Bubur Kacang Hijau

November 25th, 2012

bubur kacang hijau

It seems from my posts that I’m having a bubur spree :D Well, sometimes it happens but the truth is, bubur is the easiest dish that people tend to forget and take it for granted.

Bubur kacang hijau is actually a dessert or pudding rather than a meal itself. However, saying that, it is very filling and probably is a meal by its own right.

The reason I made it is because Little Bee has a cold. When I have a cold, I usually just boil ginger in water and then make kopi jahe (ginger coffee) but somehow I just don’t think that Little Bee would like ginger juice on its own… I might be wrong as I’ve never tried.

Anyway, I made this pudding because I can still boil in the ginger and it’s sweet and I was hoping that Little Bee would eat it… but it turned out that Little Bee doesn’t like it. Little Bee doesn’t really like pulses so I can’t really say that it’s the fault of the dish… because it’s not. I love it… maybe it’s my fault for reducing the sugar in the recipe but I do find it to be very sweet when I have it in Malaysia so I prefer it with less sugar. In Malaysia, if they serve it hot, I then add ice cubes to it to cool it down and also water it further so it won’t be to sweet.

Well… with Little Bee not wanting it, more for me! So, I’m not complaining :D


200g mung beans
750ml water
5cm cinnamon stick
3cm fresh ginger, bruised
4 pandan (screwpine/pandanus) leaves
60g non-refined granulated sugar
250ml coconut milk

  1. Rinse and soak the mung beans over night. The next day, drain the beans and put it in a pan and add 750ml water with cinnamon stick, ginger and pandan (tear in half length wise and tied into knot). Bring to boil, reduce the heat and cover and simmer until the beans has soften.
  2. Add sugar and coconut milk. Bring it back to a boil. Switch off the heat.

It can be served hot or cold… and trust me it’s yummy! Even if Little Bee doesn’t like it ;)

Bubur Ashura Johor

November 24th, 2012

Bubur Ashura Johor

Today is 10 Muharram. I’ve been reminding myself that today will be 10 Muharram the whole week… but come the day, I totally forgot about it and did not fast. It’s like last week when I went for a blood test and kept reminding myself not to eat anything until I had given my blood… what did I do? Woke up and had coffee… with milk.

I digress…

10 Muharram is a very important date for all Muslims and as stated on the website of the Islamic Centre in Leicester:

Ashura day is the 10th day or Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar). Since the beginning of this world, Ashura day has been a very important day. On this day great signs of Allah’s power and glory have appeared in the world. On this day many Prophets were born and they were instituted to the office of prophecy. On this day, Prophets, Saints and Sincere servants of Allah were blessed with miracles and spiritual powers.

On Ashura Day the following have taken place:

1. Repentance of Prophet Adam (Allah’s blessing be upon him) was accepted by Allah

2. The ship of Prophet Nuh (Noah) (Allah’s blessing be upon him) came to rest on a mountain called Al-Judi.

3. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was born on this day.

4. He got the title Khalil-ullah (friend of Allah) on this day.

5. The fire in which Prophet Ibrahim (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was thrown by the kingNamrud become cool and means of safety for Prophet Ibrahim, by the order of Allah.

6. Allah delivered Prophet Ayub (Job) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) from distress and he was restored to prosperity.

7. By the Grace of Allah, Prophet Yunas (Jonah) (Allah’s blessings be upon him), after being swallowed by a huge fish (whale) for forty days, was casted out on the shore.

8. Prophet Mussa (Moses) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) got victory over Pharaoh.

9. Prophet Suleman (Solomon) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was made a king to rule over mankind, Jins, Animals and the air.

10. Prophet Idris (Enoch) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) and Prophet Issa (Jesus) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) were lifted up alive.

11. Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of our beloved Prophet, got martyred at Karbala in Iraq.

12. The day of resurrection and judgement will take place on this day (Ashura)

As said on point 2, when Prophet Noah’s ark came to a rest at Mount Al-Judi, a meal was prepared and this meal was Bubur Ashura.

Each State in Malaysia has its own version of bubur Ashura; it’s sweet in most Northern State and from my State of Johor, it is savoury… and being a Johorean, I prefer the savoury version. It is also known as bubur lambok. What ever it may be or called or for, it is yummy and filling.


1 large onion
1 garlic cloves
3cm fresh ginger
1tbsp ghee
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2 cardamom
5 cloves
1tbsp curry powder
300g minced beef
1 cup rice
1 large carrot, diced
1 medium potato, diced
Handful of green beans, chopped
salt to taste
250ml coconut milk

  1. Mince the onion, garlic and ginger and put to the side
  2. Place a pan on medium heat and heat the ghee. Add cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and cloves and fry for a minute before adding the mince onion, garlic and ginger and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the curry powder and minced beef. Mix well and add the rice and water (I used about 750ml). Bring it to a boil, add the diced carrot and potato and chopped green beans, cover and simmer. Stir every few minutes and make sure that it does not dry up.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, add a bit of salt and the coconut milk. Stir and bring it back to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until carrot and potato are cook. Again make sure that you add more water when needed.

Most recipes have pulses in it like lentil or chick peas. I prefer it without.

And that is it. I serve mine with thinly sliced omelette and chopped coriander leaves.

