the timing until it passed the skewer test. This is very common as every oven have some unevenness in its temperature .
  • Cool completely (best to rest overnight) at room temperature before cutting. Don’t throw away any debris from the cutting as it is actually the Ferrero Rocher crumbs that are delicious.

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CONCLUSION

A simple recipe with a great taste. The incorporation of Ferrero Rocher make it an extremely moist cake compare to other butter cake. The hazelnut bits is fun to bite. But I do not encourage readers to specifically go and buy a Ferrero Rocher just to prepare this cake. Remember that the next best alternatives will be plain hazelnut or Oreo biscuits. For these two options, you can consider to add another 50 additional grams of milk to the batter.(100 grams of milk in total and all other ingredients citerus paribus or remain unchanged)

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Special Compilation On Breakfast Muffins And Cupcakes

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This is a special compilation of my cupcakes or muffins. Note that I have used cupcakes and muffins interchangeably because there is only a thin line between these two. Muffin preparation are usually fast, mix and bake with much lower fats contents. On the other hand, cupcakes generally have a much higher fat contents, with more complicated method (like creaming method, egg separation method) of preparation. Since most of my recipes fall into a mixture of these two broad categorizations, I have therefore decided to use it interchangeably in this post.

Most of these muffin and cup cakes are easy to prepare and suitable for breakfast. As far as I am concerned, frosting is totally optional for Asian taste, what we need is more of some type of bakes that are easy, fast and practical.

For individual recipes just click on the title or individual recipes to go the respective posts.


Basic Muffin Recipes  (Mix and bake)

Of course, I shall start with this basic muffin recipe. This recipe, as far as I am concerned, is the fundamental of most of my bakes. I can be rather fast in preparing these muffins because I can remember this simple recipe. I will then tailor to the ingredients that I have at home. Even more basic recipe will be one portion of sugar, eggs, self raising flour, butters or other types of fats, plus 0.5-1 portion of milk will provide you a moist cake/muffin. Don’t doubt this, it works well as this falls back to the traditional pound cake recipe. Just memorize this and you will be able to design your own recipe for cupcakes or muffins.

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Peanut Butter Muffins (Mix and Bake) – Peanut butter, being a type of fat can also be used to prepare your muffins. My kids help me to prepare it and from here you will know how simple is the muffin.

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Carrot Raisin Muffins (红萝卜葡萄干小松饼)(Mix and bake) 

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Carrot Muffins (Mix and Bake) – Another simple carrot muffin recipe that you have to try, it can be easily transformed to carrot cake if you want .

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Sweet Potatoes Cranberry Muffins (蔓梅地瓜小松饼)Star

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Blueberry Yoghurt Muffins (炼乳酸奶蓝梅小松饼)Star

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Simple Moist Chocolate Muffin (简易巧克力小松糕) Star

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Ondeh Ondeh Muffins (椰子小松饼)

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Coconut Muffins (Mix and Bake) – A moist muffin that I liked very much, should give it a try as a change if you like  coconut flavour bakes.

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Banana Cream Cheese Muffins (香蕉奶酪小松饼)Star

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Banana Cream Cheese Cupcake (Mix and Bake)  – The old recipe (2) the banana render the muffins very moist and make the cream cheese goes well with it.

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Baby Cereal Muffins (小孩麦片小松饼)

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Instant Cereal Chocolate Cupcake (Mix and Bake) – Lack of type of  ingredients at home and what what to bake, try this instant cereal muffins. You can always substitute instant cereal or instant breakfast beverages of your choice.

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Luncheon Meat Cheddar Cheese Muffin (午餐肉芝士小松饼)Star

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Healthy Vegetable Muffins (Mix and Bake)This vegetable healthy muffin is prepared using olive oil. Kids don’t want to eat vegetable, why not try this?

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Red Velvet Cupcake with White Chocolate Frosting  (Mix and Bake) – Going to party? Try this .. not really for breakfast but it will impress your guest with this special white chocolate frostings.

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Yoghurt Marble Cupcake  (Creaming) – The use of yoghurt have enhance the texture of the cupcake  and it is a moist and finer cupcake as compared to other muffins.

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Traditional Butterfly Cupcake  (Mixing) – A traditional cake using mixing method meaning put all ingredients together, mix well and bake. Creaming is optional but taste is awesome. This should be one of the faster but you must wash your mixer.

