Shrimp Shiu Mai

Shrimp Shiu Mai

Last month I was  craving dim sum or steamed dumplings and going out to my favorite Chinese restaurant that still had dim sum carts was out of the question.  The virus thing you know.

So after searching for frozen dumplings that would hit the spot I decided that I had to DIY my own.  It’s tedious, frozen ones are so much easier.  But I wanted shrimp dumplings, not chicken and shrimp or pork and shrimp, just shrimp.  So armed with my bamboo steamer and wanton wrappers I set off to make shrimp shiu mai. And they were delicious!

You can find all the ingredients at any Asian market, they’re pretty basic.

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Shrimp Shiu Mai

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Fresh Ginger, finely grated

1 Tsp Garlic, minced

1/2 Lb. Raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 Cup Water Chestnuts (canned)

1 Egg white

1 Tsp. Soy Sauce

1/2 Tsp. Sesame Oil

1/2 Tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar

20 pcs. Wanton or dumpling wrappers

Directions:

Put garlic, ginger, and shrimp in a food processor.

Pulse until shrimp is broken up.

Add water chestnuts and pulse to chop.

Add egg white, soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar.  Pulse to fully combine.

Place 1 Tbs. shrimp filling on to the center of each wrapper.

With damp fingertips (dampen with water) moisten the edge of wrapper.

Pinch wrapper together into small folds.

Work around the filling so in the end the filling is still visible.

Line bamboo steamer with  parchment paper and place dumplings inside.  Allow some space between dumplings so they don’t stick together.

Steam over boiling water for about 7-8 minutes or until  filling is cooked.

Serve with preferred dipping sauce like soy sauce or seasoned rice vinegar.

 


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Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kabobs

Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kabobs

Kalbi KabobsOne of our favorite food is Korean Kalbi, or barbecued beef short ribs.  We usually order this at one of the local fast food Korean restaurants, but it’s pretty pricey; you get 3 thin short ribs, a couple of scoops of steamed white rice, and a choice of 4 side dishes (kim chee, bean sprouts, tofu, etc.) for a over $12 a plate.

My husband’s main complaint about the local restaurants isn’t the the price or the serving size of the kalbi, it’s about the flimsy plastic utensils they provide which usually snaps in half the moment you try to cut into the meat.  Hence he has decided not to patronize any of the fast food style Korean barbecue joints.

There are sit down Korean restaurants where you can grill your own meats, the meal comes with many side dishes, soup, and steamed rice; but they also come with a hefty price tag.  The last time my girlfriend and I stopped at one for lunch it cost us a little bit over $65, and that’s without drinks or tip! Not to mention that was the least expensive barbecue dish on the menu!  The food was good, specially the kalbi, but I’m sure we won’t be repeating it often.

To solve all these issues I’ve found a great Korean Kalbi recipe to make at home.  I make it of our Sunday barbecue and it was a big hit with my family.  I used thin cut boneless beef short ribs which I threaded  on to bamboo skewers to make them into kebabs.  You can use bone-in short ribs and don’t have to thread them on to skewers, I do however recommend that you use the thinner cuts so that the marinade will infuse the meat better.

I served this with steamed white rice, macaroni salad, and kim chee cabbage;  it was even better than the plates we get at the Korean restaurants at less than half the price! (The short ribs cost $6.97 a pound, if you get the thin cut that’s 6 short ribs).

Another way to serve this is on small white corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, just like the Korean Kalbi Tacos from the food truck in L.A.!  We served it this way for my mom’s 80th. birthday party a few years ago.

