Longan and Snow Fungus Sweet Soup (龙眼雪耳糖水)

It’s a very Cantonese thing to cook soups – both savory and sweet. This was my first attempt at making a sweet soup since I have some snow fungus which I previously used for chicken soup. I was just wondering how should I use it up and it occurred to me that I could make this dessert. This dessert soup can be eaten both warm and cold. Personally, I prefer it cold as it’s more refreshing especially given the hot weather recently. I estimated the amount of ingredients so I did not exactly follow the portions as listed. I also used my multi-use tea pot’s sweet soup setting.

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Ingredients

  • 40 gm snow fungus
  • 2 litres of water
  • 5 pandan leaves (optional)
  • 50 gm dried longan
  • 20 red dates
  • 100 gm gingko / lotus nuts (optional)
  • 120 gm rock sugar (can be reduced)

Steps

  1. Soak snow fungus until puffed up and soften. Trim and discard the dark yellow hard part of the center of the fungus. Cut to small pieces and put into pot.
  2. Add all ingredients except gingko nuts into pot and bring to boil for 20 mins. Add the gingko nuts and continue to simmer for 1 hr or more depending on how soft you want the ingredients.
  3. Add rock sugar to taste and stir to make sure sugar is fully dissolved.  Remove the panda leaves and serve warm or chilled.

 

Recipe adapted from

http://www.noobcook.com/white-fungus-with-longan-and-ginkgo/2/

Chives Omelette (韭菜煎蛋)

I seldom get to eat this dish cos there is old saying that too much chives will make your legs weak but I think there is no basis to this. I bought a bunch of chives cos there is some wanton skins I am thinking of using up but I realized it’s a bit too much for the amount of minced meat I have on hand so I used half for chives omelette instead.

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Ingredients

  • 50 gm of chives
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • Dash of hua diao wine
  • 2 tsp cornstarch + 2 tsp water
  • Olive oil

Steps

  1. Wash chives and pat dry with paper towels and cut chives into 1 cm bits
  2. Add fish sauce and hua diao wine into eggs and beat until frothy
  3. Mix eggs mixture with chives and add in corn starch solution
  4. Heat oil and pour half of egg mixture into pan
  5. Turn heat to low and fry for about 1 min
  6. Turn over and fry another 1 min or when browned

 

Recipe from

http://www.tastehongkong.com/recipes/featured/fried-eggs-with-chinese-chives-a-simple-savory-omelet/

 

Zha Jian Mian (炸酱面)

I’ve always like this dry mix noodle and would always eat it outside but I thought it was quite tedious to make. However when I checked the recipe, it was not as complicated as I thought just that I need to get bean paste so off to Redmart to order 2 kinds of bean paste – sweet and chili. I used the wrong type of bean curd though so it turned out more like mapo tofu instead but still tasted great on both noodles and rice.

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Ingredients

  • 250 gm of yang chun mian ( I used 2 x dry brown rice noodles)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 pc tau kwa diced (I used soft tofu)
  • 250 gm minced pork
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sweet bean sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp hua diao wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • Julienned carrot / cucumber or blanched vegetables

Steps

  1. Cook the noodles, drain and set aside
  2. Heat the oil in pan and stir fry garlic together with tau kwa and minced pork. Stir fry until meat turns white then add in both bean sauces and mix well
  3. Combine light soya sauce, sugar and hua diao wine and add into pan. Add enough water to cover the ingredients and let the sauce come to a boil
  4. Mix the corn starch with some water and stir into the sauce to thicken it.
  5. Dish on top of cooked noodles and add in the carrots / cucumber or vegetable to serve

Note: If using soft tofu, add before the water.

Recipe from Her World

http://www.herworldplus.com/solutions/recipes/zha-jiang-mian-30-minutes

Shanghai Fried Noodles (上海炒面)

My first attempt at frying noodles was a bit of a disaster cos the noodles were mushy cos I cooked them a tad too long luckily it was still edible but not worth posting about. Since I had the brown rice noodles – I wondered if they could be used for frying so after checking out some recipes, I decided on this one since it looked simple and I had all the ingredients on hand. I used 4 pieces of my brown rice noodles instead of the 500 gm white noodles / Udon etc – so my noodles turned out a tad salty

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Ingredients

  • 120 gm pork sliced to bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 500 gm shanghai white noodles / udon
  • 150 gm cabbage shredded
  • 1 -2 tsp chili bean sauce (optional)

Marinate for pork 

  • 1 tsp light soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Dash of sesame oil

Noodle sauce 

  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp chicken stock or water
  • Dash of sesame oil

Steps

  1. Marinate pork for 20 mins or longer
  2. Cook noodles according to instruction until noodles are soft but still firm. Drain and rinse with cold water then set aside
  3. Heat oil in pan and stir fry marinated pork until cooked and set aside
  4. Add garlic and fry until fragrant and add in the shredded cabbage and fry until soften and add in noodles. Pour the sauce over and stir to coat the noodles evenly. Add in pork and chili bean sauce
  5. Stir fry to combine and serve

 

Recipe from Christine’s Recipes

http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2013/02/shanghai-fried-noodles.html#more

 

Homemade Garlic Bread Spread

Garlic bread at home used to be made with McCormick’s garlic bread powder and butter spread but somehow it never tasted as good as the ones outside which are so expensive. As I have some wholemeal bread left over and was craving for garlic bread – I googled for how to make garlic bread spread from scratch and found this most simple recipe.

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Ingredients 

  • 4-5 pieces of sliced bread
  • 30 gm of butter soften
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of mixed herbs (optional)
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Steps

  1. Mix soften butter with minced garlic and salt
  2. Add in mixed herbs
  3. Spread on bread and sprinkle on cheese
  4. Toast bread until crisp
  5. Serve hot