Growing Tomato

November 19th, 2012

growing tomato

A couple of weeks ago, Little Bee put a tomato in the shopping basket, even though it was not on my list, I just let it through when we got to the cashier. I kept it on the kitchen worktop as to remind me that I need to use it but every time I cook anything that required tomato, I just grab a tin of chopped tomatoes and forget about the lone tomato on the kitchen worktop.

Then I started to put some jars of jam and spices in front of it and I guess, it was out of sight, out of mind.

Until this weekend, when I was doing my fortnightly kitchen worktop deep clean. There was the tomato. It wasn’t yucky. It wasn’t mouldy. it wasn’t squishy.

It was growing! A little plant has shot through the skin and I can see another trying to push through. Little Bee is very excited about it. I guess in a few weeks, I will repot the plants that are growing out and get Little Bee to look after them :)


November 16th, 2012

This is the simplest and filling and, I think, the most understated yummiest dish ever. This is the first dish that I remember eating as a child. This is the dish that I will make when I’m feeling ill… it is to me chicken soup to others. When I have a sore throat, it much easy (and yummier) to swallow than any other food out there. This is the first ever dish I made for Little Bee during her baby led weaning stage and still gives to her as it’s the only dish she would eat her vegetable with.

It is the humble bubur – rice porridge.

It is usually cooked plain (boiling the rice in water with a bit of salt) but I like to cook mine with chopped up onion, garlic (quickly fried before adding the rice and water) and vegetables (without salt), hence the reason I love cooking this for Little Bee as the vegetables are boiled together with the rice, so even if she push the vegetables away (which she never does when I make this) at least I know the goodness is in it.


And when serve it to Little Bee, it’s with egg, ground fried ikan bilis (white bait) and kicap manis… and mine with the additional sambal belacan.

Tonight, we had bubur and Little Bee licked her bowl clean :)


Mee Bandung London

November 15th, 2012

Tonight I decided to make Mee Bandung, a noodle soup dish which originated from Muar, a town in my state of Johor. I remember when I was a child, I always wondered why it was called Mee Bandung, when no one in Bandung (a town in Indonesia) seem to know about this dish… until I realised that the word bandung is not the one with the capital ‘b’ as in the town, but a small ‘b’ where bandung means ‘pair’.

You can find Mee Bandung everywhere in Malaysia now but obviously, the best ones are still in Muar itself.

So, tonight, I decided to make Mee Bandung Muar… but when I opened my cupboard, I realised that I don’t have all the ingredients so I’m making Mee Bandung London instead ;)

Mee Bandung London


1 sweet potato
2tbsp vegetable oil
1tsp belacan (shrimp paste)
3 dried chillis deseeded
1 large onion
2 garlic cloves
150g beef thinly sliced
200g raw prawns devined
1 cup of beef stock
100g peanuts (roasted and grounded)
100g spinach
2 eggs
100g capelli d’angelo

  1.  Boil and mash up the sweet potato. Leave it to the side.
  2. Put the belacan, chilli, onion and garlic into a blender and blend them into a paste. Heat up the oil and fry the blended paste until fragrant and the oil separates.
  3. Add the beef and stir fry for a minute then add the prawns and fry for another minute before adding in the stock. Bring it to a boil and add the mashed sweet potato and ground peanuts.
  4. Let the sauce thicken slightly and add the spinach.
  5. In another saucepan, boil some water and cook the capelli d’angelo (the reason I used this is because I didn’t have any egg noodles in my pantry and it is a good substitute ;))
  6. Once the spinach has wilted, break the egg one at a time and let them poach in the sauce to your liking. I like the yolk soft in the middle.
  7. Drain and put the noodle/pasta in a bowl and pour the sauce over it.

For those Malaysians, especially from Muar, who will argue that this is not Mee Bandung recipe as it doesn’t have any dried shrimp… well, it’s not as easy to get here unless you live next to an oriental shop… that why this is Mee Bandung London style… cincailah ;)

Fish and Leaves

November 10th, 2012

After spending some hours and a kids party late morning, I wasn’t in much state to make any lunch. Thank goodness hubby is out to meet a friend about dog, and Little Bee had something to eat at the party so I just had to think about me.

Some smoked salmon and rocket leaves would do me just fine.

So Little Bee and I stopped at the local supermarket on the way home and I chose some black peppered smoked salmon.

Little Bee asked me what it was for and I told her I was going to make salad for myself for lunch. Hearing that, Little Bee said that she also want some fish with salad for lunch… actually, she insisted that she will have fish and salad for lunch… so, I bought for her some honey roasted salmon.

When we got home, I put some salad leaves in her bowl and broke the honey roasted salmon into pieces and sprinkle it on to the salad. I left it plain without any dressing.

honey roasted salmon with rocket leaves

For me, I made a little dressing with 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil and 1tsp sugar. Just whisked them together and sprinkle it on my salad.

peppered salmon with rocket and vinegarette

Mama and Little Bee had nice salmon salad and watched Scooby-doo DVD.

What’s for your lunch today?

Red and White Poppies

November 2nd, 2012

This is what I’ll be wearing until Remembrance Sunday.

red and white poppy for remembrance sunday

For those who fought to ensure peace, for those who fell ensuring peace, for those innocent victims of war…