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Chicken Breast Tomato Stew

Chicken breast is ideal for diet. This dish is easy to make. And it goes well with pasta, fusilli or penne.

Ingredients:

Chicken breast ( marinated with a little salt and black pepper, and cut into smaller pieces)

Tomato ( chopped into small pieces)

Salt

Black pepper

Herbs you like
1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Put chicken breast in the pan. Fry both side till a golden brown and take them out.

2. Put tomato pieces into the pan. Fry till they turn softened. Then put chicken breast in tomato. Turn to low heat and cook for around 20 mins. 


3. Tomato will become sauce. Add in a little salt, black pepper and herbs you like. 

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Apart from searching for recipes, one of my hobbies is watching movies about food.

I watched the Japanese Movie Little Forest the other day. It tells a story of a little girl living in the countryside. She plants vegetables and fruits and makes dishes with them. One scen is about her making tomato sauce with the tomatoes she plants. So I imitated her way of doing that.

1. First, wash some cherry tomatoes. Actually, you can use small tomatoes or big ones, depending on how big your jar is. And cut a cross at the bottom of each one.


2. Then put them in hot water for several seconds. If your tomatoes are bigger, let them stay longer in hot water.


3. Put them into icy water. And the tomato skin can be easily removed.


4. Put peeled tomatoes back into hot water. Boil them with a little salt. Don’t put too much. 


5. Then put the tomatoes along with some salty hot water into sterilized jar. Please don’t make the jar too full. 


6. Put the jar into hot water. And boil it for several minutes. Make sure the lid is not cover too tight.


7. After boiling, cool the jar for a while and tighten the lid.

The movies says, put the jar in the fridge. When you feel hot in summer, you can take a bite, and it makes you feel very cool.


I took them out and heat in a pan with some sugar.

Then poured them on cooked spaghetti. It tasted really great.

Ge Da Soup


It’s a traditional soup in China. When I was little, my mom always cooked me this soup, especially in cold weather or when I was sick.

It also has an interesting name. Ge Da in Chinese means a lump, a knot, even means pimple on face. But here it means the flour in the soup. Because the flour will become many small lumps.

There are many kinds of ge da soup, and there are also ge da soup restaurants in China. Tomato and egg ge da soup is probably the most common one.

1. Prepare a half bowl of flour.


2. Add a little water in the flour.


3. Stir flour with a chopstick very quickly till flour lumps are shaped.


4. Heat a little oil in the pan. Put in tomato pieces. ( I used 2 large tomatoes, peeled off and chopped into small pieces).

5. Stir fry tomato a little, then add in 2 bowls of water. Cover the pan with lid.

6. When water boiled and tomato soup becomes a little condensed, add in all the flour lumps ( flour ge da). Stir with chopsticks, in case they stick together.

7. When the flour lumps are cooked. Beat an egg in a bowl, stir evenly. Then pour egg into the pan, while pouring, you should also keep stirring with chopsticks. 

8. Add in spring onion pieces and salt.


If you like, you can also add a little sesame oil to your soup.

The flour ge da ( lump) tastes very chewy. When I was little, I liked finding ge da in the soup. It’s very interesting to me.

Chinese people do love tomato and egg. We make them into soup and dish. We also make them go well with rice and noodles.

If you notice the Olympic Games, you will find even Chinese athletes wear red and yellow. Chinese netizens call that tomato and egg color. 🙂

Tomato Beef Stew

This dish will take over one hour.

1. Cut beef into medium cubes.

2. Put beef cubes in the pan with cold water and turn on the stove.

3. When the water gets boiled, there will be a lot foam.

4. Take beef cubes out and clean them.

5. Heat the oil in the pan, put in ginger slices and some garlic slices.
6. Add in beef cubes. And stir fry for a while.

7. Then put in a little cooking wine and light soy sauce. Stir evenly.

8. Add in enough hot water over the beef. Then cover the pan with lid and cook for at least 40 mins.
9.Three tomatoes need to be peeled off. First cut a cross at the bottom. Then put them in hot water for around 1 minute. Lastly, remove them into cold water. And it will be easy to peel them off.
10. Chop them into small bits.
11. Use another pan. Heat the oil and put the tomato bits in.
12. When the tomato juice comes out, pour in a bowl of water. 
13. Keep stirring till the tomato sauce becomes a little condensed.
14.When 40mins is over, add tomato sauce into the beef along with several sugar cubes and some salt.
15. Cook for another 30 mins.


If you don’t feel like eating anything, this dish will make your appetite better.

Tomato & Potato Soup


It’s a very easy soup.

Ingredients:

A little garlic and ginger granules.

3 medium tomatoes ( peeled and chopped into small pieces)

5 small potatoes ( peeled and chopped into small pieces)

Salt, 1 tsp sugar, black pepper powder, 1 tsp cream (optional), water.

1. Heat a little oil in the pan, and put garlic and ginger in. Stir fry a bit.

2. Put all the tomato pieces and potato pieces in. Stir fry a little.

3. Add in water cover all ingredients. Then turn to low heat, and cover the pan with lid.

4. Simmer till potato softened and soup condensed. 

5. Add in cream and sugar. Stir evenly. Last put in salt and black pepper powder.


It goes well with homemade bread.

Scrambled Egg With Tomatoes


If one dish should be chosen to represent China, I think it probably be this dish. It’s also the very first dish for most Chinese to learn how  to cook. And it also shows up very often on Chinese’s table. It’s a quick, easy and delicious dish as well.

Ingredients:

3 medium tomatoes ( peeled off, cut into even sized pieces. One tomato can be cut into 8 small pieces)

3 eggs

Oil, salt, sugar, chopped spring onion, starch, water.

1. Make omelet. Take omelet out once it solidify.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Put the tomato pieces in. Stir fry a little.

3. Add in salt and sugar. Keep stir frying. Juice will come out from tomato.

4. Put the omelet in and mix well with tomatoes. Omelet will be coated with tomato sauce.

5. Add in a little starchy water. Quick stir fry a little.

6. Sprinkle chopped spring onion before taking out into the plate.



In many Chinese small restaurant, they have rice topped by scrambled egg with tomatoes or noodles topped by scrambled egg with tomatoes in their menu. And it’s true that the sauce of this dish is a very good match for rice.