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Chinese Lion’s Head Soup August 29, 2010

Filed under: Home Cookery — Dobsessed @ 9:10 am
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I’ve been on this low-car diet lately, so I haven’t been updating this blog very much recently…after all, who wants to read about how all I eat is meat? And my mum, watching my daily consumption of meat makes me worry for my kidneys. I’m still eating out, but whenever I do…my dish choices tend towards the unremarkable….or remarkable because every ends up commenting on my food choices. Yes…I’ve become one of those people I hate. I. Am. A. Food. Bitch.

No bread, no rice, no pasta, no corn, no potatoes, no peas! Very restricting!! And what am I cooking? Bolognaise sauce, that I just eat straight…I never knew how important pasta was until I have to eat Bolognaise by itself with nothing else to accompany it…definitely no crusty bread. I eat meatballs constantly…lucky I’m not sick of it, yet.

I’ve got the flu at the moment, so I’m in need of a lot of comfort food. Usually this is loads and loads of creamy, garlicky, bacony pasta…but not allowed on my diet, so I’ve had to make something else. This recipe for Lion’s Head Soup is a muted version to the original version. The original version’s sauce is usually more thick and meatballs, juicier…this is my comforting diet-friendly version.

500g of Heartsmart (or lean) pork mince (don’t use beef because it’ll be way too strong flavoured
1 tsp of salt
1 spring onion finely chopped
1 tablespoons of grated ginger
1 egg
2 tsp of sesame oil
2 cups of chicken stock
2 cups of water
1 Chinese cabbage (wombak)
1-2 tablespoon of soy sauce (I used low salt – to taste)
1-2 tablespoons of oyster sauce (optional to taste)
1 tablespoons of grated ginger
2 tsp of sesame oil
1 spring onion chopped

– Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs together until slightly sticky.
– Put everything for the broth into a big pot and press down the cabbage until they are all wilted. This may take a while as there are a lot of vegetables.
– Once the cabbage has wilted and the broth has started bubbling, drop the meatballs in. I use a rounded teaspoon and roll into a ball and drop them in.
– Let them bubble away, but try not to stir too much or you’ll end up breaking up the meatballs
– Add more water if you like if you think it needs it.
– Simmer for about 30 minutes, and it’s ready to serve.

It’s a lightly flavoured soup that’s very good when you’re sick!


Sushi Nikkou August 23, 2010

Filed under: Casual Eats — Dobsessed @ 7:27 pm
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I’m a bit of a sushi snob. I want it to be fresh, authentic and delicious…not too much to ask, right? For ‘Kaiten’ sushi (sushi train) I usually only go to Hanaichi Sushi in the city. My friend convinced me to go to Sushi Nikkou this weekend as she said it was pretty good the last time she’d gone.

We went in and it was bustling busy – very good sign.

I was excited, good sushi without having to pay $15+ for city parking is definitely a bonus.

As sushi came past, with a train in the front, I was disappointed that it took me a while to pick something. Everything was pretty much fried, there was only one plate that had raw seafood on it, everything was what I’d classified as ‘fake’ or ‘westernized’. Nothing wrong with that – after all, I eat Lemon Chicken!

I got a plate of yakitori and it was slathered in a sticky, dark soy sauce (not in a good way). The chicken breast pieces were very dry and I needed lots of sips of water to swallow.

I ordered a plate of scallop sashimi (my favourite sashimi) and it was absolutely disgusting. You can’t really GO wrong with sliced raw scallops unless they are NOT fresh. And these were NOT fresh. Usually scallops are sweet and soft and does not taste fishy at all. These made me gag and nearly throw up in my mouth. Fishy and I didn’t eat more than two pieces.

The rest of the plates I had was fried (I was very wary after that) and most of them were dried and over fried. Also, there were just bags of frozen Oriental Dim Sum variety packs hanging about…so it was just BAD.

After about 30 minutes, a harried waitress came up to us and asked us to leave as they were very busy and needed our table. Couldn’t believe it. Never in my life have I been kicked out of a restaurant whilst I was still eating! And no, it was NOT all-you-can-eat. Atrocious really. Never again, and good luck to the people dining after us. I certainly will NOT be back.


Spiderman Birthday Cake August 8, 2010

Filed under: desserts,Home Cookery — Dobsessed @ 10:46 am
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Recipe and method to come…