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Chicken Rice Chili

Posted by icyelite on February 14, 2010

Do you use chicken rice chili only when you are eating chicken rice? Or do you use it for all types of food? I vote for the 2nd. My favorite chili is the homemade chili by my mum. Its the best taste chili and I used this chili when eating steamboat, eating soup-based food and fried food.

I can’t really take spicy food, that goes for my mum’s chili too. But doesn’t care how spicy it is, I will always add in a little bit into my meal. U know the feeling, the more spicy it is, the more burning sensation in your mouth, the more you feel shiok. The more the tears I have in my eyes and the more the sweats I have rolling down my cheek, the more I felt its worthwhile.

Not sure how other chicken rice stall prepares their chili but I’m sharing my own recipe.

Recipe of Chicken Rice Chili

Ingredients:

Chili Padi
Big Chili
Young Ginger
Ginger Flower
Small Limes
Sugar

Preparations:

  1. Squeeze the limes.
  2. Pluck out the stem/head of the chili.
  3. Cut the ginger and young ginger into small pieces
  4. Pour all the ingredients into the blender.
  5. Once done, add sugar into the mixture.

Finishing: Chili is ready to be served. You may keep the chili into small containers and keep inside the freezer, so that it can last longer.

Enjoy your chili! 🙂

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Steamed Yam Cake

Posted by icyelite on December 28, 2009

After such a long time of resting baking, cooking food cum recipe testing, I had a sudden urge to cook steamed yam cake. It has been a long time since I last ate steamed yam cake. Without any recipe for reference, I bought yam from NTUC, thinking that mum surely knows how to cook it. Lol. She guides me along the way.

Recipe of Steamed Yam Cake (Frying the mixture)

Ingredients:

1 Yam (depends on how much you want)
1 packet of rice flour
2 tbsp of starch/ tapioca flour (to thicken the mixture)
1 tsp of salt
Mushroom seasoning
7 bowls of water
Pepper
Sesame Oil
Sliced Mushroom

Preparations:

  1. Slice the mushroom and cut the yam into small cubes.
  2. Measure 7 bowls of water and pour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add rice flour, pepper,  salt into the mixing bowl.
  4. Fry the mushroom and yam with sesame oil/vegetable oil.
  5. After frying the mushroom and yam, pour the mixture (mixing bowl) into the pan and fry.
  6. Stir the mixture continuously.
  7. Add in starch flour into the pan.
  8. Stir the mixture until it becomes sticky texture (looks like glue texture) and transfer it to a baking tin, ready to steam it.
  9. Steam for approximate 1 hour and use toothpick to test that nothing sticks on it.

Tips: While adding in the seasoning into the mixture, taste it making sure that its not too blend and have a wonderful taste.

Finishing:

  • Cut the yam cake into small pieces.
  • Garnish the steamed yam cake with parsley, sliced red chili and fried cabbage and you are ready to serve.
  • Serve the steamed yam cake together with sweet dark soy sauce and chili.

You can use the same recipe for cooking steamed pumpkin cake too.

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Vegetarian Wedding Dinner Prepared by Fo You Yuan Vegetarian

Posted by icyelite on November 16, 2008

The dinner is cooked by Fo You Yuan vegetarian from Geylang. The bridegroom had booked the ballroom and asked Fo You Yuan vegetarian to go there cook. I believe Fo You Yuan had moved all their culteries to the country club and prepare their food.

Let’s see what’s in the menu for today?

  1. Fortune Five Vegetarian Cold Dish
  2. Vegetarian Shark’s Fin Soup
  3. Spinach with 2 Types of Mushroom
  4. Vegetarian Lucky Trotters
  5. Lotus Duck
  6. Fried Vegetarian Chicken with Cashew Nuts
  7. Vegetarian Golden Pig
  8. Fried Rice with Lotus Leaf
  9. Yam Paste with Gingko Nut

Pictures of each dish:

Apettizer Fortune Five Vegetarian Cold Dish
Vegetarian Shark’s Fin Soup Spinach with 2 Types of Mushroom
Vegetarian Lucky Trotters Lotus Duck – when it first came
Lotus Duck – opened Fried Vegetarian Chicken with Cashew Nuts
Vegetarian Golden Pig Fried Rice with Lotus Leaf
Fried Rice with Lotus Leaf – in a bowl Yam Paste with Gingko Nut

Comments on the foods:

  • Appetizer – the appetizer is a cruchy, salty fish. Tastes and smells nice
  • Fortune Five Vegetarian Cold Dish – Nothing really special that I would want to comment about the food, its the same as any other cold plate
  • Vegetarian Shark’s Fin Soup – the shark fin has used “Dao Ki” as the main ingredient. Tastes not bad, but the picture looks abit oily
  • Spinach with 2 Types of Mushroom – there are 2 types of mushrooms in this dish. Overall, this dish tastes salty
  • Vegetarian Lucky Trotters – decorated with coropok, a good idea
  • Lotus Duck – the lotus duck when it came, it was nicely wrapped up. When we opened it up, we saw so many lotus seeds. Too many that we feel sick of it. If you noticed, the wrapped skin is made of “Dao ki” too
  • Fried Vegetarian Chicken with Cashew Nuts – this is a special one. The ingredients are fried veg chicken with cashew nuts, same as what you can find in Yam Ring. But instead of putting it in yam ring, they put inside a bowl shape popiah. The bowl is made of popiah skin and deep fried it, this is a good idea too. The skin tastes so crispy
  • Vegetarian Golden Pig – the best among all dishes. Even the bridgegroom’s mum says its a must eat, don’t miss this dish. Indeed its really good. Using lettuce to wrap the crispy vegetarian pig and cucumber, glazed it with sweet sauce. Yum yum
  • Fried Rice with Lotus Leaf – By the time, we had this dish, we were all full. We thought having noodles is better than rice. Rice makes us even more full. I can really smell the lotus leaf in my bowl of rice
  • Yam Paste with Gingko Nut – this is the worse though it may looks good. It tastes sour for my table, plus it is too watery. I thought it should taste sticky and sweet?

