Wednesday, 23 March 2011

[S$20 Budget Meal] Steamed Glutinous Rice Parcel, Stir-fry Spinach and Apple with Dual Fungus Soup

Remember our S$20 Budget Meal event (read more HERE). Here is another set of our quick and budget meal for the week with Steam Glutinous Rice Parcel, Stir-fry Spinach and Apple with Dual Fungus Soup. Even though sometime with a controlled budget, I am sure we still could make something simple into a presentable dish that makes cooking and dining a fun way to live with.

My family simply adores soup irregardless of those quick and easy canned soup, double-boiled herbal soup or any combination of ingredients that I could thought of. But usually my boy will request for his favourite ABC soup because he loves the natural sweet and sour taste of the soup with lot of sweetcorn and potatoes.

APPLE WITH DUAL FUNGUS SOUP

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
5 Medium Size Apple
8 - 10 Big Red Dates
2 - 3 Cluster of Black Fungus
1/2 Cluster of White Fungus
1 Piece of Dried Tangerine Peel, soaked till soften
* 1/2 Piece of Candied Tangerine
350g Lean Pork
1500ml Hot Water

Method:-
1. Soaked apples in warm water for 2 - 3 minutes, give it a good rub, rinse and cut into 6 - 8 wedges per apple depending on it's size.

2. Soak the dried tangerine peel in water till soften, use a small spoon scrapped out the white pith from the peel to prevent bitterness.

3. Blanched the lean pork in boiling water, rinse well and get ready a soup pot with 1.5 litres of water.

4. When the water boils, add in all the ingredients and let it simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes before low the heat and let it simmer for about an hour or so till the fungus are soften and soup is flavourful. OR

5. Add in all ingredients except apples and let the mixture simmer for about 30 - 40 minutes before adding the apples and continue to simmer for another 15 - 20 minutes till the soup is flavour and fragrance.


Note:-
~ As I am using those whole piece, round type of white fungus, I used only half portion for this recipe.

~ For this recipe I add in extra 1/2 pieces of candied tangerine to enhance the taste of the soup.


As most of the readers know, I love to cook soup using different kinds of ingredient and my biggest challenge was the "Double-Boiled Durian Chicken Soup - 榴莲炖鸡汤" which I have made last year. Since I saw some really good and cheap apples in the market, I decided to make this "Apple with Dual Fungus Soup" which cost about S$6.50 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ 5 Apples = S$2.00
~ Red Dates = S$0.50
~ White and Black Fungus + Dried Tangerine Peel = S$1.00
~ Lean Pork = S$3.00

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I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March (March 2011) hosted by Jess @ Bakericious.


There are a few types of Asian Spinach available in the supermarkets such as Round Leaves, Long Leaves, Purple Leaves and etc. According to the vegetable seller(s) in the wet market usually different type of spinach is used for different purpose like stir-fry or soup. But despite of all the different varieties, our favourite is still the Round Leaves Spinach.

STIR-FRY SPINACH

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
1 Packet of Round Leave Spinach(苋菜)
15g Dried Whitebaits(银鱼), rinse and drain
1 Tablespoon Oil
3 Cloves of Garlic, skin removed
1 Small Chili, sliced
1/2 Teaspoon Chicken Stock Powder/Dash of salt

Method:-
1. Trim the spinach into leaves and stems, soak it in water for 5 - 10 minutes, rinse twice to get ride of the sand and dirt.

2. Heat up oil in a flying pan, add in whitebaits and fry over low heat till golden brown, remove and set a side.

3. Using the same frying pan, add in garlic cloves, chili and saute till fragrance before adding in the drained vegetables.

4. Give the vegetables a quick stir together with chicken stock powder and stir-fry till leave wilted and cooked. Remove

5. Sprinkle fried whitebaits on top and serve.

This can also be a changeable dish where you can either do a stir-fry or soup version according to your preference.  Total cost for this dish is about S$1.40 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ 1 Packets of Round Leaves Spinach = S$0.70
~ 15g Dried Whitebaits = S$0.70


Using of dried lotus leaves to wrap and steam this glutinous rice adds-on an extra traditional taste and fragrance to this dish.

STEAM GLUTINOUS RICE IN LOTUS LEAF

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
2 Debone Chicken Drumstick with Thigh, cut into bite sizes
250g Glutinous Rice, soaked overnight
3 Fresh Shittake Mushroom, cut into slices
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Stalk of Spring Onion, sliced
2 Pieces of Dried Lotus Leave

Seasonings:
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon Cooking Wine
1/2 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Five Spice Powder
3 Cloves of Garlic, lightly pound
Dash of Pepper


The reason to cook and soak the dried lotus leave is to make is soft and easier for wrapping as well as cleaning purpose.

