Sunday, 10 February 2008

Chinese New Year Dinner

To celebrate CNY, I cooked up something with a red theme. Not all thew dishes were of this colour but two were. Not a massive feast as there are only the three of us in the family, but nevertheless, I ensured that it was something we dont have everyday.

For once, healthy eating was not a consideration!

Here is the meal all laid out. Rice and drinks not in view.

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Butter tiger prawns, made with curry paste, butter, curry leaves, green chillies and garlic. Garnished with coarse black pepper and garlic salt.

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Deep fried battered squid. Batter was made light and fluffy by using egg and carbonated water.

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Sweet and sour pork. Using the same batter as the squid somehow did not work so well, as it got soggy very quickly once the sauce was added. Next time, I will make a tougher batter for the pork. Sauce was shop bought.

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Thai shrimp crackers. Cositing 4 times more than ordinary prawn crackers, but tastes only twic as good, so I would consider this a bit overpriced!

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Got another week and a half left of CNY, so I'll have plenty more excuses for more unhealthy meals like these!

10 comments:

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

well prawns are usually one of the essential items and u got it right!..what happen to the fish?? keke..

daphne said...

sweet and sour pork! yum! looks like a big spread for dinner! Happy CNY!

Nic (KHKL) said...

i've once heard that baking powder makes a very good batter...the result is a rather crispy skin. so far, it's just corn starch for me...

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

gong xi fa cai! hey, nic is right. cornflour makes a good batter for s & s pork.

ling239 said...

sotong on CNY ? :p


Happy CNY ~ ^_^

team bsg said...

well cooked well eaten
kong hei !
2 the 3 of you !
you will never starve even in da jungle

Lannae said...

Happy CNY! What a fantastic meal you made! The prawns look wonderful. I really like how your squid looked too. I have not made squid of my own before, but I would happily eat what you made! Was the squid and pork batter flour, egg and carbonated water? Hazza, I like your food blog, and all the wonderful cooking you do. I have learned so much so far.

teckiee said...

wahh now thats a lot of fried stuff. Then again you are right, healthy eating is not the option.

ilovepearly said...

Sweet and sour pork...mmmmmm I like some now!

Hazza said...

joe,
fish would be nice but I just got lazy :-)

daphne,
hope you had a good cny too!

nic,
baking soda is good too, thought I had some but when I looked, it was not there :(

terri,
I will try using cornflour next time. I just used plain flour this time.

ling,
Sotong is sort of a "delicacy" in UK. Its not cheap like it is in M'sia.

bsg,
gong xi fa cai!

lannae,
Yes, the batter was just flour, egg and carbonated water, with a bit of salt and pepper. But it wasnt a smooth batter so it retained some crispy bits... a bit like how you make tempura.

teckiee,
once a year, I try to overlook the cholesterol in food.. hehe!

pearly,
thanks for visiting my blog!