Monday, March 23, 2015

Mee (noodle) and Nasi (rice) Goreng Recipe/s

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- sugar
- curry powder
- chilli sauce
- soy sauce
- tomato sauce
- eggs
- chicken, prawns, and/or seafood mix
- egg noodles (any kind)
- lemon juice (optional)
- oyster sauce (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- onion (optional)
- tomatoes (optional)
- tofu (optional)
- vegetables (optional, type is your choice)
Coat chicken with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser. This step is not required at all if chicken is diced into small enough pieces and cooked well) and then wash off in cold water. Marinade chicken in fish sauce, sugar, garlic, pepper (optional step). Fry off chicken, tofu, onion, garlic, ginger, etc... in pan. Create sauce by using tomato sauce, soy sauce, chill sauce, curry powder, sugar, etc... Cook sauce and add noodles/rice when ready. Garnish everything with chopped lettuce and fried shallots if desired.

The following is what it looks like.
http://indaily.com.au/food-and-wine/2014/09/23/adam-liaws-mee-goreng/

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Indo-Chinese Chilli Chicken (or Prawn) Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local fusion restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- chicken (purchase diced for quicker preparation time. This recipe also works very well with prawns if you're more keen on seafood.)
- onion
- capsicum
- tomato sauce
- soy sauce
- chilli sauce
- tomatoes (fresh or canned and diced, optional)
- egg (optional)
- cornflour (optional)
- garlic (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- spring onion (optional)
- lemon juice (optional)

Coat chicken with bicarbonate soda if desired (meat tenderiser. This step is not required at all if chicken is diced into small enough pieces and cooked well) and then wash off in cold water. Marinade chicken in corn flour, egg, salt, pepper (optional step). Fry off chicken in pan. Create sauce by using tomato sauce, soy sauce, chill sauce add add to pan (add water to mixture if it reduces too far over time). Add onion and capsicum to pan as well to cook through. Add garlic, ginger, lemon juice, etc... to taste... Goes well with rice or crusty bread.

The following is what it looks like.
https://nishkitchen.wordpress.com/category/indo-chinese/
https://nishkitchen.wordpress.com/tag/chilli-chicken-recipe/

http://www.indianfoodforever.com/indo-chinese/chinese-chilli-chicken.html
http://food.ndtv.com/recipe-boneless-chilli-chicken-98809
http://www.boldsky.com/cookery/non-vegetarian/chicken/indo-chinese-chilli-garlic-chicken-recipe-053009.html?PageSpeed=noscript

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Memorable Quotes

- They like their cats fried with garlic and washed down with beer in Vietnam's specialist restaurants.

Some diners even falsely believe that by eating a cat's spine they will gain the feline's agility.

Although no official statistics are available, eating cat meat in Vietnam is by all accounts almost as popular as eating dog meat, something of a tradition in the South-east Asian nation, despite the import of both meats being illegal.
...
Animal rights groups say cats and dogs are smuggled across the border from China, Thailand and Laos to feed the Vietnamese trade.

Residents of Hanoi say they see few cats and dogs roaming the streets.
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cat-on-the-menu-outrage-at-vietnamese-trade-in-felines-20150205-136ras.html
- Dog vs. Cat
In this gastronomic sampling of Chinese food, I'd have to go with dog. The meat was much more tender with a pleasant flavor. Cat on the other hand was average and not something to really look forward to eating.
http://thoughtcatalog.com/mark-wiens/2013/07/what-does-dog-and-cat-meat-taste-like/
- "My life is rather full. I have a full time job and numerous hobbies in addition to copy editing Wikipedia."...
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/man-makes-47000-wikipedia-edits-5106883
- Statistics: you can sensationalise anything with the right statistics. Case in point being the ad for the TV program about what really happens in Bali: "one Australian dies every 9 days in Bali". With the number of Australians visiting Bali that is probably unsurprising. So if they stayed in Australia they were more of a chance to die as one Australian dies every 3 1/2 minutes in Australia.
https://plus.google.com/109656415348418300485/posts
- A 'notorious molester' at Knox Grammar School had memorial gates erected in his honour with the inscription 'He touched us all', an inquiry has been told.
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2015/02/24/school-put-up-memorial-for--molester-.html
- If you use a search engine, you will discover a wealth of material and, after reading and attmepting to apply some of it to your situation, you will enjoy a sense of satisfaction and achievement that I would in no way wish to deprive you of...
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/187140/centos-software-raid-1-issue
- @fruit: To quote the great Homer Simpson, "Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that.
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/184124
- "It's like watching a truck jack-knife on a road," Oliver says, clearly relishing the suspense. "It's like, 'It didn't crash this time. Let's give it five minutes, then it's going into a ditch'."

Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, the satirical take on the world's news and current affairs that is fast becoming one of the world's most popular programs of its type, describes Abbott as "a car crash of a human being", albeit terrific fodder for comedy.
...
"Tony Abbott is an objectively fascinating man," Oliver insists. "The fact he's the leader of a country is in itself appealing as a comic. What's nice is being able to present someone who people have not seen here [in the US] and just to give them a glimpse into other people's pain, as well as their own."
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/tony-abbott-is-a-car-crash-of-a-human-being-says-comedian-john-oliver-20150302-13sog5.html
- "This paint job sends a direct message back to perpetrators that their wild urinating on this wall is not welcome," said Julia Staron of the St. Pauli's Community of Interest group to Reuters. "The paint protects the buildings and the residents and most importantly it sends a signal this behaviour is not on."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/german-city-uses-water-repellent-paint-to-splash-public-urinators-with-their-own-pee-1.2985123
- Work on the embassy was stopped in 1985, after it was determined that the building was so riddled with listening devices implanted by Soviet workers that the structure was in effect a multistory microphone. Washington and Moscow, as well as the Administration and Congress, have been haggling over what to do with the building ever since.
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/20/world/deal-made-on-bugged-us-moscow-embassy.html
- The Prime Minister has once again left onlookers shocked, and probably a little confused, but for once it wasn't what was coming out of his mouth, rather what was going into it.

While on a tour of a produce farm in Tasmania, Tony Abbott was seen to be munching on a raw onion - skin and all.
Onion, anyone?

"Better than any other onions I've eaten in a long time," Mr Abbott was reported as saying.

Images of the odd onion-fest immediately began doing the rounds online, with one media outlet labelling Mr Abbott "The Minister for Onions."

Mr Abbott was touring Charlton Farm Produce near Devonport in Tasmania on Friday when all of a sudden, he picked up the onion and ate it skin-on merely commenting that it was delicious and not shedding a single tear.

The PM, who appeared to be grimacing slightly, but otherwise may as well have been eating an apple, took the onion in his hand, and casually chomped into it while watching the grading of the vegetable.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-shocks-as-he-eats-a-raw-onion-whole-20150313-143syz.html

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fried Fish with Butter Fried Potatoes Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local restaurant that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipe that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- potatoes
- pre-made frozen, battered, fish
- sour cream
- tartare sauce
- salt
- butter
- bacon bits (optional)
- spring onion (optional)

Fry fish in pan. In meantime, chop potatoes into rough chunks and place into microwave until soft (to reduce cooking time. Boiling can take a long time). When fish cooked remove from heat. Place potatoes pieces into pan with a knob of butter to provide it with a crunchy 'crust'. Add bacon bits to same pan to add some 'crispness' as well. 

To serve, garnish fish with lemon juice and tartare sauce and serve potatoes and bacon bits with salt, chopped spring onion, and sour cream.

http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/butter-fried-potatoes-with-bacon-bits.html

Would go really well with a salad to help you to cut through the fatty nature of the dish.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fried Rice Recipe

This is based on a family recipe, recipes online, and an interpretation by local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.
- chinese sausage
- rice
- eggs
- onion
- garlic
- tomato sauce
- salt
- sugar
- soy sauce
- spring onion (optional)
 - dried shrimp (optional)
- shitake mushrooms (optional)
- lettuce (optional)
- fried shallot (optional)
- prawns (optional)
- Chinese BBQ Pork (also called char-siu/charsiu. See elsewhere on this blog for this recipe)

Sautee onion, garlic, chinese sausage in pan. Fry egg and then shred so that it can be mixed through rice more easily later on. Add rice and then add the rest of the diced/chopped ingredients. Add salt, sugar, soy sauce, etc... to taste. Garnish with shredded lettuce and fried shallots.

The following is what it looks like.
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1351/chinese+fried+rice
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/15297/easy+fried+rice
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/fried+rice+recipes

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chicken Curry Recipe

This is based on a family recipe.
- chicken
- sugar
- salt
- pepper
- garlic
- curry
- onion
- carrot
- potato
- fish sauce
- coconut milk
- curry mix (powder or liquid)(optional)
- tomatoes (optional)

Marinate chicken in sugar/salt/pepper/garlic/curry powder mixture. Brown off chicken in pan. In the meantime, dice vegetables and put into microwave for short period to speed up cooking time. Put all vegetables into pan. Add coconut milk and possibly a curry mix (to boost the flavour) to pan to create sauce. Use fish sauce to taste. Goes well with white rice or else bread.

The following is what it looks like. 
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/7378/coconut+chicken+curry
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1993658/homestyle-chicken-curry

Szechuan Pork Mince Recipe

This is based on recipes online and an interpretation by a local restaurants that I used to frequent. While there are other alternative recipes that possibly taste better, I find that this is the quickest and easiest version.  
- pork mince
- salt
- sugar
- pepper
- chilli bean paste
- rice wine
- soy sauce
- tofu (fried or fresh)
- soy sauce
- garlic (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- caramel (optional)
- green beans (optional)

Marinade pork mince in salt/sugar/pepper/rice wine/soy sauce. Fry off off mince in wok/pan. Add chilli bean taste. Add sugar, pepper, soy, caramel, etc... sauce to taste. Slice tofu, put into microwave for 30 seconds and drain liquid, and stir through sauce. Fry off green beans in the meantime and add into mixture if you want at this point. Water down sauce if it gets too thick.

Goes well with a asian chicken soup (use pre-made or make a quick one using carrots, celery, onion, chicken bones, water, pepper, salt, pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce) and steamed white rice.

The following is what it looks like.
http://www.girlichef.com/2014/03/Szechuan-Green-Beans-with-Ground-Pork.html
http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/green-bean-recipes/szechuan-green-beans-ground-pork