Month: June 2019

Stir fry egg with garlic chive

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Egg and garlic chive is a common home meal in Southern China. It is easy to cook (10 minutes), nutritious, and comforting.

Egg and garlic chive

The easy 10-minute cooking involves:

  • Trim the ends of a small bunch of garlic chive, approx 20-30 stems; then wash and slice the garlic chive.
  • Break 4 eggs, and briefly mix in a bowl with a folk
  • In a frying pan, heat up some cooking oil (medium heat); add garlic chive, stir fry briefly (30 seconds), then push the garlic chive to one side of the frying pan to make room for cooking the eggs
  • Add a little oil in the pan, add the eggs, scramble the eggs gently by pushing the eggs toward the middle constantly from all sides; this will only take 1-2 minutes
  • Mix the garlic chive with the scrambled eggs, add a little salt, white pepper, a small drizzle sesame oil; toss briefly, ready to serve.

Bonito fish with chili bean paste and white wine

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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.

Bonito with chili bean sauce and white wine.

So I pan fried it as cutlets with chili bean sauce. It was easy:

  1. Add oil in a non stick pan, add the fish cutlets, sear on both side.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Meals for homeless – saute mushroom with bacon, onion, capsicum and green shallot

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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.

Meals for homeless - saute mushroom with onion, capsicum and bacon

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.

‘Ramadan Nights’ market, Sydney

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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.

Ramadan Nights Lakemba Bankstown Sydney

Ramadan Nights market, Lakemba, Bankstown, Sydney, June 2019