Showing posts with label Asian Steam Dish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asian Steam Dish. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Unicurd Black Soybean Silken Tofu And Tua Kwa

I love tofu especially those silken tofu that adds into soup or steamed with minced meat and etc. Tofu is such a hearty ingredient which can be used to create many different types of comfort food. And if you love tofu like what we do, here are some recipes for your read up. Besides that, in this post I will be sharing two recipes using silken and firm tofu (tau kwa) which might interests you. For those who residing overseas you can use any brand of the mentioned tofu that you can find in your local supermarkets.

Have you seen these new Unicurd  Black Soybean products on display at local supermarkets during your weekly grocery  replenishment? I happened to spot the Black Soybean Silken Tofu (SG$1.50) at one of the Fairprice outlet last week and it was recommended to me by one of the shoppers who tried comes with good feedback.

As you can see from the packaging it shows that these new products contains higher level of antioxidants which may lower risk of cancer as well as 25% more Calcium when compared to regular soybean products. Taste wise they quite similar to the normal tofu but it has a slight roasted flavour which resemble black sesame. We loves the silken tofu which can be served just on its own with some light soy sauce and spring onion as starter.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Chinese New Year Cooking Demo @ ToTT by Chef Eric Low

Last Sunday, I was invited by OpenRice (Singapore) to attend their first cooking demo class with ToTT (Tools of the Trade) on the Chinese New Year Workshop - Good Fortune, conducted by Chef Eric Low. Despite of the gloomy and raining weather, all participants were still very excited about the class and everyone were also eager to pick up some tips and cooking skill from Chef Eric.

The three hours cooking class was indeed a fun and fruitful one with Chef Eric whom is humorous and knowledgeable with his answers during the class. Although there was no hands-on but Chef Eric makes every little details visible thru two big TV screen in front of the class where we could get a good view of the ingredients plus steps during cooking process.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Teochew Style Steamed Fish With MAGGI plus Lunar New Year Gift Pack Giveaway

I am sure most of you are familiar with the brand name MAGGI which carry signatures items such as Maggi chilli sauce, Maggi Instant Curry Noodles, Maggi Seasoning and etc. This year, MAGGI prepares an Exclusive Chinese New Year Gift Pack which includes a recipe booklet (with 8 auspicious recipes), Maggi Concentrated Chicken Stock, Premium Oyster Sauce, Seasoning and Dried Mushrooms that packed in a lovely new year designed gift box.

So with Chinese New Year just a few days around the corner, why not whipping up some tasty homemade meals to delight your loved ones and enjoy precious moments of happiness with your family. Here I have tried one of the recipe from the booklet which is Teochew Style Steamed Fish shown below.


TEOCHEW STYLE STEAMED FISH
年年有余潮洲蒸


Recipe extracted from Reunion delights made with MAGGI recipes booklet.


(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 1 White Pomfret (700g), with 2 slits cut on both sides
  • 2 Teaspoons MAGGI Seasoning (No Added MSG)
  • 2 Dried Mushrooms (soaked and sliced)
  • 1 Piece Salted Mustard (soaked and sliced)
  • 2 Sour Plums, lightly crushed
  • 1 Tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 Tablespoon Shredded Ginger
Seasoning Sauce(Mixed Together)
1 Tablespoon MAGGI® Concentrated Chicken Stock (healthier choice, less salt)
1 Teaspoon Sesame oil
50ml Water

Garnishing
1 Red Chilli (seeded and sliced)
Coriander Leave (cut into sections)


Method:-
1. Rub white pomfret with MAGGI Seasoning (No Added MSG) and place it on a plate.

2. Put the dried mushrooms, sour plums, salted mustard and ginger on the fish and transfer into the steamer. Steam for 7 minutes.

