Homemade Meatballs in Gravy

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I’ve been craving for meatballs for quite awhile now. I have always missed IKEA’s meatballs, they’re just so mouth-watering. I remembered ordering meatballs whenever I went to IKEA back in those days when it was just an arm’s length away. IKEA is not available here, so I’ll have to replicate the meatballs should I wish to have them. After extensive research on the Internet, I gave this particular recipe a try and the meatballs came out super delicious. I hope all of you like it. I made them into smaller meatballs so I could use some of them to make spaghetti meatballs bolognese too.😉

 

Ingredients – Meatballs:

500 gms of minced beef
400 gms of minced pork
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1 medium sized onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 large eggs
Approx. 2/3 tsp of salt and dash of pepper

Method:
1. Mix all ingredients together at once until they’re all completely mixed.
2. Shape into meatballs.
3. Pan fry the meatballs using a non-stick pan (*NO oil) or you can bake them in the oven at 200 deg. C. (Be very careful not to burn the meatballs)
4. Set them aside for later use.

* Thanks Sherl and Teri for sharing their delicious recipe. The meatballs are awesome. Note that I’ve omitted the peccarino Romano cheese in this recipe. However, the taste has not been compromised.

 

Ingredients – Gravy:

1 cup of beef broth/stock
Corn flour (to thicken the sauce – depends on the consistency that you want)
2 1/4 tbps of thickened cream
Dash of pepper and chicken granules (optional)

Method:
1. Warm a non-stick pan, pour in the beef stock and corn flour and whisk the mixture until it begins to thicken.
2. Add in the thickened cream and continue to cook until it reaches the consistency.
3. **I undercooked the meatballs when I was pan-frying them, so I poured in the meatballs at this stage to let them simmer together with the sauce until the meatballs were cooked and the desired consistency of the sauce was reached.
4. Dish up and serve.

Bon appétit!

I’m back!!

Hooray!! I’m back!! At least, I think I am. Given that my PhD is now done and dusted, I can return to blog about my food adventures. After a year of slacking, I think I need a bit of time to get myself adjusted and have my recipes ready for entries. So, please stay tuned for a little while more and I’ll be good to go in no time.😉

Be Right Back

It has been half a year since I last updated my blog and many apologies to my friends and supporters for not keeping you all updated with what’s happening with the blog. I have been really busy with thesis writing as it has FINALLY come to its last stage and I’m trying to finish up my PhD journey in the next month or so. I look forward to putting more entries to my blog very soon.

Till then, take very good care and have a wonderful day!😉

Stir-Fry Chicken with Scallions and Ginger (炒姜葱鸡)

Mouth-watering stir-fry chicken

This is a super good dish for a cold day. The exotic ginger warms the wintry gust. This dish calls for a more than usual amount of ginger. But, it’s worth it! It is super yummy to go with a bowl of hot jasmine rice. I would go for two!😀

Ingredients:

  1. 6 deboned chicken drumsticks
  2. 4 stalks of scallions/ spring onions
  3. 5 cms of ginger
  4. Light soy sauce
  5. Dark soy sauce
  6. Oyster sauce
  7. 1 tsp Chinese cooking wine – Shaoxing Wine (绍兴酒)
  8. A bit of sugar
  9. A bit of salt
  10. A dash of pepper
  11. 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil
  12. 1 1/2 tsp of cornflour
  13. 2 cloves of garlic
  14. A bit of oil

Cooking Method:

  1. Debone chicken drumsticks and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Marinate chicken pieces with light soy sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, a bit of sugar, pepper, salt, and cornflour for 2 hours.
  3. Mince garlic, cut scallions into 2cm-length pieces, and cut ginger into thin slices.
  4. Heat oil in a wok, add in minced garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
  5. Add in scallions pieces and ginger slices, continue stir-frying until fragrant.
  6. Add in marinated chicken pieces and stir fry for 1 minute.
  7. Add in 1 tsp of sesame seed oil and 1 tsp of Chinese cooking wine. Stir fry for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
  8. Add in a bit of water and cover the wok. Let the chicken simmer for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.
  9. Taste test and season it with a bit more light soy sauce and pepper (if required).
  10. Once the chicken is cooked, dish up and serve with hot jasmine rice.

Happy cooking!🙂

ABC Soup (ABC 汤)

Warm and Hearty ABC Soup

It’s a cold and windy day here in Dunedin today. Therefore, I came out with the idea of boiling a pot of hot soup to keep me warm. But, what would be best in this kind of weather? After looking at the ingredients I have in stock, ABC soup came to my mind. ABC soup is a very typical Malaysian household soup. What a name to give to the soup? ABC actually stands for Vitamins A, B, and C. This soup calls for a lot of different types of vegetables, which provides different types of vitamins. Hence, the name ABC. Although my picture looks a bit unappealing, the taste of the soup is superb. The peppercorns provided just enough oomph to keep a cold day warm. Hehe…

Ingredients:

  1. 1 to 2 chicken frames (I used 6 chicken drumstick-bones and 1/2 chicken frame)
  2. 2200 ml of water
  3. 4 sticks of carrots
  4. 3 onions
  5. 3 potatoes
  6. 4 tomatoes
  7. A small piece of preserved vegetable “Zha Cai” – (榨菜)
  8. 1 – 1 1/2 tsp crushed peppercorns
  9. Salt – to taste

