Friday, March 6, 2015

How to make Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup with Video Tutorial 叉燒湯麵



How to make Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup with Video Tutorial 叉燒湯麵   http://uTry.it

I haven’t composed a “Lunch for One” post for a while.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe that I know you’re going to love.  I totally understand that preparing a balanced meal for just one could be challenging sometimes.  Believe me, I face that challenge all the time.  But with a little planning ahead, it could be just as easy, fun, and delicious.  This Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup 叉燒湯麵 is definitely one of my favorite quick lunch to indulge. 

How to make Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup with Video Tutorial 叉燒湯麵   http://uTry.it

Still remember my Soy Marinated Soft Boiled Eggs and Char Siu Recipes?  If not, you might want to check them out here and here first.  These are two main ingredients that I used in today’s recipe and they could be (and should be) made ahead of time.   That would make your lunch preparation much easier.  How about having it done in as little as 15 minutes?  Now, we’re talking, huh?  Let’s take a look at the video tutorial and see how it’s made, shall we?


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How to make Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup with Video Tutorial 叉燒湯麵   http://uTry.it

Quick and easy as promised, isn’t it?  I like to spice up my noddle soup just a little.  So, here’s a sprinkle of my favorite chili powder.  If you don’t like it spicy, you can skip this.


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Hm…..see how gorgeous it is?  I used fresh won ton noodles in this recipe.  You can also use egg noodles, ramen noodles, or any kind that you like.  Simply follow the cooking instructions on the package because each brand/type of noodle cooks differently.  I love fresh noodles because the texture is usually better and it takes much less time to cook. 


How to make Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup with Video Tutorial 叉燒湯麵   http://uTry.it

If you follow me on Facebook, you might remembered that I shared this picture right before Valentine’s Day (see the picture below).  I’ve got heart shaped green onions!  How neat is that?  I say, love is definitely in my noodle soup.  Whether you’re cooking just for one or for an army, be sure to eat well and share the love!  Stay tuned for more fun and easy recipes and video tutorials!

How to make Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) Noodle Soup with Video Tutorial 叉燒湯麵   http://uTry.it
 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) 秘製蜜汁叉燒




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I love Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) 蜜汁叉燒!  It’s one of our family’s stables that appears on our dining table at least twice a month, if not more often.  When I was still living in Hong Kong, it is one of the most popular last minute “to-go” item to purchase from BBQ restaurants as an additional dish for dinner.  Or, if you are a dinner guest at someone’s house for a home cook meal, Char Siu is always a well received hostess gift.

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I usually double my Char Siu recipe that I shared here (see full recipe at the bottom of the post).  Why? Because the left over is just as amazing when paired with noodles and/or individual buns (those will be in another posts)!  So, don’t be afraid to make more.  You’re going to love my secret recipe that taste just as good as those that are selling at the BBQ restaurants.  I know there are “ready made” bottled Char Siu sauce out there.  But they don't taste as authentic as making your own sauce from scratch, at all!  


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First off, the glorious shiny glaze!  It’s achieved by using maltose (a.k.a. malt sugar)!  Yes, it’s the thick and sticky maltose that gives the Char Siu that gloss.  While it is well known that honey is used in the recipe, its purpose is mainly to add flavor.  It really is the maltose that gives the meat that shine and glossy finish.  I got the maltose at a local Asian supermarket, or you can check it out here

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Now, onto the gorgeous red hue.  The redness is from the Red Bean Curd, which is made from fermented soy beans and red rice!  It also gives the Char Siu that distinctive depth of earthy aroma that you can’t get from other ingredients.  I have to warn you, bean curd is on the salty side.  That’s why you only need one piece for the recipe.

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Here’s how it looks inside (see picture below).  Some brands also package the bean curds in glass jars.  Just make sure it’s the red bean curd, and NOT Chilli bean curd that gives the redness.  So, read the list of ingredients before you buy it.  I don't think you want spicy Char Siu, right?

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Another secret ingredient is the Hoisin Sauce.  Think of it as the sweet and savory Chinese BBQ sauce.  It gives any dish the umani flavors!  So, in between the red bean curd, Hoisin Sauce, chicken bouillon powder and soy sauce, you don’t need to add any salt in this recipe. 

