Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tapioca in Palm Sugar Syrup (Sira Ubi Kayu)

sira ubi kayu

Hello my dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum.In this outing I am sharing with you a sweet dish called Sira Ubi Kayu or Tapioca in Palm Sugar Syrup.This dish doesn't take long to prepare and it is also cheap. Sira Ubi Kayu is also very popular during Ramadhan. If palm sugar is not available,we can substitute it with brown sugar.Tapioca in Palm Sugar Syrup makes a nice treat for afternoon tea. You can reduce or add more sugar according to your preference.One thing to remember, choose tapioca that is fresh,to get a soft fluffy texture after boiling.

Enjoy the video.

Here is the recipe:


3 tapioca (cut into small pieces wash and boil until soft)
3 palm sugar
1 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
pandan leaf (substitute with cinnamon if not available)
1/2 liter water

1) In a pot put in palm sugar,sugar and pandan leaf.Add in water and boil.
2) Boil until the sugar dissolve and add salt.
3) Let the syrup simmer until it is reduced by 3/4.
4) Add the boiled tapioca and simmer further until the tapioca have absorbed the syrup.
5) Remove from stove.Ready to serve.

Have fun trying.


I felt like having dinner while watching the news on Al Jazeera.


I made this simple dinner of Black Pepper Beef Hailam Style. The weather has been extremely warm,I didn't feel like eating much coz I have been drinking plain water all day.Feel so thirsty and dehydrated.

I want to share with you the news.

North Korea stricken by flood.


About 46,000 hectares (113,666 acres) of fields in South Phyongan and South Hwanghae provinces also known as the "main granaries of the country."were destroyed by the flood.The flood was caused by the heaviest rains ever recorded in North Korea.At least 600 people are dead or missing , approximately the homes of 240,000 families were detroyed, leaving some 900,000 others flood-stricken.Unfortunately about 200,000 hectares of cropland was submerged and buried under silt or washed away just before the farmers could harvest.

South Korea hit by deadly mudslides

Heavy rainfall of about 400mm in 17hrs has hit South Korea this week starting on Tuesday afternoon.More than 250mm fell on Chuncheon in the last two days causing two landslides in separate areas.Five people were killed and two are missing in the landslide that occurred in a mountain resort in Chuncheon. In the second landslide which occurred in Southern Seoul,there were five casualties and 800 houses were flooded.

My sympathy for the people of North and South Korea.How unfortunate.This come at a time when the leaders of the two countries are supposed to meet for talks in a landmark summit between the two Koreas sometime end of August.The summit is now postponed to early October.

I am still hoping for some rain.I am positively wilting here.I see you soon.Take care.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

source & pix from:
Al Jazeera
umidishes album

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sweet and Simple - Bubur Cha Cha

bubur cha cha
Dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum and hello to all.

What better way to end a good meal than with a sweet dish. However during fasting month Muslims break their fast with liquid, dates or fruits and a sweet dish.I am sharing with you a dessert called Bubur Cha Cha; an all sweet potatoes in coconut milk plus other treasures like corn,sago,yam/taro and ripe jack fruit. Of course the main ingredient is the 'tepung cha cha' or cha cha dough. It is made from simple coloured dried dough and. To use them we have to boil until they are soft but not too long. In northern Malay slang cha cha means a mixture of everything..and this sweet dish is certainly a mixture of everything.

Do try this simple sweet dish. As usual we can substitute coconut milk with milk or diluted cream or evaporated milk. It is alright if you couldn't get hold of "cha cha dough". The taste would still be awesome with sweet potatoes,corn,taro and sago or just plain sweet potatoes. Serve this sweet dish hot or cold as dessert or for your afternoon tea.

Lets watch the video.

Here's the recipe:



5 cups coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 pandan leaf
1 cup cha cha (boiled)
1 cup sweet potato of various colours (cut into cubes and boiled)
1 cup yam/taro (cubed and boiled)
1 cup fresh corn
1 cup jack fruit (optional)
1/2 cup sago (boiled; this is a thickening agent; can be substituted with corn flour)


1) Pour the coconut milk into a pot.Add in sugar,sweet potatoes,yam,corn,sago,jack fruit,salt and pandan leaf.
2) Under medium heat slowly stir the bubur cha cha mixture until boiling.
3) Remove from stove and serve.

I hope you will try this colourful and interesting sweet dish/dessert.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Savoury French Toast (Roti Goreng Pedas)

savoury french toast

Dear Readers,
Assalamualaikum and hello to my readers.In the last post, I have shared with you the Baked Chicken Bread. This time, the bread is fried instead of baked.

I am sharing with you the recipe for a delightfully simple to make,Savoury French Toast. This savoury dish is suitable for afternoon teas and tea parties. I just love finger food and this one is so good to eat as is or with chilli sauce. We can use tuna or sardine. For those who are not partial to fish can use mince chicken or mince meat. Lets watch the video.

