Sunday, 23 December 2012

Steamed Tofu With Braised Minced Meat Mushroom Sauce


1 box of Tofu (cut into squares and steamed for 3 minutes. Drain the liquid)

150g minced pork

8 dried mushrooms (cubed)

2 cloves garlic (minced finely)

2 tbsp thick dark soy sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp cooking oil

500ml or more water


1. Heat the cooking oil in a non stick wok. Saute the garlic.

2. Add the minced pork into the wok. Cook for a minute. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook for a minute.

3. Drizzle the soy sauces and cook for a minute. Pour in the water and let it cook.

4. Turn the heat down and braise for Aries least an hour. The sauce should be greatly reduced.

5. Arrange the Tofu pieces on the plate. Ladle the minced meat sauce onto the Tofu.

May add some starch water to thicken the sauce. 

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Braised Pork With Dried Mushrooms and Carrots


500g pork (五花肉) - cut into strips
20 small or medium size dried mushrooms (soak with water until soften)
2 carrots (peeled and chopped into big pieces)
4 cloves of garlic (whole)
3 tbsp thick dark soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp rock sugar
1 tbsp cooking wine
1 tbsp cooking oil
500ml or more water
Sea salt


1. Heat the cooking oil in a non stick wok.

2. Sauté the garlic until lightly browned.

3. Add the pork and stir fry.

4. Add the thick dark soy sauce and continue to stir fry for few minutes.

5. Add the cooking wine and oyster sauce and stir fry.

6. Add the water and carrots. Cook for 10 minutes.

7. Turn the heat down and simmer for an hour.

8. Add the rock sugar. By now, the sauce should have reduced by half. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and stir well.

May cook with clay pot for better results.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Prawn Aglio Olio

Serve 3
1 bulb of garlic (minced finely)
4 chilli Padi (deseeded and minced)
2 tbsp Italian Parsley (minced finely)
12 prawns (deshelled and deveined)
200g spaghetti
3 tbsp Olive oil
Water for cooking spaghetti
Coarse black pepper

1. Boil a pot of water. Once boiling rapidly, add a tsp of sea salt and few drops of Olive oil. Add the spaghetti and cook accordingly to the instruction. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
2. Season the prawns with a pinch of salt. Add some Olive oil in a non stick pan and saute the prawns till cooked. Sprinkle some chopped Italian parsley. Remove and set aside.
3. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in the pan. Saute the chilli padi and garlic till fragrant. Add the 2 tbsp Italian parsley. Turn the heat off. Toss the spaghetti in and mix well with sea salt and coarse black pepper. If too dry, add the water that was used to cook the spaghetti.
4. Divide the spaghetti into 3 plates and put 4 prawns on top of the spaghetti.