zaterdag 27 juni 2015

Vegetarian salted fish (haam yu)

This delicious salted fish is a great supplement to many Chinese vegetable dishes, especially Chinese broccoli. But you can also use it with rice. Just mix it in your favourite wok dishes.

This vegetarian salted fish is made with dried bean curd.

Just boil it for 2 minutes and drain it. Let it sit at room temperature for two to three days and afterwards we add salt and flavours. Then we dry it in the sun for another few days and it's done.

The first step is to boil it and ferment it for two to three days.

The second step is to add salt (flavours optional), wrap it in seaweed and dry it in the sun for 2 days.


This is the brand I use for the seaweed.

zaterdag 28 februari 2015

Vegetarian Gu Lou Yuk in Sweet and Sour Sauce


For this vegetarian sweet and sour recipe we use vegetarian stewed mutton. This will be fried in oil and coated with a dough. Then we add the sweet and sour sauce to it and it's done.

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

For the sweet and sour sauce we need a broth of different ingredients, mostly fruits.

Chop these ingredients into large pieces:
- apples
- oranges
- lemons
- ginger
- carrots

Then boil them in water until they get soft. Probably half an hour on medium heat. Filter out the waste afterwards and keep the broth.

Bring this broth to a boil and add vinegar, concentrated tomato paste and sugar. If you want to make it look nicer, you can add pieces of pineapple and red paprika. Add a small amount of maizena + water to thicken the sauce and it's done. The volumetric ratio of water/sugar/vinegar/tomato paste is 1/0.25/0.12/0.12.

Here is the result of my sauce.


Now we make the dough (it should be pretty thick). Mix these ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1 cup water
- 1 tea spoon salt
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 3 tea spoons of vegetable oil
- 1 table spoon baking powder

Then add the vegetarian mutton in the dough and fry them for 4 minutes.

Add the sweet and sour sauce over the fried mutton and you're done!

dinsdag 24 februari 2015

Tarragon Dressing

This week I experimented with tarragon because I had tasted tarragon dressing at my local restaurant and wanted to make it myself.

So what did I do?

I mixed the following ingredients.

- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1/4 cup of capers
- lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
- pepper and salt (add a good chunk of the salt)
- 10 stems of chopped tarragon
- 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil

It was delicious. I found that I didn't add enough of the lemon juice, capers and salt, so don't be afraid to add a good amount of those ingredients.

This dressing is perfect for a salad or you can even use it for dipping french fries.