Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Korean BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/27330-korean-bbq-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video-2.html http://steamykitchen.com/27330-korean-bbq-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video-2.html#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:03:44 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27330 The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

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Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

 

In this recipe, you’ll learn:

  • Slather ribs with Korean BBQ flavors: sweet, ginger-garlic soy glaze
  • 10 minute prep time for fool-proof baby back ribs
  • Secret trick to the most tender baby back ribs
  • Cooks in oven, easy cleanup

The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

That’s why we love making Korean food at home, but it also means that I have to modify ingredients and cooking methods a bit. You might be more familiar with Bulgogi, a popular Korean BBQ dish that features shaved rib-eye beef slices marinated in mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds. But the lesser known dish is Kalbi, or thinly sliced bone-in beef short ribs flavored in a similar marinade. Bulgogi and Kalbi are both cooked over an open flame – usually hot charcoal set in the middle of the table!

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I’ve modified the Korean BBQ Kalbi recipe to use easy to find pork ribs to make Korean BBQ Baby Back Ribs, since my grocery store doesn’t carry the short ribs cut like this. Regular beef short ribs that are available are too chunky and clunky to eat by hand. Baby back ribs are perfect – tender, flavorful and simple to cook.

Oh, and I’m not about to carve out the middle of my dining table to install a charcoal grill, so we’re going with a simpler technique – the oven.

But firstlearn from my mistake

The first time I played with this recipe, it was a disaster. Not the recipe, but the oven was a crazy mess. I had cooked the baby back ribs on a cookie sheet, thinking it was the perfect size to fit 2 racks of ribs.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Unfortunately, I failed to remember that baby back ribs are JUICY and release a lot of FAT when cooking. Guess where that all ended up? All over the bottom of my oven where it then sizzled and burned. Burning fat in a hot oven is just not a good combo. While my family enjoyed the ribs for dinner, I spent the better part of the evening trying to scrub off all of the black, burned spots.

So, learn from my hot mess. Use a roasting pan at least 2-inches high.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

 

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 95 minutes
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Ingredients:

6-7 pounds baby back ribs
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white/cider vinegar)

Directions:

Heat oven the 375F. (optional) Using a butter knife to pry it up, separate the membrane from the back of the ribs and discard. Generously season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper. Wrap the ribs in foil, meaty side up and seal completely. Bake for 90 minutes. To make the Korean Kalbi sauce, mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl. After the ribs are cooked, remove from the oven and carefully open up the foil -- be careful of the hot steam! Slather 3/4 of the Korean Kalbi sauce on the tops of the ribs. Place the oven rack in the top third of the oven and heat the broiler to high. Put the ribs back in the oven, foil still open, and broil until the sauce bubbles and caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes. Keep a watch on the ribs – it's so easy to burn them! Just before serving, pour the remaining Korean Kalbi sauce on top of the ribs.

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Thai Steak Salad Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/40566-thai-steak-salad-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/40566-thai-steak-salad-recipe.html#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:43:05 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40566 Thinly sliced, perfectly seared steak tops a Thai salad of crunchy cabbage, fresh bean sprouts and fragrant basil and mint herbs. Dinner can be ready in 20 minutes!  Salad as a main dish is combines so many textures and flavor profiles: crunchy, healthy vegetables, tangy dressing, and a warm, grilled meat or roasted vegetable. This Thai Steak Salad also has one ...

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Thai Steak Salad Recipe

Thinly sliced, perfectly seared steak tops a Thai salad of crunchy cabbage, fresh bean sprouts and fragrant basil and mint herbs. Dinner can be ready in 20 minutes! 

Salad as a main dish is combines so many textures and flavor profiles: crunchy, healthy vegetables, tangy dressing, and a warm, grilled meat or roasted vegetable. This Thai Steak Salad also has one additional element – fresh, fragrant herbs.

What makes this Thai Steak Salad recipe so appealing is the 5-S’s of flavor: spicy, salty, sour, savory and sweet. Toss in perfectly grilled, sliced flank steak, and you have a meal that only takes 20 minutes to prepare and pleases just about everyone.

This recipe is from The Great Cook Cookbook, by James Briscione, the Culinary Director of the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, and two-time champion of Food Network’s Chopped.

About The Great Cook Cookbook

Thai Steak Salad RecipeWhile most cookbook feature stories or a journey + recipes, The Great Cook Essential Techniques and Inspired Flavors to Make Every Dish Better is built differently. The book is like a master cooking class, with author James Briscione and the team of editors at Cooking Light at your side.

The book is organized in 35 main cooking lessons, like “Steamed Mussels,” teaching you how to debeard mussels, test for freshness and how to cook mussels with different flavor profiles. Each lesson is followed by a few variations that build upon what you’ve just learned: Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer and Fennel, Curried Coconut Mussels and Fettucine with Mussels.

This is a perfect book for those learning to cook, but enjoy the freedom of variations upon a theme. With over 400 gorgeously styled color photographs throughout the book, you’re sure to understand the lessons.

The Thai Steak Salad recipe is featured in the lesson on “Leafy Main Salads” which also includes French Frisee Salad with Bacon and Poached Eggs (learn how to poach an egg and make homemade croutons) and a Greek Salad Bowl (with artichoke hearts and olives).

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 12 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes
Thai Steak Salad Recipe

Recipe adapted from The Great Cook by James Briscione. Reprinted with permission. (c) 2015 Time Home Entertainment, Inc. Photo by Helene Dujardin

Make sure you cut the steak ACROSS the grain - here are detailed instructions on how.

Ingredients:

1 pound flank steak (about 3/4" in thickness)
salt and pepper, to taste
1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon Sriracha (or other hot chile sauce)
1 1⁄2 cups very thinly sliced cabbage or any salad greens
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup julienne-cut carrots
1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves

Directions:

1. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Season steak evenly with salt and pepper on both sides. Add steak to pan, cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and next 5 ingredients (through Sriracha) for the dressing.

3. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and remaining ingredients. Add 6 tablespoons dressing to cabbage mixture; toss well. Toss steak in remaining 2 tablespoons dressing. Add steak to cabbage mixture; toss to combine.

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Pressure Cooker Ramen Noodle Soup http://steamykitchen.com/40348-pressure-cooker-ramen-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/40348-pressure-cooker-ramen-recipe.html#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:38:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40348 Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe Authentic Japanese ramen noodle broths normally take hours of simmering, especially pork based (tonkotsu). We’ve simplified the recipe, without sacrificing an ounce of flavor by using an electric pressure cooker and by using easy-to-find ingredients from your regular grocery store. Traditional tonkotsu broth is fatty, so rich, with almost an oily mouthfeel. While I love pork ...

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Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe

Authentic Japanese ramen noodle broths normally take hours of simmering, especially pork based (tonkotsu). We’ve simplified the recipe, without sacrificing an ounce of flavor by using an electric pressure cooker and by using easy-to-find ingredients from your regular grocery store.

Traditional tonkotsu broth is fatty, so rich, with almost an oily mouthfeel. While I love pork based ramen broth, I’m not a big fan of fatty texture. I really enjoy a smoother soup that I can enjoy from beginning to end, without feeling too-full afterwards. I’ll be showing you 2 recipes, both are a more delicate texture (less fatty) but still with full-flavor.

