Archive for May, 2010

Conpoy and Dried Mushroom Sauce on a Bed of Spinach

¬†Hello everyone. Thank you for the suggestions and tips on choosing a camera and taking good pictures. I knew I chose the right group of people to ask. I’d have to say, you guys sure do have expensive taste ūüėÄ I think I may have to save up a bit lot before my next camera.

Anyways, I haven’t posted a recipe in a while so I thought it was time I post one. This is a sauce made with conpoy (dried scallops) and dried mushrooms that you can put on top of almost any type of¬†veggie. I chose spinach for this post but you can use broccoli, iceberg lettuce, gai lan, whatever veggie you prefer.¬†

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 dried scallops
  • 8-12 dried Shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 TBS oyster sauce
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 3 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp chicken broth powder
  • 1/2 cup water

When you buy dried scallops or dried mushrooms, make sure you take them out of the bag and put them in an air-tight container such as a jar or Tupperware container. This protects them from any moisture.

Give the scallops and mushrooms a good rinse and scrub with your hands to get off any dirt.

Soak the scallops in a bowl with about one and a half cup of water overnight.

In a separate bowl, soak the mushrooms in three cups of water overnight (STEMS DOWN in the water please).

This is what they will look like once ready. If you don’t want to soak them overnight I think¬†three to four¬†hours should be sufficient time.

Turn the mushrooms over to soak the tops for another hour.

DO NOT dump out the mushroom and scallop water after soaking as this is where all the flavor is. Cut about 2 cm off the ends of the mushroom stems and throw the mushrooms in a pot with all the scallop and mushroom water. Bring water to a simmer. Turn heat down to medium low and allow to simmer for about half an hour.

While water is simmering, shred scallops by hand. Trust me, no need to bring out any expensive kitchen appliance as these scallops will shred very easily.

In a bowl mix together oyster sauce, chicken broth powder, corn starch, sugar and water. This is the brand of oyster sauce I usually buy. Lee Kum Kee premium oyster sauce

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until as little chunks as possible.

Turn the heat up to high, pour in the sauce while stirring constantly. Once the sauce thickens and starts to simmer, turn the heat back to low. Cover lid and let simmer for another hour. Make sure you stir about every ten minutes so the sauce does not burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.

When done, it should look something like this. It should have the consistency of ketchup except just a tad more runny. If it is too runny you can always mix a teaspoon of cornstarch with four tablespoons of water and then add that to the sauce while stirring constantly.

Have your bed of cooked vegetables ready and pour the sauce over it. I just stir fried some spinach with garlic, cooking oil and a bit of Chinese cooking wine. Once again here is my pathetic attempt (with a very bad camera )at making my dish look yummy. Until I save up the money you guys will just have to¬†get used to¬†these blurry pictures, sorry. Unless someone has a nicer camera they would like to donate to the LeeQie (pronounced leaky)Fund ūüėČ Yes, that’s one of my many wierd nicknames. How about you guys,¬†do you have a nickname you’d like to share? Hope you enjoy this sauce if you do decide to make it.

Before I leave I just wanted to ask you to please check out this post on Mary’s blog on how to protect your blog contents from getting stolen. She has some great tips. If you have time also check out her blog and recipes, this woman sure can cook! Until next time friends and family. Have a great weekend/long weekend!

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What I Learned This Weekend

Costco was having a demonstration on the vitamix this past weekend. The first time I’ve ever heard of this machine was on a post from Christy @ The Actor’s Diet. This girl sure loves her vitamix. I snapped a shot and quickly walked away so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy one cause God knows, I’m a HUGE sucker for kitchen products. Unfortunately my credit card can confirm that too ūüėČ I still don’t know what this machine does but I’m afraid to find out (must stay away from temptation).

