Chinese Cuisine

Eggplant With Minced Beef

Delicious!

This is a memorable dish that my mom would often would cook for my family when I was a kid. However she would use pork instead of beef. It is a very simple dish yet incredibly flavourful. It easily became one of my favourite dishes and is now even one of my children’s favourites too!

Ingredient

  • 2 big eggplants
  • 350 grams of minced beef
  • 4 TBS minced garlic (you can add more for more garlicky flavour)
  • 1 TBS of oyster Sauce
  • 1 TSP of cooking wine
  • 4 TBS of soy sauce ( I prefer FENGHE JiangQing soy sauce as it gives a more distinct umami flavour to my dishes. Another alternative with would be Knor seasoning or Maggi seasoning soy sauce)

First, boil your eggplants until they become tender. I prefer to boil it first before frying as the eggplant can absorb a lot of oil. When boiling ensure that your eggplants are fully submerged, this will prevent it from oxidising which causes it to darken in colour. I use a weighted bowl to hold down the eggplants as they boil so that they don’t float. After boiling, set aside the eggplant.

Prepare your heated wok. Drizzle 2 Tbs of oil and sauté your minced beef. Add 1 tsp of cooking wine, 1 TBS oyster sauce and 4 TBS of minced garlic. Sauté until cooked then set it aside.

Using the same wok, drizzle 3 TBS of oil, lay all your eggplants flat onto the wok. Then evenly spread out your minced beef over your eggplant, drizzling 4 TBS of soy sauce on it, then pour your beaten egg on top. Cover your wok for about 2-3 minutes.

Now your dish is ready to be served with a generous serving steaming white rice! Enjoy!

Chinese Pork Chop

I rarely cook pork chop for myself because I don’t particularly like the pounding process to tenderise the meat. It makes my arm sore. Plus the splattered mess made by this, no matter how much I try to reduce it, is still quite a hassle to handle. Nevertheless, if my children love it, i’ll be more than happy to make it for them.

Ingredients for the marinate

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic

This recipe is good for marinating four pieces of pork chop.

Firstly, place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. This will be your marinating sauce. Then coat it on the pork chop, ensuring the sauce is coated on each piece completely. Next we let the sauce set in by leaving it in the fridge it for at least two hours.

Afterwards, here comes the fun part, grilling! For this it’s best to use a grilled pan.Set your flame to medium and drizzle a bit of oil on the pan. Then once the oil is hot, grill your pork chops for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Personally, I prefer a my pork chop slightly charred to really bring out that grilled goodness. For this, I just grill it for a little bit longer.
And voila! Just like that, a simple and absolutely mouthwatering dish sure to impress your whole family, I know mine did!

 

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