Hello my blogger friends, greetings from Hong Kong! For those who have been following my blog, I’ve finally settled down in this city that never sleeps. It’s been more than two months since my last post and I hope you will still get to see this in your reader or email 🙂
I am preparing to start cooking and baking soon but for now, I would love to share with you an amazing trip that I’ve made before my move. For this trip, I get to stay with my relative in Sarawak, East Malaysia who owns a little vegetable garden right in front of the house. Of course, you know my itchy hands wouldn’t leave those gorgeous plants alone. Hee hee!
These are oriental squash which are great for making clear soup with dried scallops and pork short ribs. Boil them together for an hour and all you need is just a little salt to flavor it.
While most squash are long and straight, some just prefers to be different.
I would like to introduce this powerful oven that looks more like an alien in scifi films which can pre-heat to 220C within 10minutes. The only thing to be careful is that the heating element is at the top so attention is needed to avoid the crust of my bread from getting burnt. Yes, I baked bread with it and the result is very satisfying.
I made this foccacia bread with dried Italian herbs using that robot. It was really crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The bread was very well received and before I knew it, the pan was empty.
12 hour overnight poolish
150g strong flour, 150g warm water, 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast
Mix everything together and let it ferment overnight.
278g strong flour, 150g warm water, 1 & 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast, dried Italian herbs, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, 2 tablespoon olive oil, poolish
Mix everything together and work your dough till it is smooth. Let it rest for 45 mins. Stretch and fold the dough and let it rest for another 45mins. Pre-heat oven to 200C and bake for 20mins. Sprinkle with grated parmigiano if desired.
I just can’t keep my hands off these gorgeous brinjals or long eggplants. I’m so lucky that they are at their best when I was there. Green on the inside with no seeds yet.
With limited ingredients, I turned the brinjals into this pasta dish.
brinjals, cut into circles
red chili, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 big lime juice
your favorite pasta
Fry brinjals in olive oil till caramelized and set aside for later use. With the same oil, saute onions till caramelized and put in red chili, sea salt and pepper. On another burner, cook pasta to al dente and keep some pasta water. Back to the frying pan, add in lime juice and pasta water follow by a good handful of italian herbs. Put in pasta, brinjal and toss well. Serve with grated parmigiano and perhaps more chili.
It’s been a great trip. I’ll share more recipes in part 2 okay?
46 thoughts on “East Malaysia Cooking Trip – Part 1”
your trip (and food) looks and sounds amazing, Danny! all the best to you in Hong Kong… such a cool place!
Thank you MM and a Merry Christmas to you and family. I’m doing good over here just need more time to explore the way of living in this city…..danny
The pasta looks great! Hope you are settling down well!
Thank you Jean. It was one of my best cooking trip ever. Hope to do it again soon. I’m well in hong kong. Just need more time to get custom to the environment….Merry Christmas!
Welcome back! How big is that oven? Such lovely fresh veg as well. 🙂
Thank you very much my friend and sorry for my late reply. I’m not sure of the measurement for that oven but it is good enough to sit a small turkey comfortably. 🙂 Merry Christmas! …….danny
Happy Christmas to you as well. Or Happy Holidays. With a global community that we’re in it’s hard to know who celebrates what! 🙂
Welcome back Danny, Hope you are enjoying Hong Kong. I love focaccia bread, I will definitely give your recipe a try!
Thank you Karen and Merry Christmas! I’m good in Hong Kong. Work is tough but it is a good experience. Have you tried that focaccia? I would love to hear your comments. 🙂 …….danny
Love that you’re back online Danny – you’ve certainly been missed! Looks like a fun and productive trip you took to Malaysia – so wonderful to make use of such fresh produce straight from the garden! It makes such a difference.
Aw….thank you Margot and Merry Christmas!!! The Malaysia trip was really fun and I can’t wait to do it again. My dream is to travel to different parts of the world and cook with their local ingredients….danny
Wow Danny – welcome back. You’ve been missed. Love the shots in Malaysia and look forward to reading about your new life in Hong Kong.
Aw….thank you so much Lindy. I miss you too! Merry Christmas!!! I’ve pretty much settled in Hong Kong but will need more time to adjust to the way of living over here. It’s all Asia but still quite different in many ways compare to Singapore. Especially the diet. Luckily, there is quite a variety of my familiar ingredients available for cooking. And I am still trying to get used to cook in my one butt kitchen. Way too small…but this is Hong Kong….danny
Welcome back Danny! I love pasta recipes and this looks delicious. All the best for you in Hong Kong.
Have a nice day!
Thank you Anto. Long working hours over here but it’s all good. I am doing less cooking at the moment but will never give it up. Cooking is what I live for and you are my biggest inspiration…..love, danny
Welcome back. 🙂 Nice to see you are settling in and can’t wait to see what you have been cooking. Tell us more!
