Gg’s Japanese Salad

You may add whatever you like to your Japanese salad. This combination just happens to be a favourite of mine.

My perfect medium-boiled egg

Gg’s Japanese Salad Recipe:
(serves 2)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients nicely in a dish.
  2. Drizzle with dressing and serve with extra dressing on the side.
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T’was A ‘Hotdogs & Salad’ Kinda Day

I LOVE MEAT! I do not know how vegetarians do it but I will be absolutely miserable if my existence was meatless. But this is not exactly a carnivorous post.

There are times however when all I want is a fresh salad. My favourite dressing is the Japanese sesame dressing. Almost like the sesame dipping sauce for Shabu Shabu. It’s creamy, sweet tang is addictive! Even if I cook another type of cuisine and I include a salad, I will dress my portion with Japanese sesame dressing. See recipe here.

If you are too lazy to make your own. this is the best brand of sesame dressing you can find in the supermarket.

Lately it’s been all about avocado and tofu for me. Cream on cream on cream. Delicious and healthy.

My DCM & I are mad for avocados!

I decided to jazz up my favourite combination a little to make it more substantial as it was going to be dinner for my DCM and me. I was in the mood for tuna-mayo. I know, I’m weird like that. See recipe here.

And I saw broccolini so I had to buy some. It was such a good salad. If you’re not a sesame dressing fan, any other Japanese dressing will probably work fine. But you should be a Japanese sesame dressing fan. See salad recipe here.

Whilst luxuriating in the glory Cold Storage’s pricey but lovely groceries, it suddenly dawned on me that a salad alone would not be enough for my DCM. I was feeling a tad tired from being out all day so the simplest thing came to mind. Hotdogs! My DCM adores hotdogs. I got hotdog buns. What about the sausages? I always have Johnsonville sausages in my fridge. Johnsonville! WE LOVE YOU! All the flavours you export to Singapore, we love! We’ve tried them all. They are all fantastic! Some days when I am too lazy to even cook them proper and just throw them in the microwave, they are still awesome… I know Singapore only carries a few products. What a shame…

Johnsonville sausages are soooooo good!

Hotdogs. Simple. Hotdog buns, good sausages, ketchup, mustard, relish, maybe chopped raw onions, fried onions (it’s a Danish thing), maybe crispy bacon bits, cheese and anything you want to top a hotdog with. The only thing important here is the quality of the ingredients. Otherwise you might as well have an IKEA hotdog.

It wasn’t a gourmet dinner but it was good eating. I love hotdogs as much as he does and he loves salads as much as I do. I reckon there will be many more hotdog and salad days. Some healthy to offset a bit of naughty makes it a well-balanced meal right?

Gg’s Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu ranks high on my list of comfort foods. I’ve loved since the day I had it. I don’t remember when that happened but I just remember loving it. It came as a very pleasant surprise that my DCM was a fan of it too! What luck! We order it when we eat out and I love cooking it at home. While there’s the packaged sauce which makes an already very easy-to-cook dish even easier, it just doesn’t cut it (I tried it in my younger days and was not impressed). Szechuan pepper powder is key. I’d always made it without until I found a bottle of the stuff in the supermarket, tried it and I’ve never gone back since.

If you are pairing Mapo Tofu with fried rice, cook the Mapo Tofu first and let it braise gently while you cook the fried rice.

Gg’s Mapo Tofu Recipe:
(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 300 grams minced pork
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • few sprigs spring onions (chopped)
  • 1 block of Fortune brand Chinese Tofu (cut into 8 pieces)

  Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee garlic black bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee chilli bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Szechuan pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • ½ cup water

Directions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium fire.
  2. Combine seasoning ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Once oil is smoking, add minced pork and stir vigorously to break up pork.
  4. Once pork loses its pink colour, add garlic and toss.
  5. Add seasoning and stir well.
  6. Turn fire down to small.
  7. Add tofu and mix.
  8. Braise uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes and sauce thickens.
  9. Add spring onions and serve.

Pork Hoarder Alert

“Any part of the piggy
Is quite all right with me
Ham from Westphalia, ham from Parma
Ham as lean as the Dalai Lama
Ham from Virginia, ham from York,
Trotters Sausages, hot roast pork.
Crackling crisp for my teeth to grind on
Bacon with or without the rind on
Though humanitarian
I’m not a vegetarian.
I’m neither crank nor prude nor prig
And though it may sound infra dig
Any part of the darling pig
Is perfectly fine with me.” Noel Coward

I always have pork in the fridge. I’m Chinese and my DCM hails from the land of pork, Denmark. We are two races/ nationalities obsessed with pork. Bacon is a staple. It never runs out and it is always streaky. And like the Mumsy, I always seem to have minced pork in the freezer. Even if I don’t use it during the week, I just get more the next week. Hoarder syndrome…

As I’d mentioned in I Am Hoarder, Hear Me Roar, I was having a ‘have to cook, haven’t done the groceries and can’t be arsed to leave the house’ sort of week. I’d exhausted quite a bit of resources in the kitchen and was cracking my brain over what I could make for Thursday dinner without having to go to the supermarket. I found Maple bacon, half a head of cabbage, eggs, minced pork and a pack of tofu. Bacon fried rice and Mapo Tofu immediately sprang to mind! Fried rice and Mapo tofu is my DCM’s favourite chinky food combination.

Fried rice is the home version of fast food. You dump everything into your pan or wok, mix it up and you’ve got an all-in-one-bowl, balanced meal in minutes. It’s also a great way to clear the fridge. Bacon fried rice is so easy and so nommy! To top it off, my DCM is a fan. See recipe here.

I adore tofu. Mapo Tofu is one of my all-time favourite dishes. Spicy, salty braised minced pork and tofu… On its own with a steaming bowl of rice on a cold, rainy day or any other day really is delicious simplicity at its best. See recipe here.

If you’ve had a long day and are not in the mood for much fuss yet want something good, this is the meal to make.