The two different recipes and techniques for making Japanese Ramen Noodle Soup feature: – one with the traditional pork hock, and the other with pork spareribs.

Why Spareribs? 

Many recipes for tonkotsu broth feature chicken feet/wings + pork hock, or pork feet and leg, cut in several pieces, exposing as much cartilage and bone as possible. This is how tonkotsu gets is creamy, rich, thick broth. The cartilage breaks down during the long simmering and releases gelatin.

Pork hock is difficult to find, outside of Asian supermarkets. Sometimes, you can find them smoked, but that’s not what we want. Instead, my simpler version of tonkotsu ramen broth uses pork spareribs that are cut.

Why Pressure Cooker? 

I love my pressure cooker! Rather than babysit a simmering pot of soup for hours on end, we like to use the power of pressure to shorten the time – from 6 hours to 90 minutes.

We’ve been testing out the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, side by side with our tried and true, Fagor electric pressure cooker. I’m loving the multi-functionality of both appliances – and the size is just right for a big batch of ramen noodle soup.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe

Batch 1: Pork Hock and Chicken Wings

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe pork hock

I bought this pork hock at a Chinese/Vietnamese grocery store. They came frozen and already cut into sections, exposing the bone/cartilage. All I have to do is defrost the hock.  Like the first batch, I also used chicken wings as well.

When I use pork hock, I always harsh boil them off first. This cleans the hocks and the wings (I do this with chicken and beef bones, as well), scrubs off any surface scuzz, dislodges any tiny bone particles (when you cut bone with a saw, there inevitably will be powdery bone particles), removes clotting blood, dirt, surface proteins.

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The hard, harsh boil is only for 5-8 minutes or so, then the water is discarded, the chicken bones/hock is rinsed and we start again with clean, cool water. Don’t worry about “losing any flavor” from  the hard boil, who wants to eat this scum anyways?

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe- hard boil bones

This parboiling ensures you have a clean, clear stock. Can you parboil in the pressure cooker? The electric pressure cooker does not get the water hot enough for the rolling, hard boil that is needed for this step. As you can see from the photo above, the rolling, hard boil gives the bones a good scrubbing and forces out the impurities.

This first batch will be cooked in my Fagor Electric Pressure Cooker, with just the hock, chicken wings a little garlic and ginger. My goal is a clean ramen broth, with full meaty flavor.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe- add water

Batch 2: Sparerib Bones for Ramen Soup

This batch features easy-to-find pork spareribs, which contain a lot of cartilage and bone – both of which will provide the beautiful gelatin needed for the broth.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe sparerib bones

I picked up a package of spareribs, and asked the butcher to make several cross-cuts with his saw, to expose more bone and cartilage.

See the cartilage?

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe sparerib bones

That’s what is going to make our broth just as rich and flavorful as the pork hock. We also use chicken wings as well. Chicken feet much harder to find. The wings provide a good substitute.

As with the first batch, I like to harsh-boil (or parboil) the bones – both the chicken and the spareribs – for 5 to 8 minutes – done on the stovetop. Drain to get rid of the scummy water, rinse the bones.

In this batch, we’ll also add another dimension of flavor: caramelized onions. The onions, cooked down, will provide depth of flavor, a darker and more aromatic broth.

The Instant Pot has a “sauté” setting, which is perfect for sautéing of the onions. A little cooking oil, onions and patience is what’s needed.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe saute onion

The onions should be a deep brown, but not burnt.

After the onions are done, pour in the water to fill to top and add in the parboiled bones.

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Cooking the ramen soup

Both pressure cookers are set to go for 90 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe- instant pot vs fagor

After the 90 minute pressurized cooking, you can let the steam release naturally, without any tinkering, or by releasing the valve. I like to use a pair of tongs and a kitchen towel to prevent the splatter and spitting of steam from burning me.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe - release steam

Batch #1 Results (Pork Hock and Chicken Wings)

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe - light broth

Beautiful clean, clear broth. The broth will need to be seasoned with salt. Full meaty flavor, delicate mouthfeel. It’s a thinner soup than I would have liked.

Batch #2 Results (Spareribs, Chicken Wings, Onion)

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe - darker broth

Brown, darker, richer stock. Very fragrant, better meaty flavor and thicker consistency.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe - darker broth

After straining, here are the two ramen broths, side by side.

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Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe - bones

How do you know if you have a good broth? If you refrigerate the broth, the result should be gelatinous. This is nearly the texture of jello and your spoon should almost be able to stand straight up! (This is broth batch #1)

Pressure Cooker Ramen - broth after chilling

There is a very thin layer of fat, which is perfect. I had skimmed a lot of the surface oils prior to refrigeration. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a big fan of oily, fatty mouthfeel in my soups.

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Conclusion

The browning of the onions makes a big difference – not just color wise, but also in flavor. The sparerib/onion batch was richer, thicker, more complete in flavor. Both batches in the pressure cooker produced broths rich in gelatin (after refrigeration, both were jello-like consistency) which gives the soup body and satisfying texture. Pork spareribs are much easier to find at grocery stores, and produce similar amount of gelatin and flavor.

I highly recommend using spareribs over pork hock. Make sure you ask your butcher to cut the ribs crosswise to expose more of the bone and collagen.

I seasoned both broths – I prefer seasoning with soy sauce, rather than just salt – but the choice is yours.

Pressure Cooker Recommendation

For the past few years, I’ve been using the Fagor Electric Pressure Cooker exclusively, and was introduced to Instant Pot by William, a Steamy Kitchen reader. He was so impressed with his Instant Pot, that he wanted to connect us with the company. Instant Pot provided us with a test unit.

Both the Fagor Pressure Cooker and the Instant Pot work similarly. While the Fagor looks bigger in size, they both hold 6 quarts. The Fagor includes a thinner, non-stick pot, and the Instant Pot has a 3-ply bottom stainless steel heavy duty cooking pot, which I prefer. You can purchase a stainless steel pot separately, for the Fagor. Both units slow cook, pressure cook and sauté.

Instant Pot IP Duo-60: $132.45

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Smart Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures forsauté and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Include 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French

Fagor: $81.99

  • 6-quart multi-cooker functions as rice cooker, pressure cooker, and slow cooker
  • Low/high pressure; self-locking lid; auto pressure release; 2 pressure-control valves
  • Overheat protection; “brown” and “keep warm” settings; LED screen; 8-hour delay timer
  • Stay-cool handles; recipes included; dishwasher-safe nonstick cooking pot
Both unit’s safety features are comparable. Both units time to pressure were very similar, and both released pressure easily, without problems. Instant Pot’s extra yogurt making feature may be a bonus to those interested.
After using both pressure cookers side by side several times, I would highly recommend the Instant Pot, mainly because of the heavy-duty 3-ply stainless steel pot (vs. Fagor’s nonstick pot) and the ability to adjust heat settings for sauté and slow cooking.

