Stewed Halibut With Fermented Soya Beans (豆瓣酱半煎煮比目鱼)

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INTRODUCTION

I have to be frank when I was young, there are not many cooking methods for fishes in my house. Beside pan frying, braised fish with soya sauce, assam fish, fish steaming and another one is this old classic of braising fish with fermented soya beans.

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Well, I do not know how to properly translate the term for this cooking and in Chawan dialect and Mandarin, it was called “半煎煮“ or “pua jian zhu”. Basically it means that the fish is pan fried first until the exterior is hardened. It is then braised in a gravy of ginger and fermented soya beans.

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It is a comfort dish that goes well with rice or porridge and most Chinese granny should be able to prepare this dish.. The gravy is especially nice to eat with the rice and like my wife, she likes the shredded ginger very much ..

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For today’s illustration, i have used halibut fillet. i bought a piece from the supermarket and the first thing that come to my mind is to cook it this way. I am unsure if halibut is the same as the sole fish that I ate when I was young. i know that they both  came from the same flatfish family but the one i knew is a whole fish and apparently is much smaller and unable to get such a big piece of fillet. This fish has a fishy smell, and one of the best ways of cooking the fish is braising in this strong aromatic soup to get rid of the fishy smell.

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Unsure what are the reasons behind, we always used this type of cooking for fish fillets and not really whole fish. Better fishes such as threadfin can also be used but we never used in smaller fish with lots of bones like ikan selar or ikan kembong..

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings : 3-4 adult

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  • One piece of fish fillet (about 500 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon of fermented soya beans (tau cheo)
  • 5 cm long ginger , shredded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, small slices (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Dashes of white pepper (optional)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Shred the ginger and cut the garlic into small pieces.

  • Pat dry the fish and coat the fish with some corn flour . However, the coating is optional.

  • In a pan, put 1-2 tablespoons of oil, pan fried the fish until both sides are golden brown. Push the fish to one side of the pan, sauté the ginger and garlic using the cooking oil until aromatic, add the fermented soya beans. Stir fry for additional 1-2 minutes. Add adequate water to cover the fish and reduce the heat to medium. Let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Before off the heat, add the sugar and dashes of white pepper . If preferred, starches can be added by mixing 1 tablespoon of corn starch with 3 tablespoons of plain water.

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Note:

  • When pan frying fishes, do not turn the fish for the first 3-4 minutes, otherwise, the skin will break.

  • No salt shall be added to dishes cooked with fermented soya beans as it is already very salty . In the event if it is too salty, add more sugar to neutralize the saltiness.

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CONCLUSION

I have been sharing this type of simple home cooked dishes as I was rather shocked that a lot of new house chefs do not know how to cook this type of simple dishes. They knew the dish, they missed it, they did not have a chance to learn from their mother and I hope my sharing will benefit this group of readers. Having said that, if you still have people to refer to , I would encourage reader to learn from them these simple dishes from them  as you know it definitely will suit your taste bud.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Shredded Ginger Sesame Oil Chicken (姜丝麻油鸡)

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INTRODUCTION

My kids called this dish Zombie Chicken and I said her late grandmother surely will scold them if she had the chance to hear this .. This is because the Chinese words shredded ginger (姜丝) has the same pronunciation as zombie (僵尸)。

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This is another dish that I need no reference to other recipes. it is such a common dish in our household. My late mum always cooked this dish when I was young, at times 2-3 days a week, be it chicken or pork.. So to me this dish is a dish that brought fond memories and I have never get tired of this dish until today ..

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I blogged this recipe in honour of my late mum and as a record of my meat recipes. This is a common household dish that need no further elaboration and I believed every granny will have her very own recipe for the comfort dish. Of course what I am sharing is my mum’s version and it is a quick and fast recipe.

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Cooking this dish is not difficult. The only point to highlight is there must be adequate ginger and the shredded ginger should be sautéed until aromatic. All the procedures that follow are as simple as ABC and nothing much to shout about.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 4-5 adults

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  • 10 drumsticks ,de-skinned and cut into big chunks
  • 5 cm long ginger, de-skinned
  • 2 tablespoons of dark soya sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • Sugar to taste
  • Pinches of salt

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • De-skinned the chicken if preferred. Keep the skin.

