Korean-style Pork Belly Rice Bowl

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil
8 oz thinly sliced pork belly
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cups kimchi
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon Gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
2 portions of cooked medium-grain rice
1 stalk green onion, chopped

Method

  1. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat just until smoking. Add the oil, followed by the pork belly, and stir-fry for 1 minute (or until slightly caramelized).
  2. Add the onion, kimchi, and sugar, and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  3. Add the gochujang and cook for another minute.
  4. Serve over rice, and garnish with green onion.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: The Wok of Life

Thai-style Stir-fried Hot and Spicy Scallops

Ingredients

250 g (8 oz) fresh scallops
4 tablespoons red curry paste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 fresh red chilies, finely sliced
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves, divided

Method

  1. Combine scallops with curry paste and marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. In a wok or large fry-pan, heat vegetable oil. Stir-fry garlic until golden. Add marinated scallops, curry paste and chilies. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add fish sauce and sugar. Stir and cook another minute.
  3. Check taste. If needed, add extra fish sauce, sugar or chili.
  4. When scallops are cooked and tender, mix in most of the basil leaves. Remove from heat. Garnish with remaining basil leaves. Serve with rice.

Source: Thai Cooking Class

Singapore-style Indian Fried Noodles

Ingredients

1 lb fresh yellow noodles (‘Hokkien’ mee)
1/2 cup oil
1 square hard tofu (taukwa), cut into small dice
1 medium red or brown onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
2 tablespoons roughly chopped coarse chives (kuchai) or spring onion
1 sprig curry leaves (karuvapillai), finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 boiled potato, skinned and cut into small dice
1 fresh green chili, sliced

Method

  1. Rinse noodles in warm water, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kuali and fry the tofu until golden brown. Drain and set aside.
  3. Cook the onion in the same oil for 2-3 minutes, until soft, then add the drained noodles, tomato, chives, curry leaves and three types of sauce. Cook over gentle heat, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour over beaten egg and leave to set for about 45 seconds before stirring to mix well with the noodles. Add the potato and tofu, stir, cook for another 30 seconds and put on a large serving dish. Garnish with green chili and serve with additional tomato and chili sauce according to each person’s taste.

Source: Singapore Food

Thai-style Coconut Ice Cream Dessert

Ingredients

1 can (425 g) coconut cream
1-1/2 cups 33% cream
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
fresh mint leaves and toasted, shredded coconut, to garnish

Method

  1. Place the coconut cream and cream in a medium pan. Stir over medium heat, without boiling, for 2-3 minutes. Set aside; cover and keep warm.
  2. Place the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla in a large heat-proof bowl. Using electric beaters, beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes until frothy and thickened. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  3. Continue to beat the egg mixture while gradually adding the warm coconut mixture, 1/4 of a cup at a time, until all the coconut mixture is added. This process will take about 10 minutes – continue until the custard thickens. The mixture will be the consistency of thin cream and should easily coat the back of a spoon. Do not allow to boil or it will curdle.
  4. Cover the mixture and set aside to cool. Stir occasionally while it is cooling. When cool, pour into a lamington tray, cover and freeze for about 1-1/2 hours or until half-frozen.
  5. Quickly spoon the mixture into a food processor and process for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Return to the lamington tray or place in plastic containers. Cover and freeze completely.
  6. Coconut ice cream looks attractive if served in scoops and garnished with mint and shredded coconut.

Makes 10 servings.

Cook’s Tips

  • You can store this ice cream for up to three weeks in the freezer.
  • Before serving, allow it to stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes or until slightly softened.

Source: Step-by-step Thai Cooking

Indian-style Pizza with Chicken Tikka Masala on Nan Bread

Ingredients

2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups white onions, finely chopped (1 large onion)
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 inch piece of ginger root, grated
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or sour cream
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 prepared nan bread

Method

  1. Heat clarified butter or ghee and olive oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan. Saute onions until translucent. Add garlic and ginger. Stir to combine and continue sauteing until the garlic and ginger begin to turn golden.
  2. Add tomato paste, paprika, cumin, cayenne, salt, turmeric and cinnamon. Saute for a couple more minutes to “toast” the spices.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and chunks of chicken. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes with the lid on. Stir occasionally. Stir in cream. Continue to simmer on low heat with the lid off, stirring occasionally until the sauce is reduced and the consistency of thick gravy. The sauce can be made in advance and kept for 2 days in the refrigerator.
  4. To make the pizza: Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  5. Lay the nan out on a rack set into a sheet pan and sprinkle a small amount of the grated cheese on the bread. Top the cheese with the tikka masala, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge. Sprinkle the top with more grated cheese.
  6. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes. The pizza is done when the cheese is melted and the edges are crisp.
  7. Remove from the oven and brush the edges with a little olive oil while it is still hot. Serve and enjoy.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Institute of Culinary Education