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Chinese Pork Dumplings In Tamarind Broth

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Chinese dumplings in soup – there must be a thousand and one variations. Different stuffings, different shapes, different wrappers to enclose the dumplings, dumplings without wrappers (spherical), different broths/soups, thick soups, clear soups, different vegetables to include in the soups, etc, etc, etc.
Then there are all the other Asian countries who have their own traditional versions of all of the above. So, basically, there is probably a MILLION and one recipes out there, one better than the other. 🙂
I have prepared many different ones myself over the decades, both while working in Asia and learning from the locals, as well as creating my own versions of some of the ones I learned to prepare over the years.
The point is, there are too many Asian dumpling soups to mention, but here I give you the most basic, delicious and quick version there is. Once you master this, you will be able to build on that knowledge and practice, preparing your own versions with the ingredients which are the most easy to obtain, the most affordable and the most delicious for your own preferred taste and texture. For this basic recipe, I suggest that you use store-bought wanton wrappers, ground pork and tamarind broth. Then, next time, move on to shrimp, lobster, scallops, chicken or whatever protein you prefer, then use any vegetables or mushrooms you have at hand, any broth/soup such as chicken, beef, fish, sour, spicy, with or without egg, thickened or clear, with or without garlic, with or without ginger, sesame oil, chili oil, fresh lime, calamansi, or – WHATEVER !
Just try to make the whole soup a harmonious combination of flavors and textures. 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
To prepare the tamarind broth, season chicken beef, seafood or Vegetable broth with tamarind paste or granulated tamarind to taste
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Just a pretty set………

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Pork Dumplings In Tamarind Broth

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Pork Dumplings In Tamarind Broth

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Preparation :
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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa/Tomato Sauce, With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Last  month my friend Curtis introduced me to a store which I have been missing all my cooking  life. It’s the “Foodtown Supermarket” in Davie, corner sterling/dairy rd extension. Here I can find EVERYTHING my culinary cravings will ever desire as far as Asian and Latino food ingredients are concerned. EVERYTHING !!! 🙂  – Live frogs, live crabs, live shrimps, fresh fish heads, intestines, you get the idea.
(You can check it out online by clicking this link, especially read the comments) 🙂
Although Merguez sausage is neither Asian nor Latino, Foodtown has a great quality one on offer, as well as a small selection of  other African/Mediterranean items.
So yesterday after work I stopped by there for a few goodies and amongst other stuff I got merguez sausage, harissa and pearl pasta (Piombi)
So here is what I had for lunch today :

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on Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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cook pearl pasta in salted water, strain, reserve some of the cooking liquid in case you need to thinnen the sauce

cook pearl pasta in salted water, strain, reserve some of the cooking liquid in case you need to thinnen the sauce

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cut mild chilies, onion and blanched carrots into triangels

cut mild chilies, onion and blanched carrots into triangles

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saute carrots and onions in a generous amount of herb / garlic butter and olive oil until starting to caramelize

saute carrots and onions in a generous amount of herb / garlic butter and olive oil until starting to caramelize

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add chilies and sliced scallions

add chilies and sliced scallions

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add pearl pasta, mix well, check / adjust seasoning

add pearl pasta, kosher salt and cayenne pepper, mix well, check / adjust seasoning

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remove merguez sausage from casing, form into small balls, saute in olive oil until medium, add 1/3 of harissa and 2/3 of tomato sauce. If too thick, add some of the pasta liquid, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

remove merguez sausage from casing, form into small balls, saute in olive oil until medium, add 1/3 of harissa and 2/3 of tomato sauce. If too thick, add some of the pasta liquid, simmer for one minute, check / adjust seasoning

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plate pasta, leaving a well in the center

plate pasta, leaving a well in the center

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add lamb meatballs and harissa / tomato sauce

add lamb meatballs and harissa / tomato sauce

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sprinkle with finely crumbled feta cheese and sliced scallions

sprinkle with finely crumbled feta cheese and sliced scallions

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Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

Lamb Meat Balls In Harissa / Tomato Sauce With Garlicky Pearl Pasta And Feta Cheese

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Korean Dinner – Bulgogi, Gamjajorim, Kimchee & Sukju Namul



Tonight  (Tuesday) my fridge and cupboard were nearly empty and the best thing I had at hand was a great looking rib eye steak. I did not feel like having  just a plain old steak from the grill, so when I saw the mung bean sprouts and the cooked potatoes, first some Asian, then some Korean recipes started to dance around my head and I decided on this menu, which turned out to be just the flavors and textures I craved and they sure hit a home run with my tastebuds 🙂


Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !


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Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul,

Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul & Gamjajorim

Bulgogi

Bulgogi



Preparation :

rib eye steak

rib eye steak

rib eye steak most fat removed (leave some on)

rib eye steak most fat removed  (leave some on for better taste and texture)

sliced rib eye steak

sliced rib eye steak

sliced beef, scallions, onions

sliced beef, scallions, onions

pineapple, (for tenderizing purpose, (traditionally use asian pear), onion, ginger, garlic, blend until smooth

pineapple, (for tenderizing purpose, (traditionally use asian pear), onion, ginger, garlic, blend until smooth

season with kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, blended pinepple mix, mix well, marinade for 30 minutes (for a tough cut of beef such as top round, marinade up to 8 hours)

season with kosher salt, black pepper, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, blended pinepple mix, mix well, marinade for 30 minutes (for a tough cut of beef such as top round, marinade up to 8 hours)

Meanwhile, blanch mong bean sprouts in salted, boiling water for 20 seconds, drain, shock in ice water, drain

Meanwhile, blanch mong bean sprouts in salted, boiling water for 20 seconds, drain, shock in ice water, drain again

add sliced scallions, season with kosher salt, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil

add sliced scallions, season with kosher salt, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil

Sukja namul

Sukja namul

heat sliced potatoes with honey, soy sauce, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, when heated through check/adjust seasoning, add white sesame seeds

heat sliced potatoes with honey, soy sauce, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, when heated through check/adjust seasoning, add white sesame seeds

sukju namul

sukju namul

grilling bulgogi

grilling bulgogi

Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul,

Bulgogi, Kimchi, Sukyu Namul,

Bulgogi

Bulgogi



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” Asian Inspired Baked Chicken “

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This  was a great tasting chicken and best of all, no
more than 3 minutes of prep. Great taste, good looks,
easy to prepare.
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Ingredients :

Chicken,  legs, breast, wings
Sweet chili sauce,
Oyster sauce,
Soy sauce,
Lime juice,
Garlic,  paste,
Ginger,  grated,
Kosher salt,

Method :

Mix all marinade ingredients, dip chicken until well coated,
bake at 375 f until done. Serve with lettuce in sesame/honey dressing.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Hans’ Pho “

From my book # 4. Enjoy !