  • In a hot pan, pan fry the skin until all the chicken fats are excreted, throw away the skin and use the chicken fats and the sesame oil to sauté the ginger under medium heat until aromatic. If you do not like to reuse the  chicken skin or you do not have the habit of de-skinned the chicken , use a tablespoon of cooking oil and sesame oil  to sauté the ginger.

  • Add the chicken chunks, pan fried until the chickens exterior turn beige. Add the dark soya sauce and stir fry until well combined. Add some water adequate to cover 1/2 the height of the chicken and bring to boil. Once it boils, lower the heat to medium and let it simmer until the chickens are soft. If the water dries up too fast, add more water. Once the chickens are soft, add the seasonings (sugar to taste and pinches of salt) and the cooking wine. Stir until well combined, off the heat and best served with some steaming white rice.

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CONCLUSION

This recipe will be captured under simple household dishes series. If you do not have a chance to learn from your family elders , you may want to give this recipe a try..  Lastly, if you are looking for those mixed vegetable style of ginger chicken, they have added starches to thicken the sauce. You can easily preparing that by mixing 1 tablespoon of corn starch mixed with 3 tablespoon of water.

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Classic Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting (红萝卜蛋糕)

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INTRODUCTION

I have prepared this carrot cake twice using two different recipes..

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The first recipe is from the net and it has the shape but i did not like the texture and I do not think my readers will like this type of dense texture.. It was very dense possibly because golden syrup was used and it took very long hours to bake and hence the crust is rather thick. Having said that, my family members still finished all possibly because of the delicious cream cheese frosting.

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Two days later that is today, i have decided to design a recipe of my own based on my carrot muffin recipe. In my humble opinion, it tastes much better and is very suitable for the cake. The only thing that can be further be improve is the doom shape of the cake. That possibly is due to my smaller pan used and I have to cut off the doom to level it. The cake is fluffier and overall, it just suits my taste buds,

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Therefore in this post, there are two sets of images but what I am sharing is my newer and better recipe. For traditional cake, I have opt to  use traditional rugged style of decoration and I never believed that it must be decorated with carrots made from fondant icing or butter cream.. By the same logic, is it not a sponge cake needs to be decorated using eggs or chocolate cake must be decorated with pieces of chocolate? Well, it is up to reader to decide but I have used some chopped pecan nuts for the topping which in my humble opinion is elegant and goes well with the cake.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare an 8” diameter cake

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  • 150 grams of melted butter or cooking cooking oil
  • 150 grams of carrots (shredded)
  • 150 grams of brown sugar
  • 100 grams of self raising flour
  • 100 grams of plain flour
  • 100 grams of chopped walnuts or pecan nuts
  • 50 grams of fresh milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice or cinnamon powder (optional)
  • 3 eggs

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  • 250 grams of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 50 grams of butter, at room temperature
  • 250 grams of icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice

  • Additional 1/2 cups of chopped pecan nuts or walnuts for decoration
  • Some additional mixed spices for decoration

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 degree Celsius and lightly grease a 8” diameter round baking tin.

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  • Shred the carrots until fine and blend the pecan/walnuts until coarsely. Set aside.

  • In the bowl with shredded carrots, add the milk and lightly beaten eggs. Stir until well mixed. Add the brown sugar , stir until well combined.

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  • Sift in the dry ingredients (self raising flour, plain flour, cinnamon powder or mixed spices) into the wet ingredients bowl in three stages. Use a fork to swiftly and quickly fold it until well mixed. Transfer the batter to the lightly greased tin, level and bake in the pre-heat oven of 170 degree Celsius for about 45 minutes or when a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool the cake completely before proceeding to the next step.

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  • Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add softened butter, beat until well combined. Add icing sugar follow by the milk and lemon juice. Beat for 2-3 minutes until well mixed.

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  • Take out the cake and cut into two equal halves. If there is a doom on the cake, slice it off if preferred. Apply generously the cream cheese frosting on top and the side of the cake. Sprinkle some additional mixed spices and chopped pecans/walnuts before serving. If the frosting is too soft, chill in the fridge for 15 minutes before application.

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CONCLUSION

This is a much simpler recipe that yields better taste and texture than the first recipe that I try. If you are looking for a carrot cake recipe, you may want to consider this simple recipe.

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Assam Fish (阿叁鱼)

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INTRODUCTION

This is a recipe that I need no reference from other website. It is a common household dish that was cooked by my late mum since we are very young.

