Pineapple Fried Rice

8 04 2008

Chinese Recipe : Pineapple Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple (whole fresh with leaves)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 green chiles seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup lean pork, cut into small dice (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup cooked shelled shrimp or prawns (4 ounces)
  • 3-4 cups cooked cold rice
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews (2 ounces)
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (from Asian Market)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 10-12 mint leaves shredded – for garnish
  • 2 red chiles, sliced into rounds – for garnish
  • 1 green chile, sliced into rounds – for garnish

Directions:

  1. Cut the pineapple in half lenghways and remove the flesh from both halves by cutting round the inside the skin. Reserve the shells. You will need about 1/2 cup (4 oz) of fruit (keep the rest for dessert).
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the onion and chiles and stir-fry for about 3-5 minutes until softened. Add the pork and cook until it is browned on all sides.

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Fortune Cookies

7 04 2008

Chinese Recipe : Chinese Fortune Cookies

Yield: 25 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. soft margarine
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix margarine, sugar and egg until smooth.
  3. Add other ingredients. Mix together to form a ball of dough.
  4. Lightly flour wooden board or flat surface with rolling pin, roll half of dough very thin. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut dough.
  5. Put a fortune in each one off to one side. Fold circle in half and then half again. Pinch it to close.
  6. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.





Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

6 04 2008

Chinese Recipe : Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3/4 lb. Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan) or regular broccoli
  • 8 c. water
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions:

  1. Combine oyster sauce and sesame oil in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Wash broccoli and peel off tough skin on stems. Remove flowerets from stems and cut into bite size pieces. Cut stems diagonally into thin slices.
  3. Bring 8 cups of water, vegetable oil and salt to a boil in a large pot. Plunge broccoli into boiling water and cook for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. Drain well and place on a platter. Drizzle with oyster sauce, sesame oil mixture.





Chinese Fried Rice with Pork

5 04 2008

Chinese Recipe : Chinese Fried Rice with Pork

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. boneless pork loin
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced green onion
  • 3 c. cold cooked rice
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce

Directions:

  1. Partially freeze pork. Thinly slice across the grain into bite-sized strips; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon, reserving 3 tbsp. drippings; crumble bacon on paper toweling.
  3. Cook eggs in 1 tbsp. hot drippings for 2 minutes or until set; remove and set aside.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. drippings to skillet. Stir-fry half of the pork till browned; remove. Stir-fry remaining pork; remove.
  5. Add the remaining drippings to wok; stir-fry mushrooms and onion 1 minute or until tender.
  6. Stir in bacon, egg, pork and rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring gently.
  7. Pour soy sauce over pork-rice mixture; cook 3 minutes more or until heated through.





Plum Sauce

4 04 2008

Chinese Recipe : Plum Sauce

Makes about 5 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 1 c. plum sauce

Directions:

1.Heat pineapple (with syrup), sugar, water, vinegar and soy sauce to boiling.

2.Mix cornstarch and 2 tbsps. water; stir in pineapple mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.

3.Cool to room temperature; stir in plum sauce. Cover and refrigerate.

Serve with appetizers and dim sum.






    Glossary-L

    2 04 2008

    Litchi, lychees – The litchi has been cultivated in China for thousands of years, where its sweet-tart flavor accents duck and pork dishes. This small fruit starts out rose colored, but develops a brown, rough, brittle skin as it matures. The translucent jelly-like flesh surrounds a single inedible seed. Fresh litchis are available in Asian markets and in some supermarkets during the summer months. Litchis are often called for in Chinese recipes, Chinese food recipe, especially for sauces.





    Egg Drop Soup

    31 03 2008

    Chinese Recipe : Egg Drop Soup

     
    Ingredients:

    • 3 c. chicken broth
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • Dash of white pepper
    • 1 med. green onion (with top), chopped
    • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

    Directions:

    1. Heat chicken broth, salt and white pepper to boiling in 2 quart saucepan.
    2. Stir green onion into eggs. Pour egg mixture slowly into broth, stirring constantly with fork until egg forms shreds. 3 servings (about 1 cup each).