Thursday, 16 January 2014

Har Cheong Kai

Har Cheong is prawn paste and Kai is chicken, so har cheong kai is prawn paste chicken. Have made this before and wanting to be healthy, baked it in the oven. This is how it looks - oven baked.

This is the recipe taken from Makansutra.


1.5 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp shrimp paste
1 tbsp hua tiao wine (I didnt have this, so used shao shing wine)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light sauce sauce
1 egg
3 chicken thigh fillets (cut each fillet into 4 pcs) or
chicken wings
3 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp rice flour

1. Mix first 6 ingredients together.
2. Add chicken and leave to marinade for around 4 hours or overnight.
3. When ready to cook, mix corn flour and rice flour in a bowl. Coat chicken pcs throughly in the flour mixture and put into air fryer which has been preheated at 200 deg.
4. Cook for 7 mins on one side under brown and then flip and cook for another 5 mins or so.
(you can use the oven, in which case bake for 10 - 12 mins on each side)

This picture is my har cheong kai cooked in the air fryer and came out crispy but juicy on the inside.

Picture of a bottle of the LKK shrimp paste used for making this dish.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Apple Cheese Cake

This recipe is from Ann of anncoojournal - link here.

I tried it once and forgot to add baking powder and ground almond but it still tasted great. And then on my second try, added the baking powder and ground almond. The baking powder did not really make a difference to the cake but when I baked it a third time to take to work, I omitted the ground almonds as I felt the almonds made the cake drier. My colleagues loved it and so do we, so give it a try!

2 large green cooking apples (I used brambley) cut into cubes
100g Butter
80g Caster sugar
3 Eggs, 70g each
125g Cream cheese
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Grated of 1 lemon zest
1 tbsp Lemon juice
120g Plain flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
50g Ground almond (I omitted)
Desiccated coconut(I omitted)


1.  Cream butter and caster sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time and beating well after each addition.

3.  Add cream cheese and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth.

4.  Add in the remaining ingredients and the apple cubes and stir well with a hand whisk.

5.  Pour the batter into 7 inch cake tin.

6.  Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg C for 25 - 30 minutes. Remove and leave to cool before serving.

Note: It tastes creamier if left overnight in the fridge!