Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Steamed Chicken with Mushrooms 杂菇蒸鸡

Given a choice, I would rather braise chicken and bittermelon than steam them (Steamed Chicken with Bittermelon) as the bittermelon seem to have taken over other flavors in Steamed Chicken with Bittermelon. Perhaps the steamed recipe needs to be improved in terms of marrying all the flavors to make it more balanced. It is perfectly fine for our family's taste buds but for those who are still averse to bittermelon, Steamed Chicken with Bittermelon is definitely not a dish to start with.

It has been a while since I cook steamed chicken, without the bitter-melon and I wanted to revive the taste memory of steamed chicken - the natural flavors of organic chicken lightly marinated then steamed, ready in about 30 minutes.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Red Radish Soup-Curry 樱桃萝卜/ 小红萝卜咖喱

Red globe radishes (樱桃萝卜/小红萝卜) are easy to use in curry-in-a-hurry in which the radish leaves can be used at the same time; add the raw sharp-flavored radish leaves towards the end of cooking to mellow down its peppery flavors.

I usually do not peel these red globe radishes, as beneficial anti-oxidant allyl-isothiocyanates - the compound that makes the radish peppery and pungent - is concentrated in the peel. Simply rinse to clean the root thoroughly, trim the tip ends. If you have to peel the skin, gently pare away/scrape the superficial thin layer only, with the blunt back of a knife.

This is called Soup-Curry because it is not the kind of thick stew-like curry made from any curry paste or coconut cream. Instead it is more like a spiced tomato-based soup that gets a little kick from a mixture of spices e.g. curry powder, turmeric, coriander and cumin.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Asparagus, Artichoke, Shrimps Parchment Cooking/En-Papillote 芦笋, 洋蓟,虾仁 “纸包” 蒸

In the past, Spring usually brings asparagus, asparagus and more asparagus to the dinner table. This Spring however, artichoke made its way to join asparagus in unexpected surprises.

Use fresh whole artichokes if possible however for the benefit of quick and easy meal preparation, frozen artichoke hearts can be a happy alternative. Artichokes and Pea Flatbread/Lavash Pizza, ABC Pita Pizza, Artichoke and Leek Soup, and even a Steamed Vegetables-Medley Packet (Vegetables En Papillote), they are easy and delicious dinner or side-dishes using frozen artichoke hearts.

Even though it is frozen version, these artichoke hearts impart so much flavor to the dish. Best of all, this dish takes no more than 30 minutes - prep. to finish.