What's Cooking (in Yvonne's Kitchen)?

I've changed the name of this blog to What's Cooking (in Yvonne's Kitchen) because I will be getting a kitchen of my own very soon, it maybe small but will be able to produce more goodies to share with everyone!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Deep Fried Tempeh Slices

I have tried the crispiest and most tasty fried tempeh at Vivan's when I first moved to JB and since then I have been hooked.

It's not that I have never had tempeh before this, but the wholesomeness in frying your own tempeh is fulfilling in the sense that you get to control the amount of oil in the tempeh and pair these crunchy babies with dip of your own.

When my kitchen was renovated, the contractors advised me not to cook as much, if possible, if I want my white cabinet doors to stay pristine, but that would be a torture for a
gourmand like myself who usually cook up a storm on weekends. But one thing I have absolutely refrained from doing is deep frying.

I am a total sucker when it comes to deep fried food. Yes, yes, I am aware that deep fried food are heaty, packed with calories and blah blah blah... but like my favorite culinary guru, Michael Smith says "everything in moderation". It's not like

Besides, it is an amazing way to christen the kitchen with the aroma of deep fried goodness. So, here you go, the recipe of deep fried tempeh. I hope you enjoy eating tempeh as much as I do. And if you are not a fan of tempeh, you might consider a convert after sampling this.

In the mean time, I am wondering... what's the next deep friend? Onion rings, perhaps?

Deep Fried Tempeh Slices Recipe
This recipe serves 4

5 pcs tempeh (preferably those wrapped with banana leaf and newspaper)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup Kentucky Fried Chicken seasoning powder
pinch salt to season
2 cups vegetable oil

Dipping sauce
2 red chili (if you love spicy food, go for the bird-eye chili,
cili padi)
2 clove garlic
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp soy sauce

1. Slice each piece of tempeh into 3 thin slices, if you like it thick, 2 will do
2. Pour the beaten egg into a wide shallow dish, season with salt (I used seasoned salt)
3. Pour the KFC season powder into another wide shallow dish
4. With one hand dipping the tempeh into the egg mix, followed by another hand mixing it into the season powder.
5. Season each tempeh slice one by one
6. Heat the wok at high fire and when you see the fume, the tempeh slices will be ready for a deep-frying session. Deep fried until the tempeh turn golden on both sides (about 1 ~ 2 minutes depends on your wok)
7. Mix all the ingredients for the dipping sauce to serve together with deep fried tempeh.

Deep fried tempeh served best with dipping sauce.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

No-bake Oreo Cheesecake

The first time I made this super easy no-bake cheesecake was about four years ago, when I had been asked to prepare a dessert for the church fellowship dinner.

After referring to recipes from different cookbooks and websites, I have tweaked and adjusted the recipe to fit the cake pan size as well as the preference (usually much less in sugar than the recipe had called for). It is not that I don't love sweet desserts, but the large portion of sugar in food could easily over-power or mask the natural flavour of other ingredients. Not to mention the health-related risks it brings.

Thanks to the encouragements from my friends and church members who constantly ask me for the recipe, I have put this recipe in the "keeper" recipe box. And so a few weeks ago, I took out this recipe and remake this cake to fix my sudden cheesecake craving.

One good trick that I include in the recipe is the fact that I used three dairy products to give the cake different layers of texture--cream cheese, yoghurt and whipping cream. The trio is a fantastic combination of flavours and it saves the cost by a slant.
Another reason this recipe has been so popular is the mere fact that this is one of those gelatine-set cheesecakes that does not require an oven at all. All you need is the few main ingredients, springform cake pan (the one that the base can be de-attached and some fridge space. Once you have mastered the basic of this no-bake cheesecake, you are on your way to experiment it with other flavours like vanilla strawberry, orange cranberry and banana chocolate, the possibilities are... endless.

This recipe yields 12 slices of cheesecake in a 9" or 23 cm round cake pan.

200 g digestive biscuits crumbs (I used a rolling pin to crush the biscuits in a Ziploc bag into fine crumbs)
100 g melted butter
250 g cream cheese (I used Philadelphia), room temperature
300 g natural yoghurt (I used Nestle), fridge temperature
80 g icing sugar or all the sugary cream filling from the oreo cookies
2 tbsp vanilla essence or 1 pod of vanilla beans
16 oreo cookies (coarsly chopped)
8 oreo cookies (finely chopped)
200 ml whipping cream (I used Emborg), fridge temperature
2 tbsp gelatine powder
15 ml lemon juice (from half a lemon)
6 tbsp boiling water
Mix biscuit crumbs & melted butter together and press firmly onto the base of springform cake tin with the back of a spoon. Let chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

Beat the whipping cream with electric beaters until 70% stiff or until mousse-like.  Set it aside.

Double-boil* gelatine, lemon juice & boiling water until totally dissolved, keep warm. (*to double-boil, heat a pot filled with water and place another bowl inside the pot & gelatine, lemon juice & boiling water into the bowl).

Beat cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth & creamy, fold in the yoghurt in three portions until just combined, blend in cooled gelatine solution.

Blend in the whipping cream with cream cheese mixture.

Pour 1/2 the cheese mixture onto the base, let chill for another 15 minutes.

Stir in finely chopped cookies into the other 1/2 of the mixture, mix well.

Sprinkle coarsely chopped cookies on top of the first half of cheese mixture, then pour in the other half of the cheese mixture.
Chill for 4 to 5 hours before serving and decorate the cake as desired.

To serve the cake, dip a serrated knife in hot water before each cut. Serves 12 slices of scrumptious cheesecake.

The oreo cheesecake this good deserves to be savoured till the very last bite.

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