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  1. canucklehead

    Clay Pot Rice

    I am craving clay pot rice with cured meats... and would like to try to make it at home. I had always assumed that you cook the rice as per a normal pot (high heat to bring to a boil and then very low heat to cook through). But I've seen pictures of clay pots with jet engine burners at very high heat for claypot rice. I want to have a good amout of crunchy bits on the outside - so is high heat necessary? When do you turn down the heat?
  2. would anyone have any reccomendations as to shops or markets selling SEA ingredients in Shanghai, especiallly herbs and fresh ingredients (lemongrass, lime leaves, galanga)? My brother is having a Thai curry jones. Thanks Michael
  3. browniebaker

    Chinese Coconut Squares

    Chinese Coconut Squares Serves 8 as Dessert. Here's the recipe for the fluffy, snow-white, coconut-flavored gelatin squares served at Chinese dim sum. 2 tablespoons powdered gelatin 1-3/8 cups boiling water 1 5-ounce can evaporated milk 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon coconut extract 2 egg whites Lightly oil shallow one-quart square dish. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in evaporated milk, sugar, and coconut extract. Cool to room temperature. In separate bowl, whip egg whites until it is fluffy and holds stiff peaks. Place bowl of gelatin mixture in a larger bowl filled with ice. As gelatin begins to chill and firm up over ice, fold egg whites in. Spread into prepared dish. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares. Serve cold. N.B.: To avoid the risk of salmonella in raw egg whites, one may substitute the appropriate amount of pasteurized egg whites, or egg whites reconstituted from a powder. Keywords: Dessert, Pudding, Chinese, Easy ( RG962 )
  4. Hello, nice to meet you all! I went to Hong Kong 2 years ago, and one day, our tour guide brought us to this little shop that has the most delicious dessert combination I ever tasted. It consists of black sesame paste and an egg white custard/pudding. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ For the black sesame paste, I found several recipes, all of which calls for rice. I was wondering, will the rice cause the black sesame paste to be more bland, or are there other recipes which only calls for black sesame? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Next is the puzzling part of the dessert, which is the egg white custard/pudding. It is sweet, and has the appearance and texture of soya bean curd dessert. So, I hunted up a recipe: ::: Steamed Fresh Milk Custard ::: Fresh milk 2 Cups Egg White 4 Sugar 4 Tablespoonfuls Scald fresh milk. Beat egg white and sugar lightly. Gradually pour warm milk into egg white mixture, strain. Transfer to heat-proof bowls, steam. This recipe was originally the custard with ginger in it, but I omitted the ginger, and it is the closest I can find for the egg white custard/pudding. The original custard/pudding that I ate didn't really have the egg white 'taste'. I'm not too sure how to describe it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I hope there are people here who have tasted the dessert I described here in Hong Kong too. At any rate, advice is welcome! I will try to make this dessert as soon as I have some free time.
  5. Andrew Fenton

