Friday, 13 January 2012

Happy Call Pan Recipes - Baked Sweet Potato, Sizzling Tofu and Claypot Rice

It's Happy Call Pan(HCP) recipes again! As I have mentioned before this is an "IN" kitchen gadget which is it one of the hot discussion topic in forum and Facebook. With it's quick and easy pressure cooking method, this pan has won the hearts of many people especially homemakers who aim to cook healthier dishes for the family.

In this post I would be sharing another 3 recipes using this HCP to Bake Sweet Potato, cook Sizzling Tofu and our favourite Claypot Rice (without using claypot).



BAKED SWEET POTATO



Who can resists these pipping hot and yummy sweet potato especially during raining days. With the help of Happy Call pan you could easily baked a few of these for breakfast, snack or supper. And it taste just as good as those baked using charcoal whenever you had BBQ or those baked Taiwan golden sweet potato. So for a change, rather than steaming your favourite sweet potato, perhaps you could try using this easy HCP method too.


(serves: 2 - 4 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 20 - 25 minutes)

Ingredients:
4 - 6 Medium Japanese Sweet Potato

Method:-
1. Scrub and clean the dirt on the outer skin of  the sweet potato. Pat dry with kitchen paper towel and arrange it in the Happy Call Pan.

2. Cover, lock and cook over lower heat for about 20 minutes(depending on the size of the sweet potato, sometime you might need more than 20 minutes to cook it), flipping every 5 minutes to evenly cooked from both sides.

3. When times up, open the pan and test it with a skewer insert to check whether the sweet potato has cooked through(usually when cooked, the outer skin will be slightly char-grilled black in colour) and soften.

Some readers from Facebook also shared with me that whenever they baked sweet potato using HCP it tends to have some black residue on the pan whereas I don't really encounter that. Perhaps the black residue might due to the sugar content or sap from the sweet potato which stick to the pan when heated. In this case, you might wish to line the pan with aluminum foil to facilitate the cleaning.


SIZZLING TOFU



This Sizzling Tofu is quite similar to the Hotplate Tofu (铁板豆腐) that we often ordered from those Cze Cha (煮炒摊) stalls. But my version was rather simple without the minced meat, prawns and sauce.


(serves: 2-3 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
1 Tube of Egg Tofu
2 - 3 Fresh Shittake Mushroom, cut into thick slices
1/2 Small Carrot, cut into slices
1 Pack Sweet Peas
2 Eggs, light beaten
2 Slices of Ginger
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of Cornflour
Some chopped Spring Onion And Chilli

Seasoning:
1/2 Teaspoon Chicken Powder
Splash of Cooking Wine


Method:-
1. Cut the tofu into equal pieces(around 6 - 8 pieces), lightly coat them with cornflour and set aside.

2. Preheat HCP on low heat for 1 minute, drizzle 1 teaspoon of oil in the pan, arrange the prepared tofu on the pan, cover and lock.

3. Fry tofu for 2 minutes(flip after 1 minute) or till slight golden brown. Remove and set aside.

4. Next add in 1/2 tablespoon of oil, add in minced garlic, ginger, mushroom and carrot. Lock and cook on low heat for 1 minute, open and add in sweet peas together with 1/2 teaspoon of chicken powder and splash of cooking wine, give a quick stir and cook for another 1 minute.

5. Lastly, arrange the cooked tofu in the pan, slowly drizzle beaten egg around the mixture. Cover the pan and cook for 20 - 30 seconds depending on your preference. (the egg mixture will continue to cook due to the heat of the pan so do not overcook the egg)

6. Turn off the heat, remove the pan and serve hot with some extra spring onion, freshly ground black pepper and cut chilli scattered on top.


As you can see my sizzling tofu was rather simple as my boy don't prefer any sauce and meat in his egg and tofu dish. But if you want something similar to those sold in the cze cha stalls you could add in minced meat or prawns in Steps 4 above together with some oyster sauce and water (to create the sauce).



CLAYPOT RICE



This was a last minute dish using HCP as I initially wanted to cook this using claypot until I realise it was gone from my kitchen cabinet (I must have thrown it away during spring cleaning). So with all the ingredients marinated and prepared, I have no choice but to find another method to prepare our lunch.

And thank God, I managed to replicate this dish using HCP (at first I still doubt whether could it be done) in less than 20 minutes. Below is the recipe for claypot rice which is one of the Chinese New Year dish I cook using Arrowhead (Cigu - 钱菇).


