Chinese White Fungus Chicken Soup

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This is a very simple soup to make. It just takes 3 ingredients and water and we are done. this recipe was taken from this site.

Ingredients 

4 chicken drumsticks (500g thereabouts)

60g white fungus

Water

Salt

Method

  1. Wash the chicken drumsticks. 
  2. Soak the white fungus in hot water. drain and wash again after it has expanded.
  3. Bring water to boil. add drumsticks. simmer for about 20 minutes. 
  4. Add white fungus and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add salt. Serve once taste is adjusted to your taste.

Chinese Braised Beef with Carrots

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This was so good, it didn’t last 2 meals as I’d planned (1kg of meat there and only 4 people eating!) Recipe from eatlittlebird.

Prep time

20 mins

Cook time

2 hours

Total time

2 hours 20 mins

 

Author: Eat, Little Bird

Recipe type: Dinner

Cuisine: Chinese

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 kg (2 pounds) beef chuck steak, cut into large cubes
  • olive oil for frying
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5-6 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced and separated into white and green parts
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cm (1-2 inches) piece of ginger, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (or more, to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine (Chinese cooking wine) or dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 500 ml (2 cups) beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar (or white sugar)
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 large carrots, sliced thickly
  • small handful of coriander (cilantro), finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large, oven-proof pan (such as a Le Creuset pot) over medium-high heat. Brown the meat in batches and remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add more oil between batches if necessary.
  3. Once you have finished browning all of the meat, add to the pan the garlic, white part of the spring onions, chilli, ginger and Chinese five-spice powder. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant. Pour in the Shaoxing rice wine and let it bubble away for about a minute, scraping the pan with a wooden spoon to make sure that any bits which have stuck to the pan are dissolved in the wine.
  4. Return the meat to the pan, together with any juices which have collected while it has been resting. Sprinkle over the flour and stir everything together until the flour is dissolved and the liquid in the pan starts to thicken.
  5. Pour in the beef stock and soy sauce. Add the sugar, star anise and carrots. Mix everything together well. Place the lid on the pan and put the pan into the oven for about 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. Alternatively, you can cook this on the stove-top over low heat, making sure that you stir regularly.
  6. The beef is done when it is soft and easily falls apart when pierced with a fork. Taste the sauce for seasoning and see if you want to add more soy sauce. If you would like to have more sauce, you can add some boiling water to the stew, though you might have to thicken it with some cornflour if the sauce is too thin.
  7. I like to serve this stew with a good sprinkle of freshly chopped coriander (cilantro), green spring onions (scallions) and some finely sliced red chillies for more kick. Serve with steamed Jasmine rice and some steamed green veges, such as broccoli, on the side.

Easy Stir-Fried Beef With Mushrooms and Butter Recipe

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This recipe is awesome! Found it on seriouseats.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 pound flank steak, sliced about 1/8 inch thick
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 ginger piece, sliced quarter inch thick
  • 1/2 pound mix variety of mushrooms, sliced about a quarter inch or more thick
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Steamed white rice, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. 1.

    Place the beef in a large bowl. Add the salt, sugar, ground black pepper, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon oil, and cornstarch. Mix well and set aside for 30 minutes.

  2. 2.

    When ready to cook, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over high heat until smoking. Add the ginger. Cook for 30 seconds and then remove and discard the ginger.

  3. 3.

    If the wok is no longer smoking, reheat until it is, then add the beef. Spread the beef out with the spatula, cook without moving until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Continue to cook while stirring regularly until half cooked, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  4. 4.

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok over high heat until smoking. Add the mushrooms. Stir and cook the mushrooms until they start releasing their water. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the water evaporates. Depending on the type of mushrooms you use, this can take 5 minutes or more.

  5. 5.

    Once the water evaporates, add 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. Stir and add in the butter and garlic. Toss the butter with the mushrooms until fragrant, about 1 minute, then return the beef to the wok. Cook, stirring, until beef is cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a serving platter immediately and serve with white rice.

