Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Steam Fish with Mushroom Pork

A normal Sunday, we have to go back to Sg. Buloh (Mr. Slim’s parent place) for dinner. This Sunday, we were not going back! Hahaha~ sounds happy ya! Mainly was because it was a heavy rain day, and Mr. Slim going to Singapore the next morning. He needs to catch the flight by 8am, and he hasn’t packed his luggage yet. So, I decided to cook our dinner at home.
A simple one will do ~

1. Fishes (2)
2. 4 shallots (chopped)
3. 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
4. 3 mushroom (sliced)
5. 200gm Pork (sliced)

*1. To make the fishes tasty – rub on 1/2 tsp Sesame oil and 1 tsp Oyster sauce.
* 2. To make the nice stocks – 1 tbsp of Shao Hsing Wine mixed with 1/2 cup water, marinate the sliced pork and sliced mushroom.
~ Pour over (*1 and *2) fish and let it marinate for at list 15min.

* 3. Fry the chopped garlic until fragrant.
Before steam ~ add 1 tbsp of Fish Sauce.
Steam the Fishes for 20min … garnish with chopped garlic and SERVE!

I’m lazy yet like to have dinner at home, so a plate of simple fried vegetable would be a nice dish to serve with the Steam Fish and mushroom pork.

Fried Vegetable

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour – ready… OFF!

Saturday, 28th March 2009 both me and Mr. Slim getting so ready to join the Earth Hour!

I was carving what to have for dinner, because the Earth Hour start at 8.30pm and that was our dinner time. Dinner outside or at home?

Went out for appointment the whole evening, while I was on the way home, jam every where and rain cats and dogs! Thinking to cook at home, but nothing much left inside the fridge. Only a pack of salted sour marinated vegetables, small little slice of pork, dried mushroom, Organic Long Beans and still some eggs.

Argh! Finally I decided not to go out for dinner. And suddenly in my mind… candle light dinner would be the best choice to welcome the Earth Hour!

Here I come~

1. 4 dried mushroom (soak and cut in slices)
2. 200g Pork, sliced
3. 4 cloves garlic (fine cut)
4. 300g Salted Sour Marinated Vegetables
5. Few long slices carrot
* Marinate Pork with ½ tbsp Oyster Source, 2 cloves of fine cut garlic and 1/3 tsp of pepper.

1. Heat sufficient oil and fry the garlic with 3 tbsps of cooking oil until it changed yellowish.
2. Pour in sliced Pork and stir fry over medium heat until cooked.
3. Fry the Marinated Pork with the Salted Sour Vege, sliced carrot and sliced mushroom for at least 10 minutes.
4. Add 3 glasses of water and stew for 10 more minutes over law heat.
I believe you will have to add another bowl of rice if you serve with this!

This is the most easier way to ready the long beans and eggs. What else, easy and mouth watering!
Diced Long Bean with Stir Eggs

~We have everything ready to be served on our dinning table before 8.30pm.

~8.30pm sharp! Off the Light!!!

Candle Light Dinner Serve!

Friday, March 27, 2009

My memorable Birthday

Oh wow, Mr. Slim came home late on Tuesday. So, I didn’t cook and we went dinner at the food stall near by our house. Hmmm… in a sudden he told me that he has booked a table in Traders Hotel, Gobo Upstairs and Sky Bar to celebrate birthday for me! Gosssh… surprise again!

But my first reaction on what he planned was ~ NO, NO! Too expensive and now economy is so bad. I even suggest I want to cook at home! Haha~
This cleaver guy has reaction in the other way round so fast ~ “Cannot cancel, because I have booked a birthday cake there! And this place, introduced by a Blogger (Kampung Boy City Gal), should be very nice” ~
Aaarggh, kill me, he actually wanted to go this place since long ago, and I always reject him. Now this time, what a good reason for him! He even put up blogger’s name to heat up my urge, what else I can say…

So, I just prepare my heart to be there for a nice dinner. I brought my little baby to done his first hair cut (puppy). Done some phone calls, met a friend for discussing on Share- Stock Market stuff. Then I came home, met Mr. Slim online and he told me he want to go home earlier to avoid jam. That was only 5pm plus. Then I went for shower and get my own ready with Casual Smart dress up, he reached home like 30 min after he said bye on the MSN. Wow… so punctual, and never been so punctual ever since!

