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Hajj Journey – Part 1

It has been nearly a month since I came back from Hajj. Hajj is the most amazing thing that I have ever experienced. I felt Allah’s blessing throughout my journey. Yes, there were some difficulties but they were not as hard as I expected. Performing Hajj at young age is definitely a great advantage. I […]

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Rice Roll

It has been a month since I came back from Hajj. Things are slowly getting back to normal. I will post my Hajj reflection shortly. This recipe was written before I travel but did not have the chance to post it until now. Rice Roll is a all-time favourite dish in Hong Kong Cha Chan Ten and Mr. Camel’s favourite. This is not a traditional method of making it but I have adapted it to suit our domestic kitchen. You can also make a vegetarian version, simply leave out the meat and add chopped spring onion only. The vegetarian rice roll is also very delicious with sweetened soy sauce, chili sauce and peanut butter. I know the sauce combination sounds strange. But trust me, it matches perfectly well with the rice roll.

Rice Roll (appox 10-12 rolls depending on size and thickness)
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Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Rice Roll (appox 10-12 rolls depending on size and thickness)
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Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Rice Roll
Filling
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Sleeve all the flour in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 250ml water into the mixing bowl until dissolved.
  3. Add the remaining water and mix well.
  4. Sleeve the mixture twice to three times.
  5. Rub the oil (not included in the ingredients) on the container you will use to steam with and the spatula.
  6. Add the mixture on the container in a thin layer. If using spring onion only, just spread it evenly on the layer.
  7. Add the filing at the bottom of 1/3 portion of the layer.
  8. Steam for 4 minutes.
  9. Wait till it is slightly cooled and use a spatula to roll it slowly from the side of the filling.
  10. Add sweetened soy sauce, chili sauce etc to taste, serve hot.
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Chicken Roll

Chicken thigh is an ingredient I like to use for cooking. It is easy to cook and has varied possibilities: From stir fry chicken with vegetables to Teriyaki Chicken. Recently, I use it to make chicken rolls. You can put anything you like inside the chicken roll – as long as it is delicious, no one will complain. Unlike the western style where you make it with spinach and cheese inside, I am going to use carrots and celery to pan fry it with soy sauce. This is by far my favourite way and easiest way to make chicken roll. Crunchy carrot with tender juicy chicken. Hope you will enjoy it.

Chicken Roll
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken Roll
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Marinate
Chicken Roll
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Use the back of the knife or the rolling pin for thinning the chicken thigh and even it. Marinate the chicken thigh for at least 2 hours.
  2. Water bath the carrot and celery for 2-3 minutes until it is cooked but still crunchy.
  3. Place the carrot and celery as shown on the picture, roll it over and use a sting to tie it.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, pan fry the chicken thigh until it turns brown. Add the water and marinate in the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, turn occasionally. Add some water during simmer if it is too dry.
  5. Take it out, slice it and garnish with the sauce.
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Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine

Mr Camel doesn’t like aubergine which is quite the opposite to me. So I decided to make Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine. So he can eat all the meat and save me the aubergine.

This is recipe is similar to Ma Po Tofu with similar seasoning and replaces Tofu with aubergine. Despite the fact that it is less famous than Ma Po Tofu, I like Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine more. The aubergine is tasty as it absorbs both the meat and bean sauce flavour. To my surprise, Mr Camel finished the aubergine leaving me with less aubergine than I expected. I realised he eats anything with a with spicy flavor. Now I know how to cook my next dish with ingredients he dislikes most.

Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pan fry or deep fry your aubergine until half cooked. Set a side
  2. Heat oil on a pan. Add the mince, ginger, shallot and garlic and stir fry until half cooked.
  3. Add soy sauce, spicy bean sauce, sugar, sesame oil and water until they are fully cooked.
  4. Add the aubergine, cover and simmer it in medium low heat for further 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with spring onion. Serve hot.
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Vegetables Soup

This soup is inspired by the New Covent Garden vegetables soup. When I traveled in Edinburgh recently, I tried this soup and I was very impressed by its richness. I used the ingredients as a reference and made my version of this vegetables soup. This is my first time I’ve use swede. It is not common in Asia so I was not sure if I would like its flavour. To my surprise, the taste was great and it worked well with other vegetables. Feel free to use different combination of vegetables such as sweet corn, turnip, etc to make your very own version of this vegetable soup!

