Steam Ground Pork with Salted Fish/ Xian Yu Zhen Rou Bing

This is a dish that I love eating at Chinese Restaurants that serve home cooked style food.

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It is a dish that I eat about “once in three thousand” years as my dad would say since salted fish isn’t that healthy.

There are ginger strips, ground white pepper and sesame seed oil in the ground pork patty to mask the fishiness of the salted mackerel. I also added some of the oil that was used to preserve the salted mackerel over the patty to give it more flavor. One beaten egg is used to bind the ground pork together.

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You can’t go wrong eating this dish with lots of hot steam rice or white rice porridge/ congee.

Bon Appetite!

Copyright 2014 From the Kitchen of Eloise

Fishball Shin Ramen

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In Winter time, I found myself craving for piping hot noodle soups all the time. Instant noodles are not entirely healthy but they make for a quick and easy meal. I added several ingredients to make it healthier like Gezi/ Wolfberries, Red Dates, Dried Cuttlefish Strips, Singapore made Do Do Fishballs (my daughter’s favorite and mine too), baby bok choy, dumplings and egg. I made my daughter’s not spicy by not adding the seasoning on her’s.

It was a good night for the family slurping up hot noodle soup.

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Chinese Herbal Chicken

I remember growing up, when my mom ran out of time to make dinner, she would take out Chinese Herbal Chicken sold at a Chinese Tea House called Hwa Tuo Kwan near Si Ma Lu in Singapore that also sells different Chinese dessert sweet soup.

Since I was craving for this herbal chicken, I took a go at making it by seasoning the chicken with Mediterranean Sea Salt, Light Soy Sauce and White Pepper. I stuffed the cavity of the chicken with Chinese Herbs like Dang Sen, Yang Sen/ American Wild Ginseng, ren sen, Gezi/ Wolfberries, Red Dates and Chinese Yam.

I used organic free range chicken as the taste of it is as close as it can be to the Kampong Chicken in Singapore that I grew up eating. Also, organic chicken are much healthier without hormone injections.

Ginseng can help reduce fatigue and lower cortisol levels. Dang Sen has similar properties and are dubbed “a poor man’s ginseng” but its qualities are certainly not poor. Ren sen tends to balance out the yin and the yang and it has mild but nourishing attributes to health.

It was wrapped tightly in non-stick foil and slow cooked in our convection oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for at least three hours. I checked the temperature of the chicken to make sure it was 190 degrees when it was pulled out of the oven.

The temperature had cooled down as pictures were taken of it.

Yum, a slice of my childhood favorites!

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Copyright 2014 From the Kitchen of Eloise