Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pork Patties Stuffed with Cheese

I've been thinking about making pork patties at home, and decided to just do it! Can't be that hard right? And who doesn't love pork patties these days, with all the burger joints sprouting around town like wild mushrooms?

I then decided to make it more adventurous instead: double pork patty stuffed with cheese.

Minced pork (200 to 300 grams)
Minced garlic (2 to 3 cloves)
1/2 tps thyme
1/4 tps white pepper
1/4 tps fish sauce
1/4 tps Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tbps extra virgin olive oil
Cheese slices (I used Parmesan cos that was the only cheese I had in the fridge)

Mix the minced pork with all the ingredients (except the cheese, for obvious reasons). After a good mix, divide the mixture into half, then half again. Using your fingers and palm, form a patty from each mixture. Lay the cheese on one side of the patty, and top it with another patty. Be sure to seal the sides to avoid the cheese melting out. Let the patty marinate a few hours or overnight.

Pre-heat the overn to 190°C, and heat up your skillet with a bit of olive oil Sear both sides of the patty to brown them a little, then pop them in the oven to cook for another 15mins, or until patty is fully cook. Serve with burger buns or a side of salad, or both.

I made a mistake by not using egg white in the mixture, hence during the cooking process, some of the cheese had oozed out, and I kinda felt the patty was a tad dry, not as moist as I had wanted it to be. Maybe because I had left the patty in the oven for too long as well (timer was set at 20mins, not 15mins). Will definitely try to make them again.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Chicken Drumstick Wrapped in Bacon, Stuffed with Cheese

Been playing masak-masak at home, and loving this recipe :)

2 boneless chicken drumstick (ask your butcher to de-bone it for you)
Some herbs of any kind (I used a cajun spice mix)
Cheese (mozzarella or Parmesan)
Streaky bacon (4 slices)
1 tbps extra virgin olive oil

Rinse and pat dry the chicken. Marinate the chicken with olive oil and spices. Place a few cubes of cheese at the centre, and roll the chicken up, using toothpicks to secure the meat. Wrap the bacon around the chicken, and use more toothpicks to secure if needed. Leave the chicken to marinate for a few hours or overnights.

When you're ready to cook, be sure to bring the chicken out to room temperature first. Pre-heat the overn to 190°CHeat up a skillet with some oil and sear the chicken on both sides for a few minutes, just to brown it a little. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place it into an oven dish, and into the oven to roast for another 15 minutes.

Serves two.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Restoran 126 @ Taman Bukit Mayang Emas

Discovered this place when a colleague asked a few of us out for lunch. I have passed this row of shop lots over a thousand times, but have never realized there was this one shop which served bitter gourd noodles. 

Truth be told, I have never really liked bitter gourd (for obvious reasons). But ever since I learnt the method on how to reduce its bitterness (just by soaking the sliced veg in a bowl of salted water), I've begun to accept this vegetable and once a while consume it. 

Restoran 126.
The Chinese have this saying for bitter gourd; It's said to be good for detox and heatiness. That's what the Chinese always say, if it's bitter, it's good for you. 

Apparently bitter gourd is known by so many other names.

More than just noodles!
Looking at their menu, bitter gourd noodles is one of their specialty. And just by looking the menu, you will have to fight back this feeling of wanting to order everything on the menu. This place also serves curry noodles, 'za-jiang' noodles, pork chop rice, ginger duck, and pork trotter in vinegar (yums!). Prices are reasonable too, with noodles starting from RM 5.50. If you're going for noodles, pick the noodle dish you want, and select the type of noodles (choose between mee, 'keuy teow', 'yee mee', 'lou shu fun', wantan mee, 'mee sua')

Bitter gourd special meat paste noodles - RM 6.50
On my first visit there, I went for the bitter gourd special paste noodles, served with wantan mee. Generous slices of bitter gourd, together with the pork paste and tofu slices, the soup was sweet to the last drop!

Pork trotter with vinegar - RM 8.00
On my second visit there with hubby, I decided to go for their daily special (their daily special differs from day to day, so check the notice board). This dish does not include rice or noodles, so if you want to have a bowl of rice or noodles, add another RM 1.00.

I'm always a sucker for pork trotter with vinegar. There's something about vinegar which delights my taste buds, can't really explain why. I know some of my guy friends love this confinement dish too.

Restoran 126 is located in Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, just next to Restoran Citystar. If you know your way to Restoran Wong Poh (seafood restaurant), you'll be able to locate this one.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Some Of My Favourite Things

My Favorite Things by Maria (Lyrics from The Sound of Music)

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Saturday, August 10, 2013

I Sometimes Wonder

Image from Google.

I sometimes wonder...
What you would look like.
Would you have my eyes and nose.
Would you have his smile and patience.
Would you be naughty and playful.

I sometimes wonder...
What your favourite things are.
What your favourite colours would be.
Pink or yellow.
Or maybe even green.

I sometimes wonder...
If you would be a fussy eater.
Or would you eat everything spread on the table.
Make faces when you eat.
Spill water when you drink.

I sometimes wonder...
How you sound like when you laugh.
How you sound like when you cry.
How your voice can fill an empty room.
A void that can't be replaced.

I sometimes wonder...
Have the three of you met each other yet.
Have the three of you gotten to know each other well.
Have the three of you looked after each other.
And love each other.

I sometimes wonder...
If the three of you would think about me.
If the three of you would think about us.
Maybe the chance would come around next time.
Maybe the chance would come in the next life.

Till then, I sometimes wonder.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Of Pain and God

Image from Google
A few days ago, I came to know of a very sad news, one that pretty much left me feeling like crap all over and all I wanted was the day to end and I would go home and have some time to myself. A colleague of mine had lost her first baby at about 7 months gestation, and that really left me feeling very broken. A few months back, another colleague also had the painful experience.

I felt for her. I felt for the both of them. I really did. The news brought back a lot of pain. And for the rest of the day, I was feeling very sad and moody, and I chose to withdraw from people. Just needed that space alone to myself for a while.

I started questioning why did the ladies have to go through such an excruciating experience. Why? They were lovely people, friendly and caring souls. Why were their babies taken from them so suddenly? Where is the reason? What was the reason? Why them?

Of course most people would say "things happen for a reason". Try telling that to a woman who had just lost their baby, because they will want to know "the reason".

I was upset, and at the same time, I was also angry. Angry that we will never know the real reason. Angry that such a thing happened upon us. Angry that we will forever have to live without knowing why. Just. Angry.

People say that God will always listen to our prayers. So why is it some of us have be chosen to go through such an experience? Is this because we are being punished? Is it because we are being thrown a challenge? Or is it simply a miscalculation somewhere in God's books?

Do I believe in God? There are days, I honestly don't. Most days, I believe in a power greater than us, and us mere mortals gave it name so that we can feel closer to it, to relate to this greater powers better. Do I pray? Sometimes. Most times, I just live to be sure I do the right things, treat people and animals well, and have a clear conscience each time I go to bed. This to me, are more tangible actions. Am I questioning the existing of God? Sometimes. I sometimes think God is a manifestation in which it give us a sense of hope and belonging. At the end of the day, it boils down to your choice.