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Pear and White Fungus Sweet Soup

The weather is becoming colder and drier. I have been making Chinese soup remedy to balance the dry weather but haven’t been writing recipes. As this is my first Chinese soup recipe, I decided to make a simple one. Chinese make soup with ingredients which serve as remedy for different weather and sickness. For example this recipe is for dry weather which is good for skin and throat and have a moisturising effect. You can find all the ingredients in Chinese supermarkets. Traditionally, we use rock sugar to sweeten the soup. But I have a lot of dark muscovado sugar at home, so I decided to use that instead.

Pear and White Fungus Sweet Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Pear and White Fungus Sweet Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Soak the white fungus, sweet apricot kernels and bitter apricot kernels for an hour.
  2. Cut off the dark colour bit of the white fungus at the bottom and cut into small pieces.
  3. Peel off skin and the seed of Chinse pear. Remove the seed of red dates
  4. Put all the ingredients except dark muscovado and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the suitable amount of dark muscovado to the sweetness that you like. Simmer for further 5 minutes until dissolved.
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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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Rice Roll

It has been a month since I came back from Hajj. Things are slowly getting back to normal. I will post my Hajj reflection shortly. This recipe was written before I travel but did not have the chance to post it until now. Rice Roll is a all-time favourite dish in Hong Kong Cha Chan Ten and Mr. Camel’s favourite. This is not a traditional method of making it but I have adapted it to suit our domestic kitchen. You can also make a vegetarian version, simply leave out the meat and add chopped spring onion only. The vegetarian rice roll is also very delicious with sweetened soy sauce, chili sauce and peanut butter. I know the sauce combination sounds strange. But trust me, it matches perfectly well with the rice roll.

Rice Roll (appox 10-12 rolls depending on size and thickness)
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Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Rice Roll (appox 10-12 rolls depending on size and thickness)
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Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Rice Roll
Filling
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Sleeve all the flour in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add 250ml water into the mixing bowl until dissolved.
  3. Add the remaining water and mix well.
  4. Sleeve the mixture twice to three times.
  5. Rub the oil (not included in the ingredients) on the container you will use to steam with and the spatula.
  6. Add the mixture on the container in a thin layer. If using spring onion only, just spread it evenly on the layer.
  7. Add the filing at the bottom of 1/3 portion of the layer.
  8. Steam for 4 minutes.
  9. Wait till it is slightly cooled and use a spatula to roll it slowly from the side of the filling.
  10. Add sweetened soy sauce, chili sauce etc to taste, serve hot.
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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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Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine

Mr Camel doesn’t like aubergine which is quite the opposite to me. So I decided to make Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine. So he can eat all the meat and save me the aubergine.

This is recipe is similar to Ma Po Tofu with similar seasoning and replaces Tofu with aubergine. Despite the fact that it is less famous than Ma Po Tofu, I like Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine more. The aubergine is tasty as it absorbs both the meat and bean sauce flavour. To my surprise, Mr Camel finished the aubergine leaving me with less aubergine than I expected. I realised he eats anything with a with spicy flavor. Now I know how to cook my next dish with ingredients he dislikes most.

Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Spicy Mince Meat with Aubergine
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Pan fry or deep fry your aubergine until half cooked. Set a side
  2. Heat oil on a pan. Add the mince, ginger, shallot and garlic and stir fry until half cooked.
  3. Add soy sauce, spicy bean sauce, sugar, sesame oil and water until they are fully cooked.
  4. Add the aubergine, cover and simmer it in medium low heat for further 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with spring onion. Serve hot.
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Vegetables Soup

This soup is inspired by the New Covent Garden vegetables soup. When I traveled in Edinburgh recently, I tried this soup and I was very impressed by its richness. I used the ingredients as a reference and made my version of this vegetables soup. This is my first time I’ve use swede. It is not common in Asia so I was not sure if I would like its flavour. To my surprise, the taste was great and it worked well with other vegetables. Feel free to use different combination of vegetables such as sweet corn, turnip, etc to make your very own version of this vegetable soup!

Vegetables Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Vegetables Soup
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Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cut all ingredients into small pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, stir fry the onion until you can smell the aroma.
  3. Add the tomato, swede, celery, carrot, cabbage and lentil and stir fry them for 5 minutes in medium heat.
  4. Add water, salt and sugar until it boils.
  5. Add milk until it boils.
  6. Simmer for 45 minutes in low heat. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

I use a vaccum cooker, simmer for 15 minutes and put it into the vaccum container.

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Mango Pudding

I almost forgot I had to make something sweet for Eid. This was prepared in the eleventh hour and took less than 15 minutes to make. I decided to make a mango pudding using the residue mango pulp from yesterday’s mango lassi. I  have also previously made mango pudding from fresh mangoes. All you need to do is to use a blender to blend the mango, extra sugar and add in the gelatine mix. To keep this halal, my friend bought me a very high quality gelatine from New Zealand. Even though you may choose to use mango pulp, I still highly recommend that you add freshly diced mangoes into the mixture to incorporate a different texture. For the best result, chill it overnight but, if like me, you are working to the last minute, it should still work out if you leave it in the fridge for a mere 3 hours. 

 

Mango Pudding
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Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Mango Pudding
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Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings
5 people
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Mix the gelatine with water in a pan over medium low heat until all the gelatine is dissolved.
  2. Add the evaporated milk and mix well.
  3. Remove from heat, add the mango pulp and mix well.
  4. Put the mixture into any mold and chilled for at least 3 hours.
Recipe Notes

Garnish extra evaporated milk to serve.

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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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Servings
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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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
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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
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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