Roast Pork Belly

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Crispy Roast Pork

INGREDIENTS
1 kg (about 2 lb) skin-on pork belly
sea salt
vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS

1) Pat dry your pork belly with paper towel. Take a very sharp knife (a sharp utility or stanley knife works well) and cut lines across the pork skin about 1 cm apart. You want to cut through the skin and but only a couple of millimeters into the fat underneath. Now rub the skin with about a tablespoon of salt. Sit your pork belly on a baking tray and chill in the fridge (uncovered) for at least 2 hours (overnight is even better).

2) Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F.

3) Pat dry the pork skin with paper towel. Rub the skin with a little oil and sprinkle with a little extra salt. Place the pork belly skin side down in a roasting dish. Top with baking paper and place an oven-proof weight on top (a cast iron pan or a heavy casserole dish will work well). Roast the pork belly for 1 hour. Then remove the weight and baking paper and turn pork belly over so it is skin-side up. Roast for a further 10 minutes.

source:
http://www.marionskitchen.com/crispy-roast-pork-with-asian-slaw

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Baked Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce

INGREDIENTS:
2 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
kosher salt and pepper
4 lemon slices
non-stick spray

LEMON CAPER BUTTER
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
juice of 1/2 of a lemon
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

3) Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. (Note: I don’t like the bones so I remove them. Some use needle-nose pliers, I used my finger nails but it did take me a little while). Sprinkle fillets with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Place 2 lemon slices on top of each fillet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and tent with aluminum foil for 10 more minutes. Fish will continue to cook during this time. It will flake easily when done.

4) While salmon is cooking, in a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted add garlic, capers, lemon zest and lemon juice. Cook for 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5) Remove lemon slices and discard. Gently slide a turner or serving spatula between the skin and the flesh of the fillet to remove the skin, it should separate very easily. Transfer fillet to a serving platter and spoon lemon caper butter over the top. Serve.

https://www.lifesambrosia.com/baked-salmon-with-lemon-caper-butter-recipe/

Boiled Pinto Beans

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Ingredients
1 pound (453 g) pinto beans*, soaked overnight in cool water (or for at least 6 hours)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
1/2 white onion, finely diced (55 g)
3 large cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g) OR garlic powder
1 pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
1 packet of red peppers (from the costco pizza)
1 Tbsp (8 g) ground cumin or marjoram

Instructions
1. Add pinto beans to a large pot and cover with cool water (at least a few inches above the beans as they will expand). Soak for at least 6 hours or overnight* uncovered at room temperature.
2. Once beans are soaked, drain and set aside.
3. Heat your large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil, diced onion and garlic (powder), and season with a healthy pinch each sea salt and black pepper. Stir to coat and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent.
4. Next add drained beans and cover with water about 2 inches over the top, as the beans will expand while cooking.
5. Place lid on pot. Then reduce heat to medium to medium-high and simmer for 40-50 minutes, or until beans are tender.
6. Stir to coat and cook on low for 10 more minutes to let the flavors meld.

Store beans well covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Will keep in the freezer for 1 month (oftentimes longer).
Notes
*1 pound dried beans typically equals 2 cups dried or 4-5 cups cooked.
*The chili powder I used was from Whole Foods and contains a blend of chili peppers, cumin, garlic, oregano, coriander, cloves and allspice.
*6-8 hours is the optimal amount of time for soaking your beans. The longer you soak them, the more tender they will become, and the more likely they will split and separate during cooking. So if you can’t get to them right away, simply drain, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Inspired from
https://minimalistbaker.com/mexican-pinto-beans-scratch-1-pot/

Taro Cake 2

Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil, plus more for pan-frying and greasing the pans
3 links Chinese sausage, roughly chopped (you can also substitute 4 oz. bacon)
½ cup dried shrimp, roughly chopped (optional)
6 scallions, chopped
1½ to 2 lbs. taro, cut into ½-inch cubes
2 teaspoons salt
2½ cups water, plus 2⅔ cups
7 cups rice flour
3 ½ cups glutinous rice flour
Instructions
Heat oil in a large wok over high heat. Add the Chinese sausage and pan-fry for 2 minutes. Add the dried shrimp and stir-fry for another minute. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the scallions to the hot wok and stir-fry 1 minute.
Add the sausage, dried shrimp, and taro to the wok. Stir-fry for 3 minutes and season with 2 teaspoons salt. Cover the mixture with 2½ cups of water and make sure all the ingredients are evenly submerged. Cover the wok, turn the heat down to medium low and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes.
In the largest bowl you have, add the rice flour and glutinous rice flour. Add another 2⅔ cups water along with the taro mixture. Mix thoroughly until a cement-like paste forms.
Generously oil two standard 9-inch round cake pans and divide the mixture between the pans. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan, making sure there are no air pockets in the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the taro mixture. Let stand at room temperature for an hour.
In a steamer, bring the water to a simmer. Steam the taro cakes for 45 minutes. If a toothpick inserted in the taro cakes comes out clean, it’s done. Allow the taro cakes to cool completely.
At this point, you can seal the taro cakes tightly in a ziplock bag and freeze them for later. If you’d like to eat them now, simply slice into rectangles. Heat a couple tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat and pan fry the slices of taro cake on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt and serve. You can put out a little oyster sauce for dipping, or just eat these plain!