Soy Sauce Eggs

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe

I served the ramen with easy to make soy sauce eggs. Don’t just limit these eggs to a bowl of ramen, though. We love them as a snack, or as a side dish along with Japanese pickles. The eggs are soft+ boiled, meaning the yolk is not just firm, not runny, but not powdery like a hard boiled egg.

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe - soy sauce eggs

Add 3-6 eggs to a pot, cover with water by 1-inch. Bring water to a rolling boil, remove from heat and cover. Let sit for 6 1/2 minutes. The eggs should be a perfect soft+boiled egg with a custardy yolk that’s still creamy and firm whites.

While the eggs are cooking, you can prepare the sweet soy sauce. Whisk together: 1/2 cup of low-sodium soy sauce + 1/4 cup water + 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar. It’s best to have a skinny, tall container (like my Pyrex measuring cup) or you can use a quart-sized sealable bag.

After the eggs are cooked, immediately rinse in cool water. Peel the eggs, and add the eggs whole into the sweet soy sauce to marinate for 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, remove eggs (reserve sweet soy sauce for another use) and cut each egg in half.

Or – you can soft boil/hard boil eggs with a microwave egg cooker – we’ve been using this one for the past 4 years. Since our hens produce so many eggs are soft or hard boiled by STEAM instead of being submerged in water. The steaming action actually makes the eggs so much easier to peel! This is important for us, since our eggs are same day fresh and are difficult to peel, cooked traditionally on the stovetop. (Older eggs are easier to peel than fresh laid eggs — the moisture evaporates as the eggs get older, leaving more space between the shell and the egg whites as it cooks.

You can reuse the sweet soy sauce again:

  • for another batch of eggs
  • as a dipping sauce for dumplings (I like to also add a spoonful of chile garlic sauce)
  • a couple spoonfuls in a stir fry
  • toss with cooked noodles + scallions for a quick side dish
  • drizzle over steamed vegetables
  • use to season the ramen broth (if you like a slightly sweeter tasting broth)

Other Toppings

Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe

  • Finely minced green onions (scallions)
  • Fresh bean sprouts
  • Cooked bamboo shoots – from a can is fine. Canned bamboo shoots are pretty bland tasting, so I also marinate them in the sweet soy sauce from the eggs (see above recipe). Actually, I just throw the bamboo shoots in with the eggs and they’ll marinate together.
  • Blanched spinach – Fresh spinach: just a few of seconds in boiling water, or defrost frozen spinach. Make sure you squeeze out as much water from the spinach as possible.
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pieces of nori (seaweed)
  • Shichimi Togaroshi – Japanese 7-pepper blend made of red chili pepper, orange peel, sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and seaweed. This is also my secret ingredient to the best scrambled eggs :-)
  • Tiny drizzle of Asian sesame oil (don’t use too much or the sesame oil will overpower the soup)
  • shhh…don’t tell anyone, but I also love Chinese preserved bamboo shoots in chile oil in my ramen, too.

Ramen Noodles

japanese ramen noodlesFor these photos in this recipe, I used dried Japanese ramen noodles. Make sure you use noodles that are dried, not fried (like cheap instant ramen).

We’ve been testing out recipes to make ramen noodles all month long, just a few more batches of testing and we’ll be sharing our ramen recipe. I bought my mom a Philips Noodle Maker.

She raved about it so much that I bought myself one, too. WE LOVE IT! It’s fun making fresh pastas in different shapes. Our ramen recipe still needs a little tweaking and testing, but we’ll publish soon.

If you’re up to making ramen noodles from scratch, Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets can show you how! They also like using the Philips Noodle Maker.

 

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Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe

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Servings: 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 90 minutes
Pressure Cooker Ramen Recipe

We recommend the Instant Pot 6-Quart electric pressure cooker. Always follow the manufacturer's instruction for use. To serve, see list above for topping ideas. Try the soy sauce eggs!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pounds pork spareribs, cut into 2" pieces
1 1/2 pounds chicken wings
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 large onions, peeled, thick sliced
3 cloves garlic, smashed
thumb-sized nub of ginger
soy sauce or salt, to taste

Directions:

1. Bring a big stockpot filled with water to a boil (If your electric pressure cooker pot is stovetop-safe, feel free to use that instead of dirtying another pot.) Add in the ribs and the wings. Return to boil, let cook for 5-8 minutes at a hard boil on high heat. Drain and discard the water. Rinse the ribs and wings with clean water, getting rid of any scum clinging to meat.

2. Following the manufacturer's directions, turn the electric pressure cooker to saute or brown, on high heat. Swirl in the cooking oil and add in the onions. Brown the onions, about 8 minutes. Take your time!

3. Add in the garlic and the ginger into the pot, then add ribs and wings. Fill pot with water up to the "MAX" line. Close lid of pressure cooker, set to cook on high pressure for 90 minutes.

4. After cooking, let pressure release naturally, or use a kitchen towel and tongs to manually release pressure, being very careful of splatters.

5. Strain broth with fine mesh strainer, discarding the solids. Skim any surface oils on the broth, if desired. Season broth with soy sauce or salt, to taste.

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No Recipes Chicken Ramen

Chow Slow Cooker Ramen

 

 

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Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

You’ll learn:

  • To create the perfect Vietnamese coffee ice cream, use a mix of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream.
  • Coffee of your choice, either caffeinated or decaf.
  • Vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean completes the flavor profile.

Vietnamese ice coffee makes you realize that any other weak coffeehouse version of diluted coffee over ice is for wimps. Course-ground coffee is packed into a metal brewer, and the thick, intense coffee slowly drips down into a tall glass filled with ice cubes and 1/2″ of sweetened condensed milk. As the hot coffee drips down, it melts some of ice and mixes in with the sweet, sticky milk. What you end up with is the perfect concoction of rich, creamy iced coffee.

Seven Spoons by Tara O'BradyTake this formula and make ice cream for an “uncompromising intensity” of coffee flavors, according to Tara O’Brady, author Seven Spoons Cookbook and Seven Spoons food blog.

Seven Spoons Author Tara O'Brady

This is my full-stop favorite ice cream. A voluptuous mix of evaporated milks and cream gets infused with ground coffee, then chilled, churned, and swirled with caramel.Tara O'Brady

This summer, if you have an ice cream maker (and love coffee), give Tara’s Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream a try!

Tara likes to top her Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream with homemade Candied Cocoa Nibs and an Espresso Caramel, both of those recipes are found in her cookbook. For us, we made the base Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, and topped with a pinch of fine ground coffee and a little store-bought caramel.

About Seven Spoons

I’ve been reading Tara’s blog for as long as I’ve known the word, “blog.” As a silent fan, I’ve followed her adventures through parenthood, learning about her Indian heritage, sipped her Frothy Indian Coffee and drizzled her Simple, Quick Chocolate Sauce over warm banana bread (which also would be great drizzled on this Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, too.)

Tara’s site is a true blog, her sometimes deeply personal posts are always thoughtful, poetic and heartfelt. Her cookbook is the same. If you love really reading a cookbook, from beginning to end, you’ll be comfortable nestling right into the pages of Seven Spoons Cookbook.

