Easy Fried Rice with Cured Chinese Sausages (Chinese Chorizo)

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KITCHEN KIT:
A wok

Ingredients Serves 4:

For the Fried rice:
1.  4 tbsp. groundnut oil
2.  5 cured Chinese sausages, slice thinly ( alternatively use honey glazed ham or chorizo)
3.  2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4.  15g ginger, crushed or grated
5.  2 medium eggs,  lightly beaten
6.  3 cups cooked jasmine rice, cold and preferably a day old
7.  ½ cup Chinese barbecued pork also known as Char Siu, chopped into small pieces
8.  ½ cup green peas
9.  3 stalks of green onions, finely chopped

For the seasoning:
10. 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
11. ¼ tsp. caster sugar
12. ¼ tsp. ground white pepper
13. ¼ tsp. sesame oil
14. Pinch of fine salt
15. 1 tbsp. water
For the Fried Rice:
1.  Place the wok over a very high heat, add 1 tbsp. of oil, followed by the sausage slices. Fry the sausages for 2 minutes. Remove from the wok and set the sausages aside.  
2.  Return the wok to very high heat, add 3 tbsp. of oil, garlic and ginger, fry for 1 minute or until fragrant.
3.  Stir in the eggs and just when the eggs are about to set, add the rice, peas and green onions. Stir Fry for 2 minutes.
4.  Finally season with some light soy sauce, sugar, pepper, sesame oil, salt and water. Stir in the cooked sausages.

Serve immediately.

 

Macau’s Won Ton Noodle Soup ( Won Ton Tong Meen 雲吞湯麵)

Wonton
Wonton noodle soup is a common dish that can be found all over China. There are several variations to this dish and the recipes and the shape of the wonton can vary quite significantly across the different regions of China. This version is my take on a classic Cantonese wonton noodle soup, the type that you find in Macau or Hong Kong.

In Macau the stock for the wonton noodle soup is usually made with fish, chicken and pork bones. For this recipe however I have used dried shrimps as an alternative to fish. Wonton noodle soup is always served in Macau and Hong Kong with egg noodles and the filling is always a combination of pork and prawns. Locals love this dish and so do many Westerners.

I’ve been eating wonton noodle soup from as long ago as I can remember. When I worked in Hong Kong I used to have an amazing wonton noodle soup at least once a week for lunch. I probably shouldn’t say this as it exposes my food obsession. Every lunchtime an old lady that worked at our company would take all our orders for lunch and go and collect the food, I always asked her to get me the amazing wonton noodle soup. She would go and buy them from a tiny restaurant in Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. They were the biggest wontons I’ve ever eaten. They were absolutely enormous, bigger than a golf ball, and so delicious!

Sadly, like many things in Hong Kong the tiny restaurant that sold those wontons is no longer around. Now living in the UK, it is not always possible for me to get wonton noodle soup for lunch, so I now make these when I miss the hot humid days working in Tsim Sha Tsui!

I hope you like this too!

 

KITCHEN KIT:
A large bowl, 1 medium size sauce pan, 1 large sauce pan, pastry brush.
For the Wonton Makes 32:
1.  180g Pork minced
2.  150g Shrimp, shells removed, deveined and finely chopped
3.  2 garlic cloves, crushed or grated
4.  25g ginger, crushed or grated (it’s important to crushed or grate the ginger than slice it)
5.  8g fresh chives, finely chopped (use yellow chives if available)
6.  2 tbsp. light soy sauce
7.  1 tbsp. oyster sauce
8.  1 tbsp. Shaoxing rice wine
9.  1 tsp. sugar
10. ½ tsp. sesame oil
11. ½ tsp. ground white pepper
12. ½ tsp. salt
13. 32 of 9cm square, wonton wrappers

For the wonton paste:
14. ½ tsp. cornstarch
15. 2-3 tbsp. water

For the Egg noodles:
16. 150g fresh egg noodles serves 2 (alternatively use dried egg noodles)

For the Soup:
17. 30g ginger, slice
18. 1 liter. of chicken stock
19. ½ liter of pork bone stock (or use spare ribs to make the stock)
20. 15g dried shrimps
21. ¼ tsp. sesame oil
22. Pinch of salt
23. Pinch of ground white pepper
24. A handful of chives, finely chopped (use yellow chives if available) (garnish)
25. A handful of spring onions, finely chopped (garnish)
For the Wontons:
1.  Mix all the Wonton ingredients together on bowl. Leave to marinade for 1-2 hours or overnight.


