Thursday, July 23, 2009

The 4 Heavenly King - yummy!!

Is this a celebrity blog or a food blog?? :)

This dish must be told from it's origin. If you were "young" enough to know the hits from Hong Kong during the 90's, you will know the 4 Heavenly King. Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai were not only talented, they were good looking and hot!! Forgot the fact that one of them sings out of tune, they all had throng of fans at their heels and their albums sold like hot cakes.

They were so HOT! , Malaysia named a vegetable dish after them. Ok, I am not sure if it's origin is Malaysia but I know this yummy dish is a hit everytime.

It is a combination of 4 vegetables. These are the usual combinations you can choose from - long beans, lady's fingers, brinjals (okra), asparagus or snake beans, petai. As long as it is four different vegetables, you are on the right track, if not it is not the 4 Heavenly King :)

To make this yummy dish, you will still need a special HOT ingredient - Sambal Chilli. I used a combination of dried shrimp, red chillies, shallots and garlic - blended.

To make the vegetable crunchy and yummy, this is an important step. Heat oil in work and fry the vegetables for 1-2 minutes. This is to get the vegetables half cooked but yet producing the crunch before we actually cook the dish. Remember to drain the oil out of the vege first before cooking.

Then stirfry the vegetables with the sambal chilli. About 5 minutes and voila! the dish is ready!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sesame Seed Shandy Pork

What happens when I decided to put my "chef skills" to the test?

I wanted to put a special twist to a pork dish.

So I imagined myself as a chef of a restaurant, nothing fancy, just a normal neighbourhood Chinese restaurant. What would a chef make?

Hmmm...What about frying some bite-sized pork chops? - Sounds good!

What would I add?

Sesame seeds - hmmmm yummy yummy!! ok set.

What about mixing it with some healthy oats? I am sure that's what a restaurant chef would add, right? But that's usually for prawns, never mind!! I am sure it works on pork too :)

I am missing one special chef like ingredient!! Hmmm! Hmmm! What could it be? I need a special marinade to blend all the ingredients together.

Ah ha....I think chefs usually use beer or more often Guiness Stout for pork ribs. Let me check what I have in the house.

Ok I can only find a bottle of Shandy. That will do!! :)

All mixed together, marinade, marinade....

Frying time.......

And the results....

The taste was good but the sesame seeds and oats could not really stick to the meat. Thus presentation wise, was not as pleasing.

It's went into our stomachs pretty fast.

So much for imaging myself as a wannabe chef!
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