Celebrating Raya With Halal Bak Kwa By Ikhwan Ng

Raya, Raya, Raya, Rayaaaaaa! Selamat Hari Raya!

So we are still in the mood for Raya, however, we are also in the mood for Chinese food! This was what we did with the packet of halal bak kwa we bought from brother Ikhwan Ng. (no, no, no, this post is not sponsored.) We got ours from Lazada, but you can get it from Shopee too.

Just your regular halal bak kwa

Nothing fancy here. We pretty much charred the bak kwa just to get those crunchy bits.

Bak kwa with egg sandwich

@kaijiamuslimfood

It’s almost Eid and we got our hands on halal bak kwa! So we had to share what we made using it. Enjoy! #chinesefood #food #foodlover #foodtiktok #ramadan2022

♬ Mawlaya Salli Wa Sallim – Mohamed Tarek & Mohamed Youssef

Went for something old-school! It’s crazy how simple, yet tasty this is!

We still have rendang, ketupat, lemang, and more Raya dishes stored in the kitchen. Keeping those for guests and whenever we want to have our Raya feast.

Have a great Raya everyone!

Link Roundup #24: Top 3 Chinese Muslim Food Links

Urggh! We totally slacked behind in our monthly link roundups. (and other posts too) Sure, we can come up with a million ways to justify ourselves, but instead of making excuses, let’s just get on with it.

This 36-Year-Old Chinese-Muslim Seafood Restaurant In KL Has Over 20 Must-Try Seafood Dishes

Oh ho! We have not been to Muhibbah Seafood Restaurant in years! Then again, we had only been there twice, or was it three times? Bah, we can’t remember now. It has been that long!

Are we in love with the food?

You bet! The restaurant has an extensive menu, plus the environment is amazing! At least, that was how it was over 10 years ago. We used to go there with friends in big groups. They have a huge space, highly recommended for big gatherings.

Reflections On Observing Ramadan With A Disability

Okay, this link right here does not entirely focus on Chinese Muslim food. We are sharing it because it gives you a glimpse of how Ramadan is observed in Hong Kong from a different perspective—the perspective of someone with congenital myopathy.

The author mentioned about Ammar Mosque and Islamic center in Hong Kong and that flooded our memory gates. Alhamdulillah, we had the opportunity to visit the place and we especially enjoy the canteen with halal Chinese food. The mosque was also packed with a diverse group of people, namely the Chinese, Indonesians, and South Asians.

Related: Halal Dim Sum At Islamic Centre Canteen Hong Kong!

Uniknya telur abad atau telur padi… Ada yang suka makan hidangan ini?

Untuk pautan terakhir ni kami kongsikan dalam bahasa Melayu. Ikutkan masa kecil dulu tak berapa gemar makan telur abad. Biasa kalau makan pun makan dengan bubur. Tapi memang jaranglah pasal lebih suka makan bubur dengan telur dadar.

Dah dewasa ni pun masih tak biasa makan telur abad. Mungkin pasal jarang makan, jadi nak kata suka atau tak suka tu agak subjektif. Yang pasti, telur dadar masih pilihan hati. Ceh ceh ceh.

That’s it for today’s link roundup! Know any interesting links? Do let us know in the comments section.

TikTok Recipe:  臊子面 | Saozi Noodles

One of the first dishes I learned from Karim was to make Saozi Noodles. He grew up eating lots of it and his family makes several different versions of Saozi Noodles at home. The first time I ate it, I couldn’t believe how filling it was. Just a bowl was enough to keep me full for the entire day!

How’s the flavor?

Since we make variations of it, the flavor changes according to the ingredients used. But we never fail to enjoy a big bowl of Saozi Noodles with black vinegar, Kaijia Chilli Oil and raw garlic. Adding those condiments bring out the best flavors.

Saozi Ingredients:

  • 1 cup minced beef
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp chopped leek
  • 1 small diced carrot
  • 3 small diced potatoes
  • 1/4 red diced red capsicum
  • 2 big diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp 5 spice powder
  • Salt to taste

Noodles Ingredients:

  • Handmade noodles or dried noodles. Occasionally we use pasta noodles.