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Servings: Makes about 1 quart (1 L) Prep Time: Cook Time:
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Adapted and reprinted with permission from Seven Spoons, by Tara O’Brady, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photography copyright © 2015 by Tara O’Brady.Grind regular or decaf coffee beans to a medium grind. For a milder, rounded flavor, use 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder or 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder instead of ground beans. Original recipe in cookbook includes Candied Cacao Nibs and Espresso Caramel (buy the book!)

Ingredients:

1 (14-ounce/400 g) can evaporated milk
1 (14-ounce/400 g) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups (355 ml) heavy cream
2 ounces (60 g) coffee beans, ground (see note above)
Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean, or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Generous pinch of fine-grain sea salt
TOPPINGS: Fine ground coffee, sea salt, store-bought caramel

Directions:

Combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream, coffee, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, whisking often, until the mixture begins to steam. Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.
Using a fine-meshed strainer or a coffee filter, strain the liquid into a bowl. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.

To serve, top the Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream with a pinch of ground coffee, caramel and a pinch of sea salt.

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Sous Vide Pork Belly Tacos Recipe

What is Sous Vide?

Sous Vide (pronounced “soo veed”) is a method of cooking that allows you to create foods that are perfectly cooked, at an exact temperature in a water bath. That means the most perfect steaks, impossibly tender, yet juicy brisket, and velvety smooth pork belly that melts in your mouth.

Here’s a video to explain:

Recommended Sous Vide Class

I can’t say enough good things about ChefSteps. I’ve known about ChefSteps for awhile, from Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Chef (btw, Tim mentions us in his book in the steak chapter – he features our steak salting method.) But it wasn’t until last week that I watched a class online. This is not a paid endorsement — I’m just a massive fan.

You can watch their free beginner Sous Vide class or for $10 enroll in their Cooking Sous Vide: Beyond the Basics – it’s worth every penny, and more. I’ve already learned better sous vide techniques beyond the steak and salmon.

Anova Sous Vide Review

Anova sous vide review

Anova Sous Vide ReviewWe have been cooking sous vide for over 6 years, starting with a Sous Vide Supreme Machine (here’s our review + the perfect 146F egg.) and have been using the first version of the Anova Sous Vide for the past couple of years. A month ago, we upgraded to the newer bluetooth enabled Anova Culinary Precision Cooker (fancy name for a sous vide appliance) and love the easier to use interface and dials.

Pros:

  • It’s a fantastic price point and affordable for home cooks. At $179 (Amazon.com), it is $100 cheaper than the Nomiku and $120 cheaper than Sous Vide Supreme. I don’t know enough about the new kid on the block, $199 Sansaire, to comment. The $699 PolyScience creates powerful sous vide machines for restaurants.
  • Simple to use: One button + one wheel to rotate for temperature selection. You don’t need the phone app to run the Anova. In fact, I installed the free app, used it once and just deleted it, as I didn’t find much use for the app.
  • Small size: The Anova works with any large stockpot, you just clip the Anova onto the side of the pot. This makes the Anova very easy to store in a drawer. Our old Sous Vide Supreme needed an entire deep shelf!
  • Reliability: Anova actually specializes in water bath equipment for laboratory, biotech, analytical
    equipment control, industry processes cooling, and culinary industries. They are based in Stafford, Texas and specialize in precision machines. If scientists trust their equipment, I can trust them to cook my steak.

Anova sous vide review

Cons:

  • While it does connect to my iPhone via bluetooth, I found that the app was just a “fun to have” and really see no need to be connected. Once you input the Anova temperature, you’re all set.
  • What I did like about my old Sous Vide Supreme unit was that it was a contained appliance with a lid vs. the Anova that clips to a pot. But that means a lid won’t fit. This doesn’t matter if you are cooking sous vide for just a couple of hours, but if you are cooking the perfect pork belly (hey, this recipe!) for 16 hours, a lot of water is lost through evaporation. Our sous vide runs overnight, and the last thing I want to do is to wake up in the middle of the night to check on my water level. There are polycarbonate boxes that chefs use, but you’ll need a plastic cutter to cut a hole for your Anova. You’ll see below how I tried to cover my stockpot (and failed!) Others have used ping pong balls or these very expensive balls that float on top of the water to prevent water loss. Yesterday, I actually considered cutting a hole in the lid of a small cooler, but not sure of the dangers of hot water sitting long periods of time in the plastic cooler.

Conclusion:

If you’re interested in giving sous vide cooking a try, this is the unit to buy. Paired with the ChefSteps online class, you’ll be on your way to cooking restaurant quality meals with minimal fuss.

How to Sous Vide Pork Belly

Sous Vide Pork Belly Recipe

Buy a nice piece of pork belly (this is where bacon comes from!) I like to use a handful kosher salt and “exfoliate” the pork skin. Here’s why you should do this, especially with chicken. It’s not a must, but I like to get the skin clean and scrubbed.

Char Siu sauce for sous vide pork belly recipe

I made two versions of this pork belly. One with garlic, ginger, green onion, orange peel, soy sauce and honey:

Anova sous vide review

And the other with prepared Char Siu (Chinese BBQ) sauce.

Char Siu sauce for sous vide pork belly recipe

With either sauce, the cooking. method is the same. Add the pork belly and sauce into a vacuum bag.

Anova sous vide review

Seal the vacuum bag. Schmush the sauce to evenly distribute on both sides of the pork belly.

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Fill pot with water, set the Anova Sous Vide to 158F. Place the bags into pot. Use clips to secure the bags so that they don’t move around too much and to ensure each bag has enough room for water to circulate. Cook for 16 hours.

Anova sous vide review

Don’t do this

In an effort to minimize water loss through evaporation, I covered the pot with tin foil.

Anova sous vide review

I threw a couple of dishtowels on top to keep the tin foil in place. Bad idea. After 8 hours, enough condensation had built up on the underside and edges of the tin foil, that the towel began absorbing that water. Then, the towels became soaked and water started dripping down on my counter.

Instead, use tin foil, but fit it INSIDE the pot, just crumple the edges so that it fits on top of the water and inside the pot. It won’t be a perfect, snug fit, but it will help minimize water loss.

A Few Tips

  • When cooking sous vide for a long time period, anything over 8 hours, I like to use a vacuum seal bag. You can also use a heavy duty sealable freezer bag, but double-bag.
  • Cut your vacuum bag 6″ larger than you need, use the excess bag to clip to the side of your pot, so that the bag stays put — and just in case the seal is not completely tight, prevent spillage.
  • Check your water level periodically. Top off as needed. If the water level is too low, the pork belly will not cook evenly or properly.
  • Is cooking 16 hours per the recipe absolutely necessary? No! The longer you sous vide, the more the collagen will break apart and meat will be fork tender. Cook too long: and you’ll get a mushy mess. Cook too short: the meat will be chewy and tough. For example, do you enjoy a nice, meaty strip steak that you can dig into? Then 1 hour per inch is about right. If you cook the same strip steak for 12 hours, you’ll be able to cut the steak with a fork, not quite the texture I enjoy for a steak, but one that I would like for pork shoulder. So, timing and temperature depends on the cut of meat AND the desired texture. For pork belly, 16 hours for pork belly falls right in the middle of that spectrum. Delicate and tender, yet retains its structure so that you can slice and sear without breaking apart. The wiggle room for cooking time is pretty lax, anywhere between 12-20 hours will still be good.

