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La Galbi (Korean Bbq Short Ribs) with Oven

Since no dining out, I have been wondering if I can make LA GALBI at home without using grill, as I don’t have a good and easy to use grill in my house.

After a couple of tries, I am quite happy with the results. The recipe below works both for wok fry and oven. I personally prefer oven, as it can make a big batch and is easy to clean. If you only make a small batch, wok also works.

Making the sauce from scratch (or use pre-made ones):

  • 2/3 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2/3 soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine, such as soju or vodka
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tbsp houston sauce (opt)
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • minced garlic, chopped scallions
  • 1/2 kiwi paste

Kiwi helps making the meat tender. You can also add other fruits, such as apple or pear paste if you like more fruit flavor.

The sauce above is enough for marinating 15 ~20 short ribs. I use a zip bag to marinate the ribs for about 2 hours.

Oven preheat to 400f.

Protect your baking pan with foil. Use a cooking rack to let the oil and sauce drip white baking. Alternatively, you can fold a piece of foil like a paper fan to use for draining.

Bake for ~10 minutes, flip the meat in the middle. Broil each side 1~2 minutes. Adjust the time based on your oven and your preference.

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Orange Cookies

Cute, yummy and easy to make 👍

Recipe:

  • 4oz butter, room temperature softed, 1/3 cup sugar (this amount is for not very sweet), mix well
  • Add 1/4 tsb salt, 2 eggs (room temperature), 1tsb vanilla extract (opt), mix well
  • Add orange zest (opt), sift in 2 cups all purpose flour, 1/3 cup almond flour, 1/4 tsb baking powder, mix well
  • Put the dough between two pieces of parchment paper or wax paper, roll to ~3mm thick, let it cool in fridge for ~1hour.
  • Peel orange and slice it to think slices
  • preheat oven to 360f (adjust based on your oven)
  • Use a cup or cookie cutter to cut to circles that about the size of your orange
  • Dry the orange slices with paper towels, and put them on top of the cookies
  • Bake for ~20 minutes

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Soft and Buttery Cookies

If you like soft and buttery cookies, you got to try this 🥰

This recipe makes 2 dozens of cookies. I made 8 vanilla, 8 lemon and 8 chocolate:

  • Flour: 3.5 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 1tsp baking powder
  • Liquid:
    • 8oz unsalted butter, 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature softed
    • in a food mixer, blend butter till fluffy, then add the cream cheese, blend.
    • add ~2/3 cup of sugar (this amount is not very sweet, you can adjust based on your preference), blend
    • add 2 eggs, blend
  • Add the flour, blend
  • I am going to make 8 vanilla, 8 lemon and 8 chocolate with this dough. You can choose your flavor accordingly. So I split the dough to 3 pieces:
    • 1st: add 1.5 tsp vanilla, blend
    • 2nd: add 1.5 tsp lemon juice, blend
    • 3rd: add 1.5 tsp chocolate syrup, 2tsp cocoa powder, blend
  • let the dough cool and rest in the fridge for at least an hour
  • preheat oven to 375f.
  • shape the dough to balls or slightly flat the balls
  • bake for 12 ~15 minutes, adjust based on your oven.
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Sweet and sour cucumber

This is a popular appetizer you often see in Chinese restaurants. It’s very healthy and tasty, so I also like to make it myself at home:

  • Cut cucumbers to even length sticks, add 1~2tsb salt, marinate for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce: fry sesame oil, ginger and shallot for about 3 minutes; add 1/2 cup sugar, 2tbsb chinese vinegar, 1/2 cup water, boil for 2 minutes; then add 1tsb white vinegar, 1tsb soy sauce, cook for 1 minutes.
  • Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Quickly rinse the cucumbers to get off extra salt. Add the sauce and mix well.

Tips: you can make a big portion of this and use it for a few days.

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Mooncake – 月饼

做了各式各样的月饼🙂:原色,巧克力,抹茶,紫色(taro的颜色)和粉色(strawberry的颜色)。

馅料也可以千变万化:比较费时的红豆馅和莲蓉馅,我买了现成的;奶皇馅和五仁馅,可以自己做,简单又新鲜。另外我还准备了些栗子,核桃,还有菠萝,跟红豆,莲蓉和奶皇搭配,增加些变化。不过变化太多的结果也会眼花缭乱,做的时候没有好好做标记,现在完全不知道哪个是哪个。

这么多组合,总有一款适合你😉。我和老公比较喜欢抹茶红豆的,小朋友非常喜欢奶皇菠萝的。我自己还很喜欢这个素五仁的,可以根据自己的口味搭配,也不会有肥肉和甜食混在一起😏。

做月饼跟捏橡皮泥差不多吧,只不过这个泥巴捏的好不好对饼皮的软硬要求有点高,太硬了捏不起来,太软了又粘的一塌糊涂。饼皮做的好,这个捏的过程可以很疗愈,饼皮做的不好,也会很让人抓狂。我把自己的一些经验整理一下:

饼皮:
饼皮需要软硬适中,第一次做没经验的时候,宁可软一点,有经验了就知道什么叫“适中”了🤭。所以下面的比例仅做参考,因为每一种成分的不同都可能影响湿度。

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4.5 tbsp honey
  • 2.5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp “soda syrup”
  • Mix soda syrup, oil and honey well, then add flour, mix well.
  • wrap with plastic food wrap, cool in the fridge for 1+ hours.

这个量可以做12~16 个50克模具的饼皮。

“Soda syrup”,中文叫枧水,可以使皮发黄色,同时增加风味。自己在家里可以这样做:

  • 1tsb baking soda + 100 ml water
  • biol for ~5 minutes

包:

  • 饼皮取出来后,大约分等分即可。然后轻轻揉成圆球
  • 馅料也轻轻揉成圆球。饼皮和馅料的比例大约4:6
  • 如果饼皮太软,可以洒点面粉。粘手不好操作,可以放在food wrap中间按压成饺子皮大小的圆形。
  • 饼皮包住馅料,轻轻推挤,封口。洒一点干粉防粘。

整形:

  • 用你喜欢的模具就好了,记得先在模具里洒干粉防粘。
  • 包好的面团可以先轻轻搓成稍细的形状,方便放进模具。

烤:
烤的关键是要分多次 烤 + 凉快降温。

  • preheat oven 390F
  • first 5 minutes: spray a little bit of water to the cake, bake for 5 minutes. Take out, let it rest and cool for 5 minutes
  • lower temperature to 325F
  • second 5 minutes: brush egg yolk very gently, (only need for the white colored ones), bake for 5 minutes. Take out, let it rest and cool for 5 minutes.
  • repeat 2 more times.

吃:

Let it cool and rest for a day or a night at least, then it will taste much better.