3. Pour seasoning sauce over the fish. Place the tomato slices on the fish and steam together for another 3 minutes.

4. Garnish with red chilli and coriander leaves. Serve hot.



For your information, this festive season MAGGI is having an Exclusive Chinese New Year Gift Pack retailing at a promotional rate of S$10.80 per pack at major supermarket and it consists of the following products:

~ MAGGI® Concentrated Chicken Stock (Healthier Choice Symbol, Less Salt, No added MSG and Halal certified);

~ MAGGI® Premium Oyster Sauce (Healthier Choice Symbol, Less Salt, No added MSG and Halal certified);

~ MAGGI® Seasoning (No added MSG);

~ 80g of premium Dried Mushroom (worth S$6.00); and

~ Eight Treasures Pot Recipe Booklet.



EIGHT TREASURES POT
吉祥如意八宝煲


Other than the steamed fish recipe above, I am also going to try out their Eight Treasures Pot (吉祥如意八宝煲) recipe which is an auspicious and symbolic dish befitting this festive occasion. And other than the 8 different gourmet ingredients, what makes this dish special is the MAGGI Concentrated Chicken Stock that not only adds flavour, but also boosts the aroma and enhances the dish with the richness of double-boiled taste.

Recipe extracted from Reunion delights made with MAGGI recipes booklet.

(Serves: 8 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 40 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 8 Canned Baby Abalone
  • 8 Dried Mushrooms, soaked
  • 8 Dried Scallops, washed and soaked with 200ml hot water (retain as stock for later use)
  • 8 Large Dried Oysters, washed and soaked
  • 60g Fish Maw, soaked and squeezed to remove excess water. Slice into 3cm pieces
  • 120g Sea Cucumber (ready to use), slice into 3cm pieces
  • 400g Lettuce, washed
  • 6 Red Dates, soaked
  • 1 Tablespoon Wolfberries (soaked)
  • 5 cloves Garlic, sliced
  • 5 slices Young Ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons Chinese cooking wine, optional
  • 3 Tablespoon Cornflour, mixed with 3 tbsp water
  • 500ml Water, including 200ml of scallop stock retained after soaking the scallops
Seasoning (Mixed Together)
2 Tablespoons MAGGI® Concentrated Chicken Stock (healthier choice, less salt)
1 Tablespoon MAGGI® Premium Oyster Sauce (healthier choice, less salt)
1/2 Tablespoon MAGGI® Seasoning (No Added MSG)
2 Teaspoon Sesame oil

Garnishing
1 Stalk Coriander leaves, cut into sections

Method:-
1. Heat oil to fry garlic and young ginger till fragrant. Add mushrooms, oysters, sea cucumber, fish maw and red dates. Stir­‐fry well and add water.

2. Braise the ingredients for 20 minutes at low heat, covered. Add wolfberries and seasoning sauce, then braise for another 20 minutes.

3. Add baby abalone and cook till all ingredients are tender. Season with cooking wine and thicken the gravy with the cornflour mixture.

4. Lastly, add lettuce and garnish with coriander leaves before serving.




GIVEAWAYS!


To encourage more home cooked dishes for this festive season, Cuisine Paradise is partnering with MAGGI to giveaway Two sets of the above Exclusive Chinese New Year Gift Pack (retailing at S$10.80) to two lucky readers.

How To Win:-
1. Comment (on this post) and share with us a Chinese New Year dish that you your family enjoys ;

2. Click LIKE and SHARE the above photo over at Cuisine Paradise Facebook Page (here); AND

Leaving a comment (on facebook) that sharing with us which is your favourite MAGGI product(s) .

Closing Date: 06 February 2013 (Wednesday), 12.00 NOON
*Giveaway is open to those reside in SINGAPORE only and I would courier the items to winners with a valid delivery address.


[Giveaway result updated on 06 Feb 2013]



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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

{5 New Recipes} Pre Chinese New Year Dinner Gathering

Last Saturday evening, a few of us get together to have an early Chinese New Year dinner over at my place. Although this was not the first time I prepared food for such as big group of friends other than my family,  I am still very nervous and a bit stress up with planning the dishes as well as preparations.

