My 3-dish dinner…
So, I am home for 2 days due to sickness (nothing too serious so no worries). I felt better as the day wore on and was able to do some housework and then cook a proper dinner.
I hardly ever cook and when I do, it’ usually a one-dish meal, like the fried rice. So you can see how special this dinner is to me…and hubby…and son 😛
So, what’s cooking? Umm…pork ribs soup. I know, I’ve done that before, even cooked it last evening, but it’s the easiest dish to cook and it has all the nutrients from ingredients like potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions and of course, pork ribs. A dash of Chinese cooking wine, salt and soy sauce to taste completes the dish.
The Chinese stalls that sell this dish calls it the ABC soup, I always thought that’s because it’s a translation of the Chinese names for the main ingredients: A – ang chye tao (carrot) or it could be ang mo kio (tomato), B – bah kut (pork ribs), C – this is the tricky part…could be carrot or k(c)antang (potato). However, a search on the internet revealed that it’s called ABC soup because it has vitamins A, B, and C –
Vitamin A – Carrot
Vitamin B – Potato
Vitamin C – Onion
I think I like this version of the name explanation better 😉
Another dish which I’ve cooked before is the fried batang (Spanish mackerel) fish. I hate frying fish or anything simply because the oil might splash and I could get scalded but withe the Happy Call pan, the oil doesn’t splash that much and you can always cover it up to avoid jumping hot oil 🙂
The only problem with using the Happy Call pan is that the fish will not be crispy. It will be moist and juicy, not the way to eat fried batang, but I wasn’t going to take a risk with the wok 😛
The last dish is something new for me. It’s a tomato-base mixed vegetable with potato and sausage. I debated whether to add shrimps to the mixed vegetable or sausage but in the end, sausage won.
Verdict from son: Well, after texting me at 4pm to say he’s coming back at 5.30pm and he’s going out again soon, son got first taste of the dishes. This is our conversation:
Me: “Is the mixed vegetable ok?”
Me: “Is the fish too salty?”
And as I was washing up, he finished eating so I said, “After so much time preparing and cooking, you only took 10 minutes to eat.”
“How long did it take for you to cook?”
“I started preparing at 3.30pm.” (it was about 6pm this conversation took place)
“Whoa! So long?” And he was out of the house in 10 minutes after leaving the dishes in the sink.
That’s my son. Taking interest in cooking. Asking me how to make salad, what vegetable to add to salad, what sauce to use…while I was still cooking. Yep, a chef in the making 😛 Just no dish-washing for him. Uh-uh, that’s not him *rolleyes*
Verdict from hubby: “Almost perfect, except for the soup which could’ve used a bit more salt. Yesterday’s soup was nicer, why is today’s so bland?” Well, maybe it’s because it’s cooked by a human, not a robot 😛
Yesterday’s 2-dish dinner:
ABC soup and what was supposed to be Japanese Oyakodon (chicken, egg, onion simmered in sauce and added to rice) but turned out like omelette 😛 I should’ve beaten the egg first before adding to the chicken and onion. The egg is not supposed to be fully cooked, it’s supposed to be runny. Oh well, at least hubby did like it. Will try it again some other day.
In case you’re interested, I used soy sauce, mirin, a bit of sake (Japanese wine) which I have left in my fridge for god only knows how long :P, and sugar for the sauce (I don’t have dashi, a Japanese fish broth).
That’s all for my attempt at being a housewife 🙂 Leave me a comment or tips for cooking if you have some 🙂