Friday, November 22, 2013

Chinese Winter Melon and Carrot with Pork Rib Soup

Chinese winter melon or called as "tong qwa" is a large waxed gourd.It's have pure white flesh that is very tender and delicious.I like to use this melon to make soup especially during  winterr season.This soup is not only healthy but delicious as a comfort food.

1/4 size winter melon,about 3 lbs removed hard skin and cut small
3-4 medium carrot,peeled skin and cut 2 inch each
5-6 stripe pf pork ribs,fat discards

sea salt to taste
1 tsp white pepper,crushed
4 liter water
some cut scallion

1:Removed winter melon skin and cut small.Peeled and cut carrot to about 2 inch length.wash all the vegetables and set aside.
2:Prepare a large stock pot with some water at high heat.When water rolling boil,place pork ribs into the water.When the blood and fats flooded on surface,remove stock pot from heat to running cold water.Wash the ribs until the water run clear.
3:Fill the stock pot with 4 liter of water at high heat.When water is boiling,add in pork ribs and
crushed white pepper ,boil for 30 minutes with lid on.
4:Add in carrot and winter melon into the soup,boil for another 20 minutes.Add in seasalt.Check the seasoning.
5:Remove pot from heat,dish out and serve warm.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hong Bak (Stewed Pork Belly with Soy Sauce) with Tofu

Hong Bak or Stewed Pork Belly is a popular Hokkians dish.I think every Hokkians household will know how to make this simple and yet delicious dish.


3 lbs pork belly,cut small
1 block soft bean curd (cut into 6 pieces)
1 bulb fresh garlic,peeled and chopped


4-5 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp caramel sauce
salt to taste
4-5 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 stick cinnamon


1:Prepare a large stock pot or wok  at high heat with oil and chopped garlic.Sautee garlic for 30 seconds.then add in cinnamon,cut pork belly and all the seasoning.
2:Reduce heat to medium,simmer the pork with lid on for 30 minutes.Check the seasoning.Add in some water,stir well.Simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
3:Add in cut bean curd (tofu) into the pot,cook for 5 minutes.Remove pot from heat.
4:Dish out and serve warm with steamed white rice.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pineapple Salad

Pineapple which one of its most important health-promoting compounds, the enzyme bromelain, was named.Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves. The fibrous flesh of pineapple is yellow in color and has a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart.Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, folate, copper and dietary fiber.Pineapple salad is a popular dish available in any Southeast Asia country. 

3 slices fresh pineapple,cut small
1 stalk cilantro,washed and cut small
1 red pepper,removed seeds and chopped

1 lime,cut 1/2 squeesh
2 tbsp castor sugar
few dash salt


1:Slice fresh pineapple,removed the brown eyes,then cut small.Cut red pepper,removed the seeds and chopped small.Washed cilantro and cut small.
2:Combine all the ingredients into a salad bowl. Squeesh lime,add sugar and salt in a small bowl,mix well.Pour lime mixture into the pineapple.
3:Let it marinated for 30 minutes in fridge before serve.Serve chills as appetizer or dessert.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stir-fry Watercress with Fresh Garlic

Watercress is an excellent source of the antioxidants vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin K, an essential micronutrient for bone health.Eating watercress daily can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, which is considered to be an important trigger in the development of cancer.Watercress is available year-round. Look for healthy, green leaves and sniff for a fresh, spicy scent. Preparing watercress is simple.Watercress can take the place of lettuce in any salad, sandwich, or other recipe, and can be used as a nutritious garnish. Watercress can also be enjoyed lightly steamed, stir-fried, or in a soup.

1 bundle of fresh watercress,preferably young and green
4-5 cloves fresh garlic,peel and slice
2 red pepper,slice
3-4 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chicken bouillon powder

1:Wash watercress in cold water couple of time,then soak with some salt in cold water.Drain the water in colander.
2:Heat wok with oil at high heat.Add in fresh garlic,fry for 30 seconds,then add in clean watercress and slice red pepper.Use wok lid to cover the wok for 30 seconds to 1 minute/(do not over cook).
3:Add in salt and chicken bouillon powder.Check the seasoning.
4:Dish out and serve warm.

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