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Sweet & Sour Sauce Prawns

1. Clean the Prawns. Cut off the whisker. Poke in the second last segment with a toothpick and pull out the intestine.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put all the Prawns in. Stir fry till each side turns red.

3. Pull Prawns to the side of the pan. Add in chopped garlic & ginger. Sauté till aromatic.

4. Add in 2 tablespoon tomato sauce. Stir fry with Prawns.

5. Add in 1 tsp cooking wine, 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Quick stir to mix them well.

6. Pour in 4 tablespoon hot water. Cover the pan with lid. And simmer for 2-3 mins.

7. Remove lid. Turn to high heat. Reduce the sauce.

Prepare a Christmas Feast with a King Crab

Yesterday when my husband and I were buying groceries in a supermarket, we noticed there was sale of king crab. Turkey is too big for us to have for Christmas, so a king crab sounds a good idea.

Today when I got up, the first thing I needed to do is to defreeze the king crab we bought. Then I disassembled it into several parts.

For the central body, I took the Shell off. Then picked the meat out. Heat a pan, melt a small piece of butter. Put the meat in. Sauté a bit. Add in 1 tablespoon flour. Quickly stir. Then add in 3-4 tablespoon milk. Stir slowly and evenly to let it reduce to white sauce. Put the crab meat white sauce into the shell. Sprinkle cheese. Put into oven ( 200 degree C, 8-10 mins) or till cheese melts.

Crab legs can be divided into three parts: thigh (fat end), middle parts and thin end parts.

For the fat thigh, I used them to cook spaghetti:

Heat a piece of butter in the pan. When melted, add in crab leg. Stir fry a bit. Then add in chopped garlic. Stir till aromatic. Pour in a little white wine. Simmer a little. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in chopped parsley and cooked spaghetti. Quickly stir evenly.

For the middle crab leg parts, I roast them with garlic butter. Put a small chunk of butter in a bowl. Add in chopped garlic, a little salt and pepper. Blend well. Cut half the shell off ( or even less). Then spread garlic butter onto meat. Put into oven. 180 degree C and 20 mins.

For the thin ends, I cut them into smaller pieces. Marinate with a little cooking wine and corn starch. Heat a little olive oil in the pan. Put the crab leg pieces in. Stir fry for 2-3 mins. Add in chopped ginger and spring onion. Quickly stir fry. Add in a little cooking wine, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Quickly blend evenly and serve hot.

For the claws, I used them to cook light soup. Put crab claws, corn pieces, Chinese yam, mushroom, ginger shreds and spring onion pieces into a pot. Pour in 1 1/2 bowls of water. Turn to high heat. When water boils, put in salmon slices. Turn to middle heat and cook for 3 mins. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine and salt. Cook for another minute.

And that’s it. Our Christmas feast made by a king crab.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Stir-fry Prawn Hokkien Noodles

The real stir-fry hokkien noodles need squid and pork. But here I didn’t use them. And this recipe is different from the real one. 

1. Beat two eggs in a bowl. Heat oil in the pan and make scrambled egg.

2. Take the egg out. Fry the Prawns till pink and set them aside too.

3. Heat the pan again. Add in chopped garlic and onion. Sauté a bit. 

4. Add the Hokkien noodles in. Stir fry a bit. Add in 2 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1/2 pepper powder. Stir evenly.

5. Put the Prawns back in the pan, also add chopped cabbage and chye sim stem. Stir fry a bit. Pour in 1 cup broth. ( I used the Prawn ribs broth which I made before)

6. Simmer for 5 mins. Add in bean sprouts, chye sim leaves.


7. Add in scrambled egg. Stir fry evenly.


Serve hot. 

My husband loves this dish.

