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Fried squid rings

Fried squid ringsWho wouldn’t like Fried squid rings? Especially if you make them yourself!

Fried squid ringsIngredients:

  • Squid (without head, frozen, 3 pieces)
  • One egg
  • Bread crumbs (a small saucer full)
  • Corn starch (a small saucer full)
  • Salt (2/3 teaspoon)
  • White pepper (2/3 teaspoon)

Preparation:

  1. First defrost the squid and clean them under the running tap
  2. Cut into rings of 1-2 cm
  3. Marinade the rings with the salt and white pepper for 5 to 6 minutes
  4. Then take two saucers and fill one with corn starch and one with bread crumbs. Take a small bowl and break an egg in it, and beat it quickly
  5. One by one, dip the squid rings into the corn starch, then the egg, and finally the bread crumbs. Repeat until you’ve covered all rings
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan on low heat, and fry the squid rings until they have a golden brown crust, and then place them on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil
  7. Sprinkle some lemon juice over them if you like 
  8. You can eat the squid rings with your favourite sauce: garlic, chili or mayonnaise

TIP: serve the squid rings together with Edamame (fresh soy beans in the pod) and with a glass of beer for a summery snack

Edamame (boiled soy bean pods)

In most Japanese restaurants nowadays Edamame is served, they are fresh soy beans in the pod. They are boiled in water with herbs and spices. Only the beans are eaten and the pods are later discarded. This dish can be eaten both warm and cold, and is a tasty and healthy vegetarian snack

Soy beansIngredients:

  • “Fresh soy beans in the pod” are usually sold frozen (1 bag of 400 grams)
  • Star anise (2 stuks)
  • Sichuan peppercorns (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried chili peppers (1 or 2)
  • Salt (1 theelepel)
  • Shaoxing rice wine (1 tablespoon)
Soy beansPreparation:

  1. First defrost the soy beans and wash them shortly in a bowl of water. Then, use scissors to cut off the tips of the pods (SEE HERE)
  2. Put the pods into a pan and cover them generously with water. Add all the dried spices and boil the water on medium fire
  3. Let it boil for 5 to 6 minutes, then turn off the heat. Now add the Shaoxing rice wine
  4. The soy beans are now ready to eat, but they will have a more intense taste if you keep them for a couple of hours in the fridge (recommended)

TIP: eat the Edamame with fried squid rings!

Sweet and sour pork with pineapple

This is one of the most well known Cantonese dishes that you can get here in a Chinese restaurant, and it is also a popular dish in China among foreigners. Most people know it as Ku Lo Yuk (Gulaoruo), or sweet and sour pork. It is surprisingly easy to make, and yet will taste better that you’ve ever ordered in a restaurant!

Ku lo yukIngredients:

  • One fresh pineapple
  • Fillet of pork (or any other piece, but without too much fat, so no bacon, 350 grams)
  • Ketchup (100 ml)
  • Corn starch (2 tablespoons)
  • Shaoxing rice wine (1 tablespoon)
  • Wheat flour (3 tablespoons)
  • Sugar (2 tablespoons)
  • Red rice vinegar (2 tablespoons)
  • One red sweet pepper
Ku lo yukPreparation:

  1. Cut the pork into cubes of 2×2 cm. Marinade them with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing rice wine and 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Mix everything well and put away for a while in the fridge
  2. Now take the pineapple and cut from top to bottom, at one third (see photo). Then cut out a large square (see photo) and cut the fruit in cubes of 2×2 cm.  The pineapple will be used as a dish to serve the meal in (so buy a large and nice looking one, and make sure it is ripe and sweet!)
  3. Also cut the pepper in pieces of 2×2 cm
  4. make the sauce: use the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, 1 tablespoon of corn starch and 4 tablespoons of cold water. Mix everything well until you get a smooth sauce
  5. Then take the meat from the fridge and rub it with wheat flour (use about 3 tablespoons of flour), until all pieces of meat are coated
  6. Take a frying pan and use sufficient oil (you’ll need to deep fry the meat). Heat the oil on medium fire and deep fry it until golden brown (SEE HERE) Then remove the meat from the oil
  7. Then take another pan and heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add the sauce. Later add the pepper and pineapple. Last, add the meat and stir for 1-2 minutes
  8. Done!

Serve this dish in the hollow pineapple (see photo above)

TIP: serve this dish together with fresh spring rolls

TIP: as a variation, you can use chicken meat or frog legs!