Vegetables Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Vegetables Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut all ingredients into small pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, stir fry the onion until you can smell the aroma.
  3. Add the tomato, swede, celery, carrot, cabbage and lentil and stir fry them for 5 minutes in medium heat.
  4. Add water, salt and sugar until it boils.
  5. Add milk until it boils.
  6. Simmer for 45 minutes in low heat. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

I use a vaccum cooker, simmer for 15 minutes and put it into the vaccum container.

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Mango Pudding

I almost forgot I had to make something sweet for Eid. This was prepared in the eleventh hour and took less than 15 minutes to make. I decided to make a mango pudding using the residue mango pulp from yesterday’s mango lassi. I  have also previously made mango pudding from fresh mangoes. All you need to do is to use a blender to blend the mango, extra sugar and add in the gelatine mix. To keep this halal, my friend bought me a very high quality gelatine from New Zealand. Even though you may choose to use mango pulp, I still highly recommend that you add freshly diced mangoes into the mixture to incorporate a different texture. For the best result, chill it overnight but, if like me, you are working to the last minute, it should still work out if you leave it in the fridge for a mere 3 hours. 

 

Mango Pudding
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Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Mango Pudding
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Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix the gelatine with water in a pan over medium low heat until all the gelatine is dissolved.
  2. Add the evaporated milk and mix well.
  3. Remove from heat, add the mango pulp and mix well.
  4. Put the mixture into any mold and chilled for at least 3 hours.
Recipe Notes

Garnish extra evaporated milk to serve.

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Beef Cake (Pan-fried Dumpling)

I know my blog haven’t been updated for quite a while. I was very busy (and frankly a little bit lazy). But there will be two more recipes on the way so hopefully it won’t be take too long before the next update.

You may not have seen this beef cake before as this is rarely available. This beef cake was first introduced by a Muslim restaurant so we all call it “Halal Beef Cake” in Hong Kong. It is very popular with many locals as they visit the restaurant regularly just for this. To my content, my Halal Beef Cake is very similar to the actual thing. I reduced the size of the beef cake as I find them less messy to eat and more suitable for people who have smaller apetite.

Beef Cake (Pan-fried Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Beef Cake (Pan-fried Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat the water until it reaches 65℃
  2. 2. Sieve the plain flour and mix it with the salt.
  3. 3. Add the water in the plain flour for 3 times.
  4. 4. Mix the flour and water well until it becomes a dough.
  5. 5. Use a wet towel or cling film to cover it and let it rest for 45 mins.
  6. 6. In the meantime, we will make the filling. Add the beef mince with salt. Keep mixing and stirring until it becomes sticky. Add the water, 1Tbsp at a time.
  7. 7. Add all other ingredients in the filling and mix well.
  8. 8. Chill the filling in the fridge.
  9. 9. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 16 pieces, each one should be appox 30g.
  10. 10. Roll each into a ball and use a rolling pin to flatten it into a 12 cm wide circle. Make sure you roll the side a bit thinner.
  11. 11. Place 1 Tbsp or more filling at the center of the circle. Gently pinch the side in one direction with 2 fingers and seal the dumpling. Place it upside down (ie. The sealed side should face downward.) Use your palm to gently flatten it a little bit and it should be appox 7 cm.
  12. 12. When you have fit all the fillings in the dumplings. Heat oil in a frying pan. Place the dumplings on the pan in medium high heat (the sealed side should face down). When it turns golden, turn to the other side. When the other side is golden, turn to the other side and add some water in the pan. The water should reach a quarter height of the dumplings. Turn to medium heat. Place the lid on and cook until the water is evaporated. It should be approximately 4-5 minutes. The mince cake should be hot and crispy. Take it out, serve hot.
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Wonton (Meat and Prawns Dumpling)

