Economical Fried Bee Hoon

Fried bee-hoon or vermicelli is something common in Asia , you can easily order a plate of stir fry vermicelli with veggie or with beef, seafood and more. In Indonesia bihun goreng is also a popular dish which can be easily found in many local eating place , from street seller  to family restaurant. Most of the time the bee-hoon are sold as plate of stir fry dish  at standard price of IDR  10,000 street price  up to  25,000 per plate (depending on  type of seller as well as the stir fry ingredients) or as part of  economical rice package where the bee-hoon is stir fry with cabbage or some greens only without any meat nor egg with it.

I called today fried bee-hoon as economical bee-hoon because it was the name that I noted at the seller signage in one of the food court in Singapore  mall . Yes they are the plain stir fry version with some cabbage and soya sauce only without any other ingredients . For the decent amount and the very affordable price  at SGD 1.5 / portion (but that was about few years ago by now probably the price is already increase), it was really economical. I bought a pack for my supper back at hotel and they taste good 🙂

Below please my economical bee-hoon ala RCC.

Economical Bihun Goreng

I use the glutten free bee hon by Thai Manufacturer (Mama brand) , a pack of total 400 gr dried bee-hoon contain 8 portion of each 50 gr, purchased price at IDR 16,500 (approx. USD 1.7). Initially I only soak about 100 gr of them and upon seeing the amount I decided to add another 50 gr (which was a mistake) and resulted to such big plate.

The other ingredient is use is with  small size  organic cabbage,  purchased at IDR 6,800 (approx. USD .70) and I only use 1/3 of the cabbage for my stir fry. Well adding up the whole cost plus some seasoning (soya sauce, sesame oil, some oyster sauce, sweet soya sauce, mushroom bouillon)  it was economical indeed because I can keep this  portion for one day meal,  lunch and probably dinner 🙂

 

 

Bento # 148 – Lions bento

This year I did not managed to  make any bento with the Chinese New Year theme, so to compensate my lack of creative I decided to deconstruct the Chinese New Year cakes into bento.

The Lion’s heads  were of roll cake decorated with cheese, while for the body I use marble cake (I love how the texture of the marble cake looks perfect for the lion’s body and the paws , especially the Lion at the bottom part) .

Those stripes looks cakes were Kue Lapis (aka Layered Cake)  is one of the most to have cake for Chinese New Year and a quite popular cake in Indonesia. It tooks lots of time and effort to bake the cakes layer by layer.

I choose and cut  the different color/darker layer of the  layered cake to make the facial expression of the Lions.

Bento # 148 - Lion bento

Bento # 148 – Lions bento

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR ALL

Wish you a prosperous and blessed Snake Year Ahead.

Gong Xi Fa Cai…

Xin Nian Kuai Le…

Bento # 139 – Birdie bento

Anyone remember the rice cake bento that I made in the earlier day?

Bento # 47 - Three little girls Bento

Well today is another Bento with the same ingredients (they were an Indonesian traditional dish called Lontong sayur that I bought at nearby eating place). Lontong means  rice cake , and sayur is veggie. As you can see from the photo, the rice cake have few ingredients such as chilli fried tempe (Soybean cake), chilli nuts and chille potato sticks (underneath the rice cake).

Lontong sayur  come with a gravy of chilli coconut milk cooked with jackfruit (I put the gravy in separate thermal flask and it was not in the photo.

Bento # 139 - Birdie bento

Bento # 139 – Birdie bento

Cut the beak from carrot  and then cut nori with scissor to make the wings and the feathers on the head. (what do you call the feather on top of bird’s head in English?)  I know in Indonesia it’s called “Jambul” but I am not sure how to call them in English 🙂

Happy Friday  all.

Bento # 134 – Early Christmas Pancake

I woke up by the sounds of loud thunder this morning , it was 6 ish  a.m and the sky looks as if its gonna rain cats and dogs.

Since I can’t go back to sleep I decided to start the day early with proper breakfast and whip myself pancakes.  As usual I can’t resist the temptation not turning them into something cute.