(serves: 2-3 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 20 minutes)

Ingredients: 
2 De-boned Chicken Drumstick, cut into bite size
3 - 4 Arrowhead (Cigu), skin removed and cubed
4 Fresh Shittake Mushrooms,
2 Small Preserved Chinese Sausage, skin removed and cut into slices
Some Baby Bok Choy
2 Slices Ginger
3 Clove Garlic
1/2 Teaspoon Chicken Powder
1 Cup Uncooked Rice, rinse
1 1/2 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
Some Dark Soya Sauce


Method:-
1. Preheat HCP over low heat, add in 1 teaspoon of oil together with garlic and ginger and saute for 10 seconds before adding in the mushrooms. cover and cook for 1 minute.

2. Open the pan, add in baby bok choy together with chicken powder cover and cook for another 1 minute.

3. Open the pan give the vegetables a quick stir, and remove them onto a plate.

4. Add in the uncooked rice(which has been rinse a few times) together with water and arrowhead cubes, cover(lock) and simmer over low heat for about 3 - 5 minutes till the water almost adsorb.

5. Next arrange the marinated chicken, Chinese sausage and mushroom on top of the rice, cover(lock) and cook for another 5 minutes till the chicken is cooked through and done.

6. Lastly, turn off the heat, open the pan, arrange the bok choy on the side drizzle some sesame oil and dark soya sauce over the rice mixture. Cover and stands the rice for another 5 minutes before serving.

It amazing how HCP could actually produce a moist and yet with bits of burnt effect texture (you could see from the photo above the button of the rice which is a bit on the burnt side) of rice just like those serve using Claypot. With this efficient pan, I could cook different kinds of claypot rice dishes in just minutes away before dinner.

Lastly I am submitting this Claypot Rice dish to this month Aspiring Baker #15 - Auspicious Dishes for CNY (January 2012) that is hosted by Wen of Wen's Delight.

41 comments:

  1. Hi Ellena, will try your recipes once I get my HCP . Thanks for sharing. Gong Xi Fatt Chai to you and your family.^_^

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  2. wonderful! your dishes looks so delicious! must get 1 soon!

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  3. Ah the sweet potatoes you told me about! This pan is like awesome...so tempted! So many kitchen toys, so little space!

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  4. Elies Sintawati14/1/12 12:30 am

    Happy call is quite popolar in indonesia but i dont have one :D
    All the recipe is simple and the kind of dish that I love, tq for sharing ellena, I love to make this someday, simple and healthy recipe! Love it! ;)

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  5. Ellena, you are working hard on your happy call pan.  Good job!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this wonder pan! So interesting and the claypot rice looks so delicious!

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  7. Thanks Jenny :) Happy New Year to you and your family too!!!!

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  8. Thanks Jess! Indeed a lot of recipes you can try on.

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  9. Yes yes! Although it can do A-G but then still cannot fulfill H-Z lolz.. so end up getting more and more. I am eying for the Deep-fryer too :p

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  10. Thanks Elies. Emmm i guess most of the latest pan/wok can do similar dishes. It all depend on the methods and way :)

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  11. Thanks Edith :) Hope to see more of your dishes soon.

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  12. Thanks Wendy :) Hope this dish can fix this mth Aspiring Bakers CNY theme :)

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  13. My favorite sweet potatoes can be grilled like that?  I want this!  You are amazing to come up with delicious recipes using this pan.  I bet so many people are going to check out this pan now thanks to you! ;-)

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  14. hope to get one soon, where to get HCP ? From gmarket or lejal ? 

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  15. Both Gmarket and Lejal have HCP. But Gmarket is way more cheaper ranging from S$62 - $70 depending on the size.

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  16. Hi there, I am intending to get a HCP ... However, just not sure which to get ... Can u give me advise... Whether is a normal pan better or the deep pan is better? I am normally cookingfor 2A2C.... Thks.
    Yvonne

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    1. Hi Yvonne: For 2A2C if you indeed to do stew, steam and bake. I think perhaps you can go for the Deeper Ouch Pan(brown colour) which is the medium size and it can accommodate these tasks pretty well :)

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  17. Hi Ellena

    i intend to cook the sizzling tofu but don't have chicken powder. do u think i can just add salt? will it affect the taste?
    thks

    regards
    octopusmum

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  18. Hi Octopusmum, No worries if you can add pinch of salt or light soy sauce to it too :)

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  19. hI Ellena
    great! will be cooking this this weekend, can't wait! btw, i am so hooked on using hcp that i have been using it whenever i cook during wkends...my frying pan is collecting dust...
    octopusmum

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    1. Hi Octopusmum, agreed agreed! Actually you can just treat it as a normal pan and cook whatever you like with it :p

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  20. Hi Ellena,
    Thanks for sharing your recipe using HCP. I'm thinking of buying Deeper Oucher Pan or Jumbo Grill. Could you share the pro & cons.


