Sari Kacang Ijo (Mung Bean Juice)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wedang Sari Kacang Ijo

Mung beans is so popular in Indonesia and consumed mostly as bubur kacang hijau, also used as filling for some traditional snack (bakpia, kue ku, etc.). It is rich in fiber and vitamin B. I used to like to drink this mung bean juice which comes in a tetra package and easily found in a grocery store. Now that I live abroad, I could not find that mung bean juice, except by making it myself. So the other day, I prepared this juice and enjoyed every sips of it.
While sharing the recipe, I also want to participate on IDFB Challenge 3 (Indonesian Beverages).

150g mung beans, soaked overnight
1L water or more
4cm of ginger, bruised
1 pandan leaf
1 block of palm sugar
1Tbsp of granulated sugar
1tsp of vanilla essence (optional)

Rinse the soaked beans and drained off the water. Boil in water until cracked and soft (approximately for an hour). Cool it off and crush it in a blender, add some water as needed. Using a kitchen strainer, separate the juice from the pulp. While straining, stir the blended juice occasionally. You may re-do the blending and straining procedures with the pulp and discard the last pulp. Then re-boil the juice and add the remaining ingredients. Adjust the taste to your preference with granulated sugar. Discard ginger and pandan leaf before serving. Serve it as warm or cold drink.

Green tea Kattetong/Cookies (Lidah Kucing Hijau)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Green Tea Katetong (Cat's Tongue Cookies)

I have a good foodie friend who loves chocolate and green tea so much. And she does not stop there, she moves along to create foods by substituting the ingredient with green tea..and it always came out lovely. One of her creations was this green tea kattetong. I made this myself in July last year after seeing the recipe of hers and would like to share the English version for you.

Source: Kedai Rachmah (In Indonesian)
125g butter
85g fine granulated sugar
35mL egg white
1 egg yolk
120g low protein wheat flour (I used all purpose flour)
1tsp of matcha/green tea powder
1/4tsp green tea paste (I skipped this one)
2g baking powder
3g Emplex (I skipped this one, this is used to make the cookie crunchier)

In the making

Beat the butter, emplex (if used), sugar and green tea paste until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg yolk, mix it well. Then add the egg white, beat again until smooth and well blended. Gradually add flour, baking powder, and green tea powder and mix it with lower speed. Place the dough inside a piping bag and cut it out for 1cm (diameter) hole at the tip. Then squeezed out the dough into a greased kattetong mould.

In the making

Since I do not have the mould, I just placed the dough on a cookie tin which was lined with a piece of parchment paper ( as shown on the above picture).
Bake in a preheat oven at 300F for 12-15min until done.
You may add some sesame seeds, like what I did before. And I love the one with these sesame seeds better.

Note: for a better look, choose black sesame seeds to give a beautiful contrast.

Green Tea Katetong (Cat's Tongue Cookies w/ Sesame Seeds)

Char Kway Teow (Kweetiaw Goreng)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kwetiaw Goreng

It's been a long while I did not update this food blog of mine. Life is so busy with the kid going to school and stuff. So I am happy today I manage to sit in front of my computer and type this post. The picture was taken last year and chosen to share today. This dish has become our favorite quick and easy menu. I have shared the recipe back in year 2008 here, but this time I am using different kind of meat.

- 1 package of flat rice noodle
- 1 chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced
- 4 chicken wieners, cut into 1cm thickness
- 6 cloves of garlic, chop thinly
- 5 cloves of shallot, chop thinly
- 1Tbsp of sesame oil
- 1Tbsp of oyster sauce
- 2Tbsp of sweet soy sauce
- 3Tbsp of fish sauce
- 1tsp of ground white pepper
- a bunch of pak choi or caisim (Indonesian-sawi hijau), cut into 5cm in length
- a bunch of bean sprout
- 3 green onion, chop thinly
- water
- oil

In a pot, boil some water and then cook the noodle in until tender. Drain off the water with a strainer and add some oil and immediately mix it well. Put it aside.
In a wok, saute garlic and shallot with oil until fragrant. Add chicken and wieners and continue to cook until the chicken changed color. Add fish sauce, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, pak choi and pepper, stir it well. Add the boiled noodle and stir it well until all the seasoning distributed evenly. Adjust the taste with fish sauce and sweet soy sauce. At last add green onion, bean sprout, sesame oil, stir it immediately and remove it from the stove.
To serve, sprinkle some fried onion on top.

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