Egg Mee Suah Soup

Anything soupy is always great on a cold rainy day or when one is feeling below the weather. Mee Suah is thin salted noodle made of wheat flour originating in Fujian, China. This is another comfort food made for the sick and common in households.

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs with 1 tsp light soya sauce, beaten
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil for frying egg
  • 1 1/2 rice bowls of water / stock
  • 50 gm of pork / pork belly
  • 1 bundle of mee suah
  • Some vegetable optional
  • Light soya sauce / sesame oil to taste

Steps

  1. Heat oil in pan and swirl to spread oil evenly. Pour in egg mixture. When egg is semi-cooked, scramble using spatula and cook in chunks. Take care not to over cook egg.
  2. Add water to pan for soup base and add pork and vegetables and simmer briefly to cook. Season soup with soy sauce (don’t add for stock).  Alternatively, dish out pork and vegetable and use the soup to cook mee suah without adding any soya sauce. and skip step 3.
  3. In another pot, bring some water to a boil and add in mee suah. Cook for about 30 seconds until strands soften and separate.
  4. Drain and transfer mee suah into serving bowl and ladle soup over and add the fried egg.
  5. Serve immediately as the mee suah will soak up the soup.

Recipe adapted from

http://www.noobcook.com/mee-suah-soup/2/

 

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Chai Po Omelette with White Porridge

I like plain white porridge and usually we match it with fried luncheon meat, canned dice fish, salted egg and chai po omelette. But it’s a bit of a hassle to cook so many side dishes if I am only eating for one. For this meal, I panfried salmon and the chai po omelette to pair with white porridge.

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Ingredients

  • 50 gm of chai po
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil

Steps

  1. Wash and rinse chai po in water. Drain and squeeze to remove excess water. Pat dry on paper towels and air dry for 30 mins.
  2. Heat oil and stir-fry garlic until fragrant. Add in chai po and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Spread out chai po in a flat layer.
  3. Pour beaten egg over the chai po and coat evenly. Cook on one side until dry and lightly browned then flip to the other side and fry until browned.

Recipe from

http://www.noobcook.com/chai-po-neng/2/

 

 

 

Stewed Pork Beehoon

This is one of my comfort foods – fried beehoon with canned stew pork. It’s also my favorite version of fried beehoon. It’s always hard to resist a second helping when my mum fried up some. This beehoon is quite a family favorite and it’s actually a lot easier than I expected. Minimal preparation and short cooking time. Very good dish to whip up for gatherings or when you want some nice food in a hurry. I used the canned pork chops (排骨) but the pork leg version is good as well but might contain more fats. Another point to note – only get the Narcissus brand even though it might be more expensive but it just tastes better.

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Ingredients

  • 150-200 gm of beehoon 米粉
  • 1 can of 256 gm stewed pork chop
  • 1 beaten egg seasoned with 1/2 tsp light soya sauce (optional)
  • 1 bag of vegetable – I like to use caixin
  • Minced garlic
  • Olive oil

Sauce 

  • Gravy from stewed pork
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water
  • 2 1/2 tsp light soya sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soya sauce – optional to give beehoon color

Steps

  1. Soak beehoon in water for 15-30 mins until noodles are fully reconstituted. Drain and set aside.
  2. Drain and sieve gravy from canned stewed pork. Remove bones and fatty pieces and shred meat into smaller pieces with a fork. Set aside both pork and gravy.
  3.  Heat pan with a little oil and pour in egg and spread it thinly. Cool omelette and roll it up to slice into long thin strips and set aside. (Optional)
  4. Add a bit more oil and stir-fry garlic until fragrant and add in vegetable. Fry until soften and add in pork. Stir-fry the vegetable until just cooked. Dish up and set aside.
  5. Pour in sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Add in beehoon and cook until the beehoon has soak up all the sauce and is dry.  Add in pork, vegetable and egg. Stir fry to mix evenly and serve.

Recipe adapted from

http://www.noobcook.com/fried-bee-hoon-rice-vermicelli-with-stewed-pork/2/

 

Broccoli with Chicken

I bought the chicken breast thinking to make chicken pies but as I still have a head of broccoli left – decided to clear it from the fridge so cooked them together to eat with white quinoa cooked with chicken seasoning for more taste.

