Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Portuguese-style egg tarts were evolved from "Pastel de Nata", a traditional Portuguese custard pastry that consists of custard in a creme brulee-like consistency caramelized fashion in a puff pastry case. It was created more than 200 years ago by Catholic Sisters at Jeronimos Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) at Belem in Lisbon. Casa Pastéis de Belém was the first pastry shop outside of the convent to sell this pastry in 1837, and it is now a popular pastry in every pastry shop around the world owned by Portuguese descendants.

The Portuguese-style egg tarts known in Macau originated from Lord Stow's Café in Coloane, owned by a Briton named Andrew Stow. Stow modified the recipe of pastel de nata using techniques of making English custard tarts. It has since become available at numerous bakeries, as well as Macau-style restaurants and KFC restaurant chains in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. There was an egg tart craze in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan in the late 1990s.

My family and I really love this egg tarts especially with coffee or tea. I hope you'll will love this recipe that I found from Rasa Malaysia website.

This is the egg tart that I used with puff pastry. The crust is more flakier than pie tart.

( To make 12 pie crusts or 16 puff pastry crusts with 4" cookie cutter )

1 box Pillsbury ready pie crust / 1 box thawed ready Puff Pastry
8 egg yolks
2/3 cup of sugar
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spray the muffin cups with non-stick butter flavor spray. On a floured cutting board, place the ready pie crust/ready thawed puff pastry and used a 4" cookie cutter to cut out each tart shape. Press down the cut tart into the muffin pan and set aside.

2. With a electric hand mixer, beat all the remaining ingredients for about 4 minutes in a mixing bowl. Strain the mixture through a strainer.

3. Pour the egg mixture into each crust dough about 80-90% full.

4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes then turn the broiler to Hi. Put the muffin pan on the very top of the oven and broil until a little brown crust appear on top of the egg custard.

5. Let it cool completely on a wire rack and serve!!!

This is the egg tart that I use with ready pie crust from Pillsbury. This crust taste more tartness.

Monday, September 28, 2009


My another bento lunch for my little boy. I was making this on Sunday afternoon since my son had completed doing all his reading on 4 story books.

And so I told him that I'm going to reward him a special lunch in his favorite bento/lunch boxes.

This bento/lunch box I cooked a fried noodles with peas and carrots topping with 2 little cute hotdog squids.

And this bento/lunch box I created a boiled egg and put it in a bear egg mould with a little penguin bottle of sweet soy sauce, some little but very sweet grapes in the cute food picks and some shrimp crackers with a container of sweet chili sauce.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis from Everyday Italian at Food Network. This is my second times making it and it always the best meal of all. I love lamb chop especially when they are from New Zealand...well..I don't know why!!! So...all my friends who loves lamb chops, do give it a try of this special recipe from my favorite chef at Food Network.


4 to 6 lamb chops (I used New Zealand lamb chop)
2 cups Chianti wine
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning


1. Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Grill until caramel-colored grill marks appear, and an instant-read meat thermometer registers 125 degrees F. for medium-rare, about 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness.

2. Meanwhile, place the wine in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil gently until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Whisk in the honey until dissolved. Add the extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.

3. Serve the lamb chops on a platter with a serving bowl of the Chianti vinaigrette alongside for drizzling over the meat.

Friday, September 25, 2009


After browsing for so many websites for this silky steamed egg, finally I have an idea to make it like they served in restaurants. This steamed egg custard is so silky like a silken tofu. I'm also thinking of making some egg custard dessert next time with this idea. My hubby and the boys were thrilled by my individual steamed egg custard with ground pork and nothing was leftover...that's what I like it!!!


For Egg Custard:

625 ml chicken stock
5 large eggs
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp cornstarch

For Marinated Ground Pork

150 g ground pork
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1 tsp shallots oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil


For Marinated Ground Pork:

1. In a bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed and cover with a plastic wrap. Refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

For Egg Custard:

1. Prepared a steamer with some water to boil. Meanwhile, add the eggs into a mixing bowl with the fish sauce. Beat the egg lightly to prevent any bubbles form.

2. Add in the chicken stock into the egg mixture and stir it well.

3. Strain the egg mixture into another clean bowl and set aside.

4. Add some cornstarch into the marinated ground pork and mix it well. In each individual ramekin, divide the ground pork. Then add a little of egg custard into the ground pork and mix it well with a fork so the pork will be more tender when steamed.

5. Then pour all the remaining egg custard into each ramekin and covered them with a foil paper.

6. Steam the egg custard for 15 minutes in a medium fire.

7. Uncovered the ramekin and add some fried shallots on top and serve it hot with steamed white rice.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


This is one of my hubby favorite snack back from Malaysia. I was so happy to received this special cookbook from my cousin at Malaysia. I had been trying to get this cookbook from all websites and stores and most of them are sold out.

