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Thursday, July 28, 2016

EZCR#69 - WANTAN WITH RED CHILLI VINEGAR SAUCE

These boiled dumplings are easy to make and just perfect for a light meal or served with noodles.
The filling is a mixture of meat and prawns which can be replaced with fish paste too.  Served with a spicy, sourish  vinegar dipping sauce makes it appetising and tasty.  You can use black vinegar sauce, too.
Ingredients
[makes 40-50 wantans]
100 gm minced pork
100 gm plain prawn paste or fish paste
1 stalk spring onions - chopped
enough wantan wrappers [about 100 gm]
Seasoning
1/4 tsp each of salt and sugar
dash of pepper and sesame seed oil
Dipping Sauce [combined
1 tsp each of Szechuan chilli oil, red chilli oil, vinegar and oyster sauce
1 tbsp cooled boiled water
  1. Combine minced pork and paste with seasoning.  Stir until paste is sticky.  Mix in some chopped spring onions.  Set aside.
  2. Combine dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Spread some filling onto wantan skin, bring edges together to make the dumpling.  Finish doing the same for the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring a pot of water to boil, drop dumplings to cook.  The dumplings will float to the surface when cooked.  Dish up with a serrated ladle.
  5. Serve with dipping sauce or drizzle sauce over dumplings.  Garnish with remaining spring onions.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

EZCR#68 - TIAN MA HERBAL PORK RIB SOUP

This herbal soup recipe was shared by a Chinese chef on TV cook show.  The actual portion of ingredients were not specifically given but I managed to jot down while watching it.
It is a tasty herbal soup suitable for cold season.  Tian Ma is said to be good for the brain and energise the body, while the sok tei is beneficial for kidney.  The other ingredients like fresh cordyceps and gingko nuts each has its own nutritional benefits.
Ingredients
1 large piece Tian Ma
1 piece dong quai
1 piece sok tei
1 tbsp Goji seeds
a handful of fresh cordyceps [optional]
6-7 red dates
a few slices of ginger
300 gm meaty pork ribs - washed and blanched
a handul of Gingko nuts - optional
800 ml water
Seasoning
1 tbsp each wine and light soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt to taste
  1. Rinse the herbs well.  Bring water to boil is a soup pot for 10 minutes, add in blanched meaty ribs.  Bring to boil for 20 minutes or until ribs are almost tender.
  2. Add in dates and Goji seeds and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes.
  3. Serve hot.

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