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This is a very easy recipe that I learned from my neighbor, Aunty Wang, who’s good at making Chinese snacks. Make it when green onions  are on sale then freeze the extras for quick breakfast/snack at any time.

Green Onion Pancake

Green Onion Pancake

Green Onion Pancake (makes 6 pcs)

Ingredients:
4 cups all purpose flour
2 cups chopped green onion
water

seasoning mixture:
8 tbsp cooking oil (about 1– 1/2 tbsp oil per pancake)
2-3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tsp chicken essence powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Method:

  1. In a big bowl, mix flour with enough water until it forms a dough and does not stick to the bowl. Transfer dough on a lightly floured board. Knead until smooth (do not over knead). Rest dough in the bowl and cover with a moist paper towel, for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Combine all the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Divide dough into 6 small dough. Use a rolling pin, roll out 1 small dough on a lightly floured board until very thin. Spread 1 1/2 tbsp of seasoning mixture evenly on the top (pic 1). Sprinkle generously chopped green onions then roll up– start with the side towards your body, gently pull the dough towards you, then up and roll over (pic 2 & 3). If the dough sticks to the board, scrap gently with a knife. (Note: 1. Be sure to stir seasoning mixture well before spreading each time. 2. when roll up the dough, be sure to roll over to cover the green onions and not pushing the green onions towards the end side)
  4. Coil up the dough into a snail shape (pic 4). Tuck in the end at the bottom. (At this point, you can wrap it up in a plastic wrap and freeze for future use). Use the rolling pin to foll it out flat to about 8 inch diameter (pic 5). Repeat with the rest of the cough.
  5. Heat a frying with some oil, fry the pancake on medium heat until golden and crunchy on both side. Drain on paper towel before slicing. Serve hot immediately. (If you use too little oil the pancake will have burned spots and not evenly golden brown)
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Poh piah-- fully loaded with goodies

Poh piah-- fully loaded with goodies

I have always love ‘poh piah’ (Chinese version of burrito)– I don’t think I can get tired of eating it. While some people have different filling, the most common and main filling is jicama ‘bangkuang’,  with other side ingredients like bean sprouts, fried tofu, cucumber, eggs, lettuce, pork, fried shallots, granulated peanut etc. These side ingredients not only add color and texture but also deliver flavor. A bite into ‘poh piah’ and you can still taste each ingredient’s unique flavor– that’s why I can eat 4-5 rolls at one time with no problem. As you can see from the ingredients, this is quite a healthy snack food loaded with lots of vegetables and little on meat. Good news to all vegetarian friends: this dish can be completely vegetarian too (just omit the shrimp and pork) and still taste good. Enjoy the pictures! Next time I make it I will write down the recipe to post it on the blog… it’s been a long time and I forgot the ingredient amount…

Poh Piah

Poh Piah

I made this red kidney bean with gula melaka dessert to go with poh piah... yummy!

I made this red kidney bean with gula melaka dessert soup to go with poh piah... yummy!

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Sticky Rice Kueh

Sticky Rice Kueh

This is another savory kueh that I like. In Hokkien it is called “Pao P’ng Kueh”. Very often this kueh is sold side by side with ‘soon kueh’. This is a steamed kueh. The filling consists of seasoned sticky rice with some mushroom, dried shrimps, peanuts and a bit of preserved veggie ‘mui choy’. Just like ‘soon kueh’,  ‘Pao P’ng Kueh’ tastes good when fresh from steamer, and I like to pan fry the leftovers the next day as the skin will be crispy. The photo above was taken when I made them long long time ago– hmm… maybe it’s time to make them again (will dig out the recipe and post on the blog when I make it next time).

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Me vs. Facebook

I do not have a Facebook account. I do not need one– it’s just one less username and password that I have to remember, and I am just as happy without it. But the problem is, more and more people are using Facebook, including more and more of my friends. I just had an email reminder (from Facebook of course)  that at least 8 of my friends had invited me to join Facebook. When I clicked on their Facebook photo icon, just to check out their photos, I couldn’t do it because I don’t have a damn Facebook account! Now this is pissing me off. Why can’t Facebook be like Flickr in a way that allows friends to (at least) view photos without signing up? To me Facebook is like a religion (or even worse)– I have to join the “religion” in order to see who’s out there… Feeling forced to join a religion– not a good thing. And as such, I am protesting Facebook!

Dear friends and family, you guys are not making it easy for me… sigh.

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