Monthly Archives: July 2010

Grilled Chicken Nibbles with Homemade Tangy Barbecue Sauce

There’s nothing more fulfilling than cooking from scratch and it gives me the sense of achievement that makes the whole cooking experience more enjoyable. I’ve always wanted to home-make my most-frequently-used sauces – ketchup and barbecue sauce, for some time now. Although having said that, laziness has been the reason I’ve been procrastinating and resorting to the readily available store-bought alternatives.

Ok, I’ not insinuating that there’s anything wrong in doing so, but once in a blue moon, it’s nice to relive the tradition of sauce-making at home.

Beef with Lemongrass & Chiles Stir Fry

When I first dabbled in the world of cooking, I used to rely heavily on pre-made stir fry sauces from the supermarkets. It makes cooking less intimidating as all I had to do was to cut up some fresh meat and vegetables, tossed them in the pan  with the pre-made sauce. No sweat.  Although each time the cooking process was almost identical, the results,on the other hand, were hit and miss depending on the sauces I used.  Actually when I think about it, I had more misses and hits.  One of my bad experiences is the extreme thirstiness  I felt after trying out a X#@X sauce which was an indication of too much MSG.

Nowadays, I might give in to pre-made sauces on some rare ocassions given that old habits die hard,  I began to concoct my own stir fry sauces as often as possible.

Fairy Bread

When I was schooling in Malaysia, rather than taking packed lunch from home, my lunches mostly came from my school canteen which were ridicously cheap (when I look back) and comparable to street food in Malaysia. On occasion, I caught ladies working from the nearby offices sneaked into my school canteen for lunch (despite against the school policy). How disrespectful eh? Anyway, the canteen consisted of 4 -5 food stalls selling food from sandwiches, air batu campur (shaved iced with syrup and jelly)  to nasi lemak (coconut rice with curry). It’s worth mentioning the hokkein mee (chilli prawn noodle soup) in my school was quite popular among residents in the area.  Hence, every recess time was like a trip down the hustle and bustle of Asian street markets.