Method:

  1. Fry the minced beef until it slightly browns.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and leek. Fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Add carrots, potatoes and red capsicum. Fry for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes and water.
  5. Once the vegetables are cooked, add 5 spice powder and salt.
  6. Serve the saozi by pouring it on boiled noodles.

Ramadan is coming up…

What better time to try this dish? Trust us, it’s wholesome, hearty and extremely filling. You just can’t go wrong with it! Just give it a try and let us know how it turns out for you!

Lunch At Hot Meal Bah Cyberjaya

Whenever we are in Putrajaya or Cyberjaya, we make it a point to go to Salam Noodles to satisfy our China-style Chinese Muslim food cravings. But ever since we found out that Hot Meal Bah opened an outlet in Cyberjaya, naturally we felt overjoyed. Like, yes! There’s another option for us!

Because of the pandemic, we never got to try their food. That was until we went to Cyberjaya last week.

Getting there

Super easy. If you are familiar with the Cyberjaya branch for Salam Noodles, well, Hot Meal Bah is located right next to it. To tell you the truth, we never expected both outlets to be located side by side.

The ambiance

Compared to Salam Noodles, Hot Meal Bah has a certain restaurant feel to it. Maybe because they offer more items on their menu plus the waiters wait on the tables.

The food

We had been to their outlet in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), so we had high hopes for their Cyberjaya outlet. Too bad we left there feeling disappointed as a few of the items we wanted to order were not available. Flavour-wise is okay, but we feel there is room for improvement.

The service

It was a Monday and we were there just before lunch hour. If we remember it right, there were two to three customers before us. Service was alright, just that by the time Karim finished eating his noodles, my noodles just arrived.

Our verdict

Would we go there again? Considering that our first experience was not up to our expectations, you would think we would never step into the outlet again. But the thing here is there is a chance that our second or third visit would end up being better than the first. So yeah, we will still consider Hot Meal Bah if we are in the area.

Besides, we need variety. After years of only eating at Salam Noodles outlets in Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, we finally have another place to eat China-style Chinese Muslim food.

Address: 好米巴 Hot Meal Bah- Chinese Muslim Restaurant, 4810-0-39&40, CBD Perdana 2, Persiaran Flora 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone Number: 019-388 8712

TikTok Recipe: Tortilla Pizza

Back when I was a kid, my mum used to make pizza for the family. As the years go by, I soon discovered Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and other pizza joints. Yet the truth is, I still preferred my mum’s pizza. No doubt she made it in a different way, as in my mum used French loaves for her pizzas.

Why do you make a tortilla pizza then?

Simple. We ran out of French loaves and we only had a pack of tortilla left in the pantry. Tortilla pizzas had been on our feeds for a while, so we figured it was time for us to make our version of it. Also, since we had picked fresh curry leaves from the garden, we had to use it in something. We included it as one of the toppings.

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla wrap
  • Tomato paste
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Sausages
  • Capsicum
  • Chilli
  • Curry leaves
  • Cheese
  • Herbs

Method:

  1. Spread tomato paste on a tortilla wrap.
  2. Place your toppings on top.
  3. Bake your tortilla pizza in the oven until the cheese melts.

We baked ours for about 10 minutes at 160°C, though we reckon you could probably cook this in the air fryer or in a pan on the stove. Cooking time may differ.

How’s the taste?

Like a regular pizza, with more crunch to the crust. We drizzled a bit of of our Kaijia Fragrant Chilli Oil 红油 on our pizza for some heat. Have a bottle of Kaijia Chilli Oil 辣椒油 somewhere in the kitchen? That works too! Just drizzle the oil or add in the chilli bits for extra textures.

Should you make it?

To some people, this may not be a proper pizza. However, the tortilla pizza tastes great as a snack and sort of helps to satisfy your pizza cravings.

Just give it a try and let us know how you like it.