Since it was the long weekend and I had extra time on my hands, I took the opportunity to try out two recipes from two other fellow bloggers. I wanted to try a thrid recipe but that one involves a very ripe avocado and my avocado wasn’t ripe yet ūüė¶ By the way, I heard if you put fruit into your rice container along with your uncooked rice, it helps speed up the ripening process. Or if you put different fruits together in a bag, one fruit will help the other ripen. Anyone ever heard of this? Not sure if those are true though so don’t quote me on that.

Sorry for getting sidetracked. Anyways, blogging has opened my eyes to a whole new world and has inspired me to try new dishes. Now stir frying and steaming I can handle, but when it comes to making dessert or trying out other people’s recipes, I’m like a fish out of water. So with that said, I’m going to take the time now to apologize to Stella and Denise because my pictures don’t do their recipes justice. I actually contemplated on whether to put up the pictures or not but then I needed proof…..teehee.

I tried out a delicious Coconut Milk and Rosewater Panna Cotta recipe from Stella @ The Witchy Kitchen. This was Kayla’s serving with fuzzy peach on top.

Here’s mine.

And here’s what it was supposed to look like: (Stella’s)

See what I mean about not doing it justice? Huge swing and miss on the presentation, BUT….I’m pretty sure I had the taste dead on because I followed the recipe and instructions exactly and boy was this delicious! If you like coconut you have to try this! It was coconuty, smooth, the perfect sweetness and YUMMILICIOUS! I exaggerate you not ūüėõ Please click on the name of this dessert above for the complete recipe. I’ll definitely be making this again!

I also tried another delicious recipe from Denise @ Quickies on the Dinner Table. If you like spicy dishes you’ll LOVE this recipe. Check out the spice in this one:

12 large fresh red chillies, remove seeds (the blender doesn’t crush them)
15 red bird’s eye chillies, remove stalks,leave seeds in
3 level Tbsp red hot pepper flakes (I used Maldivian red pepper flakes)
4 medium red onions, peel
4 medium sized knobs of ginger (each 7 cm or 2 1/2 in long) peel
4 large potatoes, peel and cut each into 6
3 level tsps Colman’s Mustard powder (or finely ground black mustard seeds)
500 g (about 1 lb) smoked cocktail sausages
2 cups water
1 medium store bought rotisserie chicken (ready roasted) cut into 10 or 12 even pieces
2 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar (no wine/cider/balsamic please)
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 – 1 level tsp sugar

Please click here for the complete recipe. Now once again here’s my swing and miss on presentation dish:

I had it along with some whole wheat pasta and shrimp.

And here’s justice: (Denise’s)

Her dish looks so much better than mine. What I AM proud of though was how great this tasted. I left out the Italian sausage cause I forgot to buy them but still made the dish anyways. Maybe that’s why her’s looks so much better. When I saw the spiciness of this recipe I knew I had to try this. I’m so glad I did because it was one smokin’ dish! I couldn’t have asked for a better tasting, more spicy, beyond satisfying dish! Talk about clearing my sinuses. This dish took me on a roller coaster ride. From tearing and crying from the spiciness during preparation, to pain (that kind of satisfying good pain though) from my burning lips, tongue, and stomach, to pure enjoyment of the DELICIOUSNESS exploding out of this dish. I can’t wait to make this again with ALL the ingredients next time ūüėõ

So here’s what I learned this weekend:

  1. How to make two awesomely delicious dishes.
  2. I need a new camera and photography lessons cause my pictures obviously suck. (any suggestions on a camera?)
  3. Looks can be deceiving.
  4. Give credit where credit is due (even if it makes you look like a really bad cook ;-).)
  5. Food blogging rocks!

So thank you Stella and Denise for always sharing your wonderful and delicious recipes. You two charming ladies are truly an inspiration. I still have a lot to learn from the both of you and the blogging world. Happy blogging everyone. Don’t forget to check out my giveaways page. Until next time friends and family.

Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant and Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my last post. You guys are all so sweet! Today I’d like to share my experience at this vegetarian restaurant with you called Padmanadi. You can view the menu and find out more about this family owned restaurant by clicking the link.

