Fragrant Ginger Rice with Pan-fried Chicken

Posted May 28th, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »

Asian flavored chicken with fragrant rice recipe.

The scent of ginger really whets an appetite.  Enjoy with an extra sweet chili sauce on the side.

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 5g fresh ginger
  • 300g chicken breast (skin on)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbs sake (cooking wine)
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • bok choy or Chinese cabbage, spring onion
  • sweet chili sauce, if required
(for two)
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan.  Saute crushed garlic briefly, and place chicken in the pan, skin side down.  Grill it until the skin is golden.  Turn it over and cook through over low heat.  (you may place a lid)
  2. Wash rice and put in a rice cooker.  Pour chicken stock and sliced ginger.  Level the surface, and cook.
  3. Mix sake, soy sauce and sesame oil together.
  4. Steam bok choy or Chinese cabbage.  Chop spring onion.
  5. Place sliced chicken on a plate and pour the sauce 3.  Serve with bok choy / cabbage and top with spring onion.  Enjoy with sweet chili sauce if you like.

Cold Soba Noodle + Japanese Chicken Salad

Posted January 29th, 2009 in Food | No Comments »

It’s a soba season for Japanese people here.  Eating this buckwheat noodle with refreshing ginger dipping sauce can make you forget the hot air outside.

<Dipping Sauce> for two

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp Dashi powder (Japanese fish stock)
  • 2 tbs sake (cooking wine)
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan, and simmer it down till its half the amount.  When eating, add grated ginger into the sauce.  Enjoy with chopped spring onions and Japanese chili powder if you like.
Enjoy with cooked soba noodle 🙂

This is just an easy side dish 🙂

<Japanese Chicken Salad>

  • 50g chicken breast
  • 1 tsp sake (cooking wine)
  • 1/8 cucumber
  • 1 tbs Japanese mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper
  1. Place chicken breast in a microwave proof bowl.  Sprinkle sake, salt and pepper on the breast.  Cover with plastic wrap and steam in the microwave till it’s cooked.  (about 2~3 minutes)
  2. Slice cucumber. 
  3. Shred the chicken meat.  Mix with cucumber, mayonnaise and season.

Grilled Red Chicken + Cheesy Risotto

Posted January 14th, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »

Look!  My garden is booming…

I’m so in love with these color 🙂  Blight, fresh-looking sumer veggies.

I just had to create some dish using them.  Tomato…. Italian??  I love spicy food and add chili to any dishes (even pasta, stir-fried rice, cupcakes…) so I decided to make spicy Italian chicken dish 🙂

Here is the recipe…  If you don’t like chili, just don’t add it.  This dish will still taste delicious 🙂

<Italian Chicken> for two

  • chicken pieces with bone
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic
  • 12 black olives
  • 4 tomatoes (I used about 12 mini tomatoes)
  • 1 tbs white wine
  • 1 chili (optional)
  • olive oil, herbs, salt & pepper
  1. Cut chicken at the joint.  Rub salt on the chicken and grill.  Set aside.
  2. Chop onion and chili.  Crush garlic.  Skin tomatoes and chop up.  (if you are using mini tomatoes, just chop them up with skin)
  3. In a sauce pan, saute garlic in olive oil until colored.  Add onion, olives and chili.  Saute till onion become transparent.
  4. Add chicken and white wine.  Once the alcohol is evaporated add 2 cups of water, tomatoes and your favorite herb.  Turn the heat to low and simmer till most of the liquid is gone.  Season.
I made cheese risotto to accompany the chicken 🙂
<Cheese Risotto>
  • 1 cup Risotto rice
  • 1/8 onion
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 tbs white wine
  • 3 cups~ chicken stock
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • margarin, salt, pepper
  1. Chop up onion and garlic.  Heat a pan and drop 1 tablespoon of margarin.  Saute onion and garlic.
  2. Add white wine and boil the alcohol away.  Add rice, stir, and pour 1/2 cup of chicken stock.  Once the liquid is gone add some more.  Continue this until the rice is cooked.
  3. Remove from the heat.  Add Parmesan and stir through.  Season.

Roasted Marinated Buffalo Wings

Posted October 17th, 2008 in Food | 4 Comments »

I buy chicken wings quite often:)  It’s because they are cheap, and also they are good for your skin.  Chicken wings contain lots of collagen which helps your skin stay younger.  I usually marinate them with herbs or spices (cajun, mixed herbs, curry powder…) and roast in the oven with potatoes and some veges.  It’s the easiest meal for midweek dinner:)

If you want to try them in Asian-like flavor, here is a variation.  You can enjoy these wings with rice 🙂

<Buffalo Wings>

  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp tobanjan
  • 1 tsp grated ginger

* Set the oven to 200 ~ 220.

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.  Marinade buffalo wings in the sauce and leave it for 10~30 mins.
  2. Roast in the oven till cooked through.  So easy! 🙂

By the way, maybe it’s only me but I do eat chicken bone :p  I don’t know why, but I love them.  My partner always tells me to stop eating them but I can’t stop it :p  Is it only me??  In Japan we eat Nankotsu (cartilage) and I love them too!

Baked Chicken in Tomato Sauce

Posted September 21st, 2008 in Food | No Comments »

One of the easy food 🙂  If you have lots of veges in the fridge and want to use them up, you can chuck them into the tomato sauce and make pasta bake.

<Tomato Sauce>

Just saute chopped onion, garlic, mushroom etc…  Add tomato tin, and simmer for few minutes.  Season.  You can add herbs for more flavor.

* When you saute the veges, you can use a lid while cooking.  This technique is from a French chef.  “Stir fry with steam”  This takes out the most flavor and juice from the food 🙂

Now, pour over this delicious tomato sauce over the cooked pasta.  Sprinkle cheese (Mozzarella) and bake in the oven!  Easy.

You can add chicken, tuna…  enjoy the variety 🙂

Another Fan of Indonesian Fried Chicken??

Posted July 13th, 2008 in Food | 2 Comments »
Today's Dinner

I keep cooking this Indonesian Fried Chicken (Ayam Goreng) because they are very2 easy to make 🙂

What you need is: few pieces of Chicken and Ayam Goreng seasoning paste…

Ayam Goreng Seasoning

(Left:Sambal(Chili) / Right:Ayam Goreng Seasoning)

1) Marinade the chicken in Ayam Goreng paste (1 kg chicken = 2tbs )

2) Add 1 cup of water, and then boil until all the liquid is absorbed.

3) Just deep-fry the chicken ♪

4) Eat with Sambal chilli 🙂

Another dish…***Sang Choy Bow*****

Chop up carrot, celery, garlic, ginger and a handful of peeled prawn 🙂

Chop chop…..(^0^)

Then stir-fry with chicken mince, some soy sauce and oyster sauce!

How simple is that??

Eat with fresh, crisp lettuce leaves 🙂

Ayam Goreng with Sambal Terasi Chilli.

Ummmm… so full!! :p