“What’s Cooking” in Victor’s Kitchen

What do you do when you are out of work?

For me, the timing is more than perfect. My mum and sister are visiting from Penang, Malaysia. This is my mum second trip to Australia. The first was 1994, not long after I immigrated to Sydney in 1993. Now, after sixteen years, she is visiting Australia again. It is very surreal. I never imagine mum will make this trip. So far from home.

It is a great opportunity for me to cook for mum. I was the master of my kitchen yesterday and today.

Sunday brunch – vermicelli noodle with chicken pieces, chicken dumpling in homemade chicken broth.

Preparation and Cooking

1. Mince some spring onion and ginger.

2. Mix in chicken mince, 1/2 tablespoon light soy, 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon Chinese cooking wine. Scoop 1 teaspoon in a dumpling wrapper. Drop in boiling water to cook.

3. Boil a whole free range chicken with enough water to cover the whole chicken. Add 1 tablespoon white peppercorn and 1 teaspoon salt. Lower heat and simmer for 1 hour.

4. Soak rice vermicelli in cold water until loosen. Remove and blanch in hot boiling water for a few minutes until soft and cooked.

5. Blanch some spinach leaves.


1. Add some cooked vermicelli in a deep bowl.

2. Add some blanched spinach leaves.

3. Add some cooked chicken pieces.

4. Add some fried garlic.

5. Add a couple of chicken dumpling.

6. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.

7. Add some chicken consomme, enough to cover the noodle.

Sunday dinner – chicken corn soup, chicken mince and mushrooms stir-fry and onion omelette with steamed basmati rice.

Preparation and Cooking

1. Wash 2 cups of rice. Add enough water to slow cook the rice.

2. Cut 3 corn kernels into 2 inch sections. Toss in a medium size pot with homemade chicken consomme (leftover from poaching the chicken in the morning). Add some carrots cut into 2 inch sections. Slow cook until vegetables are cooked.

3. Break 3 eggs in a bowl. Add some chopped spring onions and red onions. Add 1 teaspoon light soy, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper and a sprinkle of salt. Heat a fry pan with some oil. Pour in egg mixture and fry both sides until lightly browned.

4. Heat some cooking oil in a hot wok. Add some chopped garlic. Toss in chicken mince. Stir fry until cooked. Add mushrooms, some chopped celery and red onions. Stir fry until vegetables are almost cooked. Add 1 tablespoon light soy, 1 tablespoon dark soy, 1 tablespoon black vinegar, 1 tablespoon chinese cooking wine, some salt and black pepper.

Monday brunch – stir fry rice vermicelli with leftover chicken mince dumpling mixture.

Preparation and Cooking

1. Heat some oil in a wok.

2. Toss in chopped garlic.

3. Toss in chicken mince dumpling mixture (leftover from yesterday). Stir fry until cooked.

4. Toss in vermicelli (leftover from yesterday). Combine with chicken mince. Add 2 tablespoons fish sauce. Add some spinach leaves. Stir fry and mix through. Sprinkle some dried shallots.

Monday dinner – chicken stir fry with vegetables, leftover chicken corn soup, leftover chicken mince with mushrooms and steamed rice.

Preparation and Cooking

1. Heat some oil in a wok.

2. Toss in chopped garlic.

3. Add slices of chicken thigh fillets. Stir fry until cooked.

4. Add chopped carrots, red capsicum and celery.

5. Add 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon light soy, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon chinese cooking wine. Continue to stir fry for a few minutes. Sprinkle and garnish with some chopped spring onions.

6 responses to ““What’s Cooking” in Victor’s Kitchen

  1. I am not working too. Can I come over for dinner?

    • Very funny, Lee. I have not checked MM2H forum for a while. Time to check what trouble you have stir up there! 😉

  2. Beautiful dishes Victor. The rounds of corn look great : )

  3. AND the chicken dumplings yummmm…

  4. Mary – thanks. That corn soup was mum’s idea. I have not thought about that before. It is similar to having corn and chicken soup (or short soup) in most Chinese restaurant.

    She even told me about apple soup! That is something new that I have to try before she leaves.

  5. I do wish I live closer to you, everything looks so good. 🙂

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