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korean sweet & sour beef

I love Korean sweet & sour beef (tang-soo-yok 탕수육) more than the other asian varieties.

Sweet & Sour Beef (탕수육)
serves 3 (as a companion dish)
adapted from korean kitchen

Batter
1 cup corn starch or potato starch
1 cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten

neutral oil – for frying

2 oz beef – lean grilling part **(if using pork, add 1 teaspoon of ginger juice to get rid of the smell)
salt & pepper

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 onion – sliced
1/4 carrot – sliced
1/8 cucumber – sliced
1/2 can of fruit cocktail

Sauce
1 + 1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1+1/2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons water

Mix corn starch and water. Stir well and let it sit for 1-2 hours until the starch and the water seperates. Carefully drain just the water.

Heat oil in large pot to fry. Don’t fill more then half way.

Cut bee into thin strips. Season with salt  & pepper. Add egg and starch batter. Mix well with hand. Deep fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

For the sauce, add vegetable of oil to pan to saute the vegetables briefly (1-2 minutes). Mix together in a bowl the water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Add to the mixture to pan and let it come to a boil . Add cornstarch and water mixer to the boiling sauce. Stir well together until it becomes thick and boil again. **Make sure the sauce is boiling when you add the cornstarch and water mixer, it may not mix well if you don’t.

Fry beef once more. Frying twice will make it crispy! And serve with hot sauce over the fried beef.

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caramelized braised pork and eggs

This delicious little treat from Ravenous Couple can be made with pork shin/legs instead of the more fatty pork belly if you’re looking for a leaner alternative. The sweetness from the coconut gently flavors the pork and the eggs. Eat with a side of rice and veggies for a complete meal!

quick ribs and apple slaw

Quick ribs with side of refreshing apple slaw.

tan tan noodles

I always liked good tan tan noodles. It’s the mixture of spicy with creamy peanut sauce and chewy noodles.

Very simple to make. Enjoy hot!

Tan Tan Noodles
serves 2
adapted from momofukufor2

Soup
2 cups of chicken stock
1 tablespoons chili bean sauce
1 tablespoons sesame paste
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Meat
1/2 lb ground pork
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 sliced thai red chili (add less if you like it less spicy and more if you like it more spicy)
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste

Noodles
pick your favorite or make your own. I used hand-made ramen noodles from T&T, but I’m still looking for Kansui to make my own noodles. Kitchen Musings has an awesome guide to how to perfectly cook your ramen noodles.

I didn’t find the sauce very thick and creamy in the recipe but still very tasty and simple to do.