|Steamed pork in shrimp sauce (咸虾蒸猪肉)，Steamed tofu with minced prawn (百花豆腐)，Spicy cucumber (小黄瓜)|
Some of the days' weather have been so hot that I am avoiding the kitchen. Today's dishes are steam, steam, marinate and DONE! Of course, I still need to do the basic preparation work, but that's quite minimal.
Steamed Pork in Shrimp Sauce (咸虾蒸猪肉)
For this pork dish, I marinated thin slices of pork with about 1.5 tsp of shrimp sauce (咸虾). I used the fine shrimp sauce from Lee Kum Kee. Shrimp sauce is
very extremely salty, so you need only a little of this sauce to bring out the unique aroma of this dish. Balance this saltiness with 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp garlic oil (or shallot oil), dash of sesame oil and pepper, 1 tsp soy sauce, 2 to 3 tbsp water, 1 tsp corn flour and lots of minced garlic (abut 2 tbsp). Marinate the pork for at least 3 hours in the fridge. When ready to steam, cut thin slices of onion and line it on the plate. Spread the marinated pork on the onion, add some chopped chili and steam on high for about 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve hot.
|Very appetising dish with rice|
Steamed Tofu with Minced Prawn (百花豆腐)
To make the prawn paste, I minced about eight medium-sized prawns with a chopper and stirred the minced prawn with a pair of chopstick (in one direction) and mix in: 2 tsp egg whites, a pinch of salt/sugar/pepper each and about 1 tsp corn flour. Chill in fridge for an hour before spreading the prawn paste on silken tofu (sprinkle a pinch of salt and some corn flour over the tofu before spreading the prawn paste). Drizzle 1/2 tbsp garlic oil (or shallot oil) over the dish and steam on high for about 7 minutes. Garnish with chopped spring onion and served hot.
|Light and easy dish|
Spicy Cucumber (小黄瓜)
My spicy cucumber is a fusion of Korean + Chinese style. I like to add a little Korean hot sauce whenever I prepare this dish for a little spiciness. The important ingredients for this dish are black vinegar (浙醋), minced garlic and peppercorn (花椒) oil. Add sesame oil, salt and sugar to taste.
|One of my favorite dish during the hot weather - refreshing and appetising!|
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