Braised Pork Belly with Bean Paste, Red Fermented Tofu and Red Glutinous Rice 红烧三辰肉加甜面浆,南乳和红糯米

Pictures speak a thousand words. I will let my pictures do most of the talking. This dish is inspired by one of the top Cantonese cuisine chef in Japan who used red glutinous rice with pork belly when challenging the iron chef. I used a little oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder and ground white pepper to season the pork belly before browning them. The seasoning I added to the crock pot include red fermented tofu and sweet bean paste that was stir fry in the oil used to brown the pork, dry sherry, Shaoxing rice wine, ginger powder, green onion, rock sugar and red glutinous rice. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

   
    
   

Sardines with Tomatoes and Onions

This is a dish that my mom used to make for us growing up. Using Ayam Brand canned sardines, I stir-fry some sliced yellow onions with some peanut oil and sesame seed oil, then I add the tomato sauce from the cans, a generous dollop of ketchup, dark soy sauce and lightly sautéed the tomatoes. I used tomatoes on vines for their sweet flavor. Next, I added the condiment I made with the sardines and heat them up in the microwave for a few minutes. I also added some dried parsley to garnish the dish. The aroma of the sardines though strong brings back memories of home in South East Asia. I brought this dish to a very dear friend’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration. It was very kind of her and her husband to have us over. We had such a good time and had various yummy Indonesian food.

  

Fried Potatoes with Rice Syrup, Homemade Sausage Patties, Ground Beef with Extra Firm Tofu and Pan-fried Red Snapper with Yu Choi

Rome was not built in one day, I certainly didn’t cook all this in one day. I fried the potatoes and extra firm tofu one day, fried the sausage patties yesterday and cooked the fish and veggies today. I was trying to make the fried potatoes Korean style with rice syrup and some light soy sauce. It didn’t turn out quite right but tastes good anyway. The homemade sausage patties were made and given by very dear friends in Portland. The sausage patties have a very all rounded flavor with rich fennel seed flavoring. I pan fried the red snapper separately from the Yu Choi today. They are seasoned lightly with a little oyster sauce, kikkoman light soy sauce, ground white pepper and dry sherry. The extra firm tofu was also fried separately from the ground beef which was seasoned with shallots, oyster sauce, ground white pepper and some soy sauce paste. Voila, a little feast for the family for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week. Join me!

   
    
   

Roast Turkey Breast

I roasted this four pound turkey breast on 325 degrees Fahrenheit under convection settings for about 3 hours covered with foil then for another 20 minutes uncovered to brown the skin. It turns out moist and juicy. I poured one can of Campbell chicken broth over it and seasoned it with ground white pepper, a little cinnamon powder and a dash of clove powder, holiday style. A dash of lemon juice would have been great if I haven’t forgotten. Makes for several great lunches in sandwiches next week. Bon appetite!

  

Okra and shrimp; Kailan and shiitake mushrooms; and Portabello mushroom burgers

These are our highlights over the weekend. I stir fry some okra with shrimp and homemade dried shrimp flakes. I also stir fry some kailan and shiitake mushrooms, cooking them separately and seasoning them with oyster sauce and soy sauce paste. Hubby grilled the burgers including some stuffed Portabello ones for me. They are seasoned with black ground pepper, oyster sauce, garlic powder and onion powder. All in a day’s work.

   
    
 
  

Otak otak

I brought this dish to a friend’s anniversary dinner. It consist of minced sole petralé, minced shrimp, Thai red chili peppers, lemon grass, shallots, ginger, garlic, coconut milk, eggs, fish sauce and pandan leaves on top of it. It was baked in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for forty minutes.

  

Black Fried Rice

White fried rice is seasoned with salt and other spices while Black fried rice is seasoned with dark soy sauce. Black fried rice is how my mom would made her fried rice growing up. This is my Yangzhou fried rice with dark soy sauce, green onion, shallots, cubed Chinese spam, corn kernels, broccoli stems, fried egg and shrimp. I fried each ingredient separately starting with eggs, then the spam, then the shallots and the shrimp etc. Hope you enjoy this Sunday dish of mine.