I thought we could get up the car right after he took his good shower, see him feeding the puppies, and at the same time he asked me, why am I getting myself ready so fast? The dinner actually booked for 8pm. And he wants to complete his unfinished work before we leave home for dinner. (Aarrggh! Want to bang my head on the wall!)

Anyway, that was a good place for romance fine dinning…haha!

~The Organizer: Mr. Slim.
*Gobo Upstairs, Traders Hotel.





* Sky Bar @ 33rd Floor




10 minutes before Birthday, a surprise couple showed up in front of me! Gosh… unbelievable!

~Surprise couple in my birthday (Chris and KC)

~present from Chris and KC for my neck pain.
A surprising gifts from my friend a little tinny birthday cake! But it was too full after the duckling lunch, we didn’t manage to cut the cake there…

~gifts from Keem.
I thought everything was end, and waiting Mr. Slim to come home from work for dinner… My god, he has a bouquet of Roses hold on his hand. Another surprise again!My best friend from Texas and Sabah, ask Mr. Slim to surprise me with that… My god, too lovely!
~ From Mr. Slim, Hui Sia, Ping Long and Pei Ying.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Present in the year of 2009

We have just past our 7th Valentines’ Day. A lot of friend told me, is very unbelievable that we still have Valentines’ Day present after 7th years. So, what should I say… I think I’m still the lucky one, as we been together more than 7 years, but we celebrate every Valentines’ Day ~ no miss!

This time, My ideal present for my Mr. Slim is a WATCH! For a guy like him ~ an interior designer, he always have to work like “RUSH HOUR”, guess a nice and good watch is very important for him to be a designer. Haha ~

I was having big headache few days before the Valentines’. I actually decided to get my Mr. Slim a watch, but I didn’t actually know what kind of watch he likes. Too plan and too messy, he doesn’t like, too big and too thick, not suitable. Too fancy and too complicated, he won’t wear… huh ~

Day before the Valentines’ Day, I have finally make my decision with getting a silver bracelet and simple internal fittings design Seiko watch for him. Unexpected… he likes it very much, not too heavy, not too fancy, not too big and JUST NICE!

Guess what… my Mr. Slim gave me a big surprise this year! He came down from the car with a white plastic bag, that was a bottle of white wine ~ lovely! And also another black plastic bag which I thought it was from a Hardware Shop. Out of my expectation, there was a black color box inside the plastic bag, and with the pictures on the box, obviously I never expect he bought me a set of Knives (ZWILLING J.A.HENCKLES - Twin Pollux)
as my Valentines’ Day present! Gosssh… professional and expensive!

No Doubt, I love to cook, and Twin Pollux knives set is purposely made for Asian Kitchen – for my Bigfish Cook Book!

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Living, new life begins

Moving to new house currently … guess it been more than a year I don’t even have time to enjoy my blogging. Feel so sorry to all my blog’s reader and friends.
Posting up some of my Little Sweet Home photos here:~

It is a quiet and nice place to live with, a good and peaceful environment.
From a condominium to a Terrace, we actually spend quite a bit time to get use to here.
We settled down in since few months ago, we decided to have clean and tidy furniture to be placed in the living, dinning and kitchen.
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Then for our puppies, they use to live in the condominium, but now they have bigger ground outside the house, inside the car porch to play around. Our female dog even got pregnant, and gave birth before the Chinese New Year’09.




Over the days and months, our house becomes a good place for gathering, eat and drink…
We had our first Chinese New Year here, my mom and brothers were here with us. We had our first Chinese New Year Eve Dinner - “Tuan-Yuan-Fan” here.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Onion Sambal Pork

Oh dear all… how to explain I miss every one here and couldn’t have a free time to let me sit down like tonight here!
I’m BACK and really back…

1. Pork 250gm (sliced)
2. Spring Onion (sectioned)
3. 1 Red Chili (sliced)
4. 4 Cloves Garlic (grated)
5. 4 shallots (grated)

Marinate Pork:
* Some chopped garlic and shallots, corn flour, pepper.