It’s not a very big restaurant but with all the tables full at 6:30 already there was still ample space for the waiters/waitresses to maneuver their way swiftly around each table. I like that it’s well-lit too. I’m not a big fan of dim restaurants.

For our first dish we ordered the Roti Canal (Crispy Pancake) – grilled Indonesian bread served with curry sauce.

This was like Chinese onion cake, minus the oil and onions. It was grilled to perfection as it came out still smoking hot with the perfect crispness. I thought the curry sauce was a bomb though. No, not “the bomb”, a bomb. I didn’t even know it was curry sauce until I looked at the menu again. It was a bit on the sweet side for me, not enough curry flavor, and too runny.

Next came our soup. Veggie Sharkfin with Corn in Soup.

This was a disappointment for me. It was basically canned cream corn with an egg added and some noodles to imitate the sharkfin. If you’ve had sharkfin before you’ll know I’m talking about those clear translucent noodles.

Next we wanted to order their Veggie Curry Chicken with Potatoes but they didn’t have that so they substituted with this dish. I don’t know the exact name of it on the menu but it was another curry chicken dish.

This curry was much better than the one that came with the crispy pancake. It was thicker, spicier, and actually had great curry taste. Now if only they would’ve done that with the other curry sauce. The mock chicken meat almost tasted like real chicken. It even looked like real chicken.

Next was the PADMANADI Mushroom Deluxe – six different kinds of mushrooms with vegetables.

When this dish came out it immediately caught my attention with it’s presentation. I’m happy to say it tasted as good as it looked. Kayla and I both love mushrooms and loved this dish.

Moving on, we had Stuffed Tofu – deep fried tofu stuffed with veggie ham served with oyster mushroom sauce.

Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the inside for you. I’m such a bad food blogger. Two thumbs up for me on this dish. You’d think the deep fried tofu would be oily, but that was not the case at all. It had perfectly crispy skin, not chewy like those ones you have at dim sum, while the inside was soft and smooth like tofu should be. The sauce added great flavor to the dish as well.

Our last dish of the night was their Celery Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce.

I’m not a huge fan of celery so I was very pleased to see that there were none in this dish, not big chunks of it at least. For the most part it was all big chunks of eggplants (which I love). I’m assuming those little green flakes were the celery? The black bean sauce was delicious but a bit on the oily side.

We were too full to order dessert. All in all, I would give this restaurant an 8 out of 10. The service wasn’t great but it wasn’t lacking either. We didn’t need to wait too long for our table. Most of our dishes were delicious and came out steaming hot (I hate it when my food is just warm). Once the first dish came out, the rest followed at a good pace. The atmosphere was light and welcoming with pictures of guests posted on most of the walls making everyone feel welcomed. So where did it lose points? Well each dish was about $10 but I found the dishes to be rather small in size compared to dishes you order at a regular Chinese restaurant. Part of the reason why we didn’t order dessert was because they didn’t have a dessert menu. The waiter had to describe each dessert to us. So for those reasons they didn’t score a perfect 10 in my books. With that said, I would still go back.

Do you like vegetarian food? Could you live without meat?

Address
10626-97st Edmonton, Alberta
phone: (780) 428 – 8899

Hours
Tues-Sun: 4pm – 10pm
Closed Mondays

Before I leave I’d like to share this picture with you. I found this while looking for all the pictures above. What was I doing? Trying to make sure I was included in the action. It gets lonely at the back of an eight seater mini van. This was in Vancouver while visiting my in-laws.

Also, some of you foodies were asking about the Hello Kitty cake pops I talked about in my previous post so I tried to get my friend to do a guest post on here but she said she couldn’t take credit as she got the recipe off a blog. Here’s the link if you guys are interested.

http://www.bakerella.com/here-kitty-kitty/

Well that’s it for now. Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend! Until next time friends and family :-D.