Cooking Method:

  1. Par-boil chicken frames and/or bones.
  2. Clean the par-boiled chicken frames and/or bones under running water.
  3. Cut carrots into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Quarter onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and preserved vegetable “Zha Cai”.
  5. Bring 2200ml of water to boil in a big pot.
  6. Once the water boils, add in the chicken frames and/or bones, carrots, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, preserved vegetable “Zha Cai”, and crushed peppercorns.
  7. Boil the soup for at least 2 hours. Make sure you check the water level from time to time and add some hot water if the water is drying out fast. (I usually boil my soup for 4 hours)
  8. Season the soup with salt before serving it hot with lunch and/or dinner.

Enjoy!🙂

 

Steamed Chicken with Salted Fish and Chinese Sausage (咸鱼腊肠蒸鸡)

Easy Steamed Chicken with Salted Fish and Chinese Sausage

Given that I’ve been busy these days, some easy recipes would be of much help. So, what sort of recipe would fit the bill? I went through my inventories and found that I have some salted fishes lying in my box of unused ingredients with one Chinese sausage left in the fridge. Therefore, the thought of steaming my chicken drumsticks with the aforementioned two ingredients struck me. An easy-peezy recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. 5 drumsticks
  2. 1 – 2 Chinese sausage(s) (腊肠)
  3. 5 cm salted fish (梅香咸鱼)
  4. 1/2 inch julienned ginger
  5. 1 1/2 tsp oil

Ingredients for Marination:

  1. 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  2. 1/2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine (绍兴酒)
  3. A dash of pepper
  4. 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  5. 1/2 tsp sugar
  6. A little bit of dark soy sauce
  7. 1 – 1 1/2 tsp cornflour

Cooking Method:

  1. Cut the drumsticks into bite-sized pieces and marinate the drumsticks with the ingredients for marination for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Prepare a steamer, slice Chinese sausage(s), cut salted fish into small pieces.
  3. Heat oil and pan fry the salted fish pieces. (Do not burn)
  4. Put the marinated drumsticks together with the sliced Chinese sausage(s), salted fish pieces, and julienned ginger on a stainless-steel plate or alternatively, wrap the ingredients with aluminium foil, and put it to the steamer.
  5. Steam the ingredients on high heat for 25 to 30 minutes. (Make sure the chicken pieces are cooked)
  6. Once the chicken pieces are cooked, serve hot with jasmine rice.

Happy steaming!😉

Homemade Noodles (干捞手工面)

Dry Homemade Noodles

I love noodles ever since I was a kid, especially yellow noodles and egg noodles. However, I first tasted homemade noodles about a month ago when Gloria, one of my friends, made it for our last gathering. I got so fascinated with it and I asked her for her recipe. She told me it was really simple, whereby she only used high grade flour, a bit of water and salt. Combine these ingredients and knead them into a pasta dough. The moment I heard “kneading” was involved, I took a step back. Well… well… well… I can be quite a lazy cook. Hehe… So, what has changed? Bread maker has changed the whole story. It’s a real life saver.😉

Ingredients:

  1. 3 1/2 cups high grade flour
  2. 3 jumbo eggs
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. 1 tsp oil
  5. 1/3 small bowl of water

Seasoning for the Dry Noodles: (For 1 person – adjust according to personal preference)

  1. 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  2. 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  3. 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  4. 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  5. A dash of pepper
  6. 1 1/2 tbsp oil
  7. 1 clove of garlic (minced)

*These measurements are just a rough guide. I don’t follow the measurement, I adjust the taste according to my own preference.

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the bread maker tin and return the bread maker tin to the bread maker.
  2. Select “pasta dough” function.
  3. When the pasta dough is ready, let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes. (I did the dough about an hour earlier so I transferred my dough into an airtight container – to prevent the dough from getting dried)
  4. Sprinkle a bit of flour on your work bench and on the pasta dough (this is to prevent the dough from sticking).
  5. Use a rolling pin and roll the pasta dough into a thin sheet of approximately 4-5mm on the floured work bench.
  6. Dust the top of the pasta sheet with some flour and roll it.
  7. Use a sharp knife to cut the pasta roll into strips (depending on how broad you want your noodle to be).
  8. Unroll noodles and sprinkle a bit of flour to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other. Let the noodles rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  10. Add noodles into the boiling water and cook for 4 minutes.
  11. Pour the noodles into a sieve to drain off the water.
  12. Let the noodles run under cold water for 1 minute.
  13. Bring the noodles and a pot of hot water to boil.
  14. Drain off the water.
  15. Noodles are ready to be used.

Cutting the handmade noodles

Cooking Method for the Dry Noodles: (For 1 person)

  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Heat a bit of oil in a wok and add minced garlic. Stir fry the minced garlic until fragrant.
  3. Pour a bit of oil to a clean plate.
  4. Add noodles (for one person) to the plate.
  5. Season the noodles with oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame seed oil, and pepper.
  6. Mix the noodles and seasoning well.
  7. Serve hot.

Bon appétit!😉

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