Sunday, April 30, 2017

Claypot Cabbage Wrapped Mince Meat 砂煲高丽菜狮子头

This dish is ready delicious.  Wrapping mince meat with cabbage brings out the sweetness of cabbage.  Scallops add extra flavour to the stock and brings the dish to another level. 


1)  Cabbage leaves
2)  1 potato (boil and coarsely mashed, leaving some chunks)
3)  300g mince pork
4)  1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
5)  pepper
6)  1 tsp mince ginger
7)  fried shallot
8)  4 to 5 dried scallops
9)  1 bowl stock
10)  1/2 tsp salt
11)  1 tsp soy sauce

*Cabbage leaves
How to remove leaves the whole cabbage without breaking it.
1)  Remove core of cabbage
2)  Pour hot water into the centre of the cabbage.  Leaves can be removed easily.

1)  Marinade mince pork with soy sauce, pepper, ginger, fried shallot and mashed potato.
2)  Form mince pork into balls.  Deep fried meatballs . Set meatballs aside when ready
3)  Pour stock and add dried scallops into a claypot.
4)  Wrap each meatball in a cabbage leaf.
5)  Place wrapped meatballs into the claypot. Stock must at least cover half the height of wrapped meatballs.   
6)  Cover lid and cook for about 10 minutes.
7)  Add salt and soy sauce for seasoning and ready to serve.

Stir Fry French Beans 乾煸四季豆

We order stir fry french beans with dried shrimps most of the time when we patronise the Chinese eatries.  I like the fragrant and savoury taste of the dried shrimps and the crunch of french beans.
It is important to use leaner type of french beans as it is more crunchy.


1.  French Beans (1 packet, remove both ends)
2.  2 tbsp. dried shrimps (soak in water until soften, pat dried and coarsely chopped)
3.  2 tbsp. of the water use to soak dried shrimps
4.  80g to 100 g mince pork
5.  1 tsp mince garlic
6.  1 tsp mince ginger
7.  1/4 tsp vinegar
8.  1 tsp. soy sauce
9.  1/2 tsp sugar
10.  1/3 cup chicken stock
11.  1/3 cup chopped spring onions


1.  Deep fry french beans in a wok of oil. (Oil must not be too hot at the beginning of this process.)
     Set aside when beans are cooked.
2.  In another pan, cook mince pork without oil.
3.  Add chopped dried shrimps and fry until fragrant.
4.  Add french beans, mince garlic and ginger and stir fry.
5.  Add water use for dried shrimps and chicken stock.
6.  Cook until water evaporate.  Add soy sauce and sugar and stir fry.
7.  Add spring onion.
8.  Before turning off the heat, add vinegar and give it a final stir.

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