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Chicken Chashu for Ramen

We were gifted a set of DIY ramen, which came with 5 portions worth of noodles, broth paste and chili seasoning. I’d like to prepare this for the family, but obviously I shouldn’t waste the opportunity by serving a bowl of noodles in soup and nothing else. Toppings were definitely required.

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Breadmaker Kicked-up Dinner Rolls

I wanted some bread to go with the Honey-butter Baked Chicken I made, so I decided to make some of my own.  These fluffy, buttery dinner rolls are not too sweet or flavorful on their own, great for soaking up pot roast gravy or soups.  I just wish I had some soup or gumbo to go with these!

Based on the recipe by Emeril Lagasse. Updated on 26 Dec 2020 with new pictures. I’ve also modified the recipe for the breadmaker and added a few shortcuts.

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Swedish Meatballs

Been ages since we’ve been to IKEA. Window shopping or filling our carts with cool stuff we don’t need is fun, sure, but usually the highlight of our IKEA trips is usually lunch at their cafeteria. We’d order the usual staples like the fried chicken wings, grilled salmon, and of course the meatballs.

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Make Your Own: Vegetable Stock

Wanted to make Swedish Meatballs, which called for vegetable stock for making that awesome brown sauce. One could probably buy a box from upmarket grocers like Village Grocer or B.I.G., but it costs close to 10 ringgit for a half-litre box of basically veggie scraps simmered in water. Looking through the ingredients list and seeing stuff like sugar, glucose, and a bunch of chemicals I can’t even recall, I figured I’d make it myself using stuff pulled from my fridge.

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Chicken Yakisoba

I really like yakisoba. Back when I was a student living in Nagoya for over a year, every few days we’d walk down the road to the neighborhood supermarket to get groceries, and prepare our own meals in the dorm kitchen. One of the things I’d pick up from time to time was a pack of yakisoba noodles which comes with ready-made seasoning, so whipping up a quick meal of yakisoba was pretty easy.

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Mi Kari (Curry Noodles)

I love mi kari. I love them a specific way, where the broth is creamy but not too rich or thick, with a good mix of toppings but not overdone or trying too hard. I also like the broth to be flavorful and savory and bursting with umami, which I imagined should come from some form of stock.

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Make Your Own: Yellow Noodles (Mi Kuning)

Been craving noodles. I generally love soupy noodle dishes and noodles in general, but I never really liked store-bought yellow noodles, or mi gemuk as I liked to call them. I find them to have a very unpleasant aftertaste, and some are so full of boric acid and lord knows what other additives, I really just don’t feel motivated to put any of that in my tummy.

Still, I really wanted some curry noodles, so Kak’mbang suggested we make our own. Found an archived article from Sinar Harian with a decent looking recipe, so I used it as a base.

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Mediterranean Baked Fish

Bought a kilo of really nice cod fillets from Seafood Maestro, some I used for the Fish Pie. I still had a few pieces left over, so I trawled the Internet for a recipe which is relatively simple to make, and with ingredients which will allow the flavor of the cod to really shine through. This search led me to discover this amazing blog The Mediterranean Dish, and I have a feeling this won’t be the first recipe I would try out from here.

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