Category: Starter/Finger Foods

Saewoo Twigim (Korean Deep Fried King Prawns)

Saewoo Twigim, photo by JMorton

Saewoo Twigim (Korean Deep Fried King Prawns)

I could eat and eat fried king prawns all old.  They are so delicious especially served with some spicy sauces.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  shrimp, peeled (but leave the tail intact) and de-veined
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Korean deep frying mix powder (this is available in Asian/Oriental/Korean food store near you) 🙂
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Using a deep fryer or a pan with high sides like a large wok or casserole, heat the enough oil for deep frying.
  • Ensure that the oil is hot at 375 degrees, essential for quick crisping of the battered shrimps. (It is useful to invest in an oil thermometer for kitchen use, some are not very expensive)
  • Spread the two cups of Korean deep frying mix powder on a plate.

  • Dip each peeled shrimp into the beaten eggs and then cover and coat with the mix powder.
  • Give each a gentle quick shake and then carefully lower down over the hot oil.
  • Fry in batches; do not overcrowd the pan to maintain the hot temperature of the oil.
  • Remove from oil when prawns are golden brown all over.
  • Paper towels should be at the ready to drain off excess oil.

Serve with some salad and favourite dip.

Bin Dae Tteok (Korean Vegetable Pancake)

Korean Pancake, photo by JMorton

Bin Dae Tteok (Korean Vegetable Pancake)

This is a delicous savoury pancake.  Delicious dipped in a sauce made with soy sauce, vinegar, minced garlic and spiced with chopped chillies.

Perfect for starters.

Pork Dumplings Recipe

Dumpling, photo by PH Morton

Pork Dumplings Recipe

This is so delicious.  So scrumptious even with the simplest dip.  In fact the simpler the dip, the better as the herbs used in the dumplings enhance the flavour.

The recipe is to follow shortly

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Crispy Seaweed

Peter and I love crispy seaweeds.  We always order it as one of our starters when we dine out in Chinese restaurants.

There is something about its crispy texture that is rather pleasing to the tastebuds.

Of course we are well aware that this seaweed is not really seaweed as we know it.  It did not come from the sea. 🙂  In fact it is made from finely shredded spring green cabbage.

Peter asked me why is it then called a seaweed?!!! To hazard guest, I think because it does look like a seaweed when it is being prepared and cooked. Its corrugated crispy texture is like seaweed.

Anyway, as I have said, it is quite delicious and here a recipe for it.

Crispy Seaweed Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 250 g Spring green cabbage (Kale is a good substitute)
  • 1½ tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp shrimp powder (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Prepare the spring green by washing it completely and ridding it of grits and little insects, you never know!  🙂 .  Trim off the tough stalks that run through each leaf.  Drain the leaves thoroughly with kitchen paper towels.
  • Using a good chopping board and an equally good and sharp knife, sliced the leaves into thin ribbons.
  • Spread them in a flat surface for 10-15 minutes to allow them to completely dry.
  • Heat the oil in a wok or a deep-fat fryer.
  • To cook the finely shredded cabbage evenly, they must be done in batches.  Carefully lower a bit of the spring green shreds into the hot oil.  When they have been cook they would crinkle and float.  Remove them with a slotted ladle and put them over kitchen paper towels to soak up excess oil.  Do the same thing with the rest of the batch.
  • For the topping, mix the the sugar and salt with the shrimp powder and sprinkle over the cabbage.
  • Serve immediately as a starter.

Authentic Maki Zushi

Sushi platter, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Authentic Maki Zushi

I will not be telling porkies here but making sushi is somewhat difficult!  I am not only talking about the process of rolling these little babies but actually more on the ingredients and the preparation.

The rice!  It has to be cooked to perfection and the fish and vegetables should be at their freshest.

Before you say no to sushi making, please stop! 🙂 We should all be reminded that Rome was not built in a day, as the saying goes.  We have to persevere; make an effort and acquire new skill for a potentially delicious reap.

To be continued! 🙂

Egg & Tuna Salad

Boiled eggs

Egg & Tuna Salad

Ingredients:

6 eggs, hard boiled

1 small can tuna, flaked

2 stalks celery, sliced finely

4 tablespoon mayonnaise

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Procedure:

  • Remove the shell off  and then carefully cut into the pointed end of the eggs.  From this incision, delicately take out the yolks.
  • Set aside the outer egg white as these will be used as an outer casing for the stuffing later on.
  • Mash the egg yolks in a bowl.  Finely chop the egg whites cut off from the pointed end of the boiled eggs and then add these to the mashed yolks.
  • Mix in the tuna and celery.
  • Add the mayonnaise.  Give it a good stir.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Now divided this tuna and egg stuffing and use this to fill in the egg white casings.  Keep everything tidy.
  • Serve in a bed of shredded lettuce.

 

 

Breaded Garlic Mushroom Recipe

Garlic Mushroom, photo by JMorton

Breaded Garlic Mushroom Recipe

  • Ingredients

    For the mushrooms

      • 200g button mushrooms, do not wash, wipe off grit and dirt with a kitchen towel.
      • 100g plain flour, seasoned with 1/3 tsp salt,1/2 tsp garlic powder, freshly ground black pepper and a little pinch of chilli powder
      • 2 eggs, beaten
      • 100g breadcrumbs
      • vegetable oil for deep frying

     

Serve the garlic mushroom with the dip and a bit of salad for a delicious starter.

Enjoy!

Eggs Benedict With Caviar Recipe

Eggs Benedict, photo by JMorton

 

 This breakfast or brunch is just the business for a lazy, indulgent weekend.
This is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds.  As you cut into the egg, the still runny yolk deliciously gush out from the inside. The saltiness of the caviar give this recipe that ‘nuttiness’ goodness! 🙂
Below is a recipe from Gordon Ramsay in the Goodfood Magazine

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 2 toasting muffins
  • 1 batch hot hollandaise sauce
  • 4 slices Parma ham
  • 1/2 oz caviar

Method

  1. Bring a deep saucepan of water to the boil (at least 2 litres) and add the vinegar. Break the eggs into 4 separate coffee cups or ramekins. Split the muffins, toast them and warm some plates.
  2. Swirl the vinegared water briskly to form a vortex and slide in an egg. It will curl round and set to a neat round shape. Cook for 2-3 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  3. Repeat with the other eggs, one at a time, re-swirling the water as you slide in the eggs. Spread some sauce on each muffin, scrunch a slice of ham on top, then top with an egg. Spoon over the remaining hollandaise.
  4. Garnish with caviar and serve at once.

Spiced Nuts Recipe

Tasty Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts Recipe

Nuts are good for you. They are versatile and lovely to serve at parties. Even lovelier eaten as a snack rather than chocolates and cakes.

Just be aware that you do not have a nut allergy!

Here is an easy recipe for a spicily yummy nuts:

Ingredients:

125g whole almonds
125g cashew nuts
125g pecan nuts
125g hazelnuts, pre-toasted and skinned.
1 tbsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
30g unsalted butter
2 1/2 tsp muscovado sugar (soft brown sugar)
2tsp chopped rosemary

Method of Preparation

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 or 200 degrees centigrade

Place all the nuts into a baking tray and toast for 5-7 minutes or aromatic.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the sea salt and cayenne pepper.

Melt he butter along with the sugar in a large sauce pan. Stir to combine.

Add the nuts and rosemary and stir to coat.

Delicious served hot or at room temperature.

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