Marinade for the pork chops: 0.5 tablespoon of Kikkoman Soy Sauce 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce 1 small knob of old ginger, sliced 2 cloves of minced garlic 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 tsp of Shaoxing wine
Marinate two pork chops well and place into ziplock bag, along with the rest of the marinade. Leave overnight to marinate.
Heat two tablespoons of #BenefitCoco oil in a pan, place the pork chops into the heated oil and pan fry it on both sides till cooked through. Pour the remaining marinade over the pork chops as you pan fry. Add in cherry tomatoes and pan fry it on both sides with a teaspoon of #BenefitCoco oil till blistered.
Ingredients: For chicken stock and chicken 1 medium whole chicken 1 packet of chicken feet, nails and calluses removed. 2 large carrots Half a head of lettuce 1 heaped tsp of salt (to taste)
For chicken oil: 2 tbsp Sesame oil Chicken fat
Generous amounts of minced ginger Three cloves of smashed garlic For rice: 3.5 cups of rice Chicken stock as required 1/4 tsp of salt (to taste) Chicken oil For sauce: A knob of ginger chopped into matchsticks 1 tsp oyster sauce 1 tsp soya sauce
1 tbsp Sesame oil
20 ml of chicken stock
For sides: 1 packet of Beansprouts 1 piece of firm Tau Kwa, pan fried 6 pieces of fried tofu puffs, pan fried and chopped 1 tbsp of minced garlic 1 tbsp of oyster sauce 50 ml of chicken stock Method: 1. Boil chicken feet and bones and chopped carrots in a big pot of water enough to fully submerge a whole chicken. Boil on high heat then simmer on low heat for about an hour. Add salt to taste. 2. Place whole chicken into the broth. 3. Bring to a rolling boil for a few minutes before turning off the fire. Leave the chicken to cook with residual heat for about an hour. 4. Remove from stock and submerge in iced water to stop the cooking process. 5. Fry reserved chicken fat with two tablespoons of sesame oil, minced ginger and smashed garlic. Remove chicken fat. 6. Add chicken stock into rice, a dash of salt and the chicken oil with ginger and garlic. 7. Bring the remaining chicken stock to a boil and blanch chicken with the soup to slightly warm up the meat before chopping to serve over a bed of lettuce leaves. Drizzle sauce over the chicken. For the sides: 1. Add one tablespoon of oil and fry minced garlic till fragrant. 2. Throw in beansprouts and stir fry on high heat. 3. Add in oyster sauce and chicken stock and stir fry. 4. Add in pan fried tau kwa and fried tofu puffs and stir fry to mix thoroughly with sauce.
1. Wash the dried mushrooms and soak till reconstituted. Drain but keep the liquid (mushroom water) for use later. Cut the mushrooms into strips. Set aside. 2. Meanwhile, soak the dried shrimp, black fungus, black moss, golden lily buds in separate bowls of water for about 10 minutes. Drain each item and set aside. Tie the lily buds into knots and trim the ends. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in a large wok on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and dried shrimp and fry until fragrant.
4. Add the tau cheo and continue to fry.
5. Next, put in the cabbage. Add about 200ml of water. Cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring intermittently.
6. Add the mushroom water that you had set aside earlier, followed by the mushrooms, black fungus, tau kee and golden lily buds. Stir. Add just enough water to submerge most of the ingredients.
7. Add the concentrated chicken stock, salt and oyster sauce to taste.The vegetables should be cooked and soft, but not mushy. Bring this to a rolling boil then turn down to low heat before adding in the tung hoon.
1 large brinjal, sliced into halves and then lengthwise
250g minced pork
Half a carrot, blanched.
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 sprig of spring onion, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of (fermented beancurd) spicy bean paste
0.5 tsp of fish sauce
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 tsp of dark soya sauce
A squeeze of lemon
100 ml of water
Chopped spring onions
Sliced red chilli
1 tablespoon of chicken/ pork/fish floss
Shallow fry brinjal slices. Heat three tablespoons of oil in the pan, place brinjal slices skin side down. After a few minutes, turn it on its side and repeat till all sides have been shallow fried. Set it aside on some kitchen towels to drain the oil.
Heat up the reserved oil and fry the remaining minced garlic with the white portions of the spring onion till fragrant.
Add in the minced pork and fry together with the spicy bean paste. Add the brinjal and blanched carrot slices. Stir fish sauce, oyster sauce, dark soya sauce and a squeeze of lemon into 100ml of water before pouring it over the ingredients in the pan. Give it a good mix to ensure that the sauce coats the ingredients evenly.
When it starts to bubble, turn the heat to low to let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then turn up the heat and thicken the gravy by stirring in cornstarch mixture to desired consistency.
Garnish as desired and serve hot with rice. Maybe two servings of rice. :)
Ingredients 1 Pack Red Man Brand Konnyaku Premix Jelly Powder 1200ml Water 4 tsp Osmanthus flower, remove petals from stems if any 1 heaped tablespoon of wolfberries, soaked 8 waterchestnuts, peeled and diced Method Bring 1200ml of water in a pot to a rolling boil, and add in the osmanthus flower petals. Then simmer it on low heat for 2 minutes. While on low heat, stir in the Konnyaku Jelly Premix till completely dissolved. Use a balloon whisk if you have one. Then turn off heat and let it cool a little before transferring it to desired jelly mould. I used a regular square glass ceramic container. Give the solution a quick stir to spread out the osmanthus flower petals, wolfberries and diced chestnuts before chilling it in the fridge for at least 2 hours till firm before serving.
Quinoa. That's probably gotta be something close to quiche right? I mean, milk and eggs. How could that go wrong? Oh quiche was right but I could be wrong about quinoa. And I was. Quinoa is an ancient seed. A superfood that's one of the few plant based sources of complete protein. Little wonder why it would have been regarded as the Incas' gold, the mother grain.
I've had it in my pantry for the longest time but I wasn't sure how to introduce this to my family on the dinner table. Not as a side but as a substitute for that starchy rice that's a staple at every Chinese family dinner. Lofty ideas. Never attempted. Till tonight. That one special day every four years.
Now where do I start? I read about bitter tastes, mushy turnouts. That would be a recipe for disaster. So I made sure I had backup. Made sure there was rice grains to be cooked, noodles on standby. With a deep breath, I took out my nearly forgotten white and red quinoa grains and got down to washing them. So apparently the white quinoa has the most neutral and easy to love flavour for first timers but I was keen on trying the red ones too, which have a more earthy flavour. Plus a colour pop would really appeal to one's stomach I figured?
Quinoa has a natural coating, saponin that gives rise to a bitter taste if not washed properly. How much washing is enough? To be honest, I was none the wiser, and gave it two rounds of vigorous washing in a fine mesh strainer. I took three quarters of the white quinoa and topped it off with another quarter of the red quinoa to make one cup. The standard ratio of quinoa to water/ stock is 1 : 2. Keep to that ratio and try it out with different stocks. I boiled up a pot of wintermelon, dried cuttlefish, pork bones and chicken breast broth and I used that as my stock. Since that was already pre-salted, I didn't add any additional seasonings.
Boil it over high heat till the liquid is almost absorbed. That's about ten minutes worth of boiling. Then add in the carrot from the soup stock, raw cubed pumpkin and raw chopped broccoli because these cook quickly. Then turn off the flame and let it stand for five minutes. Don't peek! Then remove the lid, you should see the spirals separated from and curling around the quinoa. Use a fork and fluff up the quinoa gently. Serve warm. :)
The verdict? The jury decides... that this would not be a staple. But this would be a welcome side :) Simple. Versatile. Tasty. And a very worthwhile attempt into eating well.