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When I started blogging, I have rejected sharing this type of simple home cooked dishes for fear that readers will not accept such recipes. Apparently, lots of blogger are blogging the dish and since i am cooking today, I will also share this recipe too.

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This is a recipe that can be as elaborate as you want in terms of herbs used. It can also be as simple liked what is cooked by my late mum. Being hailed from Sarawak where practically there are very few Peranakan community, most Chinese households also knew how to cook this dish . What is different from the West Malaysian version is the use of herbs that are not common in Sarawak such as Bunga kentan or daun kesom etc.. Whether these herbs add to the deliciousness of the dish in my humble opinion is a personal reference. I have a hard time to get use to these two herbs when I stayed in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore but are able to accept it now.

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Another reasons that I have excluded these herbs in today’s recipe because I found that a recipe that is overloaded with ingredients will deter readers from trying. Buying a pack of bunga kentan or laksa leaves and using only 10% of it obviously is wasting money .. But if readers insist that this is compulsory in the recipe, you can always add it to suit your taste buds.

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The picture in this post may not be as attractive as it should be . The main reasons is the fish used. In this illustration, ikan selar was used and that is what my mum used to cook ..Usually fish selection will based on fish that are fishy in nature after cooking and the concoction of herbs were used to musk such fishiness. Another common fish that we used to cook is ikan bawal hitam or black pomfret.

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Better fish such as threadfin, garoupa, batang or tenggiri all can be used but to me it is a waste to use these type of fishes to cook this dish. These better fishes can be steamed or grilled or pan fried to enjoy its freshness and sweetness without the need to use lots of herbs. Well, in my opinion, any fishes can be used and I will leave it for readers to decide.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: About 3-4 adult servings

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  • 4 ikan kembong or ikan selar
  • 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste or assam mixed with 6 tablespoons of water and extract juices
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Pinches of salt

Rempah or spice mix ingredients

  • 2 small onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli powder (or 3-4 fresh chilli)
  • 1 tablespoon of belachan or shrimp paste
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass
  • 2 small turmeric roots (or 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder)
  • 2 small tomatoes (optional)

Optional ingredients – blended to rempah above

  • 1/2 bunga ketan or laksa flower
  • Some laksa leaves or daum kesom

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Put all the rempah or spice mix ingredients in a blender (except powder form), add adequate water just to cover 1/2 the height of the ingredients, blend until as fine as possible. Alternatively, you can pound these ingredients using traditional mortal and pastel.

  • In a wok, put about 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil, sauté the rempah or spice mix under medium heat until fragrant and until oil starts to separate out from the ingredients.  In this process, you will witness the colour of the rempah darkens and getting drier and drier. It took me about 15 minutes to get what I wanted.

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  • Mix 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste with 6 tablespoons of water and extract juices. Pour the assam juices into the rempah, stir until well combined. Add the fish and follow by the sugar, bring to boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Off the heat and let the fish rest in the assam gravy for at least 1/2 hour before serving. Timing will depend on type and size of fish, in general 5-10 minutes of simmering should be adequate. It is advisable to prepare this dish in the early afternoon and served for dinner to let the flavour develops for a few hours.

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CONCLUSION

I am unsure if this assam fish of mine do appeal to you but I have to clarify that this type of thick gravy assam fish will not have any vegetables. There is another type of assam fish which is more soupy and with lots of vegetable. That is very sour but this recipe is supposed to be sour and sweet  and it is an enjoyment to have white rice served with this delicious gravy.

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Red Vegetable Soup? -Russian Borscht Soup, Chinese Luo Song Tang (罗宋汤)

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INTRODUCTION

All Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese family will likely know a common household soup – “ABC soup” and the basic ingredients are potatoes, onions, carrots and pork rib though at times, other vegetables are added such as celery, sweet corns and capsicum etc.. Obviously , what I am sharing today may has some connection with this popular ABC soup though there is no direct conclusive evidence that it was linked.

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The original soup should be a beet root soup which is very common in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Europe. The name is borscht and it was served in most Russian restaurant. Yes, this is a very common soup  and  whenever i dined at Russian restaurant be it in Khabarovsk in Eastern Russia or Irkutsk  and Krasnoyarsk in central Siberia, it was always one the soups served. Sad to say that I always did not order because it was prepared using beef broth. However, seeing my Chinese companion enjoying the soup, I knew that it is a delicious soup.

