One of my favorite Chinese seafood dishes is Salted Pepper Shrimp, we used to order it every time we dined at a Chinese restaurant. Since I found a recipe for it we can enjoy it at home. I modified it to fit our tastes and I think made it a bit simpler to make. Served over steamed white rice it’s yummy!
1 lb. Medium to Large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 tbls. sea salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tbls. ground white pepper
2 tbls. ground black pepper
1 tbls. garlic powder
3 tbls. chopped green onions
2 tbls. minced garlic
1/4 + cup peanut oil
Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour
In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch, 1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder
Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel
Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot
Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok
Cook until shrimp turns pink – turn halfway for even cooking – you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry
Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain – Do not turn stove off
If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil – add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden
Add fried shrimp back into pan
Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften
Chicken Long Rice is one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s one of the simple dishes my Filipino grandmothers made when I was growing up, but Filipinos call it Sotanghon.
Living in Hawaii it’s a dish one can easily find on the menu of local restaurants and is a staple at Hawaiian Luaus. That’s probably why it never occurred to me to make it at home. So much easier to order it at Zippy’s or some other local eatery. Besides I didn’t have a recipe for Chicken Long Rice and never actually thought to go look for one.
Well that recently changed after I attended an Alumni Luau at my Alma Mater. Of course Chicken Long Rice was served, and like my classmates I wasn’t too impressed with it. The version served was pretty bland and tasteless. That’s when I mentioned that it was one of my favorite dishes but alas didn’t know how to make it.
So the discussions began and for the next couple of days during our class reunion a couple of classmates shared their recipes and tips. A week or so later I finally made some, tweaked the way I like it of course!
Now before I share my version I should explain what it is. In a nutshell Chicken Long Rice is Hawaii’s version of chicken noodle soup. But I suspect it’s a dish adapted from the Asian immigrants who came to the islands to work in plantations in the 1800’s.
I’m pretty sure just about every culture on earth has its own version of chicken noodle soup and Asia is no different. In fact I think every Asian country has a chicken noodle soup version; Udon or Ramen in Japan; Phð Gà in Vietnam; and Sotanghon in the Philippines just to name a few.
Where ever it originated Chicken Long Rice is simple chicken stock with clear bean thread noodles aka glass or cellophane noodles, seasoned with fresh ginger and topped with chopped green onions. I like it soupy and eat it with steamed white rice mixed in. So here’s my version of Chicken Long Rice, it tastes almost the same as the Sontaghon my grandmas used to make!
*Bean Thread noodles can be found at any Asian Market and sometimes in the Ethnic Food section of your local grocery store. Or you can order it from Amazon.
*I prefer to use Aloha Brand Soy Sauce as it’s milder than most brands available on the US Market (like Kikkoman and La Choy), but it’s not easily found unless you are in Hawaii or order it from Amazon. If you can’t find Aloha Brand Soy Sauce an alternative brand is Silver Swan Soy Sauce. It too has a milder taste and it can be found in most Asian Markets anywhere. But you can use any brand or your favorite brand of soy sauce.
*Use fresh ginger. Fresh ginger root can be found at most Asian Markets. Ginger can be frozen in a sealed ziplock bag for a long time. Just break of pieces as you need them. You can adjust the amount of ginger root in this recipe to suit your taste. I love the strong ginger taste and usually add a bit more to my broth.
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Chicken Long Rice
4 Bone in chicken thighs. Be sure the skin is on too!
I’m pretty sure Sushi, all types, are here to stay. It’s not a fad food, we’ve all pretty much incorporated sushi into our dining repertoire. Most of us no longer hear the word “Sushi” and think yuck raw fish!
California rolls seem to be the most popular type of sushi along with Nigiri tpes, that’s the one with a slice of raw fish or boiled shrimp pressed into sushi rice. And many of us still consider sushi a splurge at a sushi restaurant which admittedly can cost a pretty penny. (We’ve spent about $100 just to take the kids and grandkids out to Genki Sushi. That’s what happens when you all get carried away grabbing $3 dishes off the conveyor belt!) But really Sushi is very easy to make at home and doesn’t have to cost you your first born child!
