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Monday, November 14, 2022

Pepper and Salt Squid

Traditionally, the squid is coated in cornstarch and then fried, yielding an airier crunch, but the mixture of semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and cornmeal makes for an extra hearty crunch with a real depth of flavor.

1 lb. Squid





JalapeƱos thin slices

Red bell peppers or red hot pepper

Shousongt wine


Sesame oil



Black pepper, course

White pepper, fine


Garnish with parsley and diagonally sliced scallions

Marinate the squid in the shaoxing wine and sesame oil. Toss gently and set aside.

In a medium deep pot, add oil. Heat the oil until the temperature reaches 333F.

While you’re waiting for the oil to heat, prepare your dry mixture. Combine the all-purpose flour, semolina flour, cornmeal, salt, and white pepper , black pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.

When oil is hot, dredge the squid in the dry mixture. Fry the squid around two minutes, drain. Set on a plate. Salt to taste.

Fry the cut up JalapeƱos, Red bell peppers, minced garlic, minced ginger in your wok until cooked. Toss with squid, sprinkle with a bit of Marin.

Garnish with greens.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Beef and Green Pepper with Black Bean Sauce Chow Fun

Wide rice noodles(chow fun)
Bean Sprouts*
Dark soy
Optionally, oyster sauce ( omit, if alergic to shellfish) ***
Red and green bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
One large sweet onion, cut in pieces
1 lb beef steak, cut into bite size pieces
5 scallions, cut into thirds, diagonally 
Ginger, minced
Garlic, minced
Black beans, fermented
1 Tbls. Shaosing Wine
1 tsp. Black vinegar
1tsp. Sugar
3 Tbls. Peanut oil
1 Tbls. Corn starch and 1 Tbls. + 1/2 tsp baking soda + Above oil to marinate the meat

Chow fun are wide noodles, normally pre-cooked and kept from sticking with a little oil. Marinate the meat** with corn starch, baking soda,  and oil, a splash of Shaohsing wine. In your wok, add a bit of oil, garlic and ginger, cooking til done about a minute, add beef and it’s marinade, and cook to just done. Set aside. 

Cook scallion, bean sprout, peppers, and onions. Add in chow fun noodles, cooking until noodles take on some color and smoky flavor, add back meat, fermented black beans, Marin, black vinegar, sugar. Heat a couple of minutes more.

Serve hot

* As bean sprouts no longer are sold, they’re difficult to find. Substitute either jicama or bamboo shouts.

** To tenderise and treat the meat, soak 1 hour in water, drain, pat dry. Cut the meat against the grain on the slant, exposing more grain. Then smack each piece with the side of your cleaver. This makes the piece thinner ang seperate the fibres in the meat. Consequently, make cuts accordingly.

**** Oyster sauce can be on the table.