Monday, April 23, 2012

Steamed Minced Pork With Salted Egg 咸蛋蒸肉

There are a lot of version for steamed minced pork. I personally like the two versions among all. One is with secret ingredient - the salted fish, while the other one is with salted duck egg. Both are considered not so healthy though. The secret taste enhancer is the white pepper powder, so don’t forget about it.

This is a simple Chinese dish which looks bland but it tastes marvelous to me. What is your version then?

Steamed Minced Pork With Salted Egg 咸蛋蒸肉
Serves 5-6

300gm minced pork
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 salted duck egg, egg yolk mashed
spring onion, chopped

1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
dashes of white pepper powder

1. Mix up all the ingredients except the spring onion in a heave proved shallow bowl. Leave for 15 minutes.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil.
3. Sprinkle the chopped spring onion on top of the minced pork mixture. Steam for 20 minutes.
4. Best to serve hot with steamed rice.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Agar-agar With Coconut Milk

I'm making agar-agar jelly for the first time. My sister in law used to make this, so I asked her for the recipe. Basically her measurement is 8 bowls of water for a packet of 25 grams agar-agar powder. Usually she makes 4 bowls of water with half a packet of agar-agar powder into the red colored agar-agar jelly as the bottom layer. While the other half packet of agar agar powder to mix with coconut milk to make the top layer.

As for my version, I didn't use the full packet of agar-agar powder. All the ingredients was just estimation, so no recipe sharing for this post. What I'm going to share is the secret of making this traditional agar-agar jelly with full of fragrant. The first secret for the bottom layer is to boil water with lots of pandan leaves. So, the jelly is infused with natural pandan fragrant. The second secret is for the coconut milk layer. Add some salt to the mixture. A pinch of salt will bring out the coconut taste to a higher level. It's so magical. This secret works for all desserts with coconut milk.

Enjoying a cup of cold agar-agar jelly on a hot afternoon is a kind of happiness.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Air Fried Sweet Tau Kee (Air-Fryer Recipe)

I like to have crispy fried tau kee served with take away economy fried bee hoon. I haven't made any deep fried tau kee at home before. With the air-fryer at home, I attempted to make this air-fried tau kee. It is so easy. It can be ready in less than 10 minutes. The result was not a failure, but the texture was not 100% satisfying. It's harder compared to the deep-fried version.

1. Cut sweetened bean curd sheet (tau kee), into sticks. 
2. Mix it up with 1 tbsp of cooking oil. Remark: I used 4 pieces of sweetened bean curd sheet.
3. Air fry the sweet tau kee for 7 minutes under 170 def C. 
4. Leave it cool and keep in air-tight container.


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