Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fried Prawn in XO sauce (XO 酱炒虾)

Last Saturday, my friends and I attended XO chilli sauce class at Chef Cooking Studio conducted by Chef Keong, besides learning the xo sauce, he also teach a couple of dishes using the xo sauce, this dish is one of them. Chef Keong gave each student a small portion of the sauce so that we try it on dishes or use it as condiment. I intended to cook a prawn dish that day so this sauce came just in time, so did this dish for dinner.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lily's Scones

Have not made scones for quite sometime, since need to made something quick for breakfast so I attempt this recipe from Nigella Lawson's Domestic Goddess book, its very easy and quick to do and most important its nice as mention in the book but on one condition best to eat when its warm...


3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar
¼ cup cold unsalted butter, diced
2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening,
1 1/3 cups milk
1 large egg, beaten, for glaze (I didn't do the glaze)


2 ½ inch round cutter
1 Baking pan, lightly greased
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, add vegetable shortening and butter until the mixture is like fine crumbs. Add milk all at once, mix very lightly until just blended (do no over mix). Turn out onto a floured surface and knead lightly to form the dough.

Roll out to about 1 to 1 ¼ inch thickness. Dip the cutter into some flour, then stamp out at least 10 scones. You get 12 in all from this, but you may need to re-roll of the last two. Place on the baking sheet very close together – the idea is they bulge and stick together on cooking – then brush the tops with egg wash. Put in the oven and cook for 10 minutes or until risen and golden.

Always eat freshly baked, preferably still warm from the oven with butter or clotted cream and healthy dollop of jam.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Grilled Nam Yee Wings

My friend S gave me some nam yee (chinese femented beancurd) last year. I've tried using nam yee to do ribs and pork chops, this time tried it with chicken wings, Randal likes it very much...

Half kg mid joint wings

1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 pc nam yee
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp cooking wine
dash of white pepper

1 tbsp honey
1tbsp water

1. Rinse wings. Mix the sauce ingredient to gather till well combined. Pour the sauce over wings and marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
2. Preheat oven till 200 deg C. Place wing on grill rack and apply some oil on the wings, put into oven and grill over top bottom heat for 10 min, brush some sauce from the marinade on the wing and continue to grill for a few min, flip the wings and grill for 5 min. Remove wing from oven and place in plate and set aside.
3. Heat wok and pour in the glaze ingredient, pour wing into wok, stir the wings a while till the honey mixture is thicken and absorb by the wing. Remove from wok and serve.