All posts tagged: How-To

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: Black Sweet Vinegar Pork Trotter/Knuckle (猪脚醋)

Black Sweet Vinegar Pork Trotter is a classic, Cantonese heritage dish. It is a dish that has it all – sweet, sour, savoury and gingery. The pork trotter is stewed slowly over low fire in the tasty black sweet vinegar, and this makes the meat tender and succulent. This is a post-natal dish which is believed to boost the immunity for women during confinement.  The natural collagen of pork trotters is very good for one’s health too.  The first time I tasted this dish was during my confinement month, after I had my second child. To be frank, yours truly did not really enjoy it then. Somehow this dish has a certain appeal to my husband, and especially my daughter. As I matured (hahaha) and my taste buds changed, I thought I should attempt to cook this dish for my family. I knew that even if I did not eat it, my family will! I kid you not, now I have a different opinion of this dish: I love it, love it!! When I offered …

Recipe: Dry Rendang Chicken Noodles (aka Ipoh Dry Curry Noodles)

When you mention dry curry noodles, the famous Yee Fatt Ipoh Dry Curry Chicken Noodle will come to mind. This noodle has always been our family favourite and each time we visited Ipoh, we never failed to have it!! As I was going to prepare some Chicken Rendang with the Dancing Chef Padang Rendang Paste, the first thing that came to my mind was this Dry Curry Noodle. Voila! My own version of the Ipoh Dry Curry Chicken Noodle was created. 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 veteran. You can like 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 updates and videos.   Serves 4 persons Ingredients: For the Rendang 1 pack of Dancing Chef Padang Rendang Paste 2 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size 4 stalks lemongrass, each stalk cut into 3 portions …

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: 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 Chicken Thigh with Essence of Chicken (鸡精蒸滑鸡腿)

As far back as I can remember, one thing I will not miss out on giving my children during their examination periods was Essence of Chicken!! By giving them a dosage of this magical essence, it somehow gave me the assurance and satisfaction that I have helped them to achieve better results!! In recent days, I have been feeling fatigue and I decided to cook this dish to combat my “overworked” body!! I added in red dates to replenish iron and promote blood circulation and wolf-berries for good eyesight. Well, well it seems to work on me and I certainly felt more energetic today. Maybe I should cook it more often! Which do you prefer? Drinking the Essence of Chicken straight from the bottle or use it for cooking? Personally, I prefer to use it for cooking. Just to let you in on a secret, I always thought my children were so brave to be able to drink the essence straight from the bottle. If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some …

Recipe: Trio Eggs Spinach in Superior Broth (上汤苋菜)

Trio Eggs Spinach in Superior Broth is a dish which is so simple and inexpensive to whip up at home.  In a restaurant, you will most like pay about S$18.00++ for the dish, whereas at home you will pay much lesser for the ingredients and get a more nutritional dish that is free from artificial flavourings and MSG. My humble superior broth is made from pork bones, chicken bones, and chicken feet. I brought it to a boil and then lowered the heat and simmered it for at least 3 hours. I usually prepare a pot of such stock to keep on hand so that I can use them whenever I am doing a quick-fry, stir-fry, braised, or steamed dish. The flavour of all these dishes are enhanced by adding a splash of homemade stock. Note: In our video, you can see that I blanched the spinach (see note below) but in this recipe I lightly stir-fried the spinach. If you like this recipe, be generous and give us some feedback/comments below. We would also …