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Initially, I planned to blog borscht recipe only but after due consideration, I do not think I have confidence to convince  my readers to try this bright red coloured vegetable soup and it reminds me of another soup that is very representative of Western soup served in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China western restaurants. This soup is called Lo Song Tang (罗宋汤)。 In these Asian countries, most of the older Western restaurants will serve this soup together with other popular soups such as mushroom soup and corn soup. There is no direct English translation for this soup and it is also called borscht.. I also did not have a chance to try because it was usually prepared using beef broth.

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Both these soups were  actually linked and most Chinese literature will tell you that the originality of luo song tang is borscht and it was called as such because the name “Soviet Union” ..

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Well the preparation are rather similar except that no beet roots was used in the soup in the Eastern version. Instead, tomato sauce or puree to colour the soup. That possibly is because beet root was not available in China then so tomato was used instead. In fact, I do not recall beet root being used for any Chinese traditional recipes..

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Since I can’t take beef, I have prepared these soup using pork. If you want the original taste, of course beef is preferred. If you are curious about the taste of the soup, it a bit tangy and slightly like more watery pasta sauce. To me, it is definitely delicious and it is second time that I have prepared the soup within  a period of 1 month.

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“Borscht is a soup of Ukrainian origin that is common in Eastern and Central Europe, especially in Ashkenazi Jewish,Belarusian, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Romanian, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian cuisine. In most of traditional recipes, it is made with beetroot as the main ingredient. In some regions, tomato is used as the main ingredient, while beetroot may act as a secondary ingredient. Other varieties that do not use beetroot also exist, such as green borscht and white borscht. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borscht)’

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“罗宋汤(俄语、乌克兰语:Борщ,波兰语:Barszcz)是发源于乌克兰的一种浓菜汤。成汤以后冷热兼可享用,在东欧中欧很受欢迎。在这些地区,罗宋汤大多以甜菜为主料,常加入马铃薯红萝卜菠菜牛肉块、奶油等熬煮,因此呈紫红色。有些地方以番茄为主料,甜菜为辅料。也有不加甜菜加番茄酱的橙色罗宋汤和绿色罗宋汤。罗宋汤传到上海后,上海人按自己口味改良了罗宋汤,是海派西餐中著名的一道美食。

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“罗宋”这一名称据说是来自Russian soup的中文音译(罗宋即Russian,源自早年上海的洋泾滨英语,发音:[lùsóŋ]),Russian Borscht(Borshch)是另一常用的名称。罗宋汤在中国东北的一些地区也被称为“苏波汤”。 在十月革命时候,有大批俄国人辗转流落到了上海,他们带来了伏特加,也带来了俄式的西菜,上海第一家西菜社就是俄国人开的。这道汤,就是从俄式红菜汤演变而来,俄式红菜汤辣中带酸,酸甚于甜,上海人并不习惯。后来受原料采办以及本地口味的影响,渐渐地形成了独具海派特色的酸中带甜、甜中飘香、肥而不腻、鲜滑爽口的罗宋汤。这海派罗宋汤并非只是吃西餐时食用,就是学校、单位、家庭以及中式菜馆,也是屡见不鲜。久而久之,这汤又在上海形成了各种流派和分支,其中最具代表性的有“饭店派”、“食堂派”和“家 庭派”等。其中“饭店派”以淮海西菜社为代表,在当年推出罗宋汤后,经过数次改良,更新工艺,终于成为海派罗宋汤的领路人,而后,各家西菜馆乃至个别中菜馆,都纷纷仿效。“食堂派”又称“弄堂派”,汤往往用大面盆或是保暖茶桶盛装,不用蕃茄酱或是只放极少用以着色,那汤常常是“清汤晃水”的,飘着几丝红肠而已,蕃茄多不剥皮,反正与那西菜馆里的罗宋汤是大相径庭,奇怪的是,即使这样的“蕃茄煮水”,吃着也很爽口,至今还有许多中学生不愿意吃学校的饭菜,跑到校门口买一两元钱一碗的这种汤,加片面包以做午饭。“家庭派”的人,既无缘学到西菜馆的烧法,也不想如“食堂派”那样堕落,于是只能自行琢磨,研究出各式烧法,其中主要以牛肉代替红肠,并且欠芡为主。(Source: http://baike.baidu.com/view/7499.htm

