Friday, 21 February 2014

Simple Stir Fried Chinese Leeks with Tau Kua (semi-soft tofu)

My family members love Chinese Leeks.  We love it especially if stir fried it with roast pork belly.  I am sure most Malaysian Chinese  know how sinfully delectable this dish is if served with soy sauce and bird's eye chili!  It's very addictive too. Sometimes hubby and I enjoy having it just with cold beers; without rice. Whereas my children would have extra rice if Chinese Leeks is served!
 Stir Fried Chinese Leeks with Roast Pork and Hard Tofu

For a change, you can also mix and match Chinese Leeks with whatever dishes you have in mind.  
 Chinese Leeks with Swiss Mushrooms

 Fried Rice with Chinese Leeks and Apple Cubes

Simple Stir Fried Chinese Leeks with Tau Kua

Ingredients :
- 5 pcs semi-soft tofu (cubed and deep or pan fried)
- 4 Chinese Leeks (washed and cut)
- 1 pair Chinese Sausage (washed and sliced)
- 1 carrot (julienne)
- 1 thumb sized ginger (crushed)
Seasonings : (to taste)
- salt
- soy sauce
- Chinese cooking wine (Hua Tiao Jiu)

Method :
1)  Heat oil in a wok enough to deep fry or pan fry tofu.  (I prefer to pan fry).
2)  Pan fry tofu until both sides are golden brown.  Dish out and set aside.
3)  Leave about a tablespoon of oil in the wok.  Saute ginger until aromatic.
4)  Add Chinese Leeks, Chinese sausages and carrot.  Keep stir frying until all the ingredients are half done.
5)  Add salt and soy sauce to taste.  Keep stirring and if too dry, add some water.
6)  Transfer the fried tofu back to the wok. Stir and mix well.  
7)  Drizzle some Chinese cooking wine and give it a quick stir.
8)  Dish up and serve with steamed rice or plain rice porridge.
Such a palatable and aromatic dish!
Have a wonderful weekend ahead and cheers :)

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Chap Goh Mei (Chinese Valentine's Day) and Baked Cheesy Prawns with Garlic for Valentine's Day

This year Chap Goh Mei falls on the 14th February 2014 and coincides with Valentine’s Day.

Chap Goh Mei, in Hokkien dialect means “the 15th night of the Chinese New Year”. It also symbolises the ending of the Chinese New Year. Chap Goh Mei is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao. On Chap Goh Mei night family members gather for another reunion dinner.

On this day, the unmarried women or those missed the ferry would write their names and contact numbers on the oranges. Then they throw them into sea, lake or rivers with the hope of finding a good husband. However, as time goes by, people are more creative. Nowadays, we can also see available bachelor men throw bananas too into the river or lake with the same intention.

Hopefully my Baked Cheesy Prawns with Garlic spice up and add some fire to your relationship, hehehe...
Curious?  Well, aphrodisiac foods have long been known as a sure-fire way to revive any relationship.  To the Romans, prawns with garlic is capable of stimulating and set your desire alight.  So, if you think your relationship needs a boost, get cooking and bring the flames of passion to life!  Or isn’t it a double happiness and joy for all to celebrate this wonderful day filled with love and gratitude with your loved ones, family and close friends?
Ingredients :
6 big or medium-sized prawns (cleaned and marinated)
3 tbsp minced Garlic

1 tbsp finely chopped basil leaves
Mozzarella Cheese 
Olive oil
2 limes or lemon 

Marinates : (to taste)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
A dash Chinese cooking wine or rum

Direction :
1)  Trim and clean the prawns.  Then, slit open and devein the prawns. 
2)  Marinate for 20 minutes.
3) Poke with satay stick or toothpicks from one end to the other, pull until straight.
4) Add chopped basil leaves and garlic to the slit parts.

5)  Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree.
6)  Line the tray with aluminium foil and arrange the marinated prawns.
7)  Then top with Mozzarella or any grated cheese and drizzle with olive oil or cooking oil.
8)  Bake for 10 to 12 mins depending on the size of the prawns.
9)  Serve with lime or lemon juice.
My special credits to Shane for his idea of serving baked prawns on Valentine's Day and Amelia of Amelia's Dessert for her recipe.
Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends here
who have been understanding, loyal and supportive. 


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