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Pais Jagung Sabah

Rudy bought another batch of delicious jagung susu, and we still had a few left when Kak’mbang suggested that we make pais jagung, a sweet steamed corn-based kuih wrapped in cornhusks. What an idea!

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Pierogi (Polish dumplings)

My obsession with dumplings continues, and this time I stumbled upon a recipe of a less expected origin: Poland. I’m following @fatdadcooks on Instagram, and one day I saw him post a photo of pan-fried pierogies he got from a friend. Curious, I started looking up recipes for pierogies.

Apparently there are so many kinds of pierogi with either sweet or savory filling. Found this interesting one by Natasha’s Kitchen, stuffed with mashed potatoes and drizzled with bacon and butter. Sign me up!

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Crescia al Formaggio

Tons of Parmesan in the freezer for me to clear out. Best place to get ideas for good bread recipes is of course King Arthur Flour, and this Crescia al Formaggio came up quite highly rated.

This was a rather low-touch bread which didn’t need much work, but required quite some patience due to its long resting time. The recipe is chock full of parmesan, with a bit of white pepper for some heat.

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Savory Cheese Bread

Recipes from the King Arthur Flour website often call for cheese powder and I got quite curious about it, so I bought some from the recent Lazada 8.8. sale. I bought extra to get Free Shipping, so I was very eager to start using up this new ingredient.

This Savory Cheese Bread recipe from King Arthur Flour website was originally written for a Zojirushi breadmaker, and I’ve rewritten it for use in my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker.

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Cheese Buns

I’ve had that block of Kraft Cheddar in the fridge for ages now. I think I bought it to use for a different recipe, but never got around to do it.

Fast forward to today and I really want to clear out ingredients from the fridge ASAP, so here I picked a super quick bread roll recipe from Texanerin Baking, rewritten and adjusted for my Kenwood BM450 breadmaker.

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Luncheon Meat Gyoza

Bought halal chicken luncheon meat from Lolili. Each portion is about 300 grams, and I would usually use half of it in each of the luncheon meat dishes I make.

Okay maybe not all dishes. I made the super-yummy Sweet & Sour Luncheon Meat with Potatoes and I decided to use the whole thing.

Was looking at more ideas for using luncheon meat, and I’ve mentioned often my love for making and eating dumplings, so why not make some luncheon meat gyoza?

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Sweet & Sour Chicken Luncheon Meat with Potatoes

Recently Rudy ordered a few items from Lolili’s Delights, which sells halal Chinese delicacies like bakkwa, chang, stuff that was completely inaccessible to us in the past. Among the few things we bought was the luncheon meat, and I wasn’t sure how best to use it.

Searched online and found this really simple, yummy recipe by Spice n’ Pans. Just watching this video and imagining how comforting this dish might be made me want to make it right away, so here we are.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Anyone who has seen the movie Chef starring Jon Favreau would probably remember the scene with the absolutely decadent-looking grilled cheese sandwich. In the early days after watching the film, I practically fantasized about how gooey the cheese might be, and what the different cheeses might taste like.

At long last, after quite a few years, I stumbled upon the recipe for this amazing looking grilled cheese sandwich. My oh my did this match everything I ever dreamed of.

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Momo (Nepali Dumplings)

So I was talking to my colleagues at work about food and dumplings and yummy stuff to eat, when Shu mentioned momos. Momos are Nepalese dumplings, she said, and you eat them with chutney.

To me, that sounded simply wonderful. I have always loved dumplings, and I also thoroughly enjoy making them especially the pleating part which I find most therapeutic. However, the dumplings I’m used to have always been the East Asian variety (mandu, wonton, gyoza), and I’ve tried Filipino molo which isn’t too different either. Now here I was, presented with a more exotic variety of dumpling, filled with flavorful spices and herbs like cumin and coriander and cilantro, and I simply couldn’t wait to experience it.

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