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Coffee and Chocolate Cupcake with Mascarpone Chocolate Frosting (咖啡巧克力杯子蛋糕) (Mixing) – Another traditional mixing cake. The mascarpone frosting is definitely different from those normal frosting. If you do not want frosting, just transform it into normal cake.

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Cupcake Sponge Cake/Kueh Bahulu (烤杯子鸡蛋糕)(Whisking) – You like kueh bahulu or baked sponge cake? You should try this. If you want full egg aroma, use cooking oil. If you want it taste like French madeleine, add butter instead. A very suitable breakfast item

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English Muffins (Proofing) – A totally different type of muffins, English muffin. It is just like a bread and can be either be oven baked or pan fried.

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Vegetarian Matcha Almond Muffins (绿茶杏仁小松饼)Star

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Eggless, Butter less and Milk less Chocolate Cupcake (Mix and Bake) – If you want a pure vegetarian cupcake, try this cupcake which is milk less, butter less and eggless cupcake. Taste is equally good but slightly denser than most other type of cupcake.

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Microwave Mug Cake (Mixing) – If you are game enough, do try this less than 5 minutes microwave mug cake. It is a quick and delicious cake. As contrast to a baked cake, it is moister as not much water vapour is lost.

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Easy Peasy Muah Chee(花生芝麻糍粑)

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INTRODUCTION

Muah Chee is basically a type of cooked sticky rice dough coated with sugar, grounded peanuts and sesame seeds. It is  believed to be originated from Southern China and  can be easily found in Singapore and Malaysia stores selling snacks. Traditionally, the sticky rice are steamed for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the dough) and become a white coloured sticky dough. This dough is then cut into bite size pieces and generously coated with a mixture of sugar, peanuts and sesame seeds served using a toothpick.

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As it is a vegetarian food, it is therefore commonly serve during Chinese religious activities in the temple.

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This is a simple recipe  of my own and all this while, I know that microwave can be used in the preparation of this traditional snack. This short cut method have saved lots of time of preparation rather than steaming the glutinous rice cake or muah chee (花生芝麻糍粑)。 I have been using microwave in the preparation of some peanut mochi and have shared my recipe in my Facebook Page here.

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Since I am going to dispose half a package of the glutinous rice flour sitting ideally in my kitchen shelf, I have decided to prepare some muah chee as the snack for the family members.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 3-4 adults

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  • 1 cup of glutinous rice flour (糯米粉)
  • 1 cup of water (清水)
  • 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour (optional) (木薯粉)
  • 1 packet of grounded peanut sugar mix (花生糖粉)
  • 3 tablespoons of roasted white sesame seeds (白芝麻)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Mix the water, tapioca flour and glutinous rice flour in a microwavable bowl. Stir until well mix. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes. It will form a stick dough.

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  • In a bowl, put the grounded peanut and sesame seeds together. Stir until well mix. Place the glutinous rice dough on top of the grounded peanut. Use a scissors to cut the dough into your desired size. Dust or coat sparingly the cut muah chee with the ground peanuts and sesame seeds. Usually served as a tea time snack.


CONCLUSION

Nothing to shout about, nothing much to write about and I hope you can give this simple snack a try.

Hope you like the post today, cheers and have a nice day.

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Homemade Filo Pastry–Curry Pie With Filo Pastry and Sausage Puff Snack (家居酥皮)

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INTRODUCTION

It is such a challenge to prepare some homemade puff or filo (phyllo) pastry and Per Wikipedia:

“Filo or filo pastry is a dough of paper-thin sheets of unleavened flour dough separated by a thin film of butter. It is used for making pastries inn Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisine. The name derives from Greek: φύλλο filo, “leaf”,and may also be spelt phyllo or fillo. Filo dough is made with flour, water, and a small amount of oil and rakı or white vinegar, though some dessert recipes also call for egg yolks. Homemade filo takes time and skill, requiring progressive rolling and stretching to a single thin and very large sheet. A very big table and a long roller are used, with continual flouring between layers to prevent tearing.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filo)

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This is a Greek recipe provided by my friend, Sis Lianlian Loh Gliptis who is now residing in Greece. I saw her prepared some homemade puff pastry and asked her to share with me the recipe. She gladly did so and PM me with a simple recipe. Yes, the recipe is simple with only 3 ingredients.

