Monday, November 14, 2016

Orange Cheesecake


Dah berkurun I perhatikan kek ni kat Anncoo Journal ... baru semalam dapat buat. Overall sedap, soft and wangi dengan aroma dan rasa orange. The amount of sugar is just nice. Cuma satu je xpuas hati, kenapakah bahagian bawah kek tu dense sikit? Mmm ... underbake ke? Anyway the recipe is too good to be thrown away ... it could be my technique yang xkena kot ... 

ORANGE CHEESECAKE
Source: Anncoo Journal

Ingredients:
(A):
250gm Cream Cheese, softened
250ml Milk
120gm Butter

(B):
50ml Fresh Orange Juice
2 nos Orange Rind, grated

(C):
6 nos Egg yolks
60gm Sugar

(D):
70gm Cake / Plain Flour
20gm Corn Flour

(E):
6 nos Egg Whites
1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
60 gm Sugar

Method:
Melt cream cheese and milk over a double-boiler, stir to get smooth mixture.
Remove from heat and add in butter, stir until butter melted.
Add in ingredients (B) and (C). mix well.
Slowly add in ingredients (D), mix well until mixture becomes thick.
Whisk egg white and cream of tartar till frothy.
Add in sugar and continue whisk until peak foam.
Mix egg whites to cheese mixture with a spatula.
Pour batter into a 10″ lined square cake tin.
Bake at preheat oven 150’C with water bath for 1 hour 10 mins.

Kitchen note:
*Wrap aluminium foil completely around the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan.
*Cover cheesecake with aluminium foil loosely when half way baked (about 20-30 mins) to prevent cheesecake over browning.
*The cake will have pulled away the edges of the pan. Remove cheesecake from oven and carefully run a small knife around the edge of the pan to loosen any bits that might stick to the pan.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hainanese Chicken Rice



A meal that I cooked for lunch past few months ... ehehe ... It's not easy to get bored of chicken rice, kan. This time around I tried the recipe from Rasa Malaysia and we love it. Anak-anak I pon nowadays lebih suka Hainanese Chicken Rice. Siap request next time please make nasi ayam hainan, xnak yg biasa, goreng punya.

Suka masak nasi ayam as it is a complete meal. Tak payah dah nak fikir apa lauk pauk iringan ...

HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE
Source: Rasa Malaysia
Serves 4
Ingredients:

For the rice

3 cups uncooked washed rice
5 tbsp vegetable oil
4 cloves finely chopped garlic
4 finely chopped shallots
2 + 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp chicken broth
4-6 blades of pandan leave (screwpine leaves)
1 small thumb of ginger, cleaned and bruised
1 tbsp of the garlic and shallot oil
70g chicken fats
1+ 1/2 tsp salt, to taste

For the chicken

1 whole chicken, preferably free range organic chicken
1 small thumb of ginger, cleaned and bruised
5-6 stalks of scallion, washed
10 bowls chicken stock, adjust accordingly
4 blades of pandan leaves (screwpine leaves)
1 carrot, roughly chopped
2 + 1 tsp of salt
10 bowls of cold water
1 cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced diagonally

For the sauce

2 tbsp light soy sauce

2 tbsp chicken broth
3 tsp sesame oil
3 tsp garlic and shallot oil

For chicken rice chilli sauce

90g red chilies (you may add in some bird’s eye chili)
15g garlic
50g ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
50ml chicken broth
60ml lime juice, to taste

To garnish
Few sprigs of cilantro
Method:

For the chicken

1. Wash chicken, drain well, stuff ginger and scallion into the chicken’s cavity. Using 2 tsp of salt as scrub, rub the salt all over the chicken for smooth looking skin.
2. In a not too large stockpot which fits the chicken perfectly, boil the chicken stock (enough to cover the whole chicken) together with pandan leaves, carrot and salt.
3. Submerge the whole chicken, breast side down in the boiling water for 35-45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. Lower the heat to gentle simmer immediately.
4. When chicken is cooked, remove chicken and plunge it into prepared cold water at once for 10 minutes. Keep the chicken broth** for later use.
5. Drain the chicken, discard ginger and scallion from the cavity and set it aside to cool before chopping it neatly into desired serving size.

For the rice

1. Heat oil in wok, fry chopped shallots and garlic till fragrant and golden in colour. Add rice and stir well. Transfer the rice mixture to rice cooker.
2. Once transferred, add chicken broth, pandan leaves, ginger, garlic and shallot oil, chicken fats and salt into rice mixture. Cook according to rice cooker’s manual instruction.

To prepare chicken rice

1. Line a serving plate with cucumber slices.
2. Arrange chicken pieces on top, pour in the prepared sauce before garnishing with cilantro.
3. Serve with chicken rice, side soup and chicken rice chili sauce.

**Any left over chicken broth can be served as side soup, garnish with cilantro or chopped scallions. I like my soup with fish balls. ;)

Cook’s Note:
Never let the Great-Wall-of-China-long list of ingredients and methods intimidate you. It’s really not as tough or scary as it seems + the ingredients can be easily attainable almost everywhere and importantly, your effort will be extremely well paid off after.


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