All About Chinese New Year Cake & Snack from Previous Years

All About Chinese New Year Cake & Snack from Previous Years

Let me say Happy Chinese New Year to you guys, it is on this Friday, 16th of Feb, 2018, the year of Dog. Just 2 days after Valentine’s day! It should be really busy for all the Asian family already, the lady in the house obviously!

I just start to take action from today. But all the schedule and planning I have done before the last two weeks. Why? Is that serious? I can tell you the answer is YES! All I need to plan is how many stuff I’ll prepare, also my own vegan food as well.

This year I haven’t got time to try something new but I still loyal to my cake from all the past years. You can see how busy I am! Wish you all love them! ♥♥♥ Happy Chinese New Year, all the best wishes and good health to you all! 🙂

Chinese Crispy Peanut Puff – CNY Snack 新年食品, 炸油角

Steamed Golden Custard Cake ~ CNY, 富貴黃金糕 

Chinese New Year Crunchy Snack ~ 蛋散

Baked Vegan Crispy Savoury Cookies for CNY (焗南乳酥餅)

CNY Vegetarian ‘Lo Bo Gao’ (素食蘿蔔糕) – White Radish Cake

Vegetarian Radish Cake (港式素食蘿蔔糕)

CNY Sweet Coconut Rice Cake (椰汁年糕)

Chinese Sweet Rice Cake (椰汁紅豆年糕)

CNY Steam Molasses  with Ginger Pudding ~ 黑糖薑汁年糕

Pineapple cake II ~ 鳳梨酥

Pineapple cake ~ 鳳梨酥

Pineapple cake ~ 鳳梨酥

Rice Crispy with Nori & Peanut Bars ~ 花生海苔米果

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Mushroom Burger with Quinoa & Rice Burger buns ~ Gluten-free

Mushroom Burger with Quinoa & Rice Burger buns ~ Gluten-free

Start from stepping on 2018, I can’t remember how many times I have made the burger. Seems ‘making burger’ is my new goal of playing recently.

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Homemade ‘Seitan’ & Vegan Roasted Barbecue ‘Pork’ ~ 麵筋, 素叉燒

Homemade ‘Seitan’ & Vegan Roasted Barbecue ‘Pork’/Char Siu ~ 麵筋, 素叉燒  

  

It is a rare chance that I’ll make this ‘seitan’. Since I saw lots of my Facebook friend’s post ~ Roasted vegan ‘Char Siu’ 素叉燒 . Their mouth-watering photos impulse me to try it again.

Sounds I did have this experiment before. Yes! I have but not really like it at all. Why? Because it’ll wash away a lot of flour to get a small amount of seitan to make bbq ‘pork’. It is not really economical.

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Slow Cook Kale & Butternut Squash Dal (羽衣甘藍 & 南瓜, 印度豆)

Slow Cook Kale & Butternut Squash Dal (羽衣甘藍 & 南瓜, 印度豆)

 

Dal or dhal is a dried pulse which has been split. The outer hull is usually stripped off; dal that has not been hulled is described as chilka (skin), e.g. chilka urad dal, mung dal chilka.

Dhal is the Indian staple made from split pulses. They’re high in fibre, full of good protein, low in calories, fat-free, quick and easy to cook, reasonable cheap, substantial, versatile and delicious. It can serve with rice or naan bread. The chana dhal, an Indian chickpea, used most often to make dhal in India. But now, most of the people use the yellow split peas, red or green lentil instead. Split peas will give a slightly creamier dhal. If you can’t find fresh curry leaves, you can use frozen one like me.

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Stuffed Tomato/Pepper with Wild Rice Salad

Stuffed Tomato/Pepper with Wild Rice Salad

Stuffed pepper with wild rice salad

Hi, everyone, can I ask you all one of the questions? Will you randomly make something by your mood and without any instruction nor any recipe sometimes, I do! Actually, lots of time just depends on my feeling and adjust by my taste bud. I won’t mark down all the measurement on a piece of paper, I just too lazy and too much fuss for me, why should I do that? I have no idea, :p . Continue reading

South Indian Coconut Rice

South Indian Coconut Rice

South Indian Coconut Rice

Since the Thai have their popular coconut milk rice with mango, they’re decent, but I guess that is a bit sweet for me. But today I am preparing this coconut rice, that is one of my favourite Indian food, it’s lighter, also full of aroma and spice, the main factor is not too heavy.