    Pork-flavored stamps

    This is why China is the greatest nation in the world: Stamps released in China to celebrate the Year of the Pig taste like sweet-and-sour pork. That is *so* much better than those Skinny Elvis stamps that tasted like... er, never mind. Edit: you can use one to mail one of these edible postcards made out of squid!
  6. My friend loves to hunt. He loves his dog. He writes, sometimes about food. And for 4 years that I know of, he has been on a quest to cook and eat a dog. I assume he would only do this where the law (and culture) permit. Though in his heart I know he dreams of chowing down at some little out of the way storefront in Flushing and discovering that the mystery meat in the casserole was not sold by the pound, but AT the pound. So far, (when last I heard), his quest has gone unfulfilled. So calling all you intrepid eaters, especially you Cantonese and Korean types, I want to hear about the real thing. Unleash those reminiscences! Some of you must have had dog skin in Beijing or Seoul.
  7. We already had 2! One impromptu one at my in-laws on Saturday coz one of the sis was going to be away during CNY. Another one, we had last nite at my parent's...a potluck. The menu was relatively un-banquety and it catered mainly for the grandchildren - 9 of them. We started off with Yee Sang brought/bought by my tai go. This is the pic before "lo hei". This is "during"... and this is "after" We were late so I had to make a quick job of the photo-taking...excuse the quality. Mushroom/veggie dish made by mom Seafood soup with every exotic sea-creature in it made by mom Sweet sour fish fillet made by yee so Deep-fried wantan made by mom and some grandkids Pak cham kai (white chop chicken) made by mom to be taken with Yee Cheong always makes Teochew duck but this time he made braised trotters Since it was my sis's hubby's bday the next day, she made a carrot cake DH and I had a jelly challenge. He made cendol agar-agar while I made lychee agar-agar with big sago balls and kwei feh lychee liqueur. Guess who won? My yee ko made this tong sui, called "mat du yao", it really has 'everything' in it from gingko nuts, red beans, sea coconut, tiny cubed sweet potatoes, longan, lotus seeds.... This year, they seem to be introducing a tiny kam/mandarin orange (next to tong sui). They are quite sweet and cute, and supposedly doesn't give the sup yit effect. After the heavy meal, we went for a walk to the night market (pasar malam in Malay) and bought these neen go in banana leaves. The one on the left is trimmed. 2 down, one to go. The actual in-law do will be on the eve itself. I'll be making braised abalone with mushroom and fatt choy. Soooooo...what are you having? Edited: wrong image was inserted.
  8. DylanK

    Chinese, Regina

    No idea. Where can I get good Chinese food in Regina? I mean the Chinese that involves chilis and pork and fermented black beans, not so much dim sum, dinosaur Cantonese, etc. I've been gone from the city for a couple years, so I really have no idea where to start. The last place I ate was called Beijing Something, near a hotel downtown, and it looks like it has a sushi place neighboring it now (Wasabi), maybe owned by the same people. Feel free to suggest places outside of Regina, too. I know the best Thai food isn't in Regina or Saskatoon, so the best Chinese could be in Radville or Weyburn, for all I know.
  9. Kouign Aman

    Safety of Chinese Food Imports

    Apparently, the Chinese Gov't has recently rejected several shipments from the US, citing chemical, bacterial and insect contamination. While US investigation into the issues is just getting started, there is some possibility its tit-for-tat politics. One thing that would go far to settle the question is access to the Chinese test results and sampling plans/procedures. Failure to provide that data would strongly suggest the Chinese are more interested in embarrassing the US than in solving the problems claimed. Providing the data would make it much easier to confirm and to prevent future occurences. Chinese refuse shipment of US products as contaminated Apparently the Chinese are also finding problems internally, so the US-issues may also be related to recent increases in testing stringency. Unsafe Chilli (sic) products in China
  10. I am cooking a lot, trying to learn about Chinese and SE Asian cooking. My books refer to black soy and thin or light soy, as well as thick soy. I also have one called Bango Sweet Soy in the fridge that has palm sugar in it and is from Indonesia (oh, how sad things are there). Does anyone know...Are thick soy, black soy, and sweet soy the same thing or are they different? My Koon Chun thick soy lists "soy bean extract" and molasses as ingredients. This makes me wonder about making my own using soy and molasses. I found an earlier thread about favorite soy sauces, but I still don't get this and appreciate any shared knowledge. Taking a moment to figure this out might save me from eating all the BBQ Pork before the significant other returns home. Marinated all night. Cooked till tender and delicious. Mmmmmm
  11. Many years ago in Vancouver I discovered that the Chinese restaurants there didn't try to "withhold" food from Westerners (with such famous lines as "You won't like that") as so many US restaurants have historically done, so while I was there I became a regular at a place near my hotel and pretty much feasted on all the things they had to offer and all the things in the tanks, and I certainly ate the heads-on shrimp (salt and pepper style). When it was too late and we were leaving the last night I asked the guy who had gotten to know me (as an adventurous eater) what he thought the best preparation of the live shrimp was and he said without hesitation "Egg Foo Young". So how would you do it? I mean, would they take them in and shell them, or cook them and shell them, or what would they do? I took it from the way he said it and how willing he had been all week to let me order stuff that this was a traditional preparation?
  12. lilyhotel