Link Roundup #23: Top 3 Chinese Muslim Food Links

Welcome to our very first link-roundup for 2022! Yes, we admit we missed last month’s link-roundup and we will not be giving any excuses for it. To make up for it, we will be doing not one but two link-roundups for the month of February!

Let’s get on with our first link-roundup.

20 Chinese Foods You Need To Try At Least Once

You may think that the list would be full of non-halal Chinese food, right? Well, we hate to burst your bubble but you can actually find halal versions of at least 75% of the items mentioned in the list!

Here are the ones we have tried and we know for sure you should try: Xiao Long Bao, Peking Duck, Jianbing, Tang Yuan, Congee, Tea Eggs, Nian Gao, Douhua, Hot Pot, Zhajiangmian, Rou Jia Mo, Mooncake, Cheong Fun, Youtiao, Zongzi and Tanghulu.

Related: Where to Find Halal Chang in Malaysia, Where to Find Halal Chang in Singapore, Update: We tried Hotpot Kitchen’s Mala Sauce!, Our Experience With DeZhuang德庄 Hotpot Base, Who Should You Buy Halal Mooncakes From On Shopee?, 10 Popular Mooncake Types You Should Try

These 6 Muslim-Friendly Dim Sum Restaurants In KL Are Perfect For Your Weekend Brunch

In the mood for dim sum? Get your dim sum fix at any of these six Muslim-friendly dim sum restaurants in KL! Take note that not all of these restaurants have halal certification from JAKIM.

Outlets we’ve been to: Mohd Chan Dim Sum and Minmax Restaurant

Related: A Guide On How to Find a Halal Restaurant In Malaysia

Ah Lim Nasi Lemak milik wanita Cina Muslim ini hidang nasi lemak resipi Peranakan ibunya

For the last link, we just had to slot in a Malay post. Pautan ini mengenai Puan Aishah Lim yang telah membuka gerai berasaskan makanan Cina Muslim di Maxwell Food Centre, Singapura. Antara menu menarik di gerainya termasuk nasi lemak dan mi udang yang dipelajari dari ibunya.

Memandangkan kami juga menjual makanan Cina Muslim, tidak dapat dinafikan kami sering rasa teruja bila mendapat tahu ada peniaga lain yang menjalankan perniagaan makanan Cina Muslim juga. Mungkin kerana tidak banyak yang memilih untuk menceburi bidang ini. Semoga Puan Aishah kekal tabah dalam mengusahakan gerai makanannya.

That’s it for this month’s first link-roundup! Let us know if you come across any interesting links and we will include it in our next post.

TikTok Recipe: Dutch Baby Pancake

Today is pancake day at our household! So we decided to make the Dutch Baby version for breakfast. We’ve been seeing it a lot on Instagram lately, that we just had to try out the recipe. The version that we’re sharing is the version we adjusted based on our preferences.

What is Dutch Baby Pancake?

When we first saw the recipe, we have to admit that we thought of it as a non-savoury version of the Yorkshire Pudding. Made with eggs, flour, milk and sugar, Dutch Baby Pancakes are baked in a hot cast iron pan.

Our version of the Dutch Baby Pancake

Ours are the mini version. We couldn’t fit our pan in the oven, so we used a smaller cast iron baking dish to bake our pancakes. We also replaced the sugar with molasses and added vanilla extract and cinnamon powder. The pancakes were served hot with sliced bananas and honey on top.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Whisk eggs, flour, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract & cinnamon powder together.
  2. Heat up some butter in the pan.
  3. Pour the batter in the pan.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C for 15 to 20 mins.
  5. Serve hot with fruits, honey, powdered sugar etc.

It’s fun to see the batter puffing up in the oven. Taste-wise, it’s sweet but not too sweet. The crusty edges and custardy middle are to die for.

What’s our overall verdict?

Dutch Baby Pancakes are very much unlike the regular pancakes you make on the stove. It’s on a league of its’ own!

Should you make it?

Now if you love Yorkshire Pudding, we definitely recommend you to try this recipe.

Let us know how yours turn out!