Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Yam Cake


300g yam root
3 tbsp non-glutinous flour
½ tsp 5-spice powder
1 tsp sugar
½ salt
2 tbsp oil

Filling for yam cake:

100g lean pork (cut into cubes)
1 green pepper (sliced)
4 pcs black mushroom (sliced)
1 pc carrot(cut into cubes)
100g small prawns
50g green peas
½ can button mushrooms (cut into half)
1 tsp corn flour - mix with half bowl water
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic (smashed)
3 tbsp cooking oil


Remove skin of yam roots and cut yam into round pieces about 1 cm thick. Steam yam for 20-39 mins or until soft. Mash the steamed yam with 5-spice powder, sugar, salt and oil.

Pour boiling water into non-glutinous flour, mix well, then mix together with mashed yam and knead for about 5 mins. Shape into ring and deep fry until light brown on both sides. Keep aside.

Heat wok with oil, add garlic and fry until fragrant, add filling and stir fry for a minute. Add salt, soy sauce, oyster sauce. Stir fry until cooked, poor in the corn-starch to thicken and stir fry for another half minute. Pour ingredients into the yam ring and serve. Garnish the outer side of the yam ring with deep-fried rice vermicelli.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pasta with Tuna and Mayonnaise

(serving for 2)

200 gm Fusilli (corkscrew pasta)
1 can Tuna Flakes
1 bowl Cherry tomatoes (sliced)
1 cup Yellow Peas
3 tbsp Mayonnaise
Olive oil
Dried basil
Black Pepper to taste


Cook fusilli according to the directions in the packet; drain and cool. Pour a tbsp of olive oil into the fusilli and mix well.

Cook the peas until tender (the peas can be soaked overnight to cut cooking time), drain and cool.

In a bowl, place the fusilli, yellow peas, cherry tomatoes and tuna flakes. Sprinkle some dried basil leaves and some pepper. Add the mayonnaise and mix well.

Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Winter Melon Soup


1 big Chinese melon
8 dried Chinese mushrooms, soak and remove stems
1 small carrot, sliced
20 button mushrooms
10 waterchestnuts, peeled
1 piece dried squid
6 dried red dates
8 pieces canned bamboo shoots
250 gm chicken pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped parsley and spring onions (for garnishing)
1½ litres water


Cut melon top and scoop out seeds and some of the flesh leaving a smooth melon bowl. Take care not to puncture the melon or scoop out too much of the fresh which will make the melon bowl very flimsy when cooked.

Fill the melon bowl with all the ingredients and place in a fitted steamer. Cover and steam for two hours.

Garnish and serve hot.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sweet and Sour Sauce


½ cucumber
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp plum sauce
2 tbsp malt vinegar
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
½ large onion, sliced


Peel the cucumber, discarding the soft central side, then cut into slices 1 cm wide. Sprinkle it with salt and set aside for an hour. Squeeze the cucumber to remove as much moisture as you can, then set it aside for later use.

Place 150 ml of cold water in a saucepan with the plum sauce, vinegar, tomato sauce and sugar and bring the mixture to a simmer.

In a separate saucepan or wok, heat the oil and fry the sliced onions over a high heat until the edges begin to brown. Add the cucumber and stir rapidly for a minute or two.

Transfer the cucumber and onion to the simmering sauce and cook for a minute or two. The sauce can now be combined with other ingredients such as chicken, pork or seafood to make a superb sweet and sour dish.


Omit the tomato sauce but add a skinned and quartered tomato. Omit the cucumber and substitute a small can of drained pineapple chunks.

Use two stalks of spring onions, cut into 2.5 cm lengths, in the sauce instead of the large onion. Or omit the cucumber and add a green or red pepper cut into 2 cm cubes.