Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad

I love having hearty salads during the heat of the summer. In my family for a salad to be the main course it really has to be loaded and this salad is just that. The fresh flavor of lemon gives this beautiful brightly colored salad an amazing taste. Lemon Pepper seasoning can easily be obtained at most grocery stores but if you can not find it you can use fresh lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper as an alternative. 1 small head of lettuce, washed and cut 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, washed 1/4 cup fresh mint, washed and chopped 10 pieces of turkey bacon, cooked and chopped 1 cup shredded cheese 4 chicken breast, skinless, boneless and diced 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning 3 slices of white bread, cubed 1 clove of garlic, crushed 4 tablespoons olive oil 1. In a 9-inch skillet on medium heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chicken and lemon pepper seasoning. Cook until chicken is no longer pink about 10 minutes. Set aside. In the same pan on medium-high heat add the remaining olive oil and garlic. Add bread cubes and saute until bread is completely toasted 5-8 minutes. 2. In a large bowl add lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, mint, turkey, cheese, chicken and croutons. Mix well and serve. Yields: 6 servings

Chocolate Pudding

What I love about this pudding compared to others is that it is not to thick. I personally do not really like a thick pudding hence why flour is used over cornstarch. This is a perfect ending for any meal. This sweet and savory pudding is easy to make and big on taste. For the best taste possible leave in the refrigerator overnight. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1-3/4 cups milk 1 cup chocolate syrup 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract whip cream and chocolate sprinkles (optional) 1. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine flour, sugar and salt. Stir in milk and syrup until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool to room temperature, stirring often. Yields: 4 servings

Potato Garlic Soup

I have been pretty sick this week and had no appetite what so ever. I wanted to make a nice hot soup that would feel good going down my soar throat. I was craving potato soup anyway but with the extra garlic the soup now has many health benefits. Garlic has long been considered a herbal "wonder drug", with a reputation in folklore for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague! 3 large potatoes, finely diced 2 scallions, sliced from bottom to top 4 cups chicken broth 1-1/2 cups milk 1 tablespoon garlic paste or 2 cloves, smashed salt and pepper to taste 1. In a 6 quart saucepan on medium heat add chicken broth, potatoes and scallions, cook until tender about 25 minutes. Add garlic, salt, pepper and milk, mix well. Yields: 6 servings

Japanese Food Fair

I absolutely adore everything about Japanese food. Its defiantly my favorite Asian Cuisine. My family and I were at Times Square Mall in Malaysia and ran across this Japanese food fair, does it get any better? They had all kinds of samples and foods that I had never saw. The last two pictures is the famous Japanese Bento that I had at the mall. It was filled with salmon, rice, savory seafood custard, chicken, salad, soup and watermelon. All for a very low price at that.

Chestnuts and Coffee YUM!

When I was exploring China Town in Malaysia I came across a magnificent smell and who would have ever guessed what it was? A mixture of coffee beans and chestnuts roasting. The Man who was selling them was so kind and spoke perfect English. I told him how chestnuts are very popular where I come from in Tennessee and that we roast them as well. But with coffee beans? This was something new all together. He gave me some to try and they were simply amazing. How can I ever go back to a normal chestnut after having these?

Tea Eggs

Tea Eggs are a Chinese specialty that you can find it food stands across Asia. They are a very unique taste made with spices, tea and soy sauce. Not only do they taste good but they are absolutely gorgeous. This is a picture I snapped at a food stand here in Malaysia outside the subway. 6 medium to large eggs 2 tablespoons or 2 tea bags of black tea 1/2 cup soy sauce 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons sugar 4 pieces star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorn (optional) 2 to 3 strips dried mandarin peel (optional) 1. Put eggs in a medium-sized pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Bring water to boil, then lower heat to simmer for 3 minutes. Remove eggs from heat and allow them to cool a bit before handling (running them under cold water does the trick quickly.) Take the back of a knife and crack eggs evenly all around. 2. Return eggs to the pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Bring liquid to boil again, then simmer for 1 to 3 hours, longer for a more intense flavor and color, adding water if level gets too low. Remove from heat, and serve as a snack or addition to rice or noodles.

Sushi Zanmai

My family and I have ate at Sushi Zanmai twice during our stay here in Malaysia. This is a very nice Japanese spot with tons of exotic and tasty food. We have tried a variety of things from sushi, lobster, ell and many other seafood's. Pictures here you will see the chicken dumplings, ell, sushi, Japanese ice cream in a wafer with chocolate, drip coffee and salmon. This is a terrific restaurant and I highly recommend it.