2.  To make the paste that will seal your wonton wrappers, combine cornstarch and water on a small bowl and mix until the cornstarch has completely dissolved into the water without lumps.
3.  Using a teaspoon place your wonton mixture in the middle of the wonton wrappers; brush only one corener side of the wonton wrappers with cornstarch and water. Take one side of the wonton wrapper and cover the other side. Press the sides gently with your fingers to seal them well. (They can now be cooked or frozen for later used, to be used within a month)

 

 

Wonton
4.  On a medium size sauce pan, bring some water to the boil. Once your water starts to boil add your wontons in batches, it is important to cook them in batches and not overcrowd them so they cook well. Once the wontons float to the surface they are done. Remove them and set aside. (For 2 servings cooked 8 wontons and froze the rest for later use)

Wonton

The Egg Noodles:
5.  On the same sauce pan you used to cook the wontons, add your fresh egg noodles in and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. If you are using dried egg noodles follow the packet instructions for cooking as some dried egg noodles takes longer cooking time.
For the Soup:
6.  On a large sauce pan over high heat, add your slice ginger, 1 liter of chicken, ½ liter hot water and pork bones (you can use spareribs for this). Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 1 hour. Remove any impurities that come out from the pork, throughout the simmering time.
7.  After 1 hour, add your dried shrimps and simmer for another 15 minutes.
8.  Season with some salt and white pepper. Pass the stock through a fine sieve or muslin cloth so you are left with a nice clear broth. Alternatively you can just take the broth carefully, removing shrimps, ginger and pork bones before serving it.

 

Final Stage:
9.  Transfer cooked noodles on a bowl, top with your cooked wontons then your soup. Finally garnish with some chopped chives and spring onions.

Wonton

Serve immediately with steamed pack choi.
Extra Tip:
Freezing Wontons-Once made they can be frozen immediately in the freezer for a month. If you do have a big freezer, I recommend that you freeze the wontons between 1-2 hours, flat on a baking sheet with some gaps between and covered with a cling film. Once frozen you can then place the individual and separated wontons in a freezer bag, this way you can cook them one at a time.
Cooking the frozen wontons- frozen wontons does not need to be thawed/defrosted before cooking them. You can just drop them on boiling water and once they float in the surface they are cooked.

 

Cantonese Braised Beef Brisket (Ngau Lam, 牛腩飯)

KITCHEN KIT:
Large frying pan/wok, a large casserole pan with a lid and a slow cooker (if you do not have a slow cooker you can just use a large sauce pan).

Ingredients:
1.  4 tbsp. ground nut oil
2.  500g beef brisket, chopped into chunks approx. 1nch thick
3.  150g beef tendons, chopped into chunks approx. 1nch thick
4.  40g ginger, peeled and slice
5.  3 cloves of garlic, grated or crushed
6.  1 ½ litre of water
7.  ½ cup shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
8.  2 ½ tbsp. Chu Hou Sauce
9.  1 star anise
10. 1 cinnamon bark equivalent of approx. 4 inches long/ 2 inch thick.
11. ½ tbsp. brown sugar
12. 2 large daikon radishes, peeled and chopped into chunks approx. ½ inch thick
13. 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks approx. ½ inch thick
14. 5 tbsp. light soy sauce
15. 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
16. Pinch of salt
17. Pinch of ground white pepper

The Beef Brisket and Tendons:
1.  On a large frying pan over a high heat, add 2 tbsp. of oil, when the oil is very hot, add and fry the beef brisket chunks and tendons for 3-4 minutes until brown on all sides. Then set aside.
2.  Reheat the same pan/wok adding another 2 tbsp of oil, sauté garlic and ginger for 1-2 minutes.
3.  Transfer cooked garlic, ginger, beef brisket and beef tendon into a large sauce pan. Add 1 ½ litre of water, Shaoxing rice wine, Chu Hou sauce, star anise, cinnamon bark and sugar. Cover sauce pan with a lid and bring to boil.
4.  Then add the daikon radishes and carrots;lower the heat and simmer for 6-10 hours with the lid on; until the beef brisket are soft and tender and beef tendon turns into a jelly-like consistency, soft and almost falling apart.(use a slow cooker instead if you have one)
5.  Stir frequently throughout the whole time to ensure that the ingredients are all well incorporated and the beef doesn’t get stuck at the bottom of the pan. There should be enough liquid to cover all the ingredients both before and after cooking this dish for hours. So do add some more water little ½ a cup at a time, if you find that your sauce starts to dry out during the cooking process.
6.  Season with some salt, pepper and sugar.