Read Vegetarian Wedding Dinner @ Orchid Country Club again.

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Vegetarian Wedding Dinner @ Orchid Country Club

Posted by icyelite on November 16, 2008

I had attended another wedding dinner this year. Why are so many people getting married now? Just this year, I guess I will be attending 4 weddings. Omg, gonna have a big hole in my pocket.

This time, I attended the wedding dinner in replace of my dad, he is busy so my mum got me to join her for the dinner. Oh well, orchid country club is super far from my home, luckily my mum’s friend who is attending the dinner too is driving there. So we managed to hitch a free ride.

Country club, so certain standards need to be in place. It looks grand, big and beautiful. The cost of booking the ballroom must be very expensive too, hopefully I’m not too casually dressed.

Since my mum’s friend is also a vegetarian, the family had all their food vegetarian-ed. It means its a full vegetarian wedding, unlike my friends’ wedding, usually I’m the odd one out at my table. This time, everybody is having the same dishes, all vegetarian.

My impression of this wedding dinner:

Everyone is not super well-dressed except for relatives and some close friends. The rest were wearing presentably.

During the dinner, the bride is a pre-school teacher, so she had arranged a variety of events for the guests. At the start, she had her students perform for us by dancing. 2 dances, one of the songs is Barbie. The kids are well prepared, they had their props like sunglasses, scarfs for actions. I’m amazed, this is my first time seeing someone asking their students to perform at a wedding dinner. Won’t their parents mind? They are only 5 years old kids.

From the start of the wedding, there’s always background music which catches my attention. First half of the wedding is english songs and second half is chinese duet songs. I think it would be better if they can mix the english and chinese songs together. While they are playing the english songs, I keep trying to figure out what’s the title of the song so that I can get the songs from my friends.

The songs that they had played:

  • English
    • From this moment – 1st march in
    • I finally found someone
    • I knew I love you before I meet you
    • Take my breath away
    • I just call to say I love you
    • Right here waiting
    • etc
  • Chinese
    • 屋顶
    • 男人女人
    • 恋爱频率
    • 你最珍贵
    • 今天你要嫁给我 – their 2nd march in. This is a hot popular song for weddings now
    • etc

I can only remember some of the songs. There are more to this list of songs.

During their second march-in, they are like president surveying the grounds of army. The couples came in a mini lorry that the president used when inspecting the army. The mini lorry is similar to those use in the country club or rather golf club that can transport people from one place to another, not sure what is the correct name though.

In the midst of the second half of the dinner, the couples still had their MC to throw questions to the the guests. Questions like what song is used for the children dance just now, which kindergarten is the bride from? What are the chinese names of the newly wed? Etc.. This is interesting, getting your guests to know more about you. Oh yah, you need to have a pair of very active and enthusiatic MC to make the event more lively.

Continue to read Vegetarian Wedding Dinner Prepared by Fo You Yuan Vegetarian.

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Simple Food @ Tampines (The Food)

Posted by icyelite on September 17, 2008

In my opinion, I would still prefer Roma Deli as compared to Simple Food due to the ambience in Roma Deli. The first time I went to Simple Food, I take away lagsana for dinner. To my dismay, I brought back a sour-taste lagsana. I called them back to “complain”, they suggested for one-to-one exchange. But I rejected because I had already reached home with a hungry stomach, no more energy to go change again when I still need to take 2 buses to get there.

Despite this scenario, it didn’t stop me from visiting them. However, I was resisted to order lagsana again. Other foods like chicken chop and such, which is freshly cooked, should not have this problem unless they did not keep the mock meats in the fridge.

The 2nd time I visited them, I lunched in together with my cousins. Simple food has a special offer menu. They had a standard set meal that comes with a drink, soup of the day and main course. I ordered a set meal with vegetarian seafood chicken chop as my course. The soup of the day is creamy mushroom soup, which tastes quite bland and watery. I feel that my creamy mushroom soup is thicker than theirs just that mine is not creamy.

Take a look at the food I had ordered on my following visits to Simple Food:

Special Offer Menu Soup of the Day
Seafood Fish Chop Hawaiian Fish Chop
Baked Rice Mango Salad

The different flavors of fish chops are something which Roma Deli did not provide. So if you wish to eat some western food, you can go to Simple Food. In fact, Simple Food sells cai fan that you can order dishes and eat together with rice. In addition, they are selling Zi Char like hokkien mee, fried bee hoon, etc.

Read Simple Food @ Tampines (Introduction & The Shop) again.

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