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May 2012

Fried Noodle (炒麵)

The different between many fried noodles we find out there perhaps are the noodles itself, things they put in the noodles and the way they cook it. I love noodle anyway it is cooked. The fried one tastes and smells better.

This is the way I cooked it. We need: dried or pre cooked noodles, lots of greens, meat and sauces.

Vegetables that I used are bean sprouts, greens, garlic chives and garlic.
Meat that I prefered are Shrimps, chicken and fish cakes or any other meat that you liked.
sauces: Dark and light soya sauce (you may add fish and oyster sauce if you have it), and white pepper.

Lots of bean sprouts.
Garlic Chives.
Slice fish cakes, shrimps and chicken.
Dried noodles for 3 people.
Boil the noodle, drain the water, add a bit of cooking oil to prevent them from sticking together.

Now we start to fry. Heat the wok and add 3 table spoons of cooking oil. We do not need more as the noodle has been oiled.

Fry the garlic untill it turns brown.
Add chicken.

Add shrimps.

Add fish cakes, salt or soya sauce and white pepper to taste.

Add greens. fry the stems first as they take more time to cook.

Add garlic chives.

and then the noodles and dark soya sauce and other sauces if you prefered.

Last add bean sprouts and stir fry them for 10 minutes.

All done.

Ready to be served.

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Chinese Dessert (Qing Tang/清湯)

I am not sure if you have heard of this Chinese dessert named Qing Tang. It is a sweet soup with white fungus, red dates, ginkgo, lily bulbs, lotus seeds and dried longan meat in it. It can be taken either hot or cold and it is believed it can soothe the heated body. All the ingredients can be bought at the Chinese drug stores or any oriental market, I believe. They are low-fat dessert and easy to cook.

I had to forgo the lily bulbs and gingkgo, as I didn’t have it at home.
Rock Sugar.

Soak the white fungus, red dates, longan meat in water and for the lotus seeds we need to soak it in hot boil water to soften them. Remove the green piths inside the lotus seeds if any as it tastes bitter. Once they are soaked, boil them for about 45 minutes or till they are soft. Then add the rock sugar to taste (any sugar will do if you don’t have rock sugar).

Boil them for about 45 minutes to an hour till they are soft.

I usually will cook a big pot of it and then cool it in the refrigerator for light dessert after dinner. Enjoy.

Shrimp Fried Rice (虾仁炒飯)

Thinking of having fried rice for lunch or dinner? You are in luck. I happened to cook it this afternoon. All I think everyday is how to make my life a bit simpler. By cooking simple fast and easy food. I don’t mind cooking but what I mind is the cleaning afterwards. Sounds familiar? 🙂

Here are all we need for my simple fried rice: shrimps (I have frozen shrimps), eggs, carrots, garlic, green onion, 2 table-spoon of soya sauce ( and 2 table-spoon of sweet dark soya sauce – optional), few pinches of white pepper and of course the rice (enough for 3 people).

Two table spoons of soya sauce.

If you don’t have shrimps at home, you can substitute it with any leftover meat you have from last night dinner. Any meat (chicken, beef or pork) or sausages will do.

Preparation: We chop the garlic; diced the carrots and boiled the diced carrots to soften it; beat the eggs and cut the green onion for garnish later. Now we are ready to fry the rice.

I always like to add garlic in my food.

Heat the wok with two table spoons of cooking oil.
The wok should be real hot when we put in garlic, and there is sizzling sound.
Once the garlic starts to brown add eggs/beaten eggs.
Stir them and add shrimps.
Add carrots.
Add the rice, soya sauce, salt and pepper to taste.

Remember fry the rice in the high heat. The wok should be real hot to make the fried rice cook and smell better. If you want to add the colour of the rice add two table spoons of sweet dark soya sauce like I did.Here is your lunch. Bon Appetit.

Lembang, Indonesia (我回印尼渡假)

Last week, I got a chance to go to back to Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia in Southeast Asia. It’s been some time since the last time I was back home. While we were there we decided to go to Bandung.  Bandung is only few hours drive from capital (73.1 miles or 117 km south-east Jakarta). I remember we used to go there during school holidays with family and relatives.  The city holds a very special place in my memory.  It is also an ideal weekend gateaways  from busy and crowded Jakarta.  Bandung weather  is slightly cooler  couples with its local food usually why people are there for. Further away from Bandung there is this small village called Lembang (11 km from Bandung) that we wanted to visit as well.  The next morning we went for Lembang village tour and took some pictures. Take a look at their mode of transportation in that small village out of Bandung.

This is a link for what you might find in West Java

We can still see horse carriages in small villages there.
It can carry up to 9 people in it.
Tricycles can still be found in part of Bandung.
drivers are waiting for passengers.

Although the village is somewhat crowded now, but the charm is still there. The weather is around 60s F and 70s F (20s Celsius) which is very nice. The people are friendly and food suits us well.

Map of West-Java, Indonesia.

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