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I am rather inexperience in the rolling of the pastry and when I told her,  she said she will bring me a long wooden stick for rolling the pastry during her next trip back to Singapore. I immediately declined as I may not have that big a space to roll my pastry using a long stick like what they did in Greece. In Singapore, kitchen space is limited, and therefore, what I am illustrating today is only making the puff pastry of a size of my rolling pin… Warn you, it is hard work but rewarding. It is definitely an achievement to try making filo pastry at least once. Whether or not you will decide to prepare another time is up to readers since it can be sourced rather easily at the supermarket. But readers will not be able to control the fat content of the filo pastry purchased outside…

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Sis Lillian Gliptis in her PM to me written as follow:

“Phyllo is very simple n cheap to make. u don’t use butter or ghee etc. when u make yrself. Flour, veg oil, little salt n warm water that is all. Some add little vinegar to make it crispy but I don’t. I dust the table with corn flour when rolling. Old Greek village ah ma taught me to use corn flour not vinegar. Phyllo needs a very long rolling stick 1mtr diameter 1cm to open the phyllo as thin as possible also as big as possible to cover baking tin. I think there’s a YouTube on phyllo making n need many practices. When u get it right its actually very simple. Greek grandma phyllo use lots of oil coz the sheets will be crispy after baked. I don’t use that much. 1kg of flour, 1 coffee mug of corn oil but I use 3/4. Water 1 mug but u may not need so much. Flour + oil in a bowl then slowly add water till hands not sticky. Those frozen phyllo not good cos very dry n u hv to brush it with tons of oil to make it crispy. My homemade one no need to brush with oil.

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I have decided to take the challenge and prepared it after she gave me the recipe. I have to thank Sis Lillian Gliptis for her guidance and her sharing on the recipe. I think it is not a bad idea to watch a Youtube video on how professionals prepared homemade filo pastry.

HOW TO ROLL FILO PASTRY

 


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WHAT IS REQUIRED

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  • 1/2 kg of plain flour
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Adequate corn flour for dusting the surface
  • Some sausages

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Mix all the ingredients together. Either use hand or machine to knead the dough until smooth. Transfer to a flat surface dust with corn flour. If the batter is too wet, add flour tablespoon by tablespoon. If too dry, add plain water teaspoon by teaspoon.

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  • Divide the dough into about 30 grams dough portion (note that this is estimated and very much depend on the size of of your puff pastry you required). In a flat surface dusted with corn flour, use a rolling pin to roll the dough as thin as possible (almost transparent). Dust with some corn flour and put a sausage on top the dough.

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  • Roll the pastry with the dough. Cut into desired sizes.

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  • Egg wash the filo pastry (egg wash – 1 egg yolk slightly beaten plus few drops of oil and 1 teaspoon of water) and dust with sesame seeds. Baked in the oven at 175 degree for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is crispy.

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CURRY PIE USING FILO PASTRY


Servings : A 6 inches diameter curry pie

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This recipe is the simplest recipe and full of variations and feel free to increase or decrease the quantity stated here.

  • 2 onions – diced into small pieces
  • 2 potatoes – diced into small pieces
  • Some curry leaves (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of curry powder or Garam Masala
  • 1 small cane of tuna (not in picture – optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil (not in picture)
  • 1/2 cup of water (not in picture)
  • Seasonings to taste
  • 6 inches round casserole


STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • In a sauce pan under medium heat, put some cooking oil and stir fry the diced onion, curry leaves and curry powder until fragrant and onion are soft. Add in diced potatoes, stir fry until well combined. Add 1/2 cup of water.

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  • Let it simmer until the potatoes are soft and water dries up , add canned tuna (you can add earlier if you want) and seasonings to taste (e.g sugar, pinches of salt, pepper). Set aside for later use.

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  • Preheat the oven to 175 degree Celsius.

  • Take a piece a dough and roll it as thin as possible almost the size of your casserole. Place one sheet on top of the casserole. Press down until it touch the bottom and side of the casserole. Prepare the second sheet and place on top of the first sheet. Repeat the same until there are 5 sheets on the casserole. In between the sheets, you can dust with some corn flour. Transfer the curry potatoes fillings to the casserole. Press as compact as possible.  Prepare another 5 more sheets of filo pastry and place on top of the curry potatoes fillings.

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  • Seal the edges by folding in the sides. Egg wash (as above) and bake in the oven at 175 degree Celsius for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is crispy and turn golden brown.

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CONCLUSION

While it may not be necessary cheaper to have homemade filo pastry, but it is definitely an experience and achievement after preparing some filo pastry for yourself. It may not be as thin as machine prepared but it is healthier as much less fats were used in the preparation. If you have ever prepared filo pastry for baklava, you will understand the amount of butter or ghee used in the preparation and how messy it will be in this type of hot weather.