http://thewoksoflife.com/2015/01/taro-cake-wu-tao-gou/

Pressure Cooker HK Oxtail Soup

Ingredients
2 lb oxtails (2 lb = 900 g)
1 onion
3 celery stalks
3 carrots
¼ cabbage (1/4 cabbage = 160 g/5.4 oz)
2 tomatoes
2 Yukon gold potatoes or 1 large potato
½ lb stew beef (chuck cut into bite-size cubes) (1/2 lb = 227 g)
1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Pinch kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 cups water + salt (instead of beef stock)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
Ketchup

Seasonings A
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp dried basil/thyme
2 bay leaves

Seasonings B
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp kosher salt (for table salt, use half)
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
1) To completely remove blood from the bone, soak the oxtails in cold water for 1 hour and discard the water.

2) Meanwhile, cut the onions into wedges, chop celery stalks into small pieces, and cut the carrots into chunks.

3) Roughly cut the cabbage into 1 inch squares and rinse under running water.

4) Cut the tomatoes into wedges and cut them in halves. Cut Yukon gold potatoes into quarters and soak in water for 15 minutes to remove excess starch.

5) Cut the stew beef into smaller pieces.

6) After soaking the oxtails in one hour, drain and place them in a large pot and cover it with cold water. Bring it to boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, turn down the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, skimming foam on the surface frequently. After 10-15 minutes, take out the oxtail.

7) Press the “Saute” button on your Instant Pot and heat 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil. Once the pot is hot, add the stew beef and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brown the beef. Don’t flip the pieces around until they release themselves. Transfer the meats to a plate from the pot.

8) Add the onion and sauté until they are coated with oil and become tender. While sautéing, scrape the flavorful charred bits from the bottom of the pot. 9) Add the tomatoes, carrots, and cabbage and coat them with oil.

9) When the vegetables are a bit wilted and soft, add the boiled oxtail, browned stew beef, and beef broth

10) Add tomato paste and Seasonings A (1 tsp paprika, 1 Tbsp dried basil, and 2 bay leaves).

11) Cover and lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure the steam release handle points at “sealing” and not “venting”. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button on the Instant Pot to stop “saute” mode. Press the “Meat/Stew” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode. Press “plus” button to change the cooking time to 45 minutes.

12) When it is finished cooking, the Instant Pot will switch automatically to the “Keep Warm” mode. You have 2 options to release the pressure: 1) slide the steam release handle to the “Venting” position to let out steam until the float valve drops down, OR 2) let the pressure release naturally, about 15-20 minutes.

13) After de-pressurizing is completed, unlock the lid and add the potatoes and celery and 2 tsp. kosher salt.

14) Cover and lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure the steam release handle points at “sealing”. Press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button and. Press the “Manual” button to switch to the pressure cooking mode. Press “minus” button to change the cooking time to 15 minutes.

15) Again, de-pressurizing with one of 2 methods, unlock the lid. Mix well and ladle the soup to individual bowls. Mix in 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar, and black pepper

Hong Shao Niu Rou Mein

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INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 pounds bone-in beef shank
1 large onion, quartered
2 tomatoes, quartered
3-4 peeled garlic cloves, minced
1 piece of large ginger, sliced into large thin pieces
1/3 – 1/2 cup soy sauce
very small handful of rock sugar
1/4 cup shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine)
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Broad Bean Paste with Chili
3-4 dried Thai red chilies, optional
1-2 pounds Asian noodles, depends on how much soup vs. noodle ratio you like
Green onions, for topping

Optional vegetables
blanched bok choy
napa cabbage
fresh cilantro as garnish

Preboiling
Bring a pot of water to boil and briefly boil the beef chunks for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until a white foam forms at the top of the water. Drain dirty water, rinse beef shanks, and set aside.

Stir-frying
1. In the pressure cooker over medium high heat, saute garlic, ginger, scallions, and star anise in vegetable oil until fragrant.
2. Add beef shank pieces. onions, chili bean sauce and saute for a few minutes, until the beef is slightly browned.
3. Add soy sauce and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Add everything else!
5. Bring up to high pressure and cook under pressure for 25 to 30 minutes. Slowly release pressure and serve.

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/instant-pot-taiwanese-beef-noodle-soup/
http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/quick-easy-taiwanese-beef-noodle-soup/

Notes
Tried Boneless Shank.
Less Cinnamon next time