When I cook, I don’t always follow the recipes. Well, maybe the first time I will. Then after that I will adjust the cooking to how I want it to be. I always tell my friends cook however they want, after all they’re the ones eating the food. Here I am showing you the most frequently used spices/sauces for my cooking. Also the measuring cups and spoons.
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This dish is perfect for summer time when you eat it cold. It is using so many vegetables which is good for health. Simple and delish!
3 packs sweet potato noodles
Beef 5 oz.
Mixed vegetables about 1 pound (I used bell peppers, carrot, mushroom, water spinach, black fungus, red onion)
1tbsp white roasted sesame seeds for garnish
Cut beef into thin strips and marinate it with salt, cooking wine, half egg white and table spoon of corn starch for 30 minutes. Also cut vegetables into thin shreds.
Bring a big sauce pan of water to boil and cook the Water spinach in the boiling water for 1/2 minute, then rinse it with cold water to keep the color.
Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook for 7-8 minute or to the right tenderness you prefer. Rinse it under running water until the noodle is cold.
Add 2 tbsp oil in a hot cooking pan, add the beef and vegetables except bell peppers to the oil and saute for about 4 minutes, then add the bell peppers and continue to cook a minute.
Use a fork to beat the rest of egg from marinate, pan fry it into a thin layer, then thin shred it.
Add everything to a mixing bowl, add 1.5 to 2tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp chicken powder, 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1/2 tbsp sugar, 2tbsp sesame oil, sesame seeds and mix well. ( if you like it spicy, add some hot oil)
This is easy to make, I used to buy the sour cabbage from the store but they don’t really taste right, maybe they add something else to make it ferment faster so the taste of it is usually way too strong for me.
You will need a big glass jar, some Chinese cabbage or mustard green. The only ingredients adding are water and salt.
Add 2% of salt to the total weight of vegetables (vegetable cleaned and cut in halves or quarters) and let it sit for one to two hours in room temperature until the vegetable is wilted and a lot of water coming out of the vegetable.
Add the vegetable and the water from the vegetables to the big jar, usually the water from vegetable is not enough to cover the vegetable, so you will need to add some more water to the jar. Weigh the water you need then add 2% of salt to the total weight to the water and stir to dissolve the salt, then add it to the jar.
Make sure the water is enough to cover all the vegetable, don’t let any of the vegetable float to the surface. You can use a piece of stone to press down vegetable, if you don’t have one, then get a plastic bag and add some water to it and tie it up tight and put it on top of vegetable.
Seal the jar with the lid and keep it in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks, it all depends on the weather, if it is warm/hot then it will ferment faster, if it is cold then it may take 4 weeks to become sour. If you use Chinese cabbage the color will go from light greenish yellow and white to beautiful yellow and white when it is ready. If you use mustard green then the color will go from bright green to brownish green like the pictures shown above.
When you think it is sour enough you can take it out and keep them in freeze for up to one month. The taste of it is smooth sour not too strong. I use it to make soup, saute with meat or just saute by itself. Yum!
I have a lot of ground beef in my freezer, so I decided to make some dumplings today. Dumpling that is made with home made dumpling wrapper is much better than store bought wrappers.
Here is the recipe for the dumpling wrapper:
All purpose flour 700g
Water 340- 350g
In a big bowl mix everything together to form a dough then cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let stand for 15-20 minutes.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it with your hand for 20-25 seconds. It will be much softer and smoother now. Cover with the plastic wrap again and let stand for another 15-20 minutes.
Take the dough out again and repeat above. This time the dough will look perfectly round and smooth.
Now cover it again and let stand for 1 hour.
After one hour, take it out of the bowl and roll it out to a long roll, cut it into 4 rolls, cover 3 of them with a damp cloth.
Roll the rolls thinner and longer, then cut them into smaller pieces. (Each 100g of flour will make about 10 small wrappers, so here we can make about 70)
Press down each piece of small dough, then use a rolling pin to roll it out to a wrapper, it should be thick in the center and thin on the edge.
Wrap your favorite meat or vegetables using the wrappers.
Here is how to cook dumplings:
Bring a lot of water to boil, then add dumplings to the water, use a spatula to stir the water from the bottom so the dumplings wont stick to the bottom, cover with a lid.
When the water is boiling again, add one cup of cold water to it and cover again.
When the water is boiling for the second time, add another cup of cold water and cover.
When the water is boiling for the third time, it is time to eat the dumplings.
For dumpling wrapper, the ratio of flour : water is 2:1 or a little bit less of water it could be 48% of water because if you add too much water, the dough is going to be too soft so after you cook the dumplings, the texture will be mushy.
But if you are making steam buns, you want to add a little bit more than 50% of water to the flours.
I had too much meat left today so I decided to make some steam buns, it was so juicy. LOL…
Preparation: The day before making and assembling the cake, make the Crepe Batter (see recipes below); refrigerate.
Crepe Batter: 6 tablespoons butter 3 cups milk 6 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 7 tablespoons granulated sugar Pinch salt In a small pan, melt the butter until lightly browned; remove from heat and set aside. In a separate, small pan, warm the milk until steaming; remove from heat and set aside to allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl using your electric mixer at a low speed, mix together the eggs, flour, sugar, and salt. Slowly add in the warm milk and browned butter. Pour the batter into a tightly-sealed container to refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
200g cooked Taro (steam over water until fork tender)
2tbsp cold water
Heavy cream 2 cups
Add first 3 ingredients together in a food processor and mix until taro is smooth.