After 16 hours, remove pork belly from bag. I like to reserve the tasty juices. Slice thinly, about 1/4″. The pork belly is smooth, still firm in structure, yet unbelievably tender. You want pork belly that you can gently bite into, not just instantly melt in your mouth.

Sous Vide Pork Belly Recipe

The last step is to heat a sauté pan or frying pan (I prefer the high sides of a sauté pan – you’ll contain the fatty splatter better.) and sear both sides before serving. The full recipe is below at the end of this post.

To serve, I like to keep it simple. Pork belly is very rich, fatty and savory. You need to pair it with something light, bright and acidic, otherwise, like the rich, dense chocolate cake, you can only have a few bite before it’s overwhelming.

Sous Vide Pork Belly Recipe

I like serving pork belly with a super quick pickle – julienned bell pepper and cucumber tossed in a little seasoned rice vinegar. Warm flour or corn tortillas make it a simple hand-food. Super curly, crisp-crunchy green onion is made by soaking slivers of green onion in ice water. On the side, chili sauce and pickled ginger.

Sous Vide Pork Belly Tacos Recipe

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Sous Vide Pork Belly Recipe (Taco)

Servings: 8 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes active, 16 hours sous vide
Sous Vide Pork Belly Tacos Recipe

Char Siu sauce can be found on Amazon, many well-stocked grocery stores or any Asian market.

Serve with Asian chili sauce and pickled ginger, if desired

Ingredients:

1 pound pork belly
16 small flour tortillas
1 cucumber, julienned
1 bell pepper, cored and julienned
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 stalks, green onion (scallion)

VERSION 1:
1/4 cup prepared Char Siu sauce

VERSION 2: (combine)
2 stalks green onion, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

Place pork belly in a vacuum seal bag. Slather your desired sauce (Char Siu or Soy/Honey) on both sides of the pork belly. Seal the bag and prepare your sous vide machine to run at 158F for 16 hours. Make sure you have enough water in the pot, topping off as needed. When done, open bag, reserving the Char Siu sauce in the bag. Slice the pork belly into 1/4".

To make the slaw, mix the cucumber and the bell pepper in a bowl, and toss with seasoned rice vinegar. For the green onion, slice as thinly as possible at a steep angle. Fill a small bowl with ice water, and add the sliced green onion.

When ready to serve, add the pork belly to a frying pan, then turn on the heat to medium. The pork belly will slowly caramelize, and fat will render as it heats up with the pan. Cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and brown other side.

Drain the green onion from the ice water. Assemble tacos with warmed flour tortillas, pork belly, slaw and curly, crunchy green onion.

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Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe

Are you a sushi lover? Sushi rice bowls are a great way to enjoy the Japanese flavors without the fuss of rolling or hand-shaping rice. If your supermarket carries sushi-grade fish, you’re halfway to making this dish.

The sushi-grade tuna is accompanied by the normal sushi players: seasoned Japanese short-grained rice, bite-sized chunks of crunchy cucumber and creamy avocado. The dish is adorned with slivers of seaweed. To serve, top with a dollop of the spicy mayonnaise and drizzle with a little wasabi-soy sauce that I like to dilute with a few drops of water. I find that straight soy sauce is too thick and salty poured directly on rice.

Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe

This recipe comes from a fellow Tuttle Publishing author, Debra Samuels (my first cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook was published by Tuttle.) Debra has lived in Japan for periods totaling over 10 years since the 1970’s, and studied Japanese cuisine throughout her stays.

Debra is also a food journalist for The Boston Globe and also authored My Korean Table Cookbook. Her recipes are simple and comforting. You won’t find fancy techniques or exotic ingredients in Debra’s books, just honest, homestyle cooking based on ingredients you’ll find at most well-stocked grocery stores.

 
The book we are featuring today is My Japanese Table. Featured recipes include:

  • Spicy Tuna Tartar
  • Step by step how to roll sushi
  • Fried Cabbage and Pork Noodles (Yakisoba)
  • How to host a Yakitori party
  • Succulent Salmon Teriyaki
  • How to make a Bento box

I chose this Sushi rice bowl recipe, featuring fresh tuna, cucumber, avocado and spicy mayonnaise, because it’s a simple way to enjoy “sushi” without having to learn how to roll sushi. All ingredients can be found at most grocery stores, so no need to visit an Asian market.

This recipe is a combination of two of my favorite fresh tuna dishes. The first is the tuna tartar set on top of rice under a coating of grated Japanese yam (yamakake); and the second is a striking appetizer of layered fresh tuna and avocado cubes with Spicy Mayonnaise dressing that I discovered with Miho Nakajima, once a teenaged neighbor and now an elegant banker in central Tokyo. Think of this tuna-topped rice as a deconstructed Spicy Tuna Roll. The rice is not seasoned, and the seaweed, instead of wrapped around the rice, is cut into shreds and placed directly on the tuna.Debra Samuels

How to Choose Sushi Tuna


How to choose sushi tuna
(Tuna image from Monterey Bay Seafood Watch)


Choose your fish carefully – the tuna should be labelled “sushi-grade” and ask your fishmonger questions:
  • When was this fish defrosted? (all tuna arrives frozen)
  • Ask to smell the fish (it should smell “fresh from the ocean”, not “fishy”)
  • Ask your fishmonger to gently press the flesh of the fish, it should spring back up (old fish will be tacky, sticky and stay indented)
  • Ask where is the fish from and how was it caught? Choose environmentally friendly tuna, like troll/pole caught Albacore from the U.S. See Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch Guide for an entire list of fish, graded by sustainability metrics. Here is the tuna page.
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Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
Fresh Tuna Rice Bowl Recipe

Recipe adapted from My Japanese Table by Debra Samuels. Reprinted with Permission, Tuttle Publishing. Recipe photo by Heath Robbins.

Debra's cookbook includes instructions for the traditional way of cooking rice and sushi rice, using kombu (kelp). I've modified her recipe to include my version of a simplified sushi rice, using seasoned rice vinegar found at most grocery stores. Make sure you buy "Seasoned Rice Vinegar" or "Sushi Rice Vinegar" -- which includes sugar in the ingredients.

Tips: For the seaweed, I just buy regular sushi seaweed and use kitchen shears to cut into shreds. English and Japanese cucumbers have less seeds than regular cucumber and are crunchier. If using regular cucumber, it's best to get rid of the watery seeds. Slice cucumber in half, lengthwise and use a small spoon to scrape out the seeds. I prefer to dilute the soy sauce with just a few drops of water, but I'll leave that up to you!

