No sweat…

Yes, it’s so very easy to cook these dishes, that’s for sure!

The first one is what I would call the steamed chicken with pickled lettuce dish for which you will need these ingredients…

STP's steamed chicken with pickled lettuce 1

The minimum that you would need would be the ginger and the can of pickled lettuce…but I added some wolfberries as well to add to the sweetness and a bit of soy sauce.

I was cooking for two for one meal only, so I used 5 pieces of chicken and half the pickled lettuce in the can. I mixed them with some slices of ginger and the wolfberries. Then I took half of the “sauce” in the can and diluted it with an equal amount of water and added a teaspoon of soy sauce to make it look a shade darker…and more appealing, plus half a teaspoon of msg to enhance the taste. Β Finally, I poured that over the ingredients in a bowl…

STP's steamed chicken with pickled lettuce 2

…and steamed that for around an hour. The longer you steam, the nicer it would taste…

STP's steamed chicken with pickled lettuce

I also fried some bitter gourd for the veg dish that day. I fried some finely-chopped garlic (3 cloves) in a bit of oil till golden brown and then, I threw in some thinly-sliced lap cheong (Chinese sausage) – the last of the lot that Annie-Q gave me…and after frying that a bit, I added the bitter gourd – also very thinly-sliced. Finally, I poured in the egg – beaten with a pinch of salt and msg added…

STP's fried bitter gourd with lap cheong and egg

Simple but nice! See, I told you it was so easy, no sweat at all!!! Everyone can cook! LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

39 thoughts on “No sweat…”

  1. Oh gosh !! the steamed chicken looks super delicious !!! Something I would love to try when i get back… or when I get my hands on those ingredients.. if ever. haha. I’m finding that I love cooking these days .. n going to the market whilst working out recipes in my head has become a favourite pastime. Surprise, surprise …

    Exactly like Melissa – now she’s discovered how much she loves to cook…and her favourite blog – ur mum’s…with all the yummy stuff she cooks. Shouldn’t be difficult to get the ingredients there – ginger, wolfberries and pickled lettuce at the Chinese/Oriental shops – usually owned by Hongkong Chinese…would be an advantage if you can speak Cantonese! πŸ˜‰ Now they have bottled lettuce – can buy and keep in fridge for use slowly.

  2. Arghhhhh, i thought i will be the 1st today T T

    Almost 6! What makes you think you’ll be first? LOL!!! Try again tomorrow, good luck. πŸ˜‰

  3. very appetizing dishes STP esp the first one.. can eat that with plain porridge too! yummy..

    Nice, very nice. A lot of people eat pickled lettuce just like that with porridge…

    1. I’m one of those people. LOL… eat pickled lettuce with plain porridge. very nice and appetizing. πŸ˜€

      Ya, I know that a lot of people do that! I prefer salted veg with porridge though…

  4. Oooh! don’t mind trying this out. I got one for you too. Mine is minced pork with chopped pickled lettuce stirfy with the liquid of the pickled l. n dark soy n sugar. yummm….. will print yours out! :)!

    Stir fry? I’ve seen people cooking minced pork with pickled lettuce and ginger – but also steamed…and without soy sauce, it looked pale. But tasted good too!

  5. I’m not good at steaming things. I’m much better in frying things. But one of these days, I’ll probably try this steamed chicken. Looks simple and easy to cook.

    So much easier to steam…and healthier too!!! Plus you do not get the kitchen all oily!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. 😦 gonna have to ask smallkucing to teach me how to steam properly. I’m not good at it. Only gorenggg, gorenggg, gorengg! One of these days, if i dun die becoz of cancer as a result of eating too much instant noodles, I’d probably die becoz of clogged blood veins!

      Steaming is definitely easier than frying. Just fill the wok with water, put a rack in it…the bowl on the rack…cover the wok and turn on the heat…or maybe you have a steamer, you can use that.

      1. I’m kinda afraid the bowl will blow up or sth! Hahahahaha…

        Gosh! Even if it’s glass, it will not blow up…unlike baking in the oven – must be ovenproof. Even stoneware will crack and don’t ask me how I know! 😦

  6. Thanks for the recipe. I was beginning to run out of ideas for chicken dishes. And the bitter gourd looks yummy as well. “Now everyone can fly…oops…cook!

