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Fish & Shells

Ginseng Prawn Herbal Soup

“Ginseng Prawn Herbal Soup tasty and healthy”

Ginseng shrimp herbal soup, or we usually called it, Ginseng prawn herbal soup, is not an usual dish. Diners will be more familiar with Ginseng chicken soup and/ or Drunken prawns, but not so the prawns in Ginseng soup though.. Yes, I guessed so. However, it turned out great. Resembling Drunken Prawns, but this has milder flavour, with more soup in the dish. Great taste, great dish great nutritioned soup!

Easy to cook. You may even boil the soup in slow cooker in the morning, for long hours. Then, simply add in prawns to simmer for 5 minutes, when about to serve as dinner. read more

Steamed Fish Tail with Whole Black Bean (豆豉蒸鱼尾)

“Steamed fish, a healthy choice on your plate.”

There was this gentleman reader requested me to post my recipe of steamed Song fish head with whole black bean some time back.

Yes, I do like steamed fish with whole black bean for its delicate briny flavour. And of course, steamed fish is the heathier choice on the plates.

I used fish tail instead of fish head this time. It’s simply personal preference of more fleshy portion while fish head is definitely good in this recipe, too (I usually use fish head in curry recipe.. smile). read more

Steamed Winter Melon and Clams Soup

“Healthy seafood soup dish, loved its subtle and soothing flavour”

Healthy seafood & melon soup which was done with steaming method. Not the usual boiling stuff direct from the stove though, soup made from steaming method yields very smooth mouthfeel. It gives a very soothing effect to the throat and even the entire body. For whom does not really like clams, would love this. Subtly flavoured soup was without a trace of ‘fishy taste’ which usually found in the clams. Not mine! Winter melon in the soup was very soft, too. read more

Steamed Whole Fish with Bean Paste Sauce (豆瓣酱蒸鱼)

“Simple savoury steamed fish with fragrant steamed rice is good enough for simple dinner meal”

I would like to cook more fish dishes as fish contains high nutritional value, DHA, mainly.

Well, steamed fish is the easiest way to fix a quick dinner meal if you are a working class. Simple, easy, yet healthy choice of cooking. Complete the meal with just a bowl of rice, we have its flavourful sauce here to pair it so perfectly.

Ingredients
1 tail of whole Red Snapper, scaled, removed internals and washed.
Few slices of ginger
Pinch of salt and pepper
3 tablespoons of minced bean paste (豆瓣酱)
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of Tamarind sauce (made from 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste with pulps, dissolve in water)
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Sweet Chilli Crayfish (龙马精神)

“A savoury scrumptious crayfish dish to symbolise a life filled with strength and vitality!”

While it’s true that sometimes nothing beats the convenience and festive atmosphere to dine-in at a restaurant during occasions, it can also set you back $100 – 200 or more for a festive meal which you may prepare by your own. Same festive mood, home cooked festive meal also warms the heart of your loved ones, too! Try re-creating the experience with this luxury savoury at home for less than half that amount. read more

Golden Shrimps (with Salted Egg Yolk) – 黄金笑虾虾

“One of the important Chinese festive seafood dishes. It helps to spread laughter around!”

Chinese Lunar New Year, we (Chinese) emphasize on cooking symbolic dishes with auspicious dish name. Prawn, or called it shrimp, is one of the compulsory items to be used to cook CNY dishes as shrimp, in Cantonese, is pronounced as HA (虾). Its pronunciation resembling the sound of laughter, ha ha! It represents happy life with lots of laughter ahead. Do you also notice? Even the curvy shape of each shrimp resembles smiley lips. So, eating shrimps are symbolical during Chinese festive, especially to the Cantonese dialect group. read more