Homey, Chinese style dishes are simple and at times could be surprisingly good. The use of some basic ingredients with a main ingredient can make each dish so unique, apart from being tasty and delicious.
This dish is an example of what I am trying to say.
The basic ingredients are some meat, ginger, chilli and preserved soy bean paste [taucheong]. These basic ingredients can be used to fry a variety of vegetables of your choice [from leafy greens to beans, quash and gourd].
Recipe inspired by Chinese TV Cook Show with modifications
2 stalks of celery – peeled and cut thin slices
½ red chilli – seeded and shredded
1 cm piece ginger – shredded
2 tbsp preserved soy bean paste [taucheong]
50 gm pork belly – shredded [you can use pork tenderloin]
½ tbsp oil
1 tbsp cooking wine
Dash of msg and pepper to taste
- Heat up a non-stick wok, fry shredded meat pork with oil until fragrant and oil oozes out [you may need more oil if using pork tenderloin]. Push aside and add in ginger and red chilli, sauté until aromatic.
- Add in taucheong and seasoning. Stir to mix all ingredients, then add in some water.
- Bring to boil for several minutes, add in the vegetables. Give it a good toss and stir well until vegetables are cooked.
- Dish up to serve immediately.