Potato Pancake/Fritter (Gamja Jeon)

Sharing my Sunday brunch, initially I wanted to make Korean Potato Pancakes aka Gamja Jeon, however during the frying process I forgot to flatten them up to make a thin and crisp pancake. So regardless the shape, the ingredients and the taste were delicious and finish the whole stack all by myself 😀
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Ingredients
  • 150 gr bacon, chopped finely
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped finely
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, grated
  • 1 red chili, thinly sliced
  • 100 gr of vegetable (carrots. spring onion, leeks, etc) cut thinly
  • 1/2 cup plain flour (or Korean pancake flour)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste (if use korean pancake flour then omit the salt and pepper as they already have it combined in the flour mixture)

Method : Mix all ingredients to form thick batter and fry them on non stick pan.

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Happy Sunday All

Chinese Chicken Shu Mai

I was inspired to try making Chinese Shu Mai after receiving yummy homemade Shu Mai from Madam. SL, also I got to use the Shu Mai microwavable tray that I bought from Japan Store.

Here is the recipe I got from mum

Chinese Chicken Shu Mai
Chinese Chicken Shu Mai

Ingredients :

  • 1 pack Round wonton skin
  • 250 gr ground chicken meat
  • 4 -5 medium shrimp (peeled, deveined, and diced into small pieces)
  •  1 medium shitake mushroom (diced into small pieces)
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  •  1/2 stalk small size scallion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon  sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 table spoon of water
  • Carrot (finely chopped) for garnishing

Steps :

  1. Mix the chicken with other ingredients and seasonings and set aside in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Place about a tablespoon of filling on wonton skin, gather up the sides and leave the center open. Garnish the top with some chopped carrot .
  3. Place a sheet of cloth or parchment paper before placing the Shu Mai to ensure them  did not stick on bamboo steamer.
  4. Steam in a bamboo steamer for about 25 minutes until the wrapper skin turn translucent. Serve hot.

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I use the Shu Mai microwavable tray to enhance the Shu Mai shape and decided to steam using bamboo steamer instead of using microwave.

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Tada… here is  steaming hot Chicken Shu Mai ala RCC 🙂

Happy Friday all…

Japanese Creamy Crab Croquette

I am a fan of  Croquette and today I am stealing the recipe of this delicious Japanese Creamy Crab Croquette from Nami of Justonecookbook.

Please click on the above link for the recipe and the very detailed step by step photos  from Nami.

All this time I experience making normal croquette from potato/ potato flour or wheat flour and they are quite easy to shape  but today creamy one was a challenge because they was quite sticky and took longer time to shape, nevertheless below please find the result of  mine and yes…they are really yummy….

I ate them for lunch and dinner  today.

Japanese Creamy Crab Croquette

Japanese Creamy Crab Croquette

Thanks to Nami for sharing this recipe  🙂

Love it, especially with her idea to add corn on the recipe.

 

 

Lotus root/Renkon salad

This is a scheduled post, currently I am away for vacation therefore sorry for any late response on comment.

Since I start doing bento, Lotus root had become a staple in my kitchen however the challenge with this unique ingredient is you can’t buy them in small qty.

A piece of Lotus root is big enough for  several times bento side dish where in most of the case the rest of them are turn into my favorite snack Lotus root chips until a friend of mine told me about this Lotus root salad.  She doesn’t give me the exact measurement of the recipe, it was based on your own sense and taste , I tried to make it and I love it.

This is my result (I am running out of ham, so I only use 1 slice, ideally I will add more ham into the salad)

Lotus root salad

Ingredients :

  • 1/4 – 1/2 lotus root depending on the size, slice thinly and immediately soaked them into salted/ vinegar water.
  • 1/2 medium size cucumber,   cut into 2 sides, de-seed and sliced thinly and soaked them into cold salted water
  • 1-2 slices of ham, cut into small long  pieces
  • 1 to 2 table spoon vinegar
  • Pinch of Sugar to taste
  • Pinch of Salt to taste
  • Mayonnaise to taste

Steps

  1. Boiled a pot a water  mix with  vinegar inside and cook the lotus root for few minutes, drain and cool under running /ice water, drain and set aside.
  2. Wipe the sliced cucumbers and lotus roots with paper towel and toss them into salad bowl, add the sugar and salt and mayonaise, then the ham.
  3. Mix well and let them chill in the fridge.
  4. Keep the salad in clean container for bento stash or stock – max 3 days

Butter pan fried potatoes

Ever been in a situation where you only need few pieces of baby potatoes and end up with many extra because the supermarket always sell them in pack of many pieces? Well it always happened to me.

This butter pan fried potatoes is a good way to finish the excess stock because they are easy to make and delicious in its simple way and I love them as snacks, yes I am snacking on this. I know the amount of the carbo, but I just can’t help it, at least they are much healthier than snacking fried fries  (I think) 🙂

So here I am with my weekend snack, butter pan fried baby potatoes.

Butter pan fried potatoes

Ingredients :

  • 10 baby potatoes (or any amount that you like)
  • water
  • salt
  • salted butter
  • fresh parsley (chopped)

Peel and boil the potatoes in water until they are cooked and then transferred them in a skillet, melt butter and fry the potato under medium fire until they are golden brown, sprinkle with a pinch of salt (to taste) and garnish with a dash of chopped parsley.

Wish you all a good weekend ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Raisin Salad (Korean banchan)

I was inspired to make this salad after last night dinner at Korean restaurant where they serve this apple raisin salad as one of the banchan (side dish).

