Showing posts with label quinoa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quinoa. Show all posts

Monday, September 16, 2019


The curtain-raiser of Truffle Radish Puff with Twin Purple Sweet Potatoes from Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine’s Unique Vegetarian Set looks almost too pretty to be eaten.

An artistic creation featuring crisp, deep-fried purple sweet potato slices arranged around a flaky domed puff stuffed with truffle oil-scented radish and carrot julienne, the pastry’s outer layer is similar to that of a traditional Teochew mooncake crust: delightfully feather-light and crisp to the bite.
It’s one of the many inventive specialities showcased in the restaurant’s special set menu to commemorate Gau Wong Yeh – the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, a major Toaist religious celebration held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. Devotees usually observe a strict vegetarian diet with many flocking to the Nine Emperor Gods temples in Ampang, Selangor and Butterworth, Penang for prayers.
Elegant Inn HK Cuisine is one of the rare Chinese restaurants in the city to offer a specially composed vegetarian set menu to mark the said festival. According to proprietress Jeanette Han, “our vegetarian menu is increasingly popular with diners who adhere to vegetarianism during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Since I’m not fond of greens, I challenge my chefs to create unique vegetarian dishes for this period.”
Her culinary team deftly rises to the occasion with that opening volley. The subsequent soup course proves equally show-stopping; a masterful demonstration of nifty knife skills that has beancurd ‘blooming’ into an  otherworldly blossom with fine, wavy tendrils in the Double Boiled Soup of Tofu Blossom with Fresh Beetroot & Carrot.
True to the Cantonese preference for clear, uncomplicated flavours, Han says she prefers to serve soups with a natural, delicate sweetness culled from the ingredients used; through 4-6 hours of double-boiling. Hence one sip of the dark yet beguiling broth is enough to suffuse the palate with the inherent sweetness of beetroot, carrot and wolfberries chosen for its preparation.

Another clever masterstroke comes in the form of Trio Treasures Stuffed with Organic Beancurd & Quinoa. A more refined vegetarian version of ‘yong tau foo’, the pan-fried wedges of brinjal, bittergourd and red capsicum come stuffed with mashed organic beancurd with quinoa instead of fish paste. The slightly nutty and appealing stuffing is further enlivened by a tantalising dressing concocted using lychee vinegar and sesame sauce.
Crunchy like asparagus, plump groundnut sprouts is a new ingredient that rouses much interest among our dining party. The sweet subtlties of the Groundnut Sprouts Wok Fried with Sweet Peas & Premium Cordycep Flowers make it a noteworthy dish.
Springy hand-made noodles are stir-fried with porcini mushrooms and leafy greens result in a tempting serving of Premium Wild Porcini Noodles. Touched with truffle oil, the noodles leave us happily satisfied without feeling bloated.
Such hazy weather calls for a soothing dessert broth and the Double Boiled Snow Pear with Chuan Bei and Citrus Peel is roundly welcomed as chuan bei mu or fritillaria bulbs is known for its lung-soothing efficacy in traditional Chinese medicine herb.

The mildly fruity-sweet broth is also cooling for the body, making it a nice panacea for the hot, smoggy weather. Complementing it is Yan Xi Lotus Bloom Pastry – a flaky, multiple layer flower-shape pastry with sweet lotus seed paste centre. We learned the artful creation was inspired by the hit Chinese drama series, Yan Xi Palace.
Priced at RM138++ per person (minimum 2 diners per table), the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Unique Vegetarian Set from Elegant Inn Hong Kong Cuisine is available from September 29 to October 7, 2019.
For reservations, please call Elegant Inn HK Cuisine, tel: 03-2070 9399. Address: 2.01, 2nd Floor, Podium Block, Menara Hap Seng, Jalan P Ramlee, KL.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Eat more protein-rich food such as Norwegian Fjord Trout during the fasting month. This sound advice came from Alexandra Prahabaran, a certified nutritionist who prepared three simple recipes at the Norwegian Seafood Council’s cooking demo recently. 
Citing Norwegian Fjord Trout as good protein source to boost overall health during the fasting month, Alexandra said: “It is important to eat food with essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your energy levels up, your mental focus clear and your body running optimally throughout the day.” 
The nutritionist also shared these tips for Ramadan:

Load Up on Protein 
Eating protein-rich foods such as Fjord Trout can sustain you longer by staving off hunger and keeping your mind focused until it’s time to break fast. Protein helps to build and repair tissues, produce enzymes and hormones, and acts as the essential building block of bones, muscle, cartilage and blood.  A high protein diet will ensure you feel full and satisfied, while your body repairs itself during Ramadhan.

