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Sichuan Boiled Beef (水煮牛肉)

I love 水煮牛肉. However, the authentic version we eat at restaurants is too spicy for me, even after I asked for little spicy or mild 😅.

So here is the recipe I adapted to make tasty 水煮牛肉 at home that is really little spicy or no spicy at all.

🎨Ingredients:

  • 🥩beef: ~0.5lb, buy pre-sliced or cut to thin slices yourself (lion top, ribeye, new york, etc. all good)
  • 🥗vegetables: very flexible, you can use cabbage, bean sprouts, potatoes, or what ever you like. This time I used cucumbers and common beans (芸豆)as I happen to have them.
  • 🧄garlic, ginger, shallot cut to slices.
  • 🌶️chili crush, minced garlic, sichuan pepper (花椒, optional), adjust based on how spicy you like.

🧑‍🍳Recipe

  • 🥣Rinse beef with cold water a few times to remove blood.
  • Marinate beef slices with a little bit (1/6 tsb) baking soda, 1tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsb corn starch
  • 🧄In a fry wok, add oil, garlic, ginger, shallot, and a few sichuan pepper (optional), cook for 1~2 minutes. Take the pepper out, and add 1tsp bean paste (豆瓣酱或者豆豉酱),cook for another minute or so.
  • Add ~2tbsp soy sauce, half cup of water, boil for 1minute, then add ~4cups of water.
  • 🥗After the water boil, add the vegetables, cook for a few minutes. 🧂Season with sugar, salt and sesame oil.
  • 🍲Take the vegetables out, put them into the bowl to serve. Also take ~half of the soup out to the serving bowl.
  • 🥩Add 1tsp oil to the beef to separate the pieces. Boil the beef slices, about 2 minutes. Take the beef out to the serving bowl, with a few tbsp of the soup.
  • 🌶️Put the chili crush, minced garlic, sichuan pepper (optional) on top of the beef. Fry 2tbsp of oil to very hot, and pour on the chili, garlic.
  • 🥂Enjoy!
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Tomato Beef Pot( 番茄牛肉锅)

This is my go-to scoops of comfort. It’s very delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients:
Tomatoes (4), beef steak ~1lb, mushrooms, celery (opt) , garlic, ginger, shallot

Recipe:

  • 🍅Wash the mushrooms, cut tamatoes, celery (opt)
  • 🧄Cut garlic, ginger, shallot.
  • 🥩Cut the steak to thin slices. I used ribeyes, other types will work too. Rinse with cold water a few times to remove blood.
  • 🥣Put beef in a bowl, add 1/4 tsb baking soda, 1tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsb corn starch, mix well
  • 🍅add oil to a pot, fry the tomatoes to fully cooked, and put it in a bowl to use later.
  • 🧄Fry garlic, ginger, shallot, add a bit of the mushrooms, fry for ~1min
  • 🍲Add a cup of water, let it boil, then add the cooked tomatoes, add ~3cups of water. Let it boil.
  • 🥩Add 1 tbsp oil to the beef, to avoid sticking together. Put the beef slices to the boiling soup, piece by piece. It should only take ~2mins to cook, during this time, add the following:
  • 🥗Add the rest of the mushrooms, and celery (if you use).
  • 🧂Add salt, sugar, 1tbsp rice wine (or whatever you have, or skip), 1tbsp sesame oil.
  • 🥂Enjoy!

A small tip:

If you like to rinse out the blood in the meat more completely, you can use a bit starch to rub the meat and then rinse well.

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Braised Beef Noodle Soup (红烧牛肉面)

山珍海味,都不如一碗红烧牛肉面让人满足😋

显摆一下,今天这碗牛肉面,连对菜很挑剔的某个同学(就不点名批评了😾)都说“哟,你这碗面有水平”。我个人也觉得是很久以来我吃过最好吃的面了。

在家里做牛肉面呢,是很考验耐心的一道功夫菜,倒不是费力,就是熬汤要很久。但我保证,你如果试过一次,肯定觉得值🙂

食材:
牛大骨(熬汤),牛腱(beef shank),beef stew meat (可省), 牛排(ribeye 或者类似,可省,但有的话很有特点,后面会说),酸菜或者泡菜,青菜,葱,姜,蒜,香菜。

话说现在要凑齐这些食材也不容易,大家灵活掌握。

流程:
🍲熬汤:牛骨头用水汆一下,洗净,加一大锅水,姜,葱,几粒花椒,大火煮开,小火煮4个小时左右。你如果有时间煮更久点也没问题。

🧑‍💻趁着熬汤的时候,我去干了点正事。两个半小时回来,接着做。

🥘红烧牛肉:

  • 牛腱切大块,beef stew也切大块,泡水15分钟去血水。
  • 锅里放一点油,把牛肉煎一下,倒入高压锅里
  • 红烧汁:锅里放一点油,把葱姜炒香,加入糖( ~4tbsp) 炒化,加入酱油 (~4tbsp),然后加水烧开,倒入高压锅里。- – 可以吃辣的同学可以在炒葱姜的时候加入几个辣椒,我没有加,因为娃不能吃辣。
  • 调料包:我没有现成的,而且特殊时期,家里调料也不全,所以只放了八角(2),香叶(2)和桂皮(1),实践证明也OK。
  • 高压锅meat/stew档,35分钟。喜欢肉有嚼劲的可以适当缩短时间。