Apple Raisin salad

Ingredients :

  • 2 red apples – cut into cubes and toss into cold salted water
  • 1 cucumber – remove the seeds and cut into small pieces
  • A bunch of green seedless apple
  • one small box of raisins
  • mayonnaise (I happen to have the Korean brand mayo)
  • 1/2 table spoon sugar (optional) – I like a little sweet on my salad
  • 1/2 table spoon ice water

Steps :

  1. soaked apple cubes into cold salted water for 3 minutes to maintain apple’s colors and freshness, drain and wipe gentle with paper towel.
  2. in a salad bowl , mix sugar, mayonnaise and ice water, stir until sugar dissolved and then tossed into the bowl the rest of  other ingredients
  3. mix until all ingredients coated with mayonnaise.
  4. chill in the fridge

 

 

 

Spicy Maple Corn Fritters

Today dish is Spicy Maple Corn Fritters, I saw this recipe from fellow blogger friend, Jen from http://www.savorysimple.net.

I was curious to try because all this time the corn fritters that I ever taste and cook were savory type , never try any sweet fritters so the name of this dish really intrigue me.

Here is the result of my Spicy Maple Corn Fritters, they are yummy.

Spicy Maple Corn fritters

And here is the copy paste of the recipe from http://www.savorysimple.net/spicy-maple-corn-fritters/

Spicy Maple Corn Fritters

Active Time: 15 minutes

Inactive Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • A neutral, high heat oil such as vegetable or canola
  • Powdered sugar for garnish

Method

  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cayenne pepper.
  2. Whisk in the eggs, milk, and maple syrup.
  3. Fold in the corn.
  4. Heat the oil to 365 degrees F in a deep fryer or large pot.
  5. Gently drop in small spoonfuls of the batter and allow to cook on each side until golden brown.
  6. Allow to drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve immediately. Sift powdered sugar on top before serving.

Notes

Sinful yet yummy….The crispy deep fried chicken skin

It’s been a while since my last post.

I was moving to a new place and had not yet organized the new kitchen.

But finally… it was done, so now Rabbit is back to cook…

And I don’t always cook or eat healthily, matter of fact I always love to eat  something unhealthy yet yummy… hence my all time favorite ..the crispy fried chicken skin.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gr of chicken skin -> rinsed and dried
  • 1/4  cup corn flour
  • 1 tea spoon salt
  • 1 tea spoon pepper

Steps :

  1. Drizzle the dried chicken skin with salt and pepper, mix well and then tossed them into corn flour, mix well.
  2. Deep fry until golden brown and look crispy , set aside on kitchen towel to drain excess oil and  attack them while still hot.

Note : I love to dip or drizzle my crispy chicken skin with a little Worcestershire sauce (cook over low heat until simmer :  1 table spoon Worcestershire  + 2 table spoon water + 1 table spoon sweet soy sauce or honey + 1 table spoon butter)

Banana Fritter (aka : Pisang goreng)

Banana Fritter

2 reasons why I made  banana fritter for today afternoon snack

  1. Mum received  plenty of fresh banana from her friend and when I visited her on the weekend I help myself  and brought few pieces  back.
  2. A friend of mine brought me the similar banana fritter snack last weekend  (thank’s to Ms. Ladyrein for the snack) and it reminded me to the long forgotten snack.

This fritter is very simple to make, basically just cut the banana into 2 pieces, brush with a little corn flour, dip into beaten egg and then roll on panko breadcrumbs.

Deep fried until golden brown and serve with caramel sauce or kaya jam or any sauce of your liking or you can just consume them as what they are.

Notes :

  • The only thing I would like to note here is : It is highly recommended to use this type of banana : Pisang Kepok  (Pisang = Banana, Kepok = is the name of the banana). I don’t know the name in English, this type of banana (pisang Kepok)  is very popular in Indonesia, either for banana fritter  (pisang goreng) or banana dessert (kolak pisang).
  • I forgot to take the  fresh pisang Kepok photo  , below picture was the one I google from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kepok_banana_Indonesia.JPG the banana might look a bit ugly and not as nice as those other  yellow banana, but believe me , they taste good.

Mum said this type of banana is  good diabetic diet   as it is not too sweet and contain less sugar.  She love to consume this banana for breakfast and her cooking preference is steam. She will steam it for about 15 minutes until the skin turn brown and the meat soften.

Well…this bring back another memory of  childhood’s food/snack.

Corn and fish maw soup

Corn and fish maw soup

Mum gave me some fish maw (she always stock this ingredients at home) , initially I plan to cook a stir fry veggie and fish maw in oyster sauce but as always , upon checking my fridge found out that I didn’t stock  the right ingredients and all I have was a pack of organic sweet corn, which I intended to cook for soup today. So hey…why not add he fish maw into the soup?

The corn soup recipe is one of mum’s home cooked food , it was simple to make and not as complicated as the real Chinese fish maw soup, not that this corn soup is not real though.

Ingredients :

  • 2 medium sweet corns (shredded)
  • 1 large carrot (shredded)
  • bunch of fish maw (the one I got from my mum was already soaked and squeeze out of excess water) , sliced thinly
  • 750 ml chicken stock
  • 1 piece of chicken breast fillet (cut into diced or sliced thinly)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp corn flour, mixed with 4 tbsp water, for thickening

Steps :

  1. Bring the chicken stock and chicken fillet to boil., add the shredded carrots and let it simmer for 3 minutes over low heat
  2. Add the corns and cook for 5-8 minutes over low heat then add the fish maw
  3. Add seasoning such as salt and pepper to taste
  4. Stir in the eggs to make eggs ribbon, let the soup simmered for 1 minutes.
  5. Thicken the soup with corn flour mixture, let soup simmered for another 2 minutes, remove from heat and serve while still hot.