Steamed Baby Abalone with Caramelised Onions

I went to the fish markets over in Eastwood the other day and was shocked to see live abalone in the fish shop. Abalones are one of my favourites seafood, so I just got a couple of it to see whether I could prepare a decent abalone dish.

I had to clean the abalones by soaking them in salt water for an hour, to make sure that it is thoroughly free from dirt etc. After that, I removed the abalone from its shell to prepare it for cooking.

All I did was having to steam the baby abalones for around 10 mins and drizzle some caramelised onion with soya sauce over it. And, my quick seafood meal is ready… It tasted very nice actually.

Here is a picture of my abalone dish. Hope you can enjoy it too.

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Recipe for Dark Soya Sauce Chicken with Chilli & Ginger

Cooking daily can be both a pain or a pleasure. The difficult thing is to avoid eating the same dish all over again, in the shortest span of time. Decided to prepare a chicken dish , stir frying in the humble wok. Here is it:

Ingredients:

1 Chicken (chopped into bite sized pieces by butcher)

3 slices of ginger

1 bird eye chilli

1 teaspoon of diced garlic

1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce

1 teaspoon of  white pepper

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of shaoxing wine

Half cup of water (for sauce)

Cornflour mixture- 1 teaspoon of corn flour mixed with 3 teaspoon of water.

2 teaspoon of sesame oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat wok. Add sesame oil.
  2. Fry the ginger slices, garlic and chilli on low heat
  3. Add chicken pieces
  4. Add oyster and dark soya sauce
  5. Add sugar and pepper
  6. Add Shaoxing Wine
  7. Ensure that chicken is cooked evenly, to allow sauce to permeate
  8. Add water to allow better cooking of chicken and to create a tasty sauce
  9. Cover it with the lid for about 20 mins, at low to medium heat
  10. Add cornflour mixture to thicken the sauce
  11. Serve in a nice bowl

This is a simple yet tasty chicken dish. Best to have it served together with jasmine rice. Here is a picture of the dish for you.

Recipe: Prawns with Caramelised Onions (15 mins cooking + preparation)

During the holiday season, I had to think of new ways to dish up my food. It has to be quick, easy and delicious as it was already 1 pm when I woke up from my slumber. I reckon the choice of ingredients are important too. We love having prawns on the dinner table. We got fresh King Prawns from a great seafood shop over at Cabramatta recently. It was fresh yet reasonably priced. The prawns that we got in the city was more expensive by at least $5/kg. Unbelievable.

So, I am just going to share with you the recipe what I had that lunch, that was extremely delicious and quick to prepare. Here it goes.

 

Ingredients

500 grams of King Prawns (You could also remove shell and devein it, and just leaving tails intact)

Half a Spanish Onion

1 teaspoon of pepper

2 bird eye chilli (deseeded)

2 slices of ginger

1 teaspoon of white sugar

1.5 tablespoon of oyster sauce

1 teaspoon of dark soya sauce

1 teaspoon of shaoxing wine

1.5 tablespoon of vegetable oil

5 pieces of iceberg lettuce  (for plating purpose)

Instructions:

1. Heat wok and add oil once wok is hot

2. Place onions in wok, heat lowered  and continue to fry them till they get caramelised

3. Add chilli, ginger & chilli in the wok and gently fry

4. Add prawns into wok and fry it

5. Add  the oyster sauce, pepper,  shaoxing wine, dark soya sauce and sugar to the prawns

6. Cook till prawns turn red in colour

7.Remove prawns and place into the lettuce plate

This recipe is quick and very nice to have around your dinner table. Do ensure that the prawns are fresh and serve while hot. I will leave you with a picture that I had taken after cooking this dish. Cheers. Hope you will like it.

Recipe: Bittergourd with Pork Ribs Soup

As I was planning to make a nice delicious soup for one evenings, I suddenly pondered on the soup I had over in Guangzhou. It was so nice, clear yet tasty and it helps eliminate the heat in our body by means of a key ingredient, Bittergourd.  Here are the ingredients for this yummy soup.

Ingredients:

1) 400 – 500 grams of  pork ribs (blanched to remove blood)

2) 5 dried longans

3) 1 honey date

4) 1 medium size bittergourd (Remove pith, seeds, and cut into smaller strips)

5) 10 pcs of dried scallops (soak in water)

6) 5 dried oysters (soak in water)

7) 30 gram of soya beans

8)Salt (add to taste)

Cooking Instructions:

1) Blanch the bittergourd in the hot boiling water  for about 15 mins to remove its initial bitterness. Take it up and place it aside.

2)Boil a new pot of water (2 Litres)

3) Place all ingredients, including the blanched bittergourd into pot

4)Turn to high heat for next 30 mins. Leave it to simmer at low heat for next 1.5 hrs or so to allow the sweetness of the ingredients to diffuse into the soup.

5)Add salt to taste, based on individual preference.

The result would be a nice smelling, sweet tasting soup which would extremely beneficial to health. You could serve the ribs with a plate of soya sauce and cut chillies. Hope you enjoy the wonderful soup.

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