Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fried Rice Noodles (Kway Teow) in "Tomato" Sauce

I've been craving for this noodle dish that I loved as a child growing up in Malaysia. I also wanted to whip up something fast and easy when my mom, sister and nephews came over for dinner last Easter weekend. I've had a variant of this noodle dish in Thai restaurants but in this version from my homeland, a few dollops of ketchup are added to the gravy to give it a slightly sweet, tomatoey flavor. Hence the term "tomato sauce" - ketchup is known as "tomato sauce" in Malaysia. This is a quick and delicious meal, not to mention healthy - you get a good dose of carbs, protein and veggies all in one dish.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Beef Wrapped in Green Onion Pancakes

   If you are reading this, welcome to my first post! I will be sharing with you the recipe for these delicious Chinese-style beef wraps. Tender chunks of shredded beef stewed in soy sauce and five-spice are smothered in sweet Hoisin sauce and then rolled up inside savoury, crispy green onion pancakes - which are also delicious on their own.  The total prep time may be long but there isn't much actual work involved in making these wraps. Once the beef and pancakes are done, it's just a matter of preparing the simple sauce and then assembling the wraps. Not something you want to attempt if you are looking for a quick meal, but these wraps will definitely impress your guests at a dinner party.