Chinese Cuisine

Ginger and Pepper Beef Soup

This soup is very easy to make, and it’s perfect for a rainy day. Meat is so tender that it easily fall apart, plus it is loaded with lots of vegetables. Hence you do not need to cook other dishes when you have this pot of soup. Normally, I would use the slow cooker to slowly simmer my soup. I simply just dump in most of the ingredients and do other things that I need to do, it can be a chore, a hobby or just want to sit back, relax and watch your favourite Korean series hahaha!

Ingredients

  • 1kg beef chuck or beef shank (you can add in some beef bones for added flavour)
  • 85g sliced ginger
  • 500g carrots
  • 500g Cabbage
  • 2 Big potatoes
  • 2 TBS salt
  • 1/2 Cup Premium Soy Sauce (Fenghe Jiangqing)
  • 3 litres of water
  • Beef Tendon (optional)
  • freshly grind pepper (I put a lot!)

Chop your beef into cubes and boil it, this is to remove all the blood or scum coming from the meat. Then rinse it off. Put 3 litres of water in your pot or slow cooker, then put in all the meat cubes together with the ginger. Now start peeling your potatoes and chop it into big chunks, same with your carrots.

Throw in the potatoes and carrots into your pot. You may add more potatoes, however it will dilute your soup because potatoes has a lot of water content, you might have to add more seasoning according to your taste. Adding a lot of carrots in your soup will give the soup a sweeter taste. Chop your cabbage,I prefer my cabbage to be chopped in big chunks, then set it aside.

Add in your soy sauce, salt and pepper. Slow cook for about 4 – 5 hours.

Add in only the cabbage when your meat is tender, this is to avoid it to become way to soggy. let is simmer until it becomes soft. Now your soup is ready to be served with a warm cup of rice!

piping hot soup perfect for a rainy day!

Eggplant With Garlic 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 in rapid boiling water until they become tender. 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!