Monday, December 29, 2008

Puppy's Dinner Series 004

This is Kym Kym Hour. Welcome to my blog. This dinner is not as fanciful as the normal dinner. Reason? Most likely is that Badman not at home lor. Only when the whole family is coming home for dinner then there will be more fanciful stuff. Even with these simple dishes, Puppy will be happy to have her dinner at home. The dish below is stir-fried Japanese cucumber. Quite a simple dish. The only condiment used is oyster sauce. Puppy's mum fried the shallots until they were golden brown then added in the cucumber and oyster sauce to taste. Simple right?

I guess this is one of the first dish that one will make when they started to learn cooking. Puppy and I love eggs. Eggs in all forms. Haha. But seldom do we eat sunny side up when we are eating out because they are simply too OILY. See! Home cooked one were not oily at all and Puppy's mum even laid the eggs on kitchen towel to absorb the oil. Haha. That's our family.

Puppy will always request for a soup. Today's special will be radish pork rib soup. There were dried scallops to make the soup sweeter. When there were not many dishes, Puppy will finish up the radish as well as the dried scallops. No wonder she is born in the year of Pig. Haha. There is a word of caution when taking this soup. According to Puppy's mum, when one is taking chinese medicine or tonic like Ginseng, they should not take this soup because the effect of the medicine or tonic will be cancelled, equivalent to not taking. Chai Por, the brown thingy on top of the chwee kuay also has the same effect. So do take note hor.

Next entry will be on Puppy's baking. If you want to know her standard (don't have too high expectation hor), do stay tune.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Puppy's Dinner Series 003

It's Kym Kym time again. Food, food and more food. Haha. If possible, Puppy prefer to start every meal with soup. Why why? According to studies, the soup will fill up your stomach and you will tend to eat lesser for the main course. First, you can lose weight. Second, it helps you to save money especially during recession. Haha. Puppy's theory.

But if you really keen on losing weight like Barney (one with a big spare tire around his waist), it will be better for you to start with clear soup like the one below and not those creamy type aka ang mo soup. The base of this soup is brewed from ikan bilis (small dried fish). It is high in calcium provided you eat the ikan bilis as you are eating the small bones of the fish. But please eat in moderation as it is high in salt content. One suggestion from Puppy, soak them in water before putting them in your soup. After the base is done, you can add in anything you like. For the one below, sliced fish, meatball, tomatoes, beancurd, crabstick and salted veggies were added to make it tastes better. It will be a complete and balance meal for simple eater like Puppy.

Of course Puppy's mum won't just serve one soup for the family. There were two other main dish for her dinner.

Puppy loves eggplants too. There are several ways of frying this veggie. For the above, sambal chilli, dried shrimps, minced meat and garlic were added. In the hawker centre, they do serve similar dish but they were too oily for Puppy's liking. They deep-fried the eggplants to make it tastes nicer. If you look carefully, there were a little bit of tau gua in it. I guess they were from yesterday's dinner. As Puppy's mum is a traditional woman, she believed that one should not waste food so she added them into this dish. Surprisingly, it did not spoil the taste at all. All these bits and pieces will be picked up by Puppy before the dinner started. Haha.

The third fish that she had for dinner is chinese leeks with fish. This Puppy really strange, likes to eat greens that are unknown to me. This is a popular dish during Chinese New Year eve. The chinese name for this chinese leek is 蒜(suan) which sounds like counting. So chinese believe that if you eat it on the eve of chinese new year, you will have lots of money to count next year. Haha. But Puppy likes the taste lah, especially when it is fried with black promfet.

That's all folks for this episode. Stay tune for more delicious foodies.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Puppy's Dinner Series 002

Do you guys miss me?? I am so sorry to abandon my blog for so longggg.... This is because I went to KOREA with puppy for 8 days. Haha. When Puppy finishes sorting the photos then I will publish them here. For now, lets look at more delicious food that was fed to my Puppy.

Puppy is a very versatile eater. Simply put it, she eats almost everything. She loves these prawns. Fried with chilli paste, ginger and chilli padi. She can finish the rice with just the sauce and maybe one prawn. Of course her mum will stuff two more prawns to her. The prawn head is filled with the sauce and roe. So yummy.

Puppy loves to remove the bones of these little fish for everyone. She enjoys the process. Haha. The cheeks and tail are the nicest parts as they are crispy and flavourful. Her mum marinated the fish with some salt and yellow ginger powder. Perfect dish for nasi lemak.

My puppy also has a unique taste. She loves food that most people don't like, for example brinjal, peppers and BITTER GOURD. Oh my god. She can even eat that thing raw. Haha. She never gets tired of it. For every trip to NTUC, she will request for bitter gourd. The only time she won't ask for it is during the month of Lunar New Year. Haha. This dish goes well with rice, porridge or even on its own. Haha.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Puppy's Dinner Series 001

Dear all, this will be the first episode on my Puppy's dinner. She is a great fan of her mother's cooking. She loves her cooking and so do I. Influenced by her. She is trying to master some skills but... I shall just say that she still has a long way to go. Haha.
The above dish is deep-fried ikan bilis with sambal and onions. Spicy and sweet. Perfect for nasi lemak. But too bad, that night we only had brown rice.

Maybe many of you thought my Puppy is a carnivore but you are wrong. She wants to eat veggies all the time. Best if everything is veggies. Her mum knows that so she will make a point to include veggies in every meal. So lovely. This dish consists of cauliflower, yellow pepper and carrot. There are also little dried prawns aka hei bee in it. This will add flavour and 'sweetness' to it.

Puppy loves to have soup for every meal. Not those MSG tainted one but soup that is cooked for hours using bones and veggies. The pork ribs in this soup don't have those piggy smell which Puppy dislikes. This is because Puppy's mum boiled the ribs in water before dumping them into the soup. This is to remove the 'blood water' and also the smell. This is one of the soup where Puppy will finish everything, from the potato to the tomato to the carrot. If I am late, I am only left with bones.

I think that's about all for this entry. Stay tune for next one.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My One Year Old Birthday

For this post, I won't write about my past adventures. I will post about what happen yesterday. Yes. Fresh from the oven. Still fresh in my mind. And I am sure it will be fresh in my mind always.

Wah! So fast I have been in this house for one year. And 1st December 2008 marks my one year old birthday. Haha. It is so sweet of Puppy to organize a birthday party for me. She also makes a birthday cake for me that morning. From her mountain of recipes, she chose a healthy and easy to make cake. But then... the flavour sounds a bit exotic... black sesame sponge cake. Haha. Luckily it turns out well.

At about 6pm, my friends came. The Husky Brothers and turtle came without bringing any presents for me. I will remember that. Haha. Barney will be sponsoring the pizzas for the night.

Just before we start our party, let's take a group photo together. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank Barney for sponsoring th pizzas, Puppy's dad for the chicken wings, Puppy's mum for the red bean soup and last but not least my beloved Puppy for making my birthday cake. After cheesing, LET'S TUCK IN.

After dinner, they sang birthday song for me and I cut my cake. I am so happy. Thanks everyone who attended yesterday and my beloved Puppy who organised everything for me.