Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ayam Masak Sambal Kicap ~ Chicken in sambal sauce

Ayam Masak Sambal Kicap, another uncomplicated and mouthwatering spicy dish that can be prepared ahead of time to allow the chicken to further marinade in the sambal sauce. Make extra as this dish freezes well.

ayam masak sambal kicap
1.5kg chicken, cut into smaller pieces
3 stalks lemongrass, smashed

10 kaffir leaves, torn
8 Tbsp tomato sauce
3 Tbsp soya sauce
3 Tbsp kicap manis
salt & sugar to taste

Monday, January 15, 2007

Assam Babi ~ Tamarind Braised Pork

Assam Babi, a peranakan classic with that wonderful combination of flavour and fragrance that will whet your appetite.

Assam Babi
2½ Tbsp tamarind paste
1-1½ cup water
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp, soy bean paste (tau cheong), mashed
600g pork belly or shoulder chop, cubed
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
1 Tbsp palm sugar
salt to taste

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Crispy Fried Potatoes

Crispy fried potatoes whether in halves or in smaller pieces is Mr Redneck's specialty. The potatoes are very crispy on the outside but very soft on the inside. If fried at the correct high temperature, it should not be oily.

We usually have these potatoes with a western style meal of steak, lamb chops or with our rolled rib roast.

sprinkling of salt
oil for deep frying

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Peking Duck

We don’t often dine out in NZ as we are quite happy to relax at home with our own cooking – who needs the traffic and parking hassles! The reverse is true however, when we are overseas on holiday – why stay in the hotel / apartment when there are so many new things to ‘tickle the senses’, especially the taste buds.

Our favorite food is Chinese, and Peking Duck would have to be one of our preferred dishes as either dine-in or more often than not as a take-away to be enjoyed in the evening in front of the TV with a cold beer.

Over the years I have tried to replicate this dish and this is my latest recipe which is still a ‘work in progress’. See my previous Peking Duck post.

Peking Duck
1 whole duck – giblets removed
3 Tbsp 5 spice powder
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup rice wine
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cooking oil
1 star anise (see tip 5)
½ cinnamon stick (see tip 5)
1 Tbsp maltose (optional, see tip 4)
6 garlic cloves

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