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.
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
Handmade noodles or dried noodles. Occasionally we use pasta noodles.
Fry the minced beef until it slightly browns.
Add garlic, ginger and leek. Fry for 2 minutes.
Add carrots, potatoes and red capsicum. Fry for 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes and water.
Once the vegetables are cooked, add 5 spice powder and salt.
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!
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.
Spread tomato paste on a tortilla wrap.
Place your toppings on top.
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.
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.
So we woke up one day and just felt like having ginger in a dessert form. That’s when we decided to make Ginger Milk Pudding. A super simple recipe that tastes absolutely amazing!
What Is Ginger Milk Pudding?
It’s a Chinese hot dessert made with ginger, milk and sugar. We absolutely love the ginger and milk combination, however if you prefer it to be sweeter, you can sprinkle sugar or honey on top. The texture is smooth and silky, like it could slip effortlessly down your throat.
Pour the milk into the bowl with ginger juice & cover for 10 mins
The fun bit about making this recipe is doing the spoon test. To check whether the pudding has set well, place a spoon on top. The spoon shouldn’t sink and it should just sit nicely on top. For extra fun, try to see how many spoons you can stack on top of the pudding before it starts to give way.
We hope you’ll have fun trying this recipe out! Oh, and do follow our TikTok account.
In our previous blog post, we mentioned we’d be sharing recipes from our Kaijia Muslim Food TikTok account. Here’s the first recipe: Pan-Fried Thai Basil Flower Rolls.
For a more detailed step-by-step guide, please refer to the original post by the Red House Spice.
What Are Flower Rolls | Huajuan | 花卷
It’s a type of Chinese steamed buns. In our household, we like to have it for breakfast and we eat it on its own or with tea. Sometimes, we’ll have it with soup or vegetable dishes. A bit of a disclaimer, usually we use spices for the filling or a scallions-spice mixture. Since we have quite a lot of Thai basil in the garden, we decided to make a Pan-Fried Thai basil Flower Rolls version.
Ingredients For The Dough
250g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon yeast
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
130ml warm water
Ingredients For The Filling
2 tablespoon finely chopped Thai basil
¼ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon cooking oil
Mix flour, yeast, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.
Add water and knead the mixture into a dough.
Cover the dough and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
For the filling, put Thai basil, Chinese five-spice powder and salt in a bowl. Heat up the oil and pour the oil over the mixture. Mix well.
Shape the dough into flower rolls, cover and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
Once the rolls have rested, add oil to a frying pan over high heat.
Carefully place the rolls into the pan and when the bottoms turn brown, pour in 200ml water.
Cover the pan with a lid and let the rolls cook until the water has completely evaporated.
Have fun trying this recipe out! Oh, and do follow our TikTok account.
Today’s super simple recipe is Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with a twist!
What’s the twist? We used our Chili Oil and Garlic Oil! Super spicy and we only used 3 cili padi!
Here’s the recipe for those who’d like to try it out.
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Ingredients: Spaghetti – boiled and strained. 100g chicken – diced 4 cloves of garlic – diced 1 cup of curry leaves 4 tbsp Chili Oil 1 tbsp Garlic Oil Salt to taste
Method: 1. Heat up the chili oil and garlic oil in the wok. 2. Add garlic and curry leaves. Fry until you can smell the aroma. 3. Add chicken. Fry until it’s slightly brown. 4. Add the spaghetti and salt to taste. Toss around for about 5 minutes or until everything is mixed well. 5. The dish is ready for eating!
Note: We used 3/4 of the regular pack of spaghetti for this recipe. Feel free to add more ingredients or adjust the measurements to your liking. You can also substitute chicken with prawns, beef, or any other meats.
Try it out and let us know how the recipe turned out for you!
In simple English it’s Cucumber Salad and it’s one of our favourite vegetable dishes.
Ingredients: 1 medium-sized Japanese cucumber 2 cloves of garlic (chopped) 1 tbsp black vinegar 1 tsp chili oil 2 tbsp oil Salt to taste
Method: 1. Use the flat side of the cleaver to smash the cucumber. Then, cut the smashed cucumbers into bite-sized pieces and place them in a heat-resistant bowl. 2. Add the chopped garlic, black vinegar, chili oil and salt to the cucumber. 3. Heat up the oil for a few seconds and pour it straight on the cucumber mixture.
Serve it with rice, noodles, bread, or just have it on its own.
Note: Some people add sugar, chopped chili, or use sesame oil. Some people just mix the cucumber mixture with the sesame oil, skipping the hot oil process. And some use more chili oil, vinegar and garlic. It all depends on you. Need more heat? Use more chili! Feel it’s too spicy? Add some sugar! Easy, right?
Try it out and let us know how the recipe turned out for you!
Today’s super simple recipe is Spicy Baked Potatoes made using our Signature Chilli Oil!
1. Cut potatoes into halves. 2. Mix potatoes with 2 to 3 spoonfuls of our chilli oil and salt to taste. 3. Bake potatoes in the oven for about 30 mins or until you get that crunchy texture on the outside.
We usually have the potatoes as they are but you can have it as a complete meal with pasta, chicken, and/or salad.