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'Huai Shan' Pork Ribs Soup

This is a nutritous soup made from fresh 'Huai Shan' aka Diosocrea Opposita with pitted red dates, gojiberries and Yuzhu aka Polygonatum root.  'Huai Shan' is the Chinese name while it is  known as Nagaimo in Japanese.  Once the skin of the 'Huai Shan' is peeled off, it's very slimy exposing a mucous substance similar to okra but once it is boiled in water, the mucous substance will disappear and the slices of 'Huai Shan' remains crunchy.



Pitted red dates, fresh 'Huai Shan', Gojiberries and Yuzhu.





Recipe for 'Huai Shan' Pork Ribs Soup

Ingredients
350 gm pork ribs350 gm fresh 'Huai Shan' 10 gm gojiberries40 gm red dates, pitted30 gm Yuzhu10 cups of waterSeasalt to tasteMethod
Blanch the pork ribes in boiling hot water to remove scum, drain and rinse in running water.  Set aside.Bring to the boil, 10 cups of water and add in the red dates and Yuzhu.Peel the skin of the 'Huai Shan', wash away the mucous, slice it up and ad…

Guinness Tea Loaf

I stumbled upon this Guinness Tea Loaf recipe from 'The Secret Tea Room'.  Not only does this loaf  taste soft and moist with only a slight tinge of stout, it's extremely easy to make.   I've tweaked the method a little and reduced the amount of sugar in the recipe.  Hope some of you may like to try it and I'll be glad to have your feedback!











Recipe for Guinness  Tea Loaf  (adapted from  The Secret Tea Room  with  modification)

Ingredients
60 gm raisins, chopped60 gm pitted dates, chopped165 ml Guinness stout1 egg lightly beaten135 gm self-raising flour100 gm light brown sugarIcing sugar (optional) Method
Add Guinness stout to dried fruits, cover and leave overnight in the refrigerator.Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar to mix well.Mix in the beaten egg followed by the Guinness and dried fruits.  Stir just to combine.Pour into a parchment lined 8.1/2 x 4.1/2 x 3 inch loaf pan.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 40 to 50 mins. or till golden br…

Soya Sauce Chicken

This is an old-time favourite and I'm quite sure that most Chinese households must have served this dish at one time or another.  Whenever I cook this, I will always store any excess stock in the freezer to cook pork belly with it and will  normally toss in some hard-boiled eggs and fried bean curd as well.

Lemon Strawberry Bundt Cake

This is a light and moist lemony cake with a hint of strawberry.  Do be liberal with the greasing and dusting of the Bundt pan as the strawberry may stick to it when unmoulding.  Great cake to go with tea or coffee!















Recipe for Lemon Strawberry Bundt Cake

Ingredients
13 oz butter12 oz plain flour6 to 7 oz strawberries or any berries of your choice10 oz caster sugar2 oz granulated sugar6 Tbsp milk4 eggs + 2 egg yolks2  tsp vanilla2  Tbsp lemon zst1.1/2  tsp baking powderA pinch of saltSyrup to glaze -  Mix 3 Tbsp lemnon juice with 1.1/2 Tbsp caster sugar

Method
Heat berries in a pot to release juice.  Add in 2 oz granulated sugar, cook over medium heat till juicy and moisture reduces to a little under 1/2 cup.  Let cool completely.Sift flour with baking powder and salt, set aside. Cream butter and sugar till light and creamy.  Add in eggs one at a time, mix well.Fold in sifted flour alternatively with milk, starting with flour and ending with flour.  Add in lemon zest.  Mix well scraping fr…

Creamy Chicken Soup

Serve this delicious creamy chicken soup nice and hot.  It's comfy and tasty yet quick and easy to prepare!

Yam Buns (Gelatinized method)

It's been quite a while since I made any buns.  Spotted some nice fresh looking yam at the market which gave me an idea for trying to make some yam paste.  Not so happy with the 'deceitful' nice looking yam as it wasn't that 'powdery' which resulted in my not so creamy yam paste.

Chewy Guinness Oatmeal Cookies

Have you ever tried making cookies with booze?  I did, as I had all the ingredients at hand and moreover I was dying to get rid of the Guinness in my fridge.   No regrets when I was greeted with 'tipsy', chewy and aromatic cookies!

Braised Chicken with Yam

I've a soft spot for yam and can't resist buying them from the market whenever I see fresh ones. Came up with this dish which I can easily have it on its own ....... I'll eat the yam first, the chicken is secondary.