Monthly Archives: September 2011

Chinese Meatballs ( Bakwan Goreng Babi )

When i was back in indonesia , this was one of my favourite food , meatballs . Unlike americans / italians meatballs , chinese meatballs that i know was deep fried , and they usually used pork and shrimp , sometimes my mom would put ” bengkuang ” i can’t remember what this called in english . But yes , always delicious with spicy hot sauce on the side .. I love this meatballs , they’re crunchy and yummy , you can always eat it with rice , or just alone as a snack ..

bakwan babi

Here is my recipe

1 lb of ground pork , ( taco pork would be good because it has more  fat than regular ground pork )

1 lb of shrimp , peeled and deveined , then chopped

0.5 lbs of white fish fillet ( could be tilapia , cod or anything white fish )

fish sauce

3 eggs

salt , pepper and sugar

tapioca flour


1. In a food processor , pulse the fish fillet until it’s smooth like a paste . Then add the ground pork , pulse until it’s all mixed well . Add the chopped shrimp , you can always put the shrimp and let the food processor do the chopping , but chances are your ground pork will be too smooth .. i like a little texture on my meatballs , so it’s your up to your preference .

2. Transfer to a large bowl , add 3 beaten eggs , salt , pepper , sugar and fish sauce . Add the tapioca flour , and cornstarch . The cornstarch will help your meatballs to be really crunchy . And stays crunchy for a while even when it’s in room temperature .

3. Deep fried in a large pot with oil , enough corn / canola oil so that the meatballs would submerge . Cook about 5-6 minutes , medium heat .


Halloween Theme Cupcakes

The boys asked for me to make some cupcakes today , with its famous yummy smooth icing , french butter cream icing . And i ended up making a huge mess , playing with fondant . The icing was very quick to make , which wasn’t a big deal at all . But we’re just having fun making the pumpkins , the tombstones and the ghost . It took time , but wasn’t bad at all ..

Autumn Pumpkin Cupcakes

Originally was just going to make regular cupcakes for my family , no fancy stuff , just regular cupcakes and slathered some icing on top . Well , it never went that way , although i was so distracted earlier while i was making the french butter cream icing , i turned the sugar into caramel .. LOL , yes i had to redo it , wasted 2 eggs and sugar !! So my chocolate cupcakes , ended up with beautiful orange icing from yellow and red gel coloring that i used , and why did i choose orange ? Because my son loves the color of orange , and then i thought hmm .. why not playing around with added pumpkins there .. so there i was .. making the pumpkins using fondant . Not my favourite thing to do , but heck i was in the mood for it ..

For the cupcakes :

1 3/4 cup of all purpose flour

2 cups of sugar

3/4 cup of cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp.baking powder

1 tsp.salt

2 eggs

1 cup of strong coffee

1 cup of buttermilk

1 tsp.vanilla extract

1 capfull of kahlua

1/2 cup of veggie oil

1. Preheat oven 350 F , in a large mixing bowl , mix together the dry ingredients , make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients , make sure  your coffee is cool enough before adding into the batter . Mix medium speed for 2 minutes . Pour into the cupcakes liner , and bake for about 18 minutes .

Rigatoni w/ sweet tomatoes , eggplant

Another great recipe from Jamie Oliver , i think i hardly found anything that’s bad from Jamie’s cookbook . This one , although it has no meat , it tastes really yummy . I think this was pretty easy dinner for weekdays and quick too . You can always add mozzarella at the end of cooking or just don’t use it at all if you’re a vegan !

1.Cut up the eggplant into 1/2 inch dice , chopped the onion and minced the garlic . Heat up the olive oil , add the eggplants , stir quickly , and cook for 7 minutes ,  medium heat , keep stirring . Add onion and garlic , cook until it has color , and add salt and pepper .

2. Add the balsamic vinegar and plum tomatoes , and the stalk of basil that has been shopped . Bring to boil and cover , simmer for 15 minutes .Add the chilis before simmering them .

3. Cook the pasta , reserve a lil of the water , and drain , return to the pot , with lil olive oil and the pasta water . Add into the sauce . Mix well , shred the mozzarella and parmesan and torn basil leaves .