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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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Mexican Salsa & Guacamole with Tortilla Chips

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Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! Hope all of you had an amazing weekend full of fun, laughter and most importantly great food. We went to the London Bridge at Lake Havasu, Arizona for a weekend getaway.  It was way too hot there, 100 degrees F and above. We were just like the roasted pigs in the hot oven, hot and heat steaming. However the best thing was just to stay in the water with a beer on hand, that felt so good. There were many families and friends out in the lake with boat party and barbecue all day long. Since we didn’t prepare for barbecue, we managed to go some food and hang out in the park by the lake in the evening waiting for the fireworks. Overall it was a good trip, it would be perfect if it was not that hot.  :P

I made some Salsa & Guacamole dip for Tortilla chips last weekend for a hot summer Sunday afternoon. It is always popular snack to munch on for any parties especially for hot days like these. It is really an easy recipe, no cooking is needed which is good, just some chopping and mixing to do. I usually serve it with Mexican Tortilla chips, but we bought a big bag of Five Grain Tortilla chips from Costco to tryout, it is thicker with grains, still taste good with the dips. This is definitely a great snack to prepare for barbecue, pool party, or even for the coming World Cup final this weekend. We are really excited and looking forward to it.

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Russian Borscht Soup/ Luo Song Tong (羅宋湯)

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If you ever visit a Hong Kong style western café, you will know once you are seated, the waiter or waitress will serve you with a hot cup of their daily special soup. This is a common practice in most Hong Kong style cafés, in fact Hong Kong people like to drink their soup before the meal. So don’t be surprise. The two popular soups that are usually serving are either the cream of corn (something like Campbell soup) or Luo Song Tong (羅宋湯) / Russian Borscht Soup, this is what I like the most.

I love the taste of Luo Song Tong (羅宋湯) , it is a hearty tomato based vegetable soup that is is quite similar to our ABC Soup actually (in Patrick’s previous post). The main difference is the Luo Song Tong is much more intense in flavor as the soup base is cooked with beef bones or beef stew with lots of tomatoes and all kind of vegetables such as carrot, onion, potato and celery. I always want to try to make this at home. So this has been a good timing since I removed my wisdom tooth and I couldn’t eat too much of solid food, I’ve made a pot of yummy Luo Song Tong for my weeknight dinners with some greens.

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Stir-fry Chicken with Onion

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One of the dishes I love the most was the stir-fry chicken with onion when dining at Dennis’s place 2 weeks ago. I thought it’s really good. He made this dish by using the chicken breast and surprisingly the meats were tender, succulent, and delicious. As we know the chicken breast is always the toughest part of the chicken, yet it is the healthiest.

It is always fun to learn something new and I asked Dennis about his secret of tendering the chicken breast. He told me the trick is in the marination and the cooking technique. Egg white was what he added in the marinade to tenderize the chicken breast and of course he stressed the cooking technique is very important in order to prevent overcooking or undercooking the meat.

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ABC Soup

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My mom has been telling me to have more soups habitually since childhood because she said soups are great for health benefits with purported rejuvenating and invigorating effects to our bodies. Therefore Chinese love to prepare soup as part of their daily meals as they believe soup contains the essentials of all  the ingredients in it.

One of the scrumptious soups that I grew up having is the ABC soup. It is simple and easy to prepare especially to those who are busy and working fulltime. Besides, it is a helpful and pleasant dish to kids who do not like to eat vegetables.

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