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Di San Xian (地三鲜)

Here comes one of my favorite dishes again. I found a type of Chinese green chili in the supermarket the other day. The specialty of this green chili is the skin is thinner than green pepper. It taste crispier, spicier and also a bit sweet. Good choice to make this dish.

1, Cut eggplant, potato and green chilies into small chunks.

2, Heat oil in the pan. More oil will be used in this dish cos potato and eggplant need to be deep fried.

3, Fry potato first, when they turn a bit golden on the edge, add in eggplant. Fry till eggplant turns brownish color.

4, Pour the extra oil out. Add in green chili and onion (optional).

5, Stir fry till aromatic. 

6, Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp sugar. Stir fry evenly.

7, Sprinkle in chopped garlic and stir fry a bit.

8, Season with salt. If you want to color to be brighter, you can also use starch solution.


Sliced Pork Belly with Garlic Sauce (蒜泥白肉)

This dish is very simple.

1, Prepare pork belly with skin on, about 400g.

2, Boil some water, make sure it can cover the whole pork belly.

3, Put pork belly in, add in several ginger slices and 1 tsp cooking wine. Simmer with low heat for 20 mins.

4, Take pork belly out, put in a plate and let it cool down. And cut into slices.

5, Prepare sauce:

4 cloves of chopped garlic. (I stir fry it a bit in a pan with some oil, just to make it less pungent)

1/2 1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp sugar

1 chopped spring onion

1 tbsp water

1/2 tsp sesame oil

Mix all of them in a bowl.

You can pour the sauce over the pork belly slices or use it as dipping sauce and serve with pork slices.

I chose the first way.

Lime Chicken Salad


chicken leg 3 about 700g

Small lime 10

chopped green chili 4 (you can use red chili too)

chopped garlic 4 cloves

light soy sauce 1/2 1 tbsp

sugar 1 tsp

salt 1/2 tsp

ice cold water

1, Put chicken into a pot, add in enough water. Bring to boil with high heat. Skim the soup and remove all the dirt. Turn to low heat and simmer for 40 mins.

2, Soak cooked chicken leg into ice cold water to let them cool down.

3, Squeeze 5 limes to get the juice and cut the rest 5 into slices.

4, Tear chicken leg with hand, remove the bone and tear chicken meat into small chunks.

5, heat a pan, add in 2 tsp oil. Saute chopped garlic and chili till aromatic.

6, add in light soy sauce, sugar and salt. When sugar is fully dissolved, off the heat and cool down.

7, Add lime juice into the sauce, mix well.

8, In a big bowl, add in chicken meat, sauce mixture and lime slices. Mix well.

Very refreshing for hot weather. My husband loves it.

Butter Prawn

1. Prepare Prawns first. Remove the intestines and wash clean.

2. Put all Prawns in a big bowl. Add in 1 egg white, a little salt and pepper and 2 tablespoon corn starch. Mix well.

3. Deep fry Prawns in oil till golden brown. Drain them.

4. Heat 1 tsp oil in a sauce pan. Add in 20g butter. When butter melts, pour in 2 egg yolks. Stir while pouring. Egg yolk will become shredded.

5. Add in red chili rings and chopped garlic. Stir fry a bit.

6. Add all the fried prawns back to sauce pan. Mix well.


Butter Garlic Giant Prawn

The other day, my husband and I found this giant prawn in the supermarket. So we bought some.

Butter and garlic are actually good choice to cook giant prawn.

  1. Cut the prawn open at the belly. Scissors can do a better job to cut open the belly shell. Then use a knife to cut the prawn meat open.


2. In a small bowl, cut in 2 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle a little salt, pepper and 3-4 cloves of chopped garlic. Mix a bit.

3. Preheat oven to 200 Degree C.

4. Spread butter over prawn.

5. Into the oven and bake for 15 – 20 mins.

Hubby loves them very much.

Chicken Leg Rice

1. Prepare chicken legs. Wash them clean. I used 3.

2. Place them in a deep pot. Add in enough water. Bring to boil. Skim the soup, remove all the floating dirt.

3. Add in 2-3 ginger slices, 3 cloves of garlic, salt to season. Cover the lid. Turn to low heat and simmer for 20-30 mins.

