INGREDIENTS:- 1 ½ lbs. prawn (shelled, thin thread of gut removed) Oil for deep frying
Seasoning:- ½ tsp. salt
Batter:- 6 tbsps. flour 4 tbsps. cornstarch 2 tsps. baking powder 2 tbsps salad oil ½ tsp. salt ⅓-½ cup water
METHOD:- 1) Wash prawns with salt water, then rinse again with cold water. Drain, and dry with cloth. 2) First cut 3 slits across the underside of the prawns, then cut a slit at the back of the prawns, removing the thin thread of gut. 3) Season prawns with salt, then dredge with a little flour. 4) Mix batter well and let it stand for 30 minutes. 5) Dip prawns in batter, then deep fry in hot oil (370F) until golden brown. Serve hot with Worcestershire sauce or catsup.
½ cup crab meat (2 crabs, weighing about 1 lb) 2 slices ginger, (2 stalks spring onion) 6 egg whites 1 ¼ cups milk 3 tbsps cornflour 1 oz cooked ham (finely chopped) 1 oz vermicelli Oil for deep frying (lard for better results)
Seasoning:- ¾ tsp. salt ½ tsp. monosodium glutamate
Clean crabs and steam with ginger and spring onion for 20 minutes. Pound to crush shell, extract all the crab meat from crabs.
Mix milk with cornflour and egg whites, stir well and add in seasoning and crab meat.
Deep fry vermicelli in hot oil until crispy; place on dish.
Deep fry crab meat batter in very warm oil (150F), push it gently with spatula until it curdles. Drain pour over crispy vermicelli, sprinkle with finely chopped ham. Serve hot.
13 oz. pork or chicken liver ½ leek ¾-inch piece of fresh ginger or ⅙ teaspoon ginger powder
(a) 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon sherry ½ cup water ¼ teaspoon pepper a pinch of salt a pinch of monosodium glutamate
a sprig of parsley for garnish
Dip the liver into water for 15 minutes to drain off the blood. Cut the leek and slice the ginger. Bring water to a boil and add the leek, ginger and liver. Boil until the white foams come out. Drain the water and bring ingredients (a) to a boil in the same pan. Add the liver and simmer, covered, over a low heat until the liver is cooked. Then take off the lid and boil down the liquid. Let the liver cool and slice into 1 inch thick pieces.
2 ⅔ cups chicken stock ¾ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ tablespoons soy sauce 2 sheets of gelatin ¼ lb. chicken (boneless, cooked in the stock) a pinch of salt a pinch of monosodium glutamate 5 tablespoons canned green peas
Season the chicken stock with the salt and soy sauce. Soak the gelatin sheets in water. Cut the chicken into bite-size thin strips and sprinkle with the salt and monosodium glutamate. Heat the chicken stock and add the gelatin sheets over a low heat. Simmer until the gelatin is melted. Add the chicken and half the green peas. Arrange the remaining peas in a circle on the bottom of a wet bowl. Pour a little of the soup slowly over the circle of peas. Allow this small amount to set, then pour in the remaining soup mixture. Refrigerate until it is set. Turn out onto a platter and serve.
Note For those who are tending to the negative type, white wine and fresh ginger juice should be substituted for the peas.
You will need 10 oz. duck meat without bone 3 pieces canned pineapple ½ pint sherry ¼ pint water 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon monosodigum glutamate 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 1 tablespoon water 8 canned cherries
Cube the duck meat and divide each piece of pineapple into four pieces. Cook the duck in a saucepan with sherry and water for 20 minutes. Add soy sauce, sugar, monosodium glutamate, pineapple syrup and cornflour mixture. Stir till boiling and boil for 5 minutes. Add pineapple and cherries and cook for about 1 minute. Remove to a heated dish and serve hot.
Why do we use cornflour in many Chinese dishes? Cornflour helps you in three ways: 1) Coating – Cornflour gives meat a light coating that not only makes the meat tender, but also retains the flavour. 2) Thickening – The thickness of the gravy and soup depends upon the amount of cornflour used; these vary in different dishes, as a sweet and sour pork dish should be fairly thick and Peking sour soup should be lighter. 3) Holding – Cornflour works wonderfully for holding minced meat together and for keeping the moisture in. It is used in meatball dishes.
You will need 1 oz. bamboo shoots 1 green pepper 3-inch piece leek or spring onion 5 oz. beef (rump steak) salt ½ teaspoon monosodium glutamate white pepper 1 tablespoon sherry 1 egg white 1 teaspoon cornflour 4 oz. bean sprouts 4 tablespoons peanut oil 1 crushed clove garlic 1 tablespoon soy sauce ¼ teaspoon sugar
Shred bamboo shoots, green pepper, leek and rump steak. Sprinkle the steak with pinch salt, ¼ teaspoon monosodium glutamate, pinch of pepper and 1 teaspoon sherry. Mix with the egg white and cornflour and set aside. Wash bean sprouts and drain. Heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil in the pan add ½ teaspoon salt, fry the shredded bamboo shoots, green pepper, the onion and the bean sprouts for 2 minutes. Move from the pan. Again add 2 tablespoons peanut oil into the same pan. Add garlic and beef, stir well. When the beef changes colour, add cooked vegetables to the pan, and add soy sauce, remaining sherry, sugar and ¼ teaspoon monosodium glutamate and pinch of white pepper. Cook for 1 minute, remove to a heated dish and serve immediately.
You will need 8 scallops 1 green pepper 1-inch spring onion 1 tablespoon lard 8 quail eggs 1 teaspoon chopped ham 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 teaspoon sherry ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ pint chicken stock ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon monosodium glutamate 1 teaspoon cornflour with 1 tablespoon water 1 radish
Trim off hard substance around white part of scallops, cut across the grain in thin slices and set aside. Cut green pepper into diamonds and set aside. Shred spring onion into thread-thin strips. Use 8 small ramekin dishes or dariole moulds, rub some lard in the bottom of each dish, and break on quail egg in each, garnish with shredded spring onion and chopped ham as picture shows. Steam the eggs in a steamer for 5 minutes and remove them gently with a small knife. Heat peanut oil, cook sliced scallops and green pepper in it for 1 minute. Add sherry, pepper, chicken stock, salt and monosodium glutamate. Stir in cornflour mixture. Stir till boiling and boil 1 minute. Remove the scallops and green peppers to a heated dish as the photography shows. Garnish with the quail eggs and radish. Pour the sauce on top of the scallops and serve hot.
You will need 4 oz. crab meat 14 oz. spinach 1 oz. bamboo shoots 4 tablespoons peanut oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 pint milk 1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate 1 tablespoon water
Remove any soft bone from crab meat and shred. Wash and drain spinach, chop coarsely. Shred the bamboo shoots. Put 4 tablespoons oil into pan over strong heat. Drop 1/2 teaspoon salt into the oil first, then put the spinach in and fry for 2-3 minutes. Drain the spinach, remove to heated plate. Put the milk into the pan, add shredded bamboo shoots and crab meat and cook for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate and 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 1 tablespoon water. Stir until thick. Add salt if required. Surround the creamed crab with the spinach as shown in the photograph. Note: You can either mix them together before you eat, or eat them separately.