Category Archives: Specials

We’re eating… Poached Eggs (and Eggs Benedict/Florentine)

Hello, it’s Sunday again! Are you already heading out to cafes to have your brunch fix? If not, you might still be in time to make some Hollandaise sauce and poached eggs for a homemade Eggs Benedict / Florentine or with steamed asparagus :D Last week we had a step by step recipe to making Hollandaise sauce, so this week we’ll try to demonstrate the poaching of eggs. However, as I am not 100% expert at poaching eggs yet, I will not post up the recipe. I have a friend LY who used to poach eggs repeatedly until he mastered it and it took… Quite many attempts? Poaching eggs is definitely a science! For now, here are some brief but imprecise steps to poaching eggs: Continue reading

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Hollandaise Sauce

(Above: Eggs Florentine)

Hollandaise sauce, with its unique buttery and tangy flavour profile, packs a pack like no other. We usually see it on our Sunday brunch menus with the likes of Eggs Benedict / Florentine / Royale but the truth is it’s so versatile it can accompany a variety of ingredients, including chicken, fish, beans, vegetables and even pasta! Furthermore, it’s considered the base for other derivative sauces like the famed Béarnaise. Personally, I love it on simple plain toast… Much better than just boring butter on toast isn’t it? The best thing is that it’s actually quite easy to recreate at home – No more tasteless watery Hollandaise sauces in overpriced cafes! Making your own is definitely more rewarding! :)

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Spicy Dried Shrimp Rolls / Hae Bee Hiam Rolls (蝦米香)

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Chinese New Year (‘CNY’) is already in full force, and I figure that these are the three possible reactions you might have towards the picture of the Spicy Dried Prawn Rolls / Hae Bee Hiam (蝦米香) above:

1. No more, just NO MORE – They were good while they lasted but I am already harbouring a sore throat from over-consumption…
2. NO, just give me some! A handful will do, or just a couple! What is CNY without these?!
3. Excuse me, but what are these?

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Baked Apples with Red Wine & Cinnamon

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Winter is fast approaching and the skies have turned ebony black so much faster than I have expected. Temperatures have also dipped so quickly – Looks like it’s another painful long winter in the UK this year! To combat the perpetual cold and gloominess, I have turned to one of my go-to-desserts that combine 3 of my favourite food items into 1 dish: Red Wine, Apples and Cinnamon! When served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, the sweet, sticky and slightly alcoholic dessert really hits the spot!

What’s more, it also leaves half a bottle of red wine for me to gulp down as plain water – No, I mean to sip and enjoy in the night. ;)

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Short Recipe: Indonesian Steamed Black Glutinous Rice Cake / Kueh Bolu Ketan Hitam (黒糯米糕)

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I love kueh kueh (or kuih or kue or kway whichever way you spell it). Due to my mother’s good (or bad) influence, since young I’d developed a tongue that is deeply appreciative of Malay, Nonya or Indonesian kueh kueh. While I’m not an expert at making kueh because making kueh is so laborious, I’m glad to say that there are still simple enough kueh recipes for amateurs like me to try. This Indonesian Steamed Black Glutinous Rice Cake, or Kueh Bolu Ketan Hitam, is one of them. There are only a few simple steps and steaming involved, yet the result is a rich, moist and delectable kueh with a taste of home. The only downside is that it doesn’t keep long due to the high egg and coconut milk content… But with a kueh this delicious I don’t think its shelf life needs to be taken into consideration, does it? ;)

P.S. It doesn’t look particularly appetising due to its blacker than death appearance, but don’t be deterred by the charcoal appearance!
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We’re eating… (Slow Cooker) Beef Rendang

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I grew up eating Malay food thanks to my ibu (mother) who was great at making all sorts of curries, sambal udang (sambal prawns), and even kueh kueh. When I came over to the UK, I found myself missing Malay food a great deal. Although the many Malaysian and Indonesian restaurants could readily serve up a nasi lemak or two, what I’d been missing wasn’t just another conventional curry. I craved for ibu‘s Beef Rendang, a special treat, her signature dish that she made very rarely due to the extensive preparation and long hours that went into the dish. I wanted to recreate a taste of her spicy, rich and warming rendang… And perhaps find a way to recreate memories of home as well? :) Continue reading

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Short Recipe: Chwee Kueh (水粿)

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Chwee Kueh are little steamed cakes made from rice flour and water, topped with savoury preserved turnip and a dollop of sambal chilli. They’re steamed in small bowl-like metal containers and form a small “dimple” or well of water in the middle when done (because they’re so soft and moist)! It’s a really popular breakfast item and snack. Fortunately they are also one of the easiest Singaporean/Malaysian delights to make at home because they require so few ingredients that should be readily available at oriental supermarkets. It’s really a godsend to overseas students like us, because it’s one of the easiest ways to cure homesickness!

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Honey Beer Bread with Cheddar Cheese

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Here’s a millionaire’s question: What do honey, beer and cheese have in common?

a. Common household ingredients
b. Low-cost and affordable
c. They all have distinct tastes and scents
d. They make people happy (okay well at least me)

All of the above! Throw all three in with some flour and butter, and voilaaa you get this ingenious Honey Beer Bread with Cheddar Cheese bursting with an incredible fragrance from the yeast of the beer, a sweetness derived from the honey, and a savoury contrast from the soft chewy cheese. The best thing about this recipe adapted from Rebecca‘s is that it only comprises a few simple ingredients easily available in your kitchen cupboards, and the preparation is easy, quick and fool-proof. So delicious and hassle-free, I’m already thinking of when I will make this the next time round! :)

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We’re eating… Greek Cheese, Cherry Tomato & Walnut Arugula Salad with Hazelnut Oil

Hello there! Here’s… More salad! My body’s not complaining – Neither are my tastebuds really. The spice of arugula, sweetness of tomatoes, nuttiness of walnuts, and crumbly-richness of Greek cheese… All married into a wholesome salad with a drizzle of ultra-fragrant Hazelnut Oil. I do have a thing for all these exotic oils. Super yum!

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Step-By-Step Recipe: Fried Carrot / Radish Cake, Chai Tao Kway (菜头粿)

This last instalment of TummyTroll‘s special Chai Tao Kway week brings us to the final step of frying the radish cake which had been steamed and left overnight to chill, with lard (for those seeking the authentic flavours) and preserved radish chai poh. With the likes of egg, beansprouts and a whole cast of seasoning and sauces. Ready to roll! :) Continue reading

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