Great Friends, Great Food, Great Times

Wow it’s been a while since my last post. Kudos to those of you who post every couple of days or even everyday! With nicer weather, more daylight, and more events happening¬†around the city, I’ve been¬†trying to make the most of¬†my time with¬†the kiddies before dreaded old man winter hits again. I think I’ve come to accept that if I only have time to blog once a week then so be it. My children are more important to me than trying to keep up with regular blog posting. But blog reading is a different story,¬†THAT I try to do daily.

So have you ever had one of those weekends where after it’s over you feel like you need a weekend just to rest up for the weekend you just had? Well this was definitely one of those weekends. On Friday we went out to last minute¬†shop at Costco cause we had some friends coming over for hot pot¬†that night. The hubby has half a¬†day off work every Friday so we try to be in and out before 5:00 hits. Other than that I try to stay clear of Costco on the weekends. Consider yourselves warned ūüėČ

 

We had shrimp, mussels, fish tofu, squid balls (minds outta the gutter peeps, these are just squid or octopus ground up and made into balls), salmon, enoki and oyster mushroom, spinach, watercress….

scallops, oysters, and beef. Sorry for the blurry picture.

One of my friends made these Hello Kitty cake pops for my kiddies. Isn’t she a sweetheart? Hmmm, how would I describe these? YUMMILICIOUS! Inside it was basically chocolate cake but the best chocolate cake I’ve had in a while. Moist and extra chocolatey just the way I like it. And so much more fun than just eating a normal cake. 11 out of 10 on these babies. Does that make sense? Whatever, it’s my blog ūüėČ

Our other friend who¬†owns a wonderful Korean-fusion restaurant in Calgary called Anju¬†(which I’ll most likely blog about in another post sometime)brought over some drinks to make my favorite drink called¬†the Bruised Heart. It’s got a mix of cranberry juice, aloe drink, peach schnapps, and Soju.¬†Great friends, great food, great times!

On Saturday we had a wedding to attend. A quick picture with the kiddies before our date.

This was the centerpiece. No pics of the bride and groom for privacy reasons of course.

Our names were written on the cranes to tell us which seat was ours. See the red and blue mini laser light thingys on the favor box? Each guest was given one of those and as a surprise for the bride and groom they turned off all the lights¬†while everyone turned on their lasers right before the happy couple¬†made their grand entrance.¬†It was pretty cool, almost like a light show. We originally got blue and white lights but Gary traded the white for a red so I could have my superman colours…lol. If you’re wondering, here’s what was in the box:

A picture with my lovely girlfriends.

Now onto the food. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Before Gary and I left I wanted to have a virgin Caesar so we headed to the open bar and got dragged into this:

Note to self: do not go anywhere near the bar before you leave a wedding. What was I thinking? I had 1 shot, Gary had 2 and then we ended up staying for another hour chit chatting with old friends before we were finally able to leave….lol. Good times, good times.

You know it’s a great party when you see the conga line¬†pass by while your hubby is¬†downing a few for you¬†ūüėČ (I was the designated driver as usual.)¬†

One last picture before we left. That’s my “I’m too tired to smile for the camera and just want to get home” look.

On Sunday we had lunch with my in-laws, some grocery shopping, a playdate for the kiddies, and dinner with my in-laws before they left. No pics as this post is already long enough. How about you, do anything exciting this weekend? Now off to catch up on the rest of my blog reading. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Until next time friends and family.

The Lobsters are Coming, The Lobsters are Coming!

¬†Hello everyone! Thank you for the warm Mother’s Day wishes! I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by and wishing¬†me a happy Mother’s day ūüėÄ I know some of you were not able to spend Mother’s day with your moms because you live so far away but always remember, no matter the distance,¬†a mother always keeps her children close¬†to her in her heart.¬†

If you haven’t guessed already, on the menu¬†for Mom’s day¬†was LOBSTER! I am a huge seafood fan. Put seafood in front of me and I turn into Homer Simpson at the sight of a donut. There’s no holding me back.

