iCook – Learned Some New Dishes

Date:  Apr 13, 2013

Yesterday, my wife invited some of her friends over to our place and we asked the iCook gang to come over to demo some new dishes.

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Glad to learn some of these new dishes, and it is very easy to cook with the iCook.

Don’t play play.  This is the menu…

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Let’s get to it… (I blog these so that next time when I cook, I can refer back to this blog entries for references).

A)  卤肉 Black Soya Sauce Stew Pork

Cut the 五花肉 Pork Belly into pieces.  Place it into the iCook pot.

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Some black thick soya sauce.

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Add in some light soya sauce.

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Add in some water.

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Add in some Chinese cooking wine.

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Pour the pre-prepared sauce into the pot.  So that the sauce is just enough to cover the meat.

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They are going to cook three dishes at the same time under one portable stove.  🙂

B)  马蹄香菇肉饼 Mince Meat with Water Chestnut and Mushroom

Stack the steaming pot on top of the black soya sauce stew meat.  

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Preparing this meat is very easy.  The ingredients are…

– Green onions leaves

– Mushroom

– Water Chestnut

– Mince Pork

Take a zip lock plastic bag, and then put all the ingredients inside.  And then, just mix it, by squeezing the zip lock bag.  So, no need salt, no need sugar or any soya sauce and so on.  We want to eat the original taste of the 原汁原味 meat taste.

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Place the meat on the steam plate.

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That’s it.  Place it on the steam pot.  And then cover it with another iCook pot.

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C)  Steam Tofu or Steam Tofu Egg?

One egg…

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Two eggs…

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6 eggs…

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Slowly beat the egg using a pair of chopstick.  Do not use fork or egg beater.  We do not want to have “bubbles” for these egg.

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In order not to have any bubble, you stir and beat it in one direction.  If you do two different direction, it is easier to produce bubbles and your egg will not be smooth.

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Buy unsweeten soya bean.  Make sure it is unsweet one.  Keep beating it.  You may add a bit of water too.

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So, continue beat it in one direction until it is smooth.

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It will looks like this.  No bubbles.

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This is how we stacked the three pots together and cook together, the stew meat, the water chestnut steam meat and the steam tofu egg.

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Use medium fire first.  Then, turn down the fire to small when the vapour seals has been form.  About 20 minutes later.  Turn off the fire.  And let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.

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Look at that.  Very smooth tofu eggs.

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That is how smooth the eggs is.  WOW.  So, I thought of some variation where you can put in some prawns or dried shrimps, etc.

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The water chestnut mushroom steam mince pork is also taste real good.  Really 原汁原味!The meat actually will have water come out.  So, you do not need to add any water or sauce when you cook this.  

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Look at the soya sauce pork belly.  It taste just nice.  And if you notice it, the sauce itself did not lose much.

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Well, they actually cooked 5-6 dishes at the same time.  I have 3 stoves and 2 portable stove of them to use.

So, here is the next dish which I like so much.

D)  Chinese Sausage Rice 腊味饭

pre-soak the rice for 15-30 minutes.  Use the big iCook wok.  3 cup of rice.

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Add in just enough water to cover the rice.

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Very simple ingredients…

– dried shrimps

– garlics

– mushrooms

– Chinese sausages

– gengers slices

– pork belly slices

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Place all the ingredient on top of the rice.  No need to mix it.

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use a medium small fire and cook for 20-25 minutes.

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After 20 minutes.  The rice is almost cooked, and it is time to stir it for 1 minute.  So that the color look nice like the next picture.

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Smell nice, look nice.  Open the wok cover, and then, stir it a bit.

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Add soya sauce, and sesame oil.

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Add some Shao Hsing wine.

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Cut some green onions leaves.  

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And continue stir it for 30 seconds or so.  Still smell nice, looks nice and of course taste nice.

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E)  ABC Spare Rib Soup

Cook a pot of water.  And then, soak the spare rib for 2-3 min.  Then, place the spare rib in a soup pot.

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Very simple ingredients.  Potato, Carrots, and Big Red Onions.

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Pour in the water just enough to cover the ingredients.

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Again, medium small fire.  Cook for 25-30 minutes.

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Again, you don’t need to put salt first.  As you want to drink a clear healthy soup.  Only put salt if needed.  The liquid did not vaporise away.  So, if you put 6 bowl of water in it, you most likely get back 6 bowls.  

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It has the 老火汤味。  And look at the potato and other ingredients.  It is not deform, but it has become very soft.

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F)  Steam Fish

This will blow your mind away.  hahaha

Ginger, green onions leaves, mushroom and tomatoes.

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Use a flat pan.  Put the tomatoes and ginger on to the pan.  NO OIL.

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Place the fish on the pan.  on top of the ginger and tomatoes.

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Ask the uncle to have “buttefly cut”  so that you can place the fish like this.

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Put the mushrooms on top.

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Put some soya sauce onto the fish.

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Place a little bit of water (one big spoonful) on top of the fish.

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That’s it.  

Wait now, I thought we are STEAMING the fish?  Where is the water?  No need to use steam plate????


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This is the amazing thing about iCook.  It cooking like steaming.  hahaha… after 10 minutes of small medium cooking, the fish is cook.  And you can place the fish on the plate like this.

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Amazingly, it really taste like a steam fish.  And it is fully cooked.  Look at the meat in the picture below.  It is unbelievable.  And it taste good.

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G)  Celery Sotong

Take a pan.  Cut the celery.

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Cut the squid.  And then, throw inside. 

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Again, cover it.  Small fire cook it for 5-10 minutes.  And it is done.  WOW.  Speechless.  and all of us finish the sotong very fast.

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H)  Stir fry brocoli.

Use a pan.  put some olive oil.

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Put everything in there.  So, use small medium fire to cook it until you hear the frying sound.  And then, you open the cover and stir fry a bit.

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Cooking has become very easy ever since I got my iCook set.

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OK.  I also get to cook my 2-min steak using the iCook. 

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We had a great time.  and most importantly, I learned how to do more dishes using iCook.  🙂

All very simple.  Cook very healthy food.



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