Homemade Seremban Siew Bao

Ben made the Seremban Siew Bao from scratch at home because he misses it. The last time he had it was probably six years ago when he went back to Malaysia.

The Siew Bao was a success and Ben was very satisfied. He got the recipe from this youtube. We made some adjustments to the recipe to our preference like:

  • darker colour filings
  • darker glaze by just using egg yolk
  • more liquid in the seasonings to add moisture to the filings

Ingredients

Pork Filing:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork

Pork Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour dissolved in 3/4 cup chicken broth

Water Dough:

  • 400g all purpose flour
  • 100g butter in room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 180ml water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Oil Dough:

  • 200g all purpose flour
  • 140g butter in room temperature

Glazing and Garnishing:

  • 2 to 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • toasted sesame seeds

Yield: 24

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Zucchini Feta Fritters

This is another recipe which utilizes the zucchini donated by the Richmond Sharing Farm.

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The Zucchini Feta Fritters are fried to crispy on the outside. It’s a good way to sneak vegetables to fussy kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill and parsley
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour (or more)
  • salt, pepper and cumin to taste

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Source: this recipe adapted from Cooktoria

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Magic 5 Snack Bites

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a no-bake snack which will satisfy your sweet craving without guilt.

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This Magic 5 Snack Bites are made from wholesome ingredients like almond, dates, cocoa powder and shredded coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw organic almonds
  • 1 cup fresh dates (about 8 dates), pitted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • dash of sea salt

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This recipe is by Andrea Hood.

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Fried Nian Gao

Nian Gao is a Chinese New Year food which symbolizes growth.

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I had some leftover nian gao which had harden. So, I fried it up for snack.

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I fried the nian gao with some yam (sweet potato) for added texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 nian gao (about 400g) cut into slices
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for frying
  • optional sweet potato or yam or taro slices which had been steamed

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Healthy Rice and Spinach Croquettes

I am back in the South Arm Multi Cultural Community Kitchen led by Minoo.

As usual, three recipes were shared in the kitchen. The first recipe was Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup with Chorizo) which I had blogged before.

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Minoo’s recipe is very similar with the one which I had blogged here, with the addition of fresh parsley.

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The second recipe is a great way of using leftover rice. This healthy Rice and Spinach Croquettes makes great snacks for the lunch box.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted and extra butter to grease muffin pan
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 12 oz thawed frozen chopped spinach, squeezed to remove excess water
  • 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • salt, pepper and dill to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

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Garlic and Herb Pita Chips

Michelle served the hearty lentils and black bean soup with some Garlic and Herb Pita Chips.

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These tasty pita chips can be made in a matter of minutes. They are good for snacks or serve with soups, salads or serve with hummus or other dips.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 inch whole-wheat pitas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (we substituted with oregano and thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Source: Eating Well (January/February 2009)

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Honey Roasted Pecans

Michelle made some Honey Roasted Pecans at the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club, just to use up the pecans in the pantry.

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These Honey Roasted Pecans are great for snacking without the excessive salt from store bought one.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus more to finish if desired

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Source: fixmeasnack.com

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Garlic Buttered Edamame

Michelle prepared a Japanese theme meal for the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.

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The first recipe is Garlic Buttered Edamame.

Nutritional value from 1/2 cup serving of shelled pod:

  • 9 grams of fiber
  • 11 grams of protein
  • as much iron as a 4oz chicken breast
  • Vitamins A & C

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • approx 2 tablespoons butter, melted or to taste
  • 1 package frozen edamame
  • salt to taste

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Source: via South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen

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Roasted Almonds with Herbs

The South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club met up for another cooking session in February.

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The first recipe that Michelle introduced was Roasted Almonds with Herbs. You can try this recipe with different nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.

Here are the benefits of almond shared by Michelle; source Wikipedia.

Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 26 mg per 100 g. About 20% of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids. An ounce of almonds contains 12% of necessary daily protein. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B Vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat, one of the two fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol. Typical of nuts and seeds, almonds also contain phytosterols, associated with cholesterol lowering properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 3 thymes sprigs, leaves only
  • handful of parsley, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

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The parsley and thyme were from Michelle’s garden. You can try other herbs like rosemary, sage, marjoram, etc.

Source: The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

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Polenta Fries

Stella sponsored a tube of prepared polenta to the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club as she has no idea how to use it.  So, Michelle looked up for a simple Polenta Fries to be made in the kitchen.

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The Polenta Fries is baked in a hot oven until golden brown and crispy on the outside. The Polenta Fries are served with a Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (18 ounces) plain prepared polenta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or dried oregano

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Source: this recipe is adapted from MarthaStewart.com

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