Sashimi Feast

March 7th, 2014

Hubby reminded me that he’ll be out tonight.

So after stopping at the doctors to book an appointment, Little Bee and I went to Sainsbury and bought salmon loin and a few hours later, this is what we had for dinner :D

sushi feast


rice panda


sashimi and cucumber sushi

Trying to Make Gyoza

January 25th, 2014

A few weeks ago when we went to Hoo Hing, I decided to get some dumplings. Little Bee wanted prawn dumplings and every seafood dumpling I picked up from the frozen section had pork fat in it. I couldn’t find anything with a halal sign on it. In the end I bought a bag of vegetarian dumplings… and we’re not sure about it.

I also decided to get some gyoza pancake thinking that maybe I could try to make some myself.

A couple of weeks ago, Little Bee and I went for sushi with Alice and Little Bee really liked the vegetable gyoza.

On Friday, on the way back from Wimbledon, Little Bee and I stopped at a little sushi place by the train station and Little Bee pointed at the gyoza. 50p each! Mind you it was £2.50 for three pieces at Yo Sushi!

I saw some pictures of home made dumplings in the community that I’m in on G+ so today, I decided to get that gyoza pancake out and try to make some prawn gyoza and chicken gyoza… as hubby doesn’t like seafood.

prawn filling for gyoza

prawn filling for gyoza

prawn gyoza

prawn gyoza

prawn gyoza

Just to remind myself for when I perfect the dumpling filling, I used 6 chinese cabbage leaves (thinly sliced, in salt for 15 minutes, rinsed and squeeze the moisture out), 2 spring onions, grated ginger, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil… I think that is it and of course the prawns and chicken.

Little Bee liked them. I like them. I think hubby likes them… I sent some to him in what he calls his shed as he’s has to do some work this weekend.

Ginger Salmon Noodle

October 27th, 2013

I bought a… OK… Little Bee asked me to buy a salmon fillet. I thought of making salmon teriyaki or fry it with tumeric and make masak kicap or oven bake it with lemon… or fish pie.

Really… none of it really appealed to me yesterday until Little Bee pointed out to the bags of egg noodle when we were in the supermarket. I had ginger and bak choi in my basket. So, here’s my concoction of ginger salmon noodle.

ginger salmon noodle


2tbsp freshly grated ginger
3tbsp soy sauce
2tbsp honey
1tbsp sesame oil
300g salmon filet
1tbsp oil
3 garlic, thinly sliced
200g prawns
1 bak choi, finely sliced, stem and leaf separated
1 onion sliced thinly
1 carrot, julienned
400g egg noodles

  1. Mix together the grated ginger, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil. Put the salmon filet on a kitchen foil, pour the ginger mixture on the salmon and scrunch up the edge of the foil to close it. Leave it aside for half an hour.
  2. Heat the oven at gas mark 5 (190C) and put in the salmon and cook for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if it’s not fully cooked as it will be cooked again in the wok.
  3. Take the salmon out and break it in to chunks. Keep the ginger sauce.
  4. Heat the oil in wok on high heat. Add the garlic for about 30 seconds and add the prawns and bak choi stem. When the prawns turned pink add the onion and carrot. Cook for another minute and add the salmon and ginger sauce. Mix for another minute and add the noodles.
marinating the salmon

marinating the salmon

That’s it. You can garnish it with egg and add some white pepper but I just like it as it is.

Ginger…Cold Remedy… I hope

October 26th, 2013

Little Bee has a cold and I’ve increased the amount of ginger in my cooking and she seemed better today.

I have a cold… or feel like a cold is approaching… so I made kopi jahe.

ingredients for kopi jahe

ingredients for kopi jahe

She Talks to Her Food

October 22nd, 2013

panda rice

So I made these for Little Bee. She found them really cute.. she started talking to them, kissing them and then ate them up!

Well… three of them and she put the last one to bed on a bed of tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) ;)

sleeping panda rice

Kek Sarang Semut

October 13th, 2013

kek sarang semut

I made this ‘ants nest cake’ about a couple of month ago and Little Bee loved it. As tomorrow will mark the Day of Arafat, marking the final day of Haj, I decided to make kek sarang semut, so I could have something sweet at the end of sahur (morning meal before the start of fasting) and for iftar, when I break my fast… plus Little Bee would love it for pudding.


200g caster sugar
250ml water
20g butter
4 eggs
2tbsp condensed milk
150g flour
1tsp bicarbonate soda

  1. Heat the sugar in a pan. Once melted with a slightly burnt smell, carefully add the water and dissolve the sugar. Add butter and set it aside to cool down.
  2. Whisk the eggs and add the condensed milk, flour and bicarbonate soda. Once whisked through, add the melted sugar.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased baking tray and leave it to stand for a couple of hours.
  4. Prepare the steamer and steam the mixture for about 1 hour 15 minutes.

