Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pork Ribs Soup with Fishmaw, Mushroom and Chinese Herbs

Ahhh, one of those days when I am lazy to cook....., a big pot of soup with 'hampalang' (everything) inside is always the answer. After checking out my fridge, I found fish maw, fresh mushroom, cabbage, a leftover Yau Char kueh from breakfast, coriander leaves and pork ribs. All these ingredients would be suitable for a hot pot of soup.
So, here goes......the....Pork Ribs Soup with Fishmaw, Mushroom and Chinese Herbs

Pork Ribs, 7 cuts
Cabbage, 5 leaves
Fish Maw 5 pcs
Fresh mushroom, 1 packet
Garlic, 1 bulb
Yuk Chuk(Polygonatum root, Polygonatum odoratum), 10 slices
Tong Kwai (Angelica Sinensis Root, 2 slices
Water, desired amount but not too much or else your soup will be bland
Salt to taste
Light Soya sauce
Dark Soya sauce, a few drops for colour

Garnishing, Coriander leaves 
Yau Char Kwai (Chinese crullers)

Put water in pot and bring to a boil. Add in the pork ribs, garlic, yuk chuk and tong kwai. Boil for around 45 to 60 minutes or until the pork ribs are soft. Add in cabbage, fish maw, fresh mushroom, salt, light soya sauce and dark soya sauce. Boil for a short while. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve while still hot. Throw in the Yau Char Kwai and let it soak up the soup.....nice!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Eldest Son Playing Na xie nian wo men yi qi zhui de nv hai - Na xie nian (那些年,我们一起追的女孩 - 那些年) Your Are The Apple of My Eye Song on the Piano

You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年,我们一起追的女孩 - 那些年, Na xie nian wo men yi qi zhui de nv hai - Na xie nian) is a  popular Taiwanese movie about romance between a mischievous high school boy,  Ko Chen-tung (Ko Ching-teng) and a girl, Shen Chia-yi (Michelle Chen). My kids love the show very much but I just watched part of it only and missed the ending. Anyway, it sort of reminds me of my naughty school days, chasing 'butterflies'.........Ahem!! 
The video shows my eldest son attempting to play this very long song Na Xie Nian (那些年) on the piano. Not perfect, with some errors here and there; need more practice.
However, hope you enjoy the music. Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gangnam Nunchaku Style by Pete, Kids and Spiderman

Finally finished editing this video after much fiddling with Windows Movie Maker! My little five year old loves PSY Gangnam Style music video and I wanted to make this parody video with my family in it so that they can remember all the good times we had together.
My daughter took most of the videos with my youngest son as the main star or you can say......Spiderman....., correction....Spiderboy! Michael Jackson pun ada (also got) lorrr.... LOL!
Ok, ok, ok, I know that some of you might have been tired of hearing too much Gangnam Style music but I guess no harm to hear it one more time with Pete and kids in it (Published at my Youtube Account, Peteformation L)! Turn on your speaker!
Enter the Gangnam Nunchaku Style with Pete's Family!
Boy, I sure looks old liao.........ha ha ha!

PS : Thanks to PSY, YG Entertainment for producing such a catchy song.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Plain Fried Lean Pork with Leeks

Whenever I watch Western cooking show, I am always amazed how simple the chef marinade the steak they are cooking. Most of the time they just use pepper and salt. Actually, this simple marinade maintain the natural flavours of meat and is real tasty if you cook it right. The addition of various sauces enhances these flavours more.
I tried cooking lean pork with just pepper and salt. Since I wanted to char the meat a little, I used non-stick wok with no oil. I added leeks and onion so that I do not have to cook another vegetable dish. Anyway, leeks always taste good with pork.
Here is my Plain Fired Lean Pork with Leeks recipe......

Pork, 500gms, cut into thin slices
Pepper, to taste
Salt to taste
Leeks, 3 stalks, wash throughly and cut onto desired length
Onion, 1 pc, cut into thin slices
Garlic, 3 cloves, smashed

Marinade pork with salt and pepper. Heat up non-stick wok and put in the marinated pork. Fry at medium heat until they are slightly burned. Add in the onions and fry until they are slightly brown. Throw in the leeks. Stir fry for a short while. Serve while still hot.

Note : You can make some sauce to go with this dish which is rather dry.

