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Lotus Root Soup

Instead of painting lotus, let me just share part of the lotus that I cooked.   Lotus roots can be eaten.  We can make soup, fry or pickle out of it.  It is very easy, quick and with minimum work to cook this soup.  All we need are:  lotus roots, meat (any preferred), red dates (optional), wolfberry (optional).  Red dates and wolfberry can be found at Chinese drug stores.

Wash and peel off the root skin. Cut the root and meat thin.  Because my daughter has braces on, so I just used chicken for this soup.  Any of your preference meat will do.

If you have a slow cooker, use it to cook this soup. It takes longer time to soften the roots.  If you don’t have it, any pot will be fine too.  Just boil the cut lotus roots (dates and wolfberry) until soft.  Add meat and seasoning to your taste.  Now you have soup for dinner tonight.  Enjoy and Happy Saturday!

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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015

This year Lunar New Year falls on the 19th of February which is today.  I am here wishing all of you who celebrate lunar new year a very Happy New Year. May this goat year bring peace to the world.

As usual we had small reunion dinner last night.  Both my brothers and their family did not come, so only the girls, my parents and nephew. The dinner table seemed getting emptier by year.  We had steam boat dinner last night just like many other reunion dinner years before.  This is the less trouble that mom had to prepare.  We cooked whatever we wanted to eat ourselves on the dinner table.  Anyway, Happy New Year Everyone.

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The Tale of Mid Autumn Festival

Take a look at the moon tonight, it will be at its brightest.  It is the Mid Autumn Festival (September 8, 2014) again.  We do not celebrate the festive like we used to when all the kids were young.  But we still enjoy having mooncakes and tea at home.  So this year we tried the durian ice cream mooncakes which were selling very well.    Here are some of the pictures and a tale of those mooncakes from long time ago. Enjoy.

A tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival story which I want to share. Source: chinesefortunecalender.com.

During the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend. Happy Mid Autumn.

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Stir Fried Bean Sprout (清炒豆芽)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you don’t forget to eat your veggies too during this festive season.  I have a very simple stir fried bean sprout without anything added in it.  I am not sure if it is to your liking or if you know what bean sprouts are.  It made from sprouting mung beans.  Commonly seen in Asian cuisine.  It can be stir fried or with some tofu/meat in it or stuff it in spring rolls.

Stir fried bean sprout only takes 5 minutes preparation and 5 minutes cooking time.  Just stir fry it briefly in a very hot oil wok, add a tea-spoon or two of soy sauce and few drops of sesame oil if you like it.  Enjoy.

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Fried Tofu and Salsa dip

I love tofu anyway it is cooked.  Steam, fried and tofu in soup are all good.  It is easy to cook and not heavy on the stomach.  I particularly love the fried tofu.  Eat it anyway we like with salsa; with chilly sauce or any dip/without.  The way we usually have it at home is with sweet soya sauce salsa dip.    Now you have one more way to cook your tofu.  Enjoy and have nice weekend everyone.

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Sweet Potato Soup Dessert (蕃薯糖水)

Have you tried Chinese sweet potato soup dessert? It is easy to prepare and cook dessert. All you need are sweet potato, rock sugar/palm sugar or any regular sugar will do, and a few slices of ginger or if you do not like ginger, you may use vanilla/pandan leaf. Wash and cut the sweet potato and boil it along with few slices of ginger in the pot of water until soft. Add sugar to taste and let it simmer for 15 minutes and all is done. Serve it hot or cold as you prefer. With this cold weather there is no better way to warm up than a bowl of sweet and hot dessert, isn’t it? Happy Saturday!

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Daikon Chicken Mushroom Soup (蘿蔔, 雞肉, 蘑菇湯)

Daikon or white radish chicken soup has been one of my fave dinner soup. It is easy to cook and need only minimum time to prepare. Recently I have been told that when cooking daikon chicken soup, One must add mushroom, dried scallops and wolfberries which will make the soup sweeter. Coincidently, I have that leftover dried scallops given by my neighbor sometime ago and still unused in refrigerator. So I thought why not try to make this chicken daikon mushroom soup the way I was told. All we need are: chicken, daikon, dried/fresh mushroom, and dried scallops and wolfberries and also a few slices of ginger. Soak the mushroom, wolfberries and scallops.  Boil the water in the pot add the chicken, daikon, mushroom, scallops and ginger and let it simmer for about one or two hours.  Half an hour before serving add that wolfberries and add salt to taste.  Happy Saturday and enjoy.

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Calamari (炸魷魚)

I am not sure if any of you eat squid at all.  I rarely cook and eat squid because it is a bit tough to chew.  It’s just like chewing rubber that usually makes it unappealing to us.  I guess that is because I didn’t know that we should blanched the squid for a few minutes before cooking or frying it.  So, I tried to make calamari few weeks ago and here it is.

What we need are:  big squid (the squid I bought were kinda small and couldn’t find bigger one), garlic, shallot, an egg and flour.  Wash, clean and cut the squid and dip them in the mixture of beaten egg and flour.  Add fine chop of garlic, shallot and seasoning to your taste.  If you have bread crumbs, that’s even better. You can just roll the squid in those and fry them.  You may prepare a dipping sauce to go with the calamari to add flavour to it too.  Bon appetite.

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Chicken Stew (紅燒雞肉土豆)

Today menu is an easy to cook chicken stew. I promise it is a no fail recipe. What we need: any meat but I prefer to use chicken wings; wash and peel the potatoes and cut half; slices of tomato; grate/chop the garlic, shallots and 2 slices of ginger. We also need 3 table-spoon of sweet soya sauce if you have it, otherwise use a table-spoon of dark soy sauce and add brown sugar/palm sugar; and half tea-spoon of nutmeg powder. I used 8 pieces of chicken wing and 6 small potatoes for this stew. It served four people.

On the pre-heat oil wok, stir fry the garlic, shallots and ginger till they all fragrance or slightly brown. Add the nutmeg and chicken. Stir fry them for a few minutes before adding 300 ml water. Let it boil and add the sweet sauce and seasoning to your taste. Simmer them for half an hour to forty five minutes and toss in the tomato. Let it simmer again until all the potatoes are soft and the chicken are cooked. We usually use beef for this stew but since my daughter has braces on, I just used softer meat instead. Happy Saturday!

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