Thanks to Jacob and Shiting who initiate to help up with the Yusheng as well as preparing the ingredients for the dishes in order to put this dinner together. I hope everyone enjoys the meal and I apologize if the dishes are not up to expectations due to my clumsy hands and mind in the kitchen :)

Monday, 10 December 2012

Huiji Baked Chicken Fillet

Steamed Herbal Chicken is always one of the most easiest dish to prepare because what you need is to assemble and wrapped the chicken with pre-packed Chinese Herbs (recipe 1) or Spices (recipe 2), STEAMED it for at least 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size and parts of the chicken used.

Here with a quick short-cut method, I replace the usual Chinese Herbs with Huiji Waist Tonic which served similar result and  herbal taste.


HUIJI BAKED CHICKEN FILLET


For this recipe, you could choose to use either Chicken Breast, Chicken Fillet (softer and more tender) or Chicken Drumstick (boneless) according to individual preference. For us, Chicken Fillet is always on the top list follow by Chicken Drumstick because I am not a fan for Chicken Breast Meat which I always find it too dry and tough.


(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 30 minutes | Cooking: 15 - 20 minutes)

Ingredients:
200g Chicken Fillet, cut into slices
1 Cup (20ml, using huiji measuring cup) Huiji Waist Tonic
5 Slices Old Ginger, shredded
1 Stalk Spring Onion, cut into sections
10g Wolfberries, optional

Marinade:
1/2 Tablespoon Ginger Juice
1 Tablespoons Huiji Waist Tonic
1 Tablespoon of Light Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Cornflour


Method:-
1. Marinate the chicken fillet with marinade and set aside in the fridge for about 30 minutes or more.

2. Using a large piece of aluminum foil with another piece of baking paper on it. Place marinated chicken fillet, shredded ginger, spring onion and wolfberrie on the baking paper and wrapped foil tightly into a parcel.

3. Place foil parcel in a preheated oven at 200 °C (degree Celsius) and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or ALTERNATIVELY, steamed  it over boiling water for about 15 minutes.

4. Remove foil, unwrapped and drizzle 20ml of Huiji Waist Tonic on the chicken fillet and serve immediately.


With a quick twist anything is possible to serve at the dining table and most importantly our family gets to eat healthy homecook food at our own comfort zone too. Also recently there is a facebook page known as  Cook For Family which you might be interested to join and share your daily cooking with the rest of the members too.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Spicy Gyoza In Chilli Oil

When comes to vote your favourite CP Frozen Food product(s), I believe most of us would choose their "CP Shrimp Wonton" which is a delicious convenient food for most household. And just recently CP Food has launched a few new products such as Japanese Crispy Gyoza, Shrimp Wonton in Tom Yum Soup and Chicken Gyoza which mentioned in this post.

There are many ways that you could cook this Chicken Gyoza like steamed, pan-fry, deep-fried or even add it into your soup together with other ingredients.


SPICY GYOZA IN CHILLI OIL


For this recipe, I incorporate the Wontons In Spicy Sauce also known as "Hong You Chao Shou - 红油炒手" idea where I steamed the Chicken Gyoza and drizzled it with some chilli flavoured oil. Overall these Chicken Gyoza taste quiet decent for frozen food products and indeed they do come in handy when you just need to prepare some quite bite without storming up the kitchen.

(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 8 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 10 CP Chicken Gyoza
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chilli Flavoured Oil
  • 80ml Hot Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vinegar, optional
  • Some Chopped Spring Onion


Method:-
1. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of sugar in 80ml of hot water before adding it into the chili oil together with vinegar and stir till combined. Set aside.

2. Arrange CP Chicken Gyoza on a steaming plate and steamed on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

3. Open the lid, drizzle prepared chilli oil on gyoza and continue to steam for another minute or two.

4. Removed from heat, top with some extra chopped spring onion and served with noodles or steamed rice.


You could served this quick dish either with steamed rice or noodle which I bet it would taste even better during cold raining weather where you just want to fix something quick and yet warming for meals without stepping out of the house.

