Today’s recipe is something of an experiment and you may want to read the notes carefully. The Chinese classic ‘Dong Po Pork’ is one of my all-time favourite dishes in Asian cuisine but, as unctuous and decadent as it is, it tends to contain a lot of sugar, which is something I try to avoid these days. Accordingly, I wanted to try something along the same lines but not so diabetic unfriendly. It is still basically pork-belly red-cooked in soy, but I have played around with the flavourings and needed to make an adjustment or two to the technique… Continue reading “Spiced-Soy Pork”
A while ago, I downloaded a picture of an interesting looking dish which bore the title ‘Salted Duck Egg Yolk Fried Prawns’. There was no recipe, nor even any description, rather, it was just a picture of a dish enjoyed by someone in a restaurant in, I think, Malaysia or Singapore. Now, I have written about Chinese Salted Duck Egg before and I mentioned that you can purchase them in their raw state, or cooked. I do not know what was used in the dish that inspired this experiment, but I only had the latter on hand and so was limited to using that. Anyway, here is what I did… Continue reading “Salted Duck Egg Fried Shrimp”
Today’s little appetizer is adapted from a Chinese recipe I first tried many, many years ago. I can’t quite recall where I saw it, but I am fairly sure it is Cantonese. Although it is ‘oil sizzled’ the shrimp are actually first steamed with some aromatics, and hot oil is drizzled over them just before serving to really enhance the flavor. Once you have done the finicky part of ‘prepping’ the shrimp, the process is pretty easy… Continue reading “Oil Sizzled Shrimp”
A while back, I had some leftover King Crab legs after making a seafood soup. The crab was, unfortunately, not the best quality and I decided to jazz them up a little with a spicy sauce. I took as my inspiration the very popular Singapore Chilli Crab and made a ‘quick and dirty’, less complex version of the sauce for that dish that was based primarily on simple canned tomato sauce with Sriracha Sauce for the fire. Anyway, the end product was very good (despite the poor crab) and I wanted to reproduce it. Unfortunately, the only crab I could find was the same poor quality brand I had the first time, and Snow Crab, which I don’t much care for. Instead, I decided to use some clams I had in my freezer and the result was even nicer… Continue reading “Chilli Clams”
I have been playing around with all sorts of pickling recipes lately, both the lactic acid ferment variety and those done with vinegar. Today’s recipe is one of the latter and I am curious to know if the spices I used here might inhibit a lactic acid pickling as some spices are supposed to have an anti-microbial effect. I shall have to try it sometime to find out, I guess. Anyway, I put this recipe together as I like pickled zucchini and I wanted to use some small fresh root turmeric I found in my local store… Continue reading “Spicy Pickled Zucchini”
In the last few months, our local selection of lamb has gone beyond just legs and chops and many different cuts have become available. Today, I bought a large bag of frozen, bone-in pieces that will make me a fair number of meals. For my first use, I decided to prepare some using Basil. This is not as common a pairing as, say, lamb and mint, or lamb and rosemary, but the Basil I had on hand was top quality and I thought it would work nicely here, especially with zucchini as the vegetable quotient… [ Continue reading “Lamb with Zucchini and Basil”
Today’s recipe is my take on a simple appetizer dish I have enjoyed a couple of times in Japanese restaurants. Basically, it consists of Enokitake (Enoki Mushrooms) wrapped in thin slices of beef and then grilled with some sort of sweetish glaze. For this preparation, I have used Japanese Eel Sauce… Continue reading “Enoki Beef Rolls”
If you have eaten at a Korean restaurant you will recognize ‘Banchans’ as being the small (usually free) side dishes that accompany the main meal. Cabbage Kimchi is a standard offering but there are many others and I tend to rate a restaurant on the number and variety of selections provided.
Today’s offering is not an actual Korean recipe (to the best of my knowledge) but the combination of Preserved Salted Radish along with Gochujang chilli paste makes it a pretty good fit to the basic theme… Continue reading “Salted Radish Banchan”
When I prepared my Parsley-Jalapeno Jelly a little while ago, I mentioned that I also planned to use it as a cookery ingredient as well as a condiment. This is one of the uses I came up with…
The meat here is stewing lamb and almost all the pieces you see contain bone (vertebra pieces, I would say), and so they can function a bit like riblets. I prepared mine by first baking them until nicely browned and then I cooked them again in a sauté pan with some shreds of onion. I seasoned with a little garlic salt and then, at the end, I stirred in a couple of tablespoons of my jelly along with just a tiny splash of sherry. The result was delicious and I ate it just as you see without any sides at all. It makes a nice Tapas style dish but it could also be the centerpiece for something with veggies and maybe fried potatoes.
Today’s dish is my own rendition of the way I have most commonly been served Alligator in restaurants… that is to say, deep-fried with Cajun spices. Sometimes, I have had appetizers with chunks of Alligator meat that were first battered but I prefer to have them very lightly breaded as I have done here. The process is not difficult, and the result is very nice indeed… Continue reading “Alligator Bites”