Serve warm with jasmine rice or with egg noodle soup.

 

Drunken Clams (Clams Cooked in Beer)

Drunken Clams, Clams Cooked in Beer

I got this recipe from my mother, which she cooks really well with Portuguese dry white wine. Upmarket Portuguese restaurants in Macau use Portuguese dry white wine for this dish, while many other restaurants and cafes in Macau, uses the Macau beer or the well known Tsing Tao beer as an alternative to wine. In this recipe I used Tsing Tao beer as unfortunately my local supermarket does not sell Macau Beer.

A few of the well known restaurants in Macau that serve this dish are: 
A Lorcha 船屋葡國餐廳 in Macau Island
Antonio Restaurant in the Taipa Village
Nga Tim Cafe 雅憩花園餐廳. in the Coloane Village

 Clams Cook in Beer ,Drunken ClamsClams Cook in Beer ,Drunken Clams

KITCHEN KIT:
1 large sauce pan

 

Ingredients Serves 3:

1.  2 tbsp of olive oil
2.  40g ginger, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
3.  3 cloves of garlic, grated or finely chopped
4.  1 small onion, finely chopped
5.  1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped (deseed chilli to lessen heat) 
6.  300g clams
7.  300ml Tsing Tao Beer or Macau Beer
8.  Pinch of Salt
9.  Pinch of Ground white pepper
10. Handful of coriander, finely chopped
11. Handful of sweet holy basil, torn (optional)

The Clams:
1.  Wash and clean your clams under running cold water, for clams that are open or slightly open, tap them lightly, if they do not close discard them.
2.  In a large pan, over a high heat add 2 tbsp of olive oil, ginger, garlic, onion, chilies, some of your chopped coriander, pinch of salt, pepper and sauté for 1 minute.
3.  Add clams and beer; allow it to simmer for 2 minutes then cover with a lid.
4.  Leave to cook for 5 minutes gently shaking the pan a few times. Once the clams have all opened remove from heat and garnish with some chopped coriander and sweet holy basil.

Serve warm with jasmine rice.

 

 

Macanese Baked Pork Chop Rice

Macanese Baked Porkchop Rice

This is one of the locals favourite dish, which can be eaten in many restaurants and cafes in Macau as well as Hong Kong. This is another great example of a genuine fusion dish. Baked pork chop with cheese, tumeric and coconut milk are cooking methods and ingredients that came from the Portuguese and their ex-colonies such as Goa.  And the fried rice which came from canton (Macau, HKG, China).  There are different recipes for a “Baked pork chop rice dish”, one recipe includes tomato paste , tomato chops and ketchup which is known in both Hong Kong and Macau as the “Baked Pork chop rice dish in red sauce” red being the tomato sauce.  The other alternative recipe is known as the “Baked Pork chop rice dish in cheese and white sauce” that is cooked with cheddar cheese and bechamel sauce. Finally the last alternative recipe is called the “Portuguese Baked Pork Chop rice” which is the version I have made here, with a coconut milk  and tumeric powder. The recipes for the red, white and coconut tumeric sauces varies greatly from restaurants to cafes to families that cooks the dish. I have tried all sorts of different versions in my life time and I must say that so far I have been lucky enough to have only had delicious ones so far.

 

KITCHEN KIT:
Ovenproof dish and 2 frying pan/wok.

