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Braised Napa Cabbage and Mushrooms (台式白菜滷)

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The Braised Napa Cabbage and Mushrooms, or more commonly known as “白菜滷” in Chinese word, is a Taiwanese style vegetable stew. I learned this dish from my Taiwanese coworker as she always likes to cook it. I think it is so much different to our style of cooking and I decided to give it a try. The main ingredient of the dish is the napa cabbage. You can add other ingredients to the pot, some common ones are carrots and all sorts of mushrooms. You can also add pork strips for a more complete pot dish to your meal, or opt out for a vegetarian style.

Eric did not get used to eat this dish the first time when I cooked it, because he didn’t like the cabbage being cooked to that soft texture. But after a couple of tryouts and changes to the recipe, now we enjoy this dish very much. Sometimes we will cook a pot and just goes with white rice, that’s how good it is. I used some dried shrimps and lots of garlic to sauteed the vegetables, that will add more flavors and also a nice fragrant to the dish. Seasoning is also very important to create a tasty sweet broth. Do not overcook the napa or it will turn out too mushy, so be watchful of the time and heat.

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Stir Fried Chicken with Ginger and Mushroom (姜丝香菇炒鸡)

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This is a chicken dish that we always prepare at home when nothing special comes in mind — The Stir Fried Ginger Chicken with Mushroom. We cook it so often because the ingredients are easily accessible at home but we never thought of putting it on the blog. However this is a delicious chicken dish yet easy to prepare for home cooking in which I would like to share with everyone.

We basically love this dish as it is prepared using lots of ginger and wine seasoning. This makes the dish smell so nice and fragrant. The chicken is cooked with a thick soy sauce base again makes it even tastier. I don’t usually do measurement on this dish, so you can adjust based on your desired taste.  Serve great with white rice.

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Salt & Pepper Oyster Mushroom (椒鹽豪菇)

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A friend of mine who is a vegetarian asked me to prepare some vegetarian dishes sometime in our post. I remembered one time we went to this local vegetarian restaurant and she introduced many good vegetarian dishes. They definitely didn’t taste like the “real deals” but I enjoyed them very much. One dish I like the best was the “Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushroom”. The dish is an imitation of the Salt & Pepper Chicken, but instead of using chicken, the mushroom was used as an substitution and it is so good.

This was my first time of making this scrumptious vegetarian dish and apparently I need more practice and time to master it. I over-fried the basil leaves twice and finally I got it right.  Do not use too high heat or it will burn the basil leaves. However I would need her advises in mastering this dish. For my friend and all my vegetarian friends, this dish is specially dedicated to you all.

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Steamed Chilean Sea Bass

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We are having fish dishes marathon in the house. Right after Bel made her steamed striped bass with bean sauce, I decided to make another steamed fish dish with my favorite Chilean sea bass. Seriously I am a big fan of Chilean sea bass because I am amazed at how such ugly fishie can be so tasty.

The Chilean sea bass or Patagonian toothfish (as the proper name for it) is a large, vaguely cod-shaped fish found in cold, deep waters of the Southern Atlantic. Due to its size, the Chilean sea bass actually produces good-sized fillets of white meat with mild flavor, pleasantly firm texture and high healthy fat content that formulates it almost impossible for overcook. Thus, it is good for dry-heat cooking methods such as grilling, broiling, and sautéing but this time I’ve prepared it with the steaming method.

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Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶)

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It has been more than half year I didn’t have the Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶). So I decided to boil it last weekend. I miss this! It is one of my favorite soups back home. Bak Kut Teh is actually a Hokkien name for this dish, literally translated as “meat bone tea”. It is a famous Chinese herbal soup cooked with pork meat served in Malaysia. You can find it almost everywhere especially in Klang, where it is believed to have the best Bak Kut Teh across the country.

Bak Kut Teh consists of meaty pork ribs simmered with herbs and spices such as Dong Quai (當歸), star anise, cinnamon, cloves (丁香) and garlic. Additionally, it is loaded with some other ingredients such as dried shitake mushrooms, golden needle mushrooms, button mushrooms, and fried tofu puffs. Normally, it requires a couple of hours for simmering. Just like those slow cooked soups I made previously.

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