Stew with Rib and Sauerkraut

 

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This is my first time cooking with sauerkraut. There is something similar to it in China, it’s made of Napa Cabbage, not regular cabbage.

Ingredients:sauerkraut00101

sauerkraut, ribs, cellophane noodle, seasoning to taste, ginger root (optional).

Method:

1. Soak cellophane noodle in cold water, set aside.

sauerkraut001022. Pour cold water into skillet, add ribs, add cooking wine, little vinegar, maybe several slices of ginger root or ginger powder. Bring to boil on high heat, then simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Drain ribs, rinse with warm water, set aside.

4. Form sauerkraut into several balls, squeeze some juice out of it, so it won’t taste too sour.sauerkraut00103

5. Pour enough water into skillet, bring to boil, add cooking wine and little sugar.

6. Put ribs and cellophane into skillet, then cover with sauerkraut, bring to boil, simmer for about 10 minutes.

7. Add salt into skillet, and any other seasoning you like, such as pepper, soybean sauce, etc.

8. Simmer for another 10 minutes or until cellophane noodle turn clear.

9. Serve when hot.

 

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Stew with Winter Melon and Ground Pork

 

Stew with Winter Melon and Ground Pork

 

When it’s getting cold, stew becomes my favorite dish. It always make you feel better when you have warm food on table.

Ingredients:Stew with Winter Melon and Ground Pork

winter melon, ground pork, seasoning to taste.

Method:

1. Peel the winter melon, then cut it into half, clean inside and outside.

2. Chop winter melon into pieces.

3. Heat up skillet, add little cooking oil, cook ground pork until it’s not pink.

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4. Add cooking wine, vinegar, soybean sauce, and little sugar into skillet, keep cooking until all the juice is gone.

You can add some ginger powder, too, if you like.Stew with Winter Melon and Ground Pork

5. Add winter melon chunk into skillet, stir fry for several minutes, then add water, bring to boil, simmer for 10 minutes, stir, then another 10 minutes, stir, then until winter melon chunk look clear.

Cooking time varies, depend on size of the winter melon chunk.

 

Stew with Winter Melon and Ground Pork

 

Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

 

Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

 

I’m not a big asparagus person, but once a while, I miss it. I use to stir fry it with eggs. But I noticed that it makes eggs looks darker in my lunch box next day. So I decided to cook it with meat this time.

Ingredients:Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

Asparagus, onion, wood ear, preserved pork, seasoning to taste.

Method:

1. Soak wood ear in water for at least 1 hour, then clean and drain good.Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

2. Chop asparagus into inch-long sticks.

3. Slice preserved pork into thin slices.

4. Chop onion into cubes.

5. Heat up skillet, no oil needed, set on medium high heat.Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

6. Cook preserved pork for several minutes until the fat start looking clear.

7. Add onion to skillet, cook for several minutes until onion start getting tender.

8. Add some cooking wine and vinegar into skillet, mix well.Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

9. Add asparagus and wood ear, keep cooking for several minutes.

10. Add salt, pepper, and a pinch sugar into skillet, stir well.

11. Transfer to plate and serve.

 

 

Stir Fried Asparagus with Preserved Pork

 

 

Preserved Pork

 

Preserved Pork

 

Preserved Pork is very popular in South China. This is one of the main way to prevent meat from going bad before refrigerator exists.

To make preserved pork, most people would use pig belly. First, season pork with salt and pepper for 1-3 days, then add other seasoning such as rice wine, soybean oil, etc., then smoke it or air-dry it.

Of course, different area has different way to preserve meat. In country, lots of families hang treated pork above their stoves until they are ready to cook it.

I make it at home. Because I live in South, winter temperature is not low enough to let it air-dry, I have to let it sit in my refrigerator for days to let it dry. It’s not the original taste, but close enough.

Don’t be scared of the color, it comes from soybean oil.

Tortilla Burrito with Ground Meat

 

Tortilla Burrito with Ground Meat

 

I love the uncooked tortilla. It’s so easy and convenient to cook with it. And it tastes good, better than cooked ones.

Ingredients:Tortilla Burrito with Ground Meat

uncooked tortilla, ground meat, egg, green onion, seasoning.

Method:

1. Chop green onion into little pieces, mix with a little bit salt, set aside for several minutes.

2. Beat egg well, set aside.Tortilla Burrito with Ground Meat

3. Season meat, then mix with green onion.

Use less salt, since green onion is salty.

4. Brush a thin layer of egg on a tortilla, then spread a layer of meat, then brush a layer of egg and roll it up.

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5. Heat up the frying pan, add some cooking oil, pan fry the burrito until golden brown on medium heat.

6. Serve hot.

 

Tortilla Burrito with Ground Meat

Wood Ear

 

Wood Ear

 

Wood Ear showing in picture is the ready-to-cook look. It’s one kind of dry ingredient, you have to soak it in water for at least an hour before you cook it.

Wood ear has different names in English. This name should be translated directly from its Chinese name.

Below are the links from wiki:Wood Ear

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auricularia_auricula-judae

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_ear_fungus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_ear

 

 

Rice Wine Flavored Drum Stick

 

Rice Wine Flavored Drum Stick

 

I fell in love with this dish right away after I tasted it for the first time. It tastes really different.

Ingredients:Rice Wine Flavored Drum StickRice Wine

Drum Sticks, Rice Wine*.

Method:

1. Pull bones off the drum sticks.

You can leave bones in. I just like to pull bones out.

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2. Steam drum sticks for about 30 minutes.

3. Soak drum sticks in ice-cold-water for about 1 hour right after taken out of steamer.

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4. Pour rice wine into a container, add some cold to keep it cold, transfer drum sticks into the container right after taking them out of water.

5. Cover container with lid, keep it refrigerated overnight, slice and serve cold.

You can use any part of chicken even whole chicken to cook this dish, don’t have to use drum sticks only.

 

* I can’t find any explanation in English for the rice wine I use. It’s not regular rice wine, it’s rice wine with seasoning. You can buy it from the Asian (Chinese) groceries.