Friday, February 25, 2011

Cooking with Coca Cola





What do you do with leftover and almost flat Coca Cola?  I have this 1/4 bottle of Cola Cola in my fridge for about a week.  I poured one cup in a microwavable casserole, threw in some crushed ginger, boiled it for a quick ginger cola drink (heard is good remedy for cold).  I had this quick drink before fixing the dinner.

Next, get my pork & tofu stew ingredients ready, cook and this is ready in 20 minutes!  Quick & easy and wonderful with rice.  I used our local glass noodles for this dish, but it will taste better with those thicker Japanese or Korean glass noodles.  

You will not taste any cola in your food, though it does add sweetness to it. Cola helps to breakdown and tenderise meat.  If you are cooking some tough cuts of meat, you may want to try cooking it with cola next time.


Ingredients:
250g thinly sliced pork shoulder
1/2 box of tofu (cut into cubes)
1 stalk of leek (cut into thin strips - reserved some for garnish)
1/2 bundle of glass noodles (tung hoon) - soak to soften
1 clove minced garlic

Seasonings:
3/4 cup of Cola (or more if you like it sweeter)
1 tbsp of Korean hot paste
1- 2 tbsp soy sauce (adjust to taste)
1.5 cup water

Method:
1) Heat oil in clay pot over stove.  Add garlic, leek and stir fry.  Add pork and stir.
2) Add in hot paste, cola, water and cover till contents start boiling.
3) Add glass noodles, tofu and soy sauce.
4) Garnish with some sliced leek and serve bubbling hot!



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