Claypot Chicken Rice

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Dinner at home is typically 三菜一汤 (three dishes and one soup) on weekdays but lately, with the addition of an infant, we have been trying to simplify dinner. One dish meals seem to be the way to go and this claypot chicken rice is one of our favourite Chinese one dish meals. It uses simple ingredients, is fast to prepare (start to finish is just slightly more than an hour) and is definitely satisfying. Of course, it can’t beat claypot rice that is cooked over charcoal fire but this definitely comes close. My hubby loves scraping up the slightly charred crispy rice bits at the bottom of the claypot!

Here are some tips for preparing claypot chicken rice. Firstly, cooking times with a claypot would vary with the size of claypot and the fire used. I’ve given guidelines that work for my claypot in my recipe but you may wish to adjust the timing after you’ve tried the recipe for the first time. For the claypot, I’ve used a Tanyu flat bottom claypot, but you can use any seasoned claypot. Noobcook has some good advice on preparing a claypot for its first use here. I’ve adjusted the liquid amount for this recipe so that the rice is moist but not soggy. If you prefer the rice to be drier, you may wish to reduce the liquid amount further. Lastly, whenever possible, use a low sodium chicken stock. If using chicken stock cubes/packaged chicken stock, it would be advisable to use half water and half stock as the stock is usually rather salty.

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Mee Hoon Kueh (Homemade Pulled Noodles)

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When does one crave for a bowl of piping hot mee hoon kueh? On cold days, I’d say, or when one is sick. The latter is what has been happening lately. The whole family has been down and out. I’ve had it really bad – I’m down with my second bout of flu in two weeks. I caught the first bout of flu from my little one, and the second bout from goodness knows where. Office perhaps. While my little one is up and bouncing even though she’s sick, I just want to bury myself under the covers and sleep (which is, by the way, what I’ve been doing almost the whole day.)

So one sickly day, I decided that I would definitely feel better if I had some mee hoon kueh. It would be easy enough to pop down to the coffee shop and buy a bowl, but since I had to feed the sick bub and the not-so-sick husband, I figured I might as well make some. Mee Hoon Kueh brings back memories from my childhood. When I was young, my grandma used to make mee hoon kueh. She made hers a little differently. She would make a thick floury mixture and drop spoons of batter into boiling soup. Saves one the hassle of pulling pieces of dough I guess. The texture of that mee hoon kueh is very different from what I made/is sold outside. The texture of that is somewhat fluffy on the outside and dense on the inside. Not all may like that version of mee hoon kueh.

Mee Hoon Kueh

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Bacon and Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Bacon and Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Chicken alfredo pasta is a staple that one sees at almost all pasta joints. If you walk along the pasta aisle in a supermarket, I can almost guarantee that you will find a bottle of ready-to-go alfredo sauce. In fact, many bottles of it, and different brands of it. It is THAT popular. I distinctively remember the day my mom bought a bottle of alfredo sauce and prepared pasta with it. I was young; my mom was working and didn’t have much time for meal preparations. Ready-made sauces were the best bet right? Wrong…. The sauce was floury, gloopy and tasted really bad. Now, I’m sure there are better tasting alfredo sauces out there now, but that experience was enough to stop me from ever, ever, ever buying a bottle of alfredo sauce. Why would I want to do it anyway when preparing alfredo sauce is so simple and quick?

Bacon chicken alfredo

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Korean Army Stew (Budae Jjigae)

Korean Army Stew | Delicacious

This week has been a week of gastric flu and common flu for the family. My little girl was down with a terrible bout of gastric flu and had been vomiting and having diarrhea since Tuesday. Then on Friday, my dear husband started complaining of sore throat. Not good at all. I was tired from the lack of sleep and did not feel really feel like cooking dinner. Then I recalled the delicious pictures of Korean Army Stew that a friend had posted on Facebook recently. And the whole discussion of Spam that followed those pictures – the stew contains Spam. (Are you a secret fan of Spam?) Dinner was decided – Korean Army Stew it shall be.

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Pasta salad with creamy avocado dressing

Pasta salad with creamy avocado dressing | Delicacious

Are you a fan of avocado? I sure am. I love them plain, on toast with a dash of salt and pepper, in sandwiches and the list goes on. This time, I decided to use them to dress up a simple pasta salad. Originally, I just wanted to slice the avocado up and toss the pieces into the pasta salad. Then I thought, why not make it into a dressing? And maybe dress it up a little with some lemon and cilantro? Yes you read right. Cilantro. Cilantro goes really well with lemon and/or lime, and I was sure it would add some kick to the dressing. It did – it made the dressing taste really REALLY good.

The best part? This pasta salad is so easy to whip up and you can throw in practically any ingredient you fancy. I threw in some ham, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms because I had those things in my fridge but you can mix and match to your creativity. My husband and toddler loved this  chilled pasta salad and I am sure you would too. If you end up with too much dressing, use it as a dip. In fact, I am considering whipping up another batch of dressing just to eat it with chipsContinue Reading

Tangy Lemon Chicken Pasta

Tangy Lemon Chicken Pasta | Delicacious.com

Ain’t I back to be back blogging again after a week long hiatus thanks to a bout of sickness in the family. Have I mentioned before that I hate the flu bug? If not, I will say it again. I HATE THE FLU BUG. This time round, my poor little girl was down with 6 days of high fever, cough, no appetite and yeah, you get the picture. Unfortunately, I succumbed too. Well, at least both my girl and I could sulk in bed together.

Well, most people know that a good dose of Vitamin C helps to boost immunity. Tangy foods tend to whet the appetite. You know where this is heading? That’s right. Lemons. I love lemons – they are perfect in cupcakes, muffins, salad dressings and even savory dishes. Like this Tangy Lemon Chicken Pasta. It’s quick, fuss-free, delicious and adds a boost of vitamin C to your diet. Sounds good doesn’t it?Continue Reading

Garlic Fried Rice

garlic-fried-rice Weekend dinners are typically a simple affair, especially on Saturday nights when we have to rush to a church group gathering after dinner. This is where simple dishes such as this garlic fried rice comes in handy. This fried rice smells amazing and is very simple to prepare. It is great on its own, or as an accompaniment to meat dishes. I served this with gyoza.Continue Reading