Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chinese New Year Holiday Homemade Breakfast

Chinese New Year Holiday Breakfast at Home
Just sharing one of my many lovely breakfasts during the Chinese New Year holiday :)
The yummies are all homemade by....(not me!) SC's uncle who lives in Guang Zhou, brought all the way back to Hong Kong! I am so grateful!

Curry Sticky Rice
Ultra delish curry steamed glutinous rice.

Homemade Curry Steamed Glutinous Rice

Homemade Nam Yue Crisps
We received a tin full of homemade nam yue (Chinese fermented beancurd sauce) crisps. We ate lotsss of these while watching trashy holiday TV and playing mah jong (yes! I finally learnt how to play!)

Red Bean Sticky Dumplings
Sticky dumpling with red bean filling. Greasy deliciousness!

And we polished everything off with pots of hot Chinese tea.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tom Kha Steamed Fish

Tom Kha Steamed Fish
It's been a while since I shared a lazy and tasty food huh?

One of my recent lazy tasty discovery is....using instant seasoning mixes (bumped up with fresh herbs and spices) to steam fish!

I can't believe I haven't done this earlier. Very easy, and it offers more variety of flavor combos when I am bored of the classic soy sauce or black bean steamed fish. I used tom kha instant seasoning mix this time, but I've also tried tom yum, opor, and rendang. All yummy! I will surely try more flavors...welcome to the world of endless instant seasoning possibilities!

If you hate using instant seasoning mixes (I bow in respect to you), feel free to grind your own paste using fresh ingredients, it could be as quick as a few pulses in a food processor, and I am sure it will be as tasty, if not tastier ;)

Tom Kha Steamed Fish
Fresh herbs & spices (you can omit all of these fresh herbs and spices if you are feeling lazy)
- a stalk of lemongrass, cut into sections and bruised
- galangal, bruised
- some kaffir lime leaves, cut thinly
- 1 or 2 red chillies, cut thinly

Main ones
- 1 of your favorite fish, cleaned and pat dry
- 1 pack of your favorite instant seasoning mix (I used Tom Kha)

Rub the fish with instant seasoning paste, scatter the fresh herbs and spices on top, and steam until the fish is just done.

Check the doneness by inserting a chopstick into the thickest part of the fish, the chopstick should go through easily, mine took about 10 minutes. Now I am really just saying stuff to make this "recipe" look longer...actually it is really one-sentence easy ^_^'

Experiment, enjoy and share!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Village Dining - Tai O Fishing Village, Hong Kong

Tai O
During our last trip to Tai O, we also had a chance to dine in the village, where our local hosts cooked us simple but delish food. Let's have a look at how the kitchen looks like.

Tai O
Where's the sous vide machine? Heheheh

Tai O
Simple gas stove, old school rice cooker, a good start for a yummy meal.

Tai O
Simple and fresh ingredients.

Tai O
...and a wood stove for the soup. When was the last time you saw something like this?

Tai O
Fresh mushrooms.

Tai O
Stir fried tomatoes and eggs.

Tai O
Self service soup station.

Tai O
Corn, egg and tofu soup.

Tai O
Potato and veggie curry.

Tai O
Lettuce and mushrooms in soy sauce.

Tai O
Pan fried tofu in soy sauce.

WTH? Isn't this Tai O Fishing Village? Where are all the seafood? Heheheh. Since this meal is organized by the company that I work for, it is strictly vegetarian. The hosts admitted that they've never prepared any vegetarian meal before and was pretty taken-aback by the request. Nevertheless, they still did a good job preparing a nice meal for us, my coworkers and I had a fantastic experience dining there.

I'll surely go back for seafood next time ^_^

Friday, January 6, 2012

Making Salted Egg Yolks - Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O
Don't we all love the rich savory flavors we get from salted egg yolks? I do! I love salted egg yolks with almost everything! Mooncakes, prawns, crabs,...hmm I need to experiment more with salted egg yolks. Anyway, a couple of months ago, I had a chance to experience making salted egg yolks during our company's cultural visit to Tai O Fishing Village. It's a lot easier than I expected, we had a lot of fun trying not to break the yolks!

Here are the pictures from the salted egg yolk making session :)
Tai O
We need duck eggs, a bucket of water, a bucket for rubbish, a tray lined with salt and a net, and some more salt to sprinkle.

Tai O
First, crack the eggs carefully.

Tai O
Gently remove as much egg white as possible, pinch the clingy part with your finger without breaking the yolk and rinse in water. Don't waste the egg white, drop them into the bucket of water and use the water for planting.

Tai O
Place the yolks gently on tray and sprinkle with salt.

Tai O
And simply let them "cure" for about three days.

Tai O
Look at all the salted yolks we did!

Tai O
Hello yummy cholesterol!

After this session, we stuffed our faces with local delicacies and shopped 'til we dropped. I can't wait to visit Tai O again!

Here's how to get there:
Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island (Outlying Island)
1. Catch ferry from Central Pier 6 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1. Walk through ifc mall) to Mui Wo, then bus 1 to Tai O.
2. MTR Tung Chung Station, then bus 11 from Tung Chung Town Centre.

I've also posted some black and white pictures of Tai O here.