Stir-fried chicken & bamboo shoot

This recipe is adapted from Ching-He Huang’s Chinese food made easy. It is a very easy to cook dish and healthy too!

Serves 2

1 tbsp groundnut oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 dried Chinese mushrooms, pre-soaked in hot water for 20 minutes, drained and chopped
225g skinless chicken thighs, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
a few pinches of five-spices powder
100g tinned bamboo shoots, drained and cut into strips
1/2 cucumber. Peeled and sliced lengthways using a potato peeler, slices deseeded

  1. Heat a wok over a high heat and add the groundnut oil. Add the garlic and mushrooms and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  2. Add the chicken thigh and, as the meat starts to cook, add the rice wine and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  3. Season with the light and oyster sauce and the five-spice powder and stir well.
  4. Add the bamboo shots and cucumber and stir well. Serve with steamed rice.

Lesson 1.1 How to make white stock

‘It has been said that the measure of a good cook is how well he or she makes a soup. Not a complicated, multicourse meal or a delicate souffle, but a simple soup.’ ~ MS

So, whether or not I have the dutch oven (yet!), I thought I should just go ahead by making a small portion of the chicken stock using chicken thigh for the flavour base and carrots, celery stalks, onions and black pepper for aromatics.

Since I am using the stock and chicken immediately for dinner, there was no excess for keeps. I went on to make Chicken macaroni soup, a very simple dish I learnt when I was in Secondary School. As usual, I crowd the whole shallow bowl with ingredients and the turnout of the picture is bleh.

I quickly come to realise that food photography is another skill I must learn so as to present them to readers as delectable. That will include the setting, lighting and the cutlery & utensils (and even props) used to present the food. I’m posting the crowded dish that I have made which served as a gentle reminder to me to stop maximising the size of the dish! =p


Go! Eagles! Go!

We waited for Hurricane Earl to sweep into our area on Friday, around 8pm as forecast by the weatherman. But…there was only heavy rain (not even storm!) and then our internet connection was cut off for another 24 hours. Apa ini!??

What a HUGE disappointment! The tropical girl just wanted to experience what a hurricane is! Bummer! Hurricane we did not have but we couldn’t sleep well nonethless because of all times of the day, our dear neighbours decided to have a chat in the wee hours of the morning and they have come to a conclusion to involve the others as well. Their voices were so loud that a microphone would be unnecessary. It was torturous. The night before, some young lads decided to come together to watch a football match and made a din in the area as well. We were panda-eyed and gained some muscles here and there by getting on and off the bed, trying to open and shut the windows, according to the volume of the noise. I regretted not bringing my ear-plugs. I vowed to blast my music early in the morning just so that they could get a taste of their own medicine. Alas! The loudest the computer could go could only wake dear hubs up. In the end, it was revealed that we should show mercy. =p

We also decided that we shouldn’t allow unhappy incidents to affect us and we went for a football match at BC. Homeground! We were supporting the Eagles! Hubs was excited and I tagged along. Who knows? I might enjoy! And I did! Hubs was explaining to me the game and it was exciting to watch the players in motion, their tactics. But it was a rather slow-moving game ( I don’t know how to really explain; Ken should know) and by the 3rd round, we decided to leave since the Eagles was going to win anyway.

It was nice – Ken teaching me about American football and I, educating him about cooking =p.

Oh yea! Happy belated Teachers’ Day to my fellow colleagues!

Ardent fans!