These CP Chicken Gyoza do come in handy when you are looking for some quick meal ideas during weekday dinner or supper. And moreover it would be ready within 3 - 8 minutes depending on your cooking method such as pan-fry, steaming, boiling and etc.

For your information CP Chicken Gyoza is now available in two different sizes such as CP Chicken Gyoza (200g) in 7-Eleven outlets at S$3.90 whereas the CP Chicken Gyoza (400g) for S$5.90 will be available in all major supermarkets.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Quick Recipes On 3 Dishes 1 Soup

Last Friday I shared a post on "4 Quick Recipes On Soup And Dishes" and some of the readers are delighted to pick up new ideas on their weekend cooking. So this Friday, I am sharing another post with consists of "3 Dishes 1 Soup" which I hope it would be useful for busy mum or parents who wish to cook something nourishes for their family and yet easy to start with.


STEAMED PORK FILLET WITH SHA CHA SAUCE
(沙茶酱蒸腰梅肉)


Pork Fillet also known as "tenderloin" or "腰梅肉 / 里肌肉” in Chinese is the eye fillet that comes from within the loin. It is lean and very tender which is popular among elderly who always bought it for cooking porridge for kiddy as well as using them in cooking during confinement. Here we are using pork fillet together with Sha Cha Sauce (沙茶酱) which is one of the condiment used in Taiwan cuisines. Sha Cha Sauce is made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp which has a savory and slightly spicy taste.


Recipe adapted from 小小米桶的零油烟厨房 recipe book.

(Serves: 4  | Preparation: 5 minutes + 30 minutes (marinate) | Cooking: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
200g Pork Fillet (腰梅肉), cut into thin slices
50g Fresh Black Fungus (黑木耳)
2 Slices Ginger, shredded
2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced

Seasoning:
1 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Glutinous Rice Wine
1 Teaspoon Cornflour
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1.5 Tablespoon Sha Cha Jiang (沙茶酱)

Method:-
1. Rinse the fresh black fungus, cut into bite size and blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove, drained and set aside.

2. Marinate pork fillet with shredded ginger, minced garlic and seasoning for 30 minutes before adding the Sha Cha Sauce and give it a quick stir till combined.

3. Arrange blanched black fungus in deep steaming plate, scatter the marinated pork fillet on top.

4. When the water in the steamer boils, place the plate on the steaming rack. Steam it over medium high heat for about 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked.

5. Turn off the heat. Remove pork fillet, garnish it with some chopped spring onion and extra Sha Cha Sauce(optional) and serve immediately. (we love to give the dish a quick toss before eating so that all ingredients would be evenly coated with the gravy)



STEAMED GARLIC PRAWNS


Steaming seafood with minimum ingredients helps to retain it's freshness as well as sweetness. Here is another steamed prawns dish which used minced garlic and ginger. The amount of minced garlic used could be adjusted according to individual preference. And for extra flavour, you could also add in some cut chilli for spiciness. If you like steamed prawns, do check up my Steamed Drunken Prawns recipe.

(Serves: 2 - 3   | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 5 minutes)

Ingredients:
9 Big Prawns
1 Teaspoon Minced Ginger
5 Cloves of Garlic, finely minced
Some Chopped Spring Onion
1 Tablespoon Cooking / Rice Wine
1 Stall of Spring Onion (extra), cut into sections
2 Slices Of Ginger, shredded

Method:-
1. Mix 1 tablespoon of soy sauce with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and pinch of sugar together and set aside.

2. Trim the feelers off from the prawns, using either a sharp knife or kitchen scissors butterfly the prawns with a deeper cut to make a cavity for the garlic stuffing.

3. Line steaming plate with spring onion and ginger, arrange prepared prawns on top of the spring onion and drizzle some cooking/rice wine over it.