Spare Ribs Soup ( With Red Dates & Ginkgo)

1. Rinse spare ribs in water.

2. Put ribs in a deep pot. Add in enough water higher than ribs.

3. Turn to high heat. When water boils, skim it. 

4. Turn to low heat. Add in 2 or 3 red dates. 

5. Cover the pot with lid. Let it slow cook for at least 40 mins. I let it boil for 1.5 hrs. The meat will become very soft and come off from the bone very easily.

6. Add in ginkgo. I read on internet that it could be poisonous if you have too many ginkgo one time. So I just put in 10 ginkgoes. And boil for another 15 Mins.


Serve hot.


You can also sprinkle a little spring onion.


Very nice soup!

Blueberry Cake

I found this recipe on YouTube.

Streusel: 

Flour  45 g

Sugar 65g

Cinnamon 1/2 tsp

Mix them well. Cut into butter around 50g. And make them into crumbs.
Cake:

60g butter stir till smooth.

Add in 100g white sugar and stir till fluffy.

Beat in 1 large egg & 1/2 tsp vanilla.

Mix them well.
Prepare:

130g flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt. Mix them well.

80ml milk.
1. First add 1/3 flour part into butter mixture. Then add 1/2 milk. Mix them well.

2. Add another 1/3 flour & rest milk. Mix well.

3. Add the rest flour. Mix well.

4. Put batter into the pan evenly.

5. Spread blueberries (video says 2 cups blueberries, but I didn’t have that much) on the batter.

6. Sprinkle crumbs evenly on the top.

7. Preheat oven to 180 degree C and bake for 40-50 mins. ( I baked 40 mins. You can test with a toothpick).


My husband loves it.

Braised Beef With Potato


Ingredients:

Beef ( cut into medium pieces)

Potatoes (chopped into medium pieces)

Light soy sauce

Dark soy sauce

Cooking wine

Salt sugar

Ginger

Star anise

1. Beef pieces in boiling water till water gets boiled again. Take beef out, rinse and drain.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in 2 or 3 ginger slices. Then put in beef, add a little cooking wine. Stir fry for a while.

3. Put in potato pieces. Stir fry till the edge gets a little golden brown.

4. Add in hot water covers all ingredients. Also add 1 or 2 star anise, 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp sugar. Braised with medium heat.

5. When water reduces to less than 1/3 and potatoes become softened. Turn to high height. Keep stir frying till sauce becomes dry.


Potatoes are very soft and tasty.

Stir Fry Pork With Ladyfinger


Actually, I didn’t expect this dish will taste so good. And it’s very simple.

1. Put ladyfingers in boiling water for 2 minutes. Then take them out, remove two ends off and cut them into small pieces.

2. Cut pork into thin slice. Heat some oil in the pan. Stir fry pork till it gets a little golden brown.

3. Add in ladyfinger, a little light soy sauce and salt. Quick stir fry for another minute or two. And it’s done.


As to pork, I recommend pork belly, because it contains fat, which makes it taste better.

Easy Shiitake Chicken Leg Soup


This soup is very easy. Just put chicken leg in a pot, add in enough water. At first, use medium heat. After water gets boiled, turn to low heat. Cook for half an hour. Then add in shiitake and wolf berries. Cook for at least another half an hour. Add in salt and it’s done.

It actually took me one hour and a half to make this soup. Just the longer you cook it, the better it will taste.

Apple Cake

This is the first time I tried apple cake and it turn out to be very good.

I made changes based on original recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/german-apple-cake-16883
Ingredients:

1 egg

90 ml canola oil

150g icing sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

120g flour

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 Apple ( chopped into small pieces)

1. Put egg and oil in a bowl and stir smoothly.

2. Add sugar, vanilla, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir well before adding another.

3. Add in Apple pieces. Mix well.

4. Pour batter into pan.

5. Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Bake for 30 mins. ( because the cake I baked is a small one, so 30 mins is enough. If your cake is bigger, it will take longer time). You can check whether it’s done by a toothpick.


Because I used less sugar, so it’s not that sweet but to me it’s perfect.


I also used homemade caramel sauce as topping. Very tasty.