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Sprinkling Malaysian Flavour into the Festive Season

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Disclaimer: This article is an excerpt from the third issue of our e-magazine, Crunch.

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Malaysian Flavours is made up of the petite duo, Summerkid and Summergirl, who know all the “selok-belok” to finding the best eats all over Malaysia (and other countries too!). With amazing food photography skills and a flair for writing honest and detailed food reviews, they truly bring you on a journey to experience the best of Malaysian flavours.

If you find yourself lost and not knowing where to go for your next meal, their blog, Malaysian Flavours is the place to go for inspiration. Oh, but fair warning, though: if you follow them on Instagram, you may find yourself hungry and craving all sorts of yummy food at the most inappropriate times!

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day and CNY, we are fortunate enough to have this wonderful couple share their favourite recipes with us! Read on and get cooking!

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When it comes to festive celebrations, there is always one thing these have in common other than joyous moments, and that is FOOD. This year, we decided to try out a few simple recipes that can be recreated for Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year and beyond.

A combination of Asian and Western delights, all these recipes are quick and easy to prepare.

So put on an apron and be the chef for your family and or significant other this time around! You know they deserve it.

We are already excited to get dinner ready on the table. How about you? Give these recipes a go and have a ball cooking!

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Traditional Chinese Herbal Chicken

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One of our all-time favourites; a classic dish that is easy to make.

• 400g boneless chicken thigh, cut into cubes
• 1 tablespoon of Goji berries
• 8 red dates
• 2 sticks of Dong Gui
• 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
• 100 ml of water
• Salt to taste

1. Marinate chicken with cornstarch and soy sauce for 15 minutes.
2. Combine chicken with goji berries, red dates, dong gui and water.
3. Steam the chicken on medium heat for 25 minutes.
4. Add salt according to your liking.
5. Dish out and serve.

Prosperity Garlic Herb Baked Salmon

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Chinese New Year meals are incomplete without fish! Here, we show you how to prepare this juicy baked salmon that is flavoured with a garlicky kick, and a refreshing, tangy sourness of lemon. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, but the outcome is delicious! You don’t even need to marinate it.

• 300g salmon steak, cut into 2
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
• 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh English parsley
• 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 4 dashes of black pepper
• 1 tablespoon of melted butter
• 1 lemon wedge

1. Preheat oven to 200 °C.
2. Rub salt over salmon steak.
3. Combine melted butter, lemon juice, minced garlic and chopped parsley.
4. Spoon the mixture onto salmon evenly.
5. Transfer salmon onto baking tray lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake for 13 minutes at 200°C.
7. Dish out and serve with lemon wedges.

Tangerine Feta Cheese Salad

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A colour, flavour and texture-loaded dish. Originally a Western-style creation, we added tangerine slices for extra sweetness and juiciness- and of course, to fit in with the Chinese New Year theme!

Salad:
• 150g of mixed salad greens
• 1 tablespoon of feta cheese, crumbled
• 1 tablespoon of preserved olive
• 4 tangerines (*you can also use mandarin oranges)
Vinaigrette Dressing:
• 30ml of cider vinegar
• 60ml of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons of sugar
• 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley
• 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt
• 3 dashes of ground black pepper

1. Combine all salad dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake well and refrigerate.
2. Mix salad in a large bowl.
3. Top with crumbled feta cheese.
4. Just before serving, shake the dressing well again and pour over salad. (*amount according to your liking)
5. Toss and enjoy!

Hot Chilli Pepper Spaghetti

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Our parents love spaghetti so we thought it would be good to whip up hot chilli spaghetti for them. Top with shrimps because you know, “Ha” stands for “shrimp” in Cantonese and the Cantonese phrase “Xiu Ha Ha” means laughter. Hopefully their lives will be filled with lots of laughter everyday.

• 150g of pasta
• 1 clove of garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons of hot chili pepper in oil
• 6 shrimps, peel and de-vein
• Salt to taste

1. Cook spaghetti according to packaging directions.
2. While waiting for the spaghetti to cook, lightly stir-fry minced garlic until fragrant.
3. Add in shrimps and cook for about 6 minutes.
4. Remove shrimps and set aside.
5. Saute hot chilli pepper in oil.
6. Transfer cooked spaghetti into pan.
7. Toss everything together.
8. Dish out on plate. Arrange shrimps on top and serve.

Roast Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

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Who loves cheese and potatoes as much as we do? If they’re your thing, give this recipe a try!

• 5 potatoes
• 4 tablespoons of melted butter
• 10 cloves of garlic, skin on
• 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley leaves
• 1⁄2 lemon, cut into wedges
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• Dashes of black pepper
• 5-7 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Cut slits on each potato, be careful not to cut through.
3. Transfer potatoes onto baking tray lined with parchment paper.
4. Combine melted butter, salt and black pepper, then brush evenly on potatoes.
5. Add garlic, parsley and lemon on tray, in between the potatoes.
6. Bake potatoes for 50 minutes. Bast the surface with oil mixture after 25 minutes.
7. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of potatoes and in between slits.
8. Continue to bake for another 10 minutes.
9. Dish out and serve.

Pan-Grilled Chicken with Five Spice Powder

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A dish with a powerful punch of flavour and a unique five spice scent. Goes well with rice.

• 3 chicken wings (*with drumette, flat and tips)
• 1 teaspoon of corn starch
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1⁄2 teaspoon of five spice powder
• 1⁄2 teaspoon of sesame oil
• 1⁄2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
• 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon of sugar
• 2 dashes of ground white pepper
• 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds
• Pinch of salt
• 1⁄2 tablespoon of oil

1. Marinate chicken with minced garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, five spice powder, salt, corn starch and white pepper for at least 2 hours.
2. Heat up oil in a skillet on medium heat.
3. Pan-fry the chicken on both sides until inside is cooked through. Turn occasionally to avoid burning the surface.
4. Dish out onto plate. Garnish with toasted sesame and serve immediately.

This feature is brought to you by our Nuffnang talent Malaysian Flavours

For more interesting content like this one, do check out the third issue of “Crunch” here

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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