Bitter Melon Salad with Napa and Carrot

I talked with a friend right before I made this dish. He said he never had bitter melon salad before, and he didn’t even know bitter melon can eat raw. So I decided to make this salad to show him.

I love salad during the summer. The big difference between Chinese salad and American salad is the dressing. We make our salad dressing by mixing vinegar, soybean sauce, sesame oil, etc. 

Ingredients:

bitter melon, napa cabbage, carrot, seasoning.

Methods:

1. Slice bitter melon in the middle, clean all the white stuff, then slice into thin slices. 

2. Shred carrot and napa cabbage. Mix with sliced bitter melon.

3. Mix whatever seasoning you would like to use, or if you prefer store bought salad dressing.

I used salt, sugar, vinegar, soybean sauce and sesame oil.

4. Pour salad dressing over vegetables, mix well, let it sit for several minutes to have the salad well seasoned. 

5. Serve it cold. 

Bitter Melon

 

Bitter Melon

 

Of Course, bitter melon tastes some bitter. 

A lot people don’t like the bitter taste. But once you fall in love with it, you’ll like it as it is.

there are seeds inside bitter melon, and you don’t want to cook it with the seeds. 

To clean the seeds, I normally use a spoon to scoop all the white out of it. Then it won’t taste too bitter after cooking.

Below is the wiki link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momordica_charantia

 

For dishes cooked with bitter melon, please see following links:

Stir Fried Bitter Melon with Eggs and Wood Ear

Stir Fried Bitter Melon with Eggs and Woodear

 

 

香辣小土豆

我这两年比较喜欢吃黄土豆,觉得黄土豆吃起来有点点甜,比一般的白土豆好吃。前几天去超市买菜的时候看到有小黄土豆,忍不住诱惑,买了一包回来。

这个做法是网上看来的,调料是我自己琢磨的。虽然我不怎么吃辣,但是觉得香辣味应该比较配这款小土豆。

材料:

小土豆,熟花生,白芝麻,辣椒碎,小葱,调味料。

步骤:

1. 小土豆清洗干净,冷水下锅,开锅之后小火煮 15 分钟,然后捞出,用冷水过一下,用刀略微拍扁。

          

2. 小葱切葱花,花生用刀拍碎,和芝麻及辣椒碎一起放入碗里。

3. 平底锅倒油烧热,中火,放入拍扁的小土豆煎至一面金黄,然后翻面。两面金黄之后盛出放入盘中。

土豆已经是煮熟的了,所以只要表面煎好就可以了。

        

4. 用小锅烧热油,倒入调料碗中,静置一两分钟,把辣椒和葱花爆香,然后放入盐,五香粉等调料,搅拌均匀,倒在土豆上面即可。

调料可以按个人的口味放,我吃东西其实偏清淡,所以我只加了一点盐。

粉丝蒸排骨

 

我其实真正想吃的是炸小排,可是人懒,觉得炸东西太费事,而且不健康,所以就决定改炸为蒸了。

材料:

小排,粉丝,调味料

做法:

1. 小排切块,确保每块排骨都有一根骨头。

2. 排骨冷水下锅,中大火烧开,关火。闷 5 分钟左右,捞出排骨,用温水冲去浮沫,沥干水分。

据说刚出锅的肉遇到冷水,肉会紧缩,所以我一般都用温水冲洗刚出锅的肉。

3. 把排骨用调料腌几个小时。

我用了蚝油,醋,糖,生抽,老抽,五香粉,姜粉和蒜粉。

我口味比较淡,所以只用了生抽,没有放盐。口味重的人可以适量放一点盐。

我用了一个ziploc的塑料袋,每隔半个小时就翻一下面。还可以稍微按摩一下,让排骨更入味一些。

4. 粉丝放入冷水泡软铺在盘子底部,然后把腌好的排骨码在上面。

5. 蒸锅倒水,大火烧开,把盘子放在笼屉上,烧几分钟然后调中火,一共蒸半个小时就可以出锅了。

平时蒸肉什么的,出锅之后的盘子都会有一圈印子,很难看。这次的盘子干干净净,什么印子都没有。我觉得是粉丝把肉汁都吸掉了,所以以后蒸肉我可能都会尽量铺一点吸水的东西在下面。

 

Stir Fried Milk with Egg White

 

Stir Fried Milk with Egg White

 

This is a flexible dish. It can be salty, can be sweet, just up to you.

Stir Fried Milk with Egg WhiteIngredients:

1 cup milk, 4 egg white, 1 tbsp corn starch, sugar/salt to taste.

Method:

Stir Fried Milk with Egg White1. Beat egg white well.

2. Mix corn starch and milk, then mix with egg white.

3. Heat up skillet, add cooking oil.

Stir Fried Milk with Egg White4. Adjust heat to medium, pour milk mixture into skillet, use spatula to push slowly from bottom of skillet until milk starting get firm.

Do not stir fry.

5. Add sugar or salt to your taste.

I like it sweet, so I used sugar.

 

Stir Fried Milk with Egg White

 

 

Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg

 

 

Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg

I love spring rolls better than egg rolls, because of their crispy wrap.

 Ingredients:

Filling: Napa Cabbage, carrot, eggs, cellophane noodle, seasoning to taste

Spring roll Wrap, flour

Method:

1. Soak cellophane noodle in water, set aside.

2. Set spring roll wrap aside to defrost.

The wrap is frozen, I normally take it out of freezer, let it sit in air. It will be ready when I’m through with filling.

3. Beat eggs well, heat up frying pan to make some egg sheet.Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg

I made 3 sheets out of 4 eggs.

4. Chop egg sheets into thin sticks.

5. Chop Napa Cabbage and carrot into thin strips.

6. Chop cellophane noodle into short sticks.Spring Roll with Veggie and EggSpring Roll with Veggie and Egg

7. Heat up skillet, add cooking oil, stir fry Napa Cabbage and carrot on medium high heat for several minutes.

8. Add cellophane noodle into skillet, cook until it get tender. Add small amount of water if needed.

9. Add egg strips into skillet, mix well, add salt and white pepper, cook for another minute, add sesame oil, mix well. Transfer to another container, set aside to let it cool.

When you are done cooking, there should be no juice or watery feeling in skillet.Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg

Filling has to be dry and cool to be wrapped.

10. Mix flour and water, beat until smooth.

This is the sealing batter. It don’t have to be too thick.

11. Take a sheet of the spring roll wrap, fill in some filling, brush the sealing batter along the edge, then wrap it up.

Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg    Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg    Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg

Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg    Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg

12. Deep fry spring rolls on medium high heat until golden brown. Serve when hot.

 

 

Spring Roll with Veggie and Egg