So rather than cutting cheese and other ingredients to beautify them I took the shortcut and decorate them with the Christmas icing that I bought from baking supplies store and tada…. super cute Christmas pancake 🙂

Bento # 134 -Christmas pancake

Bento # 134 -Christmas pancake

Counting days for the coming Christmas and Holidays…..

Bubur Ketan Hitam (Black Glutoniuos Rice Dessert)

My mum always make sweet dessert as  our snacks on the weekend and I grow up liking and associate them as my comfort food. Today I am sharing one of my fave sweet dessert, bubur ketan hitam.

Bubur ketan hitam   is the Indonesia name for Black Glutinous Rice Deesert , literally is translated as : Black Glutinous porridge. And this type of sweet dessert can be find easily in many South East Asia countries, it have several different names and cooked in a rather similar way.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gr black glutinous rice
  • 2 liter water
  • 100 g sugar (to taste)
  • pinch of salt
  • pandan leaves , tied into a knot
  • Coconut milk : 150 ml coconut milk + some pandan leaves  ,cooked with with 1/4 tsp salt until simmer, set aside to cool.

Steps :

  1. Rinse the black glutinous rice until the water is clear.
  2. Boil water with pandan leaves  a pinch of salt  over high heat and when the water starts steaming, add glutinous rice.
  3. Lower the heat to medium heat and cook for about 60 – 90  minutes uncovered until the grains started to break and water started to thicken. You may add water from time to time to adjust the thickness of the mixture (different heat can resulted to different result of mixture thickness).
  4. Remove the pandan leaves and add sugar to taste, simmer for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. Serve warm with coconut milk.

Black Glutinous rice dessert

Glutionous rice dessert with coconut milk

This is actually my 2nd attempt in making them,and the recipe above had been modified to get the result as shown at the photos.

The first time I fail because I use the wrong type of black rice  and did not add more water , resulted to glutinous sticky rice instead of the smooth porridge like shown at the photo.

Autumn Stir Fry

This is my submission for twolittlechefettes monthly cooking challenge, the theme of this month is : Mushrooms

Today dish is simple vegetable stir fry with Autumn theme and  mushroom , which I put into my lunch Bento.

Ingredients :

  • Shimeji mushroom (split into  pieces)
  • Korean mushroom (I am not sure what its name since it was written in Korean and no other description), it looks like giant enoki (thicker and bigger in size and in white color) – split into pieces
  • Lotus root – sliced into 0.3- 0.5 cm width
  • Snap peas
  • Carrot (cut into maple leaves shape)
  • Oyster sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Soya sauce (to taste)
  • Pepper
  • Garlic (chopped finely)
  • 1 tea spoon Mushroom stock

Steps :

  1. Wash all ingredients
  2. Heat sesame oil in frying pan under medium heat and stir in lotus root and carrot and snap peas , cook for about 3-4 minutes,remove from the pan.
  3. Add another sesame oil and stir in chopped garlic, once garlic started to change color, stir in the mushroom (both types) and then add in the lotus root and carrot and peas.
  4. Add oyster sauce and a little of soy sauce and mushroom stock, stir until all seasoning mix well with the vegetables. The mushroom will release juices therefore no need to add water.
  5. Remove from heat and serve while still hot/warm.

 

Tau Suan (aka Split Green Bean Sweet Soup)

Living in tropical country we only have two seasons, the hot and the rainy. And starting this week we are officially into rainy season .

One of my favourite thing to do during this cool and cloudy day is eating warm and sweet dessert .  For my comfort food today I made “Tau Suan” aka “Split green bean  sweet soup.”

It is a popular Chinese sweet dessert and can be easily found across Asia and it taste very good to goes with “You Tiao/ You Char Kway/ Fried dough fritters), one can eat it as breakfast, dessert, noon snacks or even supper.  In Indonesia some vendor sell it with a little of coconut milk  as additional topping.

This is the first time I made this Tau Suan (get the recipe from mum) and was quite surprised that it is quite easy to cook .

