Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Bak Kwa For CNY 2022

Its time to make these finger licking good Chinese Meat Jerky/ Bak Kwa in Hokkien and 'Long Yok' in Cantonese. I make them almost every CNY for the husband. This year I am thankful I could make them for him to enjoy, once a year affair. Lol, so pitiful . It is not hard to make but considering I had a recent hamstring injury and just recovered, I tried not to overdo and thus make a small load for him. Oven grilled is much easier than grill them over charcoal fire. Of course the later , is authentic and smell good. But just the same oven grilled taste good too. And making them yourself is more economical and we can control the sweetness too. I used the recipe which I took from Sonia in 2017. Recipe link is at the bottom of this page.

so happy that they turned out great

Pizza cutter is best tool to use for cutting them after the first 25 mins of grilling
Preferably to marinade them overnight in fridge for richer flavour

Recipe link

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Crispy Tofu

This is a very delicious tofu dish. Using Japanese egg tofu with fish paste, egg, green onions, ham, carrots, water chestnuts and some seasoning salt ,white pepper. Mix them together and steam. Once cool, cut , coat with potato starch and deep fried. You will get the most delicious crispy tofu just like how they serve in restaurants. You can serve this crispy tofu for the coming CNY. I am sure the old and young will love this flavourful and crispy tofu. Give it a try and you will add it to your family dinner menu. I make this very often since 2013, the year I learned to make this dish.
Using potato starch as coating gives the tofu the lasting crisp until the last piece

Dust off extra potato starch before deep frying
Cut into desired sizes, either square or rectangular shape
Cool the tray of Steamed tofu before cutting into desired sizes

Crispy Mashed Tofu - adapted from Wendy 

3 pieces Japanese egg tofu
125 gm fish paste
1 large egg
2 rbsp carrot shreds
2 tbsp finely sliced spring onions and parsley ( can use coriander )
2 waterchestnuts, finely diced
1 slice sandwich ham (30 gm) finely diced
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt and pepper to taste.

1/2 cup potato starch

1. Mix everything together with a mixer ( or by a hand, but I was laseeee)
2. Line a 7 inch squarre pan with heat safe plastic wrap
3. Pour mixture into lined pan.
4. Steam on medium heat for 8-10 minutes 
5 .Let the steamed tofu cool down in the pan.
6. When tofu has totally cooled, lift tofu up from pan and remove from plastic wrap.
7. Cut into cubes or diagonal pieces, whichever way you like.
8. Heat a wok with sufficient oil for frying.
9. Coat tofu pieces with potato starch and deep fry until golden.
10. Drain tofu pieces well and serve with chilli sauce.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Homemade Wanton Skin

Since the pandemic started in 2019, I have learned to stay home and make dishes from stratch. First I learned how to make pasta with pasta maker. Later down the road, I bought a pasta maker since I love fresh pasta more than the dry ones and there is no stopping me from making fresh noodles and pasta with the pasta maker. And today I used the same pasta maker to roll out the wanton skin to the right even thickness. Makes it so much easier than using a rolling pin to roll out to even thickness. I guess practice makes perfect if using a rolling pin. But since I have a pasta maker, and following the step by step from YouTube, making these wanton skin will not be a problem. I am glad they turned out looking legit 😀 I will post up the link to this wanton skin tutorial from you tube at the bottom page of this post.
 love this homemade version of wanton skin

 shrimps and pork mince fillings

Link for the step by step tutorial for making this wanton skin from scratch

Dough ingredients
1.5 cups AP Flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate/ baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

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