Month: June 2019
I picked up some cheap Bonito fish today. Cooking such a firm, meaty and bland fish is challenging for Chinese cooking. It does not the right texture for steaming, and it can be easily over-cooked.
So I pan fried it as cutlets with chili bean sauce. It was easy:
- Add oil in a non stick pan, add the fish cutlets, sear on both side.
- Brush some chili bean sauce on both side, add a little white wine, a little sugar, and close the lid to simmer the fish until just cooked.
- A squeeze of lemon or lime juice just before serving.
Quite a few fish bones, and requires good chopstick skills to pick out the bones. Otherwise it tasted great.
Mama K has been cooking for the feed, and frequently carries the burden of making sure enough food for all the patrons. Last week, we had one of those crisis and I was asked to help out by cooking extra food. Mama K collected some rescued vegetables for me, including some lovely button mushrooms, which I used for a simple meal that they all loved and devoured.
The meal was easy to prepare:
- Trim off the stalks of the mushrooms, dice the stalks
- Dice some bacon, capsicum, carrot and onion
- Pan fried the above briefly in a wok with some butter and olive oil, then add the mushrooms, pan fried until the mushrooms were just cooked
- Finally add some sliced green shallot (scallion) and black pepper
The meal was tasty.
Sydney is diversified by culture with a meaningful Muslim population around the south west suburb of Bankstown. Every year during the Ramadan month, the local council organises a food market which has been warmly appreciated. Here are some photos to share, lovely food and beautiful people.