Ingredients Serves 4:

For the pork marinade:
1.  2 pork chops or pork loin steaks
2.  2 tbsp light soy sauce
3.  ½ teaspoon sugar
4.  ½ teaspoon corn flour
5.  1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or sherry
6.  ½ tsp ginger powder
7.  ½ tsp  of sesame oil
8.  Pinch of ground white pepper

 

For the breaded pork chop:
9.  ¼ salt
10. ¼ ground white pepper
11. 2 tbsp flour
12. 1 egg, lightly beaten
13. 30g dried breadcrumbs
14. 4 tbsp of ground nut oil

 

For the Fried Rice:
15. 2 tbsp ground nut oil
16. 1 egg, lightly beaten
17. 3 cups of cooked rice
18. 1 shallot, finely chopped
19. ½ clove of garlic, crushed
20. 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
21. 2 medium tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped
22. 1 tsp sesame oil
23. 1 tbsp light soy sauce
For the Sauce:
24. 1 tbsp ground nut oil
25. 1 bay leaf
26. 1 shallot, finely chopped
27. 1 small potato peeled and chopped
28. 1 carrot, peeled and slice
29. 1 tsp turmeric powder
30. 150 ml coconut milk
31. 150 ml full fat milk
32. Pinch of salt
33. Pinch of coarse black pepper
34. Pinch of sugar
35. 30g Cheddar cheese, grated
36. 15g of desecrated coconut

 

Day 1

For the Marinade:
1.  On a bowl combine all the pork marinade listed above, marinade the pork overnight or for at least 1 hour.
2.  Cook your rice and set to chill overnight.

Day 2

For the breaded pork chops:
3.  Preheat oven to 200ºC
4.  On a plate, rub the pork with flour, salt and pepper, then dip into the beaten egg and finally into the breadcrumbs.
5.  On a frying pan heat 4tbsp of oil over a medium heat, when the oil is very hot add your pork and cook until golden brown and crisp. Set your pork aside on a kitchen towel to drain the excess oil.


For the Fried Rice:
7.  On a separate pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil over a high heat, add your egg and just when it starts to set stir in your rice. Add 1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp of sesame oil cook for 2 minutes. Set your egg fried rice aside.


8.  Re heat your frying pan over high heat, add 1 tbsp of oil, when the oil is smoking hot add your garlic, shallot and bell pepper cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the bell pepper has slightly softened.
9.  Return the egg fried rice back into the pan, stir incorporating all the ingredients together, cook for 2 minutes and set aside.


For the Sauce:
10. Parboil your chopped potatoes (approx 5 min) and carrots (approx 3 min) until slightly softened, then drain.


11. On a frying pan over a very high heat, add oil and when it is smoking hot; add your shallots,bay leaf,carrots and potatoes;cook for 2 minutes.
12. Next,stir in your turmeric powder, coconut milk, full fat milk; season with salt, pepper and sugar, leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

For the Baking process:
13. On an oven proof dish, add your fried rice and half of the sauce, then add the pork chops with the leftover sauce. Sprinkle over some grated cheddar cheese and desecrated coconut. Bake for 25 minutes until cheese has melted.

 

 

Serve Warm.

 

 

 

Mom’s Macanese Crème Caramel (flan)

Crème Caramel, flan

KITCHEN KIT:
Small Sauce Pan, wooden spoon, deep ovenproof dish, pastry brush and a palette knife.

Ingredients Serves 6:
For the crème:
1.  6 egg yolks
2.  410ml evaporated/ideal milk
3.  205ml sweetened condensed milk
4.  1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract or 2 vanilla pods only.

For the caramel:
5.  6 tbsp of water (if you would like to have a runny caramel) or 1 ½ tbsp  of butter (for a darker, more intense and thicker caramel base sauce)
6.  160g caster sugar

Buttering the dish:
7.  10g melted unsalted butter

The crème:
1.  Pre-heat oven at 150°C.
2.  On a bowl mix all the crème ingredients. Set aside.

The caramel:
3.  On a small saucepan over a low heat, add your sugar and water. Stir until the sugar granules have turned into liquid.
4.  Once it starts to bubble and thickens stop stirring, leave to boil until it changes into an amber colour then remove from heat.
5.  Pour the caramel onto your dish, leave to set for a few minutes.


