Thursday, November 29, 2012

One Pot Meal #2 - Minced pork Tofu 肉碎香菇豆腐煲



Every full time working mom wish they have 8 pairs of hands so that they can multitask better and spend more time with their kids. I am one of them! Even when comes to weekend, we have dozen and dozen of house chores to do, (cannot close one eye, we already close one eye on weekday, no more eye close on weekend!), we have laundry to wash, we have activities to involve with our loves one, we need to do marketing, we need to pay visit to grandparents.... etc etc! Oh gosh! (OK, enough for the ranting!)

So one pot meal is a time and life saver to us at times! It uses the least ingredient and minimal preparation time for a hot warming food to be ready. But it is not so healthy to feed my kids one pot meal all days! Now, they have grown up a little (yes, just a little, =P), mummy can be lazy a little at times! (Oops!)

Minced pork Tofu pot is a good choice of one pot meal that suits young kids as they still require lots of proteins (from meat) and calcium (from tofu!) which the 2 main ingredients provide very good source of them.

Just simple ingredients to make a delicious dish!


One Pot Dish #2–Minced Pork Tofu
(enough for 2 adults to go with rice!)

Ingredient:
1 box of Silken Tofu
100gm of Minced Pork (quantity can be adjust according to your preference)
2 – 3 Chinese Dried Mushroom (omit if you don’t like)
2 tsp chopped garlic (abt. 2 cloves)
Chopped Spring Onion (for garnish)

Seasoning:
1 tsp light soy sauce
A few drop sesame oil
A few dashes white pepper powder (omit if you don’t like)
½ tsp corn flour

Sauce:
½ tsp cooking oil
1 TBSP Oyster Sauce
½ TBSP light soy sauce
Pinch of sugar
Water for stewing (Water leftover from soaked mushroom, add hot water if you need more)


Pre-preparation:
1. Soak Chinese dried mushroom in room temp water, drained the water and cut into small cube. This step has to be done at least 3-4 hours in advanced depends on the thickness of your dried mushroom.
2. Marinate minced pork with seasoning for about 10-15mins.
3. Cut silken tofu into 6 or 8 small pieces and soak them in a bowl of salt water (tap water mixed with ½ tsp salt)

Method:
1.  Heat cooking oil in a wok and stir fry garlic till brown.
2. Add in soaked mushroom and stir fry till fragrant.
3. Add in minced pork and stir fry till fragrant. Keep stirring to prevent the minced pork form into big cube. Break them into smaller piece with your spatula if the minced pork cube is big.
4. Add in water, Oyster Sauce and light soy sauce and bring to boil.
5. Add in tofu and gently stir a few times, lower the flame and simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve.

Mini notes from hippo:
1. Water used to soak dried mushroom should always room temperature water as hot water destroys natural flavors in dried mushrooms.
2. Request the butcher to grind the minced pork twice if you are using the minced pork for steaming/stewing for smoother/finer texture.
3. Always taste your finished cook before scoop them out from your wok. Adjust the taste to suit individual palate.