December 30, 2009

What's For Breakfast in HK

When you are in foreign countries it's a must to xplore and try the local food.

I was just in HK last week and everyday we go around Tung Chung, a small township 5min away from the HK international airport to have breakfast....and I saw common faces in the same place everyday for breakfast and they tend to have the same thing most of the time.

Well, lets eat we they eat....and if you happens to be in HK do try their local daily breakfast.

Check out what's for breakfast....

Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage, Chicken, Shitake Mushroom and Dried Shrimp wrapped with Lotus Leaf. Highly Recommended !

Porridge with Pork Intestines. Good to have during winter !

Fried BeeHoon. Too common but it seems many having this. You might think it's cheaper but all breakfast set cost average HK$20

Dim Sum for breakfast, Har Kow, Siew Mai, Lo Bak Koe and Chee Chong Fun. A must in HK ! Do check out the time ! Most restaurants determine the prices based on time. ie 7am to 11am low price, 11am to 1pm high price and during 1pm till 3pm average price.

Check out What's For Lunch in HK

December 25, 2009

Cabbage Soup with Chinese Ham

Check out my secret ingredient for making a perfect broth...Chinese Ham !

The first time I was exposed to this when I was walking down one of the back street in Kunming....xploring the wet market and my friend stopped in front of a butcher...

That butcher was having a wooden box as a table,....just selling a leg from some animal !???It was dirty, hairy, what a rotten looking friend was speaking mandarin and the butcher just sliced a small piece of the rotten looking meat and passed to him to try !!! He did ...He ate it !

Erh...a bit shocking to me ! I can take raw,....but not rotten ! Well, if my friend can do it, so wth....anything salty, smelly, kind of food ! It taste similar to prosciutto.

That was the fear factor experienced, the real thing I bought looks much cleaner than what I described.

All the way from two favorite places to get a good Chinese Ham, either from Kunming or Hangzhou.

I found out this is actually a rich man food, this Chinese Ham is one of the must ingredient used in luxurious restaurants to make exclusive dishes, supreme broths/stocks and much of it is the exclusive dish-Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.

Well, check out my simple...clear Chinese Cabbage Soup with Chinese Ham.

Blanched the Chinese Ham and Pork Ribs with boiling water to get rid of the smell.

Place Pork Ribs and Red Dates in a pot and bring to a boil, and let it simmer from 1hour. Add in the Chinese Ham and Chinese Cabbage and continue to simmer for another 20min.

Season with salt. Serve hot with a dash of pepper !

Simple with an exclusive ingredient...

Serving for 4

400g Pork Ribs, blanched with boiling water
100g Chinese Ham, blanched with boiling water
300g Chinese Cabbage, cut into chunks
20g Red Dates
1tsp Salt
1lit Water

December 10, 2009

Vegetable Dhal Curry

Feel like having something spicy and appetizing....try this for a change !

No meat,...purely vegetables and spices.

Erh...actually I loved eating the green thing shown in the picture, I don't know what it's called, all I know is you are suppose to eat the seed from the green thing only and it looks like the seed from the okra....can somebody tell me what's that green thing called....

In a pot add in the Water, Garlic, Potatoes, Carrots, Red Chilli, Onion and Dhal. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer till the dhal is soft.

In a separate pan, heat up the oil and add in the mustard seed. Let it pop ! Add in the garlic, shallots, fennel, cumin, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric power and the curry leaves. Saute for 2-3min. Once fragrant, add these mixtures in the pot.

Throw in the tomatoes, cauliflower and let it cook for 10-15min.

Season with salt

Serve with steamed white rice.

1tsp Turmeric Powder
1tsp Chilli Powder
1tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2tsp fennel
1/2tsp Cumin
1/2tsp Coriander Seeds
10g Shallot, chopped finely
5g Garlic, chopped finely
1stalk Curry Leaves

100g Dhal, soaked
60g Tomatoes, diced
200g Potatoes, diced
150g Carrot, diced
100g Onion, chopped
100g Red Chilli
100g Cauliflower, blanched with hot water
10g Garlic, sliced
2tbsp Oil
1tsp Salt
2cups Water