Buttering the dish and adding of he crème:
6.  Once the caramel has set and cooled, brush all sides of the dish with unsalted melted butter.
7.  Pour the crème mixture on the dish. Place the dish on a baking tray.
8.  Pour hot boiling water on the baking tray filling it a third of the way up, (bain-marie) place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until the crème has set. Remove from the oven, leave to cool for a few minutes and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
9.  Dip a palette knife on a hot water, run it through around the edges of the crème caramel dish, shake the dish gently this will loosen the crème caramel from the dish. Cover the dish with a plate and tip it upside down.

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Serve with some fresh raspberries.

Extra Tip: For the caramel sauce you can either use butter and sugar for a more intense flavour, dark caramel colouring and thicker sauce. My Mom usually makes the caramel sauce with water and sugar which gives a more delicate flavour an amber colouring to the sauce and thinner liquid sauce. I have tried and liked both versions. For this recipe, I used butter and sugar. Which ever caramel receipe you use, just ensure that you don’t use a non-stick pan, using a non-stick pan will crystallize your sugar instead of giving you the nice caramel liquid.

Evaporated/ Ideal Milk and Condensed milk are widely used in Macau and Hong Kong, most cafes and restaurants in Macau and Hong Kong used these as an alternative to fresh milk, with the hot weather these are perfect alternatives. The famous Macau and Hong Kong Milk Tea are also made with Evaporated/Ideal milk .

Crème Caramel, flan

Galinha Cafreal à Africana (Macanese African Chicken)

Galinha Cafreal à Africana (Macanese African chicken)

Certainly one of Macanese’s favourite dish. This is my take on the famous Macanese Galinha Cafreal à Africana.

KITCHEN KIT:

Ovenproof dish and pastry brush

 

Ingredients Serves 4:

1. 1 small spatchcock chicken approx 1.4kg

2. 150g melted butter

3. 10 cloves of garlic, grated or crushed

4. 1 tsp of salt

5. 1 ½ tsp of coarsely ground black pepper

6. 3 bay leaves torn in a few pieces

7. 3 lime leaves finely slice into thin strips

8. 1 red dried chilli finely chopped

9. 1 can of coconut milk or 400 ml

10. 10g desecrated coconut

11. 200ml chicken stock

12. 1 tsp of corn flour

 

Day 1

The Marinade:

1. On a deep dish add 100g butter, 10 cloves of grated garlic,  ½ tsp of salt, ½ tsp pepper, bay leaves, lime leaves and chillies, mix all the ingredients together.

2. Rub the marinade all over the spatchcock chicken. Cover the dish with a cling film, refrigerate overnight to marinade.


Day 2

The Coconut Basting Sauce:

3. On a bowl mix remaining 50g butter, 5 cloves of garlic, salt, black pepper and coconut milk.

 

The Marinated Chicken:

4. Pre-heat oven to 200°C.

5. On a bowl stir 200ml of hot chicken stock and 1 tsp of corn flour then set aside.

6. On an ovenproof dish, add the marinated chicken; then using a pastry brush baste the chicken with some coconut basting sauce. Cover the chicken with a foil.

Galinha Cafreal à Africana (Macanese African chicken)

7. Place chicken in the oven to bake for 45 minutes, basting regularly with the coconut basting sauce. Add 3 tbsp at a time of the chicken stock with corn flour to thicken the sauce, add more if necessary.

8. After 45 minutes, put the oven into grill, remove the foil covering on the chicken. Baste the chicken once again with the coconut basting sauce, return chicken in the oven to grill on one side for 25 minutes, then turn the chicken over and grill the other side for another 25 minutes.

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9. When the chicken is cooked and the skin is blackened sprinkle over some desecrated coconut return to the oven for 2 minutes.

Galinha Cafreal à Africana (Macanese African chicken)

Galinha Cafreal à Africana (Macanese African chicken)

Serve warm with jasmine rice or chips.

Galinha Cafreal à Africana (Macanese African chicken)

Extra Tip: Do not be alarmed that the chicken is blackened it is not burnt it is meant to be black and it does add flavour to the dish, although the exterior of the chicken looks black the insides of the chicken remains succulent and juicy.

