Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chicken Bak Kwa 鸡肉干







Ingredients (makes two 9"x 9" tray plus 10 pcs small round version)
  • 400gm skinless chicken breast meat 
  • 200gm skinless chicken thigh 
Seasoning 
  • 100gm fine sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp corn oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rose wine
  • 2 tbsp Hua Tiao Jiu
  • 1 tbsp red yeast rice powder
Glazing – 1 tbsp honey mixed with 1 tbsp oil
Top picture : spread marinated meat on a 9"x 9" tray and bake for 20 mins at 160deg cel. Cut into 4 portions, glaze and continue to bake till nicely brown on both sides at 220 deg cel. Bottom picture : Trying a small portion using air fryer. Air fry at 160 deg cel for 10 mins on each side. Glaze at the end of 2 mins for both sides. 
Method
  1. Put chicken breast meat and thigh with 1 tbsp cornflour and 1 tsp salt into food processor and blend till fine.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all seasoning ingredients and mix well. Add in minced meat and stir till mixture is sticky. Cover and allow to marinate in fridge overnight.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spread some marinated meat over, about 5mm thickness. Bake in preheated oven at 160 deg cel for 20 mins.
  4. Remove tray from oven. Drain away any liquid if necessary. Slice meat into 4 portions. Turn the meat slices, bottom facing up now. Brush with some honey mixture. Bake in preheated oven at 220 deg cel for 10 mins. Flip the meat slices and brush honey mixture again. Continue to bake for another 10 mins until the colour reach your desire preference. 
  5. Cool on rack completely before storing.
To make bak kwa coins in airfryer : Spread tbsp of meat mixture onto a baking paper. Shape into round using the back of a metal spoon. Air fry at 160 deg cel for 10 mins. Brush with honey mixture at the last 2 mins. Flip the meat slices and brush with honey mixture again. Continue to airfry for 8-10 mins. 






Monday, January 15, 2018

Healthy 2018 CNY Dishes

Are you ready for the coming Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY) in a month's time! Sharing with you how to prepare simple and healthy CNY inspired dishes which are infused with Huiji Herbal Tonic even suitable for kids! There's no need to slog in the kitchen to churn out dishes after dishes. I've prepared a quick and easy stir fry dish loaded with healthy vegetables which I've named it 四季生财 Treasure in Lettuce Cups plus two healthy steamed dishes i.e. 吉祥如意 Steamed Chicken Wings in Herbal Broth and 百花齐放 Auspicious Steamed Marrow Rolls! 


 四季生财 Treasure In Lettuce Cups

Ingredient
  • 100gm Chinese sausage
  • 100gm fresh shittake mushroom
  • 100gm five spice bean curd
  • 50gm green capsicum
  • 50gm red capsicum 
  • 100gm sweet corn kernels
  • 100gm water chestnut
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Chinese wine
  • 2 tbsp Huiji Waist Tonic
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • butterhead lettuce 

Method
  1. Cut sausage, mushroom, bean curd, capsicum and water chestnut into small cubes. 
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok. Saute ginger and garlic till fragrant. Add sausage and fry till crispy and brown at the edge.
  3. Add in mushroom and bean curd, mix well. Add in water and seasoning and fry for a min.
  4. Add in capsicum, corn and water chestnut and cook till heated through. 
  5. Scoop filling into individual butterhead lettuce and place on serving plate. Serve.

百花齐放 Auspicious Steamed Marrow Rolls

Ingredient (approx 25 rolls)
  • 1 medium marrow
  • 200gm fish paste
  • 100gm minced meat
  • 100gm minced prawn meat
  • 2 tbsp chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tsp chicken seasoning powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp corn flour 
Sauce
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tbsp Huiji Waist Tonic
  • 1 tsp chicken seasoning powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch water
Method
  1. Peel and slice marrow into wide strips. Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute until soft. Drain away water and set aside to cool down.
  2. Combine fish paste, minced meat, minced prawn, carrot, spring onion and water chestnut together. Add in seasoning and mix till meat mixture is sticky. Cover and chill in fridge for 30 mins.
  3. To make rolls. Take a slice of marrow strip, spread a thin layer of meat filling over and roll up the marrow stripe. Secure the roll with a string of chive. Repeat till marrow strip are used up. There will be some balance of meat fillings. 
  4. Place marrow rolls on a plate and steam over high heat for 8 mins. Transfer the steamed rolls onto a serving dish. Sieve the liquid into a small saucepan.
  5. Add water, Huiji Waist Tonic, seasoning powder, sesame oil and soy sauce into the saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and drizzle in cornstarch water. Simmer till sauce is thickened. Drizzle the sauce over marrow rolls and serve immediately. 

吉祥如意 Steamed Chicken Wings in Herbal Broth

Ingredient
  • 12 chicken wings
  • 6 seedless red dates
  • 10 pieces dried longan
  • 6 pieces Yu Zhu, 玉竹
  • 4 pieces Dang Gui, 当归
  • 2 tbsp wolfberries
  • 1 tbsp hua tiao jiu
  • 2 tbsp Huiji Waist Tonic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
Marinade :
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of white pepper
Method
  1. Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Separate the wings and discard the tip. Marinate with seasoning for at least 30mins. 
  2. Rinse all herbs. In a small bowl combine herbs, except wolfberries, with a cup of water and soak for 15 mins.
  3. Arrange marinated chicken wings in a deep dish. Pour in herbs and the soaked liquid. Scatter wolfberries and the seasoning over the chicken wings mixture. 
  4. Steam over medium high heat for 15 mins. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Airfried Crispy Spice Chicken Wings

Super love these fried chicken wings which are done in the air fryer! Think I've used less than 1/2 tbsp of oil for the 12 chicken wings (I used oil spray) unlike the convention way of deep frying which uses a whole lot of cooking oil....awesome! Crisp and healthier fried chicken wings which we can indulge without much guilt!   


Ingredient
  • 12 chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp spice salt powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp Chinese wine
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
This pic is half way through the air frying process.
Method
  1. Rinse and pat dry chicken wings. Marinate chicken wings with spice salt, pepper and wine. Cover and chill overnight.
  2. Bring to room temperature before air frying. Sprinkle flour evenly all over the marinated wings, ensure it coated with flour on all sides. Set aside for 15 mins. 
  3. Preheat air fryer at 200 deg cel for 5 mins. Spray some oil on the baking pan. Place some chicken wings on the pan, spray a little oil over the wings. Air fry at 200 deg for 10 mins, turn the wings over and continue to airfry for another 10mins. 



Friday, January 5, 2018

One Pot Green Curry Penne with Salmon





Ingredient
  • 250gm San Remo Pulse Pasta 
  • 1 zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into chunks
  • 150gm oyster mushroom
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 3 heap tbsp Thai green curry paste
  • 200ml light coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • handful of thai basil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Method
  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep pan. Add onion and saute till soft and fragrant. Add in garlic and ginger and fry briefly. 
  2. Add in curry paste and mix well. Add in zucchini, yellow pepper and oyster mushroom and fry for a minute. Add pasta and toss well.
  3. Pour in water and coconut milk. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10mins until pasta is al dente and sauce is thickened. Stir a few times in between cooking duration.
  4. Add basil and mix evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and serve.


Airfried Salmon : Marinate 4 x 125gm salmon with 1 tbsp smoke montreal steak seasoning. Airfry at 180 deg cel for 10 mins. 

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