Malaysian style fried rice with yong tau foo

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Poached eggs,stir fry kale,cabbage, bacon mustard in truffle blanched oil

Porched eggs, cabbage,bacon, kale mustard in triffle oil

8 eggs
1 stalk spring onion, chopped finely for garnish
2-4 bunches kale, ribs removed, coarsely chopped (Approx. 500 g)
1/2 red cabbage, shredded finely (Approx. 200 g)
1 packet shredded bacon (200 g)
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 Tsp crushed black pepper
1/8 Tsp salt
2 Tsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp olive oil plus 3 Tbs truffle blanched oil
2 Tsp white vinegar
1 Tsp salt

Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add kale and cook, tossing with two large spoons, until bright green, about 1 minute. Add cabbage and water, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until kale and cabbage is tender, 14 to 17 minutes.

Push kale and cabbage to one side, add the truffle oil to the empty side and cook bacon, garlic and crushed black pepper in it until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in vinegar and mustard to taste with salt. Set aside and keep warm.

Bring a saucepan approximately 8cm deep water; add vinegar and salt on high until it reaches a bare simmer and bubbles start appearing at the bottom of the pan, just a few bubbles coming up now and then.

I use food stacker rings, wrap triple layer of cling wrap on to the base of the rings. Place the ring inside the hot water with a tong to hold down and gently crack the egg in. Add all of the eggs you are poaching to the pan in the same way.

Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Set a timer for 4 minutes. At this point the egg whites should be completely cooked, while the egg yolks are still runny. Serve the garnish poached eggs with stir fry vegetables.

Note: the timing depends on the size of the eggs, and if you are cooking at altitude, so adjust accordingly.

Helen’s sliced beef, fennel, mushroom, leek mini paella

sliced beef mini paella (2)

sliced beef,feenel mini paella (1)

60 g beef rump, sliced long strip
1 Tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp hot paprika
1 Tsp cumin
2 Tsp coriander
salt and freshly ground pepper
8 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 inches leek, slice thinly
4 Tbs fennel, finely chopped
1 garlic cloves, crushed
1 quarter Spanish onion, diced
1/4 cup medium grain rice
1/8 Tsp saffron threads
1 to 1 1/2 cups water, warm
2 small buttons mushroom, quartered


Mix the oregano, cumin, coriander and paprika with some salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the strip of beef; marinate for 1 hour so the flavour can sink in a bit. Heat the olive oil in the mini individual cast-iron pot over medium heat. Place the beef in the pot, and brown on all sides, turning with tongs until the oil is a vibrant yellow color. Remove the beef to a platter lined with paper towels.

Return the pot to the stove and lower the heat. Make a sofrito by sauteing the garlic, onion, fennel and leek; cook until the mixture caramelizes a bit and the flavors melt; season with salt and pepper. Fold in the rice, stirring to coat the grains. Stir the saffron into the rice. Pour in the water and simmer for 7-10 minutes, until the rice cooks evenly and absorbs the liquid. Do not cover or constantly stir like risotto.

Add the reserved beef and mushrooms. Give the paella a couple of good stirs to tuck in some of the pieces and just let it simmer, without stirring, until the rice is al dente, about 20 minutes, until the paella looks fluffy and moist. The ideal paella has a toasted rice bottom called socarrat. Allow to rest, off the heat for 5 minutes.