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber
1 pound sushi-grade tuna
2 small avocados
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Roasted seaweed shreds (kizami nori)
Soy sauce, preferably low sodium, for drizzling
Wasabi, to taste

FOR THE SPICY MAYONNAISE
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (or other spicy chili sauce)
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce


FOR THE SUSHI RICE (makes 4 cups cooked)
2 cups short-grain white rice
3-4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

Directions:

Cook the rice: Put the rice into a medium saucepan. Run cold water into the saucepan, and with your hand, swish the rice around. Drain water into the sink. Repeat 3 more times, until water is more clear. Fill saucepan with 2 1/4 cups of water. Cover with lid. Cook rice over medium heat for 10 minutes. Lower heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat, do not open lid. Let rice sit for 5 minutes or more.

While the rice is cooking, prepare the Spicy Mayonnaise. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

Cut the cucumber, tuna and avocado into 1/2" dice. In a small bowl, toss the avocado with the lemon juice, and cover with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

When the rice has cooked and rested, open lid and transfer the rice to a large bowl. Using a spatula, gently fold and lift the rice to allow steam to escape and to cool. Do not mash the rice or mix too vigorously (try not to break the rice kernels). After much of the steam has been released, dribble in a little of the seasoned rice vinegar, fold and lift rice to distribute. Repeat with rest of rice vinegar. Keep rice covered with a damp cloth until ready to serve. Do not refrigerate.

To serve, divide the rice between 4 bowls. Top with cucumber, avocado, then tuna. Spoon a dollop of the Spicy Mayonnaise. Top with shredded seaweed. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi at the table.

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What you’ll learn:

  • Savory-sweet, smoky and intensely flavorful Chinese sausage (lap cheong) pairs well with roasted Brussels sprouts.
  • Only 5 ingredients, less than 20 minute recipe
  • Cooks in one pan, all in the oven

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

What is Chinese Sausage?

Chinese sausage is unlike any meat you’ve ever eaten before. “Lap Cheong” 臘腸 is made from pork and is marinated and smoked. You can also find Chinese sausage made from duck liver or pork liver too (darker deep reddish/brown color).

Flavor:  sweet-salty, smokey, savory and unctuous with little pockets of fat that just melt during cooking. Think of candied bacon. Or when maple syrup from your pancake pools onto your thick bacon. That’s about the closest I can get to a description.

How to store Chinese sausage

Most Asian supermarkets will stock Chinese sausage – since it’s dried, cured and smoked, the package will last for over a year if unopened (also check the expiration date on package). You can also freeze the package for a long time If you’ve opened a package and only use a few links, wrap the remaining tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 6 months or store in freezer.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

I like to keep at least 1 package in my pantry at all times, it’s so easy to just throw a few links into my steaming rice (see below for recipes and instructions).

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Kam Yen Jan (see photo) is the brand that’s the most popular (and it’s a product of U.S.A.) If you’re not near an Asian market, you can buy Chinese sausage on Amazon for about the same price as the markets.

Since Chinese sausage stores very well in the pantry, refrigerator or freezer, don’t be afraid to buy the 3-pack from Amazon. In addition to this recipe, here are more ways you can use Chinese sausage.

Recipes with Chinese Sausage

Chinese Sausage Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce

Crab and Chinese Sausage Fried Rice

Chinese Steamed Buns Make the bun dough, wrap the dough around a Chinese sausage (like pigs in a blanket! Then steam.

Cooking with rice: If you are cooking your rice,

How to Cook

First, preheat your oven to 400F. Wash and trim your Brussels sprouts, cut them into quarters for faster cooking.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

Cut the Chinese sausage into 1/2″ pieces. Keep the ingredients separated on a baking sheet. The Chinese sausage cooks faster than the Brussels sprouts, so this will make it easier to remove from pan. Toss ONLY the Brussels sprouts with a little cooking oil. The sausage does not need oil (it’s got plenty of fat!)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

Roast in oven for 7 minutes, or until the Chinese sausage is slightly browned, and you can see the fat sizzling on its surface. Remove pan from oven and scoop out the Chinese sausage to a plate.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

Return Brussels sprouts to oven to finish roasting for another 5-10 minutes (depending on the size of your Brussels sprouts).

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

The Brussels sprouts are done when they are lightly browned and tender. Season the Brussels sprouts with the fish sauce (or soy sauce).  You an also you Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Tamari (Gluten Free) or Coconut Aminos (Paleo friendly). The Chinese sausage do not need any seasoning.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

Toss with the Chinese sausage and serve.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

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Here is the Chinese sausage that I buy, and my favorite brand of fish sauce. Did you know not all fish sauce is the same? Here’s a free guide to my favorite brands of Chinese sauces.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chinese Sausage Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chinese Sausage Recipe

Tips: Chinese sausage is very flavorful! Be careful of how much fish sauce or soy sauce you add to the brussels sprouts. Just a touch is enough.

Do not toss the Chinese sausage with any cooking oil. The sausage cooks faster than the Brussels sprouts, so make sure you keep them separate on the baking sheet.

If you don't have Fish Sauce, substitute with soy sauce, Bragg's Liquid Aminos, Tamari (Gluten Free) or Coconut Aminos (Paleo friendly).

Ingredients:

1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1 tablespoon cooking oil
4 links, Chinese sausage, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (or soy sauce)
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F. On a baking sheet, toss the quartered Brussels sprouts with the cooking oil. Make some space on the baking sheet for the Chinese sausage. The Chinese sausage will cook next to the Brussels sprouts, but do not mix them together.

Add the Chinese sausage on the baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes (make sure the sausage does not burn). Remove baking sheet from oven, remove Chinese sausage to a serving bowl, set aside. Give the Brussels sprouts a toss, and return them to the oven to bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Timing depends on size of Brussels sprouts - pierce with fork to see if tender.

Drizzle the fish sauce over the Brussels sprouts, season with black pepper and toss well. Add the Brussels sprouts to the serving bowl with the Chinese sausage and mix well.

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Singapore Chili Crab Recipe

What you’ll learn:

  • Singapore Chili Crab is one of the most popular Asian crab dishes. Simmer crab in a thick, sweet, savory and spicy sauce.
  • Simple authentic recipe, with a homemade Chili-Ginger Sauce that heightens the flavor
  • Substitute jumbo-sized shrimp for the crab, if desired
  • Recipe fromSoutheast Asia’s Best Recipes Cookbook by Wendy Hutton

This famous Singapore Chili Crab has been named a “national dish” of Singapore, and named #35 on the list of CNN’s list of “World’s 50 Best Foods.”

Fresh crab is simmered in a base of sweet chili sauce, fresh chilies, ginger, garlic and tomato sauce — it can be made as spicy as you wish! Another signature element of this dish is the delicate ribbons of egg to thicken and add body to the sauce.

This is a messy dish, to be eaten with a stack of napkins and crusty French bread or steamed Chinese buns to mop up all of the sauce.

Singapore Chili Crab RecipeThe recipe is from Southeast Asia’s Best Recipes Cookbook by Wendy Hutton, featuring the most popular and best-known recipes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and all across the region.