Methods:-
1. Rinse and soak the glutinous rice over night or at least 6 hours prior cooking time. (this will help to cut down the steaming time of the glutinous)

2. Marinate the chicken with seasonings for at least an hour or more in the refrigerator.

3. Pre-heat a small frying pan, saute minced garlic with 1/2 tablespoon of oil till fragrance then add in the mushroom. Cook till mushroom is soft and absorb the flavour from the garlic. Remove and set aside.

4. Drain the glutinous rice well, transfer to a big mixing bowl, add in cooked mushroom and seasoned chicken, stir till mixture is well-mixed and set aside while preparing the lotus leaves.

5.To prepare the lotus leave, bring a big pot of water to boil and immerse the leaves in the water and cook for about 1 minute or till leave is slightly soft. Remove and soak in water for another 1 minute before use.

6. Drain the leave well. Fold it into half to get a fan shape, lay a sheet of baking paper on it, spoon half portion of the rice mixture on top and fold the sides of the baking papers to form a rectangle parcel. (refer to the 3 photos on the top row)

7. Next place the rice parcel near the edge of the lotus leaves and repeat the same folding procedure to wrap up another layer for the rice parcel.

8. Place the wrapped parcel in steaming with boiling water and steam it over medium heat for about 45 minutes to an hour. (open one of the rice parcel to check after 45 minutes to test the softness of the rice)


Note:-
~ You can buy dried lotus leaves from major Chinese Medical Hall or grocery stalls from the traditional wet market.


Lovely rice parcel that serves individual with extra topping such as chopped spring onion and dried shallot to enhance the flavour. For another version and taste, perhaps I shall replace chicken with pork belly and add in an extra salted egg yolk to lift up the taste of this dish. Total cost for this dish is about S$6.10 with breakdown shown below:-

Cost of Ingredients:
~ 2 Debone Chicken Drumstick with Thigh = S$3.60
~ 250g Glutinous Rice = S$0.80
~ 3 Fresh Shittake Mushroom = S$0.60
~ Garlic and Spring Onion = S$0.30
~ 2 Pieces of Dried Lotus Leave = S$0.80

Steamed Glutinous Rice Parcel on FoodistaSteamed Glutinous Rice Parcel


With a total of S$14.00 we have a great dinner that consists of 1 Rice dish, 1 Vegetable and 1 Soup which can feed a family of 3 - 4. I am sure this quick and easy dishes will bring smiles and satisfaction to both you and your family members. So perhaps you can drop down the ideas of buy S$3 Chicken/Duck Rice, Laksa, Fishball Noodles etc but starts your own planning today with some quick and budget meal for the family too.




Closing Date: Sunday, 27 March 2011, 2359 Hours.

14 comments:

  1. what a yummy spread! I will love to have a bowl of the apple soup. I have a question: why do you need to wrap the rice in baking paper first, before wrapping the rice parcel in lotus leaf?

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  2. Wow - this is a budget meal?! It sounds and looks so decadent, and delicious.

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  3. wow i'm very intrigued by the apples in the soup - is the soup more sweet than salty? The entire meal looks really decadent - definitely something I'd love to have for dinner!

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  4. I cannot stop drooling looking at that Lor mai gai...!! Looks extremely pretty and totally mouthwatering:)!

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  5. Wow, everything looks delicious! I like the apple soup, very interesting!

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  6. I love lotus leaves wrap rice alot! Too bad, it's so difficult to find the leaves here lately. Yours look incredible mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing & this is such a great event. Have fun!
    Kristy

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  7. I am going to post mine, for your event, hopefully tmr. :) I have just done a shout-out to the event with one of the dishes today. Your "budget" meal is not budget-looking at all! ;p

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  8. Honeybeesweets25/3/11 4:58 pm

    Oh wow, the soup looks amazing! I have to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe Ellena! Btw, very good effort and housekeeping to spend a minimal of only $20 for a meal! I am so bad in organizing and pricing my meal for the day... I simply grab what is fresh & in season. I have much to learn from you. 

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  9. Thanks for your kind words honeybeesweets. Are you interested in joining us too :)

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  10. Oh... haha because my kid don't reall like the taste of the "leaf" fragrance so I just use the baking paper and extra backing and also for presentation purpose. So it's optional to individual :)

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  11. Em.... not really sweet, but very flavour with hint of sweet and sour, very appetising :p

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  12. True it's quite hard to get these Asia products overseas. When I was in Australia a few years back, I always stock up a lot when i pop over to Chinatown area :p

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  13. Thanks for your support :) Love your quick and easy steam dish, usually i do it in microwave version :p

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