That’s it really. Once it’s cooled down, it’s ready for you to demolish it.

sarang semut mixture

sarang semut mixture


steaming in the steamer

sarang semut

didn’t turn out smooth today

kek sarang semut

but still turned out yummy

I think most recipes will use about 1/2 cup of condensed milk but I find it that too sweet! But you can add more if you have a sweet tooth :)

Here’s a Little Fishy on a Little Dishy

October 10th, 2013

I have to say that I’ve never bought a whole fish in my 20 odd years in the UK. I’ve bought cuts of fish but never a whole fish.

Lately, when ever Little Bee wants salmon, I’ve been getting the cut from the fish counter in ‘our’ Sainsbury’s. She keeps looking at the whole fish at the counter and keeps pointing at the sea bass and I keep promising her that I will get it one day.

After months of promising, one day came last week when hubby was away for the weekend. Hubby detest seafood. I bought the sea bream and Little Bee was excited.

We brought it home and I marinated it with soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and spring onions. Left it for an hour or so and steamed it.

sea bass

I showed Little Bee how to look for bones and she demolished almost the whole fish! I ended up eating rice and fried egg… and picking the last of the fish flesh from the bones like a cat ;)

MAS Lamb Biryani

September 26th, 2013

Work is so hectic and yesterday I just had to take five minute to have a quick scroll on FB before I start pulling my hair out… and I came across this:

MAS Lamb Biryani


I can make this in 30 minutes?! That sounds easy enough.

So, I got some lamb from the butcher, rushed to pick up Little Bee from Nursery, got home and asked her to play in the front room while I got everything together, leave it simmering in the pot while I supervise her showering… viola! Dinner was ready by the time she was dressed and her hair combed.

Well done MAS! You saved me from having to think hard on what to cook last night. I would be ever so grateful if you put up another recipe today :)

Oh… the picture I quickly took last night didn’t look very appetising and would not do this recipe justice… maybe next time ;)

Photo from MAS FB page.

Tepung Pelita Test

August 10th, 2013

I bought a bag of banana leaves as I wanted to make otak otak… which is actually wrapped in coconut leaf but I didn’t know where to get coconut leaves from, whereas I know I can banana leaf quite easily.

I didn’t realise how much was in the bag and obviously I had lots left and I started thinking of Malaysian puddings that is wrapped in banana leaf and tepung pelita came to my mind. I think it originated from the state of Kelantan but of course if it’s yummy (like most food in Malaysia) you will be able to find it somewhere in Malaysia.

The only problem is, I don’t think I have the patience of cutting, cleaning, heating and folding the banana leaves into small cups. I did try but because I didn’t heat the leaves long enough, they were still stiff and kept ripping or breaking.

Hmmmmm… so for this experiment, it will just have to be in cups.

tepung pelita

Maybe one day I will find the patience to do the cups and also stand at the stove and stir the mixtures… but after a few busy days of cooking, I guess I rushed everything and used the short cut of using pandan essence rather than proper pandan leaves… let’s just say, it’s not something that I would serve to guests… but Little Bee says she likes it… or she’s just being kind.

Eid Mubarak, A Little Celebration

August 10th, 2013

All through Ramadan, I was convinced that Eid will fall on a Friday, but come Wednesday, I began to doubt myself. My friends were starting to talk about Eid and that it’s been announced in Japan, Singapore and Malaysia that Eid will fall on a Thursday.

I rushed off to the butcher to get my meat, who told me to come back later as he’s expecting a delivery and I could get fresher meat then.

So it’s been rush, rush, rush… cook, cook, cook… bake, bake, bake for the last few days!

Eid is the second biggest celebration for Muslims. After a month of fasting in the month of Ramadan, the first of Syawal is celebrated with prayers and feast with family and friends.

Eid feast

A couple of my friends came over yesterday and on the table we had rendang ayam, rendang daging, ayam masak merah, nasi himpit, lontong, otak otak and soya bean drink. Tini brought satay ayam and kuah kacang. Alice brought karipap. Jue sent some lemang over as she could not celebrate with us. Zetty, Nora and Razlina were in our thoughts.

After years of being in London, I’ve finally found a bunch of Malaysian friends that are like family to me. I am blessed. Photo below courtesy of Alice.

friends and food

Oh… and today… had a proper Malaysian breakfast! We love leftovers! So it was nasi himpit, lontong and sambal goreng (which I forgot about yesterday). Yummy indeed!!

my Malaysian breakfast