Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Recipe unfolds: Celebration Mix

To celebrate the first success of Project Framing Glasshopper, I took some time off from work to make something special for dinner.

I name this new dish the Celebration Mix. It's basically a simple dish, comprising of all the ingredients that I like. However, it's cooked in such a simple and unimaginative manner that the results look similar to many other dishes that I've cooked recently. Hmm... now that I've put it that way, I guess it's not that special after all.

Bollocks. Now no motivation to write about it liao.

Aiya. Even if it doesn't look special, at least I felt good while preparing/eating it. Good. Now back to bussiness - Celebration Mix.

I used a new ingredient this time. Salted Black Beans (TauSi). (Few days back, I had a sudden craving from Fried Dace with Salted Black Beans. Hunted high and low for it, and finally found and bought a can for £1.85. Bloody expensive. So after finishing the fish, in true kedekut chinaman style, I saved the beans.)

Ingredients for Celebration Mix:
* salted black beans
* chopped onions
* closed cup mushrooms
* mixed vege
* deboned lamb chops, chopped into bite size pieces
* any sauce that you like
* anything else that you like
* mAd Sk1LLz (optional)

Heat up cooking oil in pan with medium heat, then throw in the lamb chops and distribute them across the pan so that each piece lies spread-eagle flat on the pan. This would be easier to do if your lamb pieces aren't cut too small.

After a minute or so, flip the lamb pieces. Easier done with a fork, but for fun, you can try using your spatula/spoon - press down on the longest edge of each piece of lamb; if it's cooked enough, that piece will flip over. Takes practice, but shouldn't be too hard.

Pix above has a nice array of examples: the middle dark brown one was left faced down too long; top-right pinkish one flipped over too soon; and the rest are just about right.

After another 40 seconds or so, chuck in the onions, stir occasionally, and let it cook till onions are slighly brown.

Next comes the mushrooms. Mix well, then leave to cook for another minute or so. Cover pan/wok if possible.

Add in the black beans, oyster sauce, dark soya sauce, and Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce. This time I didn't add in light soya sauce becuase the black beans should make the dish salty enough.

Add in the mixed vege, and give everything a good stir.

Reduce the heat, and cover the pan/wok. Let it cook for another 3 minutes or so. Give it a stir every now and then. Don't forget to reduce the heat.

When done, transfer over to a nice clean plate, sprinkle sesame seed oil and some fresh ground black pepper. Serve hot.

The final product - the Celebration Mix.

Goes well with rice, porridge, bread, pita, naan, tosai, puri, roti canai, nachos, ...., or eaten as it is, accompanied by lots of chilled beer!

Habis Licin


At November 09, 2005 2:28 am, Anonymous Ninja said...

fantastic looking NON STICK pan you got there... visit my website for more such things...

NOLARRRRRR... nice looking dish.. i will try it out for my bbq that you are NOT attending this sat ;)

At November 09, 2005 8:46 am, Blogger shawnchin said...

U having barbeque???

Try the Beer Can Chicken!!!

I've been wanting to try it for a long while, but never had a chance!


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