Hutton has spent more than four decades traveling and and eating her way through Asia, collecting the best recipes from simple country homes to elegant restaurant kitchens. In her signature, expert prose, Hutton explores the glorious splendor of Southeast Asia’s rich and varied cuisine, from Singapore’s fascinating cosmopolitan offerings to Thailand’s sinfully spicy dishes to Vietnam’s refreshingly healthful recipes. Hutton is based in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Each of the authentic Southeast Asian recipes in this book is accompanied by a luscious color photograph shot by the award-winning photographer, Masano Kawana, who won a James Beard Award for Best Cookbook Photography for his Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine Cookbook.

What is Hot Bean Paste?

Chili bean sauce for singapore chili crab recipeChinese Hot Bean Paste or Chili Bean Sauce is made from fresh chilies and fermented broad (fava) beans and soy beans.

This Sichuan style sauce adds a spicy, salty, umami-rich flavor to any dish. A spoonful of the sauce into any Chinese noodle dish will spice it up! We also use a spoonful in Mapo Tofu as well.

Other names:
Hot Bean Paste
Broad Bean Paste
Chili Soy Bean Paste
Toban Djan
Dou Ban Jiang
辣豆瓣酱

You can find this Hot Bean Sauce in most Asian grocery stores and online. If you find “Bean Sauce” (basically, the sauce without the chilies, you can substitute 3 tablespoons + minced red chilies in this Singapore Chili Crab recipe. The Bean Sauce without the chilies is saltier, that’s why we decrease the amount used.

Recipes using Hot Bean Sauce

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Singapore Chili Crab Recipe

Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
Singapore Chili Crab Recipe

Reprinted with Permission from Tuttle Publishing. Recipe from Southeast Asia's Best Recipes by Wendy Hutton. Photography by Masano Kawana.

If you do not have fresh crab, substitute with 1 1/2 pounds of jumbo shell-on shrimp -- but only cook for 5-7 minutes in Step 3.

In Singapore, mud crabs are used in this dish, but substitute with any fresh crab - my favorite is Dungeness or blue crab - though blue crab is so small, it may be difficult to tease out the meat if you're not accustomed to it! You can even use soft-shelled crab.

The perfect accompaniment to this Singapore Chili Crab Recipe is crusty French bread to mop up the sauce.

Ingredients:

3-4 pounds live crab
2 tablespoons oil
6 shallots, minced
6 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
3 red bird's eye chilies, minced
3 1/2 cups (875 ml) chicken stock
4 tablespoons hot bean paste
1/4 cup (60 ml) bottled chili sauce
1/2 cup (125ml) canned tomato sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white pepper (or black pepper)
2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 3 tablespoons water
2 eggs, lightly beatenFOR THE CHILI GINGER SAUCE:
6 red finger-length chilies, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

1. Place the live crabs in the freezer for 15 minutes to immobilize them. Cut in half, lengthwise with a cleaver or large chef's knife and remove the back and discard the spongy grey matter. Take off the claws and crack in several places with a cleaver. Cut each body half into two to three pieces, leaving the legs attached.

2. Make the Chili-Ginger Sauce by whisking all the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a wok over medium-low heat and add the shallots, garlic, ginger and chilies. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 3 minutes, then add the Chili-Ginger Sauce, chicken stock, hot bean paste, chili sauce, tomato sauce, sugar, rice wine, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the crab pieces and simmer, uncovered, turning several times, until the shells are bright red and the crabs are cooked, about 10 minutes.

4. Add the cornstarch/water mixture and stir until the sauce thickens, about 30 seconds. Add the eggs and stir until set, then transfer the chili crab to a serving dish and serve with crusty bread.

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Thai Sweet and Sour Tofu

In this recipe, you’ll learn:

  • 20-Minute recipe that you can serve over rice or noodles
  • Simple sweet and sour sauce that can be used in countless dishes
  • Recipe from the famous Rosa’s Thai Cafe in London

rosas-thai-cafeRosa’s Thai restaurants in London are known for their locally sourced ingredients, blending over 100 authentic Thai recipes with a modern flair and seasonal ingredients of London.

In keeping with our contemporary twist on authentic Thai cuisine “Rosa’s Thai Café The Cookbook” celebrates traditional Thai cooking techniques. The book features over 100 recipes, including dishes from the menu at Rosa’s as well as family favourites and regional dishes from founder Saiphin Moore’s regular trips back home. Recipes range from the aromatic Beef Massaman Curry to the Soft Shell Crab Salad, Larb Spring Rolls, homemade Sriracha Sauce and Mangoes with Sticky Rice. Rosa

Rosa's Thai Cafe: The CookbookRosa began her culinary adventure in her hometown, Phetchabun, in northern Thailand, with the opening of a grocery store. Nineteen years later, and 6 restaurants under her belt in London, Rosa is now famous for her homestyle Thai cooking.

I had such a great time exploring through Rosa’s blog – she makes frequent trips back to Thailand and documents her visits with some video. Come check out her flavorful and authentic Thai recipes on Rosa’s blog, including Chicken Green Curry and Pad Kra Pow.

Rosa has generously shared her Thai Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe with us on Steamy Kitchen!

Buy a copy of Rosa’s Thai Café: The Cookbook (it’s currently the #1 Thai cookbook on Amazon!)

Serve this Thai Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe with Jasmine Rice

 

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Thai Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe

Servings: Serves 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Thai Sweet and Sour Tofu

Reprinted with permission from Rosa's Thai Café: The Cookbook; photography by Dan Jones, Interlink Books, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk green onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 ounces canned baby corn, sliced in half, lengthwise
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into cubes
14 ounces tofu, cut into pieces (soft or firm)

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, vinegar, wine, soy sauce and sugar.

Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add in green and red bell pepper and the onion. Stir fry for 30 seconds, until vegetables are slightly softened. Then add in the green onion and garlic and stir fry for another 10 seconds.

Lower the heat to medium. Pour in the sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Add in the baby corn, tomato, pineapple and tofu. Let simmer for 3 minutes.

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This Chinese Steamed Buns Recipe features:

  • Simple dough that can be used for many different Chinese steamed buns
  • Step by step photos to show you exactly how to make the buns
  • How to prevent the buns from splitting apart too soon
  • Tips to get your buns smooth, white and puffy

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A few weeks ago, my parents came to visit from the lovely state of Nevada. Even though their stay is just for a week, we are never surprised to see that they’ve brought enough luggage to stay a month.

That’s because the luggage are all packed with goodies for us and the kids! Food goodies! Seaweed crackers, special Chinese sausage, lap cheong, that you can only buy from Canada (the brand is called Happy Meat), salted kumquat for sore throat, dried anchovies with peanuts.

Mom also used a cooler in her carry on to bring fresh roasted duck and crispy roasted pork from a famous restaurant near her home. That’s the dedication of a loving Mom and true food lover!

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Chinese Roast Duck certainly begs for handmade, freshly steamed buns. I’ve shared before our little shortcut secret using store-bought sourdough biscuit dough sold in cans, or a pre-mixed flour found in Asian supermarkets. This time, Mom and I made them from scratch, experimenting with a couple of different recipes and declaring this recipe the winner.

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How to make Chinese Steamed Bun Recipe 

The first step is to make the dough, mixing in warm water, yeast, sugar and cooking oil. Then flour, baking powder, salt. In the photo below, the dough was sticking to the side of the bowl, we added another tablespoon of flour.