4. Generously filled the cavity of the prawns with minced garlic. Scatter some chopping spring onion and mined ginger.

5. When the water in the steamer boils, place the plate on the steaming rack. Steam it over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or until the prawns are cooked.

6. Turn off the heat, remove prawns, drizzle the prepared soy sauce mixture and serve immediately.



TEOCHEW STYLE STEAMED RED GROUPER


Growing up in a Teochew family, we simply love steamed fish especial White/Sliver Pomfret (白鲳), Threadfin (午鱼), White Spotted Rabbitfish (白肚鱼) and Mackerel (鲭鱼). Usually for Teochew style, our fish is steamed with tomatoes, salted plums / salted vegetables, cut chilli, ginger and spring onions. Sometime shiitake mushrooms are also added for flavour too.

(Serves: 2-3  | Preparation: 10 minutes   | Cooking: 10 - 12 minutes)

Ingredients:
400g Red Grouper Fillet, halved
2 Salted Plum (咸水梅)
1 Tomato, quarters
4 Slices Ginger, shredded
1 Stalk of Spring Onion, cut into sections

Method:-
1. Rinse and pat dry the fillet with kitchen paper towel. Lightly marinate it with some cooking / rice wine together with 1 teaspoon of cornflour.

2. Arrange the spring onion and some shredded ginger on a steaming plate. Place the fish fillet on top and scatter salted plum, tomato wedges and the remaining ginger on it.

3. When the water in the steamer boils, place the prepared fish on the steaming rack and steam it over medium heat for about 10 - 12 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillet) or until fish is cooked through.

4. Turn off the heat, remove the plate. Drizzle some sesame oil/shallot oil over the fish , garnish with extra cut chilli and serve immediately.




LIU WEI TANG OR LOK MEI TONG
(六味汤)


The ingredients of Liu Wei Tang (六味汤) are quite similar to Si Shen Tang (四神汤) where it consists of Xiang Lian (湘莲), Qian Shi (芡实), Huai Shan (淮山), Yu Zhu (玉竹), Bai He (百合), Dried Longan (龙眼肉). Drinking this soup helps in improving digestion, appetite and also nourish the lungs.

You could used either pork ribs or chicken to cook with the herbs above for savoury version or leave it meatless and sweeten it with rock sugar as dessert.


(Serves: 4  | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 1 Hour)

Ingredients:
2 - 3 Chicken Drumstick, skin removed
4 Pieces Pork Ribs, optional
5 Pieces Dry Huai Shan (淮山
15 Pieces Yu Zhu (玉竹)
15g Bai He (百合)
20g Xiang Lian (湘莲)
20g Qian Shi (芡实)
15g Dried Longan (龙眼肉)
1.5 Litres of Water

Method:-
1. Blanch chicken and pork ribs in boiling water for a about 1 minute, remove, rinse and set aside.

2. Bring 1.5 Litres of water to boil, add in all the herbs (rinse them with water before using) together with the blanched meat.

3. When the mixture comes to boil again, lower the heat and simmer for about 1.5 hours. Turn off the heat and season with salt(optional) and serve warm.

4. ALTERNATIVELY transfer the mixture to slow-cooker and cook it on AUTO mode for about 3 hours.

Tip:
~ You could use half portion of chicken for this recipe instead of both chicken and pork ribs.

~ Prepacked Liu Wei Tang herbs could be easily found in major supermarkets or Chinese Medical Hall.


I might be sharing some "1 Dish Meal" recipes next week as I received some emails regarding on this topic. Till then have a great weekend ahead, hope you would like the above recipes.

Friday, 28 September 2012

4 Quick Recipes On Soup And Dishes

Weekend is approaching and I am sure most full-time working mothers are looking forward to prepare some quick and easy nutritious dishes for the family during weekend lunch or dinner. In this post, I would be sharing 4 quick recipes (2 soup, 2 main dish) to inspire your weekend cooking for the family.