Just in time for your Labor Day barbecue!  Here’s my recipe!
Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kebabs
Makes 18 skewers
Ingredients:
3 lbs. thin cut boneless beef short ribs (you should get 18 short ribs.  You can use bone-in ribs if you prefer)
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbls. fresh ginger – finely grated
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tbls. minced garlic
1 tbls. white sesame seeds
1 tbls. black sesame seeds
2 stalks green onions – chopped
Directions:
1.  Cut short ribs into thirds if you will be threading them on to skewers, if not then don’t cut them.
2.  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Mix until sugar dissolves.
3.  Pour marinade into large ziplock bag.
4.  Put meat into marinade and marinate in the fridge overnight.
5.  Thread meat on to skewers and barbecue on the grill to desired doneness.  If you’re not making kebabs then cook ribs on the grill until done.
Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kebabs
Serve hot immediately off the grill.
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Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kebabs
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12 Skewers 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Boneless Beef Short Rib Kalbi Kebabs
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Servings Prep Time
12 Skewers 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 Minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Skewers 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 Minutes 12 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Skewers
Instructions
  1. Cut short ribs into thirds if you will be threading them on to skewers, if not then don't cut them.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix until sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour marinade into large ziploc bag.
  4. Put meat into marinade and marinate in the fridge overnight.
  5. Thread meat on to skewers and barbecue on the grill to desired doneness. If you're not making kebabs then cook ribs on the grill until done.
  6. Serve hot immediately off the grill.
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Braised Pork Spareribs

Braised Pork Spareribs

I was craving for pork today but wanted something different from the common Adobo Spareribs.  So I scoured the net until I came across Home Cooking Rocks and Connie’s recipe of Braised Pork Spareribs. Braise, from the French word “braiser”, is a cooking method by which food  is first browned in fat, then cooked in a small amount of liquid at low heat for a lengthy period of time.  No wonder this dish is so flavorful!  But I’ll let you in on a secret…I did not simmer the meat until tender.  I was too tired and hungry to wait for an hour.  I used a pressure cooker and it took me 15 minutes to tenderize the pork meat.  That’s an eighth of the recommended time! The wonders of pressure cooking!!!!!

I loved this Braised Pork Spareribs dish the moment I took a first bite of that tender, juicy pork.  The fusion of garlic, onion, ginger and of course, don’t forget, pork fat just gave this dish an immense flavor. The use of brown sugar and chili sauce gave a balance to the sweetness and spiciness of the sauce. It is so flavorful yet simple and quick to make that I decided to add it to my collection of dishes that I will be serving my family and friends. A versatile dish, you can serve at a simple dinner or pretty it up into a gourmet looking dish for a festive party.

Click here for  recipe Braised Pork Spareribs

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INGREDIENTS

  1. 12cup vinegar
  2. 34cup brown sugar
  3. 12cup soya sauce
  4. 1tablespoon fresh ginger(finely grated)
  • 4garlic cloves(finely diced)
  • 1lb pork spareribs

DIRECTIONS

  1. Brown spareribs in frying pan in small amount olive oil.
  2. Remove spareribs and place in oven proof pan.
  3. Add brown sugar, vinegar, soya sauce, ginger and garlic in frying pan and cook at low heat until melted and blended.
  4. Pour over ribs and cover with tight covered lid or tin foil.
  5. Cook at 350* for 1 hour and turn ribs. Continue for another hour.


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Kilawin na Kambing (Goat in Vinegrette) Filipino Recipe!!!

Kilawin na Kambing (Goat in Vinegrette) Filipino Recipe!!!

Kilawin na Kambing is an appetizer in the Philippines, specially when Filipinos drink liquor. Ice cold beer is the best pal of Kilawin na Kambing. It is a very delicious dish that is made from goat’s skin with vinegar or kalamansi juice and other seasonings and spices. Kilawin na Kambing is another Ilocano favorite.

Kilawin na kambing has different kinds of cooking versions, usually it is made of goat’s skin, meat and some liver that are freshly grilled and chopped into thin slices. It is then creamed with the goat’s brain or mayonnaise. But my version is easier and simple yet delicious.