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 5-6 adult servings

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  • 500 grams of beef and other meats, cut into big chunks
  • 1 cup of potatoes , diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, diced
  • 1 cup of capsicum, diced
  • 1 cup of tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of onion, diced
  • 1 cup of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 small can of tomato puree
  • 1 small beetroot, shredded
  • 1/4 lemon, juice extracted
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour mix with 3 tablespoons of water (optional)
  • About 6-8 cups of beef broth or plain water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar (as required)
  • Pinches of salt
  • Dashes of black pepper
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream

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STEPS OF PRPARATION

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  • If you are preparing borscht , you will need to start with the beet root preparation and followed by the other steps. If you are preparing the Asian version of borscht, you can by pass the beet root preparation.

  • Shred your beet root, squeeze 1/4 a lemon juice, mixed well . Transfer the beet root to a pot, add about 2 cups of beef broth or plain water and start boiling until the beet beef broth is soft.

  • In a frying pan, put the butter, sauté the onion until fragrant, add the meat cubes followed by diced tomatoes, capsicum, potatoes and carrots. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes until the flavour are incorporated.

  • Either transfer these meat to the pot of beet root soup or a new pot. Add the remaining beef broth or plain water.

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  • Add the tomato puree, bring to boil and let it simmer until all the vegetables are soft. Add the shredded cabbage and let it continue to simmer for another 15 minutes. Before off the heat, add the tomato sauce, vinegar (if desired for a more tangy taste), sugar to taste, black pepper and pinches of salt.  If prefer a thicker soup, you can add the plain flour roux. Stir until well mixed, bring to boil and off the heat.

  • For serving, topped generously with preferred herbs such as parsley or Chinese celery. Best served as a standard soup in a Western set meal. For borscht, place a scope of the sour cream on top of the soup.

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CONCLUSION

Promoting a well known recipe but not popular here can be tougher that one can think. But I am very confident that you will like it, otherwise this soup will not be so popular for no reasons. What is shocking is most local Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese never heard of “luo song tang” but I have known this soup since i am very young because I am Chinese educated and it was always mentioned in Chinese literature and Hong Kong TV drama series. If you are running out of soup ideas, why not try this thick vegetable soup?

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Sisig Chicken? Philippines Mayonnaise Chicken (菲律宾美乃滋鸡)

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INTRODUCTION

My neighbour gave us some capsicum and I am grumbling that I do not really know how to cook capsicum.. My wife immediately thought of this mayonnaise chicken that we have eaten in one of the Filipino restaurants in Singapore..

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Well, I do not think the original recipe of this Filipino dish have capsicum but what we have tried did have these capsicums. The name of the dish is Sisig chicken but I do not called it as such as my recipe is not very authentic and I do not want to be bombarded by the Filipinos for providing wrong recipe of their well liked dish..Therefore, I have decided to call it mayonnaise chicken.

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Both my wife and my kids all remembered this dish is because it is a sinful yet delicious dish… It is tasty and one looked at the ingredients will know that this dish will be delicious. It has mayonnaise and butter and eggs that smoothen the meat dish.. It is very addictive and once you start, it is hard for you to stop eating this dish and it goes well with hot steaming rice.

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Traditional;y, Philippine’s Sisig dish is pork based. It was prepared using pig head meat, pig ear, pig liver and instead of mayonnaise, pig brain was used to smoothen the dish. Chicken sisig is a sub category and I was told that chicken liver is one of the most critical ingredients in the chicken version. However, due to current consumption style, all these exotic cuts were left out and what is used is just chicken meat and mayonnaise which is easier to be accepted by current foodies.

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This dish was supposed to be served using a sizzling hot plate and as my home does not have one which I believed most family  does not have, I have use a pan for the picture taking. If you have one, this is one of the dish that you can use your sizzling hot plate.