Since working mum has a lot of household chores to take care during weekend, I specially pick up dishes that required minimum preparation time and use "steaming" instead of "stir-fry" to avoid oily kitchen stove. So I am sure these 4 simple soup and steamed dishes would come in handy for your weekend meal ideas.

Monday, 10 September 2012

{6 New Recipes} Lunch Gathering At My Place

Recently I have invited a few foodie friends over for a lunch gathering and I was quiet nervous about what to include on that day's menu. To be frankly this is my very first time cooking so many dishes within 2.5 hours to serve 10 person. And the stress level is pretty "high" on my end as most of invited are "food bloggers" who tried many delicious food from all over the restaurants and cafes.

And although this is a casual lunch gathering, I still hope to receive honest feedback on my cooking in order to fine tune my skills not only to cook for my family but for friends who loves food as well. So during the lunch, everyone exchanged views and comments on the food and I am glad everyone enjoys the dishes. Below are a few new recipes of the dishes we had  on that day which you might be interested to try at home.

Menu For The Lunch Gathering!


BAKED ROSEMARY HONEY CHICKEN MID-JOINTS


Photo Credit: Celes from Celestial Delish
This is one of my favourite potluck dish which is very easy to prepare. What you need to do is to marinate it with rosemary, honey and etc before leaving it in the fridge overnight or at least an hour or two. Instead of baking it in the oven, you could also use it as one of the BBQ items too. Recipe can be found HERE.



BAKED SALMON WITH SWEETCORN, TOMATO AND CHEESE


In our household, our favourite way to prepare salmon is to bake it together with lots of shredded cheese, sweetcorn and Japanese Mayonnaise. We love the creamy taste of the mayonnaise and cheese covering the crunchy sweetcorn kernels and juicy salmon cubes. Occasionally I would also throw in some cherry tomato to enhance the flavour.


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

Ingredients:
  • 1 Salmon Fillet (350g), cut into 1.5" cubes
  • Some Japanese Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Corn Kernels
  • 4 - 5 Cherry Tomato, halves
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Some Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Method:-
1. Arrange salmon cubes on a baking plate, top with generous amount of Japanese mayonnaise and sprinkler some freshly ground black pepper on it.

2. Evenly scatter sweetcorn kernel and tomato on the salmon cubes and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

3. Bake prepared salmon in an oven toaster or preheat 200 degree Celsius oven for 15 - 20 minutes or till salmon is cooked to your preference.

Tip:
~ If cherry tomato is not available, you can replace it with a tomato and cut it into wedges.



FRIED CP GYOZA AND FISHBALLS


Photo Credit: Celes from Celestial Delish
CP Chicken Gyoza with Lime and Chilli Mayonnaise Sauce is one of my "new" recipes which I have collaborated with CP Frozen Food for their new Chicken Gyoza. Recipe will be available on their website or recipe cards soon.


OKARA OMELETTE


Using the left over Okara (soybean residues) filtered from my Homemade Organic Soybean Milk to prepare this simple and yet delicious "Okara Omelette" for the guest. Recipe can be found HERE.



RED WINE LEES CHICKEN


Red Wine Lee Chicken is one of the popular dishes taken during confinement. It is prepared using glutinous rice wine, red wine lee and Ginger. Ginger is use to enhance the fragrance of this dish as well it posses warm and healthy properties which can “expel winds” in the body. Whereas wine is helpful in warming and nourishing the body, which promotes blood circulation.

(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 20 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Portion Chicken, chopped to smaller pieces
  • 250ml Glutinous Rice Wine (米酒)
  • 2 Tablespoon Red Glutinous Wine Lees (红槽)
  • 6 Slices Ginger, cut to thin strips
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 Small Cubes Rock Sugar (about 3 - 5g)
  • Some Coriander

Method:-
1. Heat up a wok or claypot with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Add ginger and fry them till fragrant and slightly brown.