Wonton is a popular Hong Kong street food and my favourite type of dumpling. The skin of Wonton is very thin which means you can get a richer flavour and texture. You can easily get wonton skin in Chinese supermarkets. It is usually eaten with soup, vegetables and sometimes noodles. As this takes some effort to make, I usually make a large batch and frozen it for lunches later. The fillings of wontons varies. The meat and prawns filling is most to my liking. The golden ratio of meat and prawns is 1:1. You may add mushrooms, vegetables, basically anything you like in the filling. I hope to post other dumplings recipe with different fillings later, so watch this space!

Wonton (Meat and Prawns Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Wonton (Meat and Prawns Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix the beef mince with salt and mix it clockwise until it is sticky.
  2. Add in soy sauce, corn flour, sesame oil and white pepper powder and mix well.
  3. Remove the vein of the prawns. I am using frozen prawns of which the shell and veins have already been removed. Cut them into small pieces. If you are using small sized prawns, you may not need to cut it into pieces
  4. Add the prawns, white pepper powder, sesame oil, sugar, grated ginger in the beef mince and mix well.
  5. Add 1 chopped spring onion and coriander in the meat mixture. Mix well.
  6. Use the wonton skin to wrap it. Use a finger to put some water on the edge of wonton skin and seal the wonton.
  7. Add the Pak Choi into the boiled stock and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat, add a pinch of chopped spring onion.
  8. In a separate bowl, boil the water. After the water is boiled, add the wontons and a cup of cold water. Boil for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add some soup, Pak Choi and wonton in the bowl. Serve hot.
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Portuguese Style Coconut Chicken (Galinha à portuguesa)

My mum used to make this dish during gatherings and special occasions. I would look forward to such a special occasion because I love this dish so much. Now, I can make it myself whenever I want 🙂 Interestingly, despite with the name “Portuguese style”, this dish is originate from Macao. You will never find anything similar in Portugal. This is very easy to make and the flavor is richer if you let it rest overnight and save it for next day’s meals.

Portuguese Style Coconut Chicken
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Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Portuguese Style Coconut Chicken
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Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in the pan, add the onion until golden.
  2. Add the potato, chicken, turmeric, cumin and salt pan fry it for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk, water and pepper. Cook in medium high heat until boil.
  4. After boiling for 5 minutes, turn to medium low heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stir occasionally. Serve hot.
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Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce

I love using the pesto sauce for pasta dishes.  Mr Camel used to buy ready-made pesto sauce. Last week, I decided to make it from scratch myself. It turned out to be very easy to make! There are only three ingredients needed, plus a blender to mix everything together. Alternatively, you can use a pastel and mortar which will just yield a coarser result. Unfortunately, I did not take photos when I made the sauce. Nonetheless, this is super easy and delicious sauce, so when I make it again I shall put the photos up here. Until then, this is the recipe for seafood spaghetti with pesto sauce.

Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Pesto Sauce
Seafood Spaghetti
Servings: people
Instructions
Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instruction, drain well and set aside.
  2. Marinate the chicken with soy sauce and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in the pan, add chicken and pan fry it until it is half cooked.
  4. Heat oil in a separate pan, pan fry the onion and garlic until you can smell the aroma.
  5. Add the mushrooms and baby corns into the pan and salt and pepper.
  6. Add the half-cooked chicken and cook thoroughly. Mixthe cooked spaghetti into the chicken. Add several table spoons of milk in the mixture if it is too dry.
  7. Pan fry the prawn and squid in a separate pan until cooked and add into the mixture with spaghetti and pesto.
  8. Turn off heat, mix all ingredients and 4 Tbsp of Pesto sauce well and serve.
Pesto Sauce
  1. Use a pan to bake the pine nut until golden. Set aside until cooled.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Store it into a jar and cover with 1Tbps of extra virgin olive oil on top to seal the sauce between air.
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