After all what is sushi? It’s seasoned white rice, some type of seafood and or veggie that can be rolled into a sheet of dried seaweed. Easy right? Ok rolled sushi comes out better when rolled with a bamboo mat that one can buy at any asian market for less than $5. But what about making sushi without a mat or sheets of dried seaweed? That would be super easy sushi!
Well recently I came across sushi molds while wandering around Daiso, the Japanese version of a dollar store that recently opened not far from my house. I grabbed all the molds they had, they were just $1.50 (it’s not really a dollar store, it’s more like the $1.50+ store.) Anyway I got the molds (I gave some to my kids) and proceeded to make these Layered Spicy Shrimp Sushi. They’re actually “deconstructed” sushi as my grandson tells me. Best of all they are super easy to make!
Hey don’t worry if you can’t find the molds, you can use an empty can, old school but it works. Your sushi will be round instead of square, but it will work just fine. Just clean an empty can and remove both ends so that you end up with a tube. Place it on a plate and layer your sushi filling into the tube, when done just slip the can off. Be careful as the can edges will be sharp.
Anyway here’s my recipe. I make the rice in my rice cooker, which actually has a setting for sushi rice. But if you don’t have a rice cooker just cook the rice on the stove or however you usually make rice. My recipe makes a lot of Layered Sushi so if you don’t need as much just cut the recipe in half or in thirds.
3 Cups uncooked short grain rice, rinsed well
6 Cups Water (if cooking on the stove) if using a rice cooker follow the cooker’s directions
6 Tbs. Rice Vinegar
3 Tbs. Sugar
3 Tsp. Salt
3 Cups mashed avocado
3 Cups Cucumber diced in small cubes
3 Tbs. Lime Juice
1 1/2 Lbs. Cooked shrimp diced in small cubes
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
3 Tbs. Sriracha Sauce
Furikaka for garnish
Wasabi Paste for garnish
Sriracha Sauce for garnish
Make rice in rice cooker and let cool
If making rice on stove top:
Bring rice and water to boil in large pot. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer about 20 minutes or until water has been absorbed and rice is tender. Let cool.
Mix Rice Vinegar, Sugar, and salt in a small bowl.
Place cooled cooked rice in a large bowl and gently fluff, you don’t want clumps of rice.
Gently fold vinegar mixture into rice. Set aside.
Mix together mashed avocado, cucumber, lime juice, and salt to taste. Set aside.
Mix together shrimp, mayo, and sriracha sauce. Set aside.
Scoop about 2 Tbl. of Green Layer into mold. Smooth top making sure it’s distributed evenly.
Scoop about 2 Tbs. of Shrimp Layer on top of Green Layer. Smooth top making sure shrimp mixture is evenly distributed.
Scoop about 4 Tbs. Sushi Rice on top of Shrimp Layer. Smooth top making sure rice is evenly distributed. Press rice layer down firmly into the other layers so that the layers will hold together.
Gently unmold and slide into serving dish. If using a can you will have to gently flip your sushi so that the Green layer is on top.
Sprinkle top with Furikake and drizzle with sriracha sauce. Squirt wasabi paste on plate and serve with soy sauce.
If you have extra sushi rice and shrimp no worries make my version of Nigiri Shrimp sushi by forming rice into rectangular cubes.
Butterfly the cooked shrimp and gently press on top of rice cube.
Sprinkle with Furikake.
Drizzle with sriracha and dot with wasabi and voila! You’ve got yummy Nigiri Sushi!
Mechadong Baka (Beef Mechado) could be a tart Filipino beef tomato stew with potatoes, carrots, and onions. Historically, the stew was created exploitation low-cost and lean cuts of meat that had little or no fat/marbling. To assist add flavor, associate degree incision was created into each bit of meat and a strip of pork fat was inserted, as delineated at Kawaling Pinoy. This method is what gave the stew its name- Mecha which means wick for the strip of pork fat protruding of the meat sort of a candle. I served the Mechado over a bed of steamed polished rice; however Chad conjointly likes it with Pandesal (Filipino Rolls).
