Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shrimp /Prawn Masala Curry 马萨拉咖喱虾

Till I get myself some garam masala - typically a spice mix of turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cumin; I am going to substitute garam masala with curry powder in this dish.

This Shrimp Masala is a very easy recipe if you have the basic Indian spices in your kitchen pantry. Curry-in-a-hurry or curry quick-fix as the name suggests, a curry that you can put together in less than 30 minutes (excluding marinade time). You can jolly well skip an hour of marinating time and still, the dish will not fail you.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Dress-Itself Fennel, Radish & Orange Salad

Roast is the way to go when it comes to salads e.g. Ratatouille-Style Roast, Roasted Artichokes, Mushrooms and Chickpea Salad in the winter months.

I am often hooked on words or key words such as  "one-pot pasta", "one-pot rice", "no-cook tomato sauce", "one-skillet noodles", "rice-cooker dinner","cheat-sheet", so it is not surprising when I am attracted to the concept of "dress-itself" salad.

Simply, a salad that does not need any dressing.

That leaves you an easy guess to my cooking style at home. Everything has to be straight-forward, easy, simple without forgoing most importantly, nutrition and health.

If you cook often at home, you will know what this means. It is not so much about achieving the perfect texture and/or taste but more, the feeling of comfort when food gets to the table.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Homestyle Kimchi Jjigae 家常韩式泡菜煲

When I tasted my own kimchi jjigae for the first time, I thought "what is the difference between this and soon doo bu"? Both taste similar. Kimchi jjigae just belong to a bigger umbrella of jjigae variety - jjigae refers to a savory hearty Korean stew.

Traditionally soon doo bu is a spicy Korean stew cooked in a soup broth made with red pepper paste and red chili flakes and the main ingredient is soft tofu. Kimchi jjigae is a soup base made from kimchi, and a base so versatile layered with tofu, vegetables (e.g. napa cabbage, leeks), mushrooms, and seafood or meat.

There is nothing quite like coming home to a simmering pot of spicy stew in the cold winter months. The spice heat, and stew heat will instantly warm you up. Moreover, the kimchi base yields a subtly-sour soup that actually whets your appetite even more.