chinese food

Crispy Fried Noodle Pillow With Braised Pork Belly In Oyster Sauce

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If  there is a heaven, ( I know for sure that there is a hell), I believe this dish will be served there at least once a month……….
Crispy fried noodles and braised pork belly – a match made in heaven, available for us sinners now – down here on earth, no less 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good ! 
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Crispy Fried Noodle Pillow With Braised Pork Belly In Oyster Sauce

Crispy Fried Noodle Pillow With Braised Pork Belly In Oyster Sauce

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Crispy Fried Noodle Pillow With Braised Pork Belly In Oyster Sauce

Crispy Fried Noodle Pillow With Braised Pork Belly In Oyster Sauce

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Preparation :
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Pork And Spinach Dumplings With Bok Choy And Straw Mushrooms In Chili Broth

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I used  to go through the trouble of making my own dumpling wrappers and steamed bun dough for my Asian dishes. A few weeks ago I had dinner at my neighborhood Chinese restaurant and I asked the owner if he would be willing to sell me some of the fresh wrappers for Jiaozi (steamed or boiled dumplings) and Baozi (steamed buns). To my big surprise, he agreed! Since then, I usually go at least once a week and get me some fresh wrappers for the days meal. Why not get them fresh, good quality, cheap and ready made if you can. However, I still like to make my own fillings, somehow I prefer to know exactly what’s in them 🙂
The filling for the boiled dumplings I prepared today consisted of the following:
Ground pork, chopped blanched spinach, whisked egg white, chopped water chestnuts (for crunch), salt, cayenne, sesame oil. Putt about one teaspoon of filling onto each wrapper, moist edge with water, fold over and squeeze the edges shut. Add to salted boiling water, reduce to simmer and cook until done. drain and add to soup or eat plain with a dipping sauce.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Pork And Spinach Dumplings With Bok Choy And Straw Mushroom In Chili Broth

Pork And Spinach Dumplings With Bok Choy And Straw Mushroom In Chili Broth

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Stir Fried Vegetables, Egg and Walnuts

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Today  I read this article about healthy living. One of the main paths to a healthy life is supposedly to refrain from eating animal protein. But, as you all know, healthy or not, I just love animal protein once in a while. Chicken, pork, lamb,beef, seafood, duck, goose, I love it all.
But, tonight I had a strong craving for rice and vegetables. Since Bella is usually my only dinner guest, I mostly  get to decide on the menu all by myself. So today’s dinner came along that ” healthy path ” .
“Despite” being healthy, it was delicious and a joy to eat. But tomorrow – Steak 🙂

Fan ( Chinese steamed rice ) recipe  HERE
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Stir Fried Vegetables, Egg & Fan

Stir Fried Vegetables, Egg & Walnut

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Ingredient’s :

Broccoli,   floretes, blanched
Bean sprouts,
Red radishes,  quartered,
Shiitake mushrooms,   sliced
Chili’s,  seeded, quartered
Onion,   julienned
Eggs,   hardboiled, Quartered
Walnuts,   candied
Ginger,   grated
Garlic,   paste
Scallions,   sliced
Cilantro,   chopped
Hoi sin sauce,
Soy sauce,
Sesame oil,
Peanut oil,   to saute
Chicken stock,
Corn starch slurry,
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper,
Chili oil,
Sesame seeds,   toasted
Fan,

Method :

Saute walnuts in sugar until sugar starts to brown, set aside. Saute onions until translucent, add ginger and garlic, saute until fragrant, Add broccoli, shiitake, radish, scallion and chili’s and saute until heated through. Add chicken stock, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, salt and pepper, bring to a simmer. Add slurry, simmer for a few seconds. Remove from heat, add bean sprouts. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Add eggs. To serve, top with walnuts, sprinkle with cilantro, drizzle with chili oil. Sprinkle fan with toasted sesame seeds.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Garlic Noodles & Pickled Cucumbers

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Hardly  can you prepare a more simple, tasty and satisfying meal then this one.
On top of that, it is fast and easy to prepare and light on the wallet.
What’s not to love about that ? 🙂
The recipe I used today included only the seasonings in the photo on this page.
The version at the link below is a bit more complex. I love both versions equally.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

P.S.
Long noodles (longevity noodles)are a symbol of good luck.
Let’s hope they work for 2013 🙂
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Recipe for   “GARLIC NOODLES ”   Here

Recipe for   “CHINESE CUCUMBER SALAD”   Here

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” Stir Fried Vegetables & Longevity Noodles “

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Light, tasty, healthy, delicious.

Life is Good !
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” Chinese Pepper Steak “

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A shot from my past.

(Bogota, Columbia).:-).
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good ! 

” Bistek “, yesterday’s “CON” fusion dinner

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Yesterday’s  “CON” fusion dinner :

Bistek is a traditional filipino dish. It originated in China but got it’s
name from the Spaniards who occupied the islands for centuries and had
difficulties pronouncing the chinese name for the dish.

Lomo Saltado
is a similar peruvian dish which also contains potatoes
(french fries actually) and tomatoes. Since I did not want to have rice nor
tomatoes yesterday , I simply combined the two dishes.
The result was a great dish that hit all the right places for me.

Life is Good  🙂
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” Chicken Baked In Salt Crust “

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes.
Season the inside with sriracha and salt, stuff it with orange quarters,
lots of garlic and scallions. Then make the salt dough by combining egg whites,
salt and flour, pack the chicken in it and bake it until the meat has reached
a temperature of of 158. remove the chicken and let rest another 20 minutes
before opening the crust. The carry-over heat will take it to a safe 165 temperature.
For most effect, crack and open the  crust table side. For  condiments and sides,
you can go chinese or western. Because the texture and taste reminds me so much
of the time i used to live in singapore and enjoyed “Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice”,
I usually go chinese, but  just condiments, no rice or vegetables because together with
Bella we usually eat the whole thing in one sitting ! You can of course accompany it
with steamed rice and maybe bok choy, or you can go western style and serve a
western style vegetable and maybe mashed potatoes or noodles, in which case you
probably serve it with a veloute to keep it all moist and tasty.

Enjoy ! Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !

” Stir Fried Rice Noodles, Gizzards & Vegetables “


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Last Night’s dinner.
Once in a while I need a gizzard fix 🙂
Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !
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Breakfast Of Champions # 5 – Chicken Congee

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For a different texture / flavor, replace the chicken with any protein, such as crab meat, shrimps, fish, tofu, or vegetables, such as baby bok choy, asparagus, corn, etc.
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