2. Add marinated chicken pieces (lightly season it with 1 teaspoon each of cornflour, sesame oil and light soya for 3 - 5 minutes) and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked on the surface.

3. Add in red wine less, dark soy sauce and fry for a few seconds before pouring in the glutinous rice wine. Stir well. Cover with lid and let it simmer on low heat for about 8 minutes.

4. Next add rock sugar for sweetness as well as enhance a beautiful glazed finish. Simmer with lid closed for another 8 - 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

5. Turn off heat, drizzle one tablespoons of Hua Diao Jiu (紹興花雕酒) and splash of sesame oil for extra fragrance and taste.

6. Garnish coriander and serve with steamed white rice.




STEAMED CHICKEN WITH RICE WINE


Steamed Chicken With Rice Wine is one of quick and easy dishes that I learnt from my friend, Tracy during one of my visit to her place. You could prepared everything ahead and put it in the fridge a few hours before steaming to let the rice wine and ginger taste infused into the chicken. We simply love this dish and especially the "wine" taste gravy which is the a "nutritious" chicken broth.

(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 30 - 45 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Portion Of Chicken (600g), cut into pieces
  • 5 Red Dates, sliced
  • 3 Slices of Dang Gui
  • 4 - 6 Small Shittake Mushroom, optional
  • 1 Tablespoon Wolfberries (枸杞)
  • 150ml Sweet Glutinous Rice Wine
Marinade:
1/2 Tablespoon of Fresh Ginger Juice
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

Method:-
1. Trim, clean and pat dry chicken pieces, marinate it with ginger juice and salt for 5 minutes.

2. Place marinated chicken together with the rest of the ingredient in a steaming bowl or wrapped it up in aluminum foil with baking paper that resemble a parcel.

3. Steamed over medium heat using either stove or electrical steamer for about 30 - 45 minutes till meat is tender.

Tip:
~ If glutinous rice wine is not available, you can replace it 100ml of Cooking Wine - Hua Diao Jiu (紹興花雕酒).

~ You can use either fresh or dried shiitake mushroom according to your preference.



STEAMED DRUNKEN PRAWNS


There are a few methods to prepare "Drunken Prawns" where you could soaked the prawns in either cooking wine, rice wine or drinking liquor like XO to draw the flavour of the prawns. Here as I wanted to retain the sweetness and flavour of the prawns, I soaked it with glutinous rice wine and steamed till cooked before I drizzle some "Huiji Waist Tonic (汇集补腰精)" to further enhance the taste.

(Serves: 2-3  | Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking: 7 - 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 10 - 12 Fresh Large Prawns
  • 3 Slices of Ginger, shredded
  • 1 Stall of Spring Onion, cut into section
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Wolfberries (枸杞)
  • 100ml of Sweet Glutinous Rice Wine
  • 1 Cup (20ml) Huiji Waist Tonic (汇集补腰精)

Method:-
1.Trim the feelers of prawns, rise and arrange on a deep steaming plate with some shredded ginger and spring onion below.

2.Top the balance shredded ginger, spring onion, wolfberries and rice wine over prawns and let it soaked for about 5 - 10 minutes.

3. Steam over medium high heat using either stove or electrical steamer for about 7 - 10 minutes.

4. When done, remove and drizzle Huiji Waist Tonic (汇集补腰精) over it and serve immediately.

Tip:
~ If glutinous rice wine is not available, you can replace it 50ml of Cooking Wine - Hua Diao Jiu (紹興花雕酒).



STEAMED EGG WITH SALTED FISH MEATBALLS


It has being long since I last made this dish because I can't really make good steamed egg custard which look "smooth" without big pocket holes (like those shown above). But this is indeed one of my favourite childhood dish that my dad used to cook for us. I love the salted fish fragrant and taste from the meatballs which contrast well with the egg custard.