    Ya…my missus would fry with soy sauce, ginger and red wine…all the time. Getting so sick of it already. Bitter gourd is nice for soup – masak rebus too… Just simmer chilli, belacan and ikan bilis (serai optional) in water, add the thinly sliced bitter gourd and add salt and msg according to taste – simple, nice…kampong style!

  7. Erm… what is the 1st dish called? It looks really delicious and moist( I personally like gravy and sauce a lot)! Oh yes, I agreed that everyone can cook…. but if it’s edible or taste nice or not, it very depends on the skills, kiahahaha!

    Have a beautiful day!

    No name – just steamed chicken with pickled lettuce. Of course, it’s edible – simplicity is the key! I see the cooking shows…and all that hassle, I also would be scared to take up cooking if I don’t already know how to cook…and many Malay dishes are really tedious to prepare – so save that for special occasions…or don’t bother at all. You have a beautiful day too!

  8. Hmm..i dont like canned lettuce…but hub always like it to have it with his rice.

    This is ok… You can eat the chicken and the lettuce taste isn’t the same anymore, blended with the tastes of the other ingredients already – nicer even, I would say…plus it is softer after the steaming, no longer crunchy as when straight from the can.

  9. yup,looks easy to me too, guess i should start donning my apron and head the kitchen and make the hell out of it already, not been cooking for sometime now… miss it.

    ok, to ask for your professional advice cikgu, a friend from a direct selling company with a lettter A has been asking me to buy one high tech cookware that can cook all but cost a bomb about RM 4k plus, citing healthy cooking for reason cos i reduces the use of cooking oil tremendous i was told, would you good for this kind of cookware, ?

    I really dont know but i still prefer using the conventional woks and kitche utensills when cooking lah, only that can show off my “wokmanship” ma, right?

    hey you have a great week ahead and god bless

    You too…and your family as well.

    You should start cooking. Cheaper and healthier than eating outside and my daughter always says – no matter how simple and basic, nothing beats home cooking – so nice…(except when you cook the same things all the time and so much of it that the family has to eat the same thing for the whole week – reheat and reheat, microwave some more…Yucks!!!)

    As for the cookware, don’t bother buying – VERY expensive, not easy to use and not easy to maintain…and the food not so nice. Like frying egg in a kuali with oil and in a non-stick frying pan without oil…a world of difference. Moderation is the key – no need to go without completely! After all, people eat out all the time – most unhealthy…if you know what they do in the kitchen!

  10. Wow wow wow…this sure look simple and delicious!!

    another new recipe from STP kitchen, steam chicken with can of pickled lettuce? I love can pickled lettuce, nice to go with porridge. Ok, i am going to try out this recipe.

    Now, look at the two dish you prepare make my tummy growling!!! *wailing*

    You haven’t tried this before? It’s not original…I’ve seen people cooking chicken this way…and with minced meat instead of chicken too. Hey…you didn’t get the hint – that was the last of the sausage you gave me!!! ROTFL!!! πŸ˜€

  11. Eh the chicken dish sound easy peesy leh. Just nice for me. I prefer to steam food than goreng πŸ˜€

    Ya…give it a try! It is nice. One of these days, I’m going to steam ginseng chicken – then, I’ll post on it! Cleff would love that – no dong quai! Hahahahaha!!!

  12. Pickled lettuce is good with plain porridge too πŸ™‚

    Yes, a lot of people take that with porridge…ply salted fish or slated egg, or century egg… Yum!

  13. Your wife is so lucky to have a good cook like you. How I wish my hubby could cook a decent meal like yours for me.. *Dream On* 😦

    It may be because you cook all the time, so he leaves it all to you. Necessity is the mother of success – get him to work, I’m sure he can do it. (P.S. Ask him to read my blog! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ )

  14. no sweat are you sure?!?!?! Thank God for ur post, I’m sick of sweating every time I cook T.T …. And your wife must be very very Xin Fu woooo πŸ˜€

    True…nothing at all to it. The hardest thing would probably be chopping the chicken into bite-size pieces…but these days, you can ask the seller to do that for you. Can even ask for the skin to be removed… So very easy!

  15. The steam chicken look so delicious. But not the bitter gourd. I tried to eat them but just can’t accept the bitter taste. But I love lap cheong.

    Pick the ones with very wide ridges – not bitter at all. Very nice – do not overcook so it will be nice and crunchy! πŸ˜‰

  16. wahhhh. nice! i shall refer to your blog the day I need to start cooking for myself. lolz. I hope that day never comes!!