    Soft fried tenderloin

    Soft fried tenderloin (软炸里脊 ruan zha li ji) is a traditional dish of China Beijing cuisine. 200 grams of tenderloin, four eggs, 30 grams of cooking wine, 30 grams of flour, 10 grams of sesame oil, 1 kg of pork fat, and salt. The tenderloin is cut into slices 4 cm long and 2 cm thick, and soaked in the mixture of rice wine and salt. Egg whites are mixed with flour in a container to form a paste thick enough to keep a chopstick in a standing position. Pork fat is heated and the marinated meat slices are fried for five minutes. When the cooked tenderloin slices are ready for serving, sesame oil is added. Due to the use of pork fat, the dish is considered unhealthy and the vegetable oil has been used as an alternative, but many have claimed that this results in the dish not being as tasty as when pork fat is used.
  13. (Edit: This thread is a split of several posts from the thread on Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new Chinese restaurant, "66," in New York City) ----------------------------------------- I'll tell you what I'm hearing, and I bet this is true: you're all talking about technique. That's clearly an area in which Jean-Georges Vongerichten is going to have to play catch-up. I think he can get there -- the guy can do anything -- but that's where he's weak. But here's where he is totally going to kick the ass of every Chinese restaurant America has ever seen: he's going to have the best product. The reality is that most Chinese restaurants -- even the very high-end ones -- get crap-ass product when you judge it by the standards of top-tier haute-cuisine restaurants. I mean, when is the last time you had an excellent piece of beef in a Chinese restaurant? Never, if I may be so bold as to answer for you. It just doesn't happen under any normal set of circumstances. But if Jean-Georges Vongerichten is buying beef, he's going to get it from a serious supplier and it's going to be steakhouse-quality. This is where he's going to be the market leader: ingredients. Now let's see if he can get his kitchen up to speed on cooking those ingredients. If he succeeds at that, will anybody be able to touch him? I don't think so; not until the whole Chinese restaurant community moves into a new era in order to catch up.
  14. Personally I'm not aware of many Chinese restaurants (I can't think of any), that take serving Chinese tea seriously. Are there much Chinese restaurants that serve high quality tea to their customers(anywhere in the world)? Tea is such an integral part of the diining experience at Chinese restaurants, that they should taking serving tea seriously. -Steve
  15. I've been here in China for about six weeks now, and almost every restaurant in Beijing, Xi'an, and Xinjiang has a bowl or a jar full of this oily, crunchy spice paste here at table. It's a deep red color, and has a smoky, slightly gritty flavor. It seems to be especially popular in the Islamic lamian joints. In any case, I adore it, but I've never seen it anywhere at the often very hardcore Chinese restaurants I frequent back home in California. I suspect it's more of a Northern thing then a Southern thing, since I didn't see it anywhere in Hong Kong. In any case, what is this stuff and where can I buy it in the Bay Area? Thanks!
  16. I want to make lo mein as a side dish tonight, but with homemade noodles. Using regular wheat flour is there a difference to make Chinese style? No eggs I assume?
  17. Macarons&Mozart