Now I can try all this cookbook recipe and share it with all my blogger friends who are interested in Nonya cuisine.


For Pandan Juice:
5 pandan leaves, chopped
3-4 tbsp water

For Crepe Batter:
120 g all-purpose flour
1 large egg
300 ml coconut milk mixed with
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp pandan juice / 1 tsp pandan paste
For Filling:
90 g Gula Melaka / Palm sugar, finely chopped
1 tbsp sugar
1 pandan leaf, knotted
50 ml water
1/2 coconut grated (white part only)
1 tsp cornstarch/cornflour

For Coconut Sauce:
150 ml coconut milk
50 g sugar
2 tsp cornstarch/cornflour


1. Combine the pandan leaf and water in an electric blender and blitz for a minute. Wrap the pulverised pandan in a muslin/cheese cloth and squeeze to extract juice, or strain through a fine sieve. Set aside. (P/S: I omit this method and I used pandan paste)

2. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and crack in the egg. Slowly stir in the salted coconut milk and 3 tbsp thick pandan juice / 1 tsp pandan paste. Leave batter to stand while cooking the filling.

3. To cook the filling, combine the palm sugar with the sugar, pandan leaf and water in a pot. Cook cover in a medium flame until sugar dissolves. Strain the syrup and return it to the pot. Add in the grated coconut and cornflour/cornstarch and continue to cook for a few more minutes, about 15-20 minutes. Dish out into a bowl.

4. Heat up a shallow frying pan over a low flame and greased lightly with oil. Pour 2 tbsp of the crepe batter in the centre and swirl the panto coat it to form a thin crepe of about 13-cm / 5-inches diameter.

5. When the crepe is cooked, turn out onto a board (coarse surface facing down).

6. Place 2 heaped tsp of filling on the crepe abd roll up like spring roll style.

7. To cook the coconut sauce, combine all the sauce ingredients in a small pot and mix well. Cook over a slow fire until mixture thickens and boils.

8. Serve the Kuih Dadar with the Coconut Sauce.....yummy!!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


This recipe is courtesy of Tyler Florence from Ultimate with Tyler at Food Network. These recipe is very easy to prepare and sure a WOW to everyone who loves salmon.


For Dill Creme Fraiche:

1/2 cup creme fraiche
1/2 bunch fresh dill, coarsely chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp roughly chopped capers
4 cornichons, finely chopped


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined and set aside.

For Special Smashed Potatoes:

1 1/2 to 2 lbs red bliss potatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 (10 oz) box frozen pearl onions, defrosted
Pinch sugar
Splash freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 thinly sliced lemons
2 (10 oz ) boxes frozen peas, defrosted
1 lemon, zested
1/4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 bunch watercress, stems trimmed just above the rubber band


Put the potatoes into a large pot, cover them with cold water, and add a large pinch of salt. If they are large, cut them in half. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, 20-30 minutes. Drain. Stick a fork into the potatoes, 1 at a time, lift them out of the coriander and peel with a paring knife. Toss the potatoes into a bowl and roughly crush them. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil with the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the butter melt. Add the pearl onions, sugar, and lemon juice and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are browned, 5-6 minutes. Add the lemon slices, peas, and lemon zest and continue cooking until the peas are hot. Season with salt and pepper. Dump the vegetables over the potatoes in the bowl, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and add parsley, and taste for salt and pepper. Scatter the watercress over the top, fold it in just until it wilts and call it a day.

For Salt & Pepper Salmon:

1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds), skin on, cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick
Kosher salt
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature


Run your finger up and down the center of the salmon feeling for any pin bones. Remove any that you find with a needle-nosed pliers or tweezers. With a sharp knife cutting across the width of the salmon, divide it into 4 equal portions. Lightly salt the salmon and let sit a couple minutes; this will help you get crispy skin.

Heat a 2-count, about 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is almost smoking. Season the salmon with pepper, and rub about 1 1/2 tbsp butter on the skin side of each fillet. Add the salmon to the pan, skin-side down. To get super crispy skin, cook the salmon almost to completion, about 6 minutes.

Flip the salmon and cook until flesh side is nicely seared, 1-2 minutes.

Transfer the salmon to a platter and served with the Smashed Potatoes and top with some Dill Creme Fraiche.

Friday, September 18, 2009


It had been a busy days for me since my nephew came to visit us from Malaysia this week. Anyway...this morning I prepared this bento lunch set for my son and he was trilled when he saw what I had made for him. I got this idea from YouTube check it so easy to prepared!!!

