All posts tagged: Chinese Cuisine

Recipe: Lu Rou Fan (Braised Pork Rice Bowl (滷肉饭))

In recent months, I have been finding ways to cook one-bowl dishes that are not just flavourful but also nutritional for my family. These are especially convenient on Mondays when the market is closed and Tuesdays when I am going for my bible study. This Lu Rou Fan is one of my latest findings. The best cut of pork to cook this dish is pork belly as it has the layers of fats and lean meat and can be cut into small pieces. The skin is highly recommended for this as it contains rich collagen. The meat is braised over low heat for a long enough period to create a savoury braised meat sauce that is bursting with flavour and melts in the mouth. Oh, don’t forget to add in the eggs into the braising sauce. We love them, but if you are not a fan, you can omit them. You can also add some blanched bak choy or green leafy vegetables of your liking to the rice bowl to make it a wholesome meal …

Recipe: Curry Pig Skin with Chee Cheong Fun (咖哩猪皮猪腸粉)

Menglembu is a quiet and peaceful town in Perak, Malaysia. Interestingly, when you drive towards this town, you will see a few giant peanuts at the center of the roundabout. Once upon a time, there was a hidden food haven named Ma Chai “Twins” Chee Cheong Fun (CCF) which was one of the must eat food. The uniqueness of this CCF was that you can choose your favourite side dishes, such as sambal petai, sambal cockles, curry pig skin, wild boar curry, fried chicken and many more, as add-ons.  To make this dish even more flavourful, it was garnished with fried shallots and sesame seeds.  Sadly, when we returned to Menglembu recently, we discovered that the business has since closed. Well, well… Now that we cannot taste this in Menglembu anymore, I was inspired to recreate this Curry Pig Skin dish to go with Chee Cheong Fun to continue our fond memories of this dish. Like and follow us on Beyond Norm’s Facebook Page and subscribe to our blog. Follow us on Instagram (@TheRealBeyondNorm) and YouTube (@BeyondNormEats), to get the latest exciting …

Recipe: Cheng Tng (清汤)

When we were kids, my late dad would bring us to places to have this cold, sweet dessert.  In those days, we did not have a refrigerator at home, so having this cold dessert was definitely a special treat for us. Missing Dad plus the extreme hot weather recently, Cheng Tng seems to be a good option to combat the heat and bring me some good childhood memories.  For some of you who are not familiar with this dessert, Cheng Tng literally means clear soup. It is both light and refreshing. Some might think that Cheng Tng is easily available at hawker centres or food courts, so why bother to cook it yourself. You need to bear in mind that many of the Cheng Tngs that you consume outside have a lot of fragrance essence added into it, which is why I prefer to cook it at home. I can also adjust the ingredients according to my preference. Feel free to share your Cheng Tng cooking experience and the preferred ingredients you like to use …

Recipe: Puppy Duck (Kow Chai Ngap/狗仔鸭)

Is this dish cooked with dog or puppy meat? Be assured that no cute pets were being slaughtered in the process of cooking this dish. Hahaha. It is rumoured that this dish was named as such because it tasted like “dog meat”. Is it true? I’m not sure because I have not tasted dog meat myself so I cannot verify this. The duck is braised with tau cheong (bean paste), nam yue (red fermented bean curd), and the aromatic Chinese leek till is tender. The first time I’ve ever tasted this dish was when my mother-in-law cooked it. It was so good and tasty that I cannot forget how good it was!! Though this traditionally Cantonese dish is delicious, but sadly it is not very popular. Oh well, I am not surprised if you have not heard of this before. I thought it would be a waste if I did not write down the recipe as I would love to continue to see this dish on our homecooked menu. If you like this recipe, be …

Recipe: Braised Napa Cabbage with Dried Scallops

I had half of a Napa Cabbage left in my fridge and I thought that it will be nice to cook up a delicious dish instead of just using it in soup. Braised Napa Cabbage with Dried Scallops was indeed a thumbs-up dish for our taste buds and tummies, the sweetness of the Napa Cabbage with the umami flavour of the dried scallops goes so well together. If you are not a lover of Napa Cabbage, think twice as it has loads of goodness in them. Weight watchers will be happy to know that it is incredibly low in calories. There are many antioxidant plant compounds, Vitamins C, Vitamin K and loads of other benefits! Nothing beats a home cooked dish that is cooked with loads of love.  Try out this easy and simple dish I am sure you will like it. If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments below. We would also like to welcome you to join our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group for food lovers like you, whether newbie or …

Recipe: Olive Fried Rice (橄榄菜炒饭)

I was trying to recall the time that I first tasted and saw this Teochew Olive Fried Rice… Yes, yes, it was Soup Restaurant! My mum loves this dish and my sister will order this dish when we have lunch.  Although I am a Teochew, I was never a fan of this black olive till I tasted and saw the way it was being used in the fried rice. Be careful, this ingredient will make your fried rice irresistible! Fried rice is always one of my favourites. It is a quick and easy way to prepare a delicious meal for the family and satisfy the tummies without any fuss. The type of ingredients that you want to add into your fried rice is up to your whim and fancy. However, the basic ingredients stay, that is overnight rice, and eggs. Get ready to turn on the heat and let your stir frying begin…. If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments via our blog. We would also like to welcome you …

Recipe: Steamed Meat Patty with Salted Egg (咸蛋蒸肉饼)

There are many reasons why I love to use the steaming method for dishes.  Firstly, all I need to do is prepare the dish and place it in the steamer and allow it to cook and it requires little attention from me (except when I am steaming dishes which require an hour or more and need to top up water when necessary). Secondly, it preserves up to 50% more nutrients in the food and doesn’t require any fats when cooking. It is ideal for those who are watching their calorie and fat intake.  Thirdly, the cleaning up is a breeze as there is no oily mess or loads of pots and pans to wash up. We are fortunate to have many quick, easy, and tasty steamed dishes in our Chinese cuisine and one of them is this popular Steamed Meat Patty with Salted Eggs. There was a time when I cooked a small portion, so I steamed the pork patty over my rice cooker while cooking the rice. It’s so convenient, and it saves time …