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Vietnamese Duck Noodles in Soup (Mi Vit Tiem)

Back when I was living in New Haven, I used to frequent a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant called Pot au Pho. Especially on those cold winter afternoons, mi vit tiem, egg noodles with braised five-spice flavored duck and shiitake mushroom, was my go-to order. I think the restaurant has closed down now, and even here I haven’t been able to find local restaurants serving this particular dish. Well, I guess if you wanna eat something you can try to make it yourself, so here we were.

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Che Nom’s Lepat Pisang

Achievement unlocked: lepat pisang!

I generally love bananas and every form of dessert or snack we can make with bananas, and lepat pisang is one of my favorites. The thing is, this Malay kuih isn’t as common as some others, and quite often the ones I get are quite disappointing.

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Japanese-style Pandan Coconut Milk Bread

The quest for making the best pandan coconut bread started when Gardenia launched their specialty Pandan Kelapa bread, which was nice and had gula melaka chunks within. For a while it was practically impossible to find the bread in stores, apparently people wait for the bread guy to load the shelves then dive in like piranhas to grab one. After a few tries experimenting with different ingredients and fillings, I finally made a successful version.

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Bayou Chicken Pasta

Over the weekend I had a group of 10 come over for pot roast, and I was worried we wouldn’t have enough starch as a “filler” dish, so at the very last minute I decided to throw in another pasta dish to the menu.  I decided on this simple but incredibly delicious pasta, modified from the recipe by Emeril Lagasse. I’ve made this for many office potlucks and Hari Raya do’s with a very high chance of  “yum!” ratings by guests.  Do check it out!

Update: I now use chicken thighs instead of breast meat, for juicier and more flavorful results. To ease your grocery shopping, instead of having to measure out the cream, simply get two 200 ml cartons for use in this dish. If you don’t want the trouble of making your own Essence spice mix (it is very much worth it though) you can also use store-bought Creole or Cajun spice mix.

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Breadmaker Garlic Cheese Bread

I try to bake a fresh loaf of bread at least once a week, and usually I would alternate between a sweet loaf and a savory one. Last week I reattempted the Condensed Milk Bread with some improvements, so this week I wanted something savory. This Garlic Cheese bread came up in my Youtube feed and looked really good, another promising recipe by Savor Easy.

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Condensed Milk Bread

Saw this video from Savor Easy for a while now, but finally got around to trying it today. This bread uses sweetened condensed milk in the dough itself as well as in the glaze, and my oh my the bread is so soft and quite heavenly. If you have some glaze leftover, USE IT. Spread some more of it on the bread, or use it as a dip. OMG.

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Chicken Miso Ramen

Rudy loved Japanese food. He missed sushi the most, as consuming raw/ undercooked foods was not advised when undergoing his treatments. As much as we could we still tried to have our Japanese food fix, and ramen was one of the things we wanted to have more of.

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Make Your Own: Chicken and Duck Andouille Sausage

I’ve made quite a few recipes by Emeril Lagasse which called for andouille sausages. I have never seen halal andouille in any of the upmarket grocers or deli stores in KL, and even when an ad for a non-halal deli pops up in my feed (need to do better, Facebook -_-) I rarely see andouille in their product list. So I usually would substitute with other sausages, such as chorizo (hard to find), Italian or any other smoked sausage.

At one point I wanted to try making my own andouille sausages. I’ve looked up a possible recipe from Emeril. Rudy even got me a gorgeous Zwilling Twin Smoker set. I was pretty new to cooking at the time, and was still very wary about taking liberties and modifying recipes, so my inability to find a substitute for file powder called for in the recipe basically ground the project to a halt. Almost seven years later, having more cooking experience and exposure to recipes from so many more chefs and home cooks, I finally got around to making my own andouille, based on this really inspiring recipe by Hank Shaw.

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Breadmaker Roti Benggali

When I was a kid, on weekends when we went to visit my brother in boarding school, we’d stop by a market in Batu Enam to buy Bengali bread rolls filled with kaya. The bread was simple, soft but not milky, and the kaya was the cheapo diluted type unlike the fancy gourmet ones we see which uses premium ingredients. But I remembered how warm and fragrant they were, freshly baked just in time for afternoon tea, and one roll was never enough.

The basic Benggali bread can be shaped into a plain sandwich loaf, or portioned into rolls with your preferred fillings. This was my tribute to the kaya rolls from my childhood, and gosh these were so darn good, despite the rather ugly shapes. I’m very happy with the flavor but still tweaking the rest times, so will be updating this recipe with new instructions and pictures from time to time.

Based on the recipe from Dari Dapur. Don’t forget the black coffee. ⁣

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Homemade Mexican Chicken Chorizo Sausage

Been wanting to make my own sausages for ages. The recipes I like to try out, usually from Emeril Lagasse, often call for different kinds of sausages, (Spanish or Portuguese) chorizo, andouille, or Italian (both hot and sweet). Sweet Italian sausages are still relatively easier to find, but not so much for the rest. In fact, I’ve never seen halal andouille anywhere. Add to that my new-ish resolution to take better control of what goes into the food I feed my family, so I finally got around it today.

This is a recipe for Mexican chorizo, based on the recipe from Honest Cooking. It’s usually not stuffed into casings, but I really wanted to start building my sausage-making skills, so I decided to stuff ’em anyway.

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