Ingredients Archives: Beef mince

Burger

Everybody loves their burger. This is my take on a home-made burger. It is simple and delicious, and makes for a nice comfort meal. This recipe has been inspired by a Japanese chef/blogger and I have modified his recipe a little bit. You may find his blog here:http://www.masa.tw/
The golden proportion of lean and fat meat that I have been told is 7:3. This ratio will result in the most perfect, juicy and succulent burger. I use lamb mince as the fat cut because it has a high fat content. You may also substitute it with another fat cut. I put a small piece of mozzarella cheese inside the burger to create a secret surprise when they are bitten into! I love cheese in almost any food! My choices of veggie toppings are just the classic: tomato, lettuce, onion, cheese and most importantly, a sunny sided up with a melted yolk on top of the burger! A melted yolk with a burger is absolutely divine!

Burger
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4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Burger
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
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20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Finely dice the onion and stir fry it until it slightly turns brown. Set aside and leave it to cool.
  2. Mix the beef, lamb mince and salt and keep mixing it until it becomes sticky.
  3. Mix the milk and breadcrumb separately in another bowl.
  4. Add the milk and breadcrumb mixture, egg, pepper, Worchester sauce, mustard and onion with the meat mince. Mix them well.
  5. Divide the mixture into four portion equally.
  6. Take one portion and pat it between two hands 10 times. Put one(or two!) dice of mozzarella in the center and cover it. Flatten and mould it into rounded shape.
  7. Add the oil on the grill pan, grill it on both sides to seal it.
  8. Preheat the oven and bake it for 180 C for 6-8 minutes depending on how you like them. Alternatively, u may turn to medium heat and leave it on the grill pan and grill it for 6-7 minutes for each side. Again, depending on how you like them!
  9. Add any veggies toppings and sauces that u may like with the burger bun! I personally like to add a sunny side up on top of the burger meat! The egg yolk would melt on the burger meat, Gorgeous!
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Beef Cake (Pan-fried Dumpling)

I know my blog haven’t been updated for quite a while. I was very busy (and frankly a little bit lazy). But there will be two more recipes on the way so hopefully it won’t be take too long before the next update.

You may not have seen this beef cake before as this is rarely available. This beef cake was first introduced by a Muslim restaurant so we all call it “Halal Beef Cake” in Hong Kong. It is very popular with many locals as they visit the restaurant regularly just for this. To my content, my Halal Beef Cake is very similar to the actual thing. I reduced the size of the beef cake as I find them less messy to eat and more suitable for people who have smaller apetite.

Beef Cake (Pan-fried Dumpling)
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4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Beef Cake (Pan-fried Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 1 hour
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat the water until it reaches 65℃
  2. 2. Sieve the plain flour and mix it with the salt.
  3. 3. Add the water in the plain flour for 3 times.
  4. 4. Mix the flour and water well until it becomes a dough.
  5. 5. Use a wet towel or cling film to cover it and let it rest for 45 mins.
  6. 6. In the meantime, we will make the filling. Add the beef mince with salt. Keep mixing and stirring until it becomes sticky. Add the water, 1Tbsp at a time.
  7. 7. Add all other ingredients in the filling and mix well.
  8. 8. Chill the filling in the fridge.
  9. 9. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 16 pieces, each one should be appox 30g.
  10. 10. Roll each into a ball and use a rolling pin to flatten it into a 12 cm wide circle. Make sure you roll the side a bit thinner.
  11. 11. Place 1 Tbsp or more filling at the center of the circle. Gently pinch the side in one direction with 2 fingers and seal the dumpling. Place it upside down (ie. The sealed side should face downward.) Use your palm to gently flatten it a little bit and it should be appox 7 cm.
  12. 12. When you have fit all the fillings in the dumplings. Heat oil in a frying pan. Place the dumplings on the pan in medium high heat (the sealed side should face down). When it turns golden, turn to the other side. When the other side is golden, turn to the other side and add some water in the pan. The water should reach a quarter height of the dumplings. Turn to medium heat. Place the lid on and cook until the water is evaporated. It should be approximately 4-5 minutes. The mince cake should be hot and crispy. Take it out, serve hot.
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Wonton (Meat and Prawns Dumpling)

Wonton is a popular Hong Kong street food and my favourite type of dumpling. The skin of Wonton is very thin which means you can get a richer flavour and texture. You can easily get wonton skin in Chinese supermarkets. It is usually eaten with soup, vegetables and sometimes noodles. As this takes some effort to make, I usually make a large batch and frozen it for lunches later. The fillings of wontons varies. The meat and prawns filling is most to my liking. The golden ratio of meat and prawns is 1:1. You may add mushrooms, vegetables, basically anything you like in the filling. I hope to post other dumplings recipe with different fillings later, so watch this space!

Wonton (Meat and Prawns Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Wonton (Meat and Prawns Dumpling)
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 45 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix the beef mince with salt and mix it clockwise until it is sticky.
  2. Add in soy sauce, corn flour, sesame oil and white pepper powder and mix well.
  3. Remove the vein of the prawns. I am using frozen prawns of which the shell and veins have already been removed. Cut them into small pieces. If you are using small sized prawns, you may not need to cut it into pieces
  4. Add the prawns, white pepper powder, sesame oil, sugar, grated ginger in the beef mince and mix well.
  5. Add 1 chopped spring onion and coriander in the meat mixture. Mix well.
  6. Use the wonton skin to wrap it. Use a finger to put some water on the edge of wonton skin and seal the wonton.
  7. Add the Pak Choi into the boiled stock and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat, add a pinch of chopped spring onion.
  8. In a separate bowl, boil the water. After the water is boiled, add the wontons and a cup of cold water. Boil for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add some soup, Pak Choi and wonton in the bowl. Serve hot.
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