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As per Wikipedia:

“Sisig also refers to Sizzling sisig, a Filipino dish made from parts of pig’s head and liver, usually seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers. Lucia Cunanan of Angeles City has been credited with inventing sisig The Philippine Department of Tourism has acknowledged that her “Aling Lucing’s” restaurant had established Angeles City as the “Sisig Capital of the Philippines” in 1974. Cunanan’s trademark sisig was developed in mid-1974 when she served a concoction of boiled and chopped pig ears and cheeks seasoned with vinegar,calamansi juice, chopped onions and chicken liver and served in hot plates. Today, varieties include sisig ala pizzailo, pork combination, green mussels or tahong, mixed seafood, ostrich sisig, crocodile sisig(URBAN CAFE), spicy python, frog sisig and tokwa’t baboy, among others” (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisig)

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As mentioned above, this is not an authentic recipe but a recipe that is tailored to suit Singaporean and Malaysian taste buds. I have prepared twice, once is one week after my first try and the second time is for today’s dinner. The difference between the two is one I have cooked with raw meat using chicken cubes whereas for today, I have pre-cook the meat, use a blender to blend until fine before stir frying. Another difference is adding mayonnaise in the cooking whereas the first version is just served with mayonnaise.  Both version uses capsicum and in my humble opinion is delicious.

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WHAT IS REQURIED

Servings: 3-4 adults

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  • 2  chicken drumsticks or breast, deboned
  • 1 green capsicum, diced
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • Pinches of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white or black pepper
  • Some butter for greasing hot plate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • In a pot, put the diced onions, sauté until fragrant. Add the dice chicken cubes, stir fry until the chicken exterior turn beige. add the diced capsicums. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes, add about 1/4 cup of water to the chicken and simmer until the chicken is soft.

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  • Add the seasons (black or white pepper, pinches of salt, sugar to taste, black soya sauce) and stir fry until well mixed. Push the chicken aside, crack the eggs and cook until the york is set. Transfer the dish to your serving plate and drizzle sparingly with mayonnaise. Best served hot with white rice and garnish with slice of calamansi plus green chilli .

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Method 2

  • Boil or pan fry the meat until cooked. Use a blender to blend until fine.

  • In a pot, sauté the onion with some cooking oil until fragrant. Add the capsicum and stir fry until the capsicum is soft. Add the minced meat followed by the seasonings (salt, black pepper, white sugar and black soya sauce).

  • Before off the heat, put two tablespoons of mayonnaise, Stir fry until well mix.

  • Heat up your hot seasoning plate, melt some butter and transfer to stir fry meat earlier to sizzling plate. Crack 2 eggs on top and let it simmer until the eggs are cooked to your desired consistency. Best served hot with white rice and garnish with slice of calamansi plus green chilli .

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CONCLUSION

Whether this is Sisig chicken or not is not important. What I can tell readers is that this is a delicious dish that family members are looking forward. I hope my picture will be able to convince you that this is a yummy dish.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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Pumpkin Huat Kuih (金瓜发糕)

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INTRODUCTION

This should be one of my very last recipe of Huat Kuih as I have at least more than 10 of them..

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The original recipe is called pumpkin steamed muffins and is from a very experienced blogger – Aunty Yochana.

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I did grumble with my Facebook Group that in English speaking group, huat kuih recipe is always not a welcoming recipe as it is viewed as superstition .. However, if the recipe is called a steamed muffins, more English Educated readers will try the recipe.. Is it not a funny phenomenon?

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Well, putting aside these grumbling, this is a nice huat kuih and I loved the yellow vibrant colour of the steamed cake. It can be as tasty as you want it to be and I do not have much thing to write about this recipe.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: Yochana’s Cake Delight! : Steamed Pumpkin Muffin

Servings: About 6 huat kuih

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  • 100 grams of steamed pumpkin and mashed
  • 200 grams of self raising flour
  • 130 grams of white sugar
  • 150 grams of hot water or coconut milk or milk
  • 30 grams of cooking oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

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STEPS OF PRARATION

  • Get ready a steamer with water capable of steaming the Kuih for at least 20 minutes.

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  • Steam the pumpkin and mash into puree form. In another bowl, put hot water and add castor sugar, stir until sugar dissolved. Mix the syrup with the pumpkin puree and stir until well combined. If preferred, you can put into the blender and blend until fine.

  • Sift the baking powder and self raising flour into a bowl. Make a well and add the pumpkin solution in 3 stages, stir until well mixed. Transfer it to some cupcake cups and fill the cups with the batter until at least 95% full.

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  • Prior to steaming, lightly grease a scissor or a knife and cut a criss-cross on top of the batter. Steam in the steamer for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre come out clean. It is best that the cupcakes cups be pre-steamed before filling of the batter. You shall use high heat in the entire process of steaming. Best served hot as a snack.

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CONCLUSION

Not a difficult recipe but taste is delicious. Do give it a try and see if it suits your taste bud.

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