Add the taro mixture and heavy cream in a big bowl and mix with an electronic hand mixer until soft peak. keep in refrigerator.
Remove the prepared Crepe Batter from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature:
Using a nonstick pan over medium heat. Evenly distribute approximately ¼ cup of batter; swirl to cover the surface of the pan. Cook approximately 40 seconds or just until the bottom of the crepe becomes lightly browned. Using your clean fingers, gently and carefully flip the crepe over and Cook on the other side for 20 more seconds. Remove the cooked crepe onto a prepared baking sheet or a big plate. Repeat this process until you have at least 20 perfect crepes. NOTE: You might need to prepare a few practice crepes in the beginning.
Remove the prepared taro Filling from the refrigerator:
Assembly of 20-Layer Crepe Cake: Place one (1) prepared crepe on a large cake plate. With a small spatula or wide blade knife, completely cover the crepe with a thin layer of the pastry cream mixture . Cover with another dry crepe and repeat covering with the taro fillings until you have reached 20 layers. The 20th crepe will be the last or top layer.
Refrigerate the cake for a minimum of 2 hours. Allow to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before serving. Dust with powdered (confectioners’ sugar).
If you want to decorate the cake with more taro, you can use another 200g of cooked taro, 3tbsps condensed milk, 1tbsp water and process in a food process until smooth, then add 1/3 cup heavy cream and mix until smooth. It would be prettier if I had used strawberry to decorate the cake, but I used whatever I had on hand.
I love Chinese sour cabbage so much, but it is not always easy to find it from supermarkets. sometimes when I am lucky to find one they don’t taste quit right to me. So I started searching online for recipes. This one is easy and the result is so good. Only 3 basic ingredients: cabbage, cold water, and salt.
Quarter the cabbage, if it is dirty outside then clean it with running water. Add 2% salt (2% the weight of the vegetable), sprinkle over the cabbage. Let it marinate for 1-2 hours, water will come out of the cabbage so the vegetable will become soft.
Use a glass container with lid ( I don’t have one, so I used a big china mixing bowl), add the cabbage to the glass container or bowl, make sure add the water from the vegetable back to the container too.
If the water is not covering the cabbage, then add more water to it. Make sure add 2% of salt again to the water(2% the weight of the water). Get a big stone to press down the vegetable and leave it on top of the vegetable to make sure the vegetable is totally under the water ( again I don’t have a stone at home either, so I use a clear plastic bag to hold enough water in it to substitute it). Seal the container with the lid and leave it for 2-3 weeks in room temperature( I seal mine with plastic wrap). Depend on the temperature, the time will vary, I did it for 2 weeks and it was sour enough for me.
When it is sour enough for you, take it out of the water and squeeze the excess sour juice then put it in a zip lock bag and freeze it.
Chinese New Year is coming, so I made this pork Jerky today for the holiday.
Ground pork 1150 g (lean pork preferred)
Oyster sauce 2 tbsps
Light soy sauce 2 tbsps
Dark soy sauce 1 tbsp
Cooking wine 2 tbsps
Sugar 100 g
Fish sauce 2 tbsps
Five spice powder 1tsp
White pepper powder 1/2 tsp
Red yeast rice powder 1tbsp (optional for color)
Mix all the ingredients together and mix in one direction for 3,4 minutes or until meat is very sticky.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour ( I did over night).
Preheat oven to 350F.
Get a piece of parchment paper the size of cooking sheet, add 1/5 of the meat to the center of the paper and use a spatula to spread it a little bit, then add a piece of plastic wrap or another piece of parchment paper over the meat. Use a rolling pin to roll the meat thinner over the paper to the size of the baking sheet.
Remove the plastic wrap or parchment paper from the top of the meat, and move the meat to a baking sheet.
Bake it in the preheated oven for 12 minutes, take it out and brush a layer of honey on the top. Go back into the oven and continue to bake another 5 minutes. （if you see broth now make sure to empty it from the baking sheet)
After 5 minutes, take it out again and flip the pork jerky to the other side and brush with a layer of honey too, also sprinkle some sesame seeds all over it. Go back to the oven for the last 5 minutes.
Take the pork jerky out and let it cool down, cut the irregular edges off, then cut them into any shape you want.
Pour all the marinate sauce into duck’s cave and make sure use your hand to evenly spread inside the duck. Use a bamboo stick to seal the open.
Bring 2 quarts water to boil, then use a big spoon to pour the boiling water all over the duck for 30 seconds.
Rinse the duck with cold water for 30 seconds.
Bring the crispy water to boil then use a big spoon again to pour it all over the duck for another 30 seconds.
Hang the duck and let dry for 4 hours with a fan on ( it is winter now, so I hang it outside)
Brush the skin paste all over the duck and let dry then repeat it one more time.
Brush some oil all over the duck before you put it inside the preheat 380F oven.
Roast it with breast side up for 30 minutes then turn the duck and roast for another 30 minutes. Turn the duck one more time with breast up for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the thickest part of meat’s temperature reaches 165F.
Let the duck rest for 15 minutes before you cut it.