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At Home with Home Bao
Salt & Pepper Chicken
Street food of Taiwan
600g chicken breast cut into cubes
- Light soy sauce 125ml
- Sugar 2 TBS
- White pepper 1 tsp
- Rice wine 2 tsp
- Five Spice ½ tsp
- Cinnamon ½ tsp
- Sesame oil 1 tsp
- Garlic minced 2 cloves
- Ginger pulp 2 tsp
- Water 4 TBS
- Cornstarch 3 TBS
1. Marinade chicken for 1 hour.
2. Press marinated chicken into course tapioca flour (use tempura flour or panko bread crumbs as alternative), then refrigerate for 10min.
3. Dust with tapioca flour again before deep frying. This Second coating guarantee extra crunch!
4. Set oil at 140 degrees (drop some batter into hot oil, if it floats up then the oil is ready for frying)
* Healty alternative* mist chicken pieces with neutral vegtable oil and pop them into the air fryer for 12 min on 180 degrees.
5. Slowly slide chicken pieces into the hot oil
6. Ready when it's golden brown and floats to the surface.
7. Dust with white pepper and salt
Great choice of filling to Home Bao steamed bao
Spinach & cream cheese wonton
(makes 30-40 wontons)
1 packet of wonton skin
200g store bought frozen creamed spinach
80g cream cheese (if you like them extra creamy)
1 teaspoon Lemon zest
1 tsp salt
Defrost creamed spinach
Add cream cheese, salt and lemon zest
FOLD. Place one teaspoon of filling in the middle of the wonton skin. Seal the edges with water. Make sure to push out all excess air. Place on tray.
Either steam for 5 min on high or deep fry on low heat until golden brown
*freeze excess wonton a tray until rock solid and keep in zip lock bag
A Japenese style salad dressing that will turn any mundane salad into an instant hit
Makes 6 starter portions
150g rice noodles
300g mixed salad greens (cos lettuce, baby spinach, baby bok choy)
60g finely chopped onion 4 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar or honey
1 tbsp sesame seeds
120g julienne carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped coriander
1 finely chopped chilli (or red pepper)
50g toasted peanuts or cashews
1. Place the rice noodles in hot water. Leave to rehydrate for 15 minutes.
2. Drain rice noodle, then cool in cold water. Roughly chop into 10 cm lengths
3. Roughly chop the mixed salad greens.
4. To make your dressing, place onion, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds and sugar or honey in a blender. Blend until smooth.
5. Toss together the cabbage, rice noodles, carrots, coriander and chilli.
6. Just before serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad and sprinkle the nuts on top.
Taiwanese braised beef
Taiwan's national dish
500g beef shin on bones, chop into chunks
2 large onions (roughly chopped).
200g carrots 🥕 .
2 cloves of minced garlic.
2 thick slices of ginger (add more if you like the ginger taste).
1 tins of chopped tomatoes or 400g fresh tomatoe
1 tablespoons of 5 spice powder .
1/3 cup soy sauce (I prefer low sodium).
30ml rice or shaoshing wine
Salt to taste
5 sprigs of spring onions finely chopped.
Fresh chilli (optional) .
Coriander (optional). Fresh veggies (spinach / bok choy / broccoli).
Large pot to fit all these ingredients ;)
How to 👩🏻🍳
1. Fry onions with a tablespoon of vegetable oil
2. Brown the meat
3. Add ginger, garlic, carrots and five spices.
4. add tin tomatoes and soy sauce. Fill the pot with boiling water until it covers all the ingredients.
5. Once it boils, let it simmer for at least 90min or until the meat is tender.
6. Add the fresh veggies of your choice right at the end, so it’s par boiled and still crisp.
7. Serve the braised beef soup by sprinkling freshly chopped spring onions, chilli and coriander 🍜 .
P.s to turn it into a hearty meal, simply add some noodles or serve it with dumplings 🥟 .
5 Spice Braised Pork Rice 魯肉飯
This humble bowl of rice is the ultimate Taiwanese comfort food. It is what a good spaghetti bolognaise is to the Italians.
Every household has their own signature recipe with a few tweaks. This one is from my Aunt in Cape Town and she makes it for the family when we are feeling home sick.
Here is the recipe
(4 main portions. 30min Prep and 45min cooking time)
350g pork belly
½ cup deep fried shallots
6 cloves of garlic finely diced
80ml soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp five spice
1 x cinnamon stick
1 tsp white pepper
2 hard-boiled eggs
Steam pork belly whole
Finely dice steamed, cooled pork belly
Pan fry on medium heat until brown and then add garlic
Add shallot, soy sauce, sugar, five spice, cinnamon stick, white pepper and water to cover
Simmer on low for 30min until ready
(place hard boiled eggs for the last 15 min before serving)
Serve with rice and pickled daikon (optional)