1. Heat up 2 tbsps cooking oil, fry grated garlic and shallots until fragrant.
2. Pour in Marinated Pork, stir fry with low heat (5 min)
3. Add in sliced Chili and fry until become fairly dry.

If you remember I made the Sambal Shrimp Paste few weeks ago…

I have kept the some of my Home Made Sambal Shrimp Paste in the fridge and using it whenever I want to have my dish in a little spicy way.

Basically, we can easily find this kind of Sambal Shrimp Paste is selling in the Hypermarket, but mostly added a lot of preservative to prevent mould. Home made Sambal Shrimp Paste is always healthier without the preservative. If we keep it in the right way, the Sambal Shrimp Paste can even keep for at least a month.

Follow the steps below; you can always keep the Home Made Sambal Shrimp Paste fresh and longer.

How to keep the Home Made Sambal Shrimp Paste longer?
* Use clean and dry spoon to scoop out the needed portion.
* Make sure our fingers or hands do not touch on the Sambal Shrimp Paste.
* Keep inside the meat tray in the fridge.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Home For Year of RAT

Back Home to ~ Land Below The Wind – SABAH

Let me share with you on my Chinese New Year ‘08 trip back home in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
During this trip, I planned to have tons of mom’s recipes for my blog’s update. But I was struggling to keep up with the preparation of the dishes, and worse of all, I totally forgotten to take photos as I was overcome by the aromatic and mouth watering dishes. All I know
during that period of time was to eat when it was freshly served!

Well, at least I manage to take some priceless sceneries and fresh seafood which I really love. .

Mt. Kinabalu
It is world famous mountain and the tallest in South East Asia.
It is about 2.5 hrs drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Throughout the journey, it’s all paddy field countryside.




Tanjung Aru Beach
Panda and I went to the famous Tanjung Aru Beach in K.K (Kota Kinabalu). Weather was hot… Panda wanted to go for Cool Drink.

Don’t surprise if you hear beer in Sabah is cheap and unbelievable! No doubt… we order a big bottle of Heineken. The waitress told us RM24 a bottle and she persuaded us to get another bottle because they charge only RM25 for 2 bottles. Unbelievable right!

It is only 10 min away from my house. Sitting outside the Bar… holding a glass of beer in the evening and looking at people playing water ski. I bet we will never find this scene in the City of K.L.

~ RM24 (1 bottle), but RM25 (2 bottles)


~ Enjoying the natural Beach … lovely sunset!
TAMU (Morning Market)
In Sabah, we call the Morning Market as TAMU, and we normally practice going to TAMU for fresh food market shopping. Fresh Vegetables, Seafood, Meat and etc… Prices are cheaper and better quality compare to those normal markets.

The best part is … BARGAIN and BARGAIN and BARGAIN!!!



Here are some Unbelievable Prices: ~

11 big prawns cost only less than RM20.
* Mom complaint, normally she only pays less than Rm15… huh…

~Look at those Prawn Roes

1kg “Sek-Pan” (Sea bass) cost only less than RM15,
1kg “7 Xing-Ban” (Grouper) cost only less than RM40.

*Mom said, price increase is because of Chinese New Year, if not she normally pay less than RM10 for 1 fish.

A bunch of crabs (8 crabs) cost only RM15.
*Dad grumble because he normally only pay RM8 for 6 fresh crabs.



A bunch of medium size Cockles cost only RM2.
Take 3 bunches cost RM5 ONLY!!!!!
* My brother said if we are willing to spend sometime to go to the seaside near the mangrove area, we can more of it for Free!!!!

Manukan Island
This island is famous in KK among the locals. It takes about 15 min by speed boat.
It has soft sand and the clarity of the water is wonderful.

Stilt Houses
ost Sabahan stayed in this kind of houses before.
But these houses are coming to an extinct as there is so much development in the city