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Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • Olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Pinch of salt

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 dashes of pepper

Steps

  1. Marinate chicken with salt, pepper and corn starch
  2. Heat olive oil and stir fry the mince garlic until fragrant
  3. Add chicken and cook until almost white and add in the florets
  4. Pour in the sauce, stir fry chicken and broccoli
  5. Simmer for a bit to cook both chicken and broccoli
  6. Dish up and serve

Note: Don’t boil broccoli as this would destroy the nutrients

 

Recipe from

http://rasamalaysia.com/broccoli-chicken/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/

 

Fried Black Carrot Cake / Chai Tow Kway (菜头粿)

This is one of my Singapore hawker favorites and a dish that I will get a craving for from time to time. I remembered Mum did the carrot cake from scratch and fried it once or twice but it was too mushy and did not turn out good. Maybe one day I will try making the carrot cake from scratch too but today I used ready made tube of carrot cake that is available from the supermarket. There are two versions to fried carrot cake – black or white. The only big difference between the two is the addition of black sweet soya sauce. Personally I am a bigger fan of the black version compared to the white.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • One whole tube of carrot cake 480 gm
  • 3 tbsp of chye poh (washed and drained)
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp sweet thick soya sauce (Rose Brand)
  • chopped spring onions for garnish

Steps

  1. Cut carrot cake tube into cubes, if amount is too much for one pan. Separate all ingredients into half to fry. Use spatula to break into smaller pieces.
  2. Add 3 tbsp oil to pan and pan fry carrot cake until crispy and slightly browned. Use spatula to cut carrot cake into smaller pieces.
  3. Add 1 tbsp oil and stir fry garlic and chye poh together with carrot cake
  4. Add 2 tsp fish sauce stir fry and add in beaten eggs.
  5. Continue to stir fry and add in the sweet soya sauce.
  6. Make sure carrot cake is evenly coated with the sweet soya sauce
  7. Serve with spring onions.

 

Notes: I used kicap manis as I could not find the rose brand sweet sauce and it is much more watery and salty compared to the thick sweet sauce.

Recipe from The MeatMen

http://themeatmen.sg/chai-tow-kway/

 

AF Broccoli and Sausage Baked Rice

I’ve been wanting to cook this for awhile ever since getting my Air Fryer and seeing some people sharing their baked rice recipe on the AF FB groups. Happened that I have some cheese left on hand so just went to get sausages. Friends have been telling me that Valley Chef brand is nice – I find the sausages a bit more salty compared to the cheaper brands.

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Ingredients

  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 1 cup of uncooked rice
  • 1 cup of water (adjust accordingly to rice cooker or steamer)
  • 4-5 sausages sliced
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp of Campbell’s mushroom soup straight from can
  • Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese

Steps

  1. Wash and rinse rice first then add some olive oil, pepper and salt and mix evenly
  2. Add sufficient water according to rice cooker
  3. Cut broccoli into florets, wash and drain
  4. Steam broccoli together with rice, remove earlier if want broccoli to less mushy
  5. Cut up broccoli and mix with cooked rice
  6. Put broccoli rice in baking pan and add in sausages.
  7. Pour in the mushroom soup and spread over rice, add more pepper and salt to taste if required.
  8. Add cheese on top of the rice
  9. Set AF at 200 and bake for 8-10 mins until cheese melts and browns.
  10. Serve hot

 

Recipe adapted from Noobcook

http://www.noobcook.com/broccoli-potato-sausage-baked-rice-step-by-step-photos/

http://www.noobcook.com/sausage-baked-rice/

 

Fried Cauliflower Rice

Been thinking about trying this healthy alternative to the usual fried rice since it’s low carbs. I was rather surprised as taste wise – it was pretty close to real rice and not what I imagined it to be. Glad I managed to get a head of cauliflower and tried it out so now I have a great fried rice dish to fall back on.

