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Stir-Fried Clams (La La)

This is not bento related.  I love clams, especially stir fried 🙂  Recipe below.

La La (Stir Fried Clams)

La La (Stir Fried Clams)

Ingredients:

Fresh Clams, soaked in salted water to remove sand, change the water and repeat a few rounds. During the last round, make sure clams are thoroughly washed – 1 kg

Ginger – 1 tbsp chopped

Red chilli (de-seed if necessary)- 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 cloves chopped

Oil – 2 tbsp

Seasoning:

Light Soy Sauce – 1 tbsp

Rice Wine – 2 tbsp

Salt – to taste (no need too much)

Method:

Heat up oil.

Add ginger, garlic and chilli, saute till fragrant.

Add light soy sauce till fragrant.

Add clams, salt to taste, rice wine, stir fry till clams open

Serve when hot.

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Quick Meals #1 – Sesame Chicken with Black Fungus

With my bento into my 200s, today I’m launching another features in this blog!  Quick Meals!!! Meals that can be ready within 30 minutes!  Impossible?  With some preparation and tools, getting meals up within a short time is REALLY POSSIBLE!

I’m busy. Really busy.  I hear a lot of friends lamenting that cooking is troublesome and take too much time.  Last year, I had to teach 3 weekdays and on Saturdays, but I still wanted to make home-cooked dinners for my children.  Forced myself to look for simple recipe that can be ready within a short time.

Been watching Jamie Oliver’s 30 minutes Meal show, and really inspired.  On the other hand, I was also thinking, it will be great to have Asian style kind of quick meals.

Recently, ever since I bought 2 HappyCall Pans, I realised that IT IS POSSIBLE!!!   I will dedicate another post on the HappyCall wonders, and how I personally find it works for me, for now, this post, it’s about …

Quick Meal – Sesame Chicken with Black Fungus (Serve 4)

My cooking is generally estimation, I have no time to go into details, but I will try my best.  I also won’t focus on simple things like how to cook rice, how to stir fry the vegetable, or how to slice the apples :P.

Food : Sesame Black Chicken with Fungus, Stir-fried Garlic Vegetable, Sliced Apple, White Rice

Ingredients for Chicken – 2 thigh 2 wings, small palm full dried black fungus (my daughter loves this, so I put a lot), 4 slices of ginger striped

Seasoning for Chicken – about 1.5 bowl of water or soup stock, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce, 3 tbsp Hua Tiao Wine, 1 tbsp sugar, salt to taste

Tools : At least 1 HappyCall Pan 😛 (it really helps!!)

Black Fungus Sesame Chicken

Black Fungus Sesame Chicken

  1. Preparation, cook rice, soak black fungus in warm water till puffed up, wash chicken.
  2. Heat up the HappyCall.  While it’s heating up, get ginger ready.
  3. Pour in sesame oil, ginger, close the pan, fry till fragrant.  While it’s frying, rinse black fungus and dry off as much water as you can.
  4. Ginger should be ready, add chicken and black fungus.  Cover and allow it to cook on each side for about 3 minutes, or till chicken change color.
  5. While chicken is cooking, mix all the seasonings together, get vegetable ready by washing it, and getting the garlic chopped, slice the apples and have them soak in salted water for a few minutes to prevent browning.  Remember to flip the pan in between.
  6. By the time all those are ready, flip pan back to right side up, pour in the seasoning, cover, allow to boil, then lower fire to simmer till sauce thicken.
  7. While chicken is cooking, if you have another Happycall pan, fry the vegetable using it.  If not, just fry the vegetable in normal pan.
  8. Once sauce thicken, rice, vegetable, and apples should be ready.
  9. DONE!
Tips : If someone at home tends to get heaty easily, use normal oil instead of sesame oil.  The dish will still be as yummy.

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Bento 196 Hello Kitty again :P

It’s exam week over here in Singapore.  1 May was Labour Day, but it meant nothing to tutors like me.  It’s the best day to have extra lessons.  Had full day session, top with revision with own children.  Life of a modern day mum 😦

Simple one here.  Shaped out of pancakes. 🙂  Scroll down for pancake’s recipe. 🙂  It’s yummy 😉

Hello Kitty Bento

Hello Kitty Bento

The cutter didn’t seem to work well on pancakes 😦

Hello Kitty Pancake

Hello Kitty Pancake

Pancake Recipe – Serves 4

Ingredients

Plain Flour – 1.5 cups

Baking Powder – 1 tspns

Salt – 1/2 tspn

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Milk – 1.5 cups

Medium egg – 1

Butter – 3 tbsp melted (I’m using SCS)

Method

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Make a well in the center and pour the wet ingredients.
  3. Mix well till all the lumps are gone.  I find using whisk to mix gives great texture. (http://www.whisk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Whisk1.jpg)
  4. Heat up non-stick pan till very hot.
  5. Lower fire to medium, pour in about a ladle full.
  6. Flip when batter starts to bubble.  (note, if pan is not hot enough, the first piece usually don’t give nice color.  But it’s still edible)
  7. Allow the other side to cook till brown. After a while, you will get a hang of the timing.

Happy cooking 🙂  The secret lies in the butter.  Use a good butter and your pancake will really be yuuuummmmm!!!!

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