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Friday, July 21, 2017

CHICKEN WITH OYSTER SAUCE

Another simple chicken dish with fragrant tasty sauce.
The original recipe uses chicken wings which has too much skin, so I have replaced it with deboned chicken thigh where I can remove as much of the fats and skin as possible.
The chicken braised in oyster sauce with spring onions and ginger smells and tastes good.  Yum, yum.
Recipe adapted from Chinese Cuisine Cookbook with modifications
Ingredients
6 pieces deboned chicken thighs with or without skin
1-2 tbsp light soy sauce
A few slices ginger
1 stalk spring onions – cut into sections
Some blanched leafy greens
Seasoning  [combined]
½ tsp each of salt and sugar
¼ tsp msg and ground black pepper
125 ml water
1 tbsp oyster sauce
¼ tsp sesame seed oil
½ tbsp cornstarch + ½ tbsp water for thickening

  1. Season chicken pieces with light soy sauce.  Deep fry or pan fry chicken until golden brown. Push aside or dish up. Remove excess oil.
  2. Using the same wok, sauté ginger and some spring onions until aromatic, add in chicken, 1 tsp wine and seasoning ingredients.  Stir well and simmer over medium low heat for 15 minutes and sauce is reduced.
  3. Thicken with cornstarch or omit if sauce is reduced to thick.
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I am sharing this post with Cookbook Countdown Event #19 hosted by Joyce and Emily of Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking [Makan2] Foray respectively

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SAUTEED PORK WITH SPRING ONIONS

This is a rather easy and simple meat dish to prepare yet the taste is delicious.
It is a homey dish and kind of a mother’s signature dish for most families but my mum prepares it without addition of black pepper.  The addition of this ingredient does give it an added aroma and taste. 
The meat slices are aromatic, tasty and I love the spring onions.  Add more if you like the fragrance and sweetness of spring onions. Best to use really tender meat because this is a pan fry dish without braised.  
Recipe adapted from Chinese Cuisine Cookbook with modifications
Ingredients
300 gm pork tenderloin – cut ¼ inch thickness
1 stalk spring onion – cut into sections
Marinade
3 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp cooking wine
½ tsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
Seasoning
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp msg
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
  1. Tenderise the meat slices and season with marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pan fry marinated pork with 2-3 tablespoons of oil until golden brown and cooked through on both sides over medium heat.
  3. Add in seasoning and green onions.  Stir fry to mix well and heated through.  Sprinkle some water if you think it is a little dry but the seasoning is just coat the meat.
  4. Dish up to serve.
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I am sharing this post with Cookbook Countdown Event #19 hosted by Joyce and Emily of Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking [Makan2] Foray respectively

Friday, July 14, 2017

FRIED SHRIMP BALLS

This kind of shrimp balls is type which I remembered having them during my childhood days where the economy rice stalls used to sell them with a plain gravy.  They looked plain but tastes good. We paid about 20 cents for a few pieces with gravy and a plate of white rice.  This plate of goody was our breakfast and we never got tired eating them.
These shrimp balls are not crispy but they are chewy and has the aroma and taste of prawns.  Simple and nice.  You can just nibble them with satisfaction.
Recipe adapted from Chinese Cuisine Cookbook with modifications

Ingredients
[serves 6]
300 gm prawns - shelled and chopped fine
1/4 tsp each of msg, baking powder and ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cooking wine
1 egg
125 gm all purpose flour
2 tbsp water
1 tsp oil
1 tsp grated ginger
some chopped spring onions
  1. Mix chopped prawns with the seasoning ingredients, then add in the egg.  Mix well before stirring in the flour, water and oil.
  2. Lastly add in the chopped spring onions.  Lightly stir to combine.
  3. Heat up enough oil in a wok or small saucepan [saves oil] over medium heat.  Drop batter by spoonfuls to fry until golden brown or cooked through.  Fry shrimp balls in batches.
  4. Dish up and drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Serve immediately with or without chilli sauce.
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I am sharing this post with Cookbook Countdown Event #19 hosted by Joyce and Emily of Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking [Makan2] Foray respectively

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BLACK PEPPER PORK BELLY AND TROTTER

This is a braised soy sauce pork dish which is a little different from the usual.  Apart from the usual spice condiments, the seasoning has an additional ingredient, that is, tomato sauce.  It is rather different  in taste with  black pepper and tomato sauce.
I have prepared a double portion of this recipe for my family gathering.  You can use only pork belly for this recipe.
Recipe adapted from Feminine Magazine No. 585 with modifications
Ingredients
500 gm pork belly and pig trotter [meaty part] – blanched and cut into pieces.
250 ml water
30 gm julienne ginger
Spiced Condiments
1 star anise
½ inch cinnamon stick
1 bulb garlic – with skin
15 gm rock sugar
½ tsp salt
1-2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
Seasoning Sauce
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp sugar
½ tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
Thickening Sauce – 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water [optional]

  1. Heat a non stick wok with a tablespoon oil, saute ginger until aromatic, add in meat pieces to fry until slightly brown.
  2. Add in spiced condiment ingredients, stir fry to mix well. Add in seasoning sauce and  continue to stir fry until meat pieces are well coated with the seasoning sauce before adding water.
  3. Bring to boil, cover and then simmer until meat is tender and sauce is reduced or thicken with thickening sauce.
  4. Serve with rice or reheat before serving.

Monday, July 10, 2017

DICED CHICKEN WITH DRIED CHILLIES

I think this is the simplest ‘Gong Pao Chi Ting’ recipe that I have came across.  It is too simple to believe with only 2 main ingredients [Chicken meat and dried chillies] and a seasoning sauce. 
Perhaps, this is because the recipe is from a very old recipe book where the recipes are all very simple [no frills].  There is no onions, spring onions, capsicum, some usual accompaniments added but I did add some garlic because I  thought the garlic would be good with the sauce.
This fragrant dish tastes awesome, savoury and spicy.  Perfect with plain white rice.

Recipe adapted from Chinese Cuisine Cookbook
Ingredients
[serves 3]
2 large deboned chicken whole legs – cut into ½ inch cubes
Marinade – 1 tbsp light soy sauce, ½ tbsp cooking wine and 1 heaped tbsp cornstarch
10 dried red chillies – soaked  to soften and cut small sections
Some crushed garlic [optional]
Seasoning Sauce [combined]
¼ tsp msg
 1 tbsp each  sugar and  water
1 tsp each wine,  dark vinegar,  sesame oil and cornstarch
1 ½ tbsp light soy sauce
  1. Pound the meat lightly and cut into cubes.  Season with marinade for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non stick wok, sauté dried chillies over medium heat until aromatic, add in garlic, stir fry before adding chicken.
  3. Continue to fry until well done [about a minutes], then add in the seasoning.Stir until sauce is bubbly and coats the chicken pieces well.
  4. Dish up to serve. Garnish with sliced cucumbers.
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I am sharing this post with Cookbook Countdown Event #19 hosted by Joyce and Emily of Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking [Makan2] Foray respectively

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