In this bento there are 2 hotdog octopus, 2 small piece of Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken), a container of sweet chili sauce and some organic grapes.

These are onigiri (Sushi Rice) with Katsuo-Mirin Furikake and the other one with Naritamago Furikake.

This last bento contains Spinach Tamagoyaki and Potato Salad.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


I think I have never do bento for my youngest son ever since after the Summer Holiday. Anyway...I decided to make it again after receiving my new Penguin weiner and Happy Face punch from Japan.

This is actually a snack for him to bring to school and it's consist of 2 penguin hotdogs, cut cheeses, a happy face rice with some furikake seasoning in a rabbit container and a bear container of sweet chili sauce.

Happy Bento!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Yesterday was my hubby's birthday and I decided to make him his favorite Tiramisu cake. This cake is always a WOW for my family because the recipe really taste good and not so sweet. I love the cake texture that's so creamy and tasty from the mascarpone cheese.

This recipe I have double up because I want to make a 9" cake and 12 servings. If you wanna make just 6 servings, just reduced the ingredients to half and arranged it the 13 by 9-inch baking dish.

You'll got to try this recipe from Giada De really the best of the best!!!

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis of Everyday Italian at Food Network


12 egg yolks***
6 tbsp sugar
2 lb mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
3 cups strong espresso, cooled
4 tsp dark rum
48 packaged ladyfingers
1 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish
some white chocolate shavings, for garnish
some fresh raspberries, for garnish


1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 2 tbsp of espresso and mix until throughly combined.

2. In a springform pan, layered a parchment paper on the bottom. In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum and mix it well. Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds. Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart. Place the soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of the springform pan, breaking them in half if nescessary in order to fit the bottom. Arrange the unsoaked ladyfingers standing on the side of the sringform pan. (If you want the ladyfingers to stand just fit in the pan, cut the ladyfingers in desired lenght).

3. Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with the remaining mascarpone mixture.

4. Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 8 hours. (I keep mine in refrigerator for overnite).

5. Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate shavings and raspberries. Let it comes to a room temperature and served.

Food Network Kitchens Advisory - suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Yesterday I was so bored and decided to make a konyakku jelly with the bento egg moulds and cookie cutter for more patterns.

I really love the outcome and it's colorful too. My kids keep asking...'Mommy...when can I eat it'. Well...I told them that you only can eat it once the jelly is firm.

Will sure make more and with different patterns!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009


I was in the Asian grocery store and I spot that they sell some of the Malaysian ready sauces on the shelves. Sometimes these sauces really make our life more easier to prepare the dinner on the table for those who are so busy at work and with the kids.

I really like this Fish Curry Powder from Hup Loong the Penang Nyonya Recipe and it's really taste yummy, sour and spicy.

All you need to cook this Curry Fish are as below stated :


1 whole medium size fresh mackerel fish, cut into pieces
400 ml coconut milk
500 ml water
350 g ground onions
200 g lady fingers
3 plum tomatoes, cut in quartered
3 stalks lemon grass, cut into 2-inch lenght
1 pack of Hup Loong the Penang Nyonya Fish Curry
salt to taste


1. In a heavy skillet with some vegetable oil, deep fried the fish in high heat until it just browned. Dish up and set aside.

2. Fry the ground onions with 2 tbsp of vegetable oil until fragrant, for about 5 minutes. Add in 1 packet of Fish Curry Powder and lemon grass, sautee it until fragrant in medium heat.

3. Add in the cut tomatoes, lady fingers, water and coconut milk to a boil.

4. Add in the fish and bring it to a boil and let it simmer in medium heat until the fish is cooked.

5. Served it hot with steamed white rice. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Boneless and skinless chicken tights....does it sound healthy to you??? is!!! This recipe is kinda similar to Indian recipe like Tandoori if you grilled them. But I baked them because it was raining the whole day at my place.

Anyway...the dish turn outs very delicious, spicy and juicy. Well....hope you'll like this recipe of mine....ENJOY!!!


8 chicken tights, boneless and skinless, pierced all over with a fork
5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 2-inch ginger, peeled and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 lemon, zest and juiced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander seeds / ground coriander
salt to taste


1. In a food processor, grind to paste the garlic, ginger, pepper, tomato paste, cumin powder, coriander, salt, lemon juice and zest.

2. In a 13 x 12 baking sheet, add in the chicken tights and rub it with the grind paste evenly. Cover and refrigerator for up to a day.

3. Preheat the oven to 400 F and let the chicken tights comes down to a room temperature before baking.

4. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is done.

5. Serve it hot with sauce and steamed white rice.