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Fennel, Kale and Rice Gratin ~ Vegan Friendly

Fennel, Kale and Rice Gratin ~ Vegan Friendly

Fennel, Kale and Rice Gratin

Nothing much will do for tonight, and haven’t plan of anything, so try to find something to occupy and interesting to spent. Then I went to the supermarket and browse around to see anything attract me, and I found one of this: Fennel on the bargain corner.

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Rice Crispy with Nori & Peanut Bars ~ 花生海苔米果

Rice Crispy with Nori & Peanut Bars ~ 花生海苔米果

Rice Crispy with Nori & Peanut Bars ~ 花生海苔米果

I haven’t thought about I can make my own of this traditional snack since my in-law taught me. It is amazing and a yummy snack.

I know in nowadays, people like to use marshmallow or chocolate instead of the sugar to stick the puff rice together, but I still like the old fashion and traditional way to make it, stubborn ah?  😉

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Veggi Clay Pot with Yum (芋頭南瓜煲仔飯)

Veggi Clay Pot with Yum    (芋頭南瓜煲仔飯)

It has been a week now since the Chinese New Year, such a happy memory, lots of fun except lots of work and cooking. Worth it! 🙂

After all, I need some of free time to relax. Today, just make something simple and not much to prepare, meanwhile, it is good to finish off all the left over from New Years!

This is one of my favorite meal and always prepare for winter weather: CLAY POT

Veggi Clay pot

Just like the name, it must own a clay pot first, I have my clay pot was more than 20 years old now, I remembered that I bought it from a Japanese store long time ago.

And the other main ingredient is the rice, usually I use the brown basmatic rice, of course the other rice will suffice, (if I can get the wild rice, it will be really good, mix and match with the white basmati rice, it looks beautiful! ). Ok, of course I won’t tell you this recipe is only simply a clay pot and rice,Then comes with the really important sauce: sweet soy sauce, I prefer it is simple, so I just mix up with dark and light soy sauce cooked on the stove and add a little bit brown sugar with few dashes of hot Tabasco sauce , let it simmer until thick. Or if you like spicy, make some spicy barbecue sauce, but anyway you can get any of your favourite sauce, it’s really up to you. I want to tell you that I ate two bowls of the rice with the sweet soy sauce on its own. I know it sounds strange and crazy, but it’s such so yummy and this is definitely my comfy meal in winter.

Ingredients for veggi clay pot

Today, I bought some fresh yum from an Indian grocery, their size are not too big, just like our fist. I haven’t tried it before, that’s why I like to have a go in my clay pot.  And also add some green beans, carrots, butternut squash, dry shiitake mushroom and some button mushrooms.

Veggi Clay Pot

Method: First of all, I used my own way to cook the rice first (boiled the rice from rice cooker) to prevent burning. Set aside.

Next, I cook the yum, butternut squash and green beans by boil them; and stir fry the other ingredients with seasoning, then put the clay pot over the medium heat, add a tablespoon of oil in the pot and put the boiled rice in, arrange all the cooked vegetables over the rice. Cover with lid and turn the heat to small and continue for another 5 minutes more or less. Be cautious: don’t let the rice get burn. Serve with the sauces!

Kimchi Fried Rice/ Bokkeumbap (김치 볶음밥)

Kimchi Fried Rice ~ Bokkeumbap (김치 볶음밥)

Kimchi Fried Rice/ Bokkeumbap (김치 볶음밥)

Hi everyone, today, we are going to learn two korean words: Kimchi – 김치      &    Fried rice – 볶음밥 

Kimchi bokkeumbap is made primarily with kimchi and rice, along with other available ingredients such as diced vegetables or meats. Korean alphabet/ Hangul: 볶음밥, fried rice dishes,  a popular dish in Korea.   Information from Wiki.

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