T&T Chinese Supermarket was having a sale on large lobsters (3 lbs and up)¬†at $7.99¬†per pound. So of course I had to get in on the action. I loaded the kiddies into the SUV along with Grandpa (who else did you think was going to pay for the lobsters? teeheehee) and off we went.¬†We were feeding 8 people so we got 4 large lobsters. My Dad wanted to get 6 but I don’t know why I stopped him, guess I was having a crazy moment ūüėČ

Those of you who have been to a Chinese wedding where they serve that 10 course meal will be familiar with this dish. I’d like to say I made this kick-ass lobster with cream sauce on top of noodles¬†dish but I didn’t so I must¬†give all the credit to Daddio.¬†

Let’s just get to the recipe shall we? Be warned, this is so high in fat but¬†so irresistible, definitely worth it but¬†an “occasional treat” type of dish.¬†Remember, we made 4 large lobsters with the ingredients in the picture below¬†so I will give you the recipe according to 2 regular sized lobsters.

ingredients:

  • 1 bag of noodles (any brand you prefer)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 green pepper cut into pieces
  • 10 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2¬†can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • butter (up to you how much you want, let’s just say we used A LOT)
  • 4 tbs cooking oil
  • 1¬†tbs cornstarch
  • 1¬†tbs vegetable broth powder
  • 1/4 cup water

Yeah, look at all that butter. Dad accidentally bought the fat-free evaporated milk too¬†so I had to run out to buy 3 more cans of regular¬†evaporated milk. Tastes much better to me. Sometimes we like to cook outside with this so it doesn’t smoke up the house.

Oh and if you ever buy lobster from T&T they will actually chop it up for you if you ask them to. Saves a lot of time. Now onto the cooking steps.

Deep fry the noodles or boil them in water (depending on what kind of noodles you buy),  move to a plate and set aside for later use.

Deep fry the lobster until the shell has turned red. Set aside for later use. This step helps to hold the meat together during stir-frying.

In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon vegetable broth powder with 1/4 cups water. Stir and set aside for later use

In a wok heat up 4 tablespoons cooking oil on high heat. When oil is smoking hot add garlic, onions and green pepper. Cook until the onions have softened. 

Add the lobster and butter to the wok. Toss the lobster around until all the butter has melted.

Turn the heat down to medium and add 2 cans evaporated milk, 1/4 cup 2% milk and the cornstarch¬†and water mixture. Toss everything around until the cream fully coats all the¬†¬†pieces of lobster. Pour on top of the plate of noodles set aside earlier. It may seem like there’s a lot of cream sauce but don’t worry, the noodles will soak all that up.

There you have it,¬†lobster and cream sauce on top of noodles just like the restaurant makes it. I’d have to say this is probably much creamier than the restaurant version¬†but we only have this about once a year so that’s ok.

All 4¬†lobsters were enough to feed 8 people and we still had some leftovers. Mom didn’t want to be in the pictures cause she said her hair was a mess…sigh. No matter what you look like we still love you and your cooking, but this¬†one’s¬†for you Mom.¬†Hope you had a very happy Mother’s day!

Do you have a favorite dish or food that is an “occasional treat”?

Before I leave Denise @ Quickies on the Dinner Table and Lazaro @ Lazaro Cooks are teaming up to host a cooking challenge for a chance to win Denise’s wonderful cookbook Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night¬†(minds outta the gutter peeps).¬†If you’re interested please click here.¬†¬†Don’t forget to check out my Giveaways! page every so often. That’s it for today, until next time friends and family. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far :-D.

Happy Mother’s Day Mommies!

Sorry my foodie friends, no food talk or pics today so if you want to skip this post I totally understand.¬†Instead I’d like to share with you my thoughts and experiences on motherhood. I’m posting this one day early so I can stay off blogging (well my blog at least ;-)) on Mother’s day. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far through my wonderful journey.