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Why not have a day of family activity by requesting your spouse and kids to “play” and participate in the preparation. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sis Lianlian Loh Gliptis again for her guidance and recipe. Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Grilled Glutinous Rice Package–Pulut Panggang ( 糯米虾米卷)

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INTRODUCTION

Pulut panggang is a Malay or Nonya cuisine literally translated as “grilled glutinous rice”. It can be commonly found in the night market of Singapore and Malaysia. In Sarawak, the Pulut panggang is “kosong” meaning “no filling” whereas depending on which part of Malaysia that you are visiting, the fillings can range from dried desiccated coconuts to beef floss to shrimp floss. Traditionally, the glutinous rice was wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over the charcoal stove.

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Per Wikipedia on Malaysian Cuisines, it was written:

“Pulut panggang – char grilled rice parcels with a spiced filling of pulverized dried prawns or desiccated coconut wrapped in banana leaves. The Kelantanese variant includes serundeng daging as a filling, whereas pulut panggang in Sarawak contain no fillings and are wrapped in pandan leaves instead. “(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_cuisine

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I always loved to buy this kuih when I frequented our Malay brother’s store. Since I have some glutinous rice left and I am trying to dispose half a bottle of shrimp floss (“hae bee hiam” in Hokkien) left from making the shrimp floss cookies during the Chinese New Year, I have decided to prepare this for snack yesterday.

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As usual, I have used the short cut method in the preparation. Is it not time is precious nowadays? It took me about 2 hour to get ready the Kuih. Family loved it and I regretted of preparing only 1 cup of rice..

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I will not be sharing the preparation of the sambal udang or shrimp floss in this recipe. There are a lot of recipe in the net and if you google it, you should be able to get hold of the a recipe easily. I have used ready made shrimp floss. It save lots of my time. In Singapore, you can easily get it in bigger supermarkets such as Giant, Fair Price or Sheng Shiong. Price are reasonable and if I do not remember wrongly, it cost about SGD4.00.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: make about 8 pulut panggang

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  • 1 cup of glutinous rice
  • 1 cup of diluted coconut milk
  • 1 cup of shrimp floss
  • 4-5 Pandan leaves – cleaned and bundled
  • Pinches of salt
  • 8 pieces of banana leaves with the size of about 15 cm x 8 cm – cleaned and blanched in hot water for 2 minutes to soften the leaves
  • One stapler or some toothpick to fasten the leaves.

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Clean the glutinous rice, throw in the bundled pandan leaves, add in the coconut milk and pinches of salt. Select sticky rice function and cook the rice as per rice cooker instruction. If your rice cooker do not have the sticky rice function, select the normal rice cooking function and cook for 2 cycles. Alternatively, you can steam the rice until it is cooked, soft and transparent. If at the end of the cooking, you find that the glutinous rice is still a bit too hard, add in water tablespoon by tablespoon. Let it rest in the rice cooker for another 15 minutes. Once done, cool and set aside.

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  • In a piece of banana leave, put some cooked glutinous rice, flatten it. Put about a tablespoon of shrimp floss in the centre or (or your desired quantity) on top of the cooked glutinous rice. Roll the glutinous rice like the way sushi is rolled. Seal both ends by stapling using a stapler or toothpick.

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  • Baked in an oven at 100 degree Celsius for about 10-15 minutes until the leaves are slightly burnt. For this illustration, I have bake in a simple oven toaster for about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can also pan fry the rice package on top of a frying pan in the gas stove. Note that whichever method you used, the main purpose of this step is to let the glutinous rice and shrimp floss have a better binding and to infuse the fragrance of banana leaves to the rice cake. Since both glutinous rice and shrimp floss are cooked, therefore, the grilling can be as simple as possible and in fact, optional. Best serve hot as a snack with a cup of tea or coffee.

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CONCLUSION

With the available of new kitchen technology and ready made products, it is easy to prepare traditional cuisines. One thing good about homemade these cakes is we are able to easily tailor to our taste buds. For this illustration, since I have a sweet tooth, I have added castor sugar to the shrimp floss and make it tastier. In addition, instead of 1 tablespoon of shrimp floss, my wife requested me to put 1.5 tablespoons.. Ha-ha, same for all of you, do feel free to adjust to your family’s likings and what I am sharing is more of a method rather than a recipe..

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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