While exploring through recipes, I found variable amounts of soy. Begin with 2 tablespoons and rise to four tablespoons supported style. Mixture of onions, carrots, and potatoes to the stew Shredded bell peppers also are widespread.The instruction is well doubled to serve additional individuals or create enough for leftovers. Like several stews, the flavor is even higher consequent day.
Calamansi (Kalamansi, Calamondin Orange, Golden Lime, and Chinese Orange) could be a style of citrus native to geographic area. it’s a cross between the Mandarin Orange and Kumquat. The fruit has associate degree orange bitter flesh and a skinny, sweet rind that starts inexperienced, however turns orange because it ripens. The rind is usually consumed with the flesh to supply a sweet bitter flavor. it’s usually found in Filipino preparation, from garnishes to condiments. The fruit are often found within the turn out department or the juice frozen in some markets that includes Filipino ingredients. If you’re unable to find it, substitute with lemon (I have seen mixtures line of work for one half fruit crush to three elements lemon juice), lime, or Meyer lemon.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion 3 cloves garlic crushed 1 pound stew beef (chuck, round), cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces 1 cup water 1/2 cup tomato sauce 3 tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice 2-4 tablespoons soy sauce 2 bay leaves 1 large potato peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 carrot peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces Salt and pepper to taste Steamed rice for serving
1. In a large pot, drizzle the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides. 2. Add the water, tomato sauce, calamansi juice, soy sauce, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. 3. Add the potato and carrot. Continue to cook until the vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 4. Serve hot with steamed rice.
As many of you know one of my daughter’s gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas last year. It took a few weeks of staring at the box before I actually opened it; all those buttons were a bit intimidating! But once I made my first recipe, Instant Pot Beef Stew, it was instant love! Now I don’t know what I’d do without it! So I’ve been exploring possibilities and one of my new favorites in this Instant Pot Mongolian Beef.
Mongolian Beef is a family favorite and we always order it when we dine at Chinese Restaurants, we love the tender morsels of beef in its delicious sauce. I’ve tried to make it at home, after all it’s just a basic sitr fry, but I could never get the meat to be so tender. I’d tried all sorts of cuts except filet mignon, I mean seriously who’d use filet in a stir fry? Whatever I did I could never get it as tender as the restaurants do; that is until now! It never occurred to me that the secret was in the cooking method. I mean all the recipes said fry the meat in a wok or a pan, I’m guessing you’d get very tender meat if you stir fired filet mignon, but at over $15 a pound that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon!
Well it seems to me the secret to tender beef is to pressure cook it! Enter the new love of my life, the Instant Pot! When I adapted my Mongolian Beef stir fry recipe to the Instant Pot the whole dish changed! It transformed from a pretty good stir fry to a tender delicious restaurant worthy dish! This Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is seriously delicious!
But it’s not only yummy, Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is easier than stir fry! What? Easier than stir fry? How is that possible? First of all my original recipe has me marinating the meat for at least an hour; no need to marinate Instant Pot Mongolian Beef so that cuts kitchen time down a bit. And stir fry requires you to, um, well, stir what you’re frying; with the Instant Pot Mongolian Beef stirring is kept to just a few minutes to brown the meat. And best of all from start to finish you could get Instant Pot Mongolian Beef on the table in about 30 minutes!
I serve it over steamed white rice which I make in my Zojirushi Rice Cooker. You can even make bowls and bentos with this recipe!
So here’s the recipe for Instant Pot Mongolian Beef!
2 Lbs. Flank or Sirloin Steak cut into small thin slices
1 Tbs. Sesame Oil or vegetable oil will work if you’re allergic to sesame seeds or don’t have sesame oil on hand