Yesterday was Chinese Lunar Fifteenth. We tried to keep Lunar First and Fifteenth of the month as vegetarian days.
Since I had broccoli in the refrigerator, I just bought a packet of vegetarian mock abalone steak from the vegetarian shop along the way home from work. I remembered first seeing this mock abalone at a grocery store (which also sells vegetarian products) in Bishan wet market. Unlike those canned fried-gluten mock abalone and the one made of oyster mushrooms, this vacuum-packed vegetarian abalone steak caught my eyes by its outlook, resembling the actual seafood. It was well recommended by the seller.
“Instant made ‘low fat’ Laksa with abundance of sides to go along!”
I wanted to cook up a quick meal, Laksa seemed like a good choice. Hadn’t gotten any chance to prepare the ingredients in advance (as I did my marketing of the day during lunch hour), I started to wash and peel the prawns, cut meat into thin slides and soak bean sprout, etc. Set them aside, I boiled a pot of water for making the soup base.
Since I usually did not have much time to cook extensively after work, I used readily packed laksa paste which commonly available in any supermarket (about $1.70 and $2.50 per packet). Guilty as charged, with no excuse, but I truly thought it does come in handy and eases my cooking, at times. :))
“Its sweetness and juiciness really whet your appetite”
So delightful to see my recipe creation appear in a popular women’s magazine – Her World (under 10-minute reader recipe column), in Oct 07 issue! It was also kinda sweet to be rewarded with a $150 gift hamper for my contribution. Yes.. :)
This is a simple dish with prawn, meat (ham), vegetable and mushroom, and it was very much likeable by everyone in the household. A tasty and nutritious dish which one would like it even if he/ she doesn’t take any green as the taste of the ham and prawn was over-powering enough to cover up the greens.
“Its sweetness and ‘lemon grassy’ flavour are just soooo yummy”
I tried this new creation for dinner last evening. Using of the tenderloin part, and I sliced the pork into very thin and small (about 1 cm thick, half the palm-size) pieces as my first trial, to allow quicker cooking. It really was, and so, with just about 25min of baking time, your dish would be up to serve.
However, I reckoned thicker slices for baking or grilling method, if possible. Instead of 1cm thickness, make it 2cm. Reason being, thicker slice tastes more “meaty” and juicier. Yes, my first trial told me. :)
There are some good-to-know cooking tips to enhance your cooking, and to take note when handling the food items. These are things I have mentioned mostly in my posts and recipes which you might wish to get more details and ideas on how and where about. I have listed here, for your reference. (*Notes are not arranged in sequential order)
Vegetables and Fruits:
While cooking –
1) To retain the fresh greenish color of the vegetables, add sugar into the boiled water to blanch vegetables. Please do not over-cook the vegetables, to keep its nutrients.