Gulai Daun Kale - Kale in Spiced Coconut Sauce

Friday, February 25, 2011

I always wanted to make this veggie meal, the original version normally using Cassava leaves. This food is widely known in Sumatra, Indonesia. Since I am not able to find fresh Cassava leaves here, I replaced them with Kale. And the taste was as good as the original version.

Gulai Daun Kale

- Kale (a bunch), trimmed and boiled, drained
- 75g fried/baked anchovies
- 1 stalk of lemongrass
- 2 Indonesian bay leaves
- 1/2 can of coconut milk
- water as needed
- salt
- sugar
- oil for sauteeing

To crush:
- 8 cloves of garlic
- 4 cloves of shallot
- 5 candle nuts
- 4cm of galangal
- 8 chili

Saute the smooth spices with oil until fragrant. Add lemongrass, bay leaves, anchovies and coconut milk. Cook until boiling. Add salt and sugar to taste. At last add the boiled kale and mix them well.

Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Sauce - Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate Pudding w/ Vanilla Sauce

So it is here again with all its sweetness, Valentine's Day! Don't you simply love this particular day? Though love should be shared each of every day, but this day is to express your feeling to your beloved in a special way. Here is a simple recipe to sweeten up your day. Happy Valentine's Day all!

Recipe from here. Beware of addiction (...but chocolate has anti oxidant in it, so do not worry! eat more and stay healthy :P).

For Pudding:
1 package of agar powder, app. 8g
50g granulated sugar
200g dark cooking chocolate, melted
400mL water
100mL sweet condensed milk, you may use whole milk and then add some more sugar and reduce the water volume added
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten

For sauce:
1 tsp vanilla powder (I used vanilla liquid)
1 Tbsp cornstarch
200mL sweet condensed milk
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
300mL water
I added 1 tsp rum (to my sinfulness...:D)

Chocolate Pudding w/ Vanilla Sauce2

For pudding:
Wet/rinse pudding mold with water. Set aside. In a sauce pan, mix well sweet condensed milk, agar powder, sugar and water. Boil at medium high heat and stir constantly. Add melted dark cooking chocolate and mix well. Dissolved beaten egg yolk with 2 Tbsp of this agar mixture. Pour it into the sauce pan, mix well and continue to boil. Remove from the heat. Wait for 3min until the vapor gone. Pour it into the mold. Keep it in fridge. Serve cold with vanilla sauce.

For sauce:
In a sauce pan, mix well vanilla, cornstarch and salt. Add sweet condensed milk and water. Boil at medium high heat and stir constantly. Dissolve beaten egg yolk with 2 Tbsp of this mixture. Pour
into the sauce pan and stir instantly until thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum. Refrigerate before serving.

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