    Thanks
    Irene

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    1. Hi Irene,

      Thanks for your kind words. Actually Ocher Pan is more than enough to cook for a family of 4 - 5, with soup, stew and baking. Jumbo on the other side is slight taller(1.5cm) in height with grill line. Personally i prefer Ocher Pan but then the decision is still up to your preference :)

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  21. Hi, I'm glad I found your blog with so many wonderful receipe using HCP. I just got one and wanna to try the claypot rice. May I know what is the marinade for chicken?

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    1. Hi Dragonfly,

      Sorry for overlooked your comment as I am away for vacation till now. You can use a bit of light soy sauce, pepper, cornflour, sesame oil and cooking wine to marinate the chicken for about 5 - 10 minutes b4 cooking. HTH :)

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  22. Thank u for sharing your recipes and such detailed step by step instructions! Really inspired me to cook! Will be trying the bitter gourd soup and HCP hot plate tofu tonight!!

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    1. Hi Ashley,

      Thanks for your note :) hope the recipes turn out well over at your end :)

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  23. Hi Ellena, glad to discover your blog my daughter bought me the HCP for my birthday gift and I can try the claypot rice may I know which pan you use for these dish and where can I buy the big brown oucher pan.

    Thanks
    suzie Chan

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  24. Hi Ellena, Just got my Happy Pan. Do I need to season the pan before using? Can I soak the whole pan in soapy water after it has cooled down?
    Thanks

    Magdeline

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    1. Hi Magdeline,

      For me i advise not to, cos there is a hole in the sealer and the soapy water might get trap inside the sealer and release during cooking when the pan is close. HTH

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  25. Hi Elena, thanks for sharing your recipes. The sweet potatoes look great. Do you use standard HCP or deeper HCP to bake those and to Cook others?

    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz,

      I have both the standard pan and deeper pan. So it depend on the quantity that I am cooking when using the pan. Both pan can use all the HCP recipes listed in this blog :) HTH

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  26. Hi, I just bought HCP recently. Have been searching the net for recipes and cooking time info, and came across your blog!

    the best website by far - easy to follow recipes, nice photos

    thanks so much!

    Ling

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    1. Thanks Ling, thanks for your kind words. Glad that you like the recipes :)

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  27. Ellena,
    I have been using the small HC pan for a week now. Loved it so I ordered the Jumbo. I need more recipes!!!! Any suggestions on where else to look? Trying your rice tonight!
    Thanks,
    Melanie

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    1. Hi Melanie, Thanks for having confident in my HCP recipes. You try looking for recipes at wokkingmum.blogspot.com she has a lot of fabulous recipes too :)

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  28. hi ellena, i just bought a happy call pan and came across this recipe while searching for easy meals that i can make with it. one question, what's the ingredient you used to marinate your chicken, as you didn't mention it. sorry, i'm not really good at cooking, so need to ask even simple questions! thanks in advance! :D

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    1. Hi Stargal,

      You can marinate the chicken with a bit of light soy sauce, pepper, cornflour, sesame oil and cooking wine to marinate the chicken for about 5 - 10 minutes b4 cooking. HTH :)

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  29. hi, i was wondering how can we steam things with HPC? Say if i have frozen food.. is there a special way?

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  30. Hi Ellena,
    i love you recipes, hope to try them real soon in my kitchen.

    Btw do you use oil when you bake the sweet potatoes? because i used to bake these sweet potatoes using my mother's HCP after using for sometimes it get sticky.

    Thanks, Ricca^^

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  31. Hi Ellena,
    I am so happy to come across your blog. I just bought a HCP and have no idea how to use it. Thank you for sharing the wonderful receipes. I am wondering how do i clean the pan after use. Do i clean it as we normally do to nonstick pan. I would wait for it to cool down and wash in running water with dish washing liquid.
    My HCP manual comes in all korean.

    Thank you, Pat

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