As the old metaphor goes "there are many ways to skin a cat", so are there many ways to fry the same vegetable! :) Have you ever had occasions that you felt sick and tired of stir-fry vegetables with minced garlic alone? I've been there many times before. It's a great discovery that we could add different toppings to a what seemed like an ordinary stir-fry vegetable with minced garlic!
As I've been surfing the internet for new and interesting recipes, something caught my eye in one of the myriad of food photos. Someone used sliced almonds on the vegetables and it gave me an idea to add sesame seeds as well.
This plate of stir-fry French beans has an added interest in taste that evening when I prepared it. I shall explore different toppings for our vegetable dishes from now on! :)
Ingredients: French beans, minced garlic, 1tbsp sliced toasted almond, 1tsp toasted sesame seed.
Method: heat up 1/2 tbsp oil, stir fry the minced garlic till fragrant, add the french beams and seasoning (I used 1tbsp of Knorr chicken powder). Close the lid and cook for 4 mins (flip the pan in between the time). Serve with topping of sliced almond and sesame seed.
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Carrot cake, my hubs' favourite and he's requested for me to make this for such a loooooong time. Me, the procrastinator have been sitting on the request for a few months was suddenly inspired to work on this after a few friends in my FB contact list started preparing this from scratch.
I procrastinated because I always have the impression that this would take too many steps for me to feel enthusiastic about making it :P I was however, proven to be wrong! I adapted the recipe from the "Steamed Cake & Kuih Kuih" cookbook and it was a pleasant surprise that the ingredients needed was fewer than I've imagined and rather simple to prepare as well.
Very pleased with the results and since I have some remaining carrots and radish in the stash I just might make a second batch. Moreover, I felt there's a need for me to improve the texture of the carrot cake further.
Here's what you need, to prepare this Carrot Cake ;)
200gms carrot (peeled & shredded)
200gms radish (peeled & shredded)
2 chinese sausages, 腊肠 (diced)
150gms dried shrimps (chopped)
1tbsp chopped shallots (I used onions)
300gms rice flour, 1tbsp corn flour, 1tsp salt, 1tsp sugar, 850ml water
1tsp pepper, 1tsp Knorr chicken powder
1) Mix batter ingredients until well combined, strain well and set it aside.
2) Prepare filling, heat up 1tbsp oil in the hot wok, fry the chopped onions, dried shrimps, chinese sausages till fragrant.
3) Add in shredded carrot, radish and seasoning into filling, toss well.
4) Gradually add in batter mixture (on medium low heat), cook until the mixture thickens. Remove, and pour into a greased 9" round steaming tin immediately.
5) Steam in preheated steamer at high heat for 30-40mins until cooked through.
If you like the surface of the carrot cake to be crispy, you may cut into smaller pieces and pan fry it for a couple of mins in very minimal amount of oil. Serve with sweet dark sauce if you prefer :)
Have fun in the kitchen!!!