Until you’re a Mom you don’t really understand:
the TRUE POWER of a baby’s smile.
how unselfish you really can be.
the value of time.
the definition of heartmelting.
that even the strongest bonds can be made without saying a single word.
the meaning of responsibility.
how to nurture.

That above is what I like to call the “Mother of all Rainbows”. Like they say, “at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold,” here’s mine:

They fill my days with joy, love, laughter, and blessings. They are so many things to me:

the reason I breathe.

my source of laughter.

my sunshine on a cloudy day.

the reason I continue to learn so that I can someday pass on my knowledge to them.

my monsters by day,

but angels by night.

Uh huh, sometimes¬†my kiddies may seem like¬†little monsters, but they’re MY little monsters and even little monsters have to nap.

That’s when¬†I can’t¬†help but watch them with loving eyes and think to myself how¬†lucky I am. I thank¬†the powers above for blessing me with such beautiful children.

So how many times have people tried to give you advice that you don’t agree with? Being Asian, I know all too well that there are too many Chinese superstitions/traditions out there to follow. If I listened to all of them it would drive me up the walls. So I try to do whatever works for me. Same goes with reading those baby books. Don’t treat those books as a bible, treat them as a reference or a guide to your journey¬†through motherhood. If someone tells you not to pick up your baby when he/she cries cause you’ll spoil him/her but you feel the need to pick him/her up, then do it. I’m sure every parent will agree that babies grow way too fast. Before you know it they’re toddlers who ask you way too many questions or teenagers who slam the door in your face. Sure, you’re spoiling your baby but I don’t see anything wrong with spoiling your baby with love and attention. So hold that baby in your arms while you can and just enjoy the bonding time.

“I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers.
From the first breath she breathed,
When she first smiled at me,
I knew the love of a father runs deep.
Someday you might know what I’m going through,
When a miracle smiles up at you.
I loved her first.”
(By Heartland)
Until you’re a Mom you will never truly understand the¬†power and¬†¬† heartmelting¬†feeling one gets when your baby smiles at you for the first time. So with that said I’d like to leave you with this touching song. Every parent who has a daughter can probably relate to the heartfelt words in this song. It’s definitely one of my favorites. This song brings tears to my eyes everytime¬†I listen to it. If you have a daughter, you’ll enjoy this music video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a song for sons, but if anyone would like to share one with me I would love to hear it.) And this is a country song. Yes, I like country music, so what ūüėÄ
I Loved Her First by Heartland
Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely Mommies out there who sacrifice their¬†time, sleep, friends, sanity, and ALCOHOL ūüėČ to better the life of their children!

Two Tofu Dishes and Some Thank Yous

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. Here’s what I woke up to this¬†Tuesday morning:

That’s Canadian weather for ya. Oh well, suck it up and move on. Before I forget, I’ve been meaning to tell you that WordPress¬†recovered my lost comments from one of my posts¬†a while back. I had published a post, gotten comments for it, went back and tried to add a¬†link to a giveaway on the same post, and lost all my comments.¬†Although they were unable to recover every comment, they did recover most of them. They¬†told me¬†that other people had comments erased on that day as well¬†and¬†it was nothing that I did that caused the comments to get erased and apologized. So thank you WordPress¬†for replying back to my email¬†and recovering what you could.

Anyways, I made this tofu dish last week.

And boy was it delicious! If it looks familiar, it’s probably cause you saw it on the lovely Jessie’s¬†post @ The Happiness in Health.¬†If you want the full recipe just click on the link. Not only is this girl one of the most sincere bloggers you’ll find in the blogosphere, but she also has pretty awesome, nutritious recipes. Please drop by her blog¬†and say hi when you get a chance. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I’m so happy to have become friends with¬†her through this wonder world of blogging. She was also¬†sweet enough to pass the “I Love Your Blog” award on to me. Thank you so much Jessie! You don’t know how happy this makes me feel to¬†receive an award from you ūüėÄ If I were to make a list of the bloggers I want to pass this award on to, the list would probably never end so instead¬†I’m passing this award on to all of¬†my readers¬†and all the blogs I’ve ever visited and commented on. If I didn’t love your blog I wouldn’t be reading and commenting on it.

