KitchenTigress: August 2011

Tau Suan (Mung Bean Sweet Soup)

Tau suan is thick mung bean soup sweetened with caramel. It's topped with you char kway (Chinese crullers), which is salty and crispy.

If you know what 豆爽 is, you probably know that "豆" means beans.

What about "爽"? What does "爽" mean?

Kiam Chye Ark (Salted Mustard Greens & Duck Soup)

When I was looking at recipes for itek teem, I was surprised at the number of ingredients used for the Nyonya soup.

Various Peranakan adaptations of kiam chye ark had pig's trotters, assam skin, brandy, nutmeg, and even sea cucumber.

These were on top of the kiam chye (pickled mustard greens), ark (duck), pickled plums, and tomatoes found in every recipe, Nyonya or Chinese.

Sayur Lodeh (Vegetable Curry)

Sayur lodeh is an Indonesian curry made with vegetables. Cabbage is the main veggie used, along with some long beans, eggplants and beancurd. There're lots of spices and coconut milk in the curry, making it very aromatic. It also has good umami flavour from dried prawns.

Minced Pork Stir-Fry with Ketchup & Fermented Black Beans

Minced pork stir-fried with fermented black beans (FBB) and tomato ketchup is one of the standard items served at places that sell Teochew porridge. It's savoury, spicy, a bit sweet, and aromatic. The strong flavours go very well with plain porridge.

The dish is different from other FBB-based recipes because it's got a good amount of tomato ketchup.

Kueh Bengka Ubi (I)

Making kueh bengka ubi is incredibly easy. The main ingredients are grated tapioca, eggs, sugar and coconut milk. Just mix everything thoroughly and bake. It's as easy as a box cake, but the results are way more delicious.

Kueh bengka ubi has a wonderful aroma from coconut milk, pandan juice and its caramelized crust. Tapioca gives the cake its yellow colour, and makes it nicely chewy. 

Diced Chicken with Spicy Fermented Tofu

Fermented beancurd is good stuff. It's gotta be. Otherwise, it wouldn't have survived war, peace, and technological upheavals for more than 2,000 years.

Fermented beancurd is salty, creamy and aromatic. It may be used as a seasoning, or eaten as it is with porridge or rice.

Pork Stir-Fry with Sesame Oil

Pork stir-fried in sesame oil (麻油肉片) is a Chinese homey dish. Thinly sliced pork is marinated, then tossed with white sesame oil, garlic and ginger over high heat. The dish uses everyday ingredients, and it's done in minutes. Most importantly, it's delicious.

I've done pork stir-fry with sesame oil so many times I can practically do it with my eyes closed.