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Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Sea cucumber on its own is tasteless.  The best way is to cook it by braising with sauce and some other ingredients for it to soak up the flavours.
This dish is the most common way that we used to cook sea cucumbers at home.  Braising it with nam yee [fermented beancurd] makes it tasty and aromatic.  As this is a family recipe, most ingredients are just estimates.  To cook this dish, you need only to stir fry the ingredients until aromatic, add water and braise until the sauce is reduced.  Taste to adjust the seasoning.

sea cucumbers - washed and slice slantwise about 1.5 cm thick
some roasted pork [pork belly part] - cut bite size pieces
1/2 red carrot - peeled and sliced
1-2 stalks Chinese leeks - washed and cut slantwise
2-3 dried mushrooms - soaked and cut thick pieces or halved
a few slices ginger
1-2 cloves garlic - sliced
1 piece fermented red bean curd [nam yee]
salt, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, wine and sugar to taste
cooking oil and sesame oil
enough water to cover ingredients

  1. Heat oil in wok, saute ginger and garlic until fragrant.  Add in the nam yee, stir to mix well.
  2. Add in roasted pork, mushrooms and carrots.  Stir to mix well. Add in seasoning and water.
  3. Bring to boil, taste to adjust seasoning.  Add in sea cucumber, continue to cook until gravy is slightly reduced.
  4. Stir in the leeks to cook.
  5. Dish up to serve with rice.
This post is linked to Cook and Celebrate: Chinese New Year 2016 hosted by Yen from GoodyFoodies, Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe
and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids



Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I like sea cucumber. The texture is nice and chewy but I don't know how to prepare it at home.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, it is easy to prepare this dish if you can get the wet sea cucumbers from the wet market. The braising time is shorter cos' most of these will shrink alot cos' it isn't of good quality.

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

Thanks for linking this delicious sea cucumber dish with us at Cook and Celebrate :)


Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, this is a rather expensive dish to prepare unless one prepares the sea cucumber from stretch that is the soaking of dried sea cucumbers.

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