I was also lucky enough to receive this award:

This award¬†was passed on to me¬†from the CookNGs sisters @ cookng. Thank you for¬†thinking of me ladies ūüėĬ†These¬†sweet¬†sisters love to share their wonderful¬†recipes, restaurant reviews, and stories.¬†If you love food, they have some pretty¬†great recipes so please drop by their blog and say hi when you get a chance.

Here are the rules:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink).
3. List 10 things that make you happy.
4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.

Because this is my second time to have the honor of receiving this award, I’m going to link¬†numbers 3 & 4¬†back to my previous award post here. And to show my appreciation to the CookNgs sisters I’d like to share this stir-fried water spinach with¬†fermented tofu¬†(AKA fu yu ong¬†choy) recipe with them cause a little birdie told me how much¬†they love fu yu, and with¬†all of you as well.

ingredients:

  • 1¬†batch water spinach (ong¬†choy)
  • 1 Tbsp¬†chopped garlic
  • 2¬†Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp white cooking wine
  • 1 or 2 chopped red chili peppers (optional)

fermented tofu sauce:

  • 3 or 4 cubes fermented tofu
  • 1 tsp chicken or vegetable broth powder
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 3/4¬†cup water

In a bowl mash up 4 cubes of fermented tofu with a fork and stir until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add the chicken broth powder, corn starch, and water. Mix and stir the ingredients together trying to get rid of as many lumps as possible. Set aside for later use.

In a wok heat up 2 tablespoons cooking oil on high heat. Add garlic and cook until the garlic starts to turn golden brown. Add the water spinach along with 2 tablespoons cooking wine. Toss the water spinach around until fully cooked (all the stem and leaves have turned a dark green colour).

Turn the heat down to medium. Add the fermented tofu sauce and the red chili pepper (I chose to leave the chili pepper out because of my kiddies but I highly recomend adding them). Stir the sauce around until it has coated all the water spinach. Turn off the heat and plate.

If you do decide to make this dish, I really hope you enjoy it as it is my favorite veggie dish to make and order at restaurants.

And last but not least, the lovely Leah @ Why Deprive shared this award with me.¬†If you’re one of the lucky ones who have discovered her blog then you’ll know what a pleasure it is to read¬†everyday. And if you’re a dog lover like me,¬†she often shows pics of her cute doggie. This girl writes rain or shine and she’s not afraid to speak the truth.¬†I¬†appreciate your honesty on your blog Leah¬†so it actually means a lot to me to receive this award from you! Thank you so much!

So heres how it works, I list some random facts about myself, and then I pass this award on to some other bloggers.

Here are my random facts:

  1. I LOVE dogs. I used to have a Min Pin but he passed away a couple of years ago and I can’t wait till my kiddies get older so I can get another dog.
  2. I have theme songs of kiddie shows like Dora, Ni Hao¬†Kai-lan, Wonderpets, etc.¬†running through my head all day….sigh.
  3. I’m learning to not have the urge to straighten everything on the table ūüėČ

I’m just going to list 3 since this is a pretty long post and I don’t want to bore you if I haven’t already.

Here are my nominees:

Aletheia @ The (incr)edible life of la fille naturelle

Devaki @ Weave a Thousand Flavors

Natasha @ 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures

Lazaro @ Lazaro Cooks

Once again, please do not feel that you need to participate. I just wanted to pass this award on to you to let you know how much I love your yummy food blog. That’s it for today everyone. Hope you’re having a great week so far. Until next time friends and family.