Saturday, November 28, 2009

Exam season - Nothing fancy

Oh by the by. I've recently decided I'm gonna try and pick up Food Photography. It'd be such a waste if I didn't learn, especially when I go back this Summer. Wanna do all the wonderful food I'm about to eat justice. So I'm gonna be spending more time learning how to take better photos and also how to edit them this summer. Gonna take it slow so bear with me.

Chasyu Ramen. I quite liked it to be honest which was surprising cause I never really liked the place at all before for some reason. But the soup was really thick, flavourful and not at all salty with MSG. Very springy noodles too yum yum. Plus, the meat with the fats were simply DELISH. I just wished they had given me more of the meat ;O @ Ajisen Ramen, Bourke Street.

My friend ordered this hot plate chicken and it was SOOO surprisingly good! Even had cheese in it too mmmmm

Everytime I went there with mum, they'd run out of this. But they finally had it but nothing special to be honest.

A friend made this for me once and I liked it so much I decided to make it for my sister too. Though it wasn't as good cause I might have burnt the milk. It's just black sesame glutinous ball with warm soya bean milk. Never had this combo before but makes for a great snack!

So a friend recently requested that I put up recipes for my dishes on here as well. Which was kinda embarrassing cause I'm far from being a "good cook". Here it is anyway, to all you students who wanna learn to cook a simple dish or two.

Steam Egg:
Season meat with salt, pepper, sesame oil, light soy sauce, chinese cooking wine and a bit of oyster sauce (optional). Then mash up a whole duck egg (if cooked) and mix it with meat. Line it at bottom of plate.

Later, just beat 4 eggs and add APPROX 3/4 cups of water. Add a bit of salt too. Then just pour on top.

Turn fire to high heat til boiling before covering with lid and lowering to medium heat. Steam for 8min. Check to see if egg is cooked by poking a hole and VOILA.

EASY AS. If you can cook pasta with instant sauce or curry with instant paste then you sure as hell can do this too. LMK what you think.

Also cooked a drumstick with my homemade teriyake sauce =]. Basically made it with light soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar and a bit of honey. Don't know the measurements cuz lotsa trial and error before being satisfied with it

Steam Chicken:
Rub chicken with salt, and put some cut up garlic (4 cloves) and ginger (1 thumbsize) on and around the chicken. Then, steam for about 15-20min. Make sure have enough water to create more steam to cook faster. I normally fill water up til about 1cm from bottom of plate.

Nothing special. But quick and easy meal. Chop up ingredients and chuck it to be steamed.

Anyway, my friend requested for "you chai", aka "Oil Vegetable" to eat with the steamed chicken for dinner. So I decided to "Dai Chao", aka "Big Fry" for the first time. That is, stir fry with extremely high heat. So quick and exciting! Careful not to burn your food too much, yo.

What kept me going the past few weeks. Instant coffee from Malaysia. Oh so much goodness to choose from each night.

Don't judge me. But I had the weirdest craving/curiosity for baby food the other day. I mean, I'm sure they taste good since I vaguely recall the ones back home (Nestle or Nestum brand) being really nice!

WRONG. It was horrible. Maybe it's not as bad, but it tasted like oat meal, and I hate oat meal (Not Aussie enough, mate!). So tasteless and disgusting! So I did what every Malaysian would do, add lots and lots of Condensed Milk (Susu Cap Junjung)!! And even made the effort to chop up some bananas. After all that? Still tasted like crap, pffffffft.

No wonders babies throw up all the time

Anyway on my days when I wake up groggy and am too lazy to cook anything for lunch, I'd head over to the cafe downstair to get meself some lunch. I'd always hesitate cause it's really ordinary but I'd always end up paying $15-17 just for lunch. CRAP. And I always order the same thing, Roast Lamb with Roast Potato and Pumpkin. Don't mean to sound like a prick, but I can do it better. The price I pay for convenience some times.

Although, it's kinda funny cause every one at the cafe would be in their business suits and all and suddenly you have this short small Asian kid walking in with his oversized Giordano T-Shirt and sweatpants trynna order some food over while walking amidst a sea of towering people =]

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken. Ingredients: Honey and Mustard.

OK. Here's the real reason why I haven't gone insane in Australia. It's cause I've got my stock of Sarawak White Pepper. I mean, for Western food I'd always use ground pepper but when it comes to ASIAN FOOD.... My my my... What would I EVER do without my Sarawak White Pepper, seriously.

Food mostly prepared by Ellie at Jin's housewarming. Spot the Cheeseballs?

A very very satisfying home cooked meal (notice the mountain of rice) with Indian Eggplant, Korean minced meat, Mushroom Omelette and Leftover Lamb Stew during one of the nights of studying for exams.

Thaaaaaat's all folks! Will be having a Potluck with all the Eng guys this Sunday night, so should be interesting! Gonna dedicate a whole post to all the food cooked by me and my friends that night so stay tuned, kids!

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