    LOL!!! Then you’d better make sure that you find a wife who can cook like your grandma! Otherwise, you’d probably have to eat out all the time… Eyew!!! πŸ˜€

  17. wah bro…u really make me miss my wife home cooking lah….i am impress with ur cooking…u make it like so simple to cook…but dun think everyone can cook like u….like ur home cook food…

    thanks for ur wishes btw…

    Most welcome. It is! Very very simple! Anything that is hard, don’t expect me to cook. I’m so very lazy… That’s why you will never see me making cakes and biscuits – so tedious! Miss ur wife’s cooking? She does not want to cook anymore…or you get invited out to all those nice expensive places to eat? Some people have all the luck in the world!

  18. Hi Arthur,
    How are you getting on? Never knew you can cook so well :p My gal said to me this morning that I must come by your blog to see what you have cooked and that I must cook this steamed chicken with pickled lettuce for her when she comes back! Now is the reverse, the princess demands and the Queen must concede this time πŸ™‚

    I must come here often to learn form you some Sibu food πŸ™‚

    Have a nice day and God Bless ! Regards to the Mrs.

    Elin

    Aiyoooorrrr!!!…*blush…blush!!! Dunno where to run and hide liao lor!!! Mine – simple village people food, how to compare with yours – so professional. My daughter drops by your blog very often to see what’s cooking – you’re her idol!!! Mine…all the lazy man’s recipes – easy to cook…and not-too-bad to eat! LOL!!! I told Jo she can easily cook this for herself there – all ingredients available at the Chinese/oriental shops – maybe a bit more expensive but usually, quite ok. I’m fine here, thanks…and hope you are too.

    1. You know ah…there is a saying that thy neighbor’s food always taste better than your own. I find your cooking very simple and yet delicious.
      I salute you for having the skill to cook even a simple meal and yet make it looks so good and tasty. Melissa takes after you…great Dad πŸ™‚ shhh…in cooking la or the missus will hammer me the next time we meet up.

      When you next drop by Ipoh do let me and Claire know…we will take you to eat πŸ™‚

      I most certainly will. I guess at home, Melissa never got the chance as each time, she wanted to cook something, the mum would “help” and eventually take over. Were you like that too with Jo? I like cooking simple things, but nice enough, of course…as I’m a simple man – not really into those high class expensive stuff except maybe once in a while for one reason or another or on special occasions.

  19. Quite simple and easy to prepare…thanks for the menu..

    Yes…very simple, so easy…and the best thing is – can just cook for one or two persons without having to go through all the hassle. Ideal when hubby’s not at home! πŸ˜‰

  20. Art. We had the steam chicken for dinner today. My mum-in-law thinks I’m her best son-in-law!!!!:D

    Hah!!! You owe me one, Georgie! Now that you’re on the roll, maybe you want to try these baked butter & cheese prawns:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2009/04/07/youll-never-find/
    or maybe you prefer them fried:
    https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/all-that-ive-got/
    Both are easy to cook, no hassle at all…and I assure you they’re very nice! Wink! Wink!

  21. oops you have created the best SIL in Georgie..haha–he is late aunty Jaja son right?
    will cook the two dishes tomorrow – tonight will eat out.

    Hahahaha!!! Yes, he is – the handsome one…(Now you owe my another, Georgie! LOL!!!) Ya, Happy Birthday…and hope you’ll enjoy your romantic candlelight dinner with your darling! Hahahahahaha!!!

  22. Wah….Steamed chicken with pickled lettuce, my kids favorite dish, taste yum yum……

    Ya…that’s what I’ve been telling everybody – it is nice! πŸ˜‰

  23. The chicken dish looks like tinolang manok here in the Philippines, of course, without the steaming the chicken.

    Oh? What do you do with it? Fry? Or boil? You can try this – everybody says it’s nice – see their comments. πŸ˜‰

  24. hoped over from Annie’s blog. Love the idea of your steam chicken. i only tried canned pickles on the tofu and its indeed very yummy. Bet it will taste even better on chicken!

    So far, all who have tried cooking it liked it very much…and I thought it was nice too. Yes, Annie also cooked it and featured it in her latest post. Thanks for hopping over, welcome and do keep dropping by. Will link you in my blogroll.

  25. Should try tis recipe …..Yummy !!

    Annie tried it…and so did many others and they all gave their thumbs up. The best part is…it is so easy to cook, no hassle at all. πŸ˜‰

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