Coffee Buns

I was telling you all about the quaint little restaurant Pappa Rich yesterday and I am back to talk about this sweet spot some more today. Yesterday while we were visiting they had coffee buns on the menu and they looked absolutely delicious. Unfortunately they did not have any ready at the time and we were in to much of a hurry to wait around. However, today when we visited they had some freshly made so I ordered one and then quickly ordered another. This favorite Asian coffee bun made me fall in love and I now see why they are so popular The exterior has a hint of coffee and then you bite into and a rush of butter and sugar fill your mouth. This bun is like the perfect snack with all the right flavors yet its not messy at all.

Before we left we were asking about the buns because of course I wanted to try to duplicate then when I get back home. It looks like the dough is pre-made all over Asia and sent to the restaurants where they dazzle the tops with a cream, butter and coffee mixture then bake. These hefty buns started in Thailand and Malaysia but it looks like you can now find them all over Southern Asia. It may take some tries but I will try until I get this recipe perfect. Now this coffee bun with a white coffee goodness gracious.

White Coffee

Ipoh "white" coffee is a popular coffee which originated in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The coffee beans are roasted with palm-oil margarine, and the resulting coffee is served with condensed milk. The term "white coffee" originates from the literal translation of its Chinese name, which was introduced in the 19th century by Chinese migrants who came to work in the local tin mines. "White" coffee, on the other hand, is produced with only margarine and without any sugar, resulting in a less dark roast. I have fell in love with the famous Malaysian Ipoh white coffee while I have been on vacation. Nestle sells it in cans at every market and its really good that way but the best I have had so far is at a restaurant named Pappa Rich. Although they have a white coffee house in China town I have yet to go but I do plan on it. I have heard that you can buy some pretty good instant from the market so I plan to bring some home with me but for now I am enjoying it fresh while I can.

Lot 10 Huntong

My family and I went to the mall Lot 10 next to our hotel and found the most amazing food court on earth. I have no idea what I will do when we have to go back to the same old boring food courts they have in Riyadh. This food court is about as posh as it gets. Everything is clean and modern. You will find all kinds of authentic Asian stands such as Japanese, Thai, Korean and Malaysian. My husband and I liked it so much we have went for lunch the past two days and got the Thai both times. Here are some pictures of the hutong as well as our lunch. I honestly do not know how the people of Malaysia do it because I would be so fat and happy to get that way. The food is just to good for words and cheap at that.

May Cupcakes

Just look at these beautiful and fruity cupcakes. These were the entries into last months cupcake challenge "Let them eat cake". Of course I was dreaming we would have a lot more entries but what can I say I have been busy and was unable to advertise it like I had wanted to. But I could not pass up these scrumptious cupcakes. Ya Salam Cooking will be at a halt for the next weeks because my family and I are leaving for a 2 week vacation to Malaysia. But I plan on bringing back new cookbooks, spices, recipes and techniques. Now back to the cupcakes. Feride made this beautiful cupcakes with fresh fruit. Zelia from "Yeast to Zest" sent in these fabulous banana and cream cupcakes. I made Carmel Apple cupcakes with dulche le dulche. Asmaa sent in orange and date cupcakes, yummy!

Grilled Kofta

I told you all I would be grilling a lot more and look here I am again. I admit it I am truly in love with my new grill and have been cooking daily with it. Tonight I wanted to make some kofta and I thought "what about grilling the kofta"? Hey, I have never had it and it sounded good to me and guess what? I was right on the money it was out of this world. The kofta was less greasy and the meat was so juicy. Ahh a kofta haven. By the way sorry if Ya Salam Cooking has been loading slower then usual. It was my fault but I have fixed it now. I switched to a new domain and had the forwarding all mixed up when all the time I could have easily done it through blogger oops. You live and learn I guess. Anyway just be sure to update the link to http://www.yasalamcooking.com/ and it should load fast again. Thanks you all. 1 pound ground beef 1 egg 1/4 cup find bread crumbs 1 teaspoon Arabic Gulf Mix 1/4 cup scallions, finely diced salt and pepper to taste 1. In a large bowl add beef, egg, bread crumbs, spices and scallions. Mix well with hands until well combined. Shape into sausage like shapes. Place on a hot grill or grill plate and cook on each side until no longer pink. Yields: 10