I was on a "drama marathon" for the past weeks, that explains the short hiatus from cooking and blogging. After many days of take-out meals (bleh!), I've finally decided to stop this silly activity for now, and spend more time on cooking and reading.
I tried my hand on 烙饼 today. I'm not sure what should be the right name for this pita bread-like pastry, but since it's cooked on a pan, I shall call it pan-fried bread. ;-) The process is simple enough, but the kneading part is tough! Halfway through, I felt like giving up but the texture of the dough was still not smooth enough, I had no choice but to carry on. My right arm is so sore right now and I can feel the strain in my muscle whenever I lift my arm.
Anyway, I'm glad that my effort is paying off. The bread tastes great, it's slightly chewy and it complements the shredded pork perfectly.
Stir-fried Pork with Bean Sauce Recipe(京酱肉丝)
300g pork tenderloin
1.5 cups shredded spring onion
2 cups oil
white sesame (optional)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1.5 tbsp cold water
2 tbsp sweet soy bean sauce (甜面酱)
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp water
1) Shred pork into long and thin strips. Marinate for 30 minutes.
2) Heat oil to 140 deg C. Add pork strings and stir fry until done. Remove and set aside. Drain off oil from the pan.
3) Heat 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan. Fry the bean sauce mixture until fragrant. Add pork and stir thoroughly.
4) Place the pork on a plate, sprinkle with some cooked sesame.
5) Serve with chinese style bread and shredded spring onion.
Pan-fried Bread Recipe (烙饼)
600g plain flour
320ml warm water (about 70 deg C)
80g vegetable shortening
1) Sift the flour on a mixing bowl, add in salt.
2) Slowly pour the warm water into the flour mixture. Stir and mix with hand to form a dough.
3) Add vegetable shortening to the dough, knead on a flat surface (e.g. kitchen bench) until smooth.
4) Wrap the dough with a piece of cling wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
5) Divide the dough into 10 pieces of equal size. Let it rest for another 10 minutes.
6) With a rolling pin, roll the dough into round pieces with the thickness of 0.1cm.
7) Heat up a frying pan (without oil), fry the dough until both sides turn into light yellow color.
8) Serve as wrappings for stir-fried pork with bean sauce.
Friday, 14 December 2007
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