Clam with Tou Cheong Sauce (Clam with Fermented Beans Sauce)

Stir- Fried Clams with Tou Cheong sauce is a savoury dish that is very appetising especially when paired with a bowl of steaming hot white rice. After closing my kitchen for nearly a month, I finally opened it again and prepared this Chinese dish for my family. We were on holiday for quite. bit and thus had been missing Chinese food very much. So after I had managed to deal with my jet-lag, I prepared this dish. And yes, all of it was gobbled up immediately. The slightly sweet and salty sauce is simply irresistible, enough that anyone would definitely be willing for another helping of rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Clams (soaked in salted water to purge the sand for 2-3 hours, rinse and drain thoroughly)
  • 15g minced garlic
  • 10g sliced ginger
  • 10g koo chai (Chinese chives) – cut into 2 inches long, alternatively you can use spring onion
  • 1 long red chili (chopped)

Sauce (mix it all together)

  • 35g tou cheong
  • 60g water
  • 25g sugar
  • 15g Hua tiao Chiew
  • 5g sesame oil
  • 20g premium soy sauce (Jiang Qing, 醬青)
  • 10g potato starch

Garnish

  • Chinese Parsley

Method

  • In a heated wok, drizzle 2 tablespoon of oil, stir fry the garlic, koo chai, red chili and ginger at medium high heat for about a minute.
  • Add the clams and continue to stir-fry it for a minute
  • Set the fire to medium low, Add in sauce mixture, and continue to stir it until all the clams are open and the sauce boils.
  • Turn off the heat, serve and garnish it with Chinese Parsley
Just a simple meal that my family loves 🙂

Pipa Tofu or Tofu Fritters with Prawn and Fish Paste (琵琶豆腐)

This is one of the many dishes I love to eat! Not only is it tasty, simple to make, its is also wallet friendly! However this is not the case for those ordered in restaurants which are more expensive. I remember several years back when I ordered this dish from the Jumbo restaurant and fell in love with it. Thus I tried to recreate this fabulous dish at home, and now it has become a dish that our family loves to have.

This is a “Pipa”. Interestingly enough, while I was researching on the recipe of this dish, I had stumbled across some of its history as well. It turns out that it is actually named after the Chinese “Pipa” instrument due to its distinct teardrop shape! This simple dish has undoubtedly fed many Chinese families perhaps for centuries and even today, with common ingredients, it still stands as a truly flavourful meal. So, let’s get cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1 block silken tofu
  • 130g Prawn coarsely chopped (peeled and deveined, 8-9 pcs of prawn, see note)
  • 65g Fish Paste ( alternatively you can use good quality fishballs and mashed it into paste)
  • 2tbs finely grated carrots
  • 1 tbs chopped spring onion
  • 2 clove minced garlic

Note: I prefer it to be coarsely chopped because I would like to be able to bite some chunks of prawn. You may minced it finely if that is your preference.

Seasoning

  • 2 tsp cooking wine
  • 1.5 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp prawn spice ( see picture below, if you can find one, replace it with chicken powder)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp chicken powder

Binder

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tsp potato starch

Sauce (combine and mix in a bowl)

  • 170g water
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs premium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dark sweet soy sauce
  • 3/4 tbs potato starch

Garnish (optional)

  • blanched pechay or any greens of your preference.

Method

  • Remove the moisture of the tofu by placing 3 pieces of kitchen towel folded at the bottom, and another 3 pieces folded on top, followed by a weight (it can be a bowl with water). Let it sit for at least half an hour. (refer to picture below)
  • Mash the tofu using a fork and add all the ingredients followed by the seasoning, then the binder. Mix well until completely combined. The mixture would be a sticky paste.
  • In a heated pan, prepare enough oil for frying. When the oil is hot, scoop up a spoonful of the mixture, and use another spoon to drop it gently into the oil. Fry both sides until golden brown. Do the same for the rest of the mixture. Do not over-crowd your pan. As the mixture is pasty, ensure that one side is golden brown before flipping to the other side. This will make the tofu fritters easier to flip. Serve it on a plate.
  • In a sauce pan, pour the prepared sauce mixture and heat it up until the sauce thickens. Drizzle the sauce onto your fried tofu fritters. You may use the sauce to drizzle onto your blanched pechay as well.
  • Serve hot