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One more ingredient that I would like to mention is fresh ginger root!  It’s earthy, yet refreshing.  It lightens up the whole dish.  Just make sure you peel the skin off the ginger root and grate it with the ginger grater.  The fibers from the ginger will magically disappeared and left you with the smooth grated fresh ginger that is fine in texture and not chunky at all.  You don’t want to bite into big pieces of ginger in your Char Siu.  The grater doesn't have to be expensive at all.  My Mom got me this grater years ago and it works great.  Or you can check out this one here.

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Hm…..check out this juicy and succulent piece of Char Siu!  It’s ridiculously fragrant and so easy to make.  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and forget about the bottled Char Siu Sauce!  This is the real deal and I’m sure your family will love it just as much as my family does!      

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Props and Ingredients used in this post:

Maltose (Click here for product information)
Red Bean Curd (Click here for similar product information)
Hoisin Sauce (Click here for product information)
Ginger Grater (Click here for similar product information)
Assorted Floral Chopsticks (Click here to see similar product)
Roll Up Window Blinds used as backdrop (Click here to see product information)
Crane Chopsticks Rest (Click here to see product information)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Le Louis XV — 3 Michelin Stars Restaurant Review, Monte-Carlo


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Last summer, my Hubby took me to France for a vacation to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary.  We also spent a little time in Monte-Carlo, Moncaco.   During our stay in Monte-Carlo, he surprised me with an unforgettable dinner at Le Louis XV.  Let me fill you in a little with the background of this restaurant before I introduce you to the food that we indulged in.  Le Louis XV is a three Michelin stars restaurant lead by chef Alain Ducasse and chef Dominique Lory.  It is located inside the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  The Hôtel de Paris looks out over the central square of Monaco, adjacent to The Casino de Monte-Carlo.  Le Louis XV has also been included in The World's 50 Best Restaurants by Restaurant Magazine.

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The Hôtel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, is definitely one of the most elegant hotel that I’ve visited.  Check out the hotel lobby (picture above) and the structure details right outside of the building (picture below).  I’m sure anyone would agree that the hotel building itself is a piece of art.


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The chef de cuisine here is Dominique Lory, who returned to Louis XV after his role as sous chef at Plaza Athenee.  Thanks to my Honey’s arrangement, I had the honor and pleasure to visit the kitchen at Le Louis XV and met Chef Dominique Lory in person!  How exciting!


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I absolutely adore their kitchen.  Look how neat and organized they are!  And those glorious copper pans hanging on top definitely caught my attentions!  This is probably one of the best commercial kitchen that I’ve set foot in as well.
 

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The excitement of the night (or early evening I should say) never subsided.  After visiting the gorgeous kitchen, we were let to our reserved table.  Since there was an event at the Casino of the central square of Monaco, we got the priority seating at the patio, instead of the main dining area.  But do check out the dining area pictures here at their official website.  It’s gorgeous and left me speechless, just to think about the time, resources and details that they’ve put together to build this amazing restaurant.


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I absolutely love their table setting as well.  Simple yet elegant, won’t you agree?

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We’ve got complimentary champagnes from the chef!  Cheers!  Sorry that the picture below was a little blurry.  It seemed alright when the maître d' took the picture for us.  I guess the screen on the camera was too tiny for us to detect that the picture wasn’t in focus.

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Another corner of our table, how can I not fall in love with the table setting.  Even the salt and pepper holder is super adorable! 


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This is the view from where we seated (see picture below).  The building to the right is The Casino de Monte-Carlo.  It happened that they were having a huge celebration that evening and there would be a show and fireworks right outside of the casino!  I’ll show you more in just a minute. 


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The first thing that arrived was a few bread crisps with paper thin veggies pressed in.  These are totally addictive!

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We also have a company who dine with us that night.  She is simply adorable.  Hm….maybe she was there to pick up the bread crumbs that we left behind on the table.  If that’s the case, I need one, or a few back home at my dinning table!

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Here comes the very grand BUTTER!  Yes!!! (Hope I didn’t say that out loud at the table!)  The rectangular block on the lower side of the picture below was salted.  And our server is prepping us another one that is unsalted! 