Here's the recipe:


10 pieces of sandwich bread (remove the sides and cut into 4)
7-8 eggs
1 tin sardine/tuna
1 big onion (chopped finely)
1 fresh red chilli (chopped finely)
1 fresh green chilli (chpped finely)
1 stalk spring onion (chopped finely)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
enough oil for frying.

savoury french toast


1) Place the sardine in a mixing bowl. Mash them with a fork.
2) Add in onions,spring onion,chillies,salt and 1 egg.
3) Fold the mixture until they combine well.
4) Using a fork, place a small amount of the sardine mixture on the bread pieces.
5) Whisk the 7 eggs and dip the bread pieces.
6) Heat the oil and fry the bread pieces until golden brown.
7) Drain on rice paper or muslin cloth before serving.
7) Serve with chilli sauce.

savoury french toast


Jazakum Allahu Khairan

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baked Chicken Bread (Roti Ayam Bakar)

Baked chicken Bread

Dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum and hello everyone. I'd like to remind my umidishes friends that I am currently in the process of importing all the recipes of Tea With Umi over to umidishes.For those of you that are familiar with the recipes in Tea With Umi, I hope will bear with me during this process because I am merging all my recipes into one blog only i.e umidishes.

The recipe for today is called Baked Chicken Bread(Roti Ayam Bakar). This is an afternoon tea treat and is also good for picnics or small gathering. You can substitute the minced chicken with mince meat or prawns as you wish. So here's the video.

Here's the recipe.

Baked Chicken Bread (Roti Ayam Bakar)
1 loaf bread ( buttered and cut diagonally)
2 eggs beaten (add 1 tsp salt)

5-6 potato (boiled and mashed)
1 cup chicken (boneless and cut into small pieces)
2 tbs Lea & Perrins sauce
1 cup processed peas
1 big onion (cubed)
1 tbs pepper
1 cup diced Chinese celery
2 tbs butter
salt to taste

baked chicken bread

1) Melt butter and fry onions for 1 min.
2) Add chicken,peas,pepper,salt,sauce Lea & Perrins and chinese celery.
3) Cook until a bit dry.Takes about 2-3 minutes.
4) Remove from stove.
5) In a bowl containing the mashed potato,add in the cooked chicken.
6) Mix well.
7) Place the mashed potato mixture on top of the bread.
8) Brush or spooned some beaten eggs over the topping.
9) Place in a baking dish lined with aluminium foil.
10) Baked for 5 minutes.
11) Ready to serve. (with chilli sauce)



An Apple a Day

Surgical Doctors


..keeps the doctor away. I don't really like apples..the juice is alright though. I prefer durian,banana,watermelon,papaya and all the lovely seasonal tropical fruits. Hope that would also keep the doctors away .

I went for a medical checkup recently. I don't like to go actually. Make me nervous. I am afraid of the outcome... diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer ...etc..What would I do if I were diagnosed having one or any of those. I don't know. Scary thoughts.

Then I regretted not having a regular check up.Early detection is important. From now on I will. I also will try to watch my diet and exercise regularly. The latter is kinda hard...I will also make a point of finding out more about symptoms and alternative remedies of diseases.

mmm..this clnic is more like a spa. All kind of products being sold. Beauty and skin care products, slimming products, hair loss treatment product, hormones supplement..very soon clinics might turn out to be like Watson LOL.

To all my friends that are not in the best of health..get well soon.Take care of yourself ya

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

THE THREE DEGREES = DIRTY OLD MAN ..hahaha..enjoy the jazzy breezy song.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fried Kuey Teow

kuey teow goreng

Dear Readers,
Assalamualaikum and hello to all.I am bringing back the recipe for Fried Kuey Teow for umidishes readers, which was previously posted in Tea With Umi,due to the numerous request from friends for the recipe.This is also a favourite dish for breaking fast even though it is a common enough dish, consumed by Malaysians at all hours of the day and nite.

Like all dishes in Asia, there are various ways of preparing Fried Kuey Teow, Chinese style, Mamak style, Malay style and also Thai style. This is my favourite style, taught to me by my mum, coz of the taste of the crunchy peanuts used in this dish. If Kuey Teow is not available in your area you may use pasta or spaghetti or noodles.

So I hope you will give this dish a try. Enjoy the video.

Here's the recipe:

Fried Kuey Teow (Kuey Teow Goreng)

900gm Kuey Teow (wash and drained.Alternatively you may use pasta or spaghetti or yellow noodles)
20 pcs dried red chillies (boil and blend with 1/2 cup water)
1 big onion (slice thinly/pounded)
6 cloves garlic (slice thinly/pounded)
2 pcs tofu (fried and slice thinly)
1 cup meat (slice thinly)
1 cup shrimps
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup peanuts/groundnuts (roasted and grind coarsely)
1 cup chives (cut roughly size of matchstick)
4 tbs black soy sauce
2 tbs tomato sauce
1/2 cup fish sauce (salt if fish sauce is not available)
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
4 tbs oil for frying

3 fresh red chillies (slice thinly)
1 cup fried onions
4 pcs kalamansi lime (ordinary lime can also be used)
1 stalk spring onions (slice thinly)
1 stalk chinese celery (slice thinly)


1) Heat the oil and fry onions followed by garlic
2) Fry for few minutes until slightly brown.
3) Add in the chilli paste and the meat.Add in half cup of water to tenderised the meat. Let it simmer until the meat is tender.
4) Add in the prawns and tofu. Let it simmer for few more minutes.
5) Add in the fish sauce or salt to taste.
6) Add the Kuey Teow and stir until all the ingredients are well mixed.
7) Make a space in the centre of the wok and pour the egg. Scramble with a fork.When the eggs are about to set cover them with Kuey Teow.
8) Add in the bean sprout and chives. Stir for few more minutes.
9) Sprinkle some groundnuts.Ready to serve.
10) Garnish when serving.

