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Just updated our trip to the backcountry.

Enjoy.

Bought this very nice piece of pork belly for awhile and couldn’t wait to try out the roast pork recipe I found on Instagram. I was a bit hesitant to make it at first, afraid that I would mess it up (even though the recipe was foolproof). I decided to give it a shot since I would never know if I didn’t try.IMG_6977

The meat came out beautifully, except the skin was not thick enough for the crispiness, plus it was a bit on the salty side. These are the things I need to work on for my next piece of delicacy!IMG_6978Overall, it made it the dinner table tonight.IMG_6982

Had lunch with my sisters today at a Vietnamese restaurant. My sisters each ordered a bowl of pho which came with a bundle of basil. One of them didn’t bother putting in the soup, so quickly I grabbed it and thought of using it for tonight’s dinner -Thai basil chicken.

Thai basil chicken is something I’ve always ordered when dining at Thai restaurants. Never knew how easy it is to make and the taste was also amazing! The recipe calls for Thai Holy basil, but since those are hard to find, I substitute with the basil I got from the Vietnamese restaurant. It could be a tad bit spicier (didn’t want to go too far in fear my boys can’t handle the heat). I made a lot more so we can save some for tomorrow’s lunch. There’s so much to play with this recipe I can’t wait to try again.

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Using the slow cook to make the Vietnamese beef stew (Bò Kho)  for tonight’s meal. Popped in beef brisket, potatoes, carrots, lemon grass, bay leaf, anise seeds, a can of coconut water and plain water. Set slow cook on low in the morning, come back and dinner is ready. This is the best kind of dinners.

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Ginger milk pudding (姜汁撞奶), a Chinese (Cantonese) hot dessert, is believed to be very beneficial to the body: such as

  • improving the body complexion because of the milk protein,
  • helping in blood circulation because of the ginger effect,
  • Reducing coughing and avoid flu,
  • Inhibiting fats absorption and
  • Calming effect and hence reducing insomnia problems.

I prepared three times and the first two attempts weren’t successful. Well, do not worry, even if it failed, you can just drink your milk instead of eating the curd using spoon. Taste is exactly the same. I finally figured out it was the milk I used. It needs to be whole milk (was using 2% or 1% milk fat and that didn’t work).

Basically, this dessert is so simple only requires 3 ingredients: milk, sugar and ginger. Though simple, there are some tricks to making it the way it should be:

  • be sure to use the ‘old’ ginger (grated to get the juice only)
  • use whole milk
  • warm up the milk to 176F (or 80C) before pouring it into the bowl with ginger juice

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Boys are huge fans of teppanyaki. That’s the food they always suggest if we don’t have a place in mind.Seriously, it requires no work to make it, that’s why I don’t know why restaurants charge so much for this. I’ve had the iron griddle for years and love using it for other dishes. So I decided to make one for Ah Lo last night. He was so happy, he lit up! Even gave me a huge hug for this which makes all the “hard work” worthwhile.

Dai Bee was choir rehearsal, so he didn’t get to try. I’m sure I will be making this again.

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Instead of passing out the traditional red envelopes this year, I’ll be handing out these chicks! I started out with one, and then a brood of them came into life. I’ve only made enough for my nephews and nieces. Not sure if they will keep it, but I had fun making it.

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These are marbled tea eggs (茶葉蛋) are one of the more popular dishes on the table during Chinese New Year, but can be consumed all year long! The eggs symbolize prosperity and wealth. Sometimes when I crave for it, I  would buy them as snacks. This year, I found simple recipes online and made a few as one of our dishes for meatless Monday meal.

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Here’s the CNY version of meatless Monday meal.IMG_5812.jpg

Recipe for tea eggs:

  1. boil 6 eggs
  2. in a pot fill up:
    • 2-3 cups of water
    • 2 star anise
    • 1 stick of cinnamon
    • 2 bags of black tea, any kind you like. Pu-erh is traditionally used.
    • Soy Sauce, about ½ cup
    • 1 teaspoon of pepper corns
    • 1 small rock sugar
    • dried orange or mandarin peel (optional)
  3. gently crack the hard boiled eggs
  4. put cracked eggs in the pot and bring everything to a boil. Close lid, simmer for 40-50 minutes.

Using the traditional Chinese simmer method, I tried making the cold cut spiced marinade beef shin for the first time. Had time to marinade it the night before so it was ready by the time we got home. Needs a bit more juice, but the flavor is there.img_4800

Trying out a new recipe today! Winter melon (冬瓜) is a versatile fruit, very delicious made as savory soup. This time I made it to a savory dish with shrimp, mushrooms, dried scallops and snow fungus. It’s healthy and very light. I will definitely try it again.

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