Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Dim Sum Spareribs (Pai Guat) with Black Beans

Dim sum is an integral part of Chinese cuisine  found all over China and in many parts of the West. Dim sum is usually served in the late morning through the early afternoon which  should be lingered over, in multiple courses which is a lively and varied meal. Pai Guat

2 Pounds pork sparerib tips1, cut into bite size pieces, soak in cold water for several hours
1 Teaspoons  fermented  black beans )(Douchi), rinsed in water twice
1 Tablespoon Shao Hsing wine
1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
1 Tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch
1 Teaspoon MSG
Pinch of hot red chile flakes (Crushed red pepper)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons oyster suace (optional)
1/2 Teaspoon ground white pepper
1 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 Teaspoons finely minced ginger (optional)
1 Teaspoon salt

Combine ingredients except black beans and red chile, mixing well in a stainless bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate at least 2 hours.

Plate 3 tablespoon portion on a small bowl that will fit within your steamer. Top with a teaspoon of black beans and pinch of red chile. Cover and steam for 8~15 minutes until done. Garnish with chopped spring onions.

Notes:

  1. Sparerib tips available Chinese butcher (the tips of spare ribs have a significant amount of cartilage) but are meltingly tender, and fine gnawing when steamed.
  2. aka pai kut (kuat)
  3. Crushed red pepper is most often produced from cayenne peppers

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jalapenos Chiles Toreados and Mexican Spring Onions

These are served as a garnish with Mexican dishes such as tacos or enchiladas.

2 Tablespoon peanut oil
6-8 JalapeƱos, washed and dried
6-8 Mexican spring onions
1 Tablespoon of lime juice
Sea Salt

Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Wait until the oil is hot and add the peppers and spring onions and let them fry, tossing frequently until they form light golden blisters on their skins. (Avoid burning less they become bitter.)

Pat fry on paper towels. Toss is serving bowl with lime juice and sea salt. Serve at room temperature.