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Let me tell you, the butter here is amazing, so rich and flavorful!  That’s how the pastries and baked goods were so good, it’s all about the butter they used!  I honestly wanted to fill up my suitcase with butter before coming back home….that is, if I’m not travelling with my Hubby.

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Here comes the glorious cart of bread!  I love the wide selections here and they simply smells amazing when the cart was parking right next to me!  Should I simply request the server to leave this cart right next to our table?  Just kidding!!!

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We’ve got a complimentary appetizer from the chef.  Check out each ingredient in it; the crunchy bread on the bottom, topped with tender eggplant and bell peppers, black olive, a piece of mackerel, fennel slices, a slice of hard boil egg, some lettuce leaves and drizzle of olive oil.  See how artistic they were put together.  The flavor was fantastic and so refreshing, definitely the perfect dish to start a meal. 

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My Hubby ordered the Turbot with Celery, Lemon From Menton and fresh coriander (see picture below).  He always tried to eat light when he travels.  The fish was cook to perfection and super fresh.  I love the sauce, which was refreshing, light yet, complex in flavors.  The French are really master in creating flavorful sauces with depth of flavors. 

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For me, I ordered the Breast of squab from the Aples-de-Haute-Provence region, grilled duck foir gras and potato, tasty jus thickened with giblets.  It was rich, flavorful, earthy and decadent!  Just the way squab and foir gras should be.  The jus was to die for.  So rich and packed with wonderful flavors.  Yes, I don’t order light when I travel!  LOL….I can do the exercise (or not) when I get home.  This is definitely one of the top 3 best dishes that I've eaten in my life!  

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Here goes the performance of the night.  People were gathered in from of the stage to watch, sing and dance along.

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After the main course, we were ready for the dessert table settings.

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Of course I’ve got to have dessert to complete the meal.  However, the desserts below weren’t what we’ve ordered!  These mignardises (sweet treats) were complimentary by the Chef!  Look at the amount and varieties.  I can pretty much make a meal out of them.

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A closer look at these mignardises.  The passion fruit tarts (the square ones on the right) were amazing.  Sweet and tart with a buttery crust.  The wild strawberry over shortbread was just as decadent (the one on the bottom right of the plate). 

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My Husband ordered Black Chocolate Leaves, Caramel and pure sea salt, cocoa ice-cream.  Oh so rich and good.  A chocolate lover’s must try!

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I tried the Warm “Bergeron” Apricots Souffle, Summer batter-pudding.  The souffle was slight tart and not overly sweet.  I didn’t care much about the pudding on the top left.  But the Vanilla ice cream was amazing.

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We were stuffed and so satisfied.  Then, this madeleine came and my life was changed forever!  It was the best madeleine I’ve ever tried.  We were so full by this time, but I still enjoyed this little cake to the fullest.    

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Then, here goes the fireworks.  The celebration of our 10th Wedding Anniversary was just as amazing and perfect.   It totally felt like they helped us celebrate our wedding anniversary with some fireworks!   Won’t you agree?

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Again, the casino building itself was another art piece.  So gorgeous.  We later took a tour to check out the inside as well.

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After dinner, we were on our way out to the hotel lobby to take a few more pictures.  And the hostess handed me this little bag of pastries on the way out.  I bet she knew I need more mid-night snacks after that dinner!  How thoughtful!  


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I hope you enjoy reading this post and the pictures.  It was an amazing journey for us in the last 10 years and I couldn’t ask for more.  I really look forward to many many more years of celebrations with my handsome boy! 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year—恭喜發財!

Happy Chinese New Year (恭喜發財)!  It’s the Year of Goat in the Chinese Zodiac.  I want to wish you all a healthy, wealthy, and prosperous year! 

羊年祝大家 新年快樂, 身体健康, 洋洋得意, 要咩有咩, 喜氣洋洋, 食極唔肥, 永不皺皮。


Also, thank you for all your supports and friendship in the past!  I look forward to sharing more awesome recipes and products with you all! 

Here are some of my favorite CNY recipes.  You can click on the title and it will take you to the recipe page, enjoy!


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