⏳肉红烧着的时候,我们来做些其它准备工作。

  • 炒酸菜:酸菜可是牛肉面的好伴侣,增味,解腻。可惜,特殊时期,家里没有酸菜,怎么办呢🤔?我在冰箱里找到一盒韩国泡菜,冲泡掉泡菜的辣味,切碎,加蒜末,一点酱油,糖炒了一下,居然也可以👍
  • 牛排肉:切薄片,冲去血水,加一点酱油上色。放一边,等下拿牛肉汤烫一下就可以。
  • 葱和香菜切粒,备用
  • 青菜汆烫一下,备用。

⌛牛骨头汤熬好了。哇,一开盖子,香叶扑鼻。红烧牛肉也好了,捞出来放一边。

🍜现在开始准备乘面:

  • 锅里烧上水,准备煮面
  • 另外找一个锅,加入4汤勺牛骨汤, 4汤勺红烧牛肉汤, 烧开,把牛排肉快速烫熟。
  • 准备装牛肉面的大碗,3汤勺牛骨汤 + 4 or 5汤勺红烧牛肉汤。
  • 加入煮好的面,放青菜,葱末,香菜末,摆上红烧的牛肉和烫熟的牛排肉,加一勺炒酸菜和辣椒油(可省)。就好了!

注:烫牛肉嫌麻烦可以省略,而且一般店里是不这么做的。我自己觉得是一个亮点,可以体会不同风味和口感的牛肉,还有很重要一点是我们家娃很喜欢这种牛肉。

注2:喜欢吃辣的同学,做红烧牛肉汁还有炒酸菜的时候都可以加入辣椒炒香,吃面的时候加入辣椒酱也不错。我的做法里尽量省去了辣椒,因为要照顾到娃的口味。话说娃每次去面店最纠结的就是牛肉面,想吃又太辣吃不了🤭

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Salmon Gravlax

This recipe takes 2~3 days to cure the salmon, but it’s quite simple to make. If you like cured salmon, it’s worth giving it a try.

⏳Day 1

  • 1 lemon, half a grapefruit (opt), squize out the juice and put aside
  • sugar: salt 2:1, I used 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4cup salt, a bit lemon zest, a bit grapefruit zest, 1/2 tsp grounded black pepper, half of the juice from the first step, mix well
  • salmon pat dry
  • put the remaining half portion of the juice on a plate first, then place the salmon, rub the mixture in step 2 on the salmon.
  • if you like, you can also cut the lemon and grapefruit skin to small pieces and spread on top (opt)
  • wrap it with food wrap, put something heavy on top, and let it chill in the fridge for 1~2 days

⏳Day 2 or 3

  • take the salmon out, remove the marinade, wash slightly and pat dry.
  • brush honey mustard on top
  • chop dill and spread on top
  • let it chill in the fridge for one more day

⌛ Day 3 or 4


Ready to enjoy 😋

  • slice the salmon to thin slices. Wow, what a beautiful color😍
  • you can enjoy it alone, with a cup of wine, make hand sushi roll, put it on bagels, … Your choice 👍
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BBQ Pork (叉烧肉)

One very popular Chinese dish BBQ Pork (叉烧肉). It’s actually quite easy to make 🙂

Choose pork with a bit more fat, such as pork shoulder。I happen to have a piece of pork presa(松阪肉) at home. I know, its too good for bbq 🙂, but special time, use whatever you have 👍

Easy Recipe:

  • 3tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1.5tbsp rose wine or rice wine or regular cooking wine, 2~3tbsp honey, 2tsp red yeast rice powder (if you don’t have, can skip), 1/2 tsp black pepper, mix well
  • cut pork to 2~3 inch wide chunks, put them in a freezer bag, add the sauce, add some garlic and ginger slices
  • close the bag. Refrigerat for 1~2 days

I took it out after one day. Now, let’s cook it:

  • preheat oven to 400F
  • put the pork on a bbq rack, and make sure you protect the baking pan well with foil for easy clean (picture 1)
  • mix 2tbsp honey, 2tbsp oil and 2 tbsp soy sauce and 1tsp red yeast rice powder (picture 2)
  • brush the pork with the sauce
  • bake for ~10 minutes, take out, flip, brush sauce on the other side, bake for another ~10 minutes (picture 3)
  • take out, let it cool, cut to thin slices.
  • enjoy!
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仙气十足的桃花酥

自己在家里也可以做仙气十足的桃花酥,菊花酥。

大晚上做的,没有来得及拍视频,下次补上:)

下面是简单的配方(24个量):
水油皮:
1.5 cup flour, ~4tbsp lard, 110g water

油酥:
11/4cup flour, 6tbsp lard

取一半油酥,加red food coloring调成粉红色. If you care, you can buy natural plants based food coloring.

把水油皮和油酥分成24等分。水油皮擀圆,把油酥包在里面。

制作层次:两次擀长,卷起。

包馅:对折,擀成圆形,包入喜欢的馅料。

造型:压成扁圆形,剪开,整理成各种花型。

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is you pick up beautiful flowers and I cook delicious food 🙂

顺便取笑一下对“你耕田来我织布”的各种不靠谱的翻译[憨笑]

贡献一个砂锅粉丝煲的菜谱,我自己改良过的,非常简单又美味:
– 砂锅放油,葱,蒜
– 虾子两面煎熟,放少量白胡椒去腥
– 放粉丝,泡发的香菇,加入半杯泡发香菇的水(记着,别丢掉)
– 酱油,香油,少许糖调味
– 中火煮至水干就好了。

我们中学的语文课本里,最有用的一篇课文是什么?我觉得是华老的统筹安排。用在做饭上,就是先把砂锅煮上,然后干炒菜花,趁着这个间隙把莴笋绰水。这样你就可以半个小时搞定 🙂