Thank you very much and sorry for my late reply. Work is tough over here but I’m getting the hang of it. I haven’t got as much chance to cook but will certainly manage my time better to spend good moments in my very tiny kitchen over here. Merry Christmas!!! …..danny
Welcome back, Danny!!! 🙂
Thank you Francesca. Merry Christmas to you!!!! What have you cooked for this festive season? 🙂
As always it looks delicious! Glad to see you’re posting again!
Thank you Rebecca. Merry Christmas!!! I’ve missed cooking, writing, reading and posting. Will catch up soon. 🙂
Welcome back and beautiful pictures from your adventure! That oriental squash is lovely, would love to cook with it!
Thank you Pamela. Merry Christmas!!! That was a very enjoyable trip. Can’t wait to make another trip there.
So glad you are back, Danny. I hope you are feeling at home in Hong Kong, I can only imagine what an exciting city it is. Thanks for sharing a bit about your visit and the lovely dishes you created. And that oven, wow! Looking forward to reading more!
Merry Christmas Dani!!! I am quite settled down in Hong Kong but will need more time to get custom to the way of living in this city. Though it is Asia, there are still many differences compare to home but I’ll work that out. And the kitchen here is way too tiny for proper cooking but that is not going to stop me from creating my dishes. How have you been doing? Hope all is well….love, danny
Glad you are back Danny! Your trip sounds like an adventure…and I know the feeling…I’m sure my hands would have itched with all that lovely produce around!
Thank you very much! Merry Christmas!!! I won’t deny it was a truly great cooking trip that I’ve longed for. How are you? What have you cooked for Christmas? …..danny
Hi Danny! 🙂 Welcome back! 🙂 I’m very happy to be reading one of your posts today! 🙂 wish you the best in Hong Kong my friend! 🙂
Thank you Ingrid 🙂 Merry Christmas!!! and sorry for my very late reply. I’m good here. Work is good. Just need more time to fit into this buzzing city and get use to the not so clean air. Though work has been piling up since I started, I’ll still find time to cook and start posting again. It keeps me going. 🙂 May you have a great New Year blessed with lots of love and joy! 🙂 ….danny
So great to read a post from you Danny! Welcome back!! Your pictures and trip are amazing!
Thank you Kenley! Merry Christmas!!! What have you cooked for Christmas? I’m popping over to your latest post right now 🙂 …..danny
The trip you made sounds lovely. Danny! Your home grown veggies look Amazing!!!!!!! X Glad to have you back! 😊
Thank you very much Sophie. Merry Christmas!!! and sorry for my very late reply. I’ve spent the last three months getting used to work and fitting into this buzzing city. How have you been? ….danny
I missed you heeps, missd your tasty recipes too, dear Danny! Welcome back! Greetings from Belgium! 🙂
Aw…thank you Sophie! Hugs from Hong Kong 🙂
I’ve only been on Hong Kong briefly and I love it! Enjoy it there 🙂 Thanks for bringing back memories, I lived for a few years in Brunei next to Malaysia, and my mum used to make brinjal quite a bit 🙂 I hope all is well and you’re enjoying your new place xx
Merry Christmas Sofia!!! How have you been? So great to know you’ve been here in Hong Kong and Brunei! I’ve been to Brunei a few times during my army days. I’ve settled down at work but will need more time to adjust myself and fit into this city which is quite different from home….danny
Danny!! Thanks so much for the wonderful run-down on your Malaysian trip! I am so envious of those fresh vegetables in your relative’s garden. Amazing. They must’ve been wonderful in that brinjal spaghetti with the fresh chilli and lime. Yum… sometimes the simplest of dishes are actually the most delicious. I can’t wait for the recipe for your foccacia either. It looks deliciously fluffy and moist on the inside. I love the way that the ‘robot’ made the crust so crisp and golden! Glad that you’ve settled well in HK now. Have been thinking of you and it’s great to hear that all is going well! 🙂
Merry Christmas Laura!!! And sorry for my very late reply. I have to say that cooking trip to Malaysia was really nice. It was also a good break for me before moving here to Hong Kong. I have settled down in my rented apartment and long working hours but will need more time to adjust myself to fit into this buzzing city and not so fresh air…but overall i’m good. I’ve just started to do some cooking and hopefully some baking too. How have you been my friend?…….danny
I must admit, it’s quite a cute-looking alien, though. 🙂
And very powerful too! 🙂
Hi Danny, how beautiful and delicious!
Thank you Bridget! Happy 2014 and may you have a blessed new year 🙂
Is that a counter-top oven? I’ve always wanted one because they seem so convenient and compact. Best of luck in HK! It’s a culinary heaven 🙂
Thank you so much. Yes, that’s a counter top and a very powerful one 🙂