M & J opened their home for the “Mamak Stall” Chinese New Gathering as usual. We are always grateful for their generosity.
It was a beautiful sunny day after the wind storm a day before.
Mandarin oranges for fullness and wealth, i.e. good fortune.
J made a lot of Chinese New Year goodies. We can always find some comfort food here. The above were some pineapple cookies in the shape of tangerine and little piggy. J is so creative. (more…)
Ben found a bag of dried chickpeas in the pantry. He decided to make some chickpea snacks that he used to have in his childhood. In the old days in Kuala Lumpur, we had mobile Indian snacks trader who sell peanuts, chickpeas, etc. They used old newspapers or magazine to roll into a cone as the packaging material for the products.
We called them “kacang puteh man” because when they come to a residential area, they will shout “kacang puteh” to promote their presence. They are often found outside the cinemas, school, wet market, etc.
- 20 ounces dried chickpeas or a large can chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Source: this recipe is adapted from itdoesnttastelikechicken.com
Ben and the boys like fatty pork. Me, not so much.
Ben made the above Braised Pork Hock in a pressure cooker.
- 2 pieces of cinnamon bark
- 2 pieces of star anise
- 1 teaspoon of white pepper corn
- 1/2 teaspoon of cloves
- 1 bulb garlic with skin on
- 4 slices ginger
- 10g of rock sugar
- 1 piece of bay leaf
- 2 cups of Chinese white rice wine
- 1/2 cup light soy sauce
- 1 cup dark soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 pork hocks, hair removed
Source: this recipe is from spicenpans.com
Ben got this recipe from Reddit. It sounded auspicious and great to be served during Chinese New Year.
In plain English, this dish is known as Spicy Fried Hard-Boiled Eggs Hunan style. We enjoyed the crispiness of the eggs and the aromatics from the green onions and of course the spiciness of it.
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 1 inch ginger, finely minced
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 tablespoons chili flakes
- 1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
- 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 2 to 4 spring onions, chopped
- cornstarch for dusting the eggs
Source: Reddit.com/Cooking – mthmchris
Chowtimes wishes all good health and good fortune in the coming pig year. Ben, Suanne, Arkensen & Nanzaro