Focus on Omega 3   
Partake food rich in omega-3 to keep fatigue at bay and improve your concentration. Fjord Trout is high in these fatty acids that will help you stay clear-headed throughout the day and overall mental focus in addition to improving your mood.

Healthy Fats to Burn Fat
The change in meal times during the fasting period can often put the body under stress, making our body more susceptible to weight gain around our belly. A diet rich in healthy fats such as oily Fjord Trout helps to burn excess belly fat. Instead of burning the glucose stored in our body for energy, the body will burn fat instead resulting in a slimmer and healthier overall physique.

Get the Glow
Changes to sleep and meal times during Ramadan may see our skin take a beating. Skin can appear dull and sallow but by adding more Fjord Trout into your diet, the fish oil will aid cell rejuvenation and nourish your hair, skin and nails for an overall healthy glow.
“The Norwegian Fjord Trout has become a popular fish of choice among Malaysians,” said Jon Erik Steenslid, the Norwegian Seafood Council director for South-East Asia.  “From our recent Seafood Consumer Index, an annual survey conducted by the Norwegian Seafood Council, 3 out of 4 Malaysians think it’s important to know the origin of their seafood whilst 1 out of 2 Malaysians prefer to buy Fjord Trout from Norway.”
Now widely available in markets, supermarkets and seafood stores in Malaysia, the Norwegian Fjord Trout is similar to salmon but its deep red-orange flesh with white marbling gives the fish fillets a luxuriant feel. Norwegian Fjord Trout also has a remarkably rich flavour, with a pure aftertaste. It has a lustrous and silvery skin and can grow up to 2.5 kilos; slightly smaller than salmon.
Norway has the perfect living conditions for Fjord Trout thanks to ice-cold waters with fjords stretching deep into the country’s coastline. Farmed in the ocean, the Trout is raised in pure, cold Norwegian fjords where seawater meets fresh meltwater from the glaciers and snow; a process meeting the highest environmental and sustainability standards.
A world-renowned pioneer of modern trout and salmon farming, Norway boasts generations of experience harvesting from the sea. This gives Norwegians unique knowledge in the art of managing these resources and delivering the highest quality fish.

Norwegian Fjord Trout Recipes for Ramadan
Kaffir Chilli Norwegian Fjord Trout with Quinoa Bubur

1 Trout fillet
1 kaffir lime leaf, thinly sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 red cili padi, sliced
1 handful cilantro (daun ketumbar)
1 cup quinoa, cooked
1 cup fish stock
1 spring onion, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Simmer cooked quinoa and fish stock in a pot till it thickens into porridge consistency. While that is cooking, place trout with kaffir lime leaf, lime, cili padi, and cilantro on a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, wrap it up tight and bake at 200C for 15 mins. Put porridge in a bowl. Once the trout is cooked, remove from the oven and place on top of the porridge. Sprinkle with spring onion to serve.

Seared Norwegian Fjord Trout and Asian Potato Salad

1 Trout fillet
2 waxy potatoes, cooked
1 Tbs light soy sauce
1 Tbs sesame oil
1 spring onion, sliced
1 tsp fried shallots
1 inch ginger, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil

Drizzle the trout with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake at 200C for 10 mins. Cut potatoes in cubes and set aside. Whisk soy sauce, sesame oil and grated ginger together and toss with potatoes. Top potatoes with spring onion and fried shallots to serve with the cooked trout.

Norwegian Fjord Trout Bakar in Banana Leaf

1 Trout fillet
1 Tbs fish curry powder
1 Tbs chilli powder
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp belacan, grated
Kaffir lime leaves, chopped
Olive oil
Salt, to taste
Banana leaf

Mix curry powder, chilli powder, belacan, sugar and salt together. Make slits on the skin side of the trout. Rub the spice mix on it thoroughly. Push the kaffir lime leaves into the slits of the fish. Drizzle some oil on the fish and wrap with banana leaf. Roast in the oven at 220C for 15 mins. Serve with sambal on the side.

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