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Let your mixer do the work for you, mixing with the paddle first, then switching to the dough hook to knead — or turn out on your counter to knead by hand, which is what my Mom prefers to do.

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Knead until you get a smooth, supple dough.

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You can return this dough back in the same mixer bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and let it rise in a warm spot for 1-2 hours, until it just about doubles in size.

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After the rise, gently turn out the dough back on your counter that you’ve lightly dusted with flour. Divide the dough into half, roll out each half into a long log. Cover one log with plastic wrap so that it doesn’t dry out. Further divide the log into 6-7 pieces, depending on how big you want your buns.

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Take one piece of dough into your hand.

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Fold the edge of the dough into the center and press down. Do this all the way around. This motion creates a smooth ball and increases the surface tension to help shape the ball.

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See how all the edges of the dough have come into the center? Pinch that center to keep all the edges together.

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Turn the ball over. Now you should have a perfectly smooth, round piece that is nice and taut with surface tension.

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Use your palm to flatten that ball out.

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Use a rolling pin to roll back and forth to create an oval.

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Like this:

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Brush the surface with cooking oil.

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Fold over one edge.

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To create the bun. The cooking oil helps keep that seam, so that when you are ready to eat, you can open the bun. Without the cooking oil, the dough would stick together and be difficult to open the bun.

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However, if you steam the bun after this step, the bun will open up in the steamer. That’s not what you want. You want the bun to stay closed during cooking.

So, what you need to do is roll one more time on top, not too hard, just a little bit of pressure is all that’s needed.

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Place bun on a small square of parchment paper.

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Fill your steamer, but give the buns enough room to expand during cooking without touching. We use 10″ bamboo steamer at our house (I suggest no smaller than 10″). My Mom loves her multi purpose, stainless steel double boiler/steamer set.

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I used to just set my bamboo steamer directly into my wok, but it would sit so low that I would constantly run out of water during steaming. This is a big problem – when you run out of water during steaming, the food will begin to taste burnt and metallic. No water in the wok means no steam…instead, smoke.

I began using Helen Chen’s Steaming Ring set on top of any of my large pots. The Steaming Ring is $9.99 and allows you to transform any of your stockpots or dutch ovens to work with a bamboo steamer. It’s definitely worth every penny!

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Place the ring on top of the pan. Fill pan with about an inch of water.

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Set your bamboo steamer on top. It works perfectly with a 10″ bamboo steamer.

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Next steps:

1. Do not turn on the heat yet. Let the buns rest and rise for 10 minutes, just as-is.

2. After 10 minutes, turn on the heat to high.

3. When you begin seeing steam rise from the top of the bamboo steamer, reduce heat to medium-high and set your timer for 5 minutes.

4. After 5 minutes, turn off heat. Do not open steamer – let the buns rest for 1 minute.

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Secret Tips That Make a Big Difference

Here’s the secret to white, puffy buns that don’t collapse or fall:

I’ve made these buns so many times, and each time, the buns would turn out beautiful and perfect, but then would deflate or flatten after cooling. They also would take on a little yellowish tinge and be a bit chewy.

The secret that I’ve learned from my Mom:

The bamboo steamer needs to be in place before the heat is turned on. This allows the buns to heat up and steam gently and slowly, as the water begins to boil. My old method was to wait for the water to boil before placing the bamboo steamer, which caused the buns to cook too quickly, which resulted in a chewier bun.

Remember, steamed buns should be delicate and light — and so the cooking method needs to be gentle as well.

Turning off the heat (step 4 above) but NOT opening the steamer for 1 minute allows the buns to gradually come down in temperature and also lets the buns sit in gentle steam to finish the cooking process. This helps prevent collapsing buns — and keeps the buns nice and white.

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Take a look at this bun – nice and fluffy. The seam is distinct and easy to open, but stays closed during cooking, which is what you want.

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I hope you have a chance to make these Chinese Steamed Buns, the next time you get a Chinese Roasted Duck on your hands (maybe you are lucky enough to have Mom who will bring you one?) Or you can make your own Chinese Roasted Duck – here’s my easy recipe.

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To Accompany the Chinese Roast Duck

  • Julienned cucumber
  • Thin slivers of green onion (I soak in ice cold water to get them super crispy/crunchy and curly)
  • Hoisin sauce (store-bought)

Chinese Roasted Duck Recipe (with pre-mixed Asian dough for steamed buns)

How about Pork Belly with the Chinese Steamed Buns?

Chinese Pork Belly with Steamed Buns (with cheater buns recipe from store-bought sourdough biscuit dough in can)

Sous Vide Pork Belly Recipe (WOW – we love this recipe!)

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Chinese Steamed Buns Recipe

Servings: 12-14 buns Prep Time: 30 minutes + 1 hour resting Cook Time: 18 minutes
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Equipment: Steaming basket, pastry brush, parchment paper

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon cooking oil (canola or vegetable), plus more for brushing
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour + more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
14 squares parchment paper (4"x4")

Directions:

1. In a mixer bowl, add the warm water, oil, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 1 minute, until the yeast begins to bubble a bit. Next, add in the flour, baking powder and salt, in that order. With the paddle attachment, mix on low for 2 minutes. Add more flour, a tablespoon at a time, if the dough sticks to the sides of the bowl. Change to a dough hook, and on speed 2, knead for 4 minutes, until dough is smooth, supple and clear the sides of the bowl. If the dough sticks to the side of the bowl, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time.

2. Dust your counter with a little flour and turn out your dough. I like to hand knead it a few times, so that I can get a feel for the dough. Shape the dough into a smooth ball. Return the dough ball to the mixing bowl, cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm, dry spot for 1-2 hours, until it nearly doubles in size.

3. Turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough in half. Gently roll each half into a log shape. Cut each log into 6 or 7 little balls. We'll work with one ball at a time, so keep the rest covered with plastic wrap so that they don't dry out. Form each ball by bringing in the sides (see photos above) and pinching the center. Turn ball over to get a nice, taut ball. Roll the dough ball out to a long, oval shape about 6"x3". Brush the top with a little cooking oil. Fold over one side of the oval. Use your rolling pin to gently roll and press one last time. Place bun on a parchment paper square, place into the bamboo steamer and cover with lid to prevent drying. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.

4. Fill your pot or wok with 2" of water. Place the steamer ring (if you have one) bamboo baskets on top. Do not turn on the heat yet. Let rest for 10 minutes. Then, turn on the heat to high. When you begin to see steam coming up from the top of the steamer, reduce heat to medium-high. Let steam for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, without opening the steamer. Let rest for 1 minute. Open steamer and gently lift the steamer baskets off one another to let the buns cool.

TIP: If you are not eating right away, you can keep the buns in the bamboo steamer, on top of the pot of water. Make sure there is plenty of water in the pot. Turn heat to low, so that you have a gentle mist of steam coming up to keep the buns moist and warm. Make sure you don't run out of water in the pot!

Other recipes for Chinese Steamed Buns

Chinese Mantou Buns (Food 52)

Char Siu Bao (Woks of Life)

Chinese Fold Over Buns (Thirsty for Tea)

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