Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Lost and Found

Wow... a miracle happened this evening. My girlfriend who was with me was stunned beyond words LOL

This morning I told chris that I'll be meeting my girlfriend y. for dinner and requested that he pick us up at around 8+ from taka. However, my phone battery went flat at about 6pm but I managed to send an SMS to y. to confirm the meeting place. I had planned to use her phone to SMS chris to confirm the time and pick-up location.

So at about 7:30pm I SMSed chris. There was no reply after half an hour. So I called him... the call went straight to his mailbox. SMSed again. still no reply. Started panicking... and called like 10 times to no avail.

Then I called my MIL to ask her to also help contacting chris but she too was not successful.

So we thought of all possibilities...

me: maybe his phone battery has also run out...
y.: hope he didn't lose his phone...
me: what if something happened to him? GASP! maybe he is having an affair with another woman and switched off his phone!!
y.: -_______-|||

So we waited for almost an hour and there was still no reply. After a couple more unfruitful attempts at contacting him, we made the decision to just send him a last SMS "we take taxi go back le" and go home by ourselves.

On the way up to the taxi stand, I felt very uneasy... what if he was really waiting somewhere for me? What if his phone really ran out of battery and he sent one last SMS/whatsapp to tell me where he was waiting and gong gongly waited there thinking I got his message?

Suddenly...

me: is there a coffee bean here?
y.: think no more...
me: can i take taxi from paragon? i want to check the coffee bean there...
y.: erm, ok, i'm crossing the road to take bus, i'll go with you...

so we walked towards CBTL and as we entered, y. gasped!

y.: HE'S REALLY HERE!!!!!
me: DEAR!!!!! 我终于找到你了!!!!!T-T

somehow i just had a hunch he will be waiting for me at CBTL haha

haha i know chris so well... i hope he knows i like macadamia nut choc chip famous amos cookies (private joke)

y. was totally in awe and speechless that i actually managed to find chris LOL but i felt really relieved that chris was lost but now am found =)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Old Yellow Gourd Soup


My colleagues have been asking me about this so instead of repeating myself, I better write it here haha This is slightly modified from Sam Leong's cookbook e.g. his original recipe uses scallops and prawns but I used chicken.



Ingredients:
Old yellow gourd 老黄瓜 - 1
Conpoy - 2
Slice of ginger
2cm  piece of white part of spring onion
Some chicken pieces
Wolfberries - about 10
Chicken stock (Home-made or if lazy or no time, store-bought ones may be used)
salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish

Method:
Soak conpoy in water for 2 hours (if you're short of time, you can soak in hot water for 30 mins). Discard water. Lightly shred, removing rubbery part. Cover with chicken stock, add ginger, spring onion and pinch of salt and steam for 45 mins. Remove ginger and spring onion and keep this conpoy chicken stock for use.

Meanwhile, prepare the gourd. using a sharp knife, carve a zig-zag pattern down the middle and open the gourd into two halves. cut off the ends slightly so that each half can stand. dig out seeds. Steam for 15 mins. Pour away any water.

Fill gourd with meat, conpoy and wolfberries and add conpoy chicken stock. Top with more chicken stock if necesssary. Steam for 15 mins.

Garnish and serve hot =)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Osmanthus Konnyaku Jelly


Inspired by my friend Ling Ling, I tried making these and my colleagues love the refreshing and healthy dessert and have been asking me how to make them =) So here's the post =)

Ingredients:
Osmanthus flowers 1.5 - 2 metal rice spoons (about 3-4 g)
available from Hock Hua 福华 for $6.50 per bottle 
(There is one Hock Hua at Compasspoint, the rest of the outlets I'm not sure)
Some sugar 冰糖
Konnyaku Powder
I find Red Man brand Premix good. The premix is very slightly sweetened so you can adjust the sweetness yourself. Some other brands have no malic acid so you have to buy it separately which is very troublesome. For some, the powder tends to clump easily. Others are too sweet or make jelly that are too hard. So I go with Red Man Premix (available from some supermarts or Phoon Huat). Note that red man also comes in a small packet but you have to buy the malic acid separately. I use half a packet of the premix and keep the rest in the fridge for another batch.


Wolberries (about 3-4 per jelly, soak in room temperature water for about 15 mins to plump them up)
Water

You will also need pretty moulds that are available in most supermarts.



Using half a pack, you can make 2 trays of 8 each plus an additional 3.

Bring water to boil and add in flowers. turn off flame and let infuse for about 2-3 mins. 


i drain the flowers and set them aside. add sugar if desired and stir until all dissolved (but you can skip the sugar if you do not want it too sweet). turn on flame to medium and add in konnyaku powder, stirring continuously until all has been incorporated. leave the flame on at minimum to prevent thickening and scoop into moulds.

Add wolfberries and some flowers into each mould. you may skip adding the flowers as some people may not like to eat the flowers. when jelly is gooey, give each jelly a light swirl with a chopstick to spread the berries (and flowers) around so it looks pretty when turned over.


Chill til set, tease the jelly out from the mould with a toothpick and serve chilled.