    Cha Shao Bao - 叉烧包

    Hey all- Cha shao bao (叉烧包) are one of my favorite dim sum items, so naturally, I tried to make them at home a few times. Each time around, the filling was great, but the dough was FAR off what I am served in restaurants. Mine are not nearly as fluffy, duller beige in color, and not as spongey. How do I get that great white, fluffy, airy quaility of restaurant bao? I've tried adding baking powder to the dough, but that doesnt help that much. It still comes out too similar to western-style bread that is steamed instead of baked. Thank you! -Robert Kim
  18. Have you even eaten Chinese shrimp chips and taro chips? They are both my favorite snacks. You can buy ready-to-eat shrimp chips in bags in the Asian grocery market. A lot of people don't know: that you can buy them in dry form (they look like plastic chips used in casinos, sold in boxes). When you are ready to eat them, deep fry the dry shrimp chips in oil. The chips will bubble up and expand to about twice the size. It cooks really fast (just a few seconds), so do be careful and not to over-fry them. It is really fun to see the shrimp chips curl up and grow right before your eyes. It is kinda like popping pop-corns, I suppose. You need to put in the chip one at a time and make sure no two chips stick together. Shrimp chips are typically served as a garnishing on top of the Cantonese Fried Chicken. 炸子雞 zhá zi jī [Mandarin]. Kids especially like them because the chips stick to their tongues when they eat them. It's fun. As for taro chips: I have seen them, though not often, available in bags in American supermarket. In Hawaii, they are more popular. Yet the taro chips sold in supermarket are fairly expensive. Something like $4.00 for a medium size bag. Taro chips are fairly to make yourself. Just buy some taros (in my neighborhood they cost only around $0.70/lb), skin them, clean them and pad dry. Then use a peeler to cut them in paper-thin size. You may either deep-fry them or bake them. Once cooked, sprinkle some salt on top.
  19. Daznz

    chinese hotpot

    Hi Im looking at doing a chinese hotpot at home..Ive never had one before only seen pics of them on the net...Can anyone help with types of Marinated meats and veg used etc. and also what types of oils of broths are used in the pot Thanks Daza
  20. Has anyone tried cooking joong in a pressure cooker? They usually take around an hour boiling away which is a pain, was wondering whether putting them in a pressure cooker for say 15 minutes would do the trick just as well. Also, can you make chinese soups in a pressure cooker?
  21. Mr Wozencroft

    Chinese sauce brands...

    For the last year i've been trying out various brands of the same products to find out which ones I prefer. So I thought I'd list a few that I recommend: Lee Kum Kee Double Deluxe Soy Sauce. Pearl River preserved black beans. BaiJai chilli bean paste (which has the highest amount of fermented broads beans I have seen so far) Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce. Does anyone use any of these brands? Are there others that you prefer? Please feel fee to list your preferences.
  22. Prasatin had mentioned she had her best ratio of dough to filling (haam) in her baos. This got me thinking, when making your baos how much filling to dough do you like? I LOVE a slightly sweet dough, so when I make my baos for myself I love having really fluffy dough with a little filling that has a strong flavored sauce. So of course my favorite is char siu bao with thick dough and a little filling. But when I make it for other people I go for a thinner dough and more meat. Which is why I like to make dai bao for other people, but I don't personally like it myself. Too much meat for me. Now bao wrapped around lap cheung like a pig in the blanket and steamed....mmmmm that is comfort food to me, and at some points even better than char siu bao. It's easy, it's meaty, it's got a high ratio of dough to meat. The only bao I like a lot of filling in is one made with ground pork, lots of chopped cabbage, mushroom and vermicelli, because it doesn't have a lot of meat in it. edited to protect the innocent.
  23. KristiB50

    Cooking with Black Garlic

    I ordered some of this after hearing it mentioned on Top Chef a few moths ago. So far I've just peeled off a clove to taste it. It's sweet-almost "balsamic" with garlic undertones. The texture is that of roasted garlic. Has anyone ever cooked with it?
  24. Am trying to work out the Chinese name for these boiled dumplings. The filling is generally made only of prawns and cloud ear funghi, and perhaps bamboo shoots - with a "fun gor" type wrapper; that is, a frilly wheat flour type, not rice pastry. And in yum cha restaurants where they serve from carts, these are always kept on a dedicated cart with boiling water, and a serving boiled to order at the cart - sometimes this is the same cart that serves the gai lan with oyster sauce. Dipping sauce is generally a mix of soy, sesame oil, sugar, sliced scallions, ginger and chilli. I simply cannot hold out till next yum cha visit to ask the trolley ladies, so please sally forth with your wisdom, dear eGulleteers!