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Ingredients

  • Half a head of cauliflower
  • 100 – 150 gm of meat
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten with 1 tsp of soya sauce
  • 1 bowl of frozen mixed veggies
  • Some minced garlic
  • Minced ginger (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Dash of salt

Marinade for pork 

  • 1/2 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1/4 tsp dark soya sauce
  • 1 tsp shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour

 

Steps

  1. Remove stem from the cauliflower
  2. Chop florets into small pieces and use a grater or food processor to chop up into fine pieces and set aside
  3. Heat olive oil and stir fry meat until half cooked and add in mixed veggies and fry until the meat is cooked and set aside first.
  4. Add some more oil and add the cauliflower and garlic / ginger and fry for 2 mins or so.
  5. Push cauliflower to side of pan and empty a space in the middle of the pan and add eggs in.
  6. Scramble the eggs for a bit and mix fry with the cauliflower on high heat.
  7. Add in the meat and mixed veggies and fry evenly with dashes of salt to season

Stir fry Wawa Cabbage

Usually I use this vegetable for steamboat but it is also good for stir-frying and using wawa cabbage is better than getting too big a head of wangbok which I cannot finish. This stir-fry is very simple and only takes 2 ingredients to season.

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Ingredients 

  • 2 Wawa cabbages
  • Some minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine

Steps

  1. Heat some oil and stir-fry minced garlic
  2. Add cabbage and fry and add in oyster sauce.
  3. Add in the wine before the cabbage is fully cooked.

 

Air fry Daigaku Imo (Caramelized Sweet Potatoes)

This is a simple and delicious snack food from Japan and on occasion it is sold in the Japanese food fairs at Isetan or Takashimaya but they can be quite pricey for a small quantity so when I realized the snack is so simple to make I just have to try it.

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Ingredients 

  • 1 – 2 Japanese sweet potato
  • Dash of olive oil
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of soya sauce
  • Toasted black sesame seeds

Steps

  1. Wash and chop the sweet potatoes to slightly bigger than bite size
  2. Soak in water for about 10 mins
  3. Pat dry with paper towels and toss with olive and sesame oil
  4. Place the sweet potatoes in a pan and air fry at 180 degrees for about 7 mins.
  5. Mix the sugar, honey and soya sauce in a small pan over medium heat until the sugar melts
  6. Pour the syrup over sweet potatoes and stir to coat evenly
  7. Sprinkle sesame seeds and serve

 

 

Chives Dumplings / Jiaozi 韭菜饺子

I love jiaozi and regardless they are cooked in soup or pan fried, they are simply delicious. I used to get the frozen ones but they are quite expensive and no matter what it is not good to eat too much preserved food. So instead of thinking about making them, I finally got down to it and made them using ready-made wrappers.

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Ingredients (makes about 26 dumplings)

  • 250gm of minced meat best with a bit of fats
  • 100gm of chives
  • 2 tsp of corn flour
  • 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp hua diao wine
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • some grated ginger (I forgot to add)
  • 1 packet japanese gyoza skin wrapping

Steps

  1. Wash and pat dry the chives and chop into small pieces
  2. Add the chives and mix with minced pork and seasonings and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before wrapping.
  3. Prepare a small bowl with some water for sealing dumplings
  4. Place a heaped spoon of filling on wrapper and use finger to damped the edge of the dumpling skin. How to fold the dumpling –  https://youtu.be/zhvKFEudJt8
  5. Chill dumplings first to set before freezing if not cooking immediately
  6. Heat a bit of oil in pan. Place dumplings in a single layer without touching.
  7. Fry until bottom is golden brown and add some water to about half of dumpling height and cover with lid and cook until water evaporates.
  8. For soup, just throw in the frozen dumplings to cook until it floats up.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Yes, I am finding ways to eat up my own homemade kimchi. I did a mini hotpot last week and it was so easy with ready stock and some pork belly. This round I am going to do kimchi fried rice which is like a simple comfort food for Koreans. One of my memories of this dish was eating it at Nami Island the shooting locale of the Korean hit drama Winter Sonata before the island got overran with zealous tourists.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 bowl of kimchi chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 – 2 bowls of cold rice
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 egg

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp gochujang or kimchi paste
  • 1/2 tsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp kimchi juice

Steps

  1. Fry the egg sunny side up – grease pan and crack an egg into the pan. Cook about 1-2 minutes until egg yolk is just set
  2. Heat oil in pan and fry garlic and then add kimchi and stir fry for 1 min.
  3. Add rice and pour sauce over. Stir fry on high heat until rice is dry and absorbed the sauce evenly. The rice will “pop” when it’s dry.
  4. Drizzle sesame oil over and serve with egg.

Note: As confirm with friends who have made this dish, water should not be added.

Recipe from Noobcook

http://www.noobcook.com/kimchi-fried-rice/