Bon apetit

kuey teow goreng

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Welcoming Ramadhan

Assalamualaikum and hello to all my readers,

Very soon Ramadhan Al Mubarak will be with us again. As per the custom in my family we usually do a spring cleaning of the house...discarding all the stuff that has long exceeded their usefulness but somehow can't bring myself to throw them all away. Likewise I have also done some pruning online. Tea With Umi is shelved temporarily at the moment until I decide it's future course. And I will be sharing the dishes of Tea With Umi with you here especially for the Ramadhan. Apart from that, my facebook account Umihoney Azizan will also undergo a transformation. It will be known as Umidishes henceforth.

The first recipe from Tea With Umi that I am sharing with you here is Cucur Udang Utara or Shrimp Fritters

cucur udang utara
(pix from teawithumi collection)

Cucur Udang or Shrimp Fritters is one of the favourite 'kueh' for afternoon tea or supper in the northern states of Malaysia like Penang, Kedah and Perlis. This fritters is also a favourite 'kueh' for the breaking of fast during Ramadhan. The cucur in the north is normally served with fried tofu and cucumber slices dip in peanut sauce. In other places the cucur is not served with cucumber and fried tofu; and chilli sauce usually accompany this cucur instead of peanut sauce.

Enjoy the video.

And here's the recipe

cucur udang
(pix from teawithumi collection)


Peanut Sauce
3 cups peanut (fry in oil and grind/pounded)
20 dried red chillies ( fry in oil and grind/pounded)
1 in shrimp paste (fry in oil and pounded)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup tamarind juice
2 big onions (quartered and fry lightly in oil and pounded)
salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients with some water. The gravy shouldn't be too runny nor too thick.

cucur udang utara
(pix from teawithumi collection)


500 gm flour
1 cups bean sprout (wash and drain)
4 stalk spring onions (wash and cut into small pieces)
1 tbs tumeric powder
1 cups shrimp
1 egg
salt to taste
enough water for mixing
5 cups vegetable oil for deep frying


1) Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with some water. The consistency shouldn't be too thick nor runny.
2) Using a spoon scoop the batter and deep fry the batter until golden brown.
3) Drain on tissue or dish cloth. Cut into bite pieces and serve with fried tofu, cucumber slices and peanut sauce or Chilly sauce if you prefer.


Ramadan Comments
Ramadan Comments

Ramadhan will be here soon. As always we will undergo a one month compulsory training programme. The question is are we a better Muslim now than we are last year and the year before that and the year before that. Have we make a difference to our fellow human beings regardless of religion, colour or creed. Have we become a good embassador of Islam especially Muslims leaders ,following in the footsteps of our beloved prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who was just,fair, kind,loving, forgiving and tolerant to all mankind. He upheld the right of the masses, men and women, young and old, rich or poor. believers and non-believers alike. I am positive if we do that, dictators in the Muslim world would be non existent.

This Ramadhan may we take the time to do a much needed Jihad within ourselves. What is this Jihad? I am not asking anyone to take up arms. The Jihad that is most pressing is the acquisition of knowledge.Seek the knowledge within Quran. Don't be a Muslim by birth only. Learn the true teachings of Islam. Read the Quran and understand the words of Allah that will guide us here and beyond. Self-improvement is also key. Make a point to learn new things and new skills.Pursue knowledge so that you may be honourable and respected. Do not hate what you do not know; for the greater part of knowledge consists of what you do not know.That is why man is at enmity with what he does not know.

Allow me to share with you some quotes from Saidina Ali (r.a)about knowledge:

1) The man the most secure in his knowledge is he, whose convictions are not weakened by doubt.

2) Choose the best part of each science, as the bee sips the most delicate part of the flower.

3) Gain knowledge: it adorns you, if you are rich, and feeds you, if you are poor.

4) By knowledge you are saved; by ignorance, lost.

5) Riches diminish by expenditure, while knowledge is increased by dissemination.

6) The rare a thing, the more its value increases, except knowledge: the more diffused it is the more valuable.

However do remember that:

7) The knowledge the most useful is what one puts into practice.

Last but not least I leave you with this reminder:

That knowledge is very superficial which remains only on your tongue; the intrinsic merit and value of knowledge is that you act upon it.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

p.s. Each day think,reason,reflect and ponder.

- Imam Ali (r.a)
Book Reference :
Quoted from "Maxims of Ali"


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