Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sweet and Sour Chicken Strips

I gave up frying with my wok. It always stick. I wanted to buy a fryer, but I don't want to waste the money nor do I want my kitchen top to be cluttered with yet another electrical appliance.

I have decided to fry food in my small pot. Surprisingly and much to my delight, it works! No sticking of food to the wok. I get to cover the pot and prevent oil from splattering, without having to use a big cover (for the wok). This means less washing for my hub and less effort in mopping the floor for me. :)

Anyways, I was trying to 'replicate' the delicious Sweet and Sour Chicken balls we had at the kopitiam tze char. I didn't manage to get the exact taste but the product was just as tasty, especially when the chicken strips are still piping hot from the pot. :) Eh? Hot. Pot. It rhymes. Heh...


  • Chicken Fillet (4 strips)
  • Pineapple (5 cut pieces)

  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp Light soy sauce
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Flour

1) Marinade the chicken with light soy sauce, oyster sauce and pepper
2) Coat with chicken strips with Egg and flour
3) Fry the chicken strips till golden brown
4) Combine the seasonings and pineapple and heat it over moderately low heat.
5) Mix the sweet and sour sauce with the chicken strip

My hub was pretty pleased with all the dishes I have cooked today. It really makes my day! :D

Spicy French Beans with Minced Meat

I guess the role of a home cook is not only to produce tasty and healthy meals, but also to avoid any wastage of food. Careful meal planning is needed especially for someone like me, who only cooks twice a week.

I wasn't quite sure of what I should do to the extra minced pork initially. There is no way that I will leave it for next week, as it wouldn't be fresh anymore. So I decided to use it together with the french beans and my, what a good choice! The two ingredients really complement each other well.


  • 100g minced meat
  • 1 handful of French beans
  • Spicy Dou Ban Jiang
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • 1 tbsp spicy Dou Ban Jiang
  • 50ml water
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


1) Stir-fry garlic
2) Add minced meat and stir till it changes colour
3) Add spicy Dou Ban Jiang and French beans and continue stirring
4) Add water
5) Add light soy sauce and sugar
6) Simmer until french beans has slightly soften

Steamed Tofu with Egg and Minced Pork 2

Remember this post? Yeah, this dish is long overdue. I have been really busy, trying to catch up with the household chores and work after my 2 weeks holiday overseas.

Anyways, I have mustered up enough courage to try this for a second time and I am glad it worked. :)

I guess sometimes you really can't follow what you see on recipe books too closely. That explains for my previous failed attempt.

My hub actually likes it!

But when he scooped up the liquid at the bottom of the bowl to drink, I was like, 'Eh, 什么态度?' The main dish is the solid food, not the liquid. >_<" But then again, I did that with Chawanmushi too... so I can understand the tempation to do so. :P

  • 2 eggs
  • 150g of tofu
  • 100g of minced pork
  • 50 ml of chicken stock (not 400ml! as stated in the recipe book. *slaps forehead*)
  • 1/2 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • A dash of pepper

1) Beat the eggs
2) Add the minced pork into the egg mixture and mix well
3) Add the stock and the seasonings
4) Add the tofu
5) Steam in Healsio for 20 minutes