Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bitter Gourd with Salted Egg

Some years back we made a trip to my father's hometown in beautiful Pangkor Island. My gracious and generous aunt made sure we had scrumptious dishes with fresh seafood with every meal. One of the wonderful food we fell in love with was a simple bitter gourd dish.

We tried several times and different ways to reproduce it at home, but it never came close to the version we had. Until finally, we found the right way to do it. It may not be exactly the same as what we had, but it's close enough.

What I like about this dish is that it's simple, healthy (I think) and tasty. It takes only 3 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare it. I didn't even add any salt or pepper.

The recipe is as simple as this:

 1. Half a bittergourd, sliced thinly and soaked in water
 2. Two cloves of garlic, finely chopped
 3. One salted egg
 1. Separate yolk from egg white. Steam the egg yolk only.
 2. Mash the egg yolk and beat in with the egg white.
 3. Fry garlic with oil slightly.
 4. Add bitter gourd and some water. Cook until soft.
 5. Pour in the egg and stir fry for about a minute.

Easiest recipe ever. It's perfect for busy nights or lazy days. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pregnancy Chai Tea

Hello everyone. It looks like the festive seasons are over. Christmas, Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day... 

Now it's Lent and it's time for me to put aside the hectic baking schedule and focus on the next BIG event... the coming of a second child.

So, while mentally preparing for birth and practicing relaxation etc, I'd like to share a caffeine-free tea recipe that's safe for pregnant mothers to consume. 

I use rooibos tea in this recipe but if you don't have any, you can just omit it. You may add a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses. It's nutritionally beneficial, especially if you're anemic.

Okay folks, hope you'll give this a try, whether or not you're pregnant.  It's time for me to do some meditation and relaxation..... or maybe later.