Macanese Almôndegas

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These miniature pork patties are so easy to make and are so delicious. I used to have these as an afternoon snack after coming home from school and they are so comforting and absolutely moorish. Nowadays, I serve these as canapé when friends come over for tea. Like many other Macanese dishes the recipe for this dish also varies from family to family, some add chopped green olives. Usually these patties are not dipped in flour. Thyme leaves and chilli powder are not used in this dish as well. I personally prefer a bit of chilli powder and thyme leaves to enhance the flavour, but feel free to omit these if you would like to try the simpler version.

KITCHEN KIT:
Deep frying pan and a colander

Ingredients Makes 25 pcs:
1.  250g minced pork
2.  65g grated mature cheddar cheese
3.  1 egg lightly beaten
4.  1 sprig of thyme leaves only
5.  45g of breadcrumbs
6.  45g of flour
7.  600ml oil (for a 10inch size pan that’s 3 inches deep)
8.  Pinch of salt
9.  Pinch of ground white pepper
10. Pinch of chilli powder

The Patties:
1.  Mix pork, some thyme leaves and grated cheese; season with a pinch of  salt, pepper and chilli powder. Knead until mixture is smooth.
2.  Make small round balls out of the mixture, approx 1 inch in size. Flatten each ball.
3.  Dip each ball on a flour, then beaten egg and finally dip into the breadcrumbs, coating all over evenly.
4.  Heat oil on a deep pan (the oil needs to be very hot).  You can either deep fry or shallow fry your almôndegas in batches for approx.3 minutes on each size. Once cooked and golden brown, drain the cooked almôndegas on a colander sitting on a bowl or kitchen towel to drain excess oil.

almôndegas

Serve warm with an ice cold Macau style milk tea.

Macanese Minchi (Stir-fried minced beef with potatoes and fried eggs)

Macanese Minchi

This is a local favourite and an equivalent of a national dish in Macau. It’s a household family favourite but can also be ordered at many Macanese and Portuguese restaurants all over Macau. If you want an authentic Minchi visit Wai Kei, in Macau one of the locals favourite restaurant in Macau.  It is said that the word minchi came from the British who lived in nearby Hong Kong. The word “minced” was pronounce by the local Cantonese as Minchi and hence the dish became known as Minchi. Macau and Hong Kong only 70km apart and the two cities influence each others cuisine. Macau was under Portuguese administration from the mid 16th century up until 1999 when, like Hong Kong in 1997, it became one a Special Administrative Region of China. Macau has a much longer colonial history than Hong Kong and still has strong ties with Portugal. Macau, as an ex-trading port for Portugal, benefitted greatly from the spices the Portuguese ships brought from their trading routes. Hence Macanese cuisine today contains a lot of spices not seen in Cantonese cuisine and strong influences from Portugal and it’s colonies’ cuisines. Spices, salted fish and cured meat, such as chorizo and presunto, came not just from Portugal but also from Africa, Brazil, East Timor and India on ships as they passed through Macau. Macanese food is thus more than just a mix of Cantonese and Portuguese cuisines it is also heavily influenced by many of Portugal’s former colonies cuisines; making it the original fusion cuisine, full of flavour, history and memories from the past.

KITCHEN KIT:

Wok or a none stick pan, colander

 

Ingredients Serves 4:

The Marinade:

1. 2 cloves of bashed garlic.

2. 1 tbsp of light soy sauce

3. 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

4. 2 bay leaves

5. ½ tsp of cayenne pepper.

 

The Beef Minchi and Potatoes:

6. 550g lean minced beef (alternatively use 275g minced pork and 275g minced beef)

7. 1 medium potato of approx 225g, peeled and cubed in small pieces

8. 1 medium onion, finely chopped

9. 1 small shallot, finely chopped

10. 3 cloves of crushed and chopped

11. 2 bay leaves

12. 2 tbsp light soya sauce

13. 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce

14. 1 tbsp Worcester sauce

15. ¼ tsp brown sugar

16. ¼ tsp salt

17. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

18. ¼ tsp ground white pepper

19. 700ml sunflower oil

20. 2 tbsp olive oil

21. 4 eggs

 

The Marinade:

1. Marinade beef on a bowl for 30 minutes with 2 cloves of bashed garlic (large enough to take them off), bay leaves, cayenne pepper, light and dark soy sauce.

