This is another must have dish for reunion - 'Ju Hu Char 'or Stir Fried Julienned Turnips With Dried Cuttlefish to be eaten wrapped in lettuce . Awww this is one delicious, flavorful turnip dish that I don't mind cooking for the festive season. Lots of cutting to do though but worth it at the end of the day. I know you can use a shredder to do the job on the turnips but julienned it with a knife is better...taste better...don't ask me why but it does taste better and original LOL! My better half loves this and this will seal his lips for the nite :p He is hokkien so this is a must have dish for the reunion. He will say this is my mom's signature dish and I have been hearing it for the past 27 years since I married him......so to seal his lips I have to cook just as good as his mom and hoping one day he will say......
" you cook this just as good as mom " hahaha I guess I will never hear those words but just the same he ate it heartily and that was enough for my ego :))) Don't ask me what this dish signifies for the chinese hokkien :p but we do love it . We love to wrap it in lettuce ....awww the ghost of the taste still lingers on the tongue as I am writing this post on it :))
step 1- stir fry the turnips and carrot till half cooked
step 2- stir fry the rest of the julienned ingredients till
aromatic- cabbage, dried cuttlefish, onion , dried chinese mushrooms
and lean meat till cooked and aromatic, then add them to the half-cooked
turnips and stir mix all the ingredients together till well mixed
this is so aromatic - great combo
no wonder the hokkien loves this dish :p
Step 3 - cook this under low heat...
till it is done
this is the finish product - ' ju hu char '
for us Piggies we love it eaten wrapped in lettuce :))
Stir Fry Julienned Turnips With Dried Cuttlefish
1 turnip - julienned
1 carrot - julienned8 dried black mushrooms (soaked and shredded )
200 gm of lean meat ( shredded )
40 gm dried cuttlefish ( buy the ready shredded type) - soaked till soft
3 cabbage leaves - ( cut into shreds)
5 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
a drop of thick soy sauce
salt to taste
8 shallots - sliced thinly ( fried )
- Heat wok with 5 tbsp oil and fry the shallots till lightly brown and crispy. Dish up and put aside. Using the remaining oil, fry the julienne turnips and carrots till half cooked. Dish up the turnips and carrots and put aside. Heat a tbsp of oil to the wok, stir fry the cuttlefish till fragrant , then add in the rest of the shredded ingredients and stir fry till cooked, then add in the turnips and continue to fry till it is well mixed and the turnips are soft. Add in salt to taste and a drop of thick soy sauce for coloring. Lastly, add in the fried shallots and mixed well. You can keep some of the fried shallots for garnishing later when serving.
Note: This dish can be eaten alone by itself as a dish or eaten wrapped in lettuce.
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