Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gochujang-Sesame Edible Chrysanthemum Salad 芝麻辣酱拌茼蒿

With Edible Chrysanthemum (Shungiku in Japan, 茼蒿 Tong-Ho in Mandarin) , I usually think of making soup (yes, this is the vegetable that is popularly used in hotpots) or salad.

Today, this salad has a hint of spice imparted from Korean gochujang sauce-dressing. To deepen its flavor, sesame/tahini sauce was added, plus sprinkles of toasted sesame seeds.

This is an absolutely easy side-dish to make; and together with Korean Spicy Tofu or Korean Spicy Chilled Tofu (both easy side-dishes to make as well), pairs well with steamed rice.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Homemade Egg Mcmuffin, Mcdonald's-style 鸡蛋满福堡

Most of you should have known by now that I seldom cook breakfast. By cooking, I meant over the stove, "stirring" something over the stove-top burner, at minimum. But breakfast can't always be homemade oat-granola with milk or toast with peanut butter or oat-granola with milk plus peanut butter toast.

Once in a blue moon comes Salty, Sweet and Spicy Rice Rolls, Stir-Fry Rice Rolls, Hong Kong-style Macaroni Soup, yes, for breakfast. Then now this homemade version of English muffin with egg, mimicking Mcdonald's Egg Mcmuffin.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Martha Stewart One-Pot Pasta

Have you heard of the one-pot pasta dish, in which you actually cook the pasta AND the ingredients altogether from time-zero to finish, in the same pot?

I came across it a long time ago actually, but only managed to have it tried-and-tested recently. This is a god-send solution for lazy cooks like me. Thanks, Martha Stewart. Now I question myself, as to: why have I not known this even much earlier?  Previously, however easy it may sound, even to make the simplest pasta dish like Aglio Oliothere was still a need to heat up the pan with oil, saute the garlic and tomatoes and set up another pot to boil (cook) the pasta.

Oh, but now, with this one-pot pasta, one-pot does it all! And I am quite happy with the results.

If you are looking for a more robust and flavorful dish, you probably cannot skip steps. You have to saute the onions, garlic and tomatoes to exude more flavors from these ingredients. However, if one day, you are REALLY (I mean, REALLY) running out of time or just cannot spare another 5 minutes of effort and energy to cook something, this one-pot method will be your savior. A light-tasting dish not lacking in flavor but much easier to cook.

I had 5 minutes more to spare on this day. What I did differently - blanched/steamed some broccoli, and finely crumbled cooked (leftover) salmon by the sides to make the pasta more complete. The one-pot method already saved me some cooking time, so prepping some sides came as a bonus.