(Serves: 2-3Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking: 10 - 12 minutes)

Ingredients:
100g Minced Pork/Chicken Meat
20g (1/4 portion) Mackerel Salted Fish
2 Eggs (55g)
160ml Drinking Water

Seasoning:
1/4 Teaspoon Cornflour 1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Light Soy Sauce / Fish Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Sugar

Method:-
1. Marinate minced meat with chopped salted fish and seasoning together for about 10 minutes or an hour more in the fridge for better flavour.

2. Divide the marinated minced meat into small portions to form meatballs.

3. Arrange them on steaming plate and set aside while preparing the egg mixture.

4. Whisk eggs for a few seconds, add in water and mix till well combined.

5. Strained egg mixture into the prepared meatballs plate, cover with aluminum foil and steam over medium low heat for about 10 - 12 minutes.

6. Garnish with some fried shallot and spring onion before serving.



STEAMED FISH FILLET WITH KIWIFRUITS


You might be wondering how is the taste of this dish and is it worth "experimenting" this recipe on your fish. To be more simplify, this "Steamed Fish Fillet With Kiwifruits" taste just like "Teochew" style steamed fish with either salted vegetables or preserved plum.

Surprisingly the kiwifruits taste slightly sweet and sour and it indeed flavour the fish and sauce of this dish. Very appetizing dish that worth trying.


(Serves: 2 | Preparation: 5 minutes | Cooking: 12 minutes)

Ingredients:
  • 300g of Fish Fillet
  • 1 Zespri Kiwifruit, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cooking Wine
  • 4 Slices of Ginger, Shredded
  • 1 Stall of Spring Onion (optional), cut into sections
  • Some Wolfberries (枸杞)
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Some Sliced Chilli, optional
Method:-
1. Clean and pat dry fish fillet, arrange it on steaming plate together with the rest of the ingredients.

2. Steam it over medium using stove or electrical steamer for about 12 minutes depending the thickness of the fish.

Tip:
~ You can use any type of fish fillet such as Threadfin, White Snapper, Grouper or even salmon to your preference.



STEAMED TOFU WITH MINCED MEAT


Tofu is an excellent ingredients to cook in term of it's cost and health benefits. It is economic and yet contains good source of high protein and calcium which is good for the family. Here I am using both minced pork and shrimp for this recipe but you could always replaced minced pork with minced chicken or omit shrimp depending on your preference. For a better texture and crunch, I added some chopped water chestnut and carrot to enhance it's flavour too.


(Serves: 2-3   | Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking: 6 - 8 minutes)

Ingredients A:
  • 1 Tube Silken Egg/Plain Tofu
  • 50g Minced Meat
  • 2 - 3 Prawns (optional), finely chopped
  • Some Wolfberries (枸杞)
  • 1 Teaspoon Light Soy Sauce
  • Coriander Leaves, optional

Ingredient B:
  • 1 Teaspoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Corn Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Water Chestnut, finely chopped
  • 2 Slices Carrot, cut into strips and chopped
  • Some chopped Spring Onion

Method:-
1. Mix minced meat and prawn together with "ingredient B" till well combined and set aside for at least 5 minutes.

2. Cut tofu into circles and arrange on steaming plate, top each slices of tofu evenly with the marinaded meat mixture.

3. Place some wolfberry and coriander leave on the prepared tofu, drizzle 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce around the tofu.

4. Steamed for 6 - 8 minutes depend on the thickness of the meat mixture.

5. Garnish with some chopped spring onion, coriander leave or fried shallot and serve immediately.

Tip:
~ Egg tofu can always be replaced with square silken tofu that is suitable for steaming.

Photo Credit: Celes from Celestial Delish
Lastly, hope these quick and easy recipes above are useful to help you in your daily or weekend cooking ideas.

Photo Credit: Celes from Celestial Delish
Other than the above homecook dishes, Celes also bake a Chocolate Mocha Mousse Cake (recipe HERE) to celebrate Hazel's birthday.

Photo Credit: Celes from Celestial Delish
Whereas Hazel from 爱makan baked us some Pandan Cupcakes with yummy cream cheese spread.

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