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Szechuan Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork (魚香茄子)

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My boyfriend and I like eggplant, especially this Chinese recipe, Szechuan style Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork (四川魚香茄子). If you know Szechuan, you will definitely know the place is very famous for hot and spicy food such as Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐), Spicy Pork Strip (魚香肉絲), and etc. Previously I was always wondering why the dish is called Yu Xiang Qie Zi (魚香茄子) in Chinese, literally means “fish-fragrant” eggplant. After getting to know more about Szechuan cuisine, Yu Xiang (魚香) is actually a Szechuan style of culinary tradition. It’s named so because the preparation of the sauce resembles the taste and flavor of the fresh fish, but it doesn’t use real fish in cooking.

The main ingredients for the Szechuan Yu Xiang (魚香) dishes are basically standard; dried red chillies, scallions, ginger, and garlic; not forgetting sugar, salt, hot bean sauce and soy sauce. The ingredients are well incorporated to bring out the essential flavor and tastiness of salty, sour, sweet, spicy, aroma, and freshness, that make it another mouthwatering dish to be served perfectly with steamed rice.

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Sweet & Sour Black Vinegar Pork Ribs (浙江糖醋排骨)

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Hey guys! First of all, wishing everyone a Happy 2010 New Year! It’s been a while since my last post here as I had some fun times during the past holiday season with my mom. She flew all the way from Malaysia to visit me in LA for the first time. We had been traveling to places all these while, not far far away but just a couple of  lovely places around California.

Since my mum was here, she did most of the cooking when we weren’t traveling. So those days when I reached home after work, the dinner was ready; hot and delicious. It was such a home sweet home feeling by having a comfy meal especially for those like me who are away from home all these years, struggling to manage study, work and life. I wish my mum could have stayed here longer. :P

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Sweet Vinegar Pork Feet (豬腳醋)

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A friend of mine just gave birth two weeks ago and this reminds me the sweet vinegar pork feet that cooked by my mum occasionally. I could still remember how much I love it by eating bowl and bowl of rice with the sauce.

This traditional Cantonese dish is served to women who are in first month of confinement after childbirth and it is believed to supply extra nutrition. Of course, this dish is also for those who love the sweet and sour vinegar taste like me. So I decided to make this dish for the first time.

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Sweet and Sour Fish (糖醋魚)

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I always love to eat fish because fish is delicious and great with benefits to our health. My mum always cook fish for us at home since seafood is cheap back in my hometown. I remembered my sister used to tell me ”eat more fish, it is good for your eyes”. Don’t know if that is true but I still have astigmia eyesight since I was young.

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