Thursday, July 13, 2017

Braised Beef Brisket (炆牛腩)

Beef Stew


500g beef brisket, cut into big chunks
450g daikon, peeled and cut into chunks
40g ginger, minced
20g garlic, sliced
2 scallion, sliced
5g dried mandarin peel
2 dried chillies, softened, cut in halves
1 whole star anise

1 tbsp oil
2 cups water

1 tbsp Chu Hou paste
2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp black pepper powder
salt, to taste

  • In hot frying pan, brown the beef brisket over moderately high heat.  Transfer onto a plate.  
  • Add oil into the pan and stir fry ginger, garlic, mandarin peel, star anise and dried chillies until aromatic.  
  • Add in sauce and beef; stir well to combine.  Then add in water and daikon; bring to the boil and then reduce fire and simmer until beef is tender.
  • Serve hot with rice or noodles.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mandarin Butter Cake



180g butter, softened at room temperature
50g caster sugar

(B)  Lightly beat:
3 egg yolks (48g), bring to room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp finely chopped mandarin peel (remove the white pith before chopping)

(C)  Sift together:
180g self-raising flour
20g milk powder

(D)  Mix together:
45g mandarin juice
10g honey

3 egg whites, bring to room temperature
50g caster sugar
  • Preheat oven to 160°C.  Line a 21 x 11 x 6 cm loaf pan with baking paper.
  • In a clean, oil-free mixing bowl, beat egg whites using an electric mixer until soft peaks formed.  Gradually beat in sugar until stiff peaks formed.  Set aside.
  • Using the same beaters, cream butter and sugar until light and pale in colour.
  • Gradually add in egg yolk mixture, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. (Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl).
  • Add in flour and mandarin juice mixture in 3 additions, starting and ending with flour. Combine until just incorporated.
  • Finally, fold in beaten egg whites in 3 additions, ensuring the batter is well mixed.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with the spatula.
  • Bake for 30 mins at 160°C, then increase temperature to 170° and bake for a further 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Stand the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Serve warm.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pan-fried Ricotta Dumplings in Tomato Sauce

Pan-fried Ricotta gnocchi in Tomato Sauce

Ricotta Gnocchi
Ricotta Gnocchi

Recipe from Two Greedy Italians

For the dumplings:
200g high protein flour, plus extra for dusting
220g ricotta
3 egg yolks
25g parmesan, fresh grated
a pinch of grated nutmeg
a pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce:
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 chilli, sliced
2 x 400g canned tomatoes (whole or diced)
a handful of basil leaves

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dumpling ingredients together to form a soft and moist dough.  
  • Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes.  Roll dough into a long thin sausage shape, then cut the dumplings into 2cm pieces.
  • Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the dumplings until they float to the surface.  Transfer the dumplings onto a plate.
  • Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and place the dumplings in a single layer and fry until dumplings are lightly browned on each side.
  • Meanwhile to cook the sauce, heat olive oil in a pan and stir fry the onion and garlic until soft.  Add in chilli and fry for a minute.  Add in tomatoes and basil. Bring to the boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Toss the pan fried dumplings into the tomato sauce and sprinkle over some grated parmesan before serving.
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