  

Ingredients :

  • 150 – 200 gr of split green bean/mug bean
  • 2-3 pieces of pandan leaves, washed and tied to a knot
  • 50 gr sugar (mum suggest to use rock sugar for better taste, but since I don’t have rock sugar then I use normal white sugar instead)
  • 500 ml water
  • Thickener : 50 gr sweet potato flour mixed with ½ cup of water
  • 1 fried You Tiao (split the set into 2 and cut with scissor into 0.5 cm width)
  • Coconut milk (optional)  : cook 20 ml coconut milk + 30 ml water +  pinch of salt

Steps :

  1. Soak the  bean in water until expand, about 1 hour, drain, rinse with cooked water and drain again.
  2. Steam the beans until they are  cooked/soft but not mushy.
  3. In a pot, cook the water and pandan leaves , add rock sugar when water start to boil and stir until  sugar dissolved.
  4. Reduce the heat and add the steamed beans, stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir  in thickener slowly until the mixture reach the thickeness according to your liking , let it simmer for a while and turn off the heat.
  6. Serve with fried you tiao or drizzle coconut milk into the soup (I forgot to buy you tiao, therefore  my version only have Tau Suan with coconut milk).

Bento # 113 – Bugs family Bento

A cloudy morning and to cheer myself , I whip myself some pancake and then pack few of them for my friend whom I met for lunch today, as always can’t help it to keep those pancake as what they are.

So after some make over, the plain pancake turn into happy bugs family…

I use 2 type of cheese (milk and cheddar cheese) to make the wings and chocolate chip for the eyes and lastly sliced strawberries for the red dots. This is also the first time I use the paper lunch box that I bought in Oct, despite the M size they turn out to be quite big. I love the fact that the inner side have some foil and glossy look  which made the photo looks clean and bright.

Bento # 113 – Bugs family Bento

Happy Thursday !

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Onigiri)

A cloudy Sunday and the weather is best for lazying at home listening to the music and daydreaming.  I even refused an invitation from friend for lunch at my fave Japanese restaurant (sorry Ms. SS), just not in the mood to go out.

However when noon is approaching and stomach start growling I decided to treat myself a Japanese lunch ala RCC.

All I need is rice and soya sauce and I end up with a delicious, hot, salty and crisp Yaki Onigiri (aka Grilled Onigiri)

Yaki Onigiri

First , make onigiri from cooked rice, I am not good with shaping onigiri by hands so I  use the Onigiri mold instead.

  

Place the rice on non sticky pan , add a little oil and cook over low heat. Once rice surface started to dry brush soya sauce on the surface and flip it over.

I kind of ruin one of my Onigiri  (Onigiri was not firm and solid enough and fall apart when I flip it) and end up with 2 pieces.

  

Tadaaa… here is my yummy and crisp Yaki Onigiri.

Grilled Rice Balls

Happy Sunday all!!

Bento # 111 – Autumn Tottoro

I feel obliged to post something with the fall/autumn theme before the season is really over. Initially I am planning to use my new leaves veggie cutter to make something related with maple leaves, but I change my mind because I want something more challenging to fit the theme. And  when talking about challenging, Totoro is one that pop up in my mind.

Making Totoro bento is the most challenging to me because despite the simple look (based from my experience in my previous Totoro sandwiches), it require a lot of details. And yes, I spend almost 2 hours in making this bento (including the cooking of the abura age).

And here is the result of my AutumnTotoro.

Bento # 111 – Autumn Totoro Bento

I made 2 version of Totoro, the brown Totoro using Abura Age and green one by mixing rice with steamed broccoli and placed both Totoro on a portion of Kimchi which I though the color will resemble autumn (however the kimchi seems to be not visible at all), then covered by another layer of pickled white radish. I also add few Koren  bean sprout for garden/autumn look. And of course the mini Totoro using quail eggs.

Side dish is egg tamagoyaki mixed with carrot bites and last but not the least some  broccoli, cherry tomatoes to enhance the color and without realizing it, this turn out to be a non meat bento…what a healthy way to start the week.

Happy Thursday all… One more day before the weekend ….