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Braised Seafood and Vegetables with Rice

I love dishes with a rich, thick sauce packed with flavour from the ingredients after you stew them. For me, this is a perfect combination with plain boiled rice. Unlike some other cultures, which prefers flavoured rice, we usually have plain boiled rice. Therefore, the sauce is a very important element in our dishes. We can mix this sauce with plain rice. My favourite braised dish is sliced beef and egg with rice, the beef and egg are so tender but full of flavour. Yesterday, I wanted to have a similar dish and found some frozen mixed seafood in the freezer, so I quickly went the Tesco nearby and grabbed some mixed vegetables, the Braised Seafood and Vegetables with Rice is quick and easy to make! The rich and thick sauce from the dish is from the large amount of water-corn starch mixture. I made it at the ratio of 2:1 which gives the right consistency. Feel free to use any other ingredients you may like. This is super simple and easy dish to make.

Braised Seafood and Vegetables with Rice
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Braised Seafood and Vegetables with Rice
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan, cook the seafood. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and ginger until you can smell the aroma. Add all other ingredients and seasoning and mix well until half cooked.
  3. Mix the water and corn flour. Add the mixture and the cooked seafood together. Turn to low heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick. Best served hot with boiled rice.
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Chicken Roll

Chicken thigh is an ingredient I like to use for cooking. It is easy to cook and has varied possibilities: From stir fry chicken with vegetables to Teriyaki Chicken. Recently, I use it to make chicken rolls. You can put anything you like inside the chicken roll – as long as it is delicious, no one will complain. Unlike the western style where you make it with spinach and cheese inside, I am going to use carrots and celery to pan fry it with soy sauce. This is by far my favourite way and easiest way to make chicken roll. Crunchy carrot with tender juicy chicken. Hope you will enjoy it.

Chicken Roll
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken Roll
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Marinate
Chicken Roll
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Use the back of the knife or the rolling pin for thinning the chicken thigh and even it. Marinate the chicken thigh for at least 2 hours.
  2. Water bath the carrot and celery for 2-3 minutes until it is cooked but still crunchy.
  3. Place the carrot and celery as shown on the picture, roll it over and use a sting to tie it.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, pan fry the chicken thigh until it turns brown. Add the water and marinate in the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, turn occasionally. Add some water during simmer if it is too dry.
  5. Take it out, slice it and garnish with the sauce.
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Portuguese Style Coconut Chicken (Galinha à portuguesa)

My mum used to make this dish during gatherings and special occasions. I would look forward to such a special occasion because I love this dish so much. Now, I can make it myself whenever I want 🙂 Interestingly, despite with the name “Portuguese style”, this dish is originate from Macao. You will never find anything similar in Portugal. This is very easy to make and the flavor is richer if you let it rest overnight and save it for next day’s meals.

Portuguese Style Coconut Chicken
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4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Portuguese Style Coconut Chicken
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Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings
4 people
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in the pan, add the onion until golden.
  2. Add the potato, chicken, turmeric, cumin and salt pan fry it for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk, water and pepper. Cook in medium high heat until boil.
  4. After boiling for 5 minutes, turn to medium low heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stir occasionally. Serve hot.
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Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce

I love using the pesto sauce for pasta dishes.  Mr Camel used to buy ready-made pesto sauce. Last week, I decided to make it from scratch myself. It turned out to be very easy to make! There are only three ingredients needed, plus a blender to mix everything together. Alternatively, you can use a pastel and mortar which will just yield a coarser result. Unfortunately, I did not take photos when I made the sauce. Nonetheless, this is super easy and delicious sauce, so when I make it again I shall put the photos up here. Until then, this is the recipe for seafood spaghetti with pesto sauce.

Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Pesto Sauce
Seafood Spaghetti
Servings: people
Instructions
Seafood Spaghetti with Pesto Sauce
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instruction, drain well and set aside.
  2. Marinate the chicken with soy sauce and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in the pan, add chicken and pan fry it until it is half cooked.
  4. Heat oil in a separate pan, pan fry the onion and garlic until you can smell the aroma.
  5. Add the mushrooms and baby corns into the pan and salt and pepper.
  6. Add the half-cooked chicken and cook thoroughly. Mixthe cooked spaghetti into the chicken. Add several table spoons of milk in the mixture if it is too dry.
  7. Pan fry the prawn and squid in a separate pan until cooked and add into the mixture with spaghetti and pesto.
  8. Turn off heat, mix all ingredients and 4 Tbsp of Pesto sauce well and serve.
Pesto Sauce
  1. Use a pan to bake the pine nut until golden. Set aside until cooled.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Store it into a jar and cover with 1Tbps of extra virgin olive oil on top to seal the sauce between air.
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Fillet of Fish in Sweet Corn Sauce

This is a very common dish in Chinese restaurants and my most ordered dish in Cha Chan Teng when I was in Hong Kong. The combination of sweet corn and fish is a perfect match. It is suitable for both adults and children as there is no bones in cod fillets. In fact, any white fish fillet is suitable to make this dish. It is super easy to make and taste exactly the same as what you get in the restaurants. I usually avoid cooking deep fried food at home. Not only it is not healthy, it is also a headache to deal with any leftover oil. This time I used a ‘semi-fried’ method using my newly bought cast iron pan, which is to use more oil than pan fry but less oil than deep fry. The result is very good. It is a very good alternative to deep fry.

Fillet of Fish in Sweet Corn Sauce
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Servings Prep Time
2 peope 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 peope 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Fillet of Fish in Sweet Corn Sauce
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 peope 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 peope 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: peope
Instructions
  1. Dry the cod fillet with kitchen towel. Cut it into small pieces and marinate with salt and pepper for 15 minutes.
  2. Use a blender to blend 2/3 of the corn into puree.
  3. Beat the egg in a bowl. Dip the cod into the egg to coat. Coat it with another layer of corn flour.
  4. Heat the oil into pan. The oil should be 1.5cm height. When oil becomes hot, gently put the cod into the hot oil. Cook for 2 minutes per side or until cooked. Transfer it onto a kitchen towel to remove any excess oil.
  5. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan, add the corn puree, corn in the pan and water. Season with salt and sugar. Cook it until boiling.
  6. Add the remaining beaten egg. Cook for further 1/2 minute.
  7. Pour it on the cod. Serve hot.
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