PS : If you want a tastier dish, use pork belly with a layer of fat on it........mmmm, nice!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Deep Fried Ikan Selar Kuning (Gold Banded Scad) with Turmeric Recipe

I have posted quite a few recipes on Ikan Selar Kuning (Gold/Yellow Banded Scad Fish). This is one of my favourite fish and I would buy them whenever I come across this fish at the wet market.
This recipe is rather simple but frying the marinated is a little messy. In order to avoid the hot oil from splattering all over the places, I covered my wok with a lid and open it a little from time to time to allow the water vapour to come out.
I fried the Kunyit Selar Kuning fish till crispy and they are good to eat till the bones.......LOL! All crunchy!.....

Ikan Selar Kuning. 15 pcs
Kunyit (Turmeric), 1 tablespoon
Lemon Juice or Lime Juice, 1 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Marinade the fish with all the ingredients and leave it for 20 minutes. Heat up oil for deep frying and then fry the fish till they are crispy.
Serve while still hot. Sure taste good with Nasi Lemak!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hickory Cheese Baked Prawns with Broccoli

Actually I was rushing to cook dinner when I prepared this dish. I had a container full of 'butterflied' prawn in my fridge and the fastest way to cook them is to throw them into the oven. I added in some brocolli and Tomato to this dish, so that I do not have to cook any extra green vegetables. he he he, All in one! LOL!

This is a real easy dish to prepare. Here is my Hickory Cheese Baked Prawns with Broccoli recipe.

Prawns, 500 gms (butterflied)
Garlic, 3 cloves, chopped finely
Hickory barbecue sauce, 3 table spoons
Cheese, 2 pcs or 3 table spoons if you use shredded mozarella
Light Soya sauce, 1 table spoon
Pepper, a dash
Tomato, 2 pcs, cut off the top portion

Arrange the prawns, broccoli and tomato in a baking tray. Add pepper, light soya sauce garlic. Sprinkle the cheese evenly on the top and pour the hickory bbq sauce on the cheese. Bake the prawns in a preheated oven at 200 Deg C for 20 minutes or until they are cooked. Serve while still hot.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Curry Prawns with Cabbage and Long Beans Recipe

Prawns curry is my all time favourite. The natural sweetness and flavour of prawns blend really well with curry spices. I left the prawn shell intact because they are packed with flavours.
Since, I have some leftover cabbage, I throw them into the prawn curry as well. Long bean is a must for my seafood curry because my wife love it very much! In order to reduce the spiciness of the premixed curry spices, I add a tablespoon of serbuk ketumbar (coriander powder) to the curry. My little 5 year old loves curry but it must not be too spicy or else he won't take it.
Here is my Curry Prawns and Long Beans Recipe.....

Prawns, medium size, 500 gms
Onions, 2 pcs. blended
Garlic, 5 cloves, blended
Ginger, 1 small piece, blended with garlic and onions
Lemon grass, 1 pc, blended with onions, garlic, ginger
Curry powder, 3 tablespoons, mix with water into a paste
Coriander powder, 1 tablespoons, mix with curry paste
Curry leaves, 3 stalks (optional)
Cabbage, 4 to 5 leaves or more
Long Beans, 5 pcs, cut into 1 " length
Coconut milk or cream, 1 cup
Salt to taste
Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon

Heat up wok and put in around 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Saute blended onions, garlic, ginger and lemon grass until fragrant. Add in the curry and coriander paste. Fry for a short while and add in the curry leaves. Throw in the long beans and cabbage. Add coconut milk and bring to a boil. It the mixture is too thick, add in some water. Put in the prawns, salt to taste and lemon juice. Cook for a short while because prawns cooked easily and they will remain tender when not overcooked. Your "Curry Prawns with Cabbage and Long Beans" dish is ready!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Malaysian First Olympic Gold in Badminton?

Datuk Lee Chong Wei played a good game against Lin Dan in the London 2012 Olympics badminton finals. But Lin Dan managed to deny us our first gold medal for the Olympics games.

Now many Malaysians are wondering, which one of our badminton players will continue the fight for Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal when Chong Wei retires?

Jeng Jeng Jeng.......enter Peteformation Junior......our future National badminton player and future Olympics gold!

.......joining junior badminton coaching soon..........