4. Turn off the heat. Take the chicken out.

5. Prepare 1 cup rice. Wash and drain. Turn on the rice cooker. Cut in 1 small cube of butter. When butter melts, add in 1 tsp chopped garlic and 1 tsp chopped ginger. Stir fry till aromatic. Add rice in. Stir fry a bit. Pour in 2 cups of chicken soup from the pot. Add in a pandan leaf knot. Cover the lid and cook the rice.

6. Place chicken legs in a bowl. Add in 1 tablespoon light soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix chicken with sauce well.

7. Into the oven 200 degree C for 20 mins. Flip over in the middle.

Serve the chicken leg with rice and chili sauce.

My husband loves it, especially chicken leg.

Long Bean Stir-fry

I love green and crunchy long beans. And it’s a very simple dish to cook.

  1. Wash long beans clean. Cut into medium strips.
  2. Boil a pot of hot water. Add in 1 pinch salt and several drops of oil. Add long beans in and boil for 4 mins to make sure they are completely cooked. Then soak them in cold water and drain them.
  3. Heat a pan. Add in 1 tsp oil. When oil is hot, saute chopped 2 or 3 cloves of garlic and 1 red chili till aromatic.
  4. Add long beans in. Stir fry for 1 min.
  5. Add in 1/2 tsp light soy sauce and 1/2 tsp oyster sauce. Quickly stir fry evenly.
  6. Season with salt.


You can choose not to add chili if you don’t want it to be spicy at all.

This cooking method can also be used to stir fry lady fingers.

Steamed Prawn & Vermicelli

You can replace prawn with shrimps.

  1. Prepare prawns. Wash them clean. Cut on the back with scissors or a knife. Remove the intestines.
  2. Soak vermicelli in hot water for 10 seconds. Cut shorter. Save a little and chop into small pieces.
  3. Chop 3 or 4 cloves of garlic. Heat a pan. Add in 2 tsp oil. Saute garlic till aromatic. Add in 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp oyster sauce and 1/2 tsp sugar. bring to boil.
  4. Place vermicelli in a plate. Arrange prawns over the vermicelli. Stuff prawn with chopped vermicelli. Then use a spoon to pour garlic sauce onto chopped vermicelli. Pour the rest garlic sauce over the vermicelli under the prawn.
  5. Steam for 15 mins.  My prawns are big, that’s why it takes around 15 mins to be cooked. If you use shrimps, you can shorten the time to 8-10 mins.

Vermicelli is very tasty. My husband even loves it more than prawns.

Butter Garlic Mushroom

Just like me, my husband is also a crazy mushroom lover. That’s why I cooked this dish on his birthday.

  1. Preheat oven to 200 Degree C.
  2. Wash mushrooms (I was using white bottom mushroom). Remove the stems.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a pan. When butter melted, add in mushroom. Fry for 2 mins with medium heat. Flip over and fry for another 2 mins.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Add in 1/4 cup stock or water. bring to boil..Simmer with low heat for 3-5 mins.
  5. Prepare a baking pan. Spread chopped garlic at the bottom. Place mushroom with stock over garlic. Then top with some extra chopped garlic.
  6. Into the oven and bake for 10 mins.
  7. Garnish with parsley.

Smells and tastes very good.

Flat Garlic Bread

1. Dissolve 1 tsp yeast and 1 tsp sugar in 1/4 cup warm water. Let it ready for 5 mins.

2. Mix 1 cup flour, 1 pinch salt, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp butter and 3 cloves chopped garlic in a bowl.

3. Add yeast water into flour mixture. Mix all ingredients and knead into a dough. Brush a little oil onto the dough.

4. Let the dough rise till 2 times big.

5. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup melted butter, 3 cloves garlic, 2 tablespoon chopped coriander.

6. Divide dough into 2 or even more smaller dough balls and flatten them into thin disc.

7. Brush butter garlic mixture onto the dough very generously.

8. Into 180 degree C oven and bake for 10-15 mins.