Monday, February 25, 2019

Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg Custard)

Chawanmushi is a classic Japanese steamed egg custard that is served in a cup. A delicate and savoury appetiser for the family. I made the Dashi broth with bonito flakes and Korean Ottogi Sea Tangle (kelp) The Dashi broth is what makes the egg custard tasty and the texture of the egg custard is silky smooth and wobbly. You can add any fillings you want to the egg custard. I have just prawns and carrots in the fridge, so I have just this two ingredients for the fillings. The prawns and carrots lend a contrasting  mouthfeel to the dish. A beautiful appetizer to serve to the family or when you have guests. It appeals to both adults and children. This is served in Japanese Restaurant when we order their set meal .

I will prepare this dish whenever I have bonito flakes and kelps in the house. Flavourful Japanese steamed egg which hubby and I love very much.

Love the silky smooth wobbly

the prawns and carrots
add character to the dish

Bonito flakes
and kelp for making
Dashi broth

2 eggs
1 1/4 cups Dashi broth
4 med sized sea prawns - removed shell and deveined
1/2 carrot - sliced into thin slices
4 ginkgo nuts

1/2 tsp mirin
 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp soy sauce

Toppings can be 1/2 tbsp ikura ( salmon roe ) 2 pieces of uni ( sea urchin ) but since I do not have them, I just add spring onions as garnishing :)

Prepare the dashi by boiling bonito flakes and kelps. Dashi creates a savory umami flavor from these ingredients and you don’t need to season the food much if you have good dashi. You can add shiitake mushroom and anchovies and boil these four ingredients to get a good dashi.

Whisk egg and seasoning and 1 1/4 cups Dashi broth together till well combined.
 Sieve the mixture.  Prepare a medium sized ramekin or 2 chawanmushi cups,  add in the fillings  , first the prawns and then ginkgo and carrots.  Pour in the sieved egg mixture.

Prepare a boiling steamer.  If using ramekin, cover with aluminium foil ( to prevent water from getting into the egg custard.  Steam for 15 mins under low heat.  Take out and garnish with spring onions or with ikura and uni .

Enjoy !

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gyeran Mari/Korean Egg Roll With Bonito Flakes

Cooking simple and yet delicious, this is it. Gyeran Mari, Korean egg roll which is fun to make and is attractive in outlook which appeals to both adults and children. When I run out of ideas what to cook for dinner, I will look through the recipes in my blog.  I spotted Gyeran Mari and thought it would be great to make this roll since I have some packets of bonito flakes and roasted seaweed after the Korean grill dinner. My food must not only look good to the eye but must taste good too. It is really fun to make this korean egg roll and I believe that practice makes perfect. This is my fourth time making it and I still needs to perfect my skill in making them as I tend to overcook the egg. I added bonito flakes for extra flavour.

you need a rectangle pan for making this korean egg roll

using a silicon spatula makes folding easier

practice makes perfect...

garnishes the top with bonito flakes
gives extra flavour to the egg roll

For the recipe, click  Gyeran Mari

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Jerky Meat /Bak Kwa Side Dish

This is a very delicious and refreshing side dish. I saw this on my friend's instastories and I knew I had to try it. Since I have made some pork jerky/ bak kwa for CNY, I took some to made a side dish for di ner. It is a very easy to whip up dish. Appetising side dish that I have added to our dinner menu. Thank you Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover for sharing this drool worthy side dish.

Ingredients :

2 pieces of pork jerky/Bak kwa - cut to bit sizes
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tbsp chopped red chillies
2 tbsp of chopped red onions
1/2 tbsp of chopped spring onions
1/2 tbsp of calamansi juice

Mix all the above ingredients till well combined.
Serve as a side dish.

Quick and Easy Thai Panang Curry Just Like You’ll Find in Bangkok

When you think of curry, what color comes to mind? Most westerners automatically think yellow because Indian curries have long been the easiest to find. However, in more recent decades, an increasing number of Americans are being introduced to Thai curries, of which Panang curry is a particular favorite. This particular recipe is on the red side but also popular is green curry, although it is traditionally a little sweeter and often much spicier.

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 Ingredients You’ll Enjoy in Thai Curries

Before getting into this amazingly simple recipe for authentic Panang curry, the one thing you should know is that some ingredients are found in all (or most!) Thai curries. Those ingredients would include Thai basil, Thai peppers, coconut milk, lemongrass, shrimp paste, garlic, shallots and galangal. At this point, you are probably asking what on earth galangal is, but if you were to visit any Thai kitchen, you’d find that no self-respecting chef would be without a ready supply on hand. Don’t mistake galangal for ginger, however, as it’s a rhizome of similar appearance. You’ll find the taste a bit more piney than ginger and it’s definitely sweeter.

Making Panang Curry at Home Even in Thailand!

Some families go on vacation while eating out only some of the time. If you are on a vacation in Bangkok, this is where you’ll want to try your hand at mastering any of the Thai curries you’ve sampled thus far. It’s definitely where you’ll find all the ingredients you need for the authentic recipe we’re about to discuss. Also, don’t forget to check out which wines go best with Panang curry because it doesn’t always follow that white wines go best with seafood and chicken. Check with a local wine delivery Bangkok merchant and you’ll be able to discover what wines are served at tables in Thai homes and restaurants. What meal is complete without a glass of wine anyway?

The Recipe You’ve All Been Waiting For!

For a list of ingredients, check out this site. You may not have all the ingredients on hand, but like that Thai wine, you can usually find Thai merchants who will deliver if you are in Bangkok. Start by slightly browning or sautéing your meat, usually chicken or beef, cut into small chunks. Next, it is suggested that you add sliced red peppers and continue cooking for just a few minutes more. Take these out and you’re ready for the next step which is to quickly stir garlic and Thai peppers into the pan and after just a few moments, add Panang curry paste. You can find this at any grocer back at home or in Thailand if that’s where your culinary excursion begins. You’ll sear these three ingredients until you smell that delightful aroma. Add your coconut milk and Kaffir lime leaves at this point and bring to a boil. Put your meat back in with the liquid and add Thai basil leaves.

Let that simmer for about 10 minutes and voila! You’re now ready to sit down to one of the most delightful Thai dishes with that lovely glass of wine. Wasn’t that easy?

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