Minchi Marinade

The Potatoes:

2. On a high heat, heat the wok with 700ml of sunflower oil, deep fry cubed potatoes, gently stir to make sure they are not stuck together. Once crisp and golden brown, remove the potatoes from the wok and leave the potatoes to drain on a colander over a bowl. (The oil needs to be very hot before the potatoes are added, to check that the oil is hot enough place a wooden chopstick on the oil, if the oil bubbles up, your oil is hot enough for the potatoes to be added in, if you have a deep fat fryer you can use that instead to deep fry your potatoes.)

3. Remove oil from the wok.

The Beef:

4. Reheat your wok again over a high heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil, add the garlic, onions, shallots and bay leaves stir continuously for 1 minute.

5. Add only your marinated beef (discard: bashed garlic chunks), cook the beef and just when the beef starts to turn brown add your light soya sauce, Worcester sauce, sugar and season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Light and Dark Soy SauceMacanese Minchi

The Egg:

6. Heat some oil in a wok until it is smoking hot. Crack the egg into the pan, with a very hot pan the egg should crisp up around the edges immediately. Move the egg from side to side, bathing the entire egg with the hot oil. This will make the egg crispy, finally turn over the egg so its semi-side up and then serve. The yolk should still be runny.

Serve Warm with jasmine rice.

Macanese Minchi

Extra Tip: There are many variations to this dish. Most Macanese do no marinade the beef before cooking it, but I personally prefer to marinade the beef with the herbs and spices as for me it intensifies the flavours even more. You can choose to omit this section. It is also fine to only use light soy sauce and omit the cayenne. I know many families in Macau that prefer to only use light or dark soy sauce and others who prefer to combined them as I have done in this recipe.

Macanese Bacalhau Guisado

This is my Mom’s easy version of a Macanese Bacalhau Guisado. One of our family favourite dish for an evening supper. As this is so easy to make, we usually have this on the weekdays. So yummy and so easy.

KITCHEN KIT:
Deep frying pan and a casserole pan with a lid.

Ingredients Serves 4:
1.  1lb boned and skinned cod.  (if using salted cod please see instructions below on how to prepare the salted cod overnight)
2.  5 tbsp olive oil.
3.  2 tbsp butter.
4.  1 medium size onion diced.
5.  2 cloves of finely chopped garlic.
6.  4 tomatoes deseeded and chopped.
7.  3 bell peppers deseeded and chopped.
8.  1 medium potato skin peeled off and sliced thinly like a disc.
9.  90g pitted green olives
10. 3 bay leaves.
11. Some flour for dusting
12. Some salt
13. Some pepper
14. ¼ tsp paprika
15. Optional- a handful of fresh parsley chopped for garnish
16. Optional- a few small bell peppers for garnish

Preparing the Fresh Cod fish if not using Bacalhau (already slated cod) :
1.  On a plate rub the fish with rock sea salt, leave the fish to rest for 5-10 minutes, the salt will remove excess liquid from the fish and helps firms up the flesh of the fish.

The Bacalhau:
2.  Season the cod with a pinch of salt and pepper, dust with some flour and shake off the cod to remove excess flour. (if you are using a salted cod for this dish, omit seasoning with salt, just season with pepper and dust with flour as the fish will already be salty)


3.  Heat frying pan with 4 tbsp of oil fry the cod for 2 minutes on each side. Remove the fish and set aside covered in foil to keep it warm.
4.  Heat casserole pan, adding left over oil from the frying pan used to cook the fish, add 1 more tbsp of oil onto this and 2 tbsp of butter. Add garlic, onions, peppers and bay leaves cook for 1 minute then mix in the potatoes. Season with some salt, pepper and paprika; cook all together for a further 3 minutes then mix in the tomatoes. (The amount of salt you add in depends entirely on your taste buds, you will have to season the dish with some more salt if you are using fresh cod rather than “bacalhau”, salted cod).


5.    Add the fish onto the same pan, gently flake it and lightly cover the fish with all the cook vegetables so the flavours infuse into the fish. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes over a low heat.

Serve warm with steamed jasmine rice.

Extra Tip: Traditionally the fish used for this dish is a salted cod. If you have the time and prefer to use a salted cod, you would have to rinse the salted cod in cold water, soak it in water for 24 hours, changing the water 2 or 3 times, before cooking it. The soaking time varies depending on the size and dryness of the fish.