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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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Kung Pao Chicken (宮保雞丁)

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Introducing another spicy dish from my favorite list, Kung Pao Chicken  or 宮保雞丁.  It is another classic hot and spicy dish originated from the Sze Chuan cuisine, which I had firstly introduced the Sze Chuan Style Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork in my previous post. I believe many Americans are also familiar with this dish as it can be found in some American Chinese restaurants.

The primary ingredients for the Kung Pao Chicken are chicken in dice or cube size and roasted peanuts. The combination is perfectly proportionated for easy consuming. Some restaurants prepare the dish with cashew nuts, celery, green or red pepper. I guess the recipe changes to suit a variety of taste.

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Fish Porridge with Peanuts (魚片花生粥)

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I don’t really like to eat porridge as I have a conception that porridge or congee is for someone who falls sick. That is because since young, my mum would cook plain white porridge for me when I was sick, she believed it would heal the sickness faster by eating light and non-greasy food. This practice is still carrying on by many Chinese families nowadays including myself.

My girlfriend caught a cold when she went to Vegas for her company’s business trade show, and as usual I cooked porridge for her when she came home. After two days of eating white porridge we were already so tired about it. When she was getting better, I have changed the menu by preparing a more interesting Fish Porridge with Peanuts. This was definitely a more flavorful porridge recipe and also one of my favorite porridge I recalled eating by the hawker stalls in Malaysia.

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Peanut Cookie (花生餅)

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My mum loves baking big time! Everyone loves her baking, cookies, and cakes so much. She used to sell batches of homemade baking goodies to her friends especially when it came to the festive occasions such as Mooncake Festival and Chinese New Year. All family members would gather around the home and helped out to make the goodies.

Over the years, my mum has spent a lot of time and effort in learning baking and mastering the recipes. I remember during my childhood, I would give her a hand to glaze the cookies with egg yolk, try to shape the cookies and also pack them into the containers. For Chinese New Year, my mum will always have a line up of cookies for preparation, such as the pineapple tart, cornflake cookie, Kuih Bangkit, Kuih Kapit and peanut cookie is what I am sharing with you all today.

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Peanut Butter Pancakes

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Peanut Butter Pancakes with Peanut toppings and Honey Syrup

It was a nice Thanksgiving holiday morning without having to go to work, I felt so lazy to get up from the bed but my stomach was growling. Hungry. Time for breakfast. I opened the fridge and looked at all those leftover food from Thanksgiving. Thinking  “Nah, that is not the kind of food I want now, I need some real breakfast. I am making some pancakes. Yes, peanut butter pancakes.”

I grabbed some peanut butter from the cabinet, flour, egg, sugar, honey and butter. Starting my pancake preparation. About half an hour, breakfast was ready with a cup of hot coffee. Enjoy!

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