Friday, August 29, 2014

Braised Chicken and Pumpkin with Peppercorn

6 chicken drumsticks - chopped into pieces
pumpkin - use half of it,  peeled and cut into large cubes
2 dried red chillies - seeds removed

3/4 tbsp szechuanese peppercorns
3 cloves garlic - minced
2 slices ginger
1 tbsp shaoxing wine
1 cup water.
vegetable oil

Marinade for chicken
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
sprinkle of pepper


  1. Heat up oil in a pan.  Brown chicken lightly. Set aside.
  2. With the remaining oil, add garlic and ginger and fry  till aromatic.Add peppercorns and fry till aromatic.
  3. Add chicken and shaoxing wine and do a quick stir fry.
  4. Add enough water to cover the chicken and bring to a boil.  Switch to low heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add pumpkin and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Ladle into serving bowl and serve warm with rice.

Stir Fried Bittergourd with Egg

1 bittergourd - remove pith and seeds, sliced thinly
3 cloves garlic - chopped
2 eggs
8 cherry tomatoes - halved
1 tbsp soy sauce
dash of white pepper
some water
vegetable oil

  1. Heat up vegetable oil.  Fry garlic till fragrant.  Add sliced bittergourd and stir fry.
  2. Drizzle soy sauce and fry to mix well.  Add some water and fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add prawns and tomatoes.  Fry to mix well.
  4. Crack 2 eggs into the pan and let them set for a while before tossing.
  5. Add a dash of pepper and salt and fry to mix well.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate and serve warm.

BBQ Pork Ribs with Apple Juice

3 lb babyback ribs
10 apples
Weber BBQ sauce
1 stick cinnamon
10 cloves
3 star anise

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stir Fried Okra with Egg

1 bunch okra - sliced
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 tbsp soy sauce
pinch of pepper
1 egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Braised Hairy Gourd with Minced Meat

1 hairy gourd (mao gua) - peeled and cut into pieces
5 pcs dried shitake mushroom - soaked and drained
1 tbsp dried prawns - soaked and drained
dried beancurd stick
1 tsp white peppercorn - lightly pound
2 cloves garlic
1 shallot - sliced
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce 
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup water or more

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blackberry Cake

Recipe from here
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
2 heaping cups of blackberries (fresh or frozen)

Topping Ingredients
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. In another bowl, beat eggs until frothy. (We use an electric mixer for this.) Mix in oil and milk.
3. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir. Gently fold in blackberries.
4. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch square baking dish or an 8x11-inch baking dish*.
5. Mix topping ingredients together (should be coarse crumbs/lumps of topping) and sprinkle over batter.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until cake tests done in the middle. Cover cake loosely with foil if the top starts browning too quickly (I usually place foil over the cake after about 45-50 minutes).
7. Serve hot, or cool in pan.

Steamed Seabass with Salted Vegetables

2 pieces seabass steak
one tomato - sliced
1 pc ginger - julienned
1 tbsp rice wine
handful salted vegetable 

fried shallot
shredded green onion
1 tbsp soy sauce

Friday, August 1, 2014

Apple Snow Fungus Dessert

1 large green apple or red apple - cored and cut into 8 portions
1 small snow fungus - soaked and drained
1 honey date
2 tbsp wolfberries
1 tsp sweet chinese almond
1 tsp bitter chinese almond
1 cup water