Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dinner the Other Night

I usually cook a lot right after I do groceries... and I usually do groceries when I am hungry... haha... the result - I usually bought too much and cook too much...

Steam Asparagus with Oyster Sauce:
1. Cut asparagus to desired length (cut off the ends to where you think it will be too tough to chew... usually about 2 inches... and select the skinny asparagus... they are "younger")
2. Throw the asparagus into the steamer.  Steam about 2-5 minutes... (depends on how cooked you want your asparagus to be)
3. Arrange the cooked asparagus on a plate nicely, spoon about 2 tbsp of oyster sauce (you can get this at any Asian grocery store)
4. Heat oil (low to medium heat, you don't want to burn the garlic), add about 1-2 cloves of chopped garlic.  Turn off heat when you can smell the garlic.  Spoon the oil and garlic on top of the oyster sauce.

Steamed Eggplant with Sauce:
1.  Cut eggplant diagonally into medium sized cubes... I used Chinese eggplants.
2.  Soak the eggplant in salted water for 5-10 minutes and then add to steamer.  Steam about 5-7 minutes.  Do not overcook the eggplant!
3.  While waiting for your eggplant to cook, mix the following ingredients over a low heat saucepan - 1-2 cloves chopped garlic, 1 tbsp soy sauce paste, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp sugar (if you don't have soy sauce paste, i guess you can use oyster sauce, which probably would taste a bit off of nonetheless yummy)
4.  Drain the eggplant, run it through some cold water (optional), add #3 and stir lightly until the eggplants are evenly coated.  Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds (optional).

Chicken Wings (2 styles):
See my Hot Wings post... it's exactly the same... I just made an apricot sauce to go with 4 of those wings...

Citrus Sauce:
1. On a small saucepan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp of honey citron concentrate (the thing you can buy in Korean supermarket, otherwise, you can use apricot jam or orange marmalade... you get the idea...)
2. Add some white wine.  (I also added some spiced rum)
3. Bring to a boil and coat your wings in them.  (As you can tell in the picture, I made too much sauce... could probably coat 2-3 more wings with that...)

This is just plain deep fried wings without any sauce... tastes just as good with simple lemon juice and maybe some parika / black peppers / red pepper flakes.

PS.  Deep fried wing tips are the best!!!


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