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Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Noodle Roll)

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This is one quick dish that you can prepare for an easy lunch – the Chee Cheong Fun (豬腸粉). It is literally translated as pork intestine noodles in Chinese because the rice noodle rolls resemble to pork chitterlings. The rice noodles are traditionally made with rice flour mixture, spread a thin layer on a cheese cloth, steam to become a thin layer of noodle then roll it up, similar to pork chitterlings.  

Back home, there was always an old uncle riding a motorbike with big mobile food cart on the bike, calling out “Chee Cheong Fun” around my neighborhood. My family always couldn’t resist not to order from the uncle. The specialty for the Chee Cheong Fun in my hometown, Klang and Kuala Lumpur is the additional ingredients such as the stuffed tofu/vegetables (釀豆腐), meat balls, bean curds are added to compliment the dish. In different area like Penang, the rice noodle are served as simple as mixing it just with shrimp paste.

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Massaman Curry

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Massaman curry is believed to be one of those earliest Thai recipes of the 19th century AD. Not sure how many of you had tried this curry dish but I rarely order it (or not even once) when dining in the Thai restaurant. Most likely it seems to be an unpopular dish for me.

This coconut-based curry is usually prepared with beef, potatoes and roasted peanuts and its flavor is kind of hot and sour. You can always make this dish with your favorite meats like chicken, duck, or pork. Tofu can be used as well to make a vegetarian dish. As with most curries, you can easily pick up the Massaman curry paste at the Asian food market.

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Kari Ikan (Fish Curry)

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When I was blogging on my assam fish the other day, my brother reminded me the kari ikan. Kari Ikan (fish curry) is one of the Malaysian curries and it can be found in mamak stalls. I used to have it once in a week in high school after activities or sports in a nearby authentic mamak stall which is my group’s hang out spot.

I was eager to make my first kari ikan with the kari ikan powder from Malaysia this weekend. Thus I went over to the Asian market and bought all my ingredients but sadly I couldn’t get okra. So I substituted it with green beans. Surprisingly the result was pleasing but it was just a little sour due to too much tamarind paste. I added 3 tablespoons in it. In the recipe, I changed it to 2 tablespoons.

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Mini Cheese Tarts (Lemony Blueberry & Chocolate Swirl)

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Lemony Cheese Tart with Blueberry Toppings

I love cheese cake; I love the creamy filling that goes so perfectly with the crust; I love the taste; I love the smell. It is so good to be true. Yes, one piece probably costs you  300 – 500 calories depending on the size and ingredient. Although I have a sweet tooth, I will still eat it because I love it.  If we buy a cheesecake, I would be the one who is eating up the whole cake. So after a while I am not buying anymore and nor making anymore because no one in the house will eat more than one piece.  It will just sit there. Can’t even remember when the last time was but it was long enough.

I once saw these ready made bottom crust in the grocery store and gosh, they are the mini tarts in a pack of six! I was so excited when I found them. This is great because it is small portion perfect for individual size.  So during one lovely Saturday afternoon about two weeks ago, I made these Mini Cheese Tarts as an after dinner dessert for my dear girlfriends. They loved it.

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Stir-fried Opo Squash with Dried Shrimps

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I first got to know about opo squash (calabash gourd) was few years ago when I was living with my aunt in NYC. I remembered it is one of those vegetables she planted in her small little farm at her backyard. This vegetable is a kind of fruit with light green smooth skin and white flesh. It is commonly used for stir-fry or soup in the southern Chinese cuisine as what my aunt did.

I don’t normally pick up this vegetable and it was on sale in the Asian food market. Thus I bought one home and tried to make a dish with it. Opo squash doesn’t have much taste on itself. It is similar as the cucumber. So I decided to make it simple by stir-frying it with the dried shrimps. It turned out to be a decent dish for dinner. Share with me if you have any good recipes for opo squash.

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