东坡肉 Dong Po Rou

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东坡肉 Dong Po Rou

This recipe was a huge success! I got my parents over for dinner and they loved it too. Here’s the amazing recipe from the woks of life.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb slab of pork belly
  • 3 bunches scallions, washed and cut in half lengthwise
  • 8 slices ginger
  • 2 cups Shaoxing wine
  • ⅔ cup light soy sauce
  • 2½ tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 4 – 5 oz. rock sugar, depending on desired level of sweetness

Instructions

  1. Wash the pork belly as a whole piece. Blanch it whole in boiling water for one minute and drain. This process gets rid of any impurities and also allows you to more easily cut the pork belly into same-size pieces. Cut the pork into 3 x 3 inch pieces. You can also make them 2 x 2 inches if you like them smaller. Set aside.
  2. In a medium clay pot (preferably) or a medium (4-quart) regular pot, lay the scallions on the bottom in a thick, even layer. The scallions should cover the entire bottom of the pot. Space the ginger slices evenly over the scallions.
  3. Next lay the pork belly skin-side down on top of the ginger and scallions. Pour over the Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, and dark soy sauce. Add the rock sugar to the pot as well.
  4. Now cover the pot and place it over medium high heat. Once the liquid in the pot comes to a boil, immediately turn down the heat to low and simmer for 90 minutes. No need to stir.
  5. After 90 minutes, you have 2 choices:
  6. 1. Turn the pork belly skin-side up in the pot, cover, and let simmer for another 90 minutes. With the heat at the lowest setting, there should be plenty of liquid in the pot to cook the pork through the entire process––no need to add additional liquid.
  7. 2. Transfer the pork to a heat-proof plate, skin-side up (I used the small clay pots you see in the photos). Drizzle with some of the braising liquid, and place in a steamer for another 90 minutes.
  8. Both methods should yield tender, delicious results! When serving, transfer the pork pieces to a plate. At this point, you can heat the braising liquid in a saucepan to reduce the sauce and drizzle it over the pork.

New Potatoes with herbs and anchovy butter

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This was a surprisingly good recipe! I was looking for a simple recipe for a side dish to go with steaks and found this from thekitchn. Here’s the recipe. 

Serves 2-4

1 pound new potatoes, scrubbed
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 oil-packed anchovy fillet
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (or dill, mint, or a mixture of herbs)
Additional salt, if needed

Place the potatoes, water and salt in a medium pot with a lid and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower heat and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes, or until the tip of a knife pierces easily through one of the larger potatoes.

While the potatoes are simmering, place the butter and anchovy in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash them together, until the anchovy is in small flecks throughout the butter.

When the potatoes are done cooking, drain them in a colander and return them to the still-warm pot. Add the anchovy butter and herbs, and cover pot. Move pot around in a circular motion, so that the potatoes tumble around and are coated completely in the butter and herbs. Depending on the saltiness of your anchovy, you may need to add more salt. Taste a potato and add 1/4 teaspoon salt (or more) if needed. Serve warm.

Additional Notes

  • Fingerling or another type of small, creamy potato can be substituted for new potatoes.

No-fuss Shepherd’s Pie

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Tried this recipe last week. It’s a simple recipe. It works. But I’m sure it can be improved. Here it is:

Ingredients 

Beef Stock recipe

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I have been searching for a good beef stock recipe for the longest time and found this to be really good. It is from food network. Here it goes! 

Ingredients
  • 7 pounds beef bones, sawed into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • 2 cups claret wine

  • 20 peppercorns

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 5 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme

  • 1 1/2 gallons water

  • Directions
    • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the bones on a roasting pan and roast for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and brush with the tomato paste. Lay the vegetables over the bones. Return to the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Place the pan on the stove and deglaze with the wine, scraping the bottom of the pan for browned particles. Put this mixture in a large stock pot. Add the peppercorns, garlic, and herbs. Season with salt. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 4 hours. Remove from the heat and skim off any fat that has risen to the surface. Strain the liquid and discard the bones.


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