Friday, December 25, 2015

Coke Chicken Wings 可乐鸡翅


When I told my hubby I wanted to cook coke chicken wings, his comment was "How can you cook something with coke?" After he tasted the chicken wings, he gave me two thumbs up. 

In this recipe, coke is used as the base of the simmering sauce, which tenderises the chicken wings.  The sugar in coke cameralises the wings. The result is delicious, tender chicken wings with a sweet & sticky glaze.

Ingredients
1.  10 chicken wings
2.  1/3 cups spring onions (cut into sections)
3.  3 slices ginger
4.  2 Tbsp cooking wine
5.  1 can coke
6.  3 Tbsp light soy sauce
7.  1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
8.  dash of pepper


Method
1.  Wash and dry chicken wings.
2.  Pan fry chicken wings until both sides turn golden brown and set them aside.

Pan fry chicken wings until golden brown


Chicken wings do not have to be thoroughly cooked. 


3.  Add spring onions and ginger to the heated pan and stir fry until fragrant.

4.  Add chicken wings, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, cooking wine, coke and pepper into the wok.

 
5.  Cook in medium heat for 20 minutes. Turn to heat to high and cook until sauce thicken.

Snow Pear Dessert 炖雪梨




According to the Chinese, snow pear, is good for cough and reduce phlegm.  Cook it with rock sugar help to reduce swollen throat, smooth irritation at throat, reduce cough (especially loud ones), prevent dehydration of respiratory tract, clear phlegm, and reduce fever.

I am making the basic snow pear dessert in this recipe.  Sometimes, people do add lotus seed  (莲子 ) or  snow fungus (银耳) etc. 

Ingredients

1. 1 pear
2. Rock Sugar
3. Orange Peel (shredded).......the amount is up to personal preference 
4. water

Method
1. Remove core and of pear. I use a butter knife and spoon to remove the core.





2. Add rock sugar. I fill the hollow of the pear with rock sugar.




3. Add about 1/2 cup of water. Alternatively, water level should be able the height of 3/4 of the pear.




4.  Finally steam it for 45 mins.


5. Can be served either hot or cold.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dried Scallops and Chicken Claypot Rice 干贝鸡砂煲饭


It is less time consuming to cook a one dish main.  On top of that, you have lesser things to wash.  Here is a recipe for a good one dish main.  Salted fish is usually added to this dish.  Since salted fish is unhealthy, I have replaced it with dried scallops.  Adding ginger enhances the taste of the dish.




Ingredients
1.  1 chicken leg or thigh (cut into pieces)
2.  3 big dried scallops (soaked in water until soft)
3.  1 cup of rice (washed and drained)
4.  1/2 tbsp. shredded ginger

Marinade for chicken
1.  1 Tbsp light soya sauce
2.  1/2 tsp salt
3.  1/2 tsp sesame oil
4.  Dash of pepper

Sauce for the rice
1.  1 tsp oyster sauce
2.  1 Tbsp light soya sauce
3.  1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
4.  2 Tbsp boiling water
5.  1 tbsp fried garlic oil (optional)
6.  1/2 tsp sesame oil

Method
1.  Marinate chicken for 30 minutes
2.  Cook rice and dried scallops in a claypot until water is slightly dry.
3.  Place chicken on top of the rice.  Do pour in all the marinade sauce as it will enhance the taste of the rice.  Cover and continue to cook until water is dry. (It takes about 10 minutes)
4.  Remove from heat and leave covered for 3 minutes.  Sprinkle ginger on top and pour over sauce.


Tips
You can also use a rice cooker instead of claypot.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Easy Minestrone Soup

This is the second type of soup I had for diet week.  Minestrone soup is healthy and easy to make.  I like the 'sourish' taste.  
Tomato with herbs

Ingredient
1.  2 stalks of celery (diced)
2.  1/2 carrots (small cubes)
3.  2 small potatoes (small cubes)
4.  2 or 3 string of long beans (cut into small sections)
5.  1 tomato (small cubes)
6.  1 cup pasta
7.  2 tsp tomato paste (I usually buy those with herbs)
8.  1/2 brown onion (chopped)
9.  1 glove of garlic (minced)
10.  1 litre of broth
11. salt and pepper


Method
1.  Heat a pot with olive oil.  Sautee celery, carrots, long beans, potatoes and garlic for about 4 minutes.
2.  Add tomatoes continue to cook for a few minutes.
3. Add broth and tomato paste.  Stir well and simmer for about 20 minutes.
4.  Add pasta, salt and pepper.  Cooked until pasta is ready.





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Creamy Broccoli Soup Without Cream


Whenever I am on diet, I would patronise The Soup Spoon for a wholesome meal.   I aim to go on diet this week before going to Hong Kong.  Broccoli soup will be on my diet menu.  This recipe is healthy but yet creamy.





Ingredients

1.  400g broccoli (cut into florets)
2.  1 1/2 large potato or 1 large and 1 small potatoes (small chunks)
3.  2 stalks celery (chopped)
4.  1/2 brown onion (chopped)
5.  1 chicken stock cube
6.  Salt and Pepper to taste
7.  1 litre water

Method

1.  Heat a soup pan with olive oil.  Cook potatoes, celery and onions for about 5 mins or until there is a change of colour.  Add salt and pepper while cooking.
2.  Add broccoli, water and chicken stock cube.  Give it a stir to solve chicken stock cube.  Simmer in low heat for about 30 mins or until broccoli and potatoes turn tender.
3.  Blend it with blender.  (Add some cream if you like your soup to be more creamy)
4.  Serve with crouton or garlic bread.




 
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