This is my version of Klilawin na Kambing (Goat in Vinegrette) Filipino Style Recipe, I hope you like it. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. goat skin

8 pcs. thai chili

1 ½ – 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced

3 pcs. dried bay leaves

5 -10 tbsp. white vinegar or coconut vinegar

1 pc.  medium red onion, minced

4 – 5 cups water

1 tbsp. salt or salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

 

Directions:

In a cooking pot, pour water and bring to a boil then add the goatskin and bay leaves, cover and boil over low heat for 60 minutes or until the skin gets tender.

Remove the tender skin from the cooking pot and let it cool down then chop into small pieces and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, onion, ginger and chilli then mix well.

Add the chopped goat skin and toss to mix all the ingredients.

Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or anything just to cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Then transfer to a serving platter.

Serve,

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Kilawin na Kambing (Goat in Vinegrette) Filipino Recipe!!!
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Kilawin na Kambing (Goat in Vinegrette) Filipino Recipe!!!
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Servings: people
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  1. In a cooking pot, pour water and bring to a boil then add the goatskin and bay leaves, cover and boil over low heat for 60 minutes or until the skin gets tender.
  2. Remove the tender skin from the cooking pot and let it cool down then chop into small pieces and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, onion, ginger and chilli then mix well.
  4. Add the chopped goat skin and toss to mix all the ingredients.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or anything just to cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  7. Then transfer to a serving platter.
  8. Serve,
  9. Share and Enjoy!!!
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Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers

Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers

spicy korean kalbiOne of my favorite Asian dishes is Kalbi Short Ribs.  I love the sweet salty taste of this barbecued beef.  Recently the Korean barbecue place by my house added Spicy Kalbi to their menu, it’s delicious!  Now I’ve been making my version of Kalbi for quite some time now.  I use boneless short ribs and place them on bamboo skewers to make kabobs.  It’s sort of my version of the now famous LA food truck offering they call Kalbi Tacos.  Well I decided that I should make Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers to add to our regular Sunday night barbecues.

To make this Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers I used my basic kalbi marinade recipe and added a bit of Sriracha sauce to give it a bit of a kick.  Super easy!  I make plenty, at least 20 skewers, they go quickly.  We never have left overs!

Served with steamed white rice and a side of spicy kim chee Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers make a filling meal.  By the way you can use boneless chicken thighs instead of short ribs.

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

3 lbs. thin cut boneless beef short ribs

1 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tbls. finely ground fresh ginger

1/4 cup sesame oil

2 tbls. minced garlic

1 tbls. white sesame seeds

1 tbls. black sesame seeds available at Asian Markets

2 stalks green onions – chopped

1/4 cup sriracha sauce

Bamboo skewers

Directions:

Cut short ribs (or chicken thighs) into strips (you should be able to get 3 strips from each short rib)

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.

Mix until sugar dissolves.

Pour marinade into a large ziplock bag.

Place meat in bag and shake until all meat is coated with marinade.

Marinate in the fridge overnight.

Soak bamboo skewers in water for about 10 minutes.

Thread meat on to skewers.

Grill to desired doneness.  About 3-5 minutes, don’t over cook.

Serve hot.

 

 

Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers
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Sweet, salty beef or chicken kabobs with a bit of spice!
Servings
18 - 20 Sticks
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18 - 20 Sticks
Spicy Korean Kalbi Skewers
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Sweet, salty beef or chicken kabobs with a bit of spice!
Servings
18 - 20 Sticks
Servings
18 - 20 Sticks
Ingredients
Servings: Sticks
Instructions
  1. Cut short ribs (or chicken thighs) into strips (you should be able to get 3 strips from each short rib)
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix until sugar dissolves.
  4. Pour marinade into a large ziplock bag. .
  5. Place meat in bag and shake until all meat is coated with marinade.
  6. Marinate in the fridge overnight.
  7. Soak bamboo skewers in water for about 